The task now for Res in Motus (business in motion) committee members is daunting, but not one for the faint of heart.
The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce announced the top three finalists in four separate categories for Res in Motus business of the year at its monthly membership luncheon March 26 inside the Pavilion at John Knox Village. And that was the hard part. The more difficult assignment of naming the final award recipients, which will be announced at a Chamber luncheon May 16, now awaits.
The top-three list was narrowed from 23.
“It was incredibly hard,” said Mary Anne Metheny, Res in Motus committee chairwoman and CEO of Hope House. “It was very, very difficult. We have great businesses here in Lee’s Summit and to try to narrow them down – there were some spirited conversations that happened.”
Metheny said the top three recipients will have site visits prior to the announcement of the winner in each category.
Committee members will consider the business’s service to the Chamber and to the community, prudent business practice, stability/growth, history of good employee relations, effective marketing strategies, technology resource management, growth in number of employees and the application presentation.
“They are going to have to put on their best because now it’s going to be narrowed done to one, which is very difficult to do,” Metheny said.
Jeremy Wood has traveled the path now awaiting the dozen Lee’s Summit businesses. Wood, owner and president of Cinematic Visions, was not only nominated and landed a top-three selection last year for business of the year in a category for five employees or less, but actually won the award after being nominated in the same category from 2010-2012.
“I had never made it into the top three,” Wood said. “So making it into the top three would be my equivalent to finally busting through to the Final Four in college basketball; it felt really good. I thought on some small level, whether I won or not, making it into that top-three was a pretty big achievement.”
Wood said a business-as-usual approach worked best for Cinematic Visions after finalists were announced a year ago.
“I just went back to work,” he said. “Staying busy and trying not to think about (the site visit). I didn’t want to make it something that would keep me up at night.”
This year’s finalists and their categories are:
Sanctimonia (non-profit under 20 employees)
Hillcrest Transitional Housing of EJC
Pro Deo Youth Center
Vegrandis (five or less employees)
Embrace the Grape Beverage Catering
Julia E. Hampton, CPA, PC
Parvus (6-20 employees)
Douglas Tire & Auto Service
The Red Force Fire & Security
Magnus (more than 20 employees)
Our Lady of Presentation Catholic School
Summit Technical Solutions, LLC