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Past Winners

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.

Congratulations to our Past Winners!

2021

Volunteer of the Year Award - John Holz
Above & Beyond Award - Lorri Kidder
Rising Star Award - Heather Koester
Bull by the Horns Award - Allison Imre
Ray of Sunshine Award - Alicia Chalmers
Networking King Award - Ron Trytek
Networking Queen Award - Karen Medford
Young Professional of the Year Award - Abigail Kahl
Best Rancher Award - Michelle Olivo

2020

Community Champion – Individual: Peggy Kronus, Willis Smith Construction
Rising Star: Alex Gault, The Otto Group at Hightower Advisors
Bull by the Horns - Company Under 25 Employees: The Circus Arts Conservatory
Bull by the Horns - Company 25+ Employees: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Community Champion – Company: Willis Smith Construction

2019

Volunteer of the Year Award - Ashlyn McCarty
Above & Beyond Award - Amanda Parrish
Rising Star Award - Julia Heide
Bull by the Horns Award - Heather Williams
Ray of Sunshine Award - Molly Lawley
Networking King Award - Al Benincasa
Networking Queen Award - Debbie Shaffer
Young Professional of the Year Award - Colleen Bankuty
Best Rancher Award - Jaime Marco

2018

Volunteer of the Year Award - Erik Hanson
Above & Beyond Award - Toni Perren
Rising Star Award - Laura Lynch
Bull by the Horns Award - Monaca Onstad
Ray of Sunshine Award - Kelly Erdmann
Networking King Award - Bruce Loeppke
Networking Queen Award - Shawna Hicks-Cranston
Young Professional of the Year Award - Britney Guertin
Best Rancher Award - Jaime Marco

2017

Volunteer of the Year Award - Violeta Huesman
Rising Star Award - Amanda Arnold
Bull by the Horns Award - Lori Ruth
Ray of Sunshine Award - Lisa Kirkland
Networking King Award - Adam Miller
Networking Queen Award - Charlotte Griffin
Young Professional of the Year Award - Keith Pandeloglou
Best Rancher Award - Fern Grace
One of a Kind Award - Dianne Kopczyinski

2016

Volunteer of the Year Award - Sally Ullman
Rising Star Award - Jonathan Marsh
Bull by the Horns Award - John Barnott
Ray of Sunshine Award - Peggy Kronus
Networking King Award - Ken Burke
Networking Queen Award - Morgan Gerhart
Young Professional of the Year Award - Ryan McIntyre
Best Rancher Award - Felicia Seedorf
One of a Kind Award - Kim French

 

2015

Volunteer of the Year Award - Susan Abbott
Rising Star Award - Courtney Grovatt
Bull by the Horns Award - David Fink
Ray of Sunshine Award - Maria Hussey
Networking King Award - Mike Wick
Networking Queen Award - Yasemin Chain
Young Professional of the Year Award - Heather Williams
Best Rancher Award - Brad Cranston
One of a Kind Award - Janet Arena

2014

Volunteer of the Year Award - Jason Seelbach
Rising Star Award - Holly Littlefield
Bull by the Horns Award - Barbara Jones
Ray of Sunshine Award - Lori Ruth
Networking King Award - Brian Volner
Networking Queen Award - Violeta Huesman
Young Professional of the Year Award - Amanda Vercheski
Best Rancher Award - Yasemin Chain
One of a Kind Award - Lori Denny

2013

Volunteer of the Year Award - Annette Gueli
Rising Star Award - Chris Deleonardo
Bull by the Horns Award - Tommy Klauber
Ray of Sunshine Award - Jules Price
Networking King Award  - Marc Simms
Networking Queen Award - Violetta Huesman
Young Professional of the Year Award - Amanda Vercheski
Best Rancher Award - Annette Gueli
One of a Kind Award - Judy Athari

2012

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award - SouthTech
Corporate Philanthropy Award - MGA Insurance Group
Business of the Year - Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
LWR Citizen of the Year - Bob Delaney

2011

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award - Tommy & Jaymie Klauber
Corporate Philanthropy Award - Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Business of the Year - Neal Communities
LWR Citizen of the Year - Don O’Lea