2022 Distinguished Entrepreneur Finalists Announced

Florida SBDC at FGCU announces 2022 finalists for the 2022 Distinguished Entrepreneur awards of Southwest Florida 

Florida SBDC at FGCU (Fort Myers, Fla.) – The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) announces the 31 Finalists for the 2022 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards of SWFL.

This Year’s Finalists Are:
Amane Clausen, AA Construction Cleaning
Jaime Zabala, Advanced Hurricane Technology, Inc.
Jorge G. Almodovar, Almodovar Media Corp
Karina Borgia-Lacroix, American Real Title
Jonathan Bucci, Apex Painting Group
Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC pr + marketing
Marilyn Santiago, Creative Architectural Resin Products
Gary Tasman, Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida
Indera DeMine, DeMine Immigration Law Firm
Patrick Blake Renda, Dragon Horse Agency
Leny Fralicker, Elderberry Elixir Co
Michael Fischer, Energy Harness Corporation
Giselle Moreira Rattis, G&R Design Services LLC
Christopher Rozum, Insite Managed Solutions
Lorena Vargas Schultz, International Roofing, LLC
Norman Lutz, Iron Ridge Insurance Services
Thor Parrish, Junior Golf Performance Academy
Vanessa M. Chaviano, LIV Digital Marketing
Michael Haley, M&M Multimedia
Rafael J. Feliciano, Main Course Hospitality
Christine Lazar, McGinn Construction LLC
Claribel Bocanegra, PORTO FINO DENTAL PA
Teri Hansen, Priority Marketing
Joseph S. De Sena, Siena Wealth Advisory Group a Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Matthew Riley, Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild
Kristen Flaharty, Trilogy Laboratories
Marc Devisse, Tri-Town Construction
Jennifer Johnson, True Fashionistas
Michael Peterman, VeraData
Jessica Wajoli, Wajoli African Wear


Now in its tenth year, the award recognizes small business owners of Southwest Florida for their overall success and provides an opportunity for the local business community to celebrate their achievements.

The 31 finalists were selected from a pool of nominees from the five-county area of Southwest Florida and contend for one of three awards including the “Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Small Business Advocate of the Year” and “Distinguished Innovator of the Year”.  All winners will be announced at the Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony held on May 3, 2022, at the Bonita Bay Club.

This year’s judges are: Timothy J. Cartwright, Managing Director of Compass Advisory Group, Partner at Fifth Avenue Advisors,  Ryan Carter, 2019 DE Winner and  Executive Vice President, Scotlynn Transport LLC, Donna Flammang, Partner of Brennan, Manna & Diamond, Bill Daubmann, 2020/2021 DE Winner and Owner of My Shower Door/D3 Glass, and Kim Donnelly, Relationship Banking Officer at Suncoast Credit Union.

The event provides an opportunity for the local business community to celebrate their achievements. The Hallmark sponsor for the tenth year in a row is Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co, P.A.

Other sponsors include Brennan, Manna & Diamond, Suncoast Credit Union, Scotlynn USA, and My Shower Door.

Previous winners of the three awards include Norman Love of Norman Love Confections in 2012, Pam Oakes of Pam’s Motor City in 2013, Felix Lluberes of Position Logic in 2014, Gary K. Mart of Global Tech LED in 2015, Chris Spiro of Spiro and Associates in 2016, Dr. Aurora Badia of Florida Skin Center in 2017, Scott Fischer of Scott Fischer Enterprises in 2018, Ryan Carter of Scotlynn Transport LLC in 2019, and Bill Duabmann of My Shower Door/D3 Glass.

If you have any questions please contact the FSBDC office at 239-745-3700 or emailing sbdc@fgcu.edu.


About the Florida SBDC at FGCU

The FSBDC at FGCU offers one-on-one, confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops for businesses throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The state designates the Florida SBDC Network as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance. The FSBDC at FGCU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service funded in part through cooperative agreements with U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, State of Florida and other private and public partners, and is hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. For more information, please visit www.fsbdcswfl.org


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