Birmingham, AL – One Stop Environmental, LLC (OSE), a woman owned company offering a full suite of environmental services throughout the United States, is proud to announce Shannon Riley, CEO, was presented with a Gold Stevie Award in the Female Executive of the Year- Business Services- All Other Industries category; and OSE’s Earth Day Heroes program was presented a Silver Stevie Award in the Community Involvement Program of the Year category at the 11th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards and International Business Awards. The Stevies are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards. The 2014 awards received entries from 22 nations and territories.
“In the 11 years of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, we have never had as many impressive women entrepreneurs, organizations, and executives nominated as we did in 2014. Their stories of success and innovation will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”
This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were announced at an awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 14. More than 300 women and their guests from around the world attended the presentations, which were broadcast live by Biz Talk Radio and taped for a later television broadcast.
Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at Stevie Awards.
Shannon Riley- Gold Stevie Award Recipient for Female Executive of theYear
As the founder and CEO of One Stop Environmental (OSE), Shannon Riley is responsible for the leadership, strategy and technical foundation of this full service environmental company specializing in federal and private environmental cleanup services. Riley is the only female CEO in the Southeast whose company self performs industrial environmental cleanup and abatement.
This year Riley has focused on and succeeded at turning around the company financially after facing many hurdles over the last few years. In 2011 the small business took a 1.5 million dollar loss on a job. That same year the federal government defunded a 1.6 million dollar contract held long term by OSE and reduced it down to $100,000. Additionally, Alabama immigration laws eliminated their Hispanic work force. The loss of abatement laborers meant finding and training new crews and a loss of profit in OSE’s abetment division.
Determined to keep the doors open and her employees in their jobs, Riley and her team worked hard increasing OSE’s customer base by nearly 20% since July 2013. Riley and her team also increased revenue by offering new services to existing customers.
Riley was able to make positive changes without having to reduce workforce. Even with lean financials, Riley brought in a Health and Safety Supervisor and saw a safety rating improvement over the last year. OSE’s current EMR is a .77, lower than 1 which is the industry standard.
OSE, under Riley’s leadership, has now been profitable for the last 18 months. The bottom line is 3.5% higher than it has ever been. The company is back to traditional bank lending greatly reducing monthly interest rates. OSE celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, and looks forward to continued growth.
Riley’s passion for growing her business is matched by her passion for serving and improving her community. One Stop announced its 3rd annual Earth Day Heroes program this year. OSE created the community program to educate elementary students in Alabama on the importance of keeping the planet clean and ways they can help protect the environment. The contest portion of the program rewards students for making Earth Day Pledges in preparation for National Earth Day. The 176 pledges collected during this year’s program included creative ideas such as recycling in the classroom, school and neighborhood cleanup days, creative ways to reuse trash like making flower pots from milk cartons and dollhouses from cardboard, planting flowers and trees, and conserving water and energy.
Riley serves on several civic and professional boards including the College of Arts Leadership at the University of Alabama, Christ Health Center, Innovation Depot, Rev Birmingham and the Woodlawn Business Association. She continues to be a champion for the revitalization of Woodlawn, AL where her business is headquartered. She and her husband renovated one of the warehouse spaces in Woodlawn to include a gym and basketball court allowing inner city basketball teams to practice rent free. Riley also participates in the Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic School’s corporate intern program, providing students with real-world work experience and paying more than half of the students’ cost of education.
Riley is wife to her high school sweetheart and fellow business owner Richard and mother to Griffin, James, Harris and Reagan.
Earth Day Heroes- Silver Award Recipient for Community Involvement Plan of the Year
This year One Stop Environmental, LLC (OSE) celebrated the growth and success of its third annual Earth Day Heroes program for local schools across the state of Alabama. OSE created the community program to educate elementary students in Alabama on the importance of keeping the planet clean and ways they can help protect the environment. The contest portion of the program rewards students for making Earth Day Pledges in preparation for National Earth Day.
“One Stop Environmental seeks to provide fun and useful information to students that will both educate and motivate them to start being conscious of the ways their decisions can affect the planet,” said Shannon Riley, CEO of One Stop Environmental. “The company will reward classrooms for making Earth Day pledges that they will stick to throughout the school year.”
A One Stop representative visited each participating classroom and took the time to speak with students about Earth Day and ways they can protect and celebrate the planet. Each class was asked to make an Earth Day Pledge and draw a picture of that pledge.
The 176 pledges collected during this year’s program included creative ideas such as recycling in the classroom, school and neighborhood cleanup days, creative ways to reuse trash like making flower pots from milk cartons and dollhouses from cardboard, planting flowers and trees, and conserving water and energy.
Mr. Williams science class at Putnam Middle School pledged to be “walking school buses” where students have already begun walking a mile to school, calculating how much fuel they save each week and how many calories they burn walking. Many classes have put their pledges in action collecting recyclable items in their classes and reusing their waste.
This year Earth Day Heroes expanded into more schools in the Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama areas. Participating schools in Birmingham included; Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, Putnam Middle School, J Oliver Elementary School, and Avondale Elementary School.
Huntsville participating schools included; Weatherly Heights Elementary School, Mountain Gap Elementary School, Challenger Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, and the Huntsville Montessori School.
The One Stop Environmental program included a Facebook contest to determine Earth Day Heroes classroom winners from Huntsville and classroom winners from Birmingham, 75 finalists were chosen. The community was then invited to vote in the contest through One Stop Environmental’s Facebook page.
The classes that received the most votes won a field trip to a local nature preserve, a pizza party, and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet pre-loaded with environmental science games and apps sponsored by One Stop Environmental. Each participating school will received a donation to their library to add to their environmental science teaching resources.
“Watching the students start to think creatively about ways to help the planet and seeing them excited about making small changes in their routine that make a huge difference and in the community is extremely rewarding. We are already looking forward to growing the program in 2015,” said Riley.