2013 Pinnacle Winners

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PinnacleGaining momentum as innovators and business drivers, the Gwinnett Chamber”s 2013 Pinnacle Small Business Award recipients are taking their industries and the local business community by storm. Recognizing their small business achievements and commitment to our community, the Gwinnett Chamber selected six winners from among the 2013 Pinnacle Small Business Top 25 and non-profit finalists.

Biscardi Creative Media, LLC
2013 Pinnacle Award Winner
Category I (1-9 employees)

Drawing on more than 20 years of industry experience, Walter Biscardi Jr. leads Biscardi Creative Media, a full service script-to-screen creation company at the forefront of creative media production. The company uses the highest level of technology to produce Emmy-award winning broadcast programming, episodes, commercials, and feature films daily. “We”re proud to have a creative team and environment that fosters creativity and innovation,”# says Biscardi. “We”re all about our clients coming in, kicking off their shoes, and having fun.”#


Bardi Heating & Air, Inc.
2013 Pinnacle Award Winner
Category II (10-99 employees) and Overall Pinnacle Small Business of the Year

Bardi Heating & Air, a family-owned business, has been a recognized leader in the commercial HVAC since 1989 and provides award-winning home heating, cooling and plumbing services. “Our company stands out because our unique business moral compass to always, always, always do the right thing for our customers,”# says President and CEO Alex Bardi. Bardi is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and is the only HVAC company to win their first place awards for Best Customer Service and Best Community Service.


The McCart Group
2013 Pinnacle Award Winner
Category III (100+ employees)

The McCart Group is a risk management and insurance agency that has been in continuous operation for more than 40 years. In 1971, Joe McCart founded the agency as a property and casualty insurance provider. Now one of the largest independent brokers in Georgia, the company has expanded by launching employee benefits and risk control practices, as well as numerous other specialized advisory services. “We fiercely protect our independence, allowing us to respond to new opportunities, ultimately benefiting our most valued asset, our clients,”# says McCart.


Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center
2013 Pinnacle Non-Profit Winner

Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Centeris a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healing and wholeness in the community by extending the outreach and ministry of the church through pastoral counseling, psychotherapy, education and consultation. “As a multi-dimensional ministry, our center”s goal is to always offer services will enable individuals, couples, families, pastors, organizations and congregations to experience healing and wholeness in their individual and family living as well as in their relationships and their organizational functioning,”# says Executive Director Jaye#Peabody MPA, MDIV, MS.


Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett
2013 Pinnacle Non-Profit Winner

Located in Lawrenceville, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett is committed to caring for the uninsured and underinsured working poor in our community. The center provides individuals with a wide-range of services typically found in a family physician”s office, such as well child and adult exams, chronic disease management, preventive care, and women”s health. “Our services are designed to be affordable and aim to not only meet physical needs, but to also address the spiritual needs of our patients,”# says Medical Director Dr. John Kludt.


Operation One Voice
2013 Pinnacle Non-Profit Winner

Founded by Lieutenant William F. Stevens of the Duluth Police Department, Operation One Voice is a program designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to raise funds to help support the immediate needs of families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces.#”America”s Special Forces are some of the finest in#our military.# Their work#is#highly classified, and due to the inherent risks in their duties, they suffer casualty rates more than 4 times higher than those of the conventional forces outside of Iraq,”# says Stevens.


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