Alex Bardi, owner of Bardi Heating and Air, Inc., Atlanta, GA, has received the 2013 Overall Gwinnett Small Business of the Year Award, and was also named Gwinnett’s Small Business of the Year for the 10 to 99 employee category.

The “Pinnacle” Awards are presented annualy by the Gwinnett Chamber and The Atlanta Journal Constitution In an effort to recognize Gwinnett County’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Alex Bardi believes the success of his commercial HVAC company is based on the company’s “moral compass” and adherence to its mission to “always, always, always do the right thing.”

This guiding principle has proven to be a successful one, as Bradi doubled its revenues from 2011 and achieved 112% growth. Bardi Heating & Air Conditioning has been named a “Top Workplace” for three years running by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It has received a five-star rating from its customers on Kudzu.com, and has earned a Smart Business Magazine’s “World Class Customer Service Award.”

Bardi told ContractingBusiness.com that, with what he sees to be an improving economy, the tide is turning from an employers’ market to one in which employees are in greater demand.

“The ability to hire and retain top talent is turning. We’re seeing less activity in terms of candidates,” Bardi warns. “Contractors should be focused on retaining and overcommunicating their entire range of benefits to prospective employees.”

Bardi adds that his success in the commercial HVAC market is tied to “finishing strong” on every project.

“We preach daily how important it is to finish strong,” he says. “The majority of customers forget how good a job you do when you start, but remember when you finish. Finishing on time gives you extra punch for the next project.”

Bardi has begun assigning more project managers to installation projects. “Having more project managers rather than less is a winning strategy. Sufficient jobsite supervision ensures you finish strong, on time, and on budget,” Bardi says.