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Engineer Job Connect program exceeds goal

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
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With Engineer Job Connect funds, TriQuest Technologies trained (from left) former technicians Adam Dilger and Grant Buckingham as network partners.

Partnering with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, the Fort Worth Chamber’s involvement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s four-year Engineer Job Connect (EJC) program found jobs for veterans, minorities and women who are engineers and underemployed or unemployed engineers.

Ending in 2015, the effort helped to place and train 405 engineers at 37 local companies, exceeding the goal of 385.

Among those companies was TriQuest Technologies, an IT services and support company for small to mid-size companies, winner of the Chamber’s 2013 Greater Tarrant Business Ethics Award and two-time winner of the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award.

The program offered incentives to pay on-the-job training expenses and was a godsend for TriQuest and other small businesses, said Cyndy Tonniges, TriQuest director of operations.

She heard of EJC at the Chamber’s monthly JobLinks meeting , Tonniges said, and felt it was a natural fit for TriQuest where continuing education for employees is a priority.

“Technicians have over 200 hours of training each year,” she said, “and EJC provided money to help with that training. For a small business, that’s huge.

With EJC funds, TriQuest training for two senior level technicians – Grant Buckingham

and Adam Dilger – resulted in qualifying them as for roles equivalent to network engineers in six months, Tonniges said. “We were able to get their skills up to speed and to increase their training and certifications.”

In addition to adding depth of expertise for TriQuest, “the program helped us to streamline our training program and to become more focused,” she said, because the application process required specifics “on what we planned to accomplish in six months and how many hours it was going to take.”

Savings generated through EJC also helped TriQuest to hire more employees.

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Small Business of the Year Award finalists announced

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
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SBOY2015_logo_verticalIn a record year for the number of award nominations and applicants, twelve top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business of the Year Award, presented by Northstar Bank of Texas.

Winners will be announced at a reception prior to Mayor Betsy Price’s Annual State of the City address February 16 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The prestigious annual Small Business of the Year Award salutes those that operate with exemplary Best Practices.

“This year’s finalists are an impressive group that reflects the diversity of Fort Worth’s business base, including pharma, technology, manufacturing and professional services,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton. “The judges have their work cut out for them because these are all excellent contenders.”

Finalists were selected from 125 nominees and 45 written applications by a group of business professionals, MBA or Entrepreneur Center students at TCU’s Neeley School of Business and past award winners who are members of the Chamber’s Small Business Council Committee. Site visits by judges to the finalists’ business locations will determine the winners.

View the finalists photos on Facebook.

Finalists, by category, are:

Emerging Business (in business less than 3 years):

  • Alpha Industries LLC – fabrication, construction welding, industrial construction, global logistics, and team-management for industrial and energy clients
  • Cowtown Cycle Party LLC – fun, eco-friendly 16-person party bike to exercise while sightseeing in downtown and the Near Southside
  • Ventavia Research Group, LLC – clinical research company that conducts trials for new medications developed by pharmaceutical companies

1-10 Employees:

  • Blue Jean Networks, LLC –  IT service to small and mid-sized businesses
  • M-Pak, Inc. – industrial packaging and tactical clothing/uniform supplier to private and government businesses
  • SYNERGY HomeCare –  non-medical homecare services for people who need assistance with activities of daily living, including companionship, homemaking and personal care

11-50 Employees:

51-150 Employees:

Additional sponsors for the 2016 Small Business of the Year Award program are TCU’s Neeley School of Business, Tarleton State University, Wells Fargo, Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel, and Fort Worth Business.

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A giant in the aerospace industry

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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Top small businesses saluted

Four Tarrant County enterprises have received the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Small Business of the Year Award. Winners were selected from a field of 12 finalists. Three are from legacy Fort Worth industries – oil and gas, aviation and aerospace. Winners were announced at Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City address March 4.

The awards program was presented by NORTHSTAR BANK OF TEXAS. Recipients were judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

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InterConnect Wiring, L.L.P.

51-150 Employees

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In 1993, InterConnect Wiring was a home-based business in south Fort Worth. Today, it’s known and trusted worldwide among free-world air defense entities as a giant in the aerospace industry, specializing in complete military aircraft wire removal and replacement.

Serving aerospace manufacturing giants such as Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and Boeing, InterConnect Wiring flourishes against global competition, regularly earning praise as a small company with unmatched levels of performance – kudos acknowledged with the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award in the 51-150 Employees category.

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“InterConnect Wiring truly appreciates this award,” said Vice President and co-founder Clare McGarrey, “and wishes to recognize and thank all United States military branches whom we work so hard to support with our electrical aircraft wiring harnesses, panels, and modification kits.”

She and President John Ashour, along with co-founders Chris Bettinger and Marc Piloian, originally made electrical wiring harnesses and cockpit panels for the F-16 fighter. The company now provides a wide range of military aerospace electrical products and sends special teams around the world to rewire fighter jets and various types of helicopters.

InterConnect excels in finding clients “who are in a jam” because of off-schedule projects and helping them to achieve early completion.

Company founders serve on many local and national boards. InterConnect supports non-profit and charitable organizations ranging from the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation to the Fort Worth Child Study Center, Cook Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Lifegate Ministries and FitWorth, Mayor Betsy Price’s health initiative.

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Small Business of the Year Award finalists named

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Twelve top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Small Business of the Year Award, presented by NORTHSTAR Bank of Texas.

Winners will be announced at a reception prior to Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City address March 4 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“Small businesses are the foundation of Fort Worth’s economic success and represent more than 80 percent of the Chamber’s members,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton. “The prestigious annual Small Business of the Year Award salutes those that operate with exemplary Best Practices.”

Finalists were selected by a group of business professionals, MBA or Entrepreneur Center students at TCU’s Neeley School of Business and past award winners who are members of the Small Business Council Committee.

Finalists, by category, are:

Emerging Business (in business less than 3 years):

> Altitude Trampoline Park, Fort Worth’s first indoor trampoline park and a recognized example of safe recreation for health-conscious families and individuals.

> Synergy HomeCare, provider of personalized non-medical homecare services for those who need assistance with daily activities, including companionship, homemaking and personal care.

> Varghese, Summersett & Smith, PLLC, a law firm specializing in the handling of federal criminal matters, family law and civil cases.

1-10 Employees:

> Affairs Afloat Balloons, providing “wow”-effect balloons ranging from small gifts to large-scale tradeshow displays.

> Precise Energy Products, Inc., providing the oilfield services industry with products such as nitrogen, cementing, wireline and coiled tubing units.

> Smat Consulting, INC, a full-service website provider, including website development, hosting services, search engine optimization and domain-based email management.

11-50 Employees:

> Broadie’s Aircraft, an aviation maintenance and repair center for corporate, private and charter aircraft and the oldest continuously operating business at Meacham International Airport.

> OCG PR, a full-service, minority/woman-owned public relations agency built on collaborative relationships that connect clients with diverse communities.

> The Starr Conspiracy, a strategic marketing and advertising agency, the largest in Tarrant County, specializing in enterprise software and service companies.

51-150 Employees:

> Firefighting’s Finest Moving & Storage, Inc., an expanding full-service moving company specializing in a wide range of services from moving, packing and crating to shipping and storage.

> InterConnect Wiring, a global force in the manufacturing of aerospace products such as electrical wiring harnesses, power distribution panels and modification kits.

> SkiHi Enterprises, Ltd., a commercial mechanical contractor performing mechanical HVAC and plumbing services for customers such as Cook Children’s Hospital and TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Additional sponsors for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award program are TCU’s Neeley School of Business, Tarleton State University – Southwest Metroplex Center, Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel, and the Fort Worth Business Press.

 

 

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Small Business of the Year – Shoot Smart

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Four local small businesses with outstanding operations and results were honored recently with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award.

The awards program is presented by Community Bank. Additional sponsors include Charter Business, The Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Center at TCU and the Fort Worth Business Press.

Recipients were honored at Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City event Feb. 13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Chamber’s largest annual gathering.

Recipients were categorized by either emerging business or number of employees, and judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

Judges included business owners and professionals who are Chamber members and top students from TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Shoot Smart

Emerging Business

http://www.shootsmartusa.com

In 2010, James and Roxanne Laney loaded their love of business and shooting with a high-powered idea – a family-friendly gun range that would create shooters for life.

In 2011, they opened Shoot Smart, an indoor shooting range on I-35 in the Alliance area. Business boomed at the range that holds 5-star designation from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Revenue has nearly tripled and a second Shoot Smart indoor range has opened in Grand Prairie.

Recently, Shoot Smart notched the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award.

“We are thrilled to win the award for Small Business of the Year,” said CEO Roxanne Laney.

“Sometimes we feel like the best-kept secret in the Metroplex. We have worked very hard to distinguish ourselves by operating our small business as a big business – we want to grow and expand so that we always have a path to advancement for our employees in the business world and for our customers as better, safer recreational shooters.

“We would absolutely encourage other businesses to enter the competition next year. Competition makes you better. Reviewing your business strategies in comparison with other comparable businesses helps illustrate how and in which areas you can improve.

“The questions asked in the application for the award gave us the opportunity to really reflect upon our own strategies, which will help us going into our fourth year of business.”

The colorful ranges, with upscale design and bright lighting, are cleaned twice daily and lavish customers with amenities, retail shop, one-on-one training and attention from staffers, all of whom are certified graduates of the National Rifle Association Safety Officer course.

The ranges include open bays, private suites, a pro shop, gunsmith, a shooters’ lounge with free WiFi, competitions, leagues, a fulltime events coordinator and a training center where beginners and experienced shooters can take various courses, including self-defense.

Shoot Smart’s community involvement ranges from fundraising for charities to support for local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. Participation in the National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day has trained scores of girls in gun safety and how to shoot. The company’s designated charity is Our Father’s Children that serves abused and neglected children.

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Small Business of the Year – Care N’ Care Insurance Co.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Four local small businesses with outstanding operations and results were honored recently with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award.

The awards program is presented by Community Bank. Additional sponsors include Charter Business, The Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Center at TCU and the Fort Worth Business Press.

Recipients were honored at Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City event Feb. 13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Chamber’s largest annual gathering.

Recipients were categorized by either emerging business or number of employees, and judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

Judges included business owners and professionals who are Chamber members and top students from TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Care N’ Care Insurance Co.

11-50 Employees

https://www.cnchealthplan.com

Senior citizens find helping hands in many ways from Care N’ Care, a Medicare Advantage PPO plan and physician-governed organization founded in 2008 to provide an affordable alternative to Medicare supplement insurance and other types of Medicare health plans.

Member retention exceeds 95 percent – a record level for the industry – and Care N’ Care has received the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) highest rating of 5 stars for three years in a row.

Winning the SBOY Award “further validates that we are serving our primary purpose, and that we are doing that in an effective manner,” said CEO Fowad Choudhry. “Like any business, we focus on providing the best service we possibly can to our customers, who just happen to be patients. It is very gratifying to be recognized by the Chamber.

“Health care is going through a significant time of transition locally and nationally, and many people are wondering how to improve the financial and quality elements of health care delivery.

“Our focus has always been to put our members first, and to implement intelligent business systems that enable us to offer Medicare patients the highest quality of care, while better equipping them with the tools to play an active role in the management of their own care.       “This recognition further validates that we are serving our primary purpose, and that we are doing that in an effective manner.”

Preparation for competition such as SBOY help “participants to examine key aspects of their businesses, both the customer-facing aspects and back-end business functions,” Choudhry said.

“From that standpoint alone, I think it’s beneficial for businesses to participate in opportunities that allow internal stakeholders and external judges to evaluate the business using standardized metrics. Every business can describe how it is ‘different,’ but every business can also be measured by a set of common standards, and successful businesses want to be measured that way so they can improve and develop sustainable models of performance.”

The company’s service strategy follows its CARE approach: Connect, Be Attentive, Respond, Exceed Expectation.

Each member has a designated concierge, who serves as more than a service representative. Members are assisted with everything from helping to navigate the Medicare maze to answering benefit questions, making doctor’s appointments and finding network doctors.

Bonds with members are built on other personal touches such as offering the Silversneakers Fitness Program, providing transportation services to help assure more regular preventive visits with physicians and to get prescriptions, annual birthday greetings and  “Bingo and Ice Cream” socials.

Care N’ Care’s Quality Improvement Program focuses on discharge planning, patient education and facilitating post-acute transitions of care.

Community involvement includes supporting charities such as PMR Charity and Angel Tree while partnering with North Texas Secialty Physicians to provide free educational events to help demystify Medicare.

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Small Business of the Year – CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Four local small businesses with outstanding operations and results were honored recently with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award.

The awards program is presented by Community Bank. Additional sponsors include Charter Business, The Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Center at TCU and the Fort Worth Business Press.

Recipients were honored at Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City event Feb. 13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Chamber’s largest annual gathering.

Recipients were categorized by either emerging business or number of employees, and judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

Judges included business owners and professionals who are Chamber members and top students from TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions

51-150 Employees

http://www.ce-dfw.com

Across Fort Worth and North Texas, powerful economic growth has stoked rapid growth in warehouse facilities – and a local company that specializes in servicing their needs: CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions.

Founded in 1998, the company has expanded from a home-based operation to a 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility in Grapevine with a growing regional customer base. More than 80 employees sell, service and rent warehouse-related resources ranging from forklifts, loading docks and dock levelers to telehandlers and cooling fans.

“We are very excited to win the Small Business of the Year Award,” said President Brian Hoffman. “We truly didn’t expect to win. The biggest surprise to me was how involved the entire staff got in the process. I heard from almost all of our 85 employees asking if there was anything they could do to help, ‘how did it go,’ ‘did we win?’

“Our entire company was very excited to be nominated. A few members of our management team were with us at the awards reception when they announced we had won. Jason McKeever, our Operation Manager, sent a text back to the office, and they announced it over the intercom system and the place went crazy!

“The staff here at CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions comes to work every day and gives 100 percent of their effort to make our customers happy. We have only one rule: Treat people the way you want to be treated. If everyone does that, then everything else takes care of itself. It’s an honor to win the award and I am proud of the awesome Team at CE-DFW. The credit goes to all of our employees. We are very lucky to have such a great staff and live in such a thriving area.

“I would highly recommend to any small business to apply for the Small Business of the Year award. I would also encourage other people in the community to nominate someone if you know a business that you feel is deserving.

“We are not an organization that believes in singing our own praises, and we would have never applied for this on our own. Thankfully we were nominated by George Haratsis with McDonald Sanders law firm, and it has been a great experience.”

Keys to the company’s performance include focus on customer service and attention to detail, extensive employee benefits and training, the ability to service any resource in the material-handling warehouse market, and rapid response via an electronic dispatch system for the fleet of more than 40 vehicles.

Community involvement is at the heart of CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions with participation in local organizations such as Tarrant County Meals on Wheels, Susan G Komen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Santa’s Helpers and Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate scholarships.

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Small Business of the Year – Four Day Weekend, Inc.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Four local small businesses with outstanding operations and results were honored recently with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award.

The awards program is presented by Community Bank. Additional sponsors include Charter Business, The Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Center at TCU and the Fort Worth Business Press.

Recipients were honored at Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City event Feb. 13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Chamber’s largest annual gathering.

Recipients were categorized by either emerging business or number of employees, and judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

Judges included business owners and professionals who are Chamber members and top students from TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Four Day Weekend, Inc.

1-10 Employees

http://fourdayweekend.com

They’re well-groomed, well-mannered and crack clean jokes. Trust us, your parents would smile to see them at the front door. Former Mayor Mike Moncrief even called them “Fort Worth’s greatest ambassadors.” We’re talking professional comedians? Get outta heah.

Four Day Weekend, a downtown Fort Worth entertainment fixture for 17 years and one of the top five improvisational shows in the United States, takes the high road to set itself apart in the rowdy world of comedy. Their genius for humor and ability to connect with an audience have also steered them into roles as a resource for Fortune 500 companies’ events.

The troupe’s expert method in their madcapness earned Four Day Weekend this year’s Small Business of the Year Award. “We were beyond honored,” said President and co-founding cast member David Wilk. “We had to learn the business part as we went along. This award tells us we got it right. We graduated.”

Co-founders David Ahearn, Frank Ford and Wilk pooled their money in 1997 to launch a six-week, late-night spot at Casa on the Square, following Forever Plaid’s show.

A funny thing happened. Audiences loved them, they grew in stature for a year and eventually moved to larger space at what was the Caravan of Dreams theater. Today, Four Day Weekend is a troupe of 10 members who work nationally and internationally while developing TV and film productions, starring in commercials and connecting with fans via social media.

Would Wilk recommend entering SBOY competition to other small businesses?

“I would absolutely, because win, lose or draw, we felt like winners. You’re so busy you don’t take the time to look at what you’ve accomplished,” he said.

In Four Day Weekend’s case, “we got (the application) all written out and said, wow, look how far we’ve come and what we’ve built together.”

Their community involvement includes donations of tickets to charitable and non-profit groups and giving free performances to the U.S. military, Fort Worth Police Department and Youth at Risk seminars. And they annually light the Christmas tree in downtown Fort Worth.

 

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Peloton Land Solutions takes team approach

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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In military parlance, peloton can refer to a tight-knit team of specialists. In Tarrant County, it’s the name of an engineering company with rapid growth as consultants in the land development and energy sectors.

Peloton Land Solutions (PLS), founded in 2010, fields more than 50 engineers, planners, surveyors, environmental scientists, landscape architects, GIS specialists and support personnel who focus on comprehensive land development services to residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and energy clients, including Hillwood, West Fork Ranch and D.R. Horton.

In March, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce honored PLS with the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award in the Emerging Business category.

Holding that distinction “is very rewarding,” said Peloton designer Russell Slovak. “I think the Peloton partners have created something pretty special, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

A critical success factor, as their name implies, involves effort “to make every issue, project or decision a team approach,” said Richard Payne, who founded the company with Patrick Smith and Aric Head.

“We utilize all resources both internal and external to accomplish the goal whether it’s the client’s goal of a successful project, moving into a new market, an employee’s goal of diversifying their experience … or an internal company initiative such as opening an office in a new area. We work together to make Peloton the best company for our clients, our employees and the community.”

There’s a special reward, said Senior Project Manager Randy Alexander. “The privilege of working for some of Fort Worth’s most sophisticated developers helps develop our talent and allows us to work on strategic ventures that affect large areas of the city.”

As a corporate citizen, Peloton’s involvement includes membership in the 35W Coalition. Employees participate in organizations ranging from Mayor Betsy Price’s Steer Fort Worth to the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council and the Fort Worth Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

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Red Productions directs viewers into action

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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Red Productions practices an ancient art – visual storytelling. And a second ancient challenge – building a successful business.  They’re 21st-century models of how to excel in both.

And they’re the winners of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Small Business of the Year (SBOY)Award in the 1-10 Employees category.

“It’s such an honor for our team to receive this award,” said President and CEO Justin “Red” Sanders. “Fort Worth does a fantastic job of nurturing small businesses, and since we’re such a young company, it’s great validation to receive recognition from the Chamber.”

Established in 2005, Red Productions celebrated 2012 with advances that included expanded staff, release of an award-winning film (“Searching for Sonny”) and record-high revenue. Clients have ranged from the Dallas Cowboys, Coca-Cola and Alcon to Texas Christian University, from which most of the staff hold degrees.

Red Productions won top honors last year against network sports giants ESPN, NBC Sports, Turner Sports and CBS at the College Sports Video Summit in Atlanta, scoring the College Sports Media Award for Best Promo, PSA or Video Marketing Campaign in the National Networks/Professional division.

Their entry, “Revolution,” was a “jarring … thrill ride” promotional video made for TCU’s football program.

To achieve that level of work, SBOY judges noted, requires an exceptional blend of innovation, creativity and technology. Red Productions frees staff to apply their strengths and expertise via sophisticated technology to produce high-impact commercial and corporate work.

“We try to create videos that are not only beautiful but results-driven,” Sanders said. “Each project we undertake starts with an objective of getting the viewer to take a specific, measurable (action). That’s what good marketing should do — be so creative or so moving that you drive your viewer into action.”

Those resources are put to work as well in Red Productions’ community involvement, serving non-profit organizations such as Happy Hill Farm Academy and Lighthouse for The Blind of Fort Worth.

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