Half-Century Award

Breezin’ Magazine’s Half-Century Professional Award honors the leaders, innovators, and doers in the Tampa Bay community by recognizing individuals, ages 50 and over, that have remained and attributed significant influence in business, social, political, educational, and/or other categories. The nominees have been impacting the city through their work and accomplishments and continue to promote the development of the new Tampa Bay. Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate, will be recognized at a ceremony, and featured in the magazine. Nominations have now closed: Below is the list of Nominees.

List of Nominees

Andre “Andy” Brouillard, General Manager of TPepin’s Hospitality Centre

Ann Kulig, Executive Director at Westshore Alliance

Barbara St. Clair, Executive Director at Creative Pinellas

Bill Yanger, Attorney at Law of YangerLaw

Bob Conigliaro, Vice President of Community Relations at Casper’s Company

Bonnie Birdsall, Tai Chi Instructor & Reiki Master of Bonnie’s Tai Chi

Brian Ford Jr., COO of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carol Hague, President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce

Catherine Peek McEwen, Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court

Christian Brown, CEO and Founder of Harmony Healthcare, LLC

Cindy Cucuz, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Memorial Hospital of Tampa

Cindy Dervech, Founder & CEO of Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions

Cristina Scaramuzzi, Director of Catering and Special Events at Locale Market & Farmtable Kitchen

Dana Young, CEO of Visit Florida

Debbie Lundberg, Founder & CEO of Presenting Powerfully

Debbie Rudolph, Manager of Business Development for Home Health Care at BayCare

Dick Puglisi, Director at USF Gus A. Stavros Center

Don Niederpruem, President & Owner at United Landmark

Ivy Peterson, Director of Sales at Toffee To Go

Jane Castor, Mayor of the City of Tampa

Jim Mcvay, President and CEO of the Outback Bowl

Joyce Cotton, Director of Marketing & Community Partnerships at WEDU Public Media

Judy Lisi, President & CEO at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Kris Dosal, Principal at Grady Elementary School in Tampa

Lisa Schalk, Owner & Vice President at Toffee To Go

Lisa Shaker-Knopp, Owner of Shake it Off

Maria Cook, Events Manager Hillsborough County Aviation Authority/ Tampa International Airport

Mary Cannici, Independent Food & Beverages Professional at Sweet Caroline’s Bakery and Cafe

Michael Blickensderfer, Attorney & CEO of Blick Law Firm

Michael Lamando, Owner at Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Inc

Michael Tomor, Executive Director at Tampa Museum of Art

Michael J. Valdes, Private Wealth Advisor and Managing Director of The Valdes Group

Monica Wilson, Director of Community Food Pantry

Patty O’Leary, Executive Director at the Children’s Cancer Center

Richard Gonzmart, Owner of the Columbia Restaurant Group

Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank

Ron Weaver, Attorney at Law and Shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller

Sally Harris, Owner of Circle “C” Ranch Academy

Santiago Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay

Steve Gonzalez, Owner & Executive Chef of Catering By The Family

Susana Weymouth, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts

Suzanne McCormick, President & CEO of United Way Suncoast

Thomas Mantz, President & CEO of Feeding Tampa Bay

Timothy Vining, Chief Development Officer for MVP Holdings and CEO of the MVP Development divisions in the Southeast at MVP Holdings

Topher Morrison, CEO at Topher Communications

Victor Fernandez, Regional Strategic Account Director at Verizon Business

William Cummings, President and Partner at Concierge Financial Organization

Yann Weymouth, Design Director at St. Pete Design Group

The new Tampa Bay is thriving because of our community leaders. Editor-in-Chief Dana Blickensderfer and the entire staff of Breezin’ Magazine, including publisher Hugo D. Aviles and contributing editor Jordan French, would like to thank every person that submitted a nomination for the Half-Century Professional Award. Don’t miss out on Breezin’ Magazine Volume 3, The New Tampa Bay, out now! To read volume one’s digital publication, click here To read volume two’s digital publication, click here To read volume three’s digital publication. click here


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Dana Blickensderfer


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