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March 18, 2019 | Tom Ballard

Several companies spotlighted in are finalists for “Pinnacle Business Awards”

Several companies that have been spotlighted in the past in articles are finalists for this year’s “Pinnacle Business Awards.”

Coordinated by the Knoxville Chamber and presented by Regions Bank, the annual event is set for April 26. Awards will be presented in eight categories with the finalists selected from more than 200 nominees.

RDI Technologies Inc., most recently spotlighted in a two-part series (Part 1 and Part 2), is one of three finalists for the “Small Business Excellence Award.” Its competitors are Shafer Insurance and Two Roads. RDI Technologies is marketing a device that measures deflection, displacement, movement, and vibration not visible to the naked eye.

PerfectServe, most recently spotlighted in this article that also has a link to a three-part series, and SmartRIA, last featured in this article, are two of the three finalists for the “Innovator Award.” PerfectServe is a clinical communications platform, while SmartRIA serves the investment industry with a regulatory compliance software package. The third competitor for the “Innovator Award” is ZenEvo.

Finalists in the six other categories are:

  • “Business Excellence – Mid-Sized”: Hickory Construction Inc., MBI Companies Inc., and Zoo Knoxville.
  • “Business Excellence – Large”: Covenant Health, Towers Machinery Corporation, and Tombras Group.
  • “Woman-Owned Business Excellence”: ABA Interventions, Harmony Family Center Inc., and Performance Training Inc.
  • “Minority-Owned Business Excellence”: Compassionate Care Home Health, GEM Technologies, and Yassin’s Falafel House.
  • “Young Entrepreneur”: Andrew Randazzo, Elizabeth Ginder, and Kent Weaver.
  • “Impact”: Aubrey’s Inc., M&M Productions USA, and ORNL Federal Credit Union.


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