Alliance names Fagnant ‘Business Citizen of the Year’

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance honored Tony Fagnant, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing, as 2013 Business Citizen of the Year at the Business Alliance annual gala Saturday at The Broadmoor’s International Center.

Fagnant and his wife Mary helped launch Blue Star Recyclers, a local nonprofit that provides jobs for disabled adults, while recycling electronics ethically.

Ambassador of the Year awards were presented to Yvonne Boggs of BBVA Compass and Doug Kelley, Legal Shield.

Mike Jorgensen was honored as outgoing board chair for his leadership of the organization in 2013.

Economic sector excellence awards were awarded to the following companies: Colorado Engineering received the Excellence in Aerospace/Defense Award; Cherwell Software received the Excellence in Information Technology Award; Diversified Machine Systems received the Excellence in Manufacturing Award; American Overhead Door received the Excellence in Local Business Award; the Excellence in Military Support Award went to Keith Klaehn for his commitment to the mission of the Military Affairs Council; the Colorado Springs Philharmonic received the Excellence in Nonprofit Award; and USA Volleyball received the Excellence in Sports Economy Award.

Four excellence awards were given to companies across all economic sectors: the 2013 Business Investment of the Year award was presented to JPM Prototype and Manufacturing; Infinity Systems Engineering received the the 2013 Growth Company of the Year award; Fat Bike received the 2013 Start-Up Company of the Year award; and Boecore was honored with the Company of the Year award.