Building a better Marana

Marana Chamber

The Marana Chamber of Commerce presented its 8th Annual Community & Business Builder Awards on Wednesday, giving honors to Mathnasium of Marana (small business), Spectrum Ina Road Auto Collision (mid-size business) and Rosemont Copper (large business).

The Community & Business Builder of the Year Award was established to recognize companies that have contributed to building the Marana community. The awards were presented by Mayor Ed Honea during a luncheon ceremony at The Highlands at Dove Mountain.

About the winners:

Mathnasium of Marana
For more than four years, hundreds of children and adults have realized they can learn math at Mathnasium. Owner Devi Paolillo, who has a Masters degree in education, has a unique way of hiring staff. Potential instructors — many of whom are University of Arizona students — must first pass a proficiency test before being screened by Mathnasium students to determine if they are a fit for the center. Mathnasium sponsors a little league team each year and contributes to many other local charities and fundraisers, such as the Marana Food Bank and the Marana Broncos 5K run. The center hosts a TriMathlon each year and offers scholarships to schools in the Marana School District.

Spectrum Ina Road Auto Collision
Spectrum Ina Road Auto Collision is a family-owned, customer-oriented company focused on excellent customer service and the newest innovative technology. The company is also committed to giving back to the community. Partnering with local high schools, Spectrum owner Javier Avalos gives students a “real life” glimpse of the dangers of texting or drinking while driving by showing them automobiles that have been destroyed in texting- or alcohol-related crashes. Spectrum Ina Road Auto Collision also focuses on its carbon footprint, and recently made the environmentally sound decision to convert its shop from a solvent-borne to a water-borne refinishing system. The system protects the region’s air, water and soil quality by reducing hazardous waste and air pollution.

Rosemont Copper
Since 2007, Rosemont Copper has spent $250 million across Southern Arizona in contributions, donations, sponsorships and business interests. Rosemont is one of the primary sponsors of the Town of Marana’s yearly State of the Town Address and Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, and has donated money and time to a number of events and charities, such as the Marana Broncos 5K run and the Summer in the Park Concert series. Since 2011, Rosemont has supported the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans. In 2012, Rosemont was awarded the Copper Cactus Award for the best business workplace in Tucson.

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