SimVentions Inc. and LifeCare Medical Transports received the top awards at the annual Business Appreciation Reception presented by the Stafford County Economic Development Authority.
Nearly 200 Stafford community and business leaders attended the event May 15 at 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company.
SimVentions, which received the Business of the Year Award, is a government contractor with expertise in systems engineering, software engineering, cybersecurity, program management and other specialties. The company, based in Stafford, has over 270 employees in three offices across the state, and over a third of its employees are veterans.
Howard Owen, treasurer of the Economic Development Authority, said in presenting the award, “They employ several individuals that are considered ‘national assets’ in their particular technical/program fields of expertise. At the center of their success are SimVention’s employees, and their gifts, talents and abilities. Their workforce brings their passion to service projects, and are involved in hundreds of community efforts.”
Lifecare Medical Transports won the Cornerstone Business Award for exemplifying a long-term economic impact and corporate citizen commitment to the Stafford community.
The company was founded by Kevin Dillard and Dan Wildman in Stafford in 1994 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. LifeCare has grown from a local service to one of Virginia’s largest providers of healthcare transportation services with over 500 employees and 135 ambulances in its fleet, Owen said.
Also during the event, John Holden, director of the county’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, facilitated a brief panel discussion with three business leaders: Camile Sue, owner of the Icing Baking Company; Vernon Green Jr., founder and CEO of GCubed Enterprises Inc.; and Bob Hannan, site manager for Intuit Inc.