One runs the largest healthcare business on this entire side of the state. One runs several small businesses but continues to work and serve local merchants. One runs around helping entrepreneurs and business speculators capitalize on start ups, growth, and expansions. One runs a consulting enterprise and promotes learning and networking opportunities for small business operators. One runs a specialty health/medical manufacturing operation that has infiltrated a specific market to a global application. One runs a community bank that is taking its biggest step up in its 100+ year history. One runs a building design firm that hit 20 years, culminating with the acquisition of another local architect. One runs a commercial real estate sales team that's banking on the boom in Roanoke and surrounding areas.
Apparently, you still have to run hard to make those goals.
What do all eight of these folks have in common?
They're all running.
That's actually not a bad comparison; because although we could have listed them for their successes culminated over the years of their profession (they're all over 50 years old), we present our 2017 Business Icons based on current accomplishments.