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United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Honors Islanders

December 18, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The best of the best of Corpus Christi’s business leaders were recognized at the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Bizzy Awards. Among the community members and businesses making a difference, Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Adam Farrell ’01 were honored. 

Quintanilla received the Dora Cervera Mirabal Women’s Leadership Award for her 23 years of dedication to student success at the Island University and serving on local community boards.

Farrell received the Leadership Corpus Christi Servant Leader Award. Farrell earned his master’s degree in education at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is the Founder and CEO of Pinnacle Performance and Fitness. His business has generated nearly $40,000 and has volunteered hundreds of hours to various local and national non-profit organizations.

13 people and organizations were recognized and awarded during the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce’s Bizzy Awards:

  • Henry Baldwin Award: Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal  
  • Dora Cervera Mirabal Women's Leadership Award: Kelly Quintanilla
  • Big Businesses of the Year: AEP Texas & H-E-B
  • Small Business of the Year: ICA Radio
  • New Business of the Year: Reliant Emergency Room
  • Non Profit Business of the Year: United Way of the Coastal Bend
  • Veteran Entrepreneurship Award: Commissioner Garry Bradford, Unique Employment Services
  • Leadership Corpus Christi Servant Leader Award:Adam D. Farrell 
  • Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year: Ramone Smith
  • Spirit of Mano a Mano Award: Brent Wooten
  • Champion of the Year: Michelle Velasquez Sanchez

This event was sponsored by C.C. Staples Management, Valero and the Women’s Shelter of South Texas.