2013 Chamber Annual Award Winners

The 2013 Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Award recipients are...

2013 Chamber Annual Award WinnersAmelia Island, FL – Hundreds of Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders turned out to celebrate excellence by the local business community in 2013 during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner Friday, January 10, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

“The Annual Awards Dinner is a time for the Chamber to come together and not only look back at the accomplishments of the previous year, but also generate enthusiasm for the year ahead,” said Chamber President Regina Duncan.

The event was sponsored by The Brumos Companies, CBC National Bank, Jet Blue, Krystal Klean, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Residence Inn Amelia Island and VyStar Credit Union.

Thirty-nine businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals were nominated for 2013 awards.

Nominations for the Businesses of the Year, Customer Service Employee and Business Leaders awards were made by Chamber members and members of the public. Nominees must be AIFBY Chamber members.

Winners were selected by individual vote of the members of the AIFBY Chamber Board of Directors. Nominees were evaluated on how they fulfilled the Chamber’s mission to promote responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

The Annual Awards Dinner also included the presentation of awards honoring Chamber volunteers for their work on behalf of the organization.

-Ambassador of the Year Award, honoring a member of the Chamber’s corps of volunteer Ambassadors;
-Chairman’s Award, given by the 2013 Chairman to a Chamber Board of Directors member for outstanding service on behalf of the Chamber; and
-Dr. Harry Halley Bowtie Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, bestowed annually on a longtime Chamber supporter.

The 2013 Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Award recipients are:

Ambassador of the Year
Suzanne Welker, Fastsigns

Chairman’s Award
Mollie Garrett, Mollie M. Garrett, Attorney at Law

Dr. Harry Halley Bow Tie Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service
Tony Baia, Amelia Island Graphics

Customer Service Employee of the Year
Emily Hope, Amelia Island Graphics

Green Business of the Year
A1A Solar Contracting, Inc.

Large Business of the Year (25 employees or more)
Residence Inn Amelia Island

Medium Business of the Year (11-24 employees)
Advance Rehabilitation

Small Business of the Year (10 employees or fewer)
Advanced Muscle Therapy & Fitness

Young Business Leader of the Year
Brandy Carvalho, Nassau Humane Society

Business Leader of the Year
Bob Hartman, Residence Inn Amelia Island

Four outgoing Chamber Directors who completed their terms in 2013 also were honored at the event: Pamela Brown of Edward Jones Investments; Ron Flick, Compass Group; Barbara Halverstadt, Jacksonville Aviation Authority; and Jim Shroads, James L. Shroads, Attorney at Law.

Donald J. Hughes, executive director of the Florida State College at Jacksonville Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, served as master of ceremonies for the Annual Awards.

JetBlue, PRP Wine International, Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Historic Harborfront Hotel, The Crab Trap, Old Towne Carriage Company and the Amelia Community Theatre donated door prizes.

B&B Graphic Designs created the award plaques. Mead’s Framery & Trophy Store created the Outgoing Director plaques. Interactive event photography was by Clik Simple.

Not pictured: 2013 Chairman’s Award recipient Mollie Garrett, Mollie M. Garrett, Attorney at Law; and Dr. Harry Halley Bow Tie Award recipient Tony Baia of Amelia Island Graphics.

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