Forty businesses, business people and projects have been selected as finalists for the inaugural Business Alabama awards. Winners of the award categories listed below will be named at a ceremony in Birmingham on March 3, 2023. Our five Lifetime Achievement winners will also be honored at this ceremony.
Frequently asked questions regarding the ceremony and ticket link following “Categories & Finalists”
Categories & Finalists
LARGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR (300 employees or more)
Austal USA, Mobile
United Launch Alliance, Decatur
SMALL COMPANY OF THE YEAR (299 employees or fewer)
Capstone Building Corp., Birmingham
Douglas Manufacturing, Pell City
Master Boat Builders, Coden
CEO OF THE YEAR
Stephanie Bryan, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore
Josh Carpenter, Southern Research, Birmingham
Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power, Birmingham
Bill Roark, Starfish Holdings, Huntsville
Tim Vines, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Birmingham
ALABAMA EX-PAT OF THE YEAR
Max Angerholzer, CEO of George & Barbara Bush Foundation, Mobile
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Robertsdale and Auburn University
Marillyn Hewson, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, University of Alabama
Tom Joyner, retired radio host and founder of Reach Media Inc., Tuskegee and Tuskegee Institute
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Huntsville and Auburn University
STARTUP OF THE YEAR
The Insider: A Collective Eatery, Mobile
Zaden Technologies, Huntsville
PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITY OF THE YEAR
Christmas for Kids, Progress Rail, Albertville
Kicks for Kids, Listerhill Credit Union Foundation, Muscle Shoals
Helping Hands, Bank Independent, Sheffield
Hero Foundation, Harbert Management Corporation, Birmingham
Protecting Good, Protective Life, Birmingham
PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Drax pellet facility, Demopolis
HudsonAlpha greenhouse and educational space, Huntsville
Huntsville Airport approved to land Dream Chaser, Huntsville
Innovate Alabama, Montgomery
Mazda CX-50, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing in Madison
The Orion Amphitheater, Huntsville
Port of Mobile additions, Mobile
Space Launch System, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville
Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, Auburn
Dress Code – Business Attire
Seating – Gold Sponsorship and Lifetime Achievement Award attendees will have reserved seating for this event.
Location – The Club 1 Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209
Parking – Valet and self-parking will be available on-site.
Agenda – Lunch will begin at 11:45. Please arrive from 11:00 – 11:30.
Get your tickets here. Note: If you are a sponsor or would like to sponsor, please contact your account executive for more info and a designated ticket link.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners please contact Alec Harvey for your ticket link.
Account Executives: Hal Cain – Lee Mills – Walker Sorrell