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Leaders recognized with Partnership Gwinnett awards

From a theater director to a law office and a manufacturing facility, leaders were honored Friday with the Partnership Gwinnett 2013 Imagination, Innovation and Influence Awards, bestowed as part of the annual Partnership Gwinnett Summit.

“Partnership Gwinnett was thrilled with the quantity and quality of nominations received this year for its annual awards. The 2013 finalists and winners demonstrate the outstanding work companies and individuals are doing to transform Gwinnett into a world-class community,” said Carla Carraway, the president of Precision Planning, Inc. who is the chairwoman of the economic development effort for 2013. “We congratulate all of our winners, finalists, and nominees and look forward to their continued success and leadership.”

The awards recognized an individual and a company in each category.

The Imagination Award winners included Anthony Rodriguez of the Aurora Theatre, for helping drive the Gwinnett arts community, and Cornerstone and NovoLogic, which was recognized for its coworking space in downtown Lawrenceville.

“We are continually looking for ways to amplify the theatre experience, engage more Gwinnettians, and build a stronger, more comprehensive arts community,” Rodriguez said in a press release. “Partnership Gwinnett plays a central role in this mission by recognizing the positive impact arts have on the vitality of a community. They have been instrumental in many of the county’s arts initiatives, including the formation of ArtWorks! Gwinnett. We are grateful for our partnership and thankful for this distinguished recognition.”

Recognizing individuals and companies that develop unique projects, ideas and initiatives, the Innovation Awards went to Denise Brinson, economic and community development director for the city of Suwanee, and Heatcraft Worldwide Refigersation, which opened an Innovation Center in te Evermore Community Improvement District.

“This recognition serves as yet another confirmation that our decision to house our global Innovation Center in Gwinnett was the right choice for our company,” said Larry Golen, vice president and general manager for Heatcraft North America. “Partnership Gwinnett and the surrounding community have been invaluable partners as we seek to effectively grow our business and continue to lead our industry.”

In recognition of volunteerism, an Partnership Gwinnett Influence Award was given to attorney Mike Levengood, who has chaired efforts from Engage Gwinnett to the Chamber’s transition steering commitee and a governance committee for Gwinnett Medical Center.

The company Influence Award was given to Thomas A. Andersen of Andersen, Tate & Carr, in recognition for leading a company culture that emphasizes community involvement, including participation on community boards including the Gwinnett Chamber, the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation and the Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Foundation.