Recognizing the business leaders who are shaping the landscape and future of the Space Coast.

Melbourne, Florida – SpaceCoast Business magazine is once again recognizing some of the most admired and influential individuals in Brevard, on December 5th at the 2017 Business Leaders of the Year celebration. This year’s event will be held at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa, FL.

Each year the publishers and contributors of SpaceCoast Business, along with community leaders, select a group of individuals whose business success, community engagement and innovative influence has moved the county forward. Once again, the stage is set to recognize a stellar group of leaders.

The principle honoree for 2017 will be Steve Johnson the CEO of Health First. Johnson’s leadership can be seen throughout the community, in their four hospitals, many outpatient facilities, Pro-Health and Fitness Centers and the Health First Health Plans. Through this multifaceted approach they have set the standard for quality healthcare not only in the county, but in the nation. Health First is one of the largest employers in the country with over 8,800 associates, which represents an over 25+ percent growth over the past five years. In addition, during this same time their employees enjoyed an almost 23 percent average wage increase. What is more Health First has invested $366 million in technology and facility improvements in the area, while making an amazing $637 million in charitable investments.

Other honorees include:
Florida Institute of Technology’s Winston Scott, their senior vice president for external relations and economic development. This former astronaut and retired Navy Captain is a tireless ambassador of education, space exploration and serves as chair of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

Mark Senti is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of AML Superconductivity and Magnetics, which is developing and bringing to market transformational technologies for transportation and healthcare worldwide.

Natasha Cartagena Spencer is known throughout the region for her business acumen and community and civic engagement. The Sr. VP and branch manager of Shelter Mortgage Company covers Florida, S. Carolina, Texas & Alabama,

Sheriff Wayne Ivey is not only recognized throughout the state for lowering crime and making Brevard safer; he is also a tireless advocate for reducing the sources of crime through community engagement and education, while somehow finding time to serve on countless charitable boards.

Tom Wienckoski could only be described as a serial entrepreneur and an undaunted philanthropist. The founder Nu Vantage Insurance Corporation and with his wife Charlotte, the Ultimate Rose, he has made an amazing contribution to the county he has called home for almost 40 years.

William Chivers the president of RUSH Construction is not only identified with some of the more iconic structures in the county, he has been a crucial player and advocate for the Titusville redevelopment programs that are shaping north Brevard.

For more information on SpaceCoast Business magazine’s 2017 Business Leaders of the Year or to register to attend: CLICK HERE.


Cherise Czaban
VP of Business Development, SCB Marketing