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CHARLOTTE – Deborah Millhouse, president of staffing and placement firm CEO Inc. ( received the “Donald Haack Community Service Award” at a recent Midweek Business Connections (MBC) meeting. The award carries the name of diamond expert, adventurer, author and long time community supporter Donald Haack and was presented by his daughter Julie Haack, president of Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems ( Millhouse received the accolade for her extraordinary community involvement.

“We are very passionate about serving the community, so we are proud to sponsor this service award,” says Haack, who is an MBC member. “It’s a privilege to honor peers and business leaders such as Debby Millhouse who go above and beyond the call of duty to give back to our community.”

Prior to receiving this award, Millhouse was honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times in recognition of her impact on the Charlotte community. She was named to the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, to the Business Leader list of Movers & Shakers, and to the Business Leader list of 2008 Women Extraordinaire, which recognizes women of extraordinary accomplishment and contribution. She was also named a 2006 Women in Business Achievement Award winner by Charlotte Business Journal for significant business accomplishments.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of this community and to be able to contribute to it in a significant way,” says fellow MBC member Millhouse. “I am honored to receive the Donald Haack Community Service Award.”

About CEO Inc.

Founded in 1994, CEO Inc. specializes in “Recruiting the BEST for Your Team!” through their full service offering including direct hire placement, temporary staffing, and human capital services. Honors for CEO Inc. include the Charlotte Regional Ethics in Business Award from the Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and being named as one of the Top 25 Charlotte Business Journal Best Places to Work for two consecutive years. CEO Inc. was also named to the North Carolina Business Leader list of Top 100 N.C. Small Businesses. CEO Inc. is ranked No 22 on the Charlotte Business Journal list of Largest Area Temporary Staffing Agencies and No. 10 on the Charlotte Business Journal list of top Contingency Executive Search firms. Additionally, CEO Inc. has been recognized as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses, one of the top 50 women-owned businesses and one of the top 50 privately-held businesses in the state of North Carolina by, the nations’ leading multicultural business-to-business online portal.

CEO Inc. is certified as a bona fide Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and as a Women-Owned Business by the City of Charlotte Minority and Women Business Development Office. For more information please visit or call 704-372-4701.

About Donald Haack Diamonds

Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems delivers exclusive jewelry designs through personal, long-term connections to diamond and fine gem suppliers around the world. The specially trained and educated staff of Donald Haack Diamonds has been offering expertise unmatched in the Charlotte market for more than 25 years. Visit or call 704-365-4400 for more information.

About Midweek Business Connections (MBC)

Midweek Business Connections (MBC) is a business group which meets twice monthly for breakfast combined with an excellent program. MBC is not just a ‘tips’ club but a resource group for successful people. Membership is on an individual, not company, basis and is limited to one individual from a particular business or professional classification. For more information, visit or call 704-940-7389.

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