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Pride In Business Awards

Each year, the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations with the Pride In Business Awards (previously Business & Community Excellent Awards). Award recipients represent the best of who we are as business and community leaders.
Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Impact/Corporate Partner of the Year *
  • Corporate LGBTQ+ Ally of the Year *
  • LGBTQ+ Business of the Year †
  • LGBTBE® Certified Business of the Year †
  • Allied Business of the Year †
  • Nonprofit Member of the Year ‡
  • Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year *
  • Business/Employee Resource Group of the Year *

* Nominations limited to Corporate/Impact Partners only

† Open to Chamber Business Members

‡ Open to Nonprofit/Community Members only

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Basic Award Criteria

  • Self-nomination is both allowed and encouraged
  • Please ensure that if you are nominating another member that they are willing to accept the award and participate in the Pride In Business Celebration luncheon on September 20, 2024
  • Past award recipients must observe a five-year waiting period before being eligible for nomination in the same category of their previous recognition.
  • For awards denoting LGBTQ+, the nominee must self-identify as an LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning or another underrepresented sexual orientation or gender identity) individual or business (depending on the award)
  • For awards denoting LGBTBE®, the nominee must be an LGBTBE® Certified business in good standing
  • Nominations must be submitted by the deadline of 11:59 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2024
  • All nominees must be Chamber members in good standing to be eligible to nominate for any award or to be selected as an award recipient
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Award Categories

Past Award Recipients

2023

Business Excellence
Ray Scott State Farm

Chamber Champion
Lorenzo Hotel - Matthew Jones

Corporate Ally
Wells Fargo

Employee Group of the Year
Pride EBRG - American Airlines

Excellence in the Arts
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

ExtrAA Mile Community Service
sponsored by American Airlines
Juan Contreras - Dallas Latino Pride

2022

Business Excellence
Caven

Business Excellence
Burch Law

Business Excellence
MT Associates

Employee Group of the Year
Spectrum at Toyota

Excellence in the Arts
TACA The Arts Community Alliance

ExtrAA Mile Community Service
sponsored by American Airlines
Dustin Vyers

Supplier Diversity Champion
PepsiCo

2021

Business of the Year
Dallas Wings Basketball

Extra Mile*
Community Service

Ahmad Goree
Abounding Prosperity

Corporate Ally
Children's Health

Member Service
Ron Allen, CPA
Ron Allen CPA, PC

Supplier Diversity Champion
Toyota Motor North America

Employee Group of the Year
Unity at EY

Community Champion
Hon. Adam Medrano

2020

Business Excellence
Uptown Physicians Group

 

Excellence in Community Service
Chris Schlarb
Dallas College

Employee Group of the Year
TI Pride Network
Texas Instruments

2016

Business of the Year
Fastsigns - Irving/Las Colinas

Extra Mile*
Community Service

Rafael McDonnell
Resource Center

Corporate Ally
American Airlines

Member Service
Waylon Tate
Waylon & Associates

Supplier Diversity Champion
Doug Roark
Staff Perm

Emerging Leader
Joshua Cogan
Outlast Youth

2015

Business of the Year
Fantastic Moves
&
AIDS Arms, Inc.

Extra Mile*
Community Service

David Mack Henderson
Fairness Fort Worth
&
Kimberly Kantor
Rainbow Roundup

Corporate Ally
Sheraton Dallas Hotel

Member Service
Marsha Thomas
TNT Promotions

Supplier Diversity Champion
David Gifford Robinson
Brinker International

Emerging Leader
Jaime Duggan
Duggan Law Firm

2014

Business of the Year
Liberty Burger

Extra Mile*
Community Service

Pride Pharmacy

Corporate Ally
Haynes & Boone, LLP

Member Service
Michael Henshaw
TravelOUT

Supplier Diversity Champion
Robin Pulford
American Airlines

Emerging Leader
Christopher Gorrie
Fort Worth Police Department

Community Impact
ilume Management Services

Chairman's Award
Tony Vedda
North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO

2013

Business of the Year
Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

ExtrAA Mile*
Community Service

Caven Enterprises

Corporate Ally
Wells Fargo

Member Service
Gib Murray
Raytheon

Supplier Diversity Champion
Tim & Thom DeWitt
OBOX Solutions

Emerging Leader
Pam Bowers, PhD
Fort Worth Police Department

Chairman's Award
Justin Williams
Capital Title of Texas Uptown

2012

Business of the Year
Law Office of Rob Wiley, PC

Community Service
Cooper Smith Koch

Corporate Ally
Southwest Airlines

Member Service
Jeremy Bradford
American Cancer Society

Supplier Diversity Champion
Nancy Minchillo
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Emerging Leader
Kristopher Parker

Chairman's Award
Marsha Thomas
TNT Promotions

2011

Business of the Year
UPS Store Highland Park

 

ExtrAA Mile*
Community Service

Hon. Chris Luna

 

Corporate Ally
AT&T

 

Member Service
Debbie Hoff
Raytheon (Retired)

 

Emerging Leader
Travis Gaspar

 

Business Person of the Year
Dr. Kevin Terrell
Kevin Terrell, DDS

 

Chairman's Award
John Ambler
Headington Companies

2010

Business of the Year
Fashion Optical

ExtrAA Mile*
Community Service

ilume Management Services

Corporate Ally
Raytheon

Member Service
ilume  Management Services

Emerging Leader
Justin Williams
Uptown Capital Title

Business Person of the Year
Bob McCraine
Texas Pride Realty

Chairman's Award
Jamie Sloan

2009

Business of the Year
Crain & Craig, LLC

Extra Mile*
Community Service

Hon. Joel Burns
Fort Worth City Council

Corporate Ally
Texas Instruments

Member Service
David Wickham
Warwick Melrose Hotel

Emerging Leader
Matt Burckhalter

Business Person of the Year
Rebecca Covell
Covell, PC

Chairman's Award
Candy Marcum
Stonewall Behavioral Health

2008

Business of the Year
FASTSIGNS Irving/Las Colinas

ExtrAA Mile*
Community Service

Gina Menicucci &
Susan Amick

Corporate Ally
Hewlett Packard

Member Service
Thom Dance
UPS Store on Cedar Springs

Emerging Leader
Brandon Dowdy

Business Person of the Year
Christopher Watts
The Petropolitian

Chairman's Award
Jeff Youngblood & Cory Merchant
FASTSIGNS Irving/Las Colinas

2007

Business of the Year
UPS Store on Cedar Springs

ExtrAA Mile*
Community Service

Youth First Texas

Corporate Ally
Brinker International

Member Service
Texas Instruments

Business Person of the Year
Lorie L. Burch
Law Office of Lorie L. Burch, PC

Chairman's Award
Amy Moreland
Southwest Office Systems

2006

Business of the Year
Dallas Tavern Guild

ExtrAA Mile*
Community Service

Michael Doughman
Dallas Tavern Guild

 Corporate Ally
American Airlines

Member Service
Tony Vedda

Chairman's Award
Teresa Cain
Mills & Williams, PC

* Sponsored by American Airlines

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