Integrus Holdings Inc. and its president and CEO, Scott Hamberger were among the winners of the 2018 Community Leadership awards announced by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
In its fifth year, the program honors businesses and executives who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to support Loudoun County and its residents. Twenty finalists were chosen from five categories: Large and Small Businesses, Nonprofit Executive, Executive Leaders and Young Professionals. Winners were selected by a panel of business and nonprofit leaders.
Hamberger was recognized as the Executive Leader of the Year and Integrus Holdings won in the small business category. The awards were given in recognition of the company’s commitment to health, education and economic development. Among the community programs it supports are the Loudoun Education Foundation, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Loudoun Youth, Inova Hospital, The Community Foundation and The Loudoun Impact Fund, Loudoun Hunger Relief and the Boulder Crest Retreat.
Other winners were:
Young Professional: D. Todd Pearson, of B.F. Saul, who has served as vice chairman of the Loudoun Economic Development Advisory Commission and worked to address workforce housing, a new Potomac River bridge crossing, and the nighttime economy, among other issues. He also serves on the stakeholders committee for Envision Loudoun.
Large Organization (100 employees or more): Inova Loudoun Hospital is a not-for-profit organization invests profits in expanding services and programs that support the community through the continuum of life. Examples include the OB Clinic, which has served more than 20,000 low-income women; Mobile Health Services, which provides free preventive care screenings, education and first aid to more than 18,000 residents yearly; investments in safety net services and community partners of over $400,000 per year; and its Life with Cancer program that enhances quality of life by providing free education, information and support to those affected by cancer, more than 5,000 encounters per year.
Nonprofit Executive: Melissa Heifetz, executive director of The Arc of Loudoun, leads a team of more than 80 employees involved in several community support programs above and beyond their day-to-day efforts to support residents with disabilities. Through the Paxton Gives Back Program, staff members with disabilities volunteer with Backpack Buddies every week and make and deliver lunches to the homeless shelter bimonthly. A new philanthropic initiative, We Scare Because We Care, provides mini grant to other nonprofits from the proceeds of Shocktober. The team also provides emergency financial assistance to families in need of food, clothing, and/or shelter, through its United Way grant program. The Positive Interactions with Law Enforcement initiative promotes safe interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities and participates in the county’s Disability Response Team.
“Loudoun County is truly privileged to have so many outstanding leaders and businesses that are willing to invest their time, talent and treasure to serve our community,” said President and CEO Tony Howard. “The Loudoun Chamber is privileged to honor these great community leaders for the hard work and valuable contributions to help make Loudoun a world-class community in which to live, work, raise a family and grow a business.”