Excellence in Industry

 Watch the 2016 Excellence in Industry Awards video, featuring profiles of each winner here.

The Excellence in Industry Awards are a long-standing tradition in Collier County and in the state of Florida. Opportunity Naples showcases the "best of the best" businesses in Collier County who exemplify the use of innovation and a responsible approach to economic diversification, and business and community enhancement.

The 2016 Excellence in Industry Awards will be held on September 28, 2016, at the Hilton Naples from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sponsorships are available; contact Kristi Bartlett at Kristi@napleschamber.org or 239.403.2914 for additional information.


2016 Excellence in Industry Categories

Young Professional of the Year


This award is given to a young professional between the ages of 21 and 40 who has demonstrated leadership and a passion for making a difference in the community.

brandon-box-web Brandon Box is an accomplished young professional, respected for his knowledge and experience, as well as his character and great attitude. From his career at IBERIABANK to his many volunteer positions in our community, he is an asset to Collier County and the nonprofits he serves.

Box began his career with IBERIABANK as an intern in Louisiana, then quickly advanced through the ranks, relocating to Naples in 2010 to help build IBERIABANK from the ground up. Today, he serves as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Group Manager, overseeing a team of bankers in four counties. He is the youngest banker in this crucial leadership position in the company’s broad footprint.

A graduate of Leadership Collier ’12, Box is an active volunteer in Southwest Florida, serving as Chairman of the Board for the United Way of Collier County. He began volunteering with the organization in 2011 and has chaired and/or co-chaired its Annual Campaign from 2012-2014 and in 2016. He also served as a board member for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida from 2013-15.
Box is a devoted husband and father; he and wife Ilona are parents to Brooke, Cameron and Miles.

Heart of the Community

An award presented to a local nonprofit that exemplifies superior service to the community. An organization that has distinguished itself from others by enhancing the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in the creation of a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.

Champions for Learning Champions for Learning is the education foundation in Collier County, making it possible for the community to impact lives by enriching the environment for learning through educators and directly with students. Its work with educators includes the Golden Apple program highlighting best practices of our educators, and a Connect with a Classroom Grant program. The Take Stock in Children and Real World Programs are impacting close to 3000 students and families by providing real world skills and mentoring to prepare students for college and career.

Through its unique role as a convener bringing people together, Champions serves as the backbone organization facilitating Future Ready Collier, a collective impact initiative, which emerged from the Opportunity Naples goal of building a pipeline of talent. Champions For Learning, the Chamber, CCPS, Community Foundation, Early Learning Coalition, Guadalupe Center, NCEF, United Way and close to 30 other organization,s are working toward community-wide goals to help children be ready for school, college and career.

Chairman's Award

This award is presented by the Chairman of the Board of Opportunity Naples specifically to an individual, business or organization that exemplifies a pillar of strength within the community. This awardee is aligned with the mission of Opportunity Naples: to improve the economic opportunities of everyone in Collier County.

Collier County Public Schools
Collier County Public Schools is home to over 46,000 students and the largest employer in Collier County. We are dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunities that motivate and engage each student, so that all students will complete school prepared for ongoing learning as well as community and global responsibilities.

It is the goal of the District to provide a pathway for every student. Whether it is post-secondary education, career, military, or another path, we want to ensure our students have the tools they need to achieve their goals. To do this we use a learning curriculum that recognizes the unique value, needs, and talents of individual students. There are countless education experiences available to our students inside and outside of the classroom, designed to enhance their learning. 

With strong support from our district and school staff, families, and the community, together we can celebrate the success stories happening in our classrooms on a daily basis. We are CCPS Proud!

Business Expansion

An award presented to a company that expanded in 2015 through investing capital and creating jobs in Collier County. The winner in this category will have demonstrated growth in terms of sales, staff, services, products, markets and market share.

DeAngelis Diamond
Over the past 20 years, DeAngelis Diamond has evolved and grown immensely. DeAngelis Diamond was founded by David Diamond and John DeAngelis in 1996 in Naples, FL. DeAngelis Diamond has opened four other office locations in Fort Myers, FL, Sarasota, FL, Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN, in the past four years.

Co-founders, John DeAngelis and David Diamond, based the company’s mission on seven core values: Faith in God, Honor to Build, Lasting Relationships, Excellence and Quality, Leadership, Healthy Environment and Culture and Integrity. DeAngelis Diamond takes pride in their team members and has created a culture that is welcoming and innovative. DeAngelis Diamond believes it is their people who make it a great company and their mission and culture that attract the best people. The team member count in January 2015 was 109 and now in August 2016 DD has 195 team members.

Company to Watch

This is presented to a business with the potential to make a big impact on Collier County’s economic future. This company demonstrates significant growth trends since its opening and exhibits excellence in the areas of management, marketing, customer service and integrity. The recipient of this award sets the standard for entrepreneurship and creativity. The recipient must be a new business that has been in operations more than a year, but less than five years.

Pure Florida Pure Florida specializes in water experiences that bring the beauty and wonder of Southwest Florida within reach! Family owned and operated, Pure Florida offers pure family fun for all ages. Together, their locations in Naples and Fort Myers offer sightseeing, river and sunset cruises, Jet Ski tours and rentals, boat rentals, fishing trips and charters, eco-tours, jet boat thrill rides and private family and corporate cruises. Recently named best family-fun activity, overall attraction, sightseeing tour, watersport rental and fishing charter by Gulfshore Life’s Reader’s Choice Awards, Pure Florida provides so many ways to "seas the day!"

Pillar Award

This honor is given to a company that has been in business in Collier County for a minimum of 20 years and has taken an active role in making Collier County the best place to live and do business.

Gulfshore Insurance Gulfshore Insurance, Inc., building relationships and trust in Southwest Florida for over 46 years, has over 130 professionals working to assist clients manage business and personal risk. It created the employee-driven Gulfshore Insurance Humanitarian Foundation "Helping Hearts, Helping Hands” based upon a belief that a successful organization has a genuine responsibility to contribute to the overall well-being of the community, and that a strong and vibrant community is a great place to do business. The Foundation emphasizes nonprofit programs serving the needs of Southwest Florida. Each year, employees choose preferred organizations to receive monetary and volunteer support; the nonprofit is matched with at least two employee liaisons. Gulfshore Insurance recognizes that healthy, thriving communities depend on involved citizens, organizations and corporate partners.

Click here for a list of past winners.



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