This award is given to a Richardson company, individual or organization that exemplifies entrepreneurship. This award is sponsored by Bland Garvey.
The Drawing Board
The Drawing Board received this award for both its role as a coworking haven in Richardson for burgeoning entrepreneurs and in recognition of owner Tim Tieu’s dedication to developing start-up companies that provide a wide range of business services.
2020 Recipient: Theatro
2019 Recipient: Hedera Hashgraph
2018 Recipient: Greg Fasullo, CEO, Entouch Controls
2017 Recipient: Armor Defense Inc.
2016 Recipient: Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UTD
2015 Recipient: Mavenir
2014 Recipient: Jason Liu, DFW Accelerator
Community Involvement Award
This award is given to a business that has consistently, over several years, supported and/or contributed financial resources and personal time to Richardson-specific charitable, educational, civic and social organizations and causes.
This award is sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center.
TI Foundation received this award for its instrumental role in helping the Richardson ISD convert the entire 10,000 student Berkner High School feeder pattern into a STEM-4-ALL feeder pattern into the high school. More detail on this project.
2020 Recipient: State Farm Insurance
2019 Recipient: GEICO
2018 Recipient: Lennox
2017 Recipient: Pampillonia Jewelers
2016 Recipient: Richardson Bike Mart
2015 Recipient: Tom Thumb Stores/Albertson's
2014 Recipient: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas
2013 Recipient: Avnet
2012 Recipient: Cisco Systems
2011 Recipient: ViewPoint Bank
2010 Recipient: Reliable Chevrolet
2009 Recipient: ELCAN Optical Technologies, a Raytheon company
2008 Recipient: Texas Instruments
This award is given to a business or organization for its sustainable and green initiatives and/or products that are effective/innovative and/or can be replicated. This award is sponsored by GEICO.
SolartimeUSA, first founded by Paul Mierzwa in Poland and with regional offices in Richardson, received this award for the company’s dedication to providing renewable energy to 21,000 homes and businesses in North Texas and around the world.
2020 Recipient: City of Richardson "Spring Creek Nature Area Team"
2019 Recipient: Jefferson Reserve Apartments
2018 Recipient: UT Dallas
2017 Recipient: State Farm Insurance
2016 Recipient: Whole Foods
2015 Recipient: MetroPak
2014 Recipient: Entouch Controls
2013 Recipient: Benning Power Electronics
2012 Recipient: Fujitsu Network Communications
2011 Recipient: Eltek Valere
2010 Recipient: Lennox International
2009 Recipient: Richland College
International Business Award
This award is given to a foreign-owned or ethnic business that has given significant support and/or provided significant economic investments in the community or job creation. This award is sponsored by Halff Associates.
Assa Abloy, based in Stockholm and one of the largest lock and security access companies in the world, received this award for its decade-long Richardson presence at 631 International Drive and its growth to 200 local employees.
2020 Recipient: Kirin Court
2019 Recipient: E4D
2018 Recipient: InfoSys
2017 Recipient: Genpact
2016 Recipient: Lintec of America, Inc.
2015 Recipient: AmDocs
2014 Recipient: Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant
2013 Recipient: ZTE USA
2012 Recipient: Hitachi Communication Technologies of America Inc.
2011 Recipient: Ericsson
2010 Recipient: Samsung Telecommunications America
2009 Recipient: DFW Chinatown Shopping Center
2008 Recipient: Fujitsu
Newcomer Business Award
This award is given to a business that has come to Richardson since January 1, 2021 and has a significant impact on the community either through economic investments, community visibility and support, or other unique contributions. This award is sponsored by Logotology.
Motorola Solutions received this award for selecting Richardson as the location for its artificial intelligence security camera unit in 2020 and its continued growth within the city. The company occupies 136,000 square feet of flex space that accommodates over 300 employees at Richardson’s popular Parc Northeast light industrial development.
2020 Recipient: Infinera
2019 Recipient: DXC Technology
2018 Recipient: BAL Global
2017 Recipient: RealPage Inc.
2016 Recipient: GEICO
2015 Recipient: Richardson Mercantile/The Weitzman Group
2014 Recipient: Associa, Inc.
2013 Recipient: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson
2012 Recipient: Safety-Kleen
2011 Recipient: VCE - Virtual Computing Environment Co.
2010 Recipient: United Healthcare
2009 Recipient: Twin Rivers Senior Living
2008 Recipient: MetroPCS
Community Service Award
This award is given to a public sector or nonprofit entity, or an educational institution, for its impact and distinguished service to the businesses and citizens of Richardson as evidenced by a recent achievement milestone. This award is sponsored by the City of Richardson.
Gary Thomas, the recently retired president and executive director of DART, received this award for his support in building and operating the 13-city regional transit system that provides bus, light rail, commuter rail and paratransit service to a 700-square-mile service area. Under Thomas’ leadership, DART twice doubled its light rail system, becoming the nation’s longest at 93 miles.
2020 Recipient: Network of Community Ministries
2019 Recipient: Ann and Charles Eisemann
2018 Recipient: Warren Center
2017 Recipient: Richardson Adult Literacy Center
2016 Recipient: Junior Achievement of Dallas
2015 Recipient: Richland College
2014 Recipient: UT Dallas Arts & Technology Center
2013 Recipient: Richardson Family YMCA
2012 Recipient: Richardson Symphony
2011 Recipient: Network of Community Ministries
2010 Recipient: Methodist Richardson Medical Center
2009 Recipient: The University of Texas at Dallas
2008 Recipient: Richardson ISD
This award is given to a developer, or a property or business owner, who redevelops their property, adding significant value, improving the use of the space/site and thereby enhancing both taxable value and quality in the community. This award is sponsored by Alliance Architects.
Hexa, a technology incubator, received this award for the transformation of a 44,000-square-foot former fitness center and school into an aesthetically pleasing and functional home for some of Richardson’s most promising start-up companies. The brainchild of Richardson tech entrepreneur Maan Hamdan, Hexa also promotes STEM education programs.
2020 Recipient: Spear Street Capital
2019 Recipient: Tod Fobare
2018 Recipient: The Drawing Board
2017 Recipient: Barry Waranch and Keith Koop for Campbell Way
2016 Recipient: Shop Companies
2015 Recipient: TNT Dental
Richardson Loyalty Award
This award is given to a local business for its longevity in Richardson (minimum of 10 years) or for renewing its commitment to maintain a Richardson presence when there was a choice to move. This award is sponsored by the City of Richardson and Dallas College Richland.
CommScope, a global infrastructure company, received this award for its relocation into the Richardson IQ® from its previous space on the Telecom Parkway. Scaling to meet its growing business, CommScope’s move also included an expansion to more than 100,000 square feet of space.
2020 Recipient: ETCC
2019 Recipient: Dentsply Sirona
2018 Recipient: Fujitsu Network Communication Inc.
2017 Recipient: NICE
2016 Recipient: Texas Instruments for R-Fab
2015 Recipient: Service King, Inc.
2014 Recipient: Fossil, Inc.
2013 Recipient: Travelers
2012 Recipient: Polytronix
2011 Recipient: TriQuint Semiconductor
2010 Recipient: Vent-a-Hood, Inc.
2009 Recipient: Owens Foods
2008 Recipient: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas
Commercial Real Estate Project Award
This award is given to a Richardson real estate project in office, industrial, retail, transit-oriented development or mixed-use development that demonstrates a positive new vitality for the city and has a strong impact on Richardson’s commercial real estate sector. This award is sponsored by Texas Bank & Trust.
TNT Dental, a dental industry internet marketing company, received this award for dramatically improving the aesthetics of 2100 N. Collins after purchasing and renovating the building for its new home.
2020 Recipient: Wynne-Jackson
2019 Recipient: Parc Northeast
2018 Recipient: Methodist Richardson Medical Center Expansion
2017 Recipient: Richardson Restaurant Park
2016 Recipient: 3400 @ CityLine
2015 Recipient: UT Dallas - Northside
2014 Recipient: Raytheon
2013 Recipient: KDC
2012 Recipient: Stream Data Center
2011 Recipient: Pillar Commercial, Fossil Inc/KDC
2010 Recipient: Digital Realty Trust, Datacenter Park
2009 Recipient: Eastside
2008 Recipient: Galatyn Park Corporation