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April 17, 2012 | Tom Ballard

Knoxville Chamber Pinnacle Awards finalists named

The Knoxville Chamber has announced 24 finalists for the 2012 Pinnacle Business Awards. The finalists were selected from more than 175 companies that were nominated for eight different awards that recognize outstanding businesses and businesspeople. Each year the Chamber’s board of directors is charged with the tough task of judging the applications and determining the finalists and eventual winners.

“A Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious award you can win as a local businessperson, entrepreneur, or organization,” said Mike Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Knoxville Chamber. “We’re proud to honor the dedication, community support, and success these businesses all represent.”

The winners will be announced May 4 at the Pinnacle Awards Gala, presented by BB&T at the Knoxville Convention Center. Tickets and table sponsorships are available at

Innovator Award, presented by Pershing Yoakley & Associates:

  • Agile Technologies
  • Aqua-Chem
  • Cadre5

Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by UT-Battelle:

  • Parker Frost, Gigmark
  • Chris McAdoo, Best Behavior Creative Club
  • Jonathan Williams, Accord Federal Services, LLC

Impact Award, presented by Aqua-Chem:

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Grace Construction
  • PetSafe

Minority-Owned Business Excellence Award, presented by Covenant Health:

  • ComputerWorks
  • Manny’s Catering
  • Always Moore Janitorial Service

Large Business Excellence Award, presented by Cherokee Distributing:

  • 21st Mortgage Corporation
  • Cellular Sales
  • Jewelry Television

Mid-Sized Business Excellence Award, presented by the Knoxville Chamber:

  • Consolidated Products, Inc.
  • Power Systems, Inc.
  • Strata-G, LLC

Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award, presented by LBMC:

  • Ackermann PR
  • Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC
  • The Trust Company

Small Business Excellence Award, presented by BB&T:

  • All Occasions Party Rentals
  • M Force Staffing
  • Management Solutions LLC

The Pinnacle Business Awards, presented by BB&T are sponsored by: WSI Oak Ridge, EnergySolutions, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Aqua-Chem, UT-Battelle, Cherokee Distributing, Covenant Health, Prestige Cleaners, LMBC, The Greater Knoxville Business Journal, and Bluegill Creative. Production assistance is provided by Bandit Lites and Sound Ventures.

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