Six Lee County-based companies earned top honors Friday at the 2019 Industry Appreciation Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs.
The winners in six categories were chosen for their innovation, integrity, product quality, community commitments and overall excellence in business and value to Lee County. The Industry Appreciation Awards are an annual collaborative effort between the Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and the Lee County Economic Development Office.
The winners are:
Community Steward of the Year: Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company. Since it opened in 1979 by founding partner Gail Markham, the company and its employees continue to invest in community organizations that benefit from their contributions. The other finalists were Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida and Sullivan State Farm Agencies.
Startup of the Year: Creative Architectural Resin Products (CARP). Founded in 2014 by Marilyn Santiago and Steven Russell, CARP designs, manufactures and installs architectural decorative trims and accents made from a high-density polymer resin material. The other finalist was Architectural Metal Flashings.
Innovator of the Year: AXI International. AXI is focused on creating clean fuel solutions for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals, data centers and government buildings. The other finalists were HONC Destruction and Lamar Advertising.
Manufacturer of the Year: MY Shower Door / D3 Glass. The family-owned and operated glass manufacturing and commercial retail business, founded by the Daubmann family, recently expanded and moved into a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Myers. The other finalists were Golden Manufacturing and HF Scientific.
Small Business of the Year (up to 50 employees, six or more years in business in Lee County): Edison National Bank. When it opened in 1997, Edison National Bank, under the leadership of Robbie and Geoff Roepstorff, was the only locally-owned and chartered community bank in Lee County. It expanded in 1998, opening the Bank of the Islands offices. The other finalists were ITVantage and Chris-Tel Construction.
Large Business of the Year (50 employees or more, six or more years in business in Lee County): Scotlynn USA Division. The company was founded in 2010 in Fort Myers as a trucking and brokerage logistics service dedicated to hauling perishable products. It has rapidly become one of the fastest growing logistics providers. The other finalists were MY Shower Door / D3 Glass and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.
The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established in 1991 to advise the Lee Board of County Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers.
The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, attract new businesses and encourage entrepreneurship.
The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office.
For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-533-6800.