Vistage Florida Announces Member Mary Tappouni of Breaking Ground Contracting Named...

Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:48pm EDT

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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

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