Procopio Enterprises Inc., of Saugus was recognized at the 2017 Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards as the winner of the Small Firms category. The Procopio family accepted the award on behalf of the company.
The Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards program is hosted annually by the Northeastern University Center for Family Business. This year the event was held at Northeastern University’s East Village in Boston.
Additional winners included ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers in the Large Firms category, and Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders in the Medium Firms category.
The winner of the Award for Community Involvement was Personal Best Karate, presented by Middlesex Savings Bank in conjunction with the Center for Family Business to acknowledge a company that has had a notable positive impact on the local community.
New this year, the Employee Appreciation Award and $1,000 honorarium went to Guillermo Fernandez of Stop and Compare Supermarkets. Sponsored by Marshall Paisner, the Employee Appreciation category rewards an outstanding non-family member whose dedication and loyalty have contributed to the company’s growth and overall success.
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash, presented a citation and “Unsung Hero” certificate of special recognition to Precision Pool Construction in acknowledgement of the company’s selfless act of kindness shown to a local family in need earlier this year. Precision Pool owners Pam and Sean Canning were present for the honor.
The Northeastern University Center for Family Business created the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards to honor family businesses across the state. For the last 11 years, recipients of the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards have been selected by a panel of independent judges based on the following criteria: business success, positive business and family linkages, multi-generational family involvement, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices or strategies. The 2017 finalists represented a wide range of industries from all across the state, with a combined 1,000 years in business.