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The 2018 Sandies Members' Choice Awards

Congratulations Sandies Winners!

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance announced the 9 winners from the annual Sandies Members' Choice Awards at its luncheon on Friday, November 16, at the Ballroom at Grove. Over 325 LWRBA members and guests were in attendance.

The Sandies honor LWRBA volunteers who strive towards the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, devote time and energy to our community, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow. Winners were selected by their peers from a pool of 42 finalists across 8 categories through an online nomination and voting process.


Front Row (Left to Right): Britney Guertin, Laura Lynch, Jaime Marco, Bruce Loeppke
Back Row (Left to Right): Erik Hanson, Monaca Onstad, Shawna Hicks-Cranston, Kelly Erdmann, Toni Perren.


Volunteer of the Year Award
Awarded to the volunteer who has shown the most extraordinary dedication and commitment to the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its mission throughout the last year.
WINNER: Erik Hanson, Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos P.A.

Above & Beyond Award
Highlights a member who is always ready to give, and is the first person to raise their hand when help is needed.
WINNER: Toni Perren, Observer Media Group

Rising Star Award
Honors a new Alliance member who is already making significant professional contributions that showcase their talents, enthusiasm and dedication to our community.
WINNER: Laura Lynch, Edward Jones

Ray of Sunshine Award
Recognizes the most uplifting, cheerful and inspirational individual who is committed to sharing positive energy.
WINNER: Kelly Erdmann, Nothing Bundt Cakes

Networking King Award
Presented to a male member who embodies "The Power of Connection" by connecting members with each other and provides referrals for future opportunities.
WINNER: Bruce Loeppke, Willis Smith Construction

Networking Queen Award
Presented to a female member who embodies "The Power of Connection" by connecting members with each other and provides referrals for future opportunities.
WINNER: Shawna Hicks-Cranston, PostNet of Lakewood Ranch

Bull by the Horns Award
Pays tribute to the person who takes control and embraces leadership, and provides guidance, advice and a positive direction for others.
WINNER: Monaca Onstad, Lakewood Ranch Communities

Young Professional of the Year Award
Recognizes one of our leaders of tomorrow who demonstrates the fundamental aspects of leadership, innovation and excellence.
WINNER: Britney Guertin, Grapevine Communications

Best Rancher Award
Awarded to the most dedicated and highly motivated member who has referred the highest number of new member registrations.
WINNER: Jaime Marco, Evolve Business Consulting

Congratulations Sandies Finalists!
The following members have been recognized by their peers for outstanding commitment and engagement with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance throughout the year. Please help us in congratulating them!

The Young Professional of the Year award recognizes one of our leaders of tomorrow who demonstrates the fundamental aspects of leadership, innovation and excellence within our community.

Stephanie Grepling, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc.
Britney Guertin, Grapevine Communications
Matthew Kopfhamer, Northwestern Mutual
Katie Litrenta, Caliber Home Loans
Ashlyn McCarty, Buffalo Lodging
Ashley McCollum, Rediscovered Moments Concierge, LLC

The Above and Beyond award will be given to a member who is always ready to give, and is the first person to raise their hand when help is needed.

Erik Hanson, Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A.
Cherri Kessler, Achieva Credit Union
Breanca Niski, Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc.
Toni Perren, Observer Media Group
Craig Troyer, MapleTronics Computers
Jared Weisblatt, Montgomery's CarptetPlus Colortile

The Bull by the Horns award pays tribute to the person who takes control and embraces leadership, provides guidance, advice and a positive direction for others.

Al Benincasa, Total Air Solutions, LLC
Susan Goldstein, Michael Saunders & Company, Commercial Division
John Holz, Plunkett Raysich Architects
Kristi Hoskinson, FCCI Insurance Group
Monaca Onstad, LWR Communities, LLC
Casey Welch, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

The Rising Star award honors a new Alliance member who is already making significant professional contributions that showcase their talents, enthusiasm and dedication to our community.

Devin Dash, Axiom Strategic Consulting, LLC
Dana DeCherico, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Molly Lawley, Apple Spice
Laura Lynch, Edward Jones
Belinda Marty, RITE Technology
Steve Sullivan, Prosper Labs

The Ray of Sunshine award goes to the most uplifting, cheerful and inspirational individual who is committed to sharing positive energy.

Kelly Erdmann, Nothing Bundt Cakes
Annemarie Graff, Bank OZK
Tom Johnson, Lakewood Ranch Commercial
Dennis McSweeney, RTI Insurance Services
Amanda Parrish, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Jeri Ann Schleicher, Elite Laser Engraving, Inc.& Sarasota Promotions

The Networking King award is presented to a male member who embodies “The Power of Connection” by connecting members with each other and provides referrals for future opportunities.

Greg Courter, Horizon Insurance
Bruce Loeppke, Willis Smith Construction
Joe Marra, Piper Fire Protection
James Maslen, Comcast Spotlight
Chris Pfeffer, Gallagher MGA
Seth Wiepking, Bank OZK

The Networking Queen Award is presented to a female member who embodies “The Power of Connection” by connecting members with each other and provides referrals for future opportunities.

Stacey Carollo, Windy City Apparel
Shawna Hicks-Cranston, PostNet of Lakewood Ranch
Fern Grace, Abacus Web Services
Laurie Pike, Sleep Inn / MainStay Suites - Sarasota
Laura Randall, Sarasota Christian School
Debbie Shaffer, Veteran Air

Next Gen Recognition

New this year, the LWRBA and Young Leaders Alliance set out to help member businesses recognize our business community's next generation of leaders. The inaugural Next Gen Recognition highlights bright and hard-working young professionals already making a positive impact within your companies. Next Gen Honorees were celebrated at last night's LWRBA Networking Social and will be included in the printed program at our Sandies Awards luncheon on November 16th.



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GOLD table Sponsors

Horizon Insurance
Lakewood Ranch Commercial
Wagner Realty

Silver table Sponsors

Achieva Credit Union
Evolve Business Consulting
Gregory Sharer & Stuart
Mauldin & Jenkins

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