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Company Kudos, December 2013

Southeast Alabama Medical Center, in Dothan, has been awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2013 Excellence in Engagement Award, recognizing employee engagement in helping the organization succeed. Presenting the award was Steven Berkow (center). SAMC representatives accepting the award were (from left) Laura Bowden, Keith Prutzman, Peggy Sease and Lisa Riley. 

Auburn University’s South Donahue Residence Hall has received second place in the Association of University Interior Designers annual design competition. The 24,000-square-foot residence hall was designed by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood.

For a third consecutive year, three Baptist Health Systems hospitals have been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. Princeton Baptist in Birmingham, Shelby Baptist in Alabaster and Walker Baptist in Jasper were recognized for using best practices to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, surgery and pneumonia.

Brasfield & Gorrie has been recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama as the General Contractor of the Year. Brasfield also won five first-place awards for its projects.

CentraLite Systems, of Mobile, has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the leading U.S. job creators for 2013. Between 2012 and 2013, the company has grown from 35 employees to more than 160. CentraLite is part of the home automation industry.

Cepeda Systems and Software Analysis Inc. has been named the Small Business of the Year in the Technology Category by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce at the 28th annual Small Business Awards Celebration. Others taking home honors at the awards were: HEALS Inc. as Nonprofit of the Year; A-P-T Research Inc. as Small Business with 51-350 employees; PPT Solutions Inc. for the Government Contracting category; and NETWORx of Huntsville for Business & Professional Services category. In addition, Miranda Bouldin, of LogiCore, was presented the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award, and Courtney McCool, of Huntsville Hospital Foundation, was presented the Young Professional of the Year award.

The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County has received its CFC designation, allowing federal employees to contribute to the foundation as part of their giving to the Combined Federal Campaign.

Electricfil Corp. (EFI Automotive), in Elkmont, has received an Outstanding Quality Performance award from Chrysler Fiat Group for its 2012 performance. Electricfil supplies electric and electromagnetic solutions for several engines.

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa recently ranked no. 15 in Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 20 U.S. Resorts in the South and no. 28 on the publication’s Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas listing. It was the only hotel/spa in Alabama to make the listings.

Hoar Construction has been ranked no. 1 for its lowest loss rates in Workers Compensation and General Liability claims for 2013 by the American Contractors Insurance Group. Hoar was selected from among 38 member companies. In addition, Hoar received four Excellence in Construction Awards from the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors for its projects. 

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, of Mobile, was named by Inc. Magazine as a top job creator for both the state of Alabama and the country. Hargrove took the no. 1 position in Alabama, no. 2 in engineering and no. 54 nationwide.

PRIDE Industries, at Fort Rucker, was honored with the 2013 Partnership of the Year award, presented at the annual Governor's Committee Awards Recognition. PRIDE is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating jobs for people with disabilities.

Samford University's Brock School of Business MBA program has been ranked no. 21 among the "most social media friendly programs" in the U.S. by OnlineMBApage.com. Rankings were based on how many times each school posted to and how many followers it had on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, LinkedIn, GooglePlus, Pinterest and Flickr.  The Brock School ranked 10th nationally for Twitter, 16th on GooglePlus and 19th on Pinterest.

Slice Pizza & Brew, locally owned in Birmingham, is among the nation's best-performing pizzerias, according to Pizza Today magazine. Slice, owned by brothers Jeff, Chris and Jason Bajalieh, was the only Alabama restaurant to make the magazine's Hot 100 listing.

The National Community College Benchmark Project recognized Wallace State Community College in Hanceville as a best practices leader in high education. Wallace State ranked among the top 1 percent in the 2013 NCCBP Institutional Strengths Report for employer satisfaction with the preparation of career program graduates. The college also ranked in the top 5 percent of institutions for next-term persistence, meaning currently enrolled students who are likely to return the next semester.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge celebrated its 75th anniversary in December. The refuge was established in 1938 by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an experiment to determine the feasibility of attracting migratory birds onto a multipurpose impoundment. The experiment was a success, and today more than 600,000 visitors annually visit the refuge.   

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