Every year, the Orlando Business Journal celebrates Central Florida’s top CIOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs and CXOs of distinction. (A CXO is a Chief Experience Officer, by the way.)
Our own Joe Hurt was selected as an honoree in his role as Chief Operations Officer. All 28 honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on July 18 at the Hilton Orlando.
Update: The OBJ interviewed Joe Hurt with a questionnaire, where he was asked about his “bucket list” and a surprising fact. Read his answers here. Richard and Joe were interviewed on video during a pre-awards reception held at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando. The footage from these video interviews will be used at the Awards Luncheon, where the finalists will be announced. Good luck, Joe!
Richard and Joe represent RLH at the VIP Pre-Event Reception
Photo by: Jim Carchidi, Photojournalist with the Orlando Business Journal
Our President, Richard Haines, accepts RLH’s 2014 OBJ Fast 50 Award.
At long last, the companies that landed a spot on the Orlando Business Journal’s Fast 50 list discovered their place in the lineup. The countdown of companies took place at the OBJ’s award luncheon celebration today.
RLH came in as #17 on the list.
Conspicuously, several construction-related businesses were awarded this afternoon, a positive indicator for the industry.
Read what Richard Haines had to say when the OBJ interviewed him for the award.
Over the span of 4 days, walls will rise up like concrete zombies on the construction site of the new Starling Chevrolet, located at the intersection of SR 417 and Orange Blossom Trail. Cast onsite, each panel is cured for about 7 days. Four lifting eyes—metal loops—are cast into each panel and connected to the interior structural steel. The tilt-wall technique requires a 230-ton crane (with operator) and a 4-man rigging crew to erect each panel. The panels are 7 ¼ inches thick, 10 to 24 feet wide, stand 25 feet tall and weigh between 32,000 and 46,000 pounds! Braces hold the panels in place until steel joists are installed. A total of 76 panels will be installed to create the new 55,000-square-foot dealership.
Today, the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) unveiled the 2014 Fast 50 Honorees. The Fast 50 Awards celebrate Central Florida’s 50 fastest-growing privately owned companies. The honorees qualified based on revenue by percentage growth from 2011 to 2013.
All companies that made the list will be honored at the OBJ’s 2nd annual awards luncheon on June 27. The June 27 weekly edition of the OBJ will announce the companies’ actual ranking.
See the alphabetical 2014 list here.
RLH team members Allison, Yvette and Heather help sell raffle tickets during the tournament.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida is one of our favorite charities.
Each year, over 1,600 families stay at one of two Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando while their critically ill children receive medical treatment at local hospitals.
We had a great day at the annual golf tournament, held at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The event was a success (not to mention fun) and raised almost $150,000 for the charity.
RLH COO Joe Hurt locates his golf ball on the green.
Above: Every month, a team of RLH volunteers cook dinner for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. Below: Clean-up, too!
Today, the Orlando Business Journal published its list of Top Philanthropic Companies, evaluated by contributions paid out to charitable organizations in 2012. RLH sits among companies at the top half of the list at #18, having contributed just over $40,000 and 300 employee volunteer hours to our favorite charities. Number one on the list was Walt Disney World Resort, which contributed $30 million and 230,000 hours to charitable organizations.
At RLH, we tend to “get our hands dirty” for the charities we support. This year, Helpful Hands’ 2nd Annual “Evening Under the Stars” fundraiser was held at the home of our president, Richard Haines. Our team constructed a dance floor and stage on the property, where a live band played and everyone enjoyed dancing under the stars.
We’d like to extend a big Thank You to supporters of the evening. Together, we raised almost $25,000 for Helpful Hands.
Helpful Hands is a charity that looks to provide opportunities for children to develop life skills, to experience life equal to their peers, and to provide encouragement during a time in their lives when it is most needed. The charity has sponsored children to attend the Oviedo Police Department’s Summer Camp and has joined with the Steinway Society for its annual Piano Gifting, giving talented children their first piano and lessons.
Visit the Helpful Hands website to read more about its programs.
Every year, the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) names the top privately held companies, ranked by gross revenues and dubbed “The Golden 100”. RLH has been included on the list for the past five years, and holds the #76 rank in 2013’s list.
See the complete OBJ list of companies here. Read more details in the follow-up story here.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) has awarded RLH Construction an Eagle Award in the Commercial ($5 to $10 million) Category of its annual Excellence in Construction competition. The 30,000-square-foot Aristocrat Volkswagen East project is the 2nd design-build VW “White-Frame” prototype in the United States. The entire 11-acre site was previously wetlands. Once mitigated, a 1,500-lineal-foot segmented block retaining wall was installed with heights varying from six to ten feet. 56,000 cubic yards of import fill (approx. 2,889 dump trucks) was placed. A naturally-occurring stream was routed underneath the site and conveyed through two 60” RCP. Meeting the stringent specifications of VW North America, this project was delivered in nine months, on time and under budget.
The Excellence in Construction Awards program recognizes the exceptional work for an entire construction project for general contractors. Projects are judged on execution of design, quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, proper installation, outstanding coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, custom materials, safety program, and owner satisfaction. The Eagle Award is the Central Florida Chapter’s highest recognition.
Read more about the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.