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Local businessman, Jamie Deonas, was honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. This elite distinction is to recognize young leaders on the first coast and encourage others to follow their example. Of course, honorees must be under 40 years of age and work like dogs, but still make time for family.

Jamie Deonas has incredible energy and insight into old fashioned capitalism. Starting at the age of 16 he has worked with his father in yacht detailing and a diving business. The two founded Deoans Boat and Motor Works in 1999 and quickly rose to the ranks of the top 2 in the nation for sales in both Carolina Skiff and Pioneer power boats.

Also, Jamie and Nick partnered with Jamie’s daughter and son-n-law to open Apex Rentals and Events last year. Apex is an event rental and planning company that provides tables, chairs, linens and such for weddings and events. While navigating the business world of how events are scheduled and planned here on Amelia Island, Jamie realized a need when dealing with food and catering. His latest venture, a catering referral service, Amelia Island Catering Company, deals with caterers and clients alike to provide the best in service and foods for offsite events.

While directly involved with each of these businesses, Jamie is also a 13 year veteran with the Nassau County Fire Rescue Department. A senior engineer assigned to Engine 20 located at the south end of Amelia Island, Deonas enjoys the excitement and the brotherhood of the Fire service. “I love to cook and what better place to sharpen your skills than at a station with 7 hungry guys”, Jamie laughed.

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Somehow he also manages to find time to write for several internet based sites and has published several e-books. Born on Amelia Island, he was quickly inducted into the entrepreneurial spirit as a strong work ethic that was in his Greek heritage. His grandfather is from Santorini, Greece and came to this country to build boats. Jamie father, Nick, continued this tradition from a young man himself learning the true meanings of follow through and to make business dreams come true.

Deonas has become something of a “go-to-person” on Amelia Island for persons interested in starting their own business and young entrepreneurs. Jamie said, “It gives me great pleasure to see others succeed when you have directly been involved and helped them in their endeavors.”