On May 9, 2016, SmartCEO hosted its Inaugural Family Business Awards for
the greater Washington Area. This event celebrates and honors some of
the most distinguished family-run businesses in the DC area. VariQ received
two awards: the first as a Family Business Honoree, followed by the Legacy
Award, given to select businesses for their unmatched dedication to family,
business, and community.
“Family firms make up more than 80 percent of all businesses in North
America. Not only are they driving innovation, change and stewardship;
they are also representatives of the American Dream,” says Jaime
Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO.
There are obvious difficulties in mixing work and family life, but
Ben Edson, CEO and founder of VariQ argues that it can be a great advantage: “Family, extended family
and friends working together removes some of the normal sensitivities
between coworkers and increases efficiency, because we don’t need
to over-explain our actions or decisions…. Having worked together
for a good part of our lives, we can usually discuss and agree on difficult
topics and subjects more quickly, without having to feel the other person
doesn’t understand or misconstrues our meaning.”
VariQ has been a close knit family business for close to a decade. Currently
six immediate Edson family members work at VariQ.
For a full list of Award Honorees and Legacy Award Winners,