ASBA and SBA to Honor Small Business Week Award Winners at the 20th Annual Enterprise Business Award
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
Keynote Panel will Feature Arizona Entrepreneurs
Billy Malkovich, CEO of Mountainside Fitness, Rich Rector, President of Realty
Executives International, and Ann Siner, Owner of My Sister’s Closet
(Apr. X, 2013)
U.S. Small Business Administration has
announced its Arizona winners for the annual Small Business Week awards
honoring small business champions and entrepreneurs. Winners will be recognized
for their contributions to the Arizona economy at the Arizona Small Business Association’s
(ASBA) 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 16 at
The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.
The awards luncheon will
feature a keynote panel of top Arizona entrepreneurs:
Billy Malkovich, CEO of Mountainside Fitness
Rich Rector, President of Realty Executives
Ann Siner, Owner of My Sister’s Closet
National Small Business Week is
"These men and women are the
risk takers, the innovators and the employers that power our economy and serve
our communities, in business and as local leaders,” said Robert J. Blaney, the
District Director of the SBA in Arizona.
The 2013 Arizona winners are:
Arizona Small Business Person
of the Year
John Stoncipher, President and
CEO of Guidance Aviation in Prescott is the 2013 Small Business Person of the
Some entrepreneurs get their
inspiration late in life, others like John Stoncipher know from youth what they
want and pursue it with life-long persistence and passion.
As a young boy growing up in
Pasadena, California, John’s future was forged as he watched police helicopters
fly overhead. By eighteen, John was certified to fly. By nineteen, with
an instructor’s certificate in hand, he was teaching others the intricacies of
Guidance Aviation was founded
in 1998 and took residence at Prescott’s Municipal Airport. From there,
John’s dream of a creating a first rate, high altitude flight school literally
took off. The company’s progression is a testament to success.
Characterized by innovation and growth the school soon won FAA approvals,
created alliances with the Yavapai Sheriff’s Office, won approval from the US
Department of Veterans Affairs to train veterans and received accreditation
with Embry-Riddle University. Yavapai College has partnered with Guidance
Aviation and offers an Associate of Applied Science Professional Helicopter
Pilot Degree Program.
Today Guidance Aviation has a
staff of 55, nine operating aircraft and a waiting list of students ready to
take flight into their futures.
Arizona Small Business Exporter
of the Year
Tattoo Manufacturing (TM) in
Tucson, run by CEO Stephen L. Tooker, is the Small Business Exporter of the
Year. TM manufactures products that emulate an art form that dates back
to the early age of man. As the largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos
in the world, holding 90% of the market share in North America and 65% of the
global market, they sell product in 80 countries.
What is the world market for
temporary tattoos? Perhaps the best way
to get a hint of the demand is to look at TM’s daily production. With 100
employees the company prints over 7 million temporary tattoos a day. TM’s other
products include books of tattoos known as Tattooles, custom calendars and
Safety is always a factor and
the company uses non-toxic, hypoallergenic and FDA certified colorants to
create products that exceed US and international regulatory requirements.
TM’s clients include the
domestic and international divisions of Budweiser, Coke, Pepsi, McDonalds,
Toyota, Ford, GM, GE, HBO, Kraft, Kellogg’s, Mattel and the US Government to
name a few. Its products are found around the world in countries including
Japan, India Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned
Business of the Year
This year’s Jeffrey Butland
Family-Owned Business is Sierra Seed Company of Nogales. Started in 1989 by the
late Rodney Hallman, Sierra Seed has since become a multimillion-dollar
distributor of vegetable seeds to large commercial growers in Mexico. Sabrina
Hallman joined the family business in 2007 when her father became ill.
An educator for 27 years, the
learning curve was steep for Sabrina, but by attending courses at Purdue, the
University of California-Davis, and the University of Arizona she developed an
understanding of the industry that would help her lead the company to
exponential growth. By 2011, her efforts produced revenues topping $10
million. With the recent opening of a new greenhouse in Mexico, growth
The appetite for quality seeds
in robust in Mexico and abroad. Vegetables grown from the family
company’s seeds make their way back north and are sold in grocery stores from
Nogales to Canada. That produce is part of the more than $2 billion or
between 4 and 5 billion pounds of produce that is shipped from Mexico to the United
States and Canada through Nogales annually.
Arizona Minority Small Business
Champion of the Year
This year’s Minority Small Business
Champion is Jo Anne Arvizu of Raytheon Missile Systems.
Jo Anne is Raytheon’s Supplier Diversity Manager in its Missile Systems
division. Daily, she provides guidance and support to division efforts to
enhance the utilization of Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Women
Owned Small Business, Veteran and Service Disabled Owned Small Business in
compliance with federal requirements.
As an active participant
in the local small business community, Jo Anne serves with many organizations
aimed at promoting small business growth. She is the chair of the
Minority and Small Business Alliance of Southern Arizona, board member of the
Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council, corporate member of the
National Association of Women Business Owners and resource council member of
the National Center for American Indian Economic Development Center.
A 33-year veteran of Raytheon,
her role and experience allows her to offer invaluable guidance to interests
inside and outside the company alike. She provides advocacy and
counseling assistance for all small firms interested in doing business with
Raytheon, offering insight on the Raytheon procurement system.
Internally, she routinely assists in developing strategies to increase
small business participation while aiding in the search for companies that can
offer the technical knowledge, quality workmanship and material goods Raytheon
Arizona Women in Business
Champion of the Year
This year’s Women in Business
Champion is Lydia Duron Kari,
Vice President and Branch Manager of BMO Harris Bank.
Lydia, who has been in banking
since 1988, was appointed to the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Council of
M&I Bank (a precursor to BMO Harris) to help increase diversity within the
bank’s own workplace and assist fellow employees expand their outreach efforts
within the diverse local community.
She has been an active board
member of the Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC) a non-profit that hosts
the SBA’s Tucson Women’s Business Center and the MAC Small Business Development
Her efforts to help women
business owners don’t stop when the door closes at work. Lydia is well
known for volunteering with business focused organizations including the Small
Business Development Center, the Minority and Small Business Alliance of
Southern Arizona and the Boots to Business program for returning veterans.
She routinely organizes workshops and is often found with microphone in
hand covering the fundamentals of business or offering an insider’s view of
what to expect when seeking funding from a bank.
Lydia recently helped charter a
new women’s focused group called Women Impacting New Entrepreneurs Inc.
The group supports and inspires women entrepreneurs with scholarships and
grants that enable them to further their education, leadership skills and
opportunities to succeed.
Arizona Veteran Small Business
Champion of the Year
This year’s Veteran Small
Business Champion of the Year is Melissa Lange, founder and president of the
Southwest Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s mission is to
improve business and economic opportunities for veterans throughout the
Southwest. Melissa also owns the KTR Group, an executive recruiting firm,
and has applied the lessons learned there to the challenges veterans face in
finding a job or starting a business.
A Navy veteran and proud Army
mom, Melissa has a passion for helping fellow veterans. The Chamber is
currently promoting pending legislation that will help veteran owned businesses
better compete for state contracts, provide expeditious notification of public
job announcements to veterans and create a tax credit for businesses that hire
In 2012, Melissa was appointed
co-chair of the Phoenix Military Veterans Commission by Mayor Greg Stanton.
Not surprisingly, Melissa is also an active board member with a number of
Veterans organizations including the American Legion, Veterans First, the Go
Vets Foundation, the Veterans Medical Leadership Council, Unified Arizona
Veterans, WAVES National, Women of the Sea Services and the Association of the
Arizona Financial Services
Champion of the Year
This year’s Financial Services
Champion is Jeff Mizukami, Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial
Loan Officer with Horizon Community Bank (HCB) in Lake Havasu City. Jeff
has been with HCB since December 2010 as head of the SBA Lending Division.
For the past 15 years of his 25
year banking career, Jeff has specialized in government guaranteed lending
programs such as those offered by the Small Business Administration and U.S
Department of Agriculture. Typical client industries include
professionals, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing and retail businesses.
Arizona Small Business
Development Center of Excellence
The Cochise College Small
Business Development Center (SBDC) in Sierra Vista is this year’s Center of
Excellence Award recipient for its record of success, innovation and economic
impact. In 2012, under the leadership of center director Mark Schmitt,
the Cochise College SBDC helped create 166 new jobs, helped retain 73 existing jobs,
assisted 51 new businesses to start, assisted businesses to increase sales by
$4.9 million and helped small businesses raise $4.3 million in new capital.
Characteristic of many SBDC
directors, Mark is an entrepreneur having owned and operated a variety of
businesses including a JC Penney Catalogue Desk, a Southwest gift store, a
shipping and packaging store, a carpet cleaning business, money services
business, collection agency, tuxedo rental store, TV/VCR repair shop and a
paging and Internet service business.
With this diverse business background Mark brings hands on experience to
Arizona’s SBDC Network is a
partnership between Maricopa Community College and the SBA. The service
centers, located throughout the state, serve thousands of clients annually
through business training programs and free, one-on-one confidential counseling
by counselors who use their real-life business ownership and management
experience to offer practical and relevant advice.
Join the celebration honoring
these small business leaders on Thursday, May 16 at 11:15am-1:15pm at the The
Phoenician Resort (6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ). To register, visit
www.azsmallbizcon.com or call (602) 306-4000.
Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is the largest trade association in
the state representing 11,000+ member businesses, and over ½ million employees
in all 15 counties. ASBA members enjoy access to significant group discounts,
countless opportunities to do business with each other, a wide array of
insurance products, and active advocacy efforts on public policy issues to
protect their businesses. Discover more at www.asba.com or by calling
602.306.4000 or 520.327.0222. Join ASBA. Be amAZed®
the U.S. SBA (Arizona District Office)
The U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the
federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small
business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and
strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The Arizona District Office plays
a significant role in the economic development of Arizona with a substantial
impact to the state’s economy. For more information, please call 602-745-7200
or visit www.sba.gov