Chamber Banquet & General Meeting Presented by Title Sponsor Bayfront Health Dade City
Congratulations to The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Award Nominees.
(Click Here for a list of our 2015 Award Nominees)
Please join us at the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club to find out the winners.
- Business Leader of the Year
- Large Business Leader of the Year
- Small Business Leader of the Year
- Civic Association of the Year
- Citizen of the Year
- Ambassador of the Year
- Chamber Member of the Year
- Richard Tombrink Lifetime Achievement Award
- President's Award
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce Announcement of the 2015 Award Recipients.
The following Awards are nominated by the Chamber Members.
Business Leader of the Year – Margaret Angell
Margaret is the owner of the Angel Tea Room & Heavenly Treasures Gift Shop, President of the Dade City Merchants Association and works seemingly tirelessly with the Chamber, the City of Dade City and the Merchants to bring improvements and shoppers to downtown Dade City. The New Informational Signs around downtown that will hold map of the downtown area and Calendar of upcoming Events, the new building lights on the downtown buildings are among just a few of the things that Margaret has help be accomplished.
Large Business of the Year – Bayfront Health Dade City
Bayfront Health Dade City has earned recognition as an AFib Certified Hospital by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care; as the first hospital in Pasco County to receive the NICHI (Nurse Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Award and designation in 2015, which demonstrated commitment to excellence in elder care and services; as an designated Primary Stroke Center by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration; as a Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and for achievement in the Get With The Guidelines® Quality Improvement Program.
Always supporting and serving the community and the Chamber by encouraging their employees to volunteer within the community and chamber; recruiting their physicians to become members of the Chamber; partnering and supporting the Chamber with Sponsorships of the Banquet, hosting the Chamber's Citizen of the Month Breakfast during each school year, Sponsoring the Magical Night Christmas Parade and has partnered for many years and sponsoring the Annual Kumquat Festival®; partnering with the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Cancer Society in promoting good health and education to the community; has over 40 years of Volunteer Service from local residents; has grown from a 65 bed hospital to a 120 bed acute hospital; continues to partner with the Dade City Police Department, Pasco County Fire Rescue and the Pasco county Sheriff's Office to provide superior health care in emergency situations; continues to assistant to the Pasco County Mobile Medical Care Unit and has provided millions in uncompensated care to indigents; continues to serve as a training hospital for the students from Pasco High School, Pasco-Hernando State College, Rasmussen College, internships for Saint Leo University students and has and alliance with UF Health at the University of Florida; supports our local schools through various sponsorships and through our school tax payment; expansion of community health resources by the addition of nine employed physicians in 215 and expansion of primary care, pediatrics and specialty services and offering the Senior Circle program for individuals age 50 or better who are interested in pursuing an active lifestyle.
Being part of the Bayfront Health network of 7 hospitals stretching 150 miles along the I-75 corridor from Brooksville to Punta Gorda includes more than 6,000 healthcare professionals.
Small Business of the Year - Bob Larkin Construction
Bob Larkin assists with Rotary activities that benefits the community.He quietly assists those who have needs with working within their budget and helps local non-profits in need of repairs like Habitat for Humanity, Relay For Life, Downtown Merchants Association and Dade City Woman's Club on repairs they need for thier historic clubhouse.
Civic Association of the Year – Kiwanis Club of Dade City
Kiwanis Club of Dade City has a long and distinguished history of providing funds and manpower to support numerous charitable and civic activities like Sunrise of Pasco County, Boys & Girls Clubs, Veterans, Homeless, Youth Activities, Children in our Community, many school programs, non-profits and children of Veterans. They have raised over $30,000 and given to children's needs each year. One way they help is hosting Kiwanis Frish Fry's.
Citizen of the Year – Lucy Avila
Lucy was intrumental in organizing and implementing Love One Another, Dade City's Dog Park, Dog Days Event each year, The Market Place at Hibiscus Park held the First Saturday May through September, reFRESH Business Leaders Monthly Luncheon, Kumquat Festival Scavenger Hunt, Paint the Town Kumquats and for the past years coordinating the Entertainment for the Annual Kumquat Festival®.
The following two awards are nominated by the Full Board of Directors.
Ambassador of the Year – Frank Notarianni
Frank actively attends monthly meetings, business breakfast, ribbon cuttings and open houses. He offers his time to attend functions or to host resource tables on behalf of the Chamber. He has taken on the role of being the lead contact to assist new and existing Chamber members with Ribbon Cuttings and Open Houses. He also has assisted with the Chamber's Social Media updates and upgrades while continuing to assite with membership retention and recruitment.
Chamber Member of the Year – Bob Hatfield
Bob has volunteered for years at local schools, organized the First Golf Tournament Fundraiser in our area and that rradition has continued throughout the years; supports with passion and volunteers for Wounded Warrior. Bob ia a member of many organizations such as Rotary, Masons and the Chamber and continues to support many business leaders and non-profits through his political connections. He openly and willingly listens to concerns and always attempts to have issues resolved, actively connects community agencies that can provide support for one another. Provides support to the Chamber and its members by attending Chamber Breakfast, Open Houses and Ribbon Cuttings. Bob has roots in Dade City and strives to help make our community and its businesses better and is now a liaison for Congressman Gus Bilirakis' Office.
Richard Tombrink Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Ed Blommel
Over the past 20 years Ed has served as a board member, volunteer and mostly in leadership roles with Pasco-Hernando State College Trustee-Vice-Chair; Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation-Chair; Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board-Chair; Pasco Education Foundation-Board; United Way of Pasco County-Chair; Pasco Regional Medical Center (now Bayfront Health Dade City-Chair; Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC)-Chair; Pasco County Local Public Service Commission-Commissioner; Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco-Chair; Citizens Advisory Committee for Pasco County MPO-Chair; Dade City Main Street-President; The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce-Board; Dade City Redevelopment Advisory Committee-Chair; Dade City Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow-President and Pasco County Housing Authority-Appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Commissioner in 2011.
Some of the awards that Ed has received in recent years include recognized by U. S. Congress for community service; Business Person of the Year Award, The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce; Resolution by the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners for community service; T.O.R.C.H. (Together Our Resources Can Help Pasco County) Community Hero Award and The Richard L. McLaughlin Economic Development Volunteer of the Year Award for District 5, presented by the Florida Economic Development Council.
Ed is a lifelong resident of Pasco County, attended Pasco High School, Pasco-Hernando Community College and the University of South Florida. Through the National Management Association, became a Certified Manager. He worked for Tampa Electric Company, a TECO Energy Company with its headquarters in Tampa, Florida. He retired after 40 years of service with TEC with management positions in Customer Service, Energy Conservation, and Customer Relations. Ed spent the last 17 years as Regional Manager for the Pasco County District. He also served in the Florida National Guard.
Ed and Libby recently celebrated their 41th wedding anniversary. They have two grown children, son Nicholas and daughter Nancy, married to Tanner McKendree, and one grandson, Carson. Ed's hobbies are boating, golf and woodworking.
The following award is chosen by the current Chamber President.
President's Award Winner - Randy Surber
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is a membership based not for profit entity that strives to be the best resource to support our members and attract new business to our area. The mission of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is "To promote economic growth and quality of life in the greater Dade City area."