Ken Wayland of Free Agents Marketing has been named the 2011 Henrico Business Leader of the Year. The award from the Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recognizes people or organizations that demonstrate excellence in fostering partnerships resulting in business growth or retention, among other attributes.
Wayland started Free Agents Marketing in 2001 with three partners. Today he is the company’s president and sole owner, presiding over a staff of 43 employees. Free Agents offers full-service communications, including advertising, marketing, public relations and event management. Last year, it opened an office in Hampton Roads.
Mark Smith, franchise owner of Midas of Richmond, was named the 2011 Henrico County Community Leader of the Year. Smith is the owner of five stores in the greater Richmond area. He has raised awareness for community programs such as Virginia Blood Services, FeedMore, the Central Virginia Food Bank, Central Virginia Meals on Wheels, and the Central Virginia Community Kitchen and Feeding America, the association for the 203 food banks across the country.
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