Ray Travaglione’s MindStream Academy Nominated for National Chamber of Commerce Business Award
MindStream Academy CEO and Founder Ray Travaglione has been nominated for the US Chamber of Commerce's "Favorite Local Business" Award comes after local wins.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (PRUnderground) February 24th, 2014
Less than one year after being the first recipient of the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Start Up Business of the Year Award, MindStream Academy Founder and CEO, Ray Travaglione has been nominated for the National Chamber of Commerce’s Favorite Local Business Award.
Mr. Travaglione is the only individual to receive awards for two separate businesses from the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The first was the Small Business of the Year Award in 2000, while he was Founder and CEO of the International Junior Golf Academy.
In 2010, Travaglione opened the doors of MindStream Academy, an innovative boarding school that helps teens overcome obesity and its’ attendant social, emotional, and physical problems. MindStream teaches teens nutrition, gardening, and culinary skills, as well as emotional well-being, rigorous academic classes, and Equine Therapy. This unique program has been named by Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director of Yale University Prevention Research Center as “the greatest advance in treatment of severe obesity in kids I’ve ever seen.”
In May, 2013, Ray Travaglione was the first individual to be the recipient of a second award for his business contributions to the Lowcountry when he was awarded the Start-Up Business of the Year Award for MindStream Academy. The school has received national attention thanks to features on The Katie Couric Show, Good Morning America, CBS News, The Today Show, and other national publications.
This nomination for the National Favorite Local Business Award may bring additional national attention to a cause that Travaglione is passionate about: turning the tide on childhood obesity. “This is a national epidemic – one that could have serious implications to our already fragile health care system. We want to change that, one child at a time.”
About MindStream Academy
MindStream Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for teens who struggle with the emotional, social, and physical side effects of obesity. According to Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, \”MindStream is the greatest advance of treatment of severe obesity in kids I\’ve ever seen.\”