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Construction Co. owner wins chamber award

Mike Vallencourt and Clay County Chamber President Doug Conkey

Mike Vallencourt and Clay County Chamber President Doug Conkey


 

The Clay County Chamber of Commerce gave its businessperson of the year award to the leader of a Middleburg construction company.

Mike Vallencourt is the President and CEO of Vallencourt Construction Company, a site preparation and underground utilities enterprise his father started shortly after World War II. 

The compnay now has nearly 200 employees.  Vallencourt served on the board of the Clay County Utility Authority for seven years.  In 2006, he created the Francis E. and Barbara Vallencourt Perpetual Scholarship for Bishop John J. Snyder High Schools students.

Tony Davis and Brian Knight were the other finalists for the award.

Davis is the owner of North Florida Design Group, which does business as Granite Transformations of Jacksonville, Rock Solid Plumbing Services, and Bath Planet of Jacksonville.  He serves on several councils and committees including the Granite Transformations’ Product Advisory Council, Franchise Advisory Council and the Bath Planet Dealer Advisory Council.   He also serves on the Board of Directors at the Clay County Soccer Club and is a trainer in the club’s developmental soccer academy.

Knight is the CEO of Pragmatic Works, a company which specializes in Microsoft SQL server and business intelligence.  He started the company with four people.   It has grown to more than 100 employees.  Pragmatic Works has offices in Orange Park, Atlanta, Boston, and South Africa.  Knight also created a non-profit called Pragmatic Works Foundation which introduces the unemployed, underemployed, and veterans to the technology industry and trains them in SQL Server techniques and job skills such as interviewing and resume building.

“This year’s selection of Business Person of the Year was particularly difficult, as our finalists were three of the strongest top three that we have had in recent memory and all of them deserve to win this award.” said George Egan, immediate past chair of the chamber board of directors. 

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” said Vallencourt as he accepted the prize.  “There is no way I can possibly convey in a few moments the love I’ve felt.  I would like to thank my wife, my family and the grace of God.  I appreciate everything the Chamber has done to promote business in Clay County.  I look forward to the years ahead and being a bigger part of the community.  Thank you.”

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