2018 APEX Business Awards

The 2018 APEX Business Awards were hosted by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce on May 24, 2018.

TRACS was invited to join the ceremony by former Metro Atlanta Chamber and current DeKalb Chamber’s Maynard Franklin.

We enjoyed great presentations from all of the award winners and an inspirational speech from keynote speaker, James Bailey. The ceremony was facilitated by WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News anchor, Wendy Corona.

From left to right Sam Hyon (Tracs Managing Partner), John Park (Tracs Account Executive) and Amber Spradley (Tracs Executive Assistant) enjoying the Apex Business Awards.


The APEX Business Award Winners

Winner of the Business Advocacy Award: The Government Contractors Association (GCA)

The small business community is greatly disadvantage in the government contracting market. 99.7% of all US companies are defined as small sized by the SBA. Yet, only 22% of federal contracting dollars are awarded to these organizations. The disparities for women, minorities, veterans, and other such business owners are enormous. Our goal is to be an agent of change by helping companies to get their fair share of the opportunities in the government market. Government Contractors Association, Inc. (GCA) is a national trade association comprised of commercial contractors (small & large companies) and government agencies (federal, state, local, gov’t staff, universities, non-profits, etc.) VISION: To create access. Our Vision is to open doors for commercial companies into the government market and to support government agencies in accessing qualified contractors. MISSION: To educate, facilitate and advocate for our membership base by becoming the premier government contracting association with these three pillars: Educate: We are a training institution with educational curriculum, resources and certification training. We provide the following resources: – Certified Federal Contracting Professional (CFCP™): Create industry standards by training certified professionals. – Seminars & Training: Courses to equip our members. – E-Learning and Webinars: Online and distance learning tools. Facilitate: We will foster networking groups, alliance groups, teaming opportunities, joint venture formations, mentor protégé relationships, and contracting relationships between the private and public sectors. We will do this through social media, monthly meetings, annual conferences and networking functions. Advocate: We will promote, inform and lobby for supportive legislature to enhance and open doors for greater opportunities, transparencies, and accountability for our members.

Winner of the Emerging Business Award: ePresence

ePresence provides a personal branding service to executives. In today’s busy environment, the C-suite struggles to manage social media and personal branding in an effective manner. Let ePresence’s ePublicists create, refine and promote your professional identity. Our ePublicists serve as your personal information curator and deliver additional services that increase your career opportunities and drive higher ROI on social media. Led by Mark Galvin who has a proven ability to blend technology, networking and social branding, ePresence can further position you as an industry leader by raising your visibility and connecting you with other prominent professionals online.

Nonprofit Organization of the Year Winner: Chris180

Since 1981, the CHRIS 180 mission has been to heal children, strengthen families and build community. CHRIS is an acronym that represents our core values: Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety. Our goal is to unlock the potential of Georgia’s youth and fortify families by providing a hand up, not just a handout, through our integrated Family of Services. We believe that potential is a right, not a privilege. This holistic approach enables children, youth and families to unlock their potential for happiness, health and success despite challenging circumstances, often beyond their control. We offer an array of individualized programs through our Family of Services which includes: Behavioral Health, Safe Homes & Environments, Strong Communities and Education & Training. Our ambition is to be Georgia’s go-to place where every vulnerable child or traumatized youth discovers how to unlock their potential.

Winner of the Youth Entrepreneur Award: Georgia Gifts & More

With over 20 years in the gift industry and sales and marketing combined, it seems only natural that two Georgia natives would team up to offer Georgia gifts and souvenirs that show their Georgia pride and help others extend some down-home Southern hospitality to boot! You can feel it as soon as you cross the Mason-Dixon line–that warm feeling that let’s you know you’re in the South. It’s a place where trees line our streets and strangers don’t mind greeting each other as they pass by. Our tea is definitely sweet and our peaches even sweeter! From the breezy coasts of Savannah and Tybee Island to bustling streets of downtown Atlanta, there’s plenty to love about our great state. It’s a cultural and commercial mecca that has become a beacon in the South. So no matter what reason brought you here, we’re glad you came. WELCOME! We specialize in Georgia gifts including foods from Georgia, Georgia Souvenirs, Atlanta gifts, Savannah Georgia gifts, Peach themed gifts, Atlanta Braves Gifts, Atlanta t shirts, Georgia Bulldog gifts and Georgia convention gifts that proudly represent our great state – A Peachy Place To Be! Made in Georgia, but loved by all! They are the perfect way to spread some Southern hospitality for Thank-You’s, Hotel Amenities, Atlanta Wedding Favors, Housewarmings, Meeting and Event gifts, Welcome To Georgia gifts, conventions and Family Reunion souvenirs and make a great Georgia gift for anyone new to Georgia!

Business of the Year Award Winner for $5-15 million annual revenue category: All N 1 Security

ALL N ONE Security Services, Inc. is a professional security company based in Atlanta, Georgia. ALL N ONE specializes in Security Personnel, Security Technology, and Traffic Control. The Company has the desire to expose entry level team members to opportunities beyond security officer positions through education and development. ALL N ONE believes in building dependable relationships and partnerships with employees and clients that make a difference you can count on.What most applicants in the industry haven’t been exposed to, is what it takes to run a business. We believe in promoting from within. The security officer/guard and filling posts is only one aspect of the industry and is certainly an open door to future opportunities within the Company.Our goal is to provide the finest-quality services to our clients and to do so more efficiently and economically than our competitors. ALL N ONE seeks to inspire employees by extensive development in the areas of customer service, accountability, and empowerment to increase possibilities through performance.

Business of the Year Award Winner for $15 million + annual revenue category: McBride Research Laboratories

McBride Research Laboratories, Inc. was launched in 1990. Cornell McBride envisioned a program that combined direct distribution of premium, quality hair care solutions with the education and knowledge to effectively use them in the salon and at home. This premise inspired the collection which now includes the Therapeutics Rx, Wave by Design, pHusion and Colaura brands. Our products are engineered to infuse hair with a natural balance of vitamins and protein that promote movement and manageability. We also offer educational literature and sponsor events aimed at improving knowledge of how our products can assist in designing a healthy hair care system just for you. Today, MRL offers more than 60 premium beautification products sold to our discerning international clientele through our e-commerce website and direct-to-hair salons network of independent, exclusive distributors in the United States, Caribbean and Europe.

Keynote Speaker, James M. Bailey


Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build as we climb”, change agent, thought leader and emerging philantropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others.

Recently named President and CEO of the Russel Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE), Bailey will lead the development of world class 45,000-square foot business facility with the goal of becoming the epicenter of economic development and entrepreneurship for under-represented communities across the country, honoring the legacy of the great American entrepreneur Herman J. Russell.

He is also the co-founder and chairman of the Phoenix Leadership Foundation, a social impact organization supporting programs that reignite passion and aspiration in our young people, providing role models and road maps that will give them every opportunity to succeed.

Before the Russell Center, Bailey served as CEO for the Southeastern Region of Operation HOPE, a global nonprofit organization focused on economic empowerment. Under his leadership, HOPE’s southeastern region grew from a single person operation in 2007, to nineteen offices by 2015, helping more than 160,000 youth, adults and families start businesses, buy homes, raise credit scores and increase their financial dignity.

Prior to HOPE, Bailey served as President and CEO of Landmark Global Corporation, a real estate investment firm managing over $7 million in assets by age 27. Bailey’s professional experience also includes sales management posts with Bank of America and Hershey Foods Corporation.

An Atlanta native and die-hard Georgia Bulldog, Bailey has a proven track record of success, recognized by three U.S. presidents for his leadership and community efforts. In 2012, Bailey was one of eight Americans honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change: Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He was also named by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Best and Brightest Leaders of the Future”. He is a recipient of the coveted Whitney M. Young National Community Service Medallion and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award. He is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia and the ARC Regional Leadership Institute.

In 2010, he was selected as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young People of Atlanta. In 2011, Bailey received the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from the Obama Administration. In 2012, Bailey was named a National Young and Powerful Rising Star. In 2016, he was honored with the National Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation. And in 2018, Bailey was honored as an “Amazing Atlantan” by the City of Atlanta.

Bailey serves on numerous boards including The Historic Wren’s Nest in Atlanta’s West End, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Advisers, the Atlanta Beltline TAD Advisory Committee and Citizens Trust Bank’s Next Generation Advisory Board.

Bailey, a dedicated community servant, volunteers as a mentor for the Priority Male Initiative and an adviser for Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia, the Atlanta Public Schools R.E.A.L. Men Read Program and Sheltering Arms. Most notably, he also serves as Scoutmaster of the Mighty Troop 100, the largest inner-city Boy Scout unit in the United States, located on Atlanta’s west side.

Bailey and his wife, NBC News Channel correspondent, Blayne Alexander, live in both Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C.

Event Emcee, Wendy Corona

Wendy Corona joined Channel 2 Action News in January 2013. She anchors the Channel 2 Action at 6 and the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat on weekends with Craig Lucie and reports throughout the metro Atlanta area during the week.

Before moving to Atlanta, Corona worked at WFAA in Dallas, Texas. Corona was also an evening anchor at KPRC in Houston, Texas.

Before moving to Texas, she was the morning anchor at Local 10, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Corona’s broadcast career began as a reporter in Yuma, Arizona followed by El Paso, Texas and Orlando, Florida.

Corona has been a witness to many significant news events, starting in her college days being present at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

In Florida, when all eyes were on the contested 2000 presidential election, Corona was there deciphering “hanging chads” and tracking Florida connections to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Corona was working in South Florida when a record number of hurricanes made landfall there. She is most proud of her work as a reporter in reuniting an African refugee with her long-lost family members in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Corona also co-produced a noteworthy documentary on the Three Gorges Dam in China and the relocation of 1.3 million people.

While anchoring morning news in Miami, Corona had the pleasure of teaming up with Robin Roberts to support women’s heart health initiatives and appeared on Good Morning America to support the issue.

Corona has hosted numerous special even broadcasts from sporting to philanthropic gala events. She has served as a board member for philanthropies such as the Houston Center for Literacy and Make a Wish Foundation. She is especially supportive of women’s health causes and education and literacy projects targeting youth.

Born and raised in Southern California, Corona is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her entire family to graduate from college.

Corona graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. She is fluent in Spanish and looks forward to sharing stories in the community with you.

For story ideas and leads, you can email Wendy Corona at Wendy.Corona@wsbtv.com.