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Company Kudos, July 2013

Homewood Suites by Hilton Mobile-East Bay/Daphne recently took home seven national awards for 2012, and its overall performance ranking placed it number two in the Homewood Suites worldwide chain, which has 319 locations.

Alabama was one of four states to receive the Gold Shovel Award presented by Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning. The other states receiving this top honor were Georgia, Kansas and Texas. 

In its first four months of business, newly formed ARC Realty Co. ranked in the top 10 of real estate companies in the Birmingham metro area, according to the Market Share Report of Top Brokers. The rankings were compiled on total sales volume between January 1 and April 30.

Auburn University Montgomery’s cybersystems and information security degree program, which was established in 2010, has been certified by the Committee on National Security Systems. The university’s medical laboratory science program was reaccredited for the next seven years by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. In addition, the Alabama Region of the American Red Cross has named the university’s Department of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education its Partner of the Year of Central Alabama.

Benchmark Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, of Birmingham, has earned the Walter P. Chrysler Club Award, the company’s highest recognition for overall sales and Mopar parts sales performance.

Inverness Family Medicine LLC, of Birmingham, has been certified as a preventive care center by EHE International, a leader in preventive medicine and annual physicians exam.

Montgomery-based LogoBranders has celebrated its 20th anniversary. The promotion products and corporate apparel company invited its long-term customers to an open house to celebrate this milestone. The company employs 35 people.

Strayer University’s business programs have been awarded initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners. Strayer has several students in Alabama.

Vision Security Technologies, of Birmingham, has been ranked in the top 50 for a second consecutive year in SD&I Magazine’s (Security Dealer & Integrator) Fast50 list. Vision was ranked in the percentage growth and dollar growth categories.

WIN Home Inspection, of Madison, has been ranked in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide and named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise in both general services and real estate listings by G.I. Jobs Magazine for a second year. At WIN, veterans represent a quarter of the company’s franchisee base.

The Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education’s Career Ready Alabama produced its 48,000th career readiness certificate. The statewide program, which launched in 2006, helps job candidates obtain work-ready skills while providing businesses with a tool to find qualified workers.

Calhoun Community College’s recent class of graduates from the paramedic program performed with a 94 percent passing rate on its licensure exam, outscoring their counterparts nationally. The national rate is 75 percent.

The Montgomery Chapter #267 of the National Association of Women in Construction recently received the Susan Carson Construction Industry Award, in recognition of its efforts to provide and promote educational programs. The Montgomery chapter recently celebrated its 34th anniversary.

Three of the Top 10 Renaissance Hotels for meetings are located along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. A survey of meeting planners was conducted for Marriott International and its Renaissance Hotels by an outside firm. The hotels ranked as follows: No. 1 – Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa; No. 6 – Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa; and No. 8 – Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.

Stringfellow Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines—Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The hospital has developed and implemented acute and secondary prevention guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and the University of Montevallo have been chosen to attend the Association of American Colleges and Universities summer institutes. The colleges and universities work in teams of five or more to discuss the implementation of high-impact educational practices and integrative curricula to ensure students achieve a liberal education that presents tools for success in the 21st century. 

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