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Ribbons of Blue and A History Lesson Too...
Washington, D.C.: "You can't help but go there and feel inspired, especially if you're an American. There is definitely a sense of patriotism there," said Jarrod Redwine after he and fellow V-tech employee Lorene Cole traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Award on behalf of V-tech Environmental Services. This makes V-tech a two-time winner of the award which is an unprecedented feat for any other business in Lubbock. "It was a great honor for the company, and says a great deal about our business and the commitment from top to bottom. It was quite an accomplishment to be selected twice," said Redwine. Robin Rainey, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Business Development added, "Earning a Blue Ribbon Award in 2009 and again in 2011 further highlights V-tech as a model small business with expert staff, excellent service delivery, a strong business model and stellar leadership." "It was an honor for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce to nominate us," commented Polly Vann, General Manager of V-tech. "Any time this company can share Lubbock with the rest of this country, that's huge to me."
V-tech staff members attended the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Summit to accept the award on May 24, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
V-tech was among 74 other nationwide Blue Ribbon Award winners made eligible for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award sponsored by Sam's Club. Selection was based on number of employees, gross revenues, business model, and other selected criteria.
In addition to receiving the award, Jarrod Redwine and Lorene Cole were also able to visit several landmarks within our nation's capitol. The Lincoln, Washington and Vietnam Memorials were among their many destinations, along with the American History Museum. Awe inspiring to both Jarrod and Lorene was the original American flag that served as Francis Scott Key's inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner. Tattered and torn, it is kept mostly in the dark for preservation purposes. Cole also commented that one of her most memorable stops was to see the inaugural gowns and pictures of our country's presidential wives. "It was interesting to see how the picture composition and posture of the people changed over the years".
Redwine, a self-proclaimed history buff, was inspired by the breadth of history spanned in the displays. Observations included artifacts from our founding fathers to the Gulf War; artifacts belonging to George Washington; General Sherman and Abraham Lincoln, along with war artifacts including the Revolutionary War and some of Thomas Edison's inventions and project notes. Also visited was the National Archives where original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights are displayed. "You read about Washington, D.C. all of your life, and then you see it. I appreciate history, so to actually see it up close...wow! You can't appreciate it properly in a picture," says Redwine.
Vann observed this as a great occasion to give her staff an opportunity to travel, expose them to a political climate, gain professional knowledge, and network with a different caliber of professionals. "If you don't rub elbows with people, you're not inspired and you're not doing big things. When you get out of your comfort zone, you revive your energy and you get a new perspective", says Vann. She believes this was a huge investment in her employee's growth and the payback will be ten-fold. "It is neat to see your employees flourish and develop great strengths thru opportunity, personal growth, and unique situations such as this," Vann said. Something special is always in the works for this Blue Ribbon winner.