Vistage Florida Announces Member Mary Tappouni of Breaking Ground Contracting Named...
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Vistage Florida Announces Member Mary Tappouni of Breaking Ground Contracting Named Florida Small Business Person of the Year JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Vistage Florida, an executive leadership organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs, announces member Mary Tappouni has been named the 2009 Small Business Person of the Year for the state of Florida by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Tappouni is president of Breaking Ground Contracting, a commercial and institutional general contractor redefining construction through green, sustainable building practices. Tappouni founded Jacksonville-based Breaking Ground Contracting in 1997 and since that time has expanded the company to 14 employees, tripled revenues since 2004 and has averaged 56 percent growth every year for the past three years. The general contracting company specializes in commercial contracting, green building, remodeling and historic renovations, design/build services, general contracting, construction management, pre-construction services, and LEED(R), OSHA and NCCER training. Breaking Ground Contracting has a diverse portfolio that includes professional and medical office projects, health and fitness, park and recreation areas, retail shops, government offices and specialty construction. What has truly defined the company's vision and established a new standard in the industry is Tappouni's passion for green, sustainable building. As a LEED(R) Accredited Professional, Tappouni offers LEED(R) construction services and LEED(R) education and consulting at Breaking Ground Contracting. She also offers many incentives for her employees who adopt green living practices, such as offering financial incentives for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles. She is further raising awareness of green building in the construction industry by publishing a series of books for children and the community titled, Me and Green. Tappouni attributes much of her company's success to the peer coaching and mentoring she has received through Vistage Florida, which she joined in January 2007. Vistage Florida is part of Vistage International, which was established in 1957 to enhance the lives of CEOs and provide them with the tools to become better business leaders. Members of Vistage Florida meet in small peer groups every month under the same guiding principles - to help one another make better business decisions, achieve better results, and enhance their lives. Members learn from one another by acting as each other's board of directors, coaches, mentors and consultants. SOURCE Vistage Florida Amy Ogden, Public Relations Manager, Clockwork Marketing Services, Inc., +1-904-280-7960, email@example.com, www.clockworkmarketing.com
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