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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Golden Coconut nominees announced

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 46th Golden Coconut Awards, the premier awards event for the Coconut Grove community. The winners of these awards will be named at the January 14, 2016 event taking place at The Kampong.

The Golden Coconut Awards is a celebration recognizing businesses and individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.

“There are so many wonderful businesses and individuals among our community who deserve to be recognized for the positive impact they’ve had locally and in their industry,” said Kathy Kesler, Committee Chair of the Golden Coconut Awards. “We are honored to shine the spotlight on these deserving businesses and individuals, and we look forward to continuing to help them succeed thanks to the many resources the Chamber provides that support local businesses.”

The list of the finalists is below.


Small Business of the Year
Lesley Clothing, Lesley Tobin
Roca Gonzalez, P.A., Antonio Roca & Eric Gonzalez
FrameWorks- Coconut Grove, Cris Sweeny & Claire Lardner


Business of the Year
MARCA, Tony Nieves, President
Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Curtis Crider, General Manager
Jaguar Hospitality Group (Jaguar, Peacock Café & Talavera), Lalo Durazo


Business Leader of the Year
Tony Nieves, President, MARCA
David Martin, President and Co-Founder, Terra
Brigitte Kishlar-Founder/President, Miami Conservatory of Music


Non-Profit Organization of the Year
The Woody Foundation
The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative, Inc.
Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., (Coconut Grove Arts Festival)


Up & Comer of the Year
Karl Fong Yee, Assistant Vice President, Regions Bank, Coconut Grove
Justin Rundle, Partner, Rundle Law
Jane Muir, Partner, Gersten & Muir P.A.


Community Service
Louis Del Borrello, “Grove Ambassador”, Business Improvement District (BID)
Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, Marlene Erven, President
Commander Manuel Morales, City of Miami Police Department


Outstanding Service By An Individual
Joyce E. Nelson, Grove Resident, Owner, Cosmopolitan Jewels
Manny Gonzalez, Executive Director, Coconut Grove BID
Commander Manuel Morales, City of Miami Police Department


The Golden Coconut Award is selected among all applications and will be announced at the event on January 14, 2016. (This award is presented to a Community Member who demonstrates a commitment to not only the coconut Grove Chamber, but also to the entire business community and who consistently promotes our business community and the Chamber in their business dealings.)

For tickets, and more information about the event in general, please visit www.CoconutGroveChamber.com or email info@CoconutGroveChamber.com.

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