La. corporate growth association presents awards

The Louisiana chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth presented its seventh annual ACG Louisiana Awards Tuesday, recognizing growth companies, business professionals and noteworthy transactions around the state.

The winners are Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC, Outstanding Growth Company; Hollywood Trucks LLC, Emerging Growth Company; Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Deal of the Year; Gary Solomon Jr., Emerging Young Leader; John Georges, Dealmaker of the Year; and Darryl Berger, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harvey Gulf in New Orleans specializes in towing drilling rigs and providing offshore supply and support vessels for deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1955, it has grown to a fleet of 150 vessels, some of which are under construction and about half of them purchased from other companies in the past 18 months. The company also plans to construct and operate the first liquefied natural gas marine fueling facility in the U.S. in Port Fourchon.

Hollywood Trucks LLC, with operations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, was founded in 2007 by entertainment professionals to provide transportation services and logistics to support the film and production industry. It now ranks No. 15 among all national logistics and transportation companies in the U.S. and No. 676 overall in the Inc. 5000.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., of The Woodlands, Texas, acquired The Shaw Group in 2013 in Baton Rouge to become a more energy infrastructure-focused company and major provider of government services. CB&I now has a global workforce of about 55,000 employees with revenues of $11.1 billion in 2013 and centralized about 400 positions in Baton Rouge.

Gary Solomon Jr., together with two partners, formed the Solomon Group in 2009 as a live event and multimedia installation production company. The company has $10 million in annual sales, 35 full-time employees, an office on South Peters Street, a large set fabrication and production facility in Algiers, and a large inventory of high-quality production equipment for rental.

John Georges and his wife, Dathel, of New Orleans, formed Georges Media Group to acquire Capital City Press LLC in Baton Rouge in 2013 and is publisher of The Advocate, The New Orleans Advocate and The Acadiana Advocate. He is known for his deals and achievements with the Imperial Trading Co. LLC, the Lucky Coin Machine Co. and AMA Distributors and the Galatoire’s restaurants in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Darryl Berger founded Darryl Berger Investment Corp. in 1972, now known as The Berger Co. Inc. He has been instrumental in real estate developments in New Orleans, is known for his community leadership and is chairman of the Tulane University board.