GARNER — At the fourth annual Summit Awards, it became clear that Aversboro Coffee has become “Titanic.” Not the ship steaming headlong into tragic disaster, but the movie about that ship that collected awards like baseball cards.
The java dispensary won its fourth award at the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s Summit Awards event, which aims to recognize the best in business in Garner.
The coffee shop known for knowing their customers’ drinks won for Exceptional Customer Service, an award it also earned in 2011.
“It is a big deal to our employees. They're the ones that earned it for us. Working alongside them has been an honor,” owner Josh Macon said. “Everything seems to be automated and we try to find where other companies fall short nad pick up that slack, and get the human feel back.”
It also snatched Entrepreneurial Awards in 2011 and 2012.
This time, though, it had to share.
For the first time, the out-of-state, independent group judging the contest for the chamber awarded a tie in its assessment of nominees. Coats Auto Body & Paint also won for Exceptional Customer Service.
Foster Lake and Pond Management won the award for Integrity in Business. The longtime Garner business helps steward water resources for individuals and corporate interests.
“I feel like our team members have integ and it shows in our dealings with clients and customers, and to be recognized for that is very special,” owner Johnny Foster said. “It’s hiring within our culture....We hire for attitude and feel like we can train on the aptitude.”
It was also the first year for two awards. The Nonprofit Achievement Award went to Garner Veterans Memorial committee, which completed a veteran-honoring monument last spring. The Steady Growth and Achievement award went to Carolina Comfort Air, which provides air and heating for homes, apartments and light-commercial facilities.
The Entrepreneurial Award comes in three categories: 50-plus employees, 16 to 50 employees, and one to 15 employees.
Scrap metal and recycling company TT&E Iron and Metal took the heavyweight division. Brothers Alfred and Wallace Thompson started the business 37 years ago.
B.E.S.T. Commercial Roofing, founded more than three decades ago by David Barnes, won the medium-size prize.
Event management services company Capital Production Group, LLC, topped the other little guys. Tyler Price started it as a home-based, part-time business in 2007, and it offers full audio, video and lighting services. It now has three employees and warehouse space.