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Garrett County Business Owner Receives Global  Acclaim

Last Updated on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:59pm | Board of Commissioners
OAKLAND, MD — March 14, 2014 — Frank Vitez, President of Phenix Technologies, Inc., was honored with the World Trade Center Institute’s (WTCI’s) International Business Leadership Award on March 5 at the Jim Rouse Visionary Center in Baltimore.
The Maryland International Business Leadership Awards celebrate vision and excellence of leadership in Maryland-based businesses thriving globally. Convening the business elite of Maryland, this event honors innovators forging paths of profitability—locally, nationally, and worldwide.
Phenix Technologies develops, designs, manufactures, sells, and services high-voltage, high-current, and high-power test components and systems. The company began its journey as American HV Test Systems in 1975, and changed its name in 1989 during a buyout by the current owners. Pioneering cutting-edge technologies from its Accident, Maryland-based facility, Phenix ships its products to 113 countries worldwide.
“I am honored to receive this award, but we must also remember the efforts of the entire Phenix team that makes it possible,” said Frank Vitez.
Vitez and team have brought over 40 diverse products to market over the past 35 years. With offices located in Switzerland and Taiwan, and sales representatives located throughout the U.S. and in 50 countries around the globe, Phenix ensures that its customers receive outstanding support worldwide.
“Phenix Technologies is an industry icon worthy of our admiration. Their growth strategies and products are timely, tech-forward, and market-driven,” said Mike Koch, Executive Director of Garrett County’s Department of Community Planning and Development. “We salute Frank’s success as a Maryland International Business Leader—it’s an honor well-deserved.”
About Garrett County, Maryland:
Nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, Garrett County features high elevations—and higher opportunities for prosperity. Lured by an abundance of resources and natural beauty, over 900 businesses elevate their workforce—and profit margins—in Garrett County. Boasting a solid workforce and affordable real estate, Garrett County blends modern conveniences with country living. Efficient by design, our technology and transportation infrastructure redefine rural life, offering convenience and proximity to key markets. For more information, visit
About Phenix Technologies, Inc.:
In keeping with their mountain setting, Phenix Technologies manufactures high voltage, high-current, and high power test systems and components. Pioneering revolutionary technologies from its 70,000-square foot facility, Phenix leads global manufacturing through inspired design, innovative thinking, and reliability. The winner of several leadership and entrepreneurial awards, Phenix Technologies furthers our excellence in the manufacturing tradition and propels economic growth.
About the World Trade Center Institute:
The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) is the largest international business network of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic – a who’s who of the top global business executives in the region. More than 18,000 clients have benefited from WTCI’s global connections, events, international visitors program, and extensive global business services. WTCI serves as the World Bank Group’s Private Sector Liaison Officer (PSLO) for the region, enabling local firms to access opportunities in developing counties.