The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce honored excellence in business at the dazzling 2014 Diamond Awards luncheon on December 11th . This year’s program included the inaugural Business Leader of the Year Award, given to W. Allen Morris, Chairman and CEO of The Allen Morris Company. For the first time in the history of this program an individual was recognized. This recognition is reserved for an exemplary Gableite and leading businessperson with a strong connection to the community
“As a native of Coral Gables and as someone who has lived in this enchanting city my entire life, I am humbled and grateful for this award. I believe in this city so I have invested my entire life in helping it to become a world class city in which to live, work and invest,” said Morris.
Each year, the Chamber’s Diamond Awards shine the spotlight of recognition upon outstanding Coral Gables businesses. It is the Chamber’s annual signature awards program, honoring excellence in business achievement, corporate citizenship, customer service and workplace environment.
CBS 4’s Rick Folbaum served as Master of Ceremonies at the annual awards luncheon before a soldout crowd of local business leaders.
The prestigious Diamond Awards recognized businesses in seven different categories this year, as well as bestowing the inaugural Business Leader of the Year Award.
The winners, by category:
2014 Business Leader of the Year • W. Allen Morris, The Allen Morris Company
Outstanding Minority-Owned Business Award • LOI Marketing, Inc.
Outstanding Small Business Award • Bevinco of Miami Outstanding Technology Company • Intermedia Touch, Inc.
Outstanding Restaurant Award • Giardino Gourmet Salads
Outstanding Retailer Award • Jae’s Jewelers
Outstanding Non-Profit Award • Coral Gables Museum
Outstanding Large Business Award • First National Bank of South Miami
The 2014 Diamond Awards were sponsored by US. Century Bank, the City of Coral Gables, FIU School of Business , LOI Marketing, Inc. and Pete de la Torre Enterprise. In-kind support is provided by Frames USA + Art Gallery and Photo Offset, Inc.
About The Allen Morris Company
The Allen Morris Company is one of the largest real estate firms in the Southeast U.S. specializing in commercial and multi-family residential development, leasing, property management, and brokerage. With offices in Miami, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Jacksonville, The Allen Morris Company has served its business and investment clients for over 56 years. For more information, please visit www.allenmorris.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheAllenMorrisCompany or in Twitter @allenmorrisco.
About the Coral Gables Chamber
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,500 members and is the second largest business association in Miami-Dade County. Our mission is to foster and enhance the economic interests of the Coral Gables community, while advancing the quality of life of our members, partners, neighbors and visitors.