ChamberSOUTH Celebrates Outstanding Business Achievements at the 2023 Business Excellence Awards

ChamberSOUTH, the leading business organization in South Miami-Dade County, hosted its highly anticipated 2023 Annual Business Excellence Awards on May 23rd, 2023, at the prestigious Hilton Miami Dadeland. This grand event recognized and celebrated the exceptional achievements of local businesses, professionals, and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the region.

The ChamberSOUTH Business Excellence Awards honored individuals and organizations across a diverse range of categories, reflecting the vibrant and dynamic business landscape of South Miami-Dade County. The winners were selected through a rigorous nomination and evaluation process, showcasing their exemplary leadership, innovation, community engagement, and commitment to excellence.

Here are the outstanding winners of the 2023 ChamberSOUTH Business Excellence Awards:

– Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County

– Visionary of the Year: Symeria Hudson, United Way

– Heart of the Community Award: Williamson Automotive Group

– Business Champion of the Year: University of Miami

– Community Advocate of the Year: Yesenia Moreno, New Edge Associates

– Corporate Social Responsibility Award: Univision

– Culture Creator Award: Hancock Askew & Co.

– Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award: Miami Dade College

– Emerging Business/Organization of the Year: Titan Managed Technologies

– Excellence in Banking: Mariano Martinez, U.S. Century Bank

– Excellence in Education: School Board Member Luisa Santos, Miami-Dade County School Board

– Excellence in Healthcare: Baptist Health of South Florida

– Excellence in Hospitality: Grove Bay Hospitality

– Excellence in Real Estate: Joe Gallaher, NAI Miami

– Excellence in Sustainability: Florida Power & Light

– Executive of the Year: Caroline O’Connor, Miami Marlins

– Family Owned Business of the Year: US Floors

– Influencer of the Year: Grant Miller, Miami’s Community Newspapers

– Innovation & Technology Award: Dadeland Mall

– Minority Owned Business of the Year: Moni’s Sweets

– Non-Profit of the Year: Chapman Partnership

– Woman Owned Business of the Year: Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard

– Young Professional of the Year: Carlos Andres Villacis, Be Strong International

These exceptional individuals and organizations have demonstrated unparalleled commitment to their respective fields and have been instrumental in driving economic growth and prosperity in South Miami-Dade County. They serve as role models, inspiring others to reach new heights of success and make a positive impact on their communities.

The ChamberSOUTH Business Excellence Awards ceremony was a spectacular event attended by prominent business leaders, government officials, and distinguished guests. The event was filled with celebration, networking, and recognition of outstanding achievements, reinforcing the ChamberSOUTH’s mission to foster collaboration and create a vibrant business community.

“We are thrilled to honor these remarkable winners who have contributed significantly to the success and growth of our community,” said Brittnie Bassant, President and CEO of ChamberSOUTH. “Their dedication, passion, and innovation serve as an inspiration to all of us. We congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition and extend our deepest gratitude for their commitment to excellence.”

ChamberSOUTH is a Chamber of Commerce dedicated to empowering businesses and professionals in South Miami-Dade County through advocacy, education, and networking opportunities. The ChamberSOUTH Business Excellence Awards is a testament to their commitment to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the local business community.

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