Conexx: America Israel Business Connector is hosting its 16th gala and awards reception Wednesday, May 3, at the Twelve Atlantic Station hotel.

Each spring Conexx recognizes businesses and leaders in the Southeast for their cooperation with Israeli companies in multiple categories. Conexx is not presenting an award for Innovative Academic Program as in years past.

Conexx will honor five recipients: Southern Co.; Tosaf; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal; the Atlanta Jewish Times; and the combination of Nexidia and NICE.

Based in Atlanta, gas and electric utility Southern Co. is being honored as the U.S. Company of the Year. Southern serves 9 million customers, and its subsidiaries are operating or developing renewable solar, wind and biomass facilities across the United States=

Southern has increased business with Israel in the innovation and energy space. Conexx plans to take a group of executives from Southern on a business mission to Israel this fall.

“Southern Co. is a great partner in working with and looking for Israeli companies to do business with,” said Benjamin Fink, the chairman of the Conexx board.

The Israeli Company of the Year is Tosaf, a global leader in developing and manufacturing high-quality additives, compounds and color for the plastics industry.

Each spring Conexx recognizes businesses and leaders in the Southeast for their cooperation with Israeli companies in multiple categories. Conexx is not presenting an award for Innovative Academic Program as in years past.

Conexx will honor five recipients: Southern Co.; Tosaf; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal; the Atlanta Jewish Times; and the combination of Nexidia and NICE.

Based in Atlanta, gas and electric utility Southern Co. is being honored as the U.S. Company of the Year. Southern serves 9 million customers, and its subsidiaries are operating or developing renewable solar, wind and biomass facilities across the United States.

Southern has increased business with Israel in the innovation and energy space. Conexx plans to take a group of executives from Southern on a business mission to Israel this fall.

“Southern Co. is a great partner in working with and looking for Israeli companies to do business with,” said Benjamin Fink, the chairman of the Conexx board.

The Israeli Company of the Year is Tosaf, a global leader in developing and manufacturing high-quality additives, compounds and color for the plastics industry.

A privately owned company, Tosaf employs 800 people worldwide, including 60 in North America. Tosaf North America runs manufacturing plants in Arlington, Texas, and Bessemer City, N.C.

The Tom Glaser Leadership Award is going to the governor, who is a great friend of Israel, Fink said. Deal has encouraged the purchase of Israel Bonds, travel to Israel, and relationships between Georgia and Israel.

The award is meant to honor Deal’s long-term support for the Georgia-Israel relationship.

“It is a humbling experience that the governor has accepted the Tom Glaser Leadership Award,” Conexx President Guy Tessler said. “It says a lot about him, the state of Georgia and the region and how they think about doing business in Israel.”

The Atlanta Jewish Times is being honored with the Community Partner Award for bringing to light Jewish Georgians who make a difference for Israel. In November, Associate Editor David R. Cohen traveled to Israel with a Conexx business mission and covered the trip through articles, photographs and blog posts.

“The AJT is a natural partner because it highlights achievements of the places where Israel leads and shines in business and technology and how that connects to Atlanta and the Southeast,” Tessler said.

Conexx is recognizing the Deal of the Year as the acquisition of Nexidia, a leader in advanced customer analytics, by NICE Systems. The purchase created the largest provider of cross-channel interaction analytics, an expanded customer base and multilanguage capabilities.

NICE is based in Ra’anana, Israel, and runs offices throughout the world, including U.S. locations in Atlanta, Denver, Hoboken, N.J., Richardson, Texas, and Redwood Shores, Calif.

The Conexx Gala is the organization’s community flagship event. Two committees of board members and volunteers work to choose the award winners.

A privately owned company, Tosaf employs 800 people worldwide, including 60 in North America. Tosaf North America runs manufacturing plants in Arlington, Texas, and Bessemer City, N.C.

The Tom Glaser Leadership Award is going to the governor, who is a great friend of Israel, Fink said. Deal has encouraged the purchase of Israel Bonds, travel to Israel, and relationships between Georgia and Israel.

The award is meant to honor Deal’s long-term support for the Georgia-Israel relationship.

“It is a humbling experience that the governor has accepted the Tom Glaser Leadership Award,” Conexx President Guy Tessler said. “It says a lot about him, the state of Georgia and the region and how they think about doing business in Israel.”

The Atlanta Jewish Times is being honored with the Community Partner Award for bringing to light Jewish Georgians who make a difference for Israel. In November, Associate Editor David R. Cohen traveled to Israel with a Conexx business mission and covered the trip through articles, photographs and blog posts.

“The AJT is a natural partner because it highlights achievements of the places where Israel leads and shines in business and technology and how that connects to Atlanta and the Southeast,” Tessler said.

Conexx is recognizing the Deal of the Year as the acquisition of Nexidia, a leader in advanced customer analytics, by NICE Systems. The purchase created the largest provider of cross-channel interaction analytics, an expanded customer base and multilanguage capabilities.

NICE is based in Ra’anana, Israel, and runs offices throughout the world, including U.S. locations in Atlanta, Denver, Hoboken, N.J., Richardson, Texas, and Redwood Shores, Calif.

The Conexx Gala is the organization’s community flagship event. Two committees of board members and volunteers work to choose the award winners.

Conexx Gala

Where: Twelve Atlantic Station, 361 17th St., Midtown

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3

Tickets: $125 for admission, $165 for admission and one $50 raffle ticket; www.conexxgala.com