The Best of Austin Business in 2013 from Austin Business Journal

    This fantastic year isn’t over yet, but I can confidently bring you “The Best of Austin Business in 2013.”

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    The Fast 50

    Of course, the talk of the town now is last week’s Fast 50 awards event, Austin Business Journal was honored and ranked the 50 fastest-growing companies in town. They spanned from tech to real estate but they all have something in common: They’re raking in the revenue and growing faster than most companies can dream. Congratulations to the winner in the small-company category, Phunware Inc., and large-company-category winner Invodo Inc. — both of which are promising to change the way we use the Web. Click here for more on the Fast 50.

    Best Places to Work

    As much of an honor it is to be among the Fast 50, Craig Wax, Invodo’s CEO, said it’s an even greater honor to be among Austin’s Best Places to Work. Many of his peers agree, because employees’ confidential surveys make or break nominees’ chances for this annual contest. We published the 65 Best Places To Work list in June and it still gets thousands of Web page views every day. Walker Myers Insurance & Risk Management LLC took home the big trophy in the micro-company category, medical supplier JOSCO won in the small-company category, storage website Sparefoot was No. 1 in the medium-company category and Hyatt Regency Austin stole the show with its large-company-category honor.

    Best Commercial Real Estate Brokers

    If you need a commercial real estate broker, these 25 men and women — our Heavy Hitters — have a track record of successDiana Holford at Jones Lang LaSalle topped the office-tenant-representative category, Jeff Henley at The Kucera Cos. was tops among office landlord reps, Scott Flack from Live Oak Gottesman beat out the industrial brokers, Bryan Dabbs at Stream Realty Partners owned the retail category,and Charles Cirar at CBRE Group Inc. ranked No. 1 for building sales.

    The Best Realtors

    innerpage-logoIn March we unveiled the top Realtors and homebuilders in Central Texas during our annual Residential Real Estate Awards. Three homebuilders and one developer went home with trophies, and 50 Realtors were ranked according to sales volume. Spoiler alert: The Heyl Group at Keller Williams was #1 Real Estate Team in Austin with $34.3 million in sales, Get the full scoop here.

    The Healthiest Employers

    Also in March, 30 companies were deemed Austin’s Healthiest Employers. The city of Austin, The Beck Group, Bench Tree Group and Central Health took top honors.

    Entrepreneurs Of The Year

    Seven sought-after business awards in Central Texas were presented in June during Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year gala. You can learn about the winners in this slideshow.

    Austin Under 40 Winners

    Jewelry maven Kendra Scott was named Austinite of the Year during the annual AU40 gala in February. Eleven other up-and-comers made the cut in this contest put on by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin and the Young Women’s Alliance. Click here to see the AU 40 winners.

    Austin Chamber Business Awards

    The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized 23 winners at its annual Greater Austin Business Awards in September. Categories range from “customer service” to “innovative practices.”

    Profiles In Power: Women Of Influence

    Six women and 20 finalists were crowned Profiles in Power winners in August. Congratulations to winners Olga CamposMeria CarstarphenSheryl ColeMelinda Garvey,Alexis Jones and BA SnyderClick here to read about them and the other Profiles in Power ladies.

    2013 ADDYs: The Best Of Austin Advertising

    You know those crazy Skittles commercials? Those were born at an Austin ad agency and were among the winners at this year’s ADDYs awards ceremony in February. This slideshow shows off the winning work.

    The Best CEOs and CFOs

    In the past couple of months we christened five CEOs and six chief financial officers as the best C-suite executives in Austin. They offered some tried and true advice in their Q&As.Get the Best CEOs here and the Best CFOs here.

    The Best New Buildings in Central Texas

    From racetracks to shopping centers, about a dozen new buildings and real estate transactions were recognized in April during the Austin Business Journal’s 14th annual Commercial Real Estate Awards gala at the Four Seasons. Click here to see the winning projects.

    Summary

    If you were not already convinced that Austin, Texas was the place to be, here are just a few more reasons.  Austin leads the nation again in job growth among 102 other U.S. cities.  The Capital City has also topped polls as the best place to retire as well as the best place for 20-somethings to move to!  With no state income tax and a low cost of living the State of Texas is fast becoming the go to destination for Americans looking to relocate.

    If you are looking for help finding a new home in the Central Texas or greater Austin-area contact the Heyl Group at Keller Williams today!  Our team specializes in making the transition seamless, easy, and draws from award winning expertise to help find the perfect home for you.

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    Visit http://austin.heylrealestate.com// for more information on the Heyl Group at Keller Williams.

    Article Courtesy of: Colin Pope Editor at Austin Business Journal

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