Company Kudos, December 2018

A month of achievements in Alabama business

The Sanders Trust, a Birmingham-based healthcare real estate development firm, is a finalist in the 2018 Healthcare Real Estate Insights Awards for their Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital project in the Post Acute & Senior Living Facilities Best New Ground-Up Development category.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Alabama State Port Authority for its annual financial report.

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Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business ranked no. 2, moving up eight spots over last year, in Poets & Quants’ 2019 Best Online MBA Programs ranking.

Big, an advertising agency in Birmingham, earned its first Clio Award for its video for Valvoline titled “Run,” part of the agency’s Valvoline: Never Idle ad campaign.

The Birmingham Zoo has received the Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the zoo’s Sensory Inclusive Zoo Initiative.

Chambers County Development Authority received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council.

Elyton Hotel, an Autograph Collection by Marriott facility in Birmingham, has received a AAA Four Diamond Award for lodgings across the U.S. and Canada for 2018.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology earned an Innovation Award from the Association of University Research Parks.

J.R. Prewitt & Associates is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a rebranding as The Prewitt Group.

Parks Rx, a project of Birmingham REACH for Better Health, has received a national SHIFT award for its innovative program promoting exercise as medicine. SHIFT — Shaping How We Invest for Tomorrow — explores issues at the intersection of conservation, outdoor recreation and cultural relevancy.

The University of North Alabama’s Global Online MBA program and the Global Online Executive MBA program were ranked within the top 57 schools in the world by CEO Magazine. In addition, the Global Executive MBA was ranked in the top 90 programs globally.

Wayne J. Griffin Electric Inc., an electrical contractor with a regional office in Pelham, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. The company recently ranked 24th in Engineering News-Record’s 2018 listing of the top 50 national electrical contractors.

Wilkins Miller has been named a Top 400 Firm by Inside Public Accounting.

Avadian Credit Union was named one of 50 Best Credit Unions to Work For in 2018 by Best Companies Group and Credit Union Journal. 

B&W Foods Inc., which operates four Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in Tuscaloosa and Northport, won the 2018 Silver Alabama Retailer of the Year Award in Annual Sales More Than $20 Million category.

The Baker Ober Health Law Group at Baker Donelson was ranked third on the American Health Lawyers Association’s AHLA 2018 Top Honors ranking, second on the American Bar Association’s Fifth Annual Regional Law Firm Recognitions listing and sixth on the 2018 Modern Healthcare’s Largest Healthcare Law Firms listing.

Brasfield & Gorrie attained Voluntary Protection Program Star certification at a Tuscon, Arizona site where the general contractor is expanding Raytheon Missile Systems’ corporate headquarters. The certification program is administered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

Butler Snow was awarded 67 Tier 1 rankings in the Best Law Firms 2019 listing by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

Chick-fil-A Northport, owned and operated by Ashley Gill, has won the 2018 Gold Retailer of the Year in the $5 Million to $20 Million Annual Sales category.

Four Star Freightliner Inc., with two locations in Alabama, is the recipient of the 2018 Successful Dealer Award by Randall Reilly, a marketing, media and events company with clients in trucking, construction and agriculture industries.

Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP was recognized in eight practice areas by U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2019.

The Huntsville Aquatics Center recently received the 2018 North Alabama AIA Honor Award and the 2017 Facility of the Year award from the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association.

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC was recognized in 41 practice areas by U.S. News-Best Lawyers. The firm’s rankings include a National Tier 2 ranking in Financial Services Regulation Law and a National Tier 3 ranking in Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Banking & Finance.

Resource Management Service LLC, of Birmingham, has established an annual scholarship in the amount of $10,000 in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to promote the forestry profession. The scholarship is presented for the student’s junior and senior years.

Shoals Shift was recognized by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in a case study as one of the leading projects in the Appalachian region. Shoals Shift is a collaboration between the University of North Alabama, the Shoals Business Incubator, The Shoals Chamber of Commerce and the Florence Lauderdale Public Library.

Spain Park High School won the North Alabama BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics competition for a third consecutive year.

Torch Technologies was recognized as one of the 2018 Best Small & Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. has listed the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as having one of the best online Master of Public Health programs.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently recognized the University of North Alabama‘s Disability Support Services for its work.

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