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BEAVERCREEK — The Greene County Commissioners recognized the 2013 Greene County Achievers during the 25th Annual Report to the Community held Friday at the Beavercreek Golf Club. This year’s achievers include:

Cedarville University Aero Team

Under the direction of Dr. Tim Norman, Cedarville’s 2013 team was made up of a senior design team and an underclassmen team. Both teams competed in the Micro Class Division of the Aero Design East competition held at in Fort Worth, Texas, in March 2013. Teams can achieve a high flight score by having a high payload fraction and a low airplane empty weight. Teams must follow design constraints defined by the SAE. The senior design team earned second place in design getting beat by Georgia Tech by only 0.2 points. They placed seventh overall. The underclassman team earned third place in presentation, fourth place in their design report and sixth place overall.


Headquartered at Russ Research Center in Beavercreek, Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) is a technology development and commercialization service company. CRG was a 2013 recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award. The Sloan Awards are part of the “When Work Works” program, a researched based initiative to highlight how effective and flexible work places can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home.

Richard Flake, AFRL

An Air Force Research Laboratory program manager was recognized recently with a national-level award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at its annual Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Mr. Richard Flake is one of only three individuals to receive a prestigious 2013 Tibbetts Award and the only Department of Defense winner. The award honors outstanding small businesses and individuals who participate in or support national SBIR efforts.

4 Paws for Ability

Xenia based business 4 Paws for Ability was recently honored at the “Free to Soar” gala in Texas. Karen Shirk, Executive Director and Founder recently won a van from Toyota. The program “100 Cars for Good” program awarded 4 Paws for Ability a new vehicle. 4 Paws For Ability was founded in 1998 to place service dogs with those who need them and has grown into an Internationally recognized organization for the placement of service dogs with children and veterans. At this time 4 Paws has placed almost 800 dogs in 47 states and 8 countries. We currently place approximately 100 dogs a year. The year 2014 is exciting for us as we will break ground on a 3 million dollar addition to our facility which will allow us to meet the needs of our kids and veterans more effectively.

I Supply Company

Fairborn based I Supply Company was named “Top Distributor of the Year” for fast food giant Rally’s. I Supply Company was recognized for its customer service and strong internal support system.

James Investment Research

James Investment Research, located in Xenia, achieved a major milestone in 2013. The James Balanced: Golden Rainbow Fund crossed the threshold of $2.0 billion in assets. The James Small Cap Fund received recognition from US News and World Report for ranking as top Mutual Funds. JIR has been successfully handling client portfolios since 1975. They are committed to an investment philosophy which focuses on a single objective: to grow our clients’ assets while stressing the preservation of principal and the reduction of risk.

Max Lake, Applied Sciences, Inc.

The “Fellow Award” for the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPLE) was awarded to Max Lake at Applied Sciences, Inc. This is an award for distinguished contribution in the field of materials and processes. The Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering, SAMPE, is an organization devoted to the promotion of technical excellence in materials and process engineering. SAMPE was founded in 1944 by Californian Aerospace engineers with the goal to build a professional network and improve the exchange of technical information. Max Lake founded Applied Sciences, Inc. (ASI) in Greene County, Ohio in 1984.

Peerless Technologies Corporation

Peerless Tech, located in Fairborn, is a nationally recognized, award-winning and reputable business serving federal government clients at multiple locations nationwide. Peerless Technologies Corporation made Inc. Magazine’s list of “5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America”, coming in at number1007 on the list. Peerless also earned spots on the “Top 100 Government Service Companies”, ranking number 57 and number 35 on the list of “Top 100 Companies”.

Col. David Rhodes

The aerospace medical association recently awarded Colonel David Rhodes of the US Airforce School of aerospace medicine with the Eric Liljencrantz Award. Rhodes was honored for his innovative efforts towards the training of military flight surgeons and updating of curricula. The award was established in memory of commander Eric Liljencrantz MC, USN, whose career in aviation medicine was cut short by his death in an airplane accident in 1942. Each year, award winners are honored for their contributions to basic research in the problems of acceleration, altitude or weightlessness, or for excellence as an educator in aerospace medicine.

Damaris Serrano, PhD

Wright State University Associate Professor of Spanish, Dr. Damaris Serrano, PhD was awarded a literary award from her native country of Panama. Dr. Serrano received the LXXI National Ricardo Miró Essay Prize in the Republic of Panama. The award was for her essay, “Panama: Retelling History /Stories of a Nation in Diaspora.”

Don Smith

The Ohio Aviation Association named Greene County Airport Manager Don Smith as the winner of the 2013 “Ohio Manager of the Year” award. Don Smith received his award during the OAA’s annual meeting in Columbus Ohio. Smith, a retired Air Force Officer, joined the Greene County Airport after years managing systems for a night freight company. Founded in 1965 as the Ohio Airport Manager’s Association, the Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) is a non-profit corporation committed to airport development and safety in Ohio.

Dr. DeBonne Wishart

Dr. DeBonne Wishart, geology professor in the Water Resources Management Department of the College of Science and Engineering at Central State University is the winner of the prestigious Geological Society of America / Exxon Mobil Bighorn Basin Field Award for 2013. This award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation. The field award, presented annually to a few geology professors (the top 5 among a select pool of very talented applicants from across the nation) was published in the July 2013 edition of “GSA Today.”


Beavercreek based Woolpert, Inc. Received the MAPPS Geospactial and Product and Services award in the Surveying / Field Data Collection category for “Rutgers University Mobile Mapping: Hurricane Sandy”. Woolpert is a design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm that integrates services and applies technologies to benefit it’s federal/state and private

Yellow Springs Brewery

Yellow Springs Brewery, the only brewery in Greene County opened its taproom to the public in April, 2013. It is a small artisanal craft brewery owned and operated by husband/wife team Nate Cornett and Lisa Wolters. The 7-barrel production brewery employs 1 full-time and 12 part-time people in the production facility and taproom. Lead Brewer Jeffrey McElfresh is the driving force behind their award-winning beer. The first beer they entered in competition, Smokin’ Handsome American Brown Ale, won a silver medal in the smoked beer category in the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past October.

YSI / Xylem

A leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, announced today that its YSI brand P 700 IQ Orthophosphate Analyzer has been selected by Processing magazine as a Breakthrough Product of the Year for 2013. The P 700 IQ is used in wastewater treatment plants as a stand-alone analyzer or in conjunction with other sensors in the YSI IQ SensorNet 2020 XT continuous monitoring and control system.

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