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The 2019 Sandies Members' Choice Awards

Friday, November 15
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Ballroom at Grove, 10670 Boardwalk Loop
Tickets are $40 for members and non-members ($50 after November 5)

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Sponsorships Available:  Click here for Flyer & Sponsorship Form 

Congratulations Sandies Finalists!

(The final voting round is now closed. Join us November 15th as we announce the winners!)

The following members have been recognized by their peers for outstanding commitment and engagement with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance throughout the year. Please help us in congratulating them!

Volunteer of the Year Award
Awarded to the volunteer who has shown the most extraordinary dedication and commitment to the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its mission throughout the last year.

Above & Beyond Award
Highlights a member who is always ready to give, and is the first person to raise their hand when help is needed.

Allison Imre, Grapevine Communications
Fern Grace, Abacus Web Services
John Holz, Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLC
Amanda Parrish, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Michael LaRocco, Netwurx Technology Group
Ashlyn McCarty, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Sarasota

Rising Star Award
Honors a new Alliance member who is already making significant professional contributions that showcase their talents, enthusiasm and dedication to our community.

Kate O’Driscoll, Knock Out Marketing & PR
Cheryl Biron, LexaGen Business Coaching
Julia Heslin, Sarasota Magazine
Nyda Bittman-Neville, TNB Consulting Group Inc.
Kara O’Neill, Heritage Harbour Golf Club
Susan Battaglia, Norman Love Confections

Ray of Sunshine Award
Recognizes the most uplifting, cheerful and inspirational individual who is committed to sharing positive energy.

Annemarie Graff, Bank OZK
Belinda Marty, RITE Technology
Larry Hansen, Farmers Insurance of Lakewood Ranch
Mark Monismith, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty
Molly Lawley, Apple Spice
Jeffery Kin, The Players Centre for Performing Arts

Networking King Award
Presented to a male member who embodies "The Power of Connection" by connecting members with each other and provides referrals for future opportunities.

Greg Hallam, CenterState Bank
Bruce Abramson, Keller Williams Realty Select
Ron Stern, Sales Xceleration
James Maslen, SNN-The Suncoast News Network
Hank Progar, AIM Safe Money Advisors
Al Benincasa, Total Air Solutions, LLC 

Networking Queen Award
Presented to a female member who embodies "The Power of Connection" by connecting members with each other and provides referrals for future opportunities.

Debbie Shaffer, Veteran Air
Lori Abramson, LegalShield
Christa Folkers, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Laurie Pike, Sarasota Gateway Hotels
Alicia Phidd, Transaction & Litigation Counsel, Corp.
Donna DeFant, The Players Centre for Performing Arts 

Bull by the Horns Award
Pays tribute to the person who takes control and embraces leadership, and provides guidance, advice and a positive direction for others.

Susan Goldstein, Michael Saunders & Company, Commercial Division
Heather Williams, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Mark Gordon, Observer Media Group
Casey Welch, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Ken Swan, Wagner Realty
Kristi Hoskinson, FCCI Insurance Group

Young Professional of the Year Award
Recognizes one of our leaders of tomorrow who demonstrates the fundamental aspects of leadership, innovation and excellence.

Dana Decherico, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Sarasota Sales Office
Matthew Kopfhamer, Northwestern Mutual
Devin Dash, Axiom Strategic Consulting, LLC
Grace Talerico, Entech
Olga Strelkov, Northwestern Mutual
Colleen Bankuty, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Best Rancher Award
Awarded to the most dedicated and highly motivated member who has referred the highest number of new member registrations.

Next Gen Recognition

The LWRBA and Young Leaders Alliance set out to help member businesses recognize our business community's next generation of leaders. The 2nd annual Next Gen Recognition highlights bright and hard-working young professionals already making a positive impact within your companies. Next Gen Honorees will be celebrated at the November 6th Networking Social, hosted by Willis Smith Construction.


Alyssa Acquaviva, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
David Aitken, Wayne Marketing
Allison Angle, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Brandon Avery, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Colleen Bankuty, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Kirk Bauer, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Santiago Bello, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Morgan Bettes, Lakewood Ranch
Communities, LLC
Austin Boyd, Boyd Insurance & Investment Services, Inc.
Meshach Boyd, Keiser University
Zach Buffington, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Blake Bunch, Northwestern Mutual
Brittany Campbell, FCCI Insurance Group
Chris Chiaro, KB Pension Services
Janine Colpitts, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Elizabeth Diaz, Williams Parker Harrison
Dietz & Getzen
Maggie Djakov, Buffalo Lodging
Andrea Doggett, United Way Suncoast
Marissa Douglas, Homes by Towne
Ryan Fonville, Northwestern Mutual
Tony Gabriel, Hancock Whitney
Sarah Gentry, USF Sarasota-Manatee
John C. Getty, Williams Parker Harrison
Dietz & Getzen
Ash Ghaffari, Keiser University
Alyssa Goudy, The Players Center for Performing Arts
Lisa Grasso, Grapevine Communications
Jessica Gruener, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Stefanie Guido, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Ashley Guy, Horizon Insurance
Aleyda Hage, Buffalo Lodging Associates
Jacquell Hair, Sarasota Gateway Hotels
Gabriele Harris, Grapevine Communications
Ben Heins, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Amanda Heisey, The Players Center for Performing Arts
Erin Hentrich, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Robbie Hukill, FCCI Insurance Group
Joe Hwang, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Michelle Isaacs, Center for Skin Wellness
Mariah King, Humane Society of Manatee County
Matthew Kopfhamer, Northwestern Mutual
Daniel Kuether, Lakewood Ranch
Communities, LLC
Jaclyn Kweder, FCCI Insurance Group
John Lang, Bank OZK
Krista Lee, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Lori Leutwyler, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Kendall Lewis, Sokos Social
Brandon Linder, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Tamara Lobianco, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mitch Lomazov, EXCELLence Performance
Kim Lusby, Horizon Insurance
Kelly Lyons, FCCI Insurance Group
Scooter Maloney, Bank OZK
Graham Marquette, FCCI Insurance Group
Camille Mars, FCCI Insurance Group
Maria-Francesca Massaro, FCCI Insurance Group
Jessica Maxon-Berrier, United Way Suncoast
Ashlyn McCarty, Buffalo Lodging
Emma Moore, Lakewood Ranch Communities, LLC
Carlos Moreira, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Derek Neuman, Plunkett Rasich Architects
Derek Ober, Northwestern Mutual
Kristie O'Kon, Grapevine Communications
Jason Osborne, Bank OZK
Keith Pandeloglou, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Priya Parikh, A Life Story Foundation
Simone Paton, Buffalo Lodging Associates
Natalie Pavlovic, ICON Management Services Inc.
Nichole Pena, United Way Suncoast
Alexander Quinn, Manatee Technical College
Win Remley, FCCI Insurance Group
Michelle Rhoden, Buffalo Lodging
John Rojas, Bank OZK
Samantha Rudolph, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Margaret Sanchez, Sokos Social
Emilee Schellenger, Homes by Towne
John Scott, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Karissa Seeberger, Herald-Tribune Media Group
Natasha Selvaraj, Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC
Chris Sharek, Aqua Plumbing & Air
Bethany Silvis, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Kelly Sivyer, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc.
Eleni Sokos, Sokos Social
Kristina Sparacino, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Francis Spencer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mackenzie Straley, Lakewood Ranch Communities, LLC
Olga Strelkov, Northwestern Mutual
Kevin Swan, A Life Story Foundation
Shaina Swan, A Life Story Foundation
Grace Talerico, Entech
Eric Troyer, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Jarrett Tsai, Northwestern Mutual
Courtney Turco, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Tess Vaessen, FCCI Insurance Group
Robert Van Der Berg, Buffalo Lodging Associates
Shaina Vaughn, Keiser University
Destin Wells, Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation
Kathryn Witting, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Jillian Yuschak, Humane Society of Manatee County
Dani Zeris, Humane Society of Manatee County

Presenting Sponsor

Awards Sponsors

Centerpiece Sponsor

Program Sponsor

Red Carpet Sponsor

Next Gen Recognition Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

AV Sponsor

Finalist Gift Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor

Photography Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Gold Table Sponsors
Lakewood Ranch Communities

RITE Technology

Sarasota Magazine
Wagner Realty

Special Thanks

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