Congratulations to our 2014 Award Recipients!
Small Category: Carolina Management Team, Enka
From humble beginnings around a dining room table in 2003, the brother and sister team of Wendy Banks and David Van Zee formed a new industrial painting company with the help of their father, George Van Zee. On the heels of a recently shuttered 9 month start up, the three created a business plan that would in just 11 short years become an industry leader in infrastructure rehabilitation. Through the years George has left and returned to the company to provide his mentoring and coaching that has led to the aggressive growth of Carolina Management Team. It is truly a family affair as Wendy and David’s mom, Carroll, has joined the company in the finance department.
Medium Category: Rose Chauffeured Transportation, Charlotte
Over the last 29 years, H.A. Thompson and his son Andy have built the Rose name into a brand that is the largest corporate ground transportation company in the Carolinas. His son Jeff and daughter Lori were also in the business for many years. In 1985, starting the business with just one car, the fleet numbers 53 today. Originally built on the limousine model running weddings and proms on the weekends, Rose Chauffeured Transportation has completely changed their business model to motor coaches, minibuses, vans SUVs and sedans. Hospitality is Rose’s mantra. Founder H.A. Thompson has been quoted as saying “We are not in the car business; we’re in the people business. And when employees are treated well, customers are treated well.” With a yearly growth of 10-15%, it took Rose 16 years to reach one million in revenue and only eleven years to reach 8 million. Rose was named Operator of the Year in 2008 by LCT Magazine and in 2013 Limo Digest named them Large Operator of the year. Both magazines are national industry publications.
Large Category: K&W Cafeterias, Winston-Salem
Founded in 1937 by Grady T. Allred, Sr., K&W Cafeterias has been a favorite place to eat for generations of families throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. Celebrating 77 years, Dax Allred and Todd Smith (husband of Natalie Allred), lead the operations of their 33 cafeterias. Guided by their Grandfather’s original mission, “great food at affordable prices” the third generation is still focused on what’s important for their company, employees and customers. All seven grandchildren of Grady and Vivian Allred and two of their spouses are also involved in the daily operations of K&W. Based in Winston-Salem, K&W Cafeterias touches the lives of families in Virginia and West Virginia. At K&W “Family” is the operative word – the Allred family, the employee family and the customer family.
Century Category: Schiffman’s Jeweler’s, Greensboro
Established in 1893 by Simon Schiffman, Schiffman’s Jewelers has hailed as a leader in fine jewelry and giftware. It is one of the oldest continually owned, family-run business in North Carolina and is now guided by the 4th generation of the Schiffman family. Each generation has been deeply rooted in the community and in the industry, which continues today. Schiffman’s takes great pride in its long-standing partnerships with many of the finest jewelry, timepiece and giftware brands in the world. This pride also extends to their client relationships, many of which date back generations, and also to career long employees. These relationships are one of the most important attributes of the Schiffman’s storied success. Today, two generations continue the tradition with Arnold A. Schiffman, Jr. (Tony), Arnold A. Schiffman III, H. Vance Schiffman, and L. Lane Schiffman. Along with the upcoming 5th generation, who are preparing themselves for the participating in the business, they are looking towards the next hundred years.