Awards were given for Culture, Work Environment, Family Friendly, People Development and Rewards & Recognition. Three awards were given in each category: one for small businesses (50 employees and under), mid-sized businesses (50-250 employees), and large businesses (250+ employees).
Forty-seven companies entered 140 separate nominations in the five Platinum Award categories, but only 15 walked home with the marble plaques. CP&L was the evening’s only double winner with awards for Family Friendly and People Development.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, one of CBC’s health insurance providers, walked home with the Crown Award, a special award for one company that exhibited excellence in all five award categories.
State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk served as the keynote speaker for the evening. After being introduced as a “genuine public servant” by Maupin Taylor & Ellis’ Travis Porter, Kirk told a few funny tales about his experiences in North Carolina’s public schools. He commended the award winners on “saluting businesses for being worker friendly” saying that loyalty is a trait that should go both ways.
WNCN-17 News Anchor Donna Gregory emceed the event, and Phil Kirk handed out the plaques along with TBJ publisher Charlene Grunwaldt.
Jan Sharp accepted the award on behalf of CBC.
CBC was winner in the Culture category last year, the first annual presentation.