2012 Champions Cup Awards Coming Up September 27

The Committee of 100’s Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards recognizes businesses and organizations that have championed exemplary best practices, and have had a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community. Judging elements include business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches to business, community involvement and contributions and employee relations. Anyone can nominate a business for consideration of this award here.

The Committee of 100 also inducts people who have helped Bartow grow and prosper over many years into the Champions Cup Hall of Fame. Committee of 100 Champions Cup Hall of Fame Inductees are L.B. Brown; Mayme Burdin Clark; Richard Clark; Richard Craney; The Frisbie Family; George Gause; George W. Harris, Jr.; Al Holland; Frank Johnson; Gus King; Doug McLaulin; Tim Murphy; Ernest Smith; The W.H. Stuart Family and George Tyler.
Alex Sink will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100’s 2012 Champions Cup Business and Industry Awards Dinner to be held on September 27 at the Bartow Civic Center. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour. The dinner and program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Sink is chair of the FloridaNEXT Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to empower young people, entrepreneurs and small businesses so they can drive the innovation needed to enhance Florida’s economy and quality of life.

She also presently serves as a senior advisor with Tampa-based Hyde Park Capital. The firm offers services for investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising.

Sink served as Florida’s elected Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2011. As CFO, she managed more than $15 billion in state treasury funds, and was responsible for accounting of the state’s $70 billion budget. she also served on the board of the Division of Bond Finance and was one of three trustees of the State Board of Administration, which included the $120 billion pension fund.

Before elected office, Sink had a 26 year career with Bank of America. She retired as President of Florida operations in 2000, managing the state’s largest bank with $40 billion in deposits, leading 9,000 employees in over 800 branches. She also served as chair of Leadership Florida, chair of Take Stock in Children, and chair of The Nature Conservancy-Florida chapter.

Sink was the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida in 2010.

She lives in Thonotosassa, with her husband, Bill McBride. They have two children: Lexi, a medical school student at the University of Florida, and Bert, a law school student at the University of Florida.

Champions Cup is presented by the Chamber’s Committee of 100, Bartow’s business elite, that invest in the Chamber’s economic development initiatives. Champions Cup awards businesses and organizations that have championed exemplary best practices, and have had a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community. Awards are presented in ten categories including the naming of an individual for the Chamber’s Champions Cup Hall of Fame.

Business sponsorships are available that provide advertising and preferred seating to participating companies. Individual tickets for the event are $40 per person, and are available at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the Chamber at 863-533-7125, or visit www.bartowchamber.com.

2011 Business and Industry Champions Cup awards:

Mosaic was the top winner for the 2011 Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100’s Champions Cup Awards on September 29, 2011, winning the Business of the Year category. Jeff Kincart of last year’s winner, A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure, said that Mosaic “emerged as not only the world leader in fertilizer production, but continues to be a major player in the Bartow area by providing jobs, and offering unparalleled community support as well as sustaining new opportunities for growth and development.” Accepting the award for Mosaic, Jeff Dodson, Mosaic’s Reclamation Superintendent, said that employees are encouraged to become involved in their communities. The evening’s keynote address was given by Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Adam Putnam, who spoke on economic development issues such as trade opportunities, detrimental pest infiltration into Florida, and renewable energy sources. Commissioner Putnam also highlighted community events such as the Crickette Club parade and carnival, lawding the club’s efforts for the last half century. “It’s part of what makes Bartow the Center of the Universe,” he told the crowd of about 300 people at the Peace River Country Club. Following the address, Commissioner Putnam was given a Bartow Chamber “Spirit of Bartow” award by Dr. Tom McMicken of Watson Clinic.
SEMCO Construction - Business to Business Business of the Year
Spath Jewelers - Retail Business of the Year
Boswell & Dunlap, LLP - CRA Business of the Year
Community Southern Bank - Service / Professional Business of the Year
Evolve Professional Landscape Management - Emerging Business of the Year
The Crickette Club - Not-For-Profit Community Action Organization of the Year
Mosaic - Community Service Organization of the Year
Gibson & Wirt Insurance - Mainstreet Business of the Year
Greenovative Engineering and Design- Green Business of the Year