KSU announces Georgia Family Business of the Year award winners
Kennesaw State announces Georgia Family Business of the Year award winners…
(Mar 17, 2010) —
Kennesaw State announces Georgia Family Business of the Year award winners
Annual prizes given by the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business
Kennesaw, Ga. (March 17, 2010) –– The Cox Family Enterprise Center, housed at Kennesaw State University’s Coles College
of Business, has announced the winners of the “2010 Georgia Family Business of the Year Awards.”
Since 1991, the world renowned Cox Family Enterprise Center has honored the best Georgia-based
family businesses. The center gives out the Cox Century Award to a family firm that
has been in business for at least 100 years and selects winners and finalists in categories
based on company size. Winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges and are
critiqued on a number of criteria, including family involvement in the business, innovative
business practices or strategies, contributions to the community and business success.
“The past year has been tough on all businesses,” said Joe Astrachan, executive director
of the Cox Family Enterprise Center. “But family-owned firms have done better overall
than most businesses. In this year’s awards, we honor companies that have withstood
the test of time and have done exceptionally well in a difficult economy.”
The 19th annual awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at the Renaissance Waverly
Hotel in Atlanta. The 2010 awards dinner is co-hosted by Georgia Trend magazine and sponsored by J. Smith Lanier & Co.
The winners and finalists of the “2010 Georgia Family Business of the Year Awards”
Cox Century Award: Glover Foods (Americus) was founded in 1892 and grew to become of one of the largest food distributing companies
in Georgia. Today the firm has 200 employees, three of whom are members of the founding
Large Business (250+ employees)
Winner: Butler Automotive Group (Macon) started as Chevrolet auto dealer in 1933 and evolved into an auto parts business.
The firm now has 400 employees, including seven family members, and owns 10 auto dealerships.
Finalists: Bennett International Group (McDonough)
Ed Voyles Automotive Group (Marietta)
Medium Business (50-250 employees)
Winner: N.A. Williams Co. (Atlanta) was launched in 1934 by the current chairman’s father. Today, the automotive industry
manufacturers’ representative is chaired by the founder’s son and has sales representatives
covering all 50 states
Finalists: Benning Construction Company (Smyrna)
Mercier Orchards (Blue Ridge)
Repro Products (Smyrna)
Small Business (fewer than 50 employees)
Winner: Jones Wynn Funeral Home (Douglasville) was founded in 1950 in Villa Rica by a husband and wife team. Today the funeral home
has two locations and is led by the third generation
Finalists: CCA&B (Kennesaw)
Stripling’s General Store (Cordele)
To purchase tickets or tables for the dinner, or for more information, please call
the Cox Family Enterprise Center at 770-423-6045.
About the Cox Family Enterprise Center
Since 1987, the Cox Family Enterprise Center has been dedicated to the education,
recognition and research of family businesses. As one of the first university-based
centers of its kind, the Cox Family Enterprise Center remains on the cutting edge
of family business education and research and has played a critical role in serving
family businesses and furthering economic development.
For more information on the Cox Family Enterprise Center, please visit
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.