The three finalists and grand award winner of the Doral Business Council’s 2015 “Small Business of the Year Award” sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank were announced May 12 during the monthly DBC Signature Breakfast.
Finalists announced for the prestigious award included Infinite Windows, LLC; OrthoNow Doral, LLC; and Regions Security Services, Inc., before DBC Chair Bruce Siddens declared ed Regions Security as top winner.
Trophies and plaques were presented to the founders and CEOs of each of the Doral-based companies while guests joined in the celebration of their success.
After being presented the award, Regions founder Carlos Rivero remarked: “I am honored to have received this award.
“The Doral Business Council holds a very special place in my heart and, if it weren’t for the DBC, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today. The DBC is how I learned to network and build relationships.” When asked why he thought Regions Security was selected as the most outstanding among the finalists, Rivero said; “It’s all about being passionate and consistent. That’s what will take you to the next level.” Representing Infinite Windows were its talented young entrepreneurial founders, Santiago Toral and Esteban Kadamani; OrthoNow Doral, LLC founded by renowned hand and upper extremity surgeon Alejandro Badia, M.D., was represented by CFO Justin Irizarry.
Osvaldo Marchante of Marchante & Associates, Chairman of an independent judging panel, said the qualities of each nominee “made the competition stiff,” noting that each was judged extraordinary in its particular niche market.
Atty. Deborah Mayo of South Florida Corporate Counsel, DBC Small Business Committee Chairwoman, took the stage to announce the finalists, calling each officer forward as the company story was told. Joining the storytelling were Sonya Cañas and Yvonne Boucugnani, officers of the Mercantil Commercebank, and Chairman Siddens of Sam’s Club.
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