A Hilliard-based company recently received a Smart Leaders Award in recognition of its electronic recycling efforts and employee safety.

A Hilliard-based company recently received a Smart Leaders Award in recognition of its electronic recycling efforts and employee safety.

The Smart Business Network recognized numerous businesses at a July 19 luncheon at the Athletic Club of Columbus in downtown Columbus.

E-Cycle, 4105 Leap Road, in Hilliard, was one of 15 businesses recognized with the Smart Leaders Award, said Paulie Anthony, director of marketing for e-Cycle, which recycles cellphones and other kinds of wireless technology.

"This is the first time we received the (Smart Leaders) Award," Anthony said.

The award "recognizes the brightest and most innovative corporate leaders in the local business community while bringing to light the strategies they use to attain their level of success," according to a press release announcing the awards.

"All of us with e-Cycle are honored to (be) recognized among such an exceptional group of innovative leaders," Jen Myers, chief operations officer of e-Cycle, said in a press release.

Myers accepted the award July 19 on behalf of Christopher Irion, CEO and founder of e-Cycle.

"The continued success of e-Cycle can be attributed to the quality of our employees who comprise a dedicated team with a passion for our mission and core values. We are confident (our) vision and leadership will continue to grow e-Cycle as the global leader in enterprise wireless recycling," Myers said.

The company was founded in Hilliard in 2005 and has more than 200 employees, Anthony said.

The corporation has representatives in numerous states and foreign countries, but its only office is in Hilliard, although the company is considering expanding, Anthony said.