Greater Phoenix Chamber announces 2015 Impact Award winners

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce recognized eight outstanding Valley businesses earlier this month at the 28th annual IMPACT Awards, with Pinnacle Transplant Technologies and Goodwill of Central Arizona earning accolades as the 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year.

The luncheon celebrated the contributions these companies and their employees make to the Greater Phoenix community.

“Congratulations to our 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies and Goodwill of Central Arizona,” stated Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

“Their work is so impressive across the full spectrum that they are truly deserving of special recognition. Both organizations enhance our community and demonstrate the true spirit of entrepreneurialism in everything they do. We are proud to recognize their outstanding achievements.”

* 2015 IMPACT Business of the Year (Small to Medium Business Sector – 250 employees or fewer): Pinnacle Transplant Technologies – Russ Yelton, CEO
Founded in 2010, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies recognized the need to establish a processing and distribution facility that would enable medical professionals to acquire quality tissue for transplant.

Located in Phoenix, PTT’s newly constructed 24,000-square-foot processing facility was designed by tissue banking experts to meet the specific demands of the industry.

PTT specializes in processing musculoskeletal tissue for use in orthopedic, dental, spine, trauma and other medical procedures and reconstruction surgeries.

* 2015 IMPACT Business of the Year Award (Large Business Sector – More than 250 employees): Goodwill of Central Arizona.

Founded in Phoenix in 1947, Goodwill of Central Arizona is a nonprofit organization that provides job training and other services for Arizonans who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree or strengthen their finances. Its vision is,

“Through the work of Goodwill, all people will have the opportunity to learn, work and achieve their greatest potential.” Goodwill’s mission: “We Put People to Work.”
“It’s great to work for an organization that helps people and puts them on their feet,” said Tim O’Neal, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Arizona.

“It’s very special to be a part of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s IMPACT Awards, but the best thing about receiving this award is that it brings greater awareness of our workforce development efforts that we focus on each and every day. Winning this award would not even be possible if it weren’t for our partners, the people who generously donate and our valued associates.”

* IMPACT Award Recipients in the Small to Medium Business Sector (250 employees or fewer): Community Champion: Arizona School Choice Trust; Economic Driver: HDR, Inc.; Entrepreneurial Excellence: Pinnacle Transplant Technologies; Response to Adversity: Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.

* IMPACT Award Recipients in the Large Business Sector (More than 250 employees): Community Champion: Wells Fargo; Economic Driver: Goodwill of Central Arizona; Entrepreneurial Excellence: EXOS; Response to Adversity: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

* Sentinel Award Recipients

For their willingness to champion efforts that ensure Arizona’s business climate is healthy and competitive, the Chamber recognized Arizona State Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, Arizona State Rep. Bob Robson and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.
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