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ACR Supply Company

Troy Meachum

4040 South Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

ACR Supply is a wholesale HVAC and refrigeration supplier. The company started in March 1977 and has grown to over $30 million in yearly revenue. The company has 90 employees in 9 NC locations. Their purpose is simple: Build relationships, impact lives and glorify God. Driven by the values to be humble, hungry and smart, they care for people and deliver passionate solutions. They have a culture where team members wake up every day and want to come to work. Believing everything they do has eternal significance, they intentionally create ways to impact lives. Through their ACR Cares program, they care for team members. Through their Future Leaders program (3 years), they develop leaders. In addition, they support the community though the ACR Cares initiatives. They partner with Roc Solid, Human Coalition, The Ronald McDonald House, and Operation Resolute. Each of these charities is unique in their focus and allows ACR team members to volunteer their time and money in showing God's love to our neighbors. ACR's mission really is one of caring about people, but also one of being passionate about solutions and doing their work with excellence.

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Highgrove Estates

Vicky Ismail

1613 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Highgrove Estates is a full-service Southern Estate where every detail is covered and your wedding planning is made simple. Highgrove began in June 2003 and has annual revenue of over $1.5 million. The company employees 35 people who are committed to making weddings simple! With the purpose of creating memories that last a lifetime; one couple, one celebration, one story at a time, they make a lasting impact. The values of Excellence, Integrity, Honesty, and Thoroughness guide them to do things in such a way that surpasses ordinary standards. They are accountable for their actions, do what we say and do not compromise. They will do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. This full service, all-inclusive venue - tables, chairs, linens, china, staff, ceremonies, and reception - on a private, 7-acre Estate provides a Chef owned restaurant delivering quality food, bridal coordinator and event management. It starts with caring for the employees. When an employee has a crisis or an immediate need, they meet them at the point of need and provide the time, resources, support, and finances to help them through. This is a family! Staff development, leadership retreats, teaching, training, and equipping Ladies and Gentlemen to serve Ladies and Gentlemen are at the heart of what they do.

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Markus Group Ltd.

Mark P. Boone

4401 Dewees Ct., Raleigh, NC 2760

The Markus Group provides contract manufacturing of commercial and retail products.  Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to Startup companies.  They specialize in helping companies develop products on a design to cost basis. The company started in June 1998 and now has an annual revenue between $1 and $1.5 million. They are in business to see clients prosper through the sale of the products they produce for them. They are a collaborative sales company with expertise in managing vendors. They take full ownership for the accurate production and delivery of the customer's designs.  If a delivered product is deficient, they will make the client whole. They develop strong relationships with their vendors and customers, fully understand their needs and capabilities. In addition, they often make creative product improvements to allow their customers to increase their sales through new product offerings. Markus Group gives back to the community and believes in keeping things simple.

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Care First Animal Hospital

Dr. Joe Gordon

1216 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608

It begins with caring...every patient, every client, every time. Striving to be the preferred provider of veterinary services in our market area. Care First began in March 1998. Today they have 130 employees, $12 million in annual revenue, two locations in Raleigh and one in Cary, NC. Care First is making a difference every day! Their values are straight forward: Exemplary Customer Service: Exceeding the client’s and team’s expectations before, during and after each encounter to create value and build lasting relationships. Clinical Excellence: Providing exceptional care and life quality to our patients with the continual improvement of our technology, products, and training. Trusted Client Education: Proactively educating clients so that they can provide their pets an exceptional quality of life. Compassion: Providing kind, thoughtful, non-judgmental and unconditional care, support and empathy to others. Integrity: Making the right and honorable decision even when it’s the most difficult or no one is watching based on the timeless moral values of honesty, justice, and trustworthiness. Continuous Learning: Continuously learning and growing professionally and personally. They honor their Mission, Vision, and Values in all we do. They take care of their employees and the employees take care of the business. In addition, they do Pro bono work for SPCA ($250,000 annually), 30% discount plus for all other rescues, sponsor of many organizations, support of Christian Veterinary Mission, take in all strays presented at our door.

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Osterlund Architects

Andy Osterlund

5 W. Hargett St., #502 Raleigh, NC 27601

Osterlund Architecture firm located in downtown Raleigh. Started in January 2008, it employees 10 people with an annual revenue between $500,000 and $1 Million and operates in Raleigh, NC, and Superior, Wisconsin. Taking on everything from city parks to historic renovations to worship spaces, Osterlund Architects promotes mixed-use development and valuable use of land through design in Raleigh and beyond. They work with clients who have a clear vision and known needs and listen to them throughout the design process. They're inspired by Raleigh and we work for the reclamation and redemption of empty spaces. Sustainability and innovation are both important to this quiet, introvert team who get excited about big ideas. They are committed to mentoring and recognizing accomplishments at work but remaining interested in people, not just in the work. Lead by demonstrating the work and by teaching, training and equipping. The team at Osterlund understand they are never alone on a project. Trying to grow an office where principals and employees support each other – mentoring, brainstorming, listening, creating a culture where everyone is able to learn and grow in their careers. We love to work with public clients and make our mark on the community. We're always ready to talk about design over coffee with young architects-in-training, and we offer internship opportunities. We look for ways to be involved, whether it's contributing to the local arts, fostering connections between the talented consultants and professionals we work with, or participating in the annual Archtober firm crawl to share a little of what we do with the greater community.

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Hipp Engineering & Consulting

J. Budd Hipp

​2301 Rexwoods Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27607

Hipp Engineering & Consulting, Inc. (HIPP) is a professional engineering consulting firm headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, with offices in Augusta, Georgia. They specialize in the design of utility, process, and controls systems for clients in many industries. Their focus includes electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, and instrumentation & controls engineering and design. HIPP also provides onsite project management resources and design support at client facilities. Hipp started in January 2001 and employees around 50 people. Seeking to provide engineering services that will help clients achieve their strategic goals, they focus on delivering real value and building long-term relationships with a wide range of operations and cGMP/cGLP domain expertise. Founded on three traditional values: Faith, Family, and Finance, these values transcend their approach to work, relationships with fellow team members and their families, and the interactions with clients. Their mission is to partner with clients to achieve the best solutions for their engineering needs through design excellence, trustworthy relationships, and responsive service. HIPP emphasizes and values the Faith element in all aspects of the business. The Company begins each week with a Monday morning Prayer & Devotional Meeting that is open to all employees who desire to attend. A faith-based employee care program is available. HIPP prides itself as a company without much hierarchy and bureaucracy. Everyone is empowered to offer ideas and champion solutions on how the company could improve. The company is committed to providing team members with a work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance. Team members are given the flexibility that allows them to balance family matters with business needs. The HIPP Fun Committee oversees year-round social events for employees and their families where the focus is on non-technical aspects of life in an engineering firm: Fun, Laughter, and Camaraderie. We also have a CARE Committee that rallies around employees who have lost loved ones as well as celebrate the joys and successes of family members. Employees are encouraged to develop and enhance their technical competencies. HIPP supports training through recognized schools of instruction, seminars, workshops and professional meetings. In addition, HIPP schedules vendor presentations and regular "Lunch and Learn" sessions to keep members up to date on topical issues and engineering advances. HIPP loves to be generous in supporting a variety of charities in the community. Some support is through monthly/yearly financial gifts as well as participation in banquets/dinners and golf tournaments that raise needed funds.


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