Cepeda, Lewis win Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award

Sandra Cepeda was a double-winner at the 35th annual Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Small Business Awards.

Actually, she was a double co-winner.

Cepeda and Kimberly Lewis were named the winners of the top honor – the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award. Cepeda heads Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis and Lewis is the CEO of ProjectXYZ.

Cepeda’s company was named a co-winner with Sentar for Government Contracting – Professional Services Business of the Year.

The annual celebration was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so proud of all of our small businesses,” said Pammie Jimmar, the Chamber’s Vice President of Small Business & Events. “It has been a very tough year for so many of them, and we hope this event  gives them a boost to let them know we love and support them, and we value what they bring to our  community.”

Below are the categories and the winners.

  • Young Professional of the Year: Bekah Schmidt, South Huntsville Main Business Association
  • Nonprofit of the Year: Huntsville Ballet
  • Professional Services Business of the Year: New Beginnings Family Law, P.C.
  • Culinary Business of the Year: Mango’s Caribbean Cookhouse
  • Emerging Business of the Year: MaDonni Beauty
  • Government Contracting – Professional Services Business of the Year: TIE – Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis and Sentar, Inc.
  • Government Contracting – Technology Business of the Year: Signalink, Inc.
  • Technology Business of the Year: SimTech
  • Service Business of the Year: 47E
  • Retailer of the Year: Redline Steel
  • Local “Creative” of the Year: Party Life, LLC
  • Medical Practice of the Year: Focus Physiotherapy Huntsville
  • Woman-Owned Business of the Year: Troy 7
  • Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award: TIESandra Cepeda, Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis and Kimberly Lewis, PROJECTXYZ, Inc.
  • People’s Choice Award: Active8 Communications

This year’s judging was completed by chambers from various locations around the United States,  including the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber  of Commerce; Terrell, Texas, Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau; and the  Community Development Foundation – Chamber of Commerce in Tupelo, Miss.