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2018 Excellence in Industry Awards Recipients Announced

Dec 04, 2018
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Industry Awards.

The Excellence in Industry Awards, presented by The Naples Chamber recognize Collier County businesses and individuals that exemplify innovation, economic diversification and community enhancement. The winners will be recognized at the 25th annual awards reception on Nov. 14, 2018 at the Silverspot Cinemas from 8 – 10 a.m. Alex Sink, Florida’s former chief financial officer from 2007 to 2011, will deliver the keynote address.

The 2018 Excellence in Industry Awards winners include:

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BUSINESS EXPANSION: CID Design Group
CID Design Group, founded over 30 years ago, has grown from two to 38 employees; 18 of those hired since January 2017. The interior design group has unique multifamily, hospitality and commercial projects in 35 states and over 65 cities. Annual revenues have grown from $1 million to over $15 million since 2014. Watch CID’s award recipient video here.
Pictured: Barbara & Jenn Zella – Founder, Owners and Principal of CID Design Group

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COMPANY TO WATCH: Lenkbar, LLC.
Lenkbar LLC started operations in 2012 with three employees and an idea: to design and manufacture safe and innovative surgical instruments. It has grown to over 25 employees and is expanding into a 16,000 square foot state of the art facility. Watch Lenkbar’s award recipient video here.
Pictured : Erik Papenfuss – President at Lenkbar LLC.

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HEART OF THE COMMUNITY: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Founded almost a century ago, the 43-acreNaples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens reaches over 350,000 guests each year with its conservation and education mission. Constantly evolving and adapting, the Zoo seeks innovative ways to connect people with animals and nature to inspire them to respect, value and help conserve wildlife and the environment. Watch the Naples’ Zoo award recipient video here.
Pictured: Jack Mulvena, President at Naples Zoo

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Pillar Award: Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc. has been serving Southwest Florida for over 40 years. Its team of engineers, geologists, scientists and surveyors design workable alternatives to produce results that are in harmony with natural ecosystems. It encourages staff to get involved in the community and has served dozens of nonprofits over the last four decades. Watch CEC’s award recipient video here.
Pictured : Michael Poff, President at CEC

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YP of the Year: Alyssa Haney
Alyssa Haney has demonstrated ambition and a strong commitment to the community through her advancement at First Florida Integrity Bank and volunteer work for numerous organizations. A 2018 GAIN(Growing Associates in Naples™) graduate, she serves on the boards of the United Arts Council, Naples Players and Humane Society of Naples Pawfessionals. Watch Alyssa’s recipient video here.
Pictured : Alyssa Haney

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Chairman’s Award: John Passidomo
John Passidomo served as a Chamber board member and chair of its Public Policy Committee for many years. His dedication to economic and workforce development is unmatched and he has been an integral part of shaping the mission of the Chamber and its governmental relations platform. Watch John’s recipient video here.
Pictured: John Passidomo