Golden Coconut Awards Finalists 2017

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce
the FINALISTS for the 47th Annual Golden Coconut Awards!

The following businesses, organizations and individuals are the finalists we are honoring on
Thursday, January 12, 2017.

That evening one will be chosen in each category for further recognition of their significant contributions to the economic and civic development of Coconut Grove.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS OF 2016!

ENTREPRENEURIAL START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
A business that is in the early stages of its operations, 36 months or less and 25 employees or less.
FINALISTS ARE:
BIANCO GELATO ~ CRUISER CLUB ~ DAVID KURZ REAL ESTATE

LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
A locally owned business proving goods or services to our local population. Non-franchised, but there could be more than one location of business. The business should be privately held, at least 50% of the business ownership living in our local area and registered in Florida with no corporate/national headquarters outside of region.
FINALISTS ARE:
ARQUITECTONICA ~ DETLEV-AVEDA LIFESTYLE SALON & SPA ~ H&H JEWELERS

SERVICE INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR
A business that provides services rather than goods, including: accounting, advertising, banking, consulting, beauty, health, wellness, communications, dry-cleaning, gyms, personal trainers, wholesale; all professional services such as engineering, legal, medicine; all consumer services; and all government services.
FINALISTS ARE:
MERCY HOSPITAL ~ KELLER WILLIAMS: KATHY HIDY TEAM/JERRY ROSEN ~PROSTHODONTIC DENTISTRY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR
Includes restaurants, tourist attractions, transportation and hotels.
FINALISTS ARE:
GROVE BAY HOSPITALITY GROUP ~ THE MUTINY/PROVIDENT HOTELS ~ SONESTA COCONUT GROVE

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS ARE:
GLASS & VINE ~ JAGUAR CEVICHE SPOON BAR & LATAM GRILL ~ STRADA IN THE GROVE

CHEF OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS ARE:
CHEF GAETANO ASCIONE, SPASSO ~ CHEF TED MENDEZ, SPARTICO ~CHEF GIORGIO RIPOCAVOLI, GLASS & VINE

HOTEL OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS ARE:
THE MUTINY/PROVIDENT HOTELS ~ SONESTA COCONUT GROVE ~RITZ CARLTON, COCONUT GROVE

GM OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS ARE:
CURTIS CRIDER, SONESTA COCONUT GROVE ~ DIDI LOPEZ, MUTINY/PROVIDENT HOTELS ~ERIKA VILLANUEVA, REGIONS BANK

RETAILER OF THE YEAR – BRICKS & MORTAR
Must be a retail business located in Coconut Grove, but may have more than one location outside the Grove.
FINALISTS ARE:
FARREY’S LIGHTING ~ H & H JEWELERS ~ SHELL LUMBER & HARDWARE

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
More than 10 employees.
FINALISTS ARE:
ARQUITECTONICA ~ MERCY HOSPITAL ~ TERRA

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Less than 10 employees.
FINALISTS ARE:
BIANCO GELATO ~ THE RILEY SMITH GROUP ~ WAVETECH

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
A non-profit is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit and in which no part of the organization’s income is distributed to its members, directors, or officers. This includes churches, public charities, public clinics, legal aid societies, volunteer services organizations, labor unions, professional associations, research institute and museums.

SMALL NPO FINALISTS ARE:
THIS & THAT SHOP/PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL ~ SHAKE-A-LEG ~ COCONUT GROVE SAILING CLUB

LARGE NPO FINALISTS ARE:
THE BARNACLE SOCIETY ~ COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL ~ COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
This category is for an individual or group that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community involvement, awareness activities and/or volunteer efforts which focus on a positive impact to community.
FINALISTS ARE:
MAJOR MANNY MORALES, CITY OF MIAMI POLICE ~ IRIS BURMAN, EDUCATING HANDS ~ SANTIAGO VILLEGAS, FORTUNE INT. REALTY

and the Golden Coconut is….to be announced on:
January 12th, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30pm

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
3300 SW 27th Avenue
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Please join us for an evening of Awards & Celebration, Open Bar & Gourmet Bites.

(FOR DRESS IDEAS THINK WINTER WHITE)

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FOR INFORMATION ON SPONSORSHIPS AND CORPORATE TABLES: www.goldencoconutawards.com

The Golden Coconut Award was established in 1965 as the annual recognition bestowed by the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce for considerable merit. It is presented to any individual, business or organization/group, which have significantly benefited Coconut Grove.

COCONUT GROVE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO

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