Local businessman receives governor’s ImPAct award

ADAM DIAZ

ADAM DIAZ

BY STACI WILSON

A Susquehanna County businessman was recognized last week by Governor Tom Corbett at the inaugural ImPAct Awards.

Kingsley-based business owner Adam Diaz received the Northern Tier Entrepreneur Award. Diaz was also nominated in the Jobs First category.

Diaz said the recognition was both a “big deal” and “humbling.”

“You don’t think anyone would recognize you for something you enjoy doing,” he said. “Buying businesses and making them run is something I enjoy doing. It’s nothing I need a pat on the back for.”

But, he said, it’s really his employees that deserve the recognition.

“It’s not me, it is the employees that make things work. Everyone else (at Diaz Companies) is the reason we received the award – without them, we wouldn’t have gotten it,” Diaz said.

“I very much appreciate the honor, but for me, I just like to go to work. I like to see other people do well for themselves – I like to be a part of that,” he said.

Diaz was among other ImPAct Award recipients and nominees at a banquet held Thursday in Hershey where Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs were recognized for their contributions to the state’s economy.
The Corbett administration created the awards initiative to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that are creating job opportunities and contributing to the state’s economy.

“Today we honor the men and women who spend countless hours providing the leadership and care that it takes to run a successful business,” Corbett said at the ceremony. “You are the champions partnering with us to put Pennsylvania on the path of growth.”

Fifty companies from throughout the state were recognized in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. The awardees were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state’s partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation and Journal Multimedia.
Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners – the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. Each of the 10 PREP regions was eligible to submit up to five nominations per category. A total of 250 nominations were received.

The Corbett administration developed the PREP network to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Department of Community and Economic Development provides grants through PREP to local economic development service providers that provide assistance and other resources to support local business expansion and growth.

The awards were sponsored by the state’s private sector partner, Team Pennsylvania Foundation.

Northern Tier Governor’s ImPAct Award recipients recognized were:
Community Impact Award - Williams Oil Company, Inc., Towanda
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Diaz Companies, Kingsley
Export Impact Award - Cummings Lumber Company, Inc., Troy
Jobs First Award - The Keane Group, Mansfield
Small Business Impact Award - Keystone North, Inc., Mansfield

Other Northern Tier nominees from the local area were:
Community Impact Award
: Cabot Oil & Gas (Montrose); Chesapeake Energy (Towanda); Procter & Gamble Paper Products (Mehoopany); Williams Companies (Towanda).
Jobs First Impact Award: Diaz Companies (Kingsley); Southwestern Energy Co. (Tunkhannock); Williams Companies (Tunkhannock).
Small Business Impact Award: BX3 Inc. (Montrose); Golis Machines (Montrose); Twig’s Café (Tunkhannock).