Coconut Grove Chamber announces winners of Golden Coconut Awards

Coconut Grove Chamber announces winners of Golden Coconut Awards

Pictured are Cris Sweeny and Claire Lardner, owners
of FrameWorks- Coconut Grove.

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of the 46th Golden Coconut Awards, the premier awards event for the historic Coconut Grove community. The winners of the prestigious awards were announced by Michael Smith of CBS4 during an elegant reception at The Kampong.

The 46th Golden Coconut Awards presented by Roca Gonzalez PA 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 winners:

Golden Coconut Award — Joyce Nelson, Grove resident and owner of Cosmopolitan Jewels;

Business of the Year — FrameWorks-Coconut Grove, Cris Sweeny and Claire Lardner;

Business of the Year — Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Curtis Crider, general manager; Business Leader of the Year — David Martin, president and co-founder, Terra;

Non-Profit Organization of the Year — The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative Inc.;

Up & Comer of the Year — Karl Fong Yee, assistant vice president, Regions Bank, Coconut Grove;

Community Service — Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, Marlene Erven, president, and

Outstanding Service By An Individual — Manny Gonzalez, executive director, Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID).

For more than 70 years, the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce has represented a network of businesses, merchants, restaurants, financial institutions, hotels, and area attractions in the City of Miami’s most internationally renowned village, Coconut Grove.

For more info about the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce and its upcoming events and community opportunities, visit or send email to

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