ACG Orlando Announces Winners of 12th Annual SMART Awards


Six Local Companies Recognized for Outstanding Achievements

2018 SMART


Orlando, Fla., May 15, 2018 – The Orlando Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Orlando) recognized six middle market companies for excellence in corporate growth that spotlight Central Florida’s thriving economic during the 2018 ACG Orlando SMART Awards program sponsored by City National Bank and Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services.


Russell Slappey, Owner of Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, and Tony Eelman, Managing Senior Vice President and Residential Lending Managing Director with City National Bank, welcomed and congratulated finalists on their outstanding accomplishments.

Six winners of the 2018 SMART Awards were announced from a field of 21 finalists companies:  HealthGrid, Corp. in Commercial Services, Southern HVAC Corporation in Construction & Building Services, Peachstate Hobby Distribution in Distribution & Manufacturing, Insurance Office of America (IOA) in Financial Services, Hawkers Asian Street Fare in Hospitality & Tourism and Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming in Retail Products.


A video presentation, sponsored by WithumSmith+Brown, highlighting each of the finalist company’s corporate culture, growth and economic contributions was shown while guests enjoyed an elegant luncheon at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park.  Eric Carlson, ACG Orlando Chapter President, was recognized and awarded for outstanding dedication and leadership to the chapter.


Finalist companies were required to be in a current stage of growth with annual revenue or sales of $10 million to $1 billion, with headquarters in Central Florida. On May 17th, more than 200 business executives from across the region gathered to enjoy lunch, top-level networking and to congratulate this year’s winners who were chosen from a field of more than 21 finalist companies in six industry categories. 


About ACG Orlando

ACG Orlando was formed in 2004 and is one of 59 global chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth, which began in 1954.  ACG is the premier association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions.  Today the Association for Corporate Growth stands at over 14,500 members from corporations, private equity, finance and professional service firms.  For more information, please visit