Honoration Hall of Fame

Since 1992 the Cox Family Enterprise Center has recognized and honored family businesses throughout the state of Georgia with the Georgia Family Business of the Year Awards. Through 2015, honors were given in three categories: Small – Under 50 employees; Medium – 51 to 249 employees; Large – Over 250 employees. In 1999, we added the very special Cox Century Award to be given to family business 100, or more years, in operation.

In 2019, careful thought was given reclassifying the honors to highlight behaviors in lieu of company size. Honors are now given to a group of families that exemplify resilience and sustainability practices. The Honoration also recognizes the importance of Professional Advisors to their family business clients through the creation of a Professional Advisors Honor.

Here are our past honorees, perhaps you know them?

2020 Honorees

Legacy Honoree
Sunset Farm Foods, Valdosta


Resilient Honorees
R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Inc., Thomson
Evans Tool & Die, Inc., Conyers
Pull-A-Part, Atlanta


Sustainable Honorees
Jones Petroleum Company, Jackson
CI2 Aviation, Atlanta
The Sack Company, Statesboro


Professional Advisor Honorees
The Hatton Group at Raymond James, Atlanta


2019 Honorees

Resilient Honorees
RefrigiWear, Dahlonega
Dekalb Farmers Market, Decatur
DeNyse, Douglasville


Sustainable Honorees
CKS Packaging, Atlanta
Beaumont Products, Inc., Kennesaw
J.M. Huber Corporation, Atlanta


Legacy Honoree
Blanchard and Calhoun, Augusta


Professional Advisor Honoree
Wellspring Associates, SEFOF


2017 Winners

Marked the 30th Anniversary of the Cox Family Enterprise Center. This Center milestone was celebrated with a festive Gala at Flourish. The Fireside Chat with prominent Family Business Executives was introduced and the Center founders were honored by appearances from Family Business luminaries.

2015 Winners

Small: Baumgartens, Atlanta
Medium: Juneau Construction Company, LLC, Atlanta
Large: Claxton Poultry Farms, Claxton
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Yancey Bros Co., Austell

2014 Winners

Small: Atlanta Light Bulbs, Tucker
Medium: Benning Construction Company, Smyrna
Large: RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc., Atlanta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: R.F. Knox Co., Inc., Smyrna

2013 Winners

Small: Hill Aircraft, Atlanta
Medium: General Produce, Inc., Forest Park
Large: Ed Voyles Automotive Group, Marietta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Haverty Furniture Companies, Atlanta

2012 Winners

Small: Whitaker Laboratories, Inc. Savannah
Medium: Piedmont National Corp., Atlanta
Large: Bennett International Group, McDonough
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Hewell’s Pottery, Gillsville

2011 Winners

Small: Way Brothers, Inc., Hawkinsville
Medium: Blanchard & Calhoun, Augusta
Large: Kauffman Tire, Inc., Ellenwood
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Perlis, The Big Store, Tifton

2010 Winners

Small: Jones Wynn Funeral Home, Douglasville
Medium: N.A. Williams, Atlanta
Large: Butler Automotive Group, Macon
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Glover Foods, Columbus

2009 Winners

Small: Acree Oil, Toccoa
Medium: Turner Fine Furniture, Thomasville
Large: J&J Invision, Dalton
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Case Veterinary Hospital, Savannah

2008 Winners

Small: Parkers Heating & Air Conditioning, Americus
Medium: Pull-A-Part, Atlanta
Large: Burton + Burton, Bogart
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Harris Ace Hardware & Building Supply, Jessup

2007 Winners

Small: Blalock Machinery & Equipment, College Park
Medium: Bowen Family Homes, Duluth
Large: Southwire Corp., Carrollton
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Gretsch Enterprises, Savannah

2006 Winners

Small: Mimms Enterprises, Roswell
Medium: Southern Orchard Supply, Fort Valley
Large: National Distributing Co., Atlanta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Patten Seed Co., Lakeland

2005 Winners

Small: Chatham Holdings, Alpharetta
Medium: PBD Worldwide Fulfillment, Alpharetta
Large: Bearings & Drives, Macon
Cox Enterprises Century Award: The Brand Banking Company, Lawrenceville

2004 Winners

Small: Woodbury Box Company, Thomaston - NOW: Chief Manufacturing
Medium: Prince Automotive Group, Tifton
Large: Benton Express, Atlanta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: The Brunswick News, Brunswick

2003 Winners

Small: Harold A. Dawson, Inc., Atlanta
Medium: Systems and Methods, Carrollton
Large: The Paradies Shops, Atlanta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Adams Transfer, Gainesville

2002 Winners

Small: McStatts’ Printing Co., Inc., Cartersville
Medium: The Brunswick News, Brunswick
Large: Hayes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Chevrolet, Inc, Lawrenceville
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Plant Telecommunications, Tifton

2001 Winners

Small: Crenshaw Supply, Atlanta
Medium: Plant Telecommunications, Tifton
Large: Printpack, Inc., Atlanta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Warren Featherbone Co., Gainesville

2000 Winners

Small: Marbury Engineering, Albany
Medium: Cochran Bros. Co., Dublin
Large: The Norton Agency, Gainesville
Cox Enterprises Century Award: ITC Holding Co., West Point

1999 Winners

Small: Sprayberry's Barbecue, Newnan
Medium: Short & Paulk Supply Co., Tifton
Large: Selig Enterprises, Inc., Atlanta
Cox Enterprises Century Award: Cox Enterprises, Inc., Atlanta

1998 Winners

Small: Lang Building Supply, Brunswick
Medium: MAU Human Resource & Staffing Services, Inc., Augusta
Large: Rehabilitation Services of Columbus, Inc., Columbus

1997 Winners

Small: Cofer's Home & Garden Showplace, Athens
Medium: Ben Meadows Co., Chamblee
Large: Bobs Candies, Inc., Albany

1996 Winners

Small: Byrd Cookie Co., Savannah
Medium: Burch-Lowe, Inc., Mableton
Large: Apex Supply Co., Atlanta

1995 Winners

Small: Diaz Foods, Atlanta
Medium: Grizzard Advertising, Atlanta
Large: The Sea Island Company, Sea Island

1994 Winners

Small: Citizens Bank, Vienna
Medium: L.E. Schwartz & Son, Macon
Large: Cleveland Group, Atlanta

1993 Winners

Small: Willis Oil Company, Griffin
Medium: J. Smith Lanier & Co., West Point
Large: Southwire Corp, Carrollton

1992 Winners

Small: Ellis Bros. Pecans, Vienna
Medium: Bronner Bros., Atlanta
Large: Pennington Enterprises, Madison