2011 Pinnacle Awards

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Honoring Gwinnett”s Best in Business and Community Service

What does it take to succeed at business? Brains, skill, leadership, tenacity, persistence, a great team and a bit of luck are on the list for sure, and those nominated for the 2011 Pinnacle Awards have their share of these qualities – and more. In fact, this year the selection committee for the Gwinnett Chamber”s annual awards to honor our community”s leading businesses and non-profits took a special look at how the nominees handled adversity and served their community. From a stellar list of more than 200 nominees — narrowed to 50 finalists — a total of six businesses and non-profit organizations were named the winners at the 2011 Pinnacle Small Business Awards luncheon in late April.

Prince Niyyar, President and Chief Executive Officer
Commdex Consulting, LLC
2011 Pinnacle Small Business Person of the Year
Overall Winner (10-99 employees)

Prince Niyyar”s entrepreneurial success story begins with# personal drive, a passion to overcome professional adversity and a response to an American tragedy.

A native Indian, Niyyar started Commdex Consulting in 2001 in reaction to the events surrounding the 9/11 disaster. As a witness affected by this tragedy, he saw a need for enhanced mission-critical communications for public safety agencies in order that they be better prepared for nationwide disasters. The result – Commdex Consulting was born.

Starting with a $2,500 personal investment and the challenge of overcoming English language barriers, Niyyar began building his company that now provides infrastructure engineering and management consulting services to the telecommunications industry across the United States. Commdex Consulting is now the only company in the country, with less than $1 billion in revenue, to be qualified and experienced in mission-critical communications systems, command center design and public safety interoperability planning.

Niyyar, an industry expert in wireless communications, shows that with sheer grit and a determination to succeed in business, it”s possible to overcome even the tallest hurdles in life.

Find more information about the five additional winners by clicking on the links below. >>

Mark Lackey – Atlanta Housing Source at Solid Source Realty, Inc.
2011 Pinnacle Award Winner
(1-9 employees)

Teddy Russell – Russell Landscape Group, Inc.
2011 Pinnacle Award Winner
(100+ employees)

Susan Boland Butts – Hi-Hope Service Center
2011 Pinnacle Non-Profit Award Winner (large)

Adam Pomeranz – Annandale at Suwanee, Inc.
2011 Pinnacle Non-Profit Award Winner (medium)

Judy Waters – Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia
2011 Pinnacle Non-Profit Award Winner (small)

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