KSU's Cox Family Enterprise Center awards honor Georgia family businesses


  Annual prizes given by the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business…

Georgia (May 25, 2010) 

Annual prizes given by the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business

Kennesaw, Ga. (May 24, 2010) –– The Cox Family Enterprise Center, housed at Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business, will hold its 19th annual dinner for the “2010 Georgia Family Business of the Year Awards” on Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. 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” are:

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 family

Large Business (250+ employees) Winner: Butler Automotive Group (Macon) started as a Chevrolet 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)

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.”

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 www.kennesaw.edu/fec


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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