Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce announces business of the year awards

Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital was named Large Business of the Year.

Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital was named Large Business of the Year.

The Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 Business of the Year awards at the annual “A Night of Celebration” gala last weekend.

The Chairmans Award
This award recognizes an individual committed to the development and betterment of the Cy-Fair community. Outgoing Chairman of the Board Joe Scala presented this year’s award to Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations in Cy-Fair ISD.

Ambassador of the Year
Michelle Becker of local nonprofit Shots for Holly was named the chamber’s Ambassador of the Year. Chamber President Leslie Martone said Becker continually spends time serving the Chamber and helping new members get the most of their membership.

Small Business of the Year (fewer than 10 employees)
Animal ER of Northwest Houston was named Small Business of the Year. During Hurricane Harvey, the veterinary practice was the only one in west Houston to stay open. Jennifer Hennessey and a skeleton crew of three staff members served the area 24/7 for more than a week, and their relief efforts continue today as they distribute the remaining donations to local shelters.

Medium Business of the Year (fewer than 50 employees)
McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC was named Medium Business of the Year. The accounting and auditing firm provides work for local government clients including water districts, cities, emergency services districts, management districts, improvement districts, development districts and levee improvement districts. Nonprofit organization clients include homeowners associations, water supply corporations, volunteer fire departments and redevelopment authorities.

Large Business of the Year (more than 50 employees)
Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital was named Large Business of the Year. Within the first year of operation, the hospital has already exceeded 350 employees, and officials said they expect to have more than 800 within the next four years. The hospital has also exceeded expectations regarding emergency room visits, hospital admissions, surgeries, endoscopy procedures, cardiac catheterization lab procedures and deliveries.

Nonprofit of the Year
Shots for Holly was named Nonprofit of the Year. Founded in 2014 following Holly Munsinger’s flu fatality at age 41, the team educates the community about flu vaccines every flu season. The group also helps low-income individuals with no insurance pay for flu shots. Since its inception, Shots for Holly has raised $90,000 and facilitated more than 1,000 flu shots.

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.


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