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Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

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2023
Chamber Awards & Board Installation

July 27, 2023
Caloosa Sound Convention Center

The Chamber Awards & Board Installation is an annual event recognizing corporate and individual members for their outstanding contributions to the Chamber and the greater community. The evening’s program includes board installation, an awards ceremony, and more!

2023 Chamber Award Finalists

The 2023 Chamber Awards will be presented to individuals and businesses for outstanding achievements and community impact.

Small Business of the Year

  • Offshore Sailing School
  • Spada Salon and Day Spa
  • Spiro & Associates

Sponsored by Henderson Franklin

Large Business of the Year

  • Norman Love Confections
  • Scotlynn USA
  • Stevens Construction

Sponsored by Waste Pro

Community Impact Award

  • Talisha Faber, SVN Commercial Partners
  • William Prather, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
  • Kelly Thawley, The School District of Lee County

Sponsored by Doubletree by Hilton Bell Tower Shops

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Ryan Carter, Scotlynn USA
  • Matthew Rebstock, Tech in a Flash Computer Services
  • Rob Whyte, Fort Myers Brewing Company

Sponsored by City of Fort Myers

Non-Profit Excellence Award

  • Community Cooperative
  • The Heights Foundation
  • Our Mother’s Home

Sponsored by Solomon & Hoover CPAs PLLC

Young Professional of the Year

  • Stefanie Ink-Edwards, Community Cooperative
  • Melissa Mitchell, Priority Marketing
  • Kelly Thawley, The School District of Lee County

Sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University

2023 APEX Award Finalists

The APEX Award, organized by the Chamber’s Women in Business Committee, recognizes local women with exceptional reputations for community impact, philanthropy, and leadership. The APEX Award recipient will be announced on July 27 at the 2023 Chamber Awards. This year the APEX award is presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. Learn more about our five fantastic finalists:

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Darla Bonk

Darla Bonk

Councilmember for the City of Fort Myers and Founder/CEO of Darla Bonk Consulting, LLC

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Darla Bonk

Councilmember for the City of Fort Myers and Founder/CEO of Darla Bonk Consulting, LLC

Darla Bonk is the founder and CEO of Darla Bonk Consulting, LLC and partners with her husband in Architectural Metal Flashings, serves on the Fort Myers City Council as the representative for Ward 6, and is the founder and host of the podcast, “On Your Way”.

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Alicia Miller

Alicia Miller

Board Member

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Alicia Miller

Executive Director of Our Mother’s Home of SWFL, Inc., Board Member

Alicia Miller is the executive director of Our Mother’s Home of SWFL, Inc., whose mission is to empower young women by breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Her previous experience with the foster care system, along with her desire to be a role model and leader for young women in the community, led her to Our Mother’s Home, where she oversees the administration, programs and strategic planning as well as fundraising, marketing and community outreach.

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Marilyn Santiago

Marilyn Santiago

Partner and CMO, Creative Architectural Resin Products and President, Sunshine Integrated Solutions

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Marilyn Santiago

Partner and CMO, Creative Architectural Resin Products and President, Sunshine Integrated Solutions

Marilyn Santiago currently owns two companies, Sunshine Integrated Solutions where she leverages her expertise in branded content, event marketing and talent management and Creative Architectural Resin Products, serving the construction industry, providing beautiful resin-based faux architectural trims and accents.

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Anjali Van Drie

Anjali Van Drie

Co-Founder & Vice President of Family Initiative

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Anjali Van Drie

Co-Founder & Vice President of Family Initiative

Anjali Van Drie is co-founder and vice president of Family Initiative, a master’s level social worker and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked for more than a decade with families involved in the child welfare system and children with disabilities. Van Drie has also worked collaboratively with thousands of families across Florida and community-based care agencies. A sought-after expert, Van Drie has led presentations around the state and across the country to educate parents and professionals on best practices.

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Jen Whyte

Jen Whyte

Founder and Owner of Fort Myers Brewing Company

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Jen Whyte

Board, Vice Chair, Founder and Owner of Fort Myers Brewing Company

Jen Whyte is founder and owner of Fort Myers Brewing Company, Lee County’s first microbrewery. When Whyte and her husband Rob moved to Southwest Florida in 2011, they found there was untapped potential for a local brewery in Fort Myers. They couldn’t pass up this opportunity to turn her passion for business, her husband’s love of brewing and their joint love of people into a business. Fort Myers Brewing Company opened in 2013, and today its brews are poured at more than 1,600 locations.

Attend the 2023 Chamber Awards

Join us for the 2023 Chamber Awards & Board Installation on Thursday, July 27. This memorable evening, held at Caloosa Sound Convention Center in Downtown Fort Myers, will bring together distinguished business leaders, and professionals across many industries, as well as city and county leadership, in a fun, unforgettable tribute to excellence!

2023 Chamber Board Installation · Awards Ceremony · Cash Bar Reception · Foundation Grant Presentations · Gourmet Dinner · Cocktail Attire

Our 2022 Award Winners

Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors for making this event possible.
Learn more about the available sponsorship opportunities.