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South Florida - 2009
Alvarez & Barbara LLP

Hugo Alvarez - Managing Partner
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South Florida ranking: 11

As the Managing Partner of Alvarez & Barbara, a boutique litigation and real estate law firm, Hugo Alvarez is responsible for its overall management and supervision. Through his consistent leadership and commitment to superior client service, Alvarez has steered the firm on a path to success, despite the challenging economic environment. In recognition of his legal expertise and attainment of favorable rulings in significant client cases, Alvarez has been recognized as a Florida Leading Attorney, a 2009 Legal Elite and been included among Florida’s Legal Elite in the areas of civil and commercial litigation in 2005-2008. Alvarez received his B.A. from the University of Maine and his J.D. from the Tulane University Law School, and he is currently a member of the Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Committee.

Charlotte - 2009
NouvEON

Theresa Ulyatt - Director of Talent Management and People Care
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Charlotte ranking: 11

Theresa Ulyatt is the Director of Talent Management and People Care (human resources) at NouvEON, a business and technology consulting firm. Since joining NouvEON, Ulyatt has created strategic platforms and programs that foster the selection and acquisition of new talent to the firm, but also help existing talent further their professional goals. She manages NouvEON\'s hiring goals through designing and executing talent acquisition strategies, diversity hiring, and other management initiatives that make the hiring experience better for prospective employees and streamlines the process for the company. Ulyatt has over 18 years of experience in the human capital field, and she preciously served as Vice President of information technology and human resources recruiting solutions for all of Wachovia Corporation\'s domestic and international locations

Triad - 2009
Spilman Thomas & Battle - Jeffrey Patton

Timothy Moore - Counsel
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Triad ranking: 11

Since 2007, Timothy Moore has served as counsel at Spilman Thomas & Battle, a law firm with more than 110 attorneys in seven offices in four states. Moore chairs the firm’s Corporate Department and has expanded the department to include the areas of banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. Moore has played an integral role as a part of Spilman’s marketing group, which aims to increase the firm’s profile in NC and beyond, and he has been largely responsible for the firm’s corporate sponsorship of the Salute! Wine Festival. Moore is on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Northwest NC and the Asset Development Committee of the Winston-Salem Foundation. Moore’s leadership qualities were recently recognized by his admission to the 2010 Class of Leadership Winston-Salem.

Triangle - 2009
Blair Duron Restoration

John McDougall - Business Development Manager
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Triangle ranking: 12

John McDougall serves as business development manager for Blair-Duron Restoration, a concrete restoration company that works in industrial, commercial and institutional repair and restoration. McDougall oversees the diversification, business development, and expansion of Duron, and he has helped it grow its revenues from $2 million a year to more than $4 million a year. McDougall has helped diversify the business into less traditional repair work to focus more on whole building solutions, while providing a sustainable and durable repair approach. He serves on the board of directors of the International Concrete Repair Institute’s Carolinas Chapter as Treasurer, as well as chairs several committees and hosts an annual scholarship fundraiser. 

South Florida - 2009
AM Insurance Services

Naida Torres - Partner
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South Florida ranking: 12

Naida M. Torres is a Partner at AM Insurance Services Inc., an insurance brokerage firm specializing in group and individual health plans in addition to employee benefits. Apart from implementing long-term strategies that ensure clients’ financial security, Torres has also spearheaded the company’s venture into online insurance quoting. Thanks to her business acumen, foresight and analytical skills, Torres was able to anticipate the demand for individualized health insurance and subsequently introduced a user-friendly online quoting system on the firm’s Web site. This system not only generated a tremendous positive response from clients, but it has also boosted the company’s overall profitability. Torres is an active member of organizations such as the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Dade Association of Health Underwriters.

Charlotte - 2009
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Bernard Tisdale - Managing Shareholder
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Charlotte ranking: 12

Bernard Tisdale is the Managing Shareholder with the labor and employment law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. Under Tisdale’s leadership, Ogletree’s Charlotte office has significantly increased its community relations efforts and enhanced the firm’s image as a leading labour and employment law firm. Tisdale has initiated efforts to host a series of complimentary employment law briefings for clients and friends to educate local employers on important employment issues as government regulations of labor laws change. Through his leadership, Ogletree has also successfully developed a partnership with The Employers Association and the York County Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and strengthened the firm’s support and partnership with other local SHRM chapters.

Triad - 2009
Allied Commercial Realty

Chuck Joyce - Founder and President
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Triad ranking: 12

Chuck Joyce is the founder and President of A Way To Go Travel, a premier travel agency with offices in Greensboro. This full-service travel agency serves both the corporate and leisure fields. When Joyce established the company in 1995, after working for over a decade on a NASCAR® Sprint® Cup Series race team, he took hard-earned lessons about teamwork and applied them to the travel industry – which has since earned his company repeated recognition as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Triad. In addition to it comprehensive travel planning options, A Way To Go Travel also provides clients with superior customer service in helping them throughout their travel decision-making process. Joyce works with his staff to provide leadership to the team, in addition to working directly with customers as an agent.

Triangle - 2009
BLO

Bryan Nunes - Co-founder
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Triangle ranking: 13

Bryan Nunes is the co-founder of BLO, an upscale, relaxing and unpretentious Raleigh hair salon. Nunes monitors the overall business operations at BLO and encourages the professional growth of his team via a series of advanced training courses. BLO is one of only three salons in the country to be selected by Glamour Magazine and Redken to hold styling bootcamps. In 2008, BLO topped $1.2 million in revenue, while achieving a guest retention rate of 80 percent. In 2008, BLO received the salon industry’s highest business honor at the 2008 Global Salon Business Awards, winning among more than 3,000 nominated salons from around the world. BLO recently established its 24-hour Cut-A-Thon for charity, which raised more than $24,000 for two local nonprofits in its first two years.

South Florida - 2009
Appelrouth, Farah & Co. PA

Stewart Appelrouth - Co-Founder and Partner
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South Florida ranking: 13

Stewart Appelrouth is the co-founder and a partner of Appelrouth, Farah & Co., a full-service accounting firm that specializes in auditing, taxation, litigation support, business valuation, receiverships and fraud prevention services. With more than 25 years of diverse accounting experience, Appelrouth is renowned for being one of the most creative financial and accounting advisors in South Florida; a reputation earned thanks to his hands-on, direct approach to solving complex financial challenges for clients. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Family Law Mediator, Certified in Financial Forensics, Certified Personal Financial Specialist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.

Charlotte - 2009
Paragon Commercial Bank

Phillip Jurney - Charlotte Market President
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Charlotte ranking: 13

Phil Jurney is the Charlotte Market President of Paragon Commercial Bank, which provides banking products and services tailored exclusively to meet the needs of middle market companies, their executives and high net-worth individuals. Jurney oversees a team of relationship managers who deliver advice, convenience, competitive products and outstanding service to quality businesses in the greater Charlotte market. Jurney’s focus on, and natural talent for, forging and maintaining strong relationships with clients and partners has allowed him to successfully deliver unparalleled service to Charlotte-area businesses and individuals. With Jurney’s careful direction, Paragon has continued to support its clients when they most need resources to maintain and grow their businesses.

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