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Chamber Lauds City and Business Award Winners
Awards Luncheon is December Tradition
KEY WEST, FL – December 16, 2020 – The Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce celebrated business leaders and public servants today at the Marriott Beachside Hotel where the organization unveiled the City of Key West’s 2020 Employee of the Year, Police Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year. In addition, the Chamber handed out a pair of Venture Awards for bold investment in new business enterprises that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Key West, Business for Beauty Awards for significant capital improvements or extensive renovation that contributed to the overall attractiveness of Key West, and six Key West Star Awards to individuals who went above and beyond volunteering their time to either the Chamber or other community organizations to make Key West a better place to live.
The City awards are nominated within their respective divisions and feted each December during the Chamber’s Awards luncheon. Officer Gabriella Kouri won the Police Department honor, Captain Robert Franco the top firefighter award and Port Operations veteran Elke Rockteschel overall Employee of the Year. For quotes from nominators, click on the hyperlinks.
Venture Awards struck a chord with the local music scene, as Mile 0 Fest and Rams Head were recognized for their efforts to establish Key West as a major music destination.
Business for Beauty Awards went to Barbary Beach House, Gulf Atlantic Bank, Kimpton Hotels, Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Old Town Café and the Reach Resort. A special Historical Preservation Award was bestowed on the Casa Marina Resort which is celebrating its centennial in 2021.
Key West Stars were presented to Nadene Grossman and Scott Pridgen of the Community Wins Campaign, County Commissioner Mike Forster, restauranteur Bill Lay, Roxanne Posada of Kids Come First, Daniel Reynan of WeBeFit and Irish Kevin’s Daylin Starks.
“The year 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult in history,” said Key West Chamber President Greg Sullivan, “but on this day we are reminded of all the good that takes place in our community, especially when the chips are down.”