Three Cy-Fair businesses and one nonprofit were honored Jan. 22 at the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business of the Year award ceremony. Similar to past ceremonies, chamber officials awarded businesses in small, medium and large categories based on total number of employees.
Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union took home the award for Large Business of the Year, which was presented by chamber President Leslie Martone.
“Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union has played an important role in helping this community thrive and has a legacy of giving to local organizations that make a difference,” Martone said. “Its long and historic connection to Cy-Fair ISD in particular has helped the local school system become one of the best in Texas. Over the past 10 years, they have given more than $500,000 to support teachers and families.”
Founded in 1956 with just 10 employees to serve the CFISD community, the business has grown to serve more than 21,000 members.
“This recognition reflects the hard work of so many people who’ve committed to making our credit union the very best financial partner for our members and community,” Cy-Fair FCU President and CEO Cameron Dickey said. “I want to thank the chamber for its leadership and support, as well as Cy-Fair FCU’s board of directors, executive leadership team and our entire staff for their contributions to our success.”
Mathnasium of Cy-Fair—a company that provides individualized, supplemental math curriculum and instruction to students from grades 2-12—took home the honor for Medium Business of the Year. Lindsay Lakes, a family-owned and –operated full-service reception hall was named Small Business of the Year, and Habitat for Humanity’s northwest Harris County chapter was selected as Nonprofit of the Year.
Mathnasium was a finalist in 2011, 2012 and 2013. John Labuda, who runs the center with his wife Catherine, said they were excited and honored to receive the award.
“I think this recognizes not only our growth but our involvement in giving back as well,” he said. “Being a part of the community is very important to us.”
The chamber, which celebrated its 30th anniversary at the event, named local restaurateur and chamber member Mark McShaffry as the new chairman of the board. Officials also recognized Jennifer Dodds with i-Tech Technology Consulting as the ambassador of the year and presented the Chairman’s Award to Keith Vrana, chairman of the chamber’s transportation committee.
“[Vrana] has traveled to Austin to meet with state legislators to help represent the Cy-Fair community on issues such as transportation, water and school funding.,” said former Chairman of the Board Stuart Snow in presenting the award. “His company—[Consolidated Mills]—works extremely hard to keep business products local and is supportive of the local economy.”
Businesses had to be active chamber members for at least one year to be nominated. Nominees were evaluated based on several factors, including contributions to the community, growth in employees or revenue and commitment to environmental improvement and social responsibility.
The Associated Credit Union of Texas and Louetta Automotive were the other nominees in the large category. Liberty Mutual Insurance in Cypress and McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot, PLLC, were nominees for medium business and inkDOTS, LLC, and Jolie Salon were nominated as small businesses. Shield Bearer Counseling Centers and Langham Creek Family YMCA were the two other nonprofits to be nominated.