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The 35th Annual Excellence Award Winners

Posted Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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For their exceptional leadership, ingenuity and positive impact on the region, eight companies and two individuals have been selected by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as winners of the 35th Annual Excellence AwardsThese small- to mid-sized businesses have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of our region’s economy and small business community.

“Our Excellence Award recipients exemplify the spirit of innovation – although they start small, they make big impacts on our community,” said Chamber President and CEO Rob Wonderling. “We applaud the example they set and the enormous contribution they make to our region’s economy.”

The winners of the Awards were nominated by their peers throughout the region based on meeting certain criteria. Award categories include:

Small Business Person of the Year:

Steve Wildemann, President & Owner, Advanced Staging Productions

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

Mike Maher, Co-Founder & CEO, Houwzer

Customer Service Excellence of the Year:

Green Lawn Fertilizing / Green Pest Solutions

Family-Owned Business of the Year:

Robertson’s Flowers and Events

ImpactPHL Award:

Solar States, LLC

Manufacturer of the Year:

Nielsen-Kellerman Co. 

Non-Profit Organization of the Year:

Legacy Youth Tennis & Education

Professional Services Excellence of the Year:

Partner’s Consulting

Strategic Growth Excellence of the Year:


Technological Excellence of the Year:

Asset-Map, LLC

This year’s winners join the ranks of notable past Excellence Award Honorees. Past Excellence Award winners have gone on to grow their businesses into the most successful companies in the area.

Join us for a celebration of our region’s most prestigious businesses and business leaders:

35th Annual Excellence Awards Celebration
Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:30 –  9:00 p.m. | Program
Sugar House Casino
Register: ChamberPHL.com/registerEA

The event will feature a dinner reception, award presentation, and networking.

About the Excellence Awards

In 1982, the Chamber created the program known today as the Excellence Awards, Honoring Regional Businesses. The awards showcase the impact and vital role that small to mid-size businesses play in the overall economic development of the Greater Philadelphia region. Award winners set themselves apart from the competition and are outstanding representatives of the diversity of our region’s business community.

Each year, businesses are recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability and relevance. Winners are nominated by their regional business peers based on their demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the business community. Equally important in selecting winners are civic involvement and responsiveness, corporate responsibility, employee recognition and concerns regarding service issues.

Over the years, the scope of the Excellence Awards has grown with the help of the Small Business Board. The Small Business Board has created new initiatives and categories, increased involvement in the nomination process, and established criteria for measuring and defining excellence.

For more information on the 35th Annual Excellence Awards, visit: ChamberPHL.com/EA.

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