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1st row (left to right): Fred & Erika Policelli, Jon Eugenio, Marcellus Major, Christina G. Berman, Jackie and Toby Byrd, Carmina Reynolds. 2nd row: Craig Muckle (GBCC President), Brien Poffenberger (President, MD Chamber of Commerce),Councilmember Dennis Brady, Councilmember Dufour Woolfley, Del. Marvin Holmes, Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Ed Leyden (Chair, Bowie Economic Development Committee), Del. Joseph Vallario, Mayor Fred Robinson, Councilmember Isaac Trouth, & County Council Member Todd Turner)

Bowie Business Recognition Awards
The Eighth Annual Bowie Business Recognition Awards were presented Wednesday May 13, 2015 at a breakfast ceremony held at the Comfort Inn in Bowie, Maryland. These awards are presented jointly by the City of Bowie and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce as part of a month long celebration of May as Business Appreciation Month in our city.

Incubator Business of the Year
This award is for a growth oriented professional service firm or technology company in Bowie, with existing clients, who is a member of the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) program and whose business has demonstrated a commitment to increasing company revenues and hiring employees.

2015 Honoree: Avant Garde Engineering Technology
Award presented to: Marcellus Major
An information technology services company that provides technical solutions and personnel to the private and public sector, Avant Garde Engineering has demonstrated a commitment to increasing company revenues through new contracts and the launch of a new cloud computing product, as well as engaging additional staff over the previous 12 months. The company is already upgrading its current IT infrastructure to support large federal contracts and developing a sales and technical training program to support cloud computing offerings. Over the last year, company founder and CEO, Marcellus Major, was admitted into the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8A program, awarded a county-based business certification, and was included under a $50 million contract as a subcontractor to G2, supporting the Intelligence Community. Avant Garde Engineering is truly a new leader in the business community.

Entrepreneur of the Year
This award is for the Bowie business entrepreneur who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and tenacity in managing all facets of business to include growth in profit and employee numbers coupled with such factors as degree of innovation, development of a creative and ingenious product or service, exceptional selling techniques, and extent of expansion into local markets.

2015 Honoree:   Christina Garvey Berman of Gateway Title Company

With more than 20 years of leadership in the title insurance industry, Gateway Title has been providing residential and commercial title services for realtors, lenders, developers and investors. They have been praised for providing customers with the best choice and industry expertise for title searches and insurance, escrow and settlement services. With innovative technology and a leading edge title insurance, and with business leaders such as Garvey making it all happen, she and her organization work hard to help you keep up and succeed in an ever-increasing, fast-paced business world.

Small Business of the Year
This award is for a Bowie-based small business that has demonstrated the qualities that make for a prosperous and growing organization in Bowie.

2015 Honoree:  Diplomat Cleaners

Fred and Erika Policelli started Diplomat Cleaners in 1970 at Free State Mall. When the shopping center was redeveloped, he stayed and thrived and relocated to the front section of the new center. Why did Diplomat Cleaners survive? As generations of customers will tell you, it’s their professionalism, friendliness and commitment to service. For 45 years, this small, family-owned business has grown and has been successful through economic downturns and center redevelopment. Along with his wife Erika, and two of their sons, Tony and Danny, Fred continues to serve the Bowie community with excellent customer service and family pride.

Community Service Award
This award is for the Bowie or vicinity business that has demonstrated throughout the year a strong record of involvement in the Bowie community.

2015 Honoree: Byrd & Byrd LLC, Jackie and Toby Byrd

The law firm of Byrd & Byrd LLC is a six-attorney firm combined with unique legal experience of more than 50 years. In addition to a significant focus on elder law issues, the firm is also an effective general practice office that manages issues of personal injury, family law, real estate, construction, wrongful death and medical malpractice. Byrd & Byrd has been known for building strong, long-term relationships with its clients, as well as the community at large. For example, for more than 20 years, Jackie Byrd wrote “Senior Moments,” an award-winning, weekly column for the Bowie Blade-News. She has also published two books based on those columns. To name just a few of her honors, Jackie is the recipient of the President’s Award from the Prince George’s County Bar Association for outstanding contributions to the Bar and to the community, and has been named four times in  Washingtonian Magazine’s list of Top Washington Elder Law attorneys. Byrd was recently appointed by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to the Advisory Commission on Aging, and also serves on the Bowie Health Center’s institutional Board of Directors, all while serving various local organizations as a guest speaker. 

Green Business of the Year
This award is for a company with a Bowie presence who has demonstrated their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices such as energy and water savings, recycling, renewable energy, reduced chemicals or packaging, or employee carpooling/telework.

2015 Honoree:  The Pink Orchid, Carmina Reynolds

Carmina Reynolds, owner and operator of The Pink Orchid in Old Town Bowie, certainly knows how important it is to be green. Customers say over and over again that her business exemplifies green because she is a total “green advocate.” Her appreciation and dedication to caring for nature was born early in her childhood as she worked and learned from her father as he grew food and flowers for the family. Some of her Pink Orchid examples of carrying on this green tradition include: her unique use of compost, left over from her meticulously prepared and aesthetically designed floral arrangements; continually recycles vases that people give her, and in turn, uses them to help others with their floral needs, volunteers to do hands-on demonstrations at schools to show children how all living things are connected and need to be cared for, and above all, she never uses herbicides or pesticides. Baking soda is her secret weapon! Carmina’s passion for protecting and caring for the earth is contagious, inspiring customers and visitors to go green.

Business of the Year
This award is for a Bowie company that has demonstrated high-level accomplishments that serve as a benchmark for other businesses, including financial success, visible community involvement, professional employee work environment, and excellence in customer satisfaction, strategic planning, and business development.

2015 Honoree: Power Solutions, Jon Eugenio 

Power Solutions is a full service 24/7 electrical contractor headquartered in Bowie. Since 1998, Power Solutions has been providing, among other services, electrical construction and maintenance, mission critical facility maintenance, emergency power systems, life system systems, and data communications to name just a few. Their Life Safety Division has been hailed for their high professionalism and dedication to providing clients with unsurpassed quality and service to meet their fire alarm safety needs. Power Solutions is known for its quality and consistency, and ability to work successfully in the most sensitive construction settings, such as hospitals, laboratories and secure government facilities. And they do their job in the safest, most timely manner possible. Over the past several years, Power Solutions has successfully completed thousands of projects from basic electrical maintenance work to the construction of multi-million dollar hospitals and data centers. While they work they do may be extremely difficult, their mission and goal on every project is simple: to deliver work of the highest quality, on time, and to the complete satisfaction of their customers.

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