Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida

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About the Awards:

The Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards of SWFL is held annually to celebrate entrepreneurial excellence in Southwest Florida. Southwest Florida Small Business entrepreneurs who have attained notable achievements and success in the field of entrepreneurship are recognized during this auspicious occasion. The awards recognize three Southwest Florida business owners for their business success, innovative technology, and business advocacy. 2023 marks the 11th annual celebration of local entrepreneurs.

Previous winners:


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Rob Whyte of Fort Myers Brewing Company

Innovator of the Year: Jeffrey Bonk of Architectural Metal Flashings

Advocate of the Year: Malike Adigun of Curate Entertainment


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Michael Peterman of VeraData

Innovator of the Year: Jaime Zabala of Advanced Hurricane Technology Inc

Advocate of the Year: Teri Hansen of Priority Marketing


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Bill Daubmann, MY Shower Door/D3 Glass

Innovator of the Year: Reema Bhatia, Stickboy Creative/ Vectra Digital/ The Ignite Partners

Advocate of the Year: Ryan Young, Rising Tide Explorers


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Ryan Carter, Scotlynn USA Division

Innovator of the Year: Brian Rist, Storm Smart

Advocate of the Year: Rafael J. Feliciano, Food idea Group


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Scott Fischer, Scott Fischer Enterprises

Innovator of the Year: Jeff Poirer, AXI International

Advocate of the Year: Amanda Jaron, A. JARON Jewelry


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Dr. Aurora Badia, Florida Skin Care

Innovator of the Year: Dr. Guido Minaya, Minaya Global Learning

Advocate of the Year: Brian Rist, Storm Smart


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Chris Spiro, Spiro and Associates

Innovator of the Year: John Benkert, CPR Tools

Advocate of the Year: Judy Williams, Spada Day Spa and Salon


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Gary K. Mart, Global Tech LED


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Felix Lluberes, Position Logic


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Pam Oakes, Pam’s Motor City


Distinguished Entrepreneur: Norman Love, Norman Love Confections

William O. Webb Small Business Development Center Endowed Fund Proceeds from this fund are used to provide support to a small business owner in Southwest Florida who is working with the Small Business Development Center.

William O. Webb Scholarship Winners:

20-21 – Larry Barris, Larry’s Cheesecake Co.

2019 – Dr. Lindsay Pursglove, Swimtastic

2018 – Melody Augustin, The Makeup Mansion.

2017 – A & E Auto Repair

2016 – Ande and Shane Grant, Noela Chocolate and Confections

This Year’s Judges:

The Florida SBDC extends its thanks and gratitude to our judges for their expertise and time to select the next Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida.

Donna Flammang, Partner at Brennan Manna Diamond;

Tim Cartwright, Managing Director of Compass Advisory Group – Partner at Fifth Avenue Advisors;

Bill Daubmann, MY Shower Door/D3 Glass & 20-21 Distinguished Entrepreneur;

Micheal Peterman, VeraData & 2022 DE Winner

This Year’s emcee is mike jackson

Mike currently serves as President of the Board of CareerSource Southwest Florida, recognized as one of the most effective of Florida’s 24 non-profit workforce development boards, connecting employers with qualified, skilled talent, and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities

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This event would not be possible without the support of our Hallmark Sponsor, for the 11th year in a row, Markham Norton Mostellar Wright & Company. At Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., you can expect a different kind of financial services experience.

Thank you Sponsors:

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Bronze Sponsors

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