PROJECT MERIT: ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA
Between October and December of 2007, EBJ solicited the environmental industry via e-mail, web site, and word-of-mouth for nominations for the annual EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Categories or size designations may be altered each year depending on the volume of nominations, the number of worthy recipients, or the emergence of new categories. Nominations were submitted by companies themselves, people or companies representing other companies, company partner or clients, EBJ staff, and EBJ editorial advisory board members. The EBJ Business Achievement Awards are then selected by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members and released in early January.
CONSULTING & ENGINEERING: SMALL FIRMS (<$20 MILLION)
Gold Medal: Marstel-Day LLC, for another year of significant company growth, driving revenues up by $1.5 million to over $4 million in 2007, an increase of 55% over 2006. The company has enjoyed sustained growth, averaging 40% per year since it was founded in 2002. Marstel-Day also grew its company staff from 17 to 30 in the past year – an increase of 76% – and it has immediate plans to hire six employees, which will constitute more than 100% growth during a one-year period. It has managed to attract and maintain a highly professional staff at its three offices in Virginia and California during this growth period while still meeting the HUBZone employee residency requirements for bringing economic development to low-income communities. The company also significantly diversified its clientele, once limited to the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, to include all four military branches, plus the California National Guard, the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and private, local government and non-profit clients, including the East Bay Regional Parks District in California and Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit.