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Awards Recognize Local Entrepreneurs

By Rachel Judy | June 21, 2011

2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Robynne Redmon and GLE professor, Dr. Greg Stone.

This year marks the fourth year that Regent University's School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship (GLE) has served as a major sponsor for Inside Business' Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. Held on Monday, June 20, the annual luncheon recognizes five top Hampton Roads, Va., businessmen and women whose entrepreneurial spirit and hard work have resulted in significant accomplishments in Hampton Roads.

Regent's partnership with Inside Business stems from a similar approach to business. "Regent University's MBA program is an entrepreneurial-focused generalist program that seeks to prepare graduates to either start new businesses or expand existing businesses," explained Dr. Bruce Winston, GLE's dean. "This fits squarely with the focus of Inside Business' Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards program."

Dr. Greg Stone, professor of marketing in GLE, served as one of the judges for the awards.

This year's Entrepreneur of the Year was Robynne Redmon, whose company—5 Star Medical Transport—provides transportation services to seniors and people with mobility difficulties. Redmon, an international opera singer, started her Chesapeake-based business out of her home. Today, the company serves Hampton Roads, Va.; North Carolina; and has another office in Starr, S.C. They operate 15 transport vans and employ 18 workers.

Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards were also presented to Andrew Johnson of Tidewater Flight Center (Chesapeake), David La Clair of Insignia Technology Services (Newport News), Dr. Margaret MacKrell Gaglione of Tidewater Bariatrics (Chesapeake) and Dr. M. Shane Swatts of Eastern Virginia Eye Associates (Chesapeake).

This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Lucy Gibney, president and CEO of Dr. Lucy's LLC. Gibney was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 after launching a manufacturing business that produces a specialty line of allergen-free cookies. In her address, Gibney discussed both the tough times and favorite moments of starting and building her own business. Just this year, the company added three new cookie flavors to its line.

While it was Gibney who developed the original cookie recipe, she is quick to point out that her success has not come solely from her own efforts. "A strong entrepreneurial effort is a team effort," she said.

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