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SCB 100 The Most Admired Businesspeople

That is how the dictionary defines “admire,” though Ambrose Bierce once defined it as, “Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.” What we admire in others is certainly what we hope and yearn to see in the mirror and if we don’t, it is their example that spurs us towards those ideals. Certainly, for each of us the admiration may be defined as differently as we would describe our taste in art or music. It might be those who overcome great obstacles or the one whose entrepreneurial spirit and dogged perseverance built an idea into a business. For others it is those who put in a full day’s work and then give additional hours to make our community better and to ensure that those less fortunate have the opportunities they deserve. Perhaps it is those who imagine a better future and then roll up their sleeves and go to work bringing that future about. They are the ones whose character, courage, ingenuity, sacrifice and community spirit inspire others to reach higher and to reach further.

SpaceCoast Business surveyed business leaders throughout the county to bring you this year’s SCB 100 Most Admired Businesspeople. Listed in alphabetical order:

  1. Wade Alliance – Market Executive Central Florida – PNC Financial Services Group
  2. Mark Balmer – Pastor – Calvary Chapel Melbourne
  3. Jim Barfield – President, CEO – Luke & Associates
  4. Bob Baugher – Owner – Cocoa Beach Surf Co, Radisson, Sheraton
  5. Matt Barringer – Vice President – The Dance Place of Brevard
  6. Brian Binggeli – Superintendent – Brevard Public Schools
  7. Wendy & Harry Brandon – Owners – Brandon Properties
  8. David Brock – President, CEO – Community Credit Union
  9. Chris Burton – President – Christopher Burton Luxury Homes
  10. Anthony Catanese – President – Florida Institute of Technology
  11. Dr. Silas Charles – Founder – Cancer Care Centers of Brevard
  12. Dr. Ross Clevens – Founder, Director – Clevens Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  13. Aaron Collins – Artistic Director – Space Coast Symphony Orchestra
  14. Chris Conneen – CEO – Pizza Gallery & Grill
  15. Angelica Cotshott – CEO – Kindred Hospital Melbourne
  16. Gen. Anthony Cotton – Commander – 45th Space Wing
  17. Wes Covell – VP Strategy & Chief Growth Officer – Harris Corp.
  18. Dale Coxwell – Sr EVP – Coastal Steel Inc.
  19. Carol Craig – CEO – Craig Technologies
  20. Brian Curtin – President – BRPH Companies
  21. Lindsey & Kevin Deaton – Co-founders – KLD Youth Foundation
  22. Frank DiBello – President, CEO – Space Florida
  23. Joseph Duda – Chairman – A. Duda & Sons
  24. Richard Ennis – Executive Director – Melbourne International Airport
  25. Betsy Farmer – Executive Director – Brevard Leadership Network
  26. Robin Fisher – Commissioner – Brevard County Commission
  27. Dr. Gopal Gadodia – Chairman – Brevard Physicians Network
  28. Walter Gatti – President – Tensor Engineering
  29. Pam Gatto – President – Gatto’s Tire & Auto Service
  30. Dawn Gluskin – CEO – Soltec Electronics
  31. Ian Golden – Director – Brevard County Housing & Human Services
  32. Derrick Gores – Artist
  33. Steve Griffin – General Manager – Computer Sciences Raytheon
  34. Dr. Roxanne Guy – Owner – Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center
  35. Myra Haley – Community Volunteer & Philanthropist
  36. Paul Hanson – VP of Operations/General Manager – Bright House Networks
  37. Gary Hardey – CEO – Brevard Eye Center
  38. Debbie Harvey – President – Ron Jon Surf Shop
  39. Bob Herman – KSC Site Director – ATK
  40. Bjornar Hermanson – Partner – Ocean Partners
  41. John Hopkins – Partner – Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam
  42. Chas Hoyman – Managing Partner – Carr, Riggs & Ingram
  43. Jim Jenson – CEO – SatCom Direct
  44. Steve Johnson – CEO – Health First
  45. Link Johnsten – Owner – Eau Gallie Florist
  46. Robert Jordan – President, CEO – Genesis VII
  47. Dana Kilborne – President – Florida Bank of Commerce
  48. Malcolm Kirschenbaum – Partner – Gray Robinson
  49. Reed Knight – Owner – Knight’s Armament
  50. Don Kramer – CEO – One Senior Place
  51. Adrian Laffitte – Director Florida Government Relations – Lockheed Martin
  52. Dr. Richard Levine – President – Space Coast Cancer Center
  53. Scott Marathas – Owner, VP, General Manager – Long Doggers/Meg O’Malley’s
  54. Fred Maxik – Founder, Chief Technology Officer – Lighting Science Group
  55. Mike McBride – Owner – McBride Marketing Group
  56. Gary McCann – Executive Director – Runaway Country Music Fest
  57. George Mikitarian – President, CEO – Parrish Medical Center
  58. Dan Moisand – Principal – Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo, LLC
  59. Javier Molinares – Publisher – Al Dia Today
  60. Bruce Nelson, Jr. – President – Cocoa Hyundai
  61. Dale Olson – President – Brevard Achievement Center
  62. T.R. Page – Dealer Principal – Lexus of Melbourne
  63. Jack Parker – Sheriff – Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
  64. Steve Patonai – CEO – Wuesthoff Health System
  65. Stan Payne – CEO – Canaveral Port Authority
  66. Djon Pepaj – Owner – Numerous restaurants
  67. Denise & Don Piercy – Owners – Running Zone
  68. John Porter – President – Porter World Trade, Inc.
  69. William Potter – Vice Chairman – Melbourne Airport Authority
  70. Michael Powell – Executive Director – Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority
  71. Travis Procter – CEO – ndtArtemis
  72. Brenda Radke – CEO – Brevard Physicians Network
  73. Rob Rains – President – United Way of Brevard
  74. Lisa Rice – President – Brevard Workforce
  75. Eric Richard – President – Richard’s Paint
  76. Charley Richards – Owner, President – Absolutely Natural
  77. Jim Ridenour – General Manager – Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott
  78. Shay Rowe – Owner, General Manager – Mercedes-Benz | Porsche | Audi of Melbourne
  79. Doug Samuels – President, CEO – Space Coast Credit Union
  80. RJ Scaringe – CEO – Rivian Automotive
  81. Natalie Sellers – Director of Service & People Excellence – Parrish Medical Center
  82. Mark Senti – President – Advanced Magnet Lab
  83. Mike Shah – President – Southeast Petro Distributors
  84. Joe Lee Smith – Ambassador – Brevard Community College
  85. David Soper – President – ndtHost
  86. Scott Sorensen – President, CEO – Sorensen Corporation
  87. Chris Stagman – Executive Director – Brevard Alzheimers Foundation
  88. Tim Stockton – CEO – Certon Software
  89. Fred Sutton – President – Sutton Properties
  90. Bill Taylor – President, CEO – Community Bank of the South
  91. Nancy Taylor – CEO – Prudential Sterling Properties
  92. Lorelei Thompson – Owner – Dixie Crossroads
  93. Howard Tipton – County Manager – Brevard County
  94. Donna Trantham – Owner – Mr. Submarine & Salads
  95. Mitch Varnes – Owner – Smooth Running
  96. Susie & Tom Wasdin – Owners – Wasdin Associates
  97. Lynda Weatherman – President, CEO – EDC of Florida’s Space Coast
  98. Ken Whittaker – Principal – Whittaker Cooper
  99. Mike Williams – President – MH Williams Construction
  100. Keith Winsten – Executive Director – Brevard Zoo

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