A sense of community and volunteerism was celebrated at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Awards Celebration Luncheon, which featured two speakers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The 18th Annual Small Business of the Year and 42nd Annual Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year awards were presented along with several Bonita Chamber awards.
TLC Marketing & Creative Services was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year. Led by owner Trish Leonard, TLC has been in business for almost 10 years, and has given more than 1,000 hours of community service in the past year alone. TLC also supports both local college students and female entrepreneurs through Florida Gulf Coast University scholarships. The Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Mark Suwyn, head of the Bonita Springs YMCA Advisory Board and longtime community volunteer.
National keynote speaker Cheryl Oldham of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation addressed the audience of more than 300 business professionals on education and workforce talent.
Brince Manning of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized the Bonita Chamber’s fourth consecutive reaccreditation as a Five-Star Chamber. The Bonita Chamber is the only Five-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce in the region, and one of only 12 in Florida, according to Manning.
The 12th Honorary Pat Lord Award was presented to Alaina Streblow of Suncoast Credit Union, in recognition of her volunteer service with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and Impact SWFL.
The Chamber Appreciation Award was presented to Finemark National Bank & Trust, represented by John Kozak and Dallas Revord. Outgoing Board of Directors Chairman Scott Hennells presented Chairman’s Awards to Brian Kramer of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa and Marci Seamples of the Naples Zoo.
Additional members recognized include:
- Outgoing Board Members: Bill Banfield (Moran Edwards Asset Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors), Mike Briers (Briers CPA), Gerard Sola (Hotwire Communications) and Ron Toll (Florida Gulf Coast University)
- Incoming Board Chairman: Kim Hastings (Kim M. Hastings, PLLC)
Photos from this event are available on the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook at facebook.com/BonitaSpringsChamber. For information about other upcoming Chamber events, visit BonitaSpringsChamber.com or call (239) 992-2943.
ABOUT THE BONITA SPRINGS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Five-Star Nationally Accredited Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce strives to serve members, promote a region where business can grow and prosper, and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area. With the support of annual partners including Lee Health, Naples Daily News / The Banner, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System and The News-Press Media Group, the Chamber is able to focus on its mission of community development. The Chamber operates a fully staffed Visitor Center at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs, Florida Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (239) 992-2943 or visit www.BonitaSpringsChamber.com.