Award winners announced
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced its award recipients, including the 2012 Businesses of the Year, at its recent installation and awards dinner.
The event, held at Capt. Hiram's Resort in Sebastian, also paid tribute to former Palm Bay Mayor John Mazziotti.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Linda Miedema, vice president for academic affairs for Brevard Community College, who spoke about the new four-year college to be named Eastern Florida State College and how the school's academic programs will be geared toward helping students enter the business world.
Following Dr. Miedema's presentation, Palm Bay city manager Sue Hann officiated the oath of office to the 2013 incoming officers and board of directors.
The winners of the 2012 Businesses of the Year included Brevard Workforce as Large Business of the Year. Accepting on behalf of CEO Lisa Rice was Denise Beasley, communications director. Small Business of the Year was presented to Nancy Domonousky and Gloria Robaina, senior partners of Peninsula Title, located in Palm Bay.
Distinguished Service was awarded to Tarilyn Fazekas of MIMA. Qualifications for this prestigious award include devotion to others and altruistic acts beyond that of everyday business. The recipient must be a proven leader in their industry and have the vision to see a better tomorrow.
Also each year, the Chamber awards the Winnie Jennings Volunteer of the Year Award. This year's award went to Tina Sheehan.
For the second year, the Palm Bay Chamber presented its Platinum Palm Award, which recognizes a company or individual who made great strides in their chamber participation and, without fail, offered their assistance. The 2012 winner in this category was presented to Puneet Kapur (PK) of Holiday Inn Express.
In addition, the Crystal Palm was awarded to the employee of the year, who brought their dedication, devotion and unique skill set to the organization. The award was presented to Cynthia Dale, Palm Bay Chamber marketing manager.
Also, for the second year, each winner received a special Congressional certificate signed by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey. Congressional aide Rob Medina was in attendance to present the certificates to each of the award recipients.
Outgoing chairwoman Cindy Forstall presented former Palm Bay Mayor John Mazziotti with a Special Recognition Award for his 17 years as a city leader and diligent ambassador for the chamber. Accepting the award to a standing ovation, Mayor Mazziotti spoke of his respect for the business community and while serving office, rarely left the city limits even for dinner, which was met with a robust round of applause. A pictorial video was also shown of Mayor Mazziotti over the years.
Outgoing chair for the board of directors Cindy Forstall formally turned over the gavel to incoming chairman, Danny Timothy, manager for El Chico's Mexican Restaurant, who addressed the audience about his plans for the year and thanked his incoming board, which includes Brevard County Manager Howard Tipton and Lynda Weatherman, CEO for the Space Coast Economic Development Commission.
Event sponsors included Platinum Sponsor TD Bank and awards sponsor Berman Hopkins Wright and LaHam, which both addressed the audience and congratulated the 2012 winners.
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1989, has more than 900 active, courtesy and prospective members and is the only chamber in the United States aligned with an international "sister" chamber in Cashel, Ireland.
Interested companies wishing to attend the event or join the chamber may contact the chamber at (321) 951-9998 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Chamber welcomes new members
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the following new members to their chamber.
They are: Hurricane Air and Home - in-home ventilation/duct cleaning; One Insurance Group - health care insurance; Florida Air Academy - private school; Ocean Riders - software developer, IT solutions for government; and Brandt Ronat and Company - full service advertising and marketing.
The Chamber holds its monthly networking luncheon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Life Care Center of Palm Bay, 175 Villa Nueva Ave. N.E., off Malabar Road, just west of Palm Bay Hospital.
Cost is $20 for members in advance and $25 for non-members or at the door.
For more information about joining or attending the chamber events, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
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