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The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) has selected eight local companies as recipients of its 30th Annual IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large Valley businesses and the positive influences they have on the business community and economy. The 2017 IMPACT Award recipients:

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):
2017 Arizona Advocate – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
2017 Community Champion – Southwest Airlines
2017 Economic Driver – EPCOR Water USA
2017 Exceptional Innovator – Sonora Quest Laboratories

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):
2017 Arizona Advocate – Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
2017 Community Champion – Crisis Response Network
2017 Economic Driver – ASU Gammage
2017 Exceptional Innovator – Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.

The two 2017 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced during the 30th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Individual tickets are $80 for GPCC members and $95 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $900 for Chamber members and $1,050 for non-members (tables include priority seating).

GET 30th ANNUAL IMPACT AWARDS LUNCHEON TICKETS HERE!

In addition to honoring exceptional Valley businesses, the Chamber added the IMPACTful Nonprofit Award last year to recognize the outstanding work of Valley nonprofits. Get involved to help determine the 2017 IMPACTful Nonprofit Award recipient by casting your vote for one the four very deserving finalists. The deadline is Monday, April 10!

IMPACTful Nonprofit Award finalists:
American Red Cross of Greater Phoenix
Arizona Community Foundation
Arizona Forward
Duet: Partners in Health & Aging

“This year’s IMPACT Awards recipients are a testament to the success that can be achieved through dedication to leadership, innovation and community,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Sanders. “These businesses and organizations will continue to drive the growth of the Greater Phoenix region for years to come.”

More information about each award recipient follows:

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):

2017 Arizona Advocate: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, one of the 10 busiest airports in the nation for passenger traffic, has a $79 million daily economic impact including serving more than 120,000 passengers, 1,200 aircraft and 800 tons of cargo each day. The rapidly growing airport embraces an excellent customer service culture to continue to earn the nickname “America’s Friendliest Airport.”
Location: Phoenix | Website: www.skyharbor.com | Phone: 602.273.3300

2017 Community Champion: Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest air carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Southwest differentiates itself by offering exemplary customer service delivered by more than 53,000 employees to more than 100 million customers annually. Southwest serves a network of 101 destinations across the United States and eight countries with more than 3,900 departures daily during peak travel season.
Location: Phoenix | Website: www.southwest.com | Phone: 1.800.435.9792

2017 Economic Driver: EPCOR Water USA
Phoenix-based EPCOR Water USA is a trusted provider of safe, high-quality drinking water and wastewater services to more than 350,000 people across 31 communities, nine counties and three states. EPCOR, with a proud 125-year history in the business and care of water resources and systems, is the largest regulated water utility in Arizona and New Mexico. EPCOR Water USA entered the U.S. market in June 2011 with the acquisition of Chaparral City Water Company in Fountain Hills.
Location: Phoenix, Anthem, Sun City+ | Website: www.epcor.com | Phone: 1.800.383.0834

2017 Exceptional Innovator: Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sonora Quest Laboratories is the market share leader in clinical laboratory testing in Arizona with 3,125 employees serving more than 23,000 patients every day, statewide. The company performs more than 60 million diagnostic tests per year and offers a local comprehensive test menu which encompasses routine, molecular, prescription drug monitoring, cytogenetic, and pathology testing services. The company applies rigorous quality processes at all of its laboratories to minimize testing variability and maximize reliability.
Location: Statewide | Website: www.sonoraquest.com| Phone: 602.685.5000

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):

2017 Arizona Advocate: Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) is a business incubator dedicated to supporting Phoenix-area entrepreneurs developing disruptive technologies with a commitment to quality job creation for the region. CEI houses early-stage high-technology companies focused in bioscience, medical device and clean technology industries.
Location: Phoenix | Website: www.ceigateway.com| Phone: 602.286.8950

2017 Community Champion: Crisis Response Network
Crisis Response Network (CRN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people and empowering transformation from hope to health through a continuum of crisis services. The organization helps more than 25,000 crisis callers and 11,000 Warm Line callers per month, serving 77 percent of Arizona’s population in central and northern Arizona. CRN has been a consistent and committed crisis service provider in Arizona for nearly 10 years.
Location: Tempe | Website: www.crisisnetwork.org| Phone: 602.427.4600

2017 Economic Driver: ASU Gammage
ASU Gammage is a world-class arts presenting organization, which brings to Arizona the best of the performing arts in multiple disciplines from Broadway and across the globe. Although part of Arizona State University, ASU Gammage is self-sustaining. Ninety percent of its funding comes from its Broadway series and 10 percent comes from philanthropy. This business model, driven by private support and ticket sales with no funding from the university or the state, runs like a business, but with the heart of a nonprofit.
Location: Tempe | Website: www.asugammage.com| Phone: 480.965.5062

2017 Exceptional Innovator: Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.
Glendale-based Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., a leading provider of traffic safety technology in North America, is committed to improving roadway safety in conjunction with other enforcement and engineering efforts. Best known for operating life-saving photo enforcement programs, the company partners with municipalities to reduce red-light running, speeding and myriad other dangerous driving behaviors that impact public safety.
Location: Glendale | Website: www.redflex.com| Phone: 866.703.8097

Reactions from 2017 IMPACT Awards recipients:

Southwest Airlines, 2017 Community Champion, Large Business
“This is a great way to celebrate our 35th Anniversary of serving Sky Harbor International Airport and the Phoenix community.  We are honored to accept this award on behalf of our over 3,800 local employees. Thanks to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce for the many years of support and to the selection panel for this wonderful recognition.”
Craig Drew, senior vice president air operations, Southwest Airlines

Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., 2017 Exceptional Innovator, Small to Medium Business
“We are honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce for our commitment to innovation as a public safety company.” “In an ever-changing marketplace we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt and produce solutions that have been proven to save lives, reduce costs, and make government more responsive to taxpayers. This award is a testament to the creativity, hard work, and dedication of our staff.”
– Michael Finn, president & CEO, Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 2017 Arizona Advocate, Large Business
“The City of Phoenix is honored that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the recipient of a prestigious IMPACT Award.” “This award recognizes community champions, economic drivers, advocates and exceptional innovators, and America’s Friendliest Airport® embodies all of these qualities. It’s the state’s largest economic engine and often the first experience our visitors have. Our airport delivers world-class customer service every day while continuing to make valuable enhancements like the modernization of Terminal 3, upgraded dining and retail options, and other amenities to enhance the traveling experience for our customers.  We couldn’t be more proud of the work our airport system does and of this incredible honor.”
– Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix

Crisis Response Network, 2017 Community Champion, Small to Medium Business
“Crisis Response Network is overjoyed with the news of being chosen as the 2017 Community Champion. This award is a testament to our dedication and support to Arizona. We are humbled and honored to be selected.”
– Justin Chase, president/CEO, Crisis Response Network

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