RALEIGH, N.C. (May 24, 2012) The Wake Forest Family Business Center honored Brady, a company that provides energy-efficient HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, with the 2012 Family Business of the Year Award in the medium-sized business category. The award was presented earlier this month at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. Burney Jennings, Biscuitville president, nominated the company.

“What makes a family-owned business stand out is a commitment to ethics, valuing vendors, associates and customers alike, and active participation in the community,” said Jennings in the nomination. “Brady is one of the best examples I have seen and is well deserving of recognition as a 2012 Family Business of the Year.”

The award recognized the achievements of family-owned businesses and their contributions to the communities they serve. In addition to business success, entries were judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovative business strategies and practices
  • Business growth and new development
  • Contributions to community and industry
  • Involvement by different family members and generations
  • Commitment to family well-being and keeping the business in the family

“While we have worked hard to advance our business structure with metrics and measurements, our family values have remained the cornerstone of our organization,” said Jim Brady, president of Brady. “We never want to lose that focus and continue to use it as the foundation to build upon.”

Annually, up to four awards are given. Three are based on number of employees: small, medium, and large, as well as a Century Award for a family business at least 100 years old. In addition to a plaque commemorating the recognition, recipients were treated to a video interview about their company to memorialize the attributes that earned them the award.

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