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16th Annual Copper Cactus Awards By Sheryl Kornman Tucson Metro Chamber hosted the 16th annual Copper Cactus Awards, honoring 12 businesses and selecting Sue Reynolds of Shear Expressions as small business leader of the year. Wells Fargo created the competition in 1998 and turned over the lead role to the Tucson Metro Chamber in 2012. Key sponsors of the awards are Wells Fargo, Casino del Sol Resort & Conference Center and Intuit. The awards spotlight and celebrate local businesses for their community service, innovative business practices, business growth and for being among the best places to work. Judges this year were Michael Burdett of Wells Fargo, Jeff Christensen of HealthSouth Rehabilitation, Mark

Dean of Intuit, Sharon Foltz of UniSource Energy Services and Tucson Electric Power, Tad Jewell of Lovitt & Touché, Dick Luebke of Pima Medical Institute, Dave Iaconis of BeachFleischman, Richard Underwood of AAA Landscape and Cyndy Valdez of Golden Eagle Distributors. Four hundred small businesses were nominated and the winners were chosen from 46 finalists. Reynolds, who won small business leader of the year, enjoys mentoring her team and encouraging continuing education. “Treating my Sue Reynolds

staff and customers with fairness, respect and courtesy is a trademark of my success. Making people feel valued and appreciated creates trust and loyalty,” Reynolds said. Chamber President and CEO Michael V. Varney said the chamber celebrates small businesses, which “provide important goods and services, provide diverse employment opportunities and give back to the community in many ways.” Recipients were celebrated at a Best Practice Showcase at Casino del Sol, where they demonstrated their best practices and techniques to help others propel their companies forward.

Jennifer Allen and Tonya Bunner

1 to 30 employees BodyCentral Physical Therapy Sports & Wellness Center BodyCentral opened in 2001 with a dynamic vision – to be the provider of choice for people experiencing musculoskeletal injuries and pain. “We’re here for the patients and we’re here for each other. By helping people, we are all uplifted,” said founders Tonya Bunner and Jennifer Allen. Staff includes doctors of physical therapy and therapists with board certifications in orthopaedics, sports and women’s health. Its mission is to provide quality, evidence-based treatment with an exceptional patient experience. The company supports the community by its involvement in local organizations and has special programs and lectures on health and wellness, fitfor-surgery programs, pregnancy wellness and osteoporosis prevention.

Amanda Forler and Jean Dill

31 to 75 employees Maximum Impact Physical Therapy Maximum Impact was started in 2005 by Darren and Eliza Bayliss with a “people first” philosophy aimed at transforming lives at work and in the community by becoming the premier provider of physical therapy services. The company has a commitment to corporate social responsibility and the owners say they “are in the business of caring for people.” They just happen to be physical therapists.

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Winners of the 2013 Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards

76 to 250 employees Cottonwood Tucson The inpatient holistic behavioral health treatment center is located on a 34-acre campus near the base of the Tucson Mountains. Staff is dedicated to providing innovative and evidencebased treatment in an environment characterized by safety and respect for patients, family members and staff. “The most gratifying piece of receiving this recognition is that our employees felt compelled to nominate Cottonwood as a Best Place to Work,” said CEO Brian Welch. “Creating a healthy work environment where people feel supported has always been and will continue to be a cornerstone of our organization’s makeup.” Welch said his father, the company’s founder, created a workplace environment “in which people grow and stay.” Winter 2014 > > > BizTucson 245

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