Austin Chamber Recognizes Outstanding Local Businesses

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Every year, the Austin Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding local businesses at its Greater Austin Business Awards.

This year, Underminer Studios, headed up by the husband and wife team of Tim and Alex Porter, received the HID Global Innovation Award. Other recipients included Reality Based Group and Texas Athletics. The award recognized them as “organization that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business.”

Underminer Studios is also one of the top 25 Hot Austin Startups to Watch on Silicon Hills News’ list for 2019.

The company creates virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality tools. Its technology, volumation, creates 3D animated images of any object for entertainment with increased realism and immersion. The startup is also in the Intel Innovators program.

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce evaluated hundreds of companies before selecting the winners for its 19th Annual Greater Austin Business Awards, which were announced last week at a ceremony held at the JW Marriott Austin.

An independent panel of judges selected the winners. And the public voted to select the Tru-Skin Dermatology Uniquely Austin Award winner which went to Terra Toys.

Other award winners included: The Austin Regional Clinic Customer Experience Award: Five Stone Tax Advisers,G&A Partners, andBaylor Scott & White Health.

TheSt. David’s HealthCare Employee Health & Wellness Award: Restore Hyper Wellness and Cryotherapy,Builder Homesite, Inc., andRetailMeNot.

The Intel Corporation Community Relations Award: Swinerton, Google Fiber, and Silicon Labs.

The Austin Energy Environmental Champion Award: Austin Parks Foundation, Westin Austin at the Domain, and Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

TheDelta Air Lines International Reach Award: HomePlate Peanut Butter,Noonday Collection, andArm.

TheNasdaq Consumer Product Award: NadaMoo!,Tiff’s Treats, andYETI.

TheTexas Capital Bank Company Culture Award:Austin Fraser,Abrigo, andIntel Corporation.

ThePIMCO Executive Leader Award: Karen Box, Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council;Kim Hanks,Whim Hospitality; andTamara Fields, Accenture.

TheDell EMC First-Time Entrepreneur Award: COCINA 54,Kalologie 360 Spa, andOmaiven Health.

TheSamsung Austin Semiconductor Nonprofit Award: The Arc of the Capital Area.