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Annual Award Winners

Thirty-five businesses, nonprofits and individuals were nominated for Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards saluting achievement by the local business community in 2015.

Award recipients were announced at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

The event was sponsored by The Brumos Companies, CBC National Bank, Kinder Morgan, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and VyStar Credit Union.

Business Award nominations were sought from Chamber members and the public in eight categories. Qualified nominees must be members of the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce.


The 2015 AIFBY Award recipients and nominees are:


Small Business of the Year

Go PC, Inc.

Additional Nominees:

  • Caribbean Breeze, Inc.
  • Phone ResQ
  • Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks


Business Leader of the Year

Jason Hambrect, Construction Solutions, Inc. and Speakeasy Vaporium, LLC 

Additional Nominees:

  • Teresa Markarian, Nana Teresa's Bake Shop
  • Paul McMullan, WoodmenLife
  • John Seifert, Sliders Seaside Grill


Medium Business of the Year

Kayak Amelia

Additional Nominees:

  • Edible Arrangements
  • Fernandina Beach Animal Clinic
  • First Federal Bank of Florida


Young Business Leader of the Year

Nate Flanders, Phone ResQ

Additional Nominees:

  • Jacob Logsdon, Amelia Express Care
  • Jessica McKinnon, Shapiro Insurance Group
  • Jonathan Williams, Amelia Express Care


Large Business of the Year

Rayonier Advanced Materials

Additional Nominees:

  • Osprey Village at Amelia Island
  • Quality Health of Fernandina Beach
  • Rick Keffer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram


Nonprofit of the Year

Micah's Place

Additional Nominees:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Nassau Alcohol, Drug, and Crime Abatement Coalition (NACDAC)
  • Nassau Humane Society


Green Business of the Year

A1A Solar Contracting, Inc.

Additional Nominees:

  • Kayak Amelia
  • Milt's of Amelia
  • Nassau Health Foods


Customer Service Employee of the Year

Pat Hillier, Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Additional Nominees:

  • Abby Bellar, The Journey Church
  • Deborah Biggs, Amelia Island Yacht Basin
  • Nate Flanders, Phone ResQ
  • Margaret Shero, Edward Jones Investements
  • Rob Spiewak, Paul Clark Ford
  • Camille Waddell, Barbara Jean's Restaurant

Ambassador of the Year

Michelle Myers, Mint Magazine


Chairman’s Award

Marisol Triana, Hola! Cuban Café


Partnership Award

City of Fernandina Beach


Dr. Harry Halley Bow Tie Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service

William (Butch) Beard, Transworld Business Advisors

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