Since 1991, the Cox Family Enterprise Center has honored the best Georgia-based family businesses. The center gives out the Cox Century Award to a family firm that has been in business for at least 100 years and selects winners and finalists in categories based on company size.
Winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges and are critiqued on a number of criteria, including family involvement in the business, innovative business practices or strategies, contributions to the community and business success.
"The past year has been tough on all businesses," said Joe Astrachan, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center. "But family-owned firms have done better overall than most businesses. In this year's awards, we honor companies that have withstood the test of time and have done exceptionally well in a difficult economy."
n The Cox Century Award was given to Glover Foods of Americus. Glover Foods was founded in 1892 and grew to become of one of the largest food distributing companies in Georgia. Today the firm has 200 employees, three of whom are members of the founding family
n In the large business, 250-plus employees category, the winner was Butler Automotive Group in Macon. Other finalists in this category were Bennett International Group in McDonough and Ed Voyles Automotive Group in Marietta.
n In the medium business, 50 to 250 employees category, the winner was N.A. Williams Co. in Atlanta. N.A. Williams Co. was launched in 1934 by the current chairman's father. Other finalists in this category were Benning Construction Company in Smyrna, Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge and Repro Products in Smyrna.
n In the small business, fewer than 50 employees category, the winner was Jones Wynn Funeral Home in Douglasville. The funeral home was founded in 1950 in Villa Rica by a husband and wife team. Other finalists in this category were CCA&B in Kennesaw and Stripling's General Store in Cordele.
The 19th annual awards dinner will be on May 26 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. The 2010 awards dinner is co-hosted by Georgia Trend magazine and sponsored by J. Smith Lanier & Co. To purchase tickets or for more information call (770) 423-6045 or visit www.kennesaw.edu/fec. Since 1987, the Cox Family Enterprise Center has been involved in the education, recognition and research of family businesses.