March 19, 2008 12:30 ET

KIRA, Inc. Wins Top Innovative Business Award

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Names KIRA as the Most Innovative Large Company in Southern Florida

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - KIRA, Inc. is proud to announce today that the company has received first-place honors in the Top 100 Minority Business Awards, presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. KIRA, the preeminent military base facilities maintenance and construction contractor, was presented with the award for Most Innovative Company in the Large Company Division. The company was recognized for finding innovative ways to deliver their services at reduced prices, while achieving savings and employing them company-wide to deliver more value to customers. The awards program honors South Florida's minority business community and celebrates the region's rich diversity and spirit of entrepreneurship.

The award recipients for 2008 were announced in the categories of Commitment to Diversity, Corporate Citizenship (large and small), Highest Employee Growth Rate, Highest Revenue Growth Rate, Innovation (large and small), Outstanding Expansion Plans and Best Overall Minority Business (large and small).

This year is the second time that KIRA has been recognized for its successes, as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded the company with the Commitment to Diversity award in 2007. In addition to the being recognized locally, KIRA has also been acknowledged by top national business publications. Recently, the company was named by Inc. Magazine and as one of the fastest growing private companies in the Southeast region of the United States. Additionally, the company's president and CEO, Carlos A. Garcia, was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year. Garcia, on behalf of KIRA and its employees, took top honors in both the Heavy Industry and Hispanic Business Entrepreneur of the Year categories. "Regardless of cost, we always do what's right for our company, our employees, our customers, and our reputation," said Carlos A. Garcia. "This statement proves accurate once again."

About KIRA, Inc.

Miami-based KIRA, Inc. is an industry-leading facilities maintenance and construction contractor. The company specializes in base operating services (BOS), construction, renovation and maintenance services. Founded in 1987, KIRA provides people, technology, resources and knowledge to government facilities in more than 30 locations throughout the United States and overseas. For more information, visit

About The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is an association of businesses and professions organized to create economic progress in Miami-Dade County. To carry out its mission, the Chamber serves as the voice of business enterprise and involves the private sector in community leadership. Since its inception in 1907 as the Miami Board of Trade, the organization -- known today as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce -- has been widely recognized and respected for its record of economic development and community improvement throughout the years. With its rich legacy of leadership, the Chamber is positioned to build on its record as it continues to help build a greater Miami.

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