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Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2006 11:00 pm

April 5, 2006 - The Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce held its 2006 Pinnacle Awards ceremony April 5 to recognize excellence and community service within local businesses.

The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort won the award for Large Business of the Year Award, Canyon Community Bank won the Small Business of the Year Award and Lyra Done won the Community Leader of the Year Award.

The purpose of the Pinnacle awards is to honor companies and individuals that have obtained success and who use their resources to better the community, said Jerry Bustamante, president and CEO of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.

Large Business of the Year Award

The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort is at 10000 N. Oracle Road.

The award recognized businesses that have shown growth over the past three years and have exhibited a great amount of community involvement and support.

The Hilton El Conquistador is one of the most renowned resorts in Tucson and features golf courses, 31 tennis courts, spa services, a 143-foot waterslide, five restaurants, equestrian facilities and 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor conference and meeting facilities.

Hilton Hotels began managing the El Conquistador Resort in December 2002, and spent $30 million redesigning the resort facilities.

Since the redesign, the resort has garnered more than 400,000 guests.

The Hilton El Conquistador implemented a team responsible for managing guest relations and employee relations.

The committee, titled CARE, which stands for Caring, Attentive, Responsive, and Empowered, works with guests and employees everyday to make sure each person is treated with respect and attentiveness.

The Hilton gives its employees the Most Hospitable Team Member Award, hosts ongoing celebrations of hospitality, and offers employee hospitality bingo to build team morale.

The Hilton also hosts a monthly recognition program, Celebrating Hilton Pride, which honors two departments each month.

In terms of community service, several employees at the Hilton are members of various community organizations, including the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the Ronald McDonald House charity, and have contributed to Project Graduation, which is a safe party for graduating high school seniors.

Other Finalists

Beach, Fleischman & Co. is at 1985 E. River Road.

The company offers complete tax planning and preparation, accounting and auditing, and comprehensive management and advising services.

The company serves clients that range from individuals and family-owned businesses to large corporations, and from business operating at single-site locations to those with international operations.

Beach, Fleischman & Co. has created four subsidiaries over the past three years to enhance the business. The company created BFC Financial Services to provide investment and financial advice, Pinnacle Plan Design for pension plan design and administration, Oracle Capital Partners to provide mergers and acquisitions support, and Oracle Capital Advisors, Ltd. to provide business valuation, cost segregation and litigation support.

The firm also developed specialized expertise in real estate planning, health care, manufacturing and nonprofit organizations and construction.

Over the past three years, the company has increased its staff by nearly 40 percent.

Beach, Fleischman & Co. has contributed large amounts of time and money to various community organizations, including the Catalina Foothills High School Grad Night 2005, Junior Achievement of Tucson, St. Philip's Preservations and Endowment, Pima Community College Foundation and the Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group.

Employees at Beach, Fleischman & Co. are members of several community organizations including the Arizonan Sonora Desert Museum, the Microbusiness Advancement Center, Carondelet Health Network and the Southern Arizona chapter of the Arizona Historical Society.

Northwest Medical Center operates hospitals at 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd. and 1551 E. Tangerine Road, as well as several satellite clinics and centers, including NMC Rancho Vistoso, NMC Oro Valley, three urgent care centers, Southern Arizona Diagnostic Imaging, The Women's Center, Women's Imaging and Diagnostic Services and Lazos de Familia.

The company employs more than 1,900 people at nine centers, and provides not only health care services but also health education resources and sponsorship.

Northwest Medical Center has grown by opening new facilities in 2005, which included the Northwest Medical Center Oro Valley and Northwest Medical Center Marana, an urgent care facility.

The Oro Valley center created 96 new hospital beds and shortened the health care drive for Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke, Catalina, Oracle and San Manuel residents.

The company sponsors a number of health-related organization fund-raising events in the community, including the American Diabetes Association Walk, the American Red Cross Ride for Aid, the Arizona Hospital Healthcare Association Campaign for Caring and the March of Dimes.

Small Business of the Year Award

Canyon Community Bank is at 7981 N. Oracle Road and 6811 N. Thornydale Road.

Canyon Community Bank opened in 2000, has about $80 million is assets and provides deposit services and loans to local businesses as well as banking services to families in northern Pima County.

The bank has opened two additional branches in the past two years in the Northwest, including one on Thornydale Road between Orange Grove and Ina roads and one in Catalina. The bank also recently bought property at the corner of Silverbell Road and Continental Reserve Loop to open another branch in Marana.

The bank began to offer residential mortgages in 2002, and subsequently hired a residential mortgage manager, a loan officer and support staff. In 2006, the bank budgeted approximately $42,000 for staff training.

Canyon Community Bank contributes money to several local agencies, including the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, the Marana Food Bank, Angel Charity, New Beginnings, Catalina Community Services, the Marana School Fund and the Christian Family Care Agency.

Other Finalists

Cowboy Copies is at 10785 N. Oracle Road.

The company provides a variety of products and services, including high-speed digital copies for flyers, brochures and manuals; blueprinting services for architects, engineers, builders, contractors and landscape designers; and color posters for presentations, advertisements and marketing campaigns.

Over the past three years, Cowboy Copies has upgraded all of its production equipment, created a Web site, www.cowboycopies.com, and conducted business in 26 states and eight foreign countries.

Cowboy Copies has donated money to Project Graduation, the Oro Valley Optimists Club, the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, the Local American Diabetes Association and the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.

Hiremath Family Dentistry has served Oro Valley since 1992.

Hiremath built a children's wing in the office, including a children's waiting room, in an effort to combat children's fears of the dentist.

Hiremath contributes to the community through the implementation of its free back-to-school dental exams, and was the title sponsor for the Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration for the town of Oro Valley.

Hiremath also sponsored Oro Valley's first Holiday Parade in December 2005, and donated the Children's Room at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Community Leader of the Year Award

Lyra Done has participated in variety of community service organizations, including her work as the current president of the Oro Valley Optimist Club. She's participated in Relay for Life, Project Graduation for Ironwood Ridge and Canyon Del Oro high schools, and Oro Valley Civitan.

Done, who is on the Board of Directors for the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, ran for the Oro Valley Town Council in 2002 and 2004, and was vice chair of the Naranja Town Site Executive Committee from 2001 to 2003.

Done owns her own real estate company, Lyra Done Realty, and is a member of the Arizona Association of Realtors, the Tucson Association of Realtors, the Women's Council of Realtors and the Southern Arizona Homebuilders Association.

Done is a member of Pima County's Youth Safety Driving Coalition, the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Women Impacting Tucson.

Done's most meaningful contribution to the community has been her involvement with the Hearth Foundation, she said.

The Hearth Foundation provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children, including New Beginnings for Women and Children, and the transitional housing program, Common Unity.

Done has been a board member for the organization for 11 years, has served as the treasurer and financial advisor for eight years, and as president in 2005. She said working with the Hearth Foundation enabled her to gain a stronger appreciation for the love and support of her own family.

Done won the Prudential Foundation's Community Champion Award for volunteer work with the Hearth Foundation.

Other Finalists

Satish Hiremath is the founder of Hiremath Family Dentistry and the president of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council. He spearheaded the free back-to-school dental exam program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Oro Valley.

Hiremath has donated money to the Oro Valley Public Library and has volunteered in Oro Valley for four years.

The most meaningful activity for Hiremath was his contribution of the Children's Room at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Tim Ahrens was president of the Oro Valley Rotary Club, board member for the Women's Transportation Seminar - Tucson Chapter, board member for the American Public Works Association, and an advisor for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - Tucson Chapter.

Ahrens began volunteering locally when he moved to Oro Valley five years ago.

Ahren's most meaningful experience with volunteer work happened 20 years ago when he was in the Peace Corps.

Ahrens and his group built a cold storage plant for a small fishing viilage, allowing the villagers to keep their fish fresh enough to sell in a big city market.

The subsequent increase in money to the village allowed for the community's first school.

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