Coenco's Siccardi wins small businesses award. (Economic).
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas will present the award Monday at its annual luncheon saluting small business in the state.
Siccardi, a veterinarian and avian pathologist, researched air quality in poultry processing plants and developed the Coenco Positive Air System in 1983.
In 1995, Siccardi created a similar version for use in warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The high-powered fan equipment is aimed at improving circulation and energy efficiency in large buildings.
Coenco's clients include Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., ConAgra, Southwest Airlines and Georgia-Pacific Corp.
Other awards presented include:
* 2002 district direct lender of the year: First State Bank at Conway;
* Resource partner of the year: Miriam Karanja, director of the Arkansas Women's Business Development Center at Pine Bluff;
* Small Business Development Center consultant of the year: Lance Sexton with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville;
* SCORE counselor of the year: David Shapiro of Pine Bluff;
* Account advocate of the year: Phyllis Holifield of Priddy & Holifield P.A. in North Little Rock;
* Financial services advocate of the year: W. Phillip Knight with Arkansas National Bank at Fayetteville;
* Small business journalist of the year: Don B. Bradley in with the University of Central Arkansas at Conway;
* Veteran small business advocate of the year: George H. Gray Jr. with Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System at Little Rock;
* Women in business advocate of the year: Tina K. Shelby of PLANTation Services Inc. in Little Rock; and
* Minority small business advocate of the year: James E. Turner with the Neighborhood Resource Center of Little Rock.