Michael Gallagher, CEO of Centro Inc., was the 2017 SBA keynote speaker and MBJ's 2016 Exec of the Year winner.
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So talking about the leader of a company what we are really talking about is the person that sets the stage for that company culture. People are going to follow you and they are going to follow you into a deep hole or they are going to follow you to the Promised Land; if you will. And of the things we try to do at Centro, the company I work for, is to create an environment where every person in the company knows that we are all in this together. That a rising tide raises all boats and we do that through our compensation, but we do it more through respect. Respect for the people who work for us and respect for our customers. The fact of the matter is that I get an opportunity to speak to a group like this, to pick up awards, have my picture in the paper and the only reason I get to do that is because 102 other people working every day.

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"May 19, 2017, 12:41pm CDT
MBJ's 37th Small Business Awards event was an evening of laughter, tears and an enormous amount of entrepreneurial spirit.
ServiceMaster by Cornerstone general manager Tyler
Pattat got choked up accepting the SBA in the 125 employees category.
"I also want to dedicate this to all the people at the table ... and all the people who weren't able to be with us, but we can't make a dollar if we don't serve the people in our community,"
Pattat said. "It means a lot to have this award."

Brent Hooks, coowner of Allworld Project Management, also said he was upset during his acceptance speech.
"I just lost $100. I bet my colleague that [coowner Michael Hooks Jr.] would cry, so ..." Brent Hooks said to laughter from the
crowd. Allworld won the SBA for
the 2650 employees category. "I want to thank Mike. Honestly, he's a visionary. Without him, leading the ... path, our team wouldn't have a vision like this," Brent Hooks said. "It was a good opportunity for me to learn. My background is in accounting so I knew I was going to get a job anywhere, really."
LifeLinc Corp. won the SBA for the large company category, and CEO Eric Callan and president Greg Thompson accepted the
award together. They thanked their corporate office, their team and their wives. "I'd also like to thank Eric for mortgaging his home to start the company so I didn't have to," Thompson said. Clint Cooper, the owner of Redeemers Group and the winner of Executive of the Year, said it was all possible because of faith. "I think the reason I've been able to be so successful is that I was just too dumb to know that I could fail," Cooper said. "It pays to be stupid sometimes. But, I also think my life is not a coincidence."
The SBAs were held Thursday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Gold Sponsors of the 37th SBAs were Elliott Davis Decosimo and Regions Bank. Automotive Sponsor was Chuck Hutton Chevrolet. Centerpiece Sponsor was the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County. Supporting Event Sponsor was Behind the Scenes." 

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