NORTH FULTON – Each year the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce selects one person to represent its region as Small Business Person of the Year. Volunteers on the selection committee look for business leaders with vast knowledge and broad expertise in their industries.
They must also show a commitment to nurture the economic prosperity, quality of life, and positive reputation of the region.
This year’s nominees ae also judged based on a number of criteria:
• growth and longevity,
• principal ownership and community involvement,
• innovation and response to adversity,
• Chamber membership.
The 2014 four nominees for Business Person(s) of Excellence are:
Caldwell Tree Care
Caldwell’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident at a young age. Driven by his ambition and passion for the green industry, he pursued and paid for his education and started Caldwell Landscape Company in 1993.
But what launched Caldwell Tree Care came suddenly in April of 1998 when a tornado ripped through Dunwoody. Reacting on the same passion that launched him into the green industry, he gathered his crews and catapulted into action tumbling into a new field of business.
After working 14 hours and clearing more area than any other crew in Dunwoody that day, he stood before the CEO, CFO and property managers of Technology Park Atlanta with his pockets full of sawdust and convinced that team of executives that he was the only vendor who would be able to complete the job to the satisfaction of everyone involved.
The group agreed. Caldwell Tree and Care was awarded its first significant contract. That allowed Caldwell to purchase the company’s current property and launch the company to a new level of service.
Primrose School of Alpharetta & Roswell North
In the 1980s the Atlanta child care industry was little more than a babysitting service with low standards and untrained staff. The founders of Primrose, Paul and Marcy Erwin, created a day care concept that has changed the industry. Coad and his wife, Chris, wanted to be part of the team that created a professional, high-standard approach to child care. They became the first franchise owners of a Primrose school. Today there are over 300 nationwide.
The Coad franchise schools have developed into centers that help children and families with children from 6 weeks to 10 years old by creating the foundation for their development as they go to elementary school and beyond.
In the last 26 years, the Coads have served over 5,000 children. Their reward in this has through the success of the children and the family’s confidence in each of our centers.
Jim Pope is the CEO, and one of the founders of KeyWorth Bank, an institution with the mission to deliver a high level of banking expertise and personal attention to small - to medium-size businesses, medical practices, and individuals.
KeyWorth Bank has grown steadily over the past 6 years, from a single office in Alpharetta to five financial centers and a state-of-the-art operations center. By focusing on sound lending practices and diversifying its customer base, KeyWorth has maintained its sound financial condition and expanded—even during challenging economic times.
The three rings in the bank’s key-shaped logo represent “character,” “competence,” and “compassion.” Each year, 10 or more KeyWorth bankers devote personal time to help construct Habitat Homes and support a number of community non-profit organizations such as North Fulton Community Charities and Summit Counseling Center. Also, Jim serves on the board of the North Fulton Community Charities.
Pope’s well-rounded approach to creating a successful business has KeyWorth poised for exponential growth in the future.
From the day she launched the company, Tricia Dempsey has been a passionate leader dedicated to the highest standards in IT recruiting. Her experience in technology staffing and professional services extends to industries including healthcare, financial services, media, and more.
Since graduating from Georgia State University, Dempsey worked in a variety of recruiting leadership positions before starting her own company. Agile’s inception and launch coincided with a health crisis for Dempsey, who managed to battle Stage 3 breast cancer while she nurtured her new business venture.
Agile has garnered industry awards and recognition in several areas from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of women’s groups. Agile has consistently been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine and staffing industry analysts.
Dempsey serves as the president of Women in Technology (WIT). As a director on the board of Susan G. Komen-Greater Atlanta Affiliate, she founded Agile on the Green, The Atlanta Technology Industry’s premiere golf charity, and raised over $220,000 for the charity.