CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its Roaring 20’s Grand Gala Business Awards 2020.
The awards, presented as part of the Chamber’s virtual gala on Oct. 23, recognize outstanding leaders who have contributed to the growth of the organization and businesses that serve the community.
Here are the winners (all descriptions were provided by the Chamber):
Coral Springs Small Business Leader of the Year
Spiro Edgos, The Bin Doctor
Spiro grew up in Pittsburgh in a traditional Greek family, which by law means working in the family restaurant. He obtained his BS from Duquesne and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Spiro was a Global Account Manager with FedEx in the NYC area where he met his wife, Christy. After having a baby, Spiro and Christy moved to Coral Springs to be closer to family and work with IBM.
After three years with IBM, Spiro decided he wanted to make a difference in the community. During this moment of reckoning, Christy asked Spiro to clean their disgusting trash bins...and this is how The Bin Doctor was born. After 3 years of labor, The Bin Doctor has surpassed 1,150 customers and sanitized more than 34,000 bins.
In 2017, the Coral Springs Economic Development Office awarded the Bin Doctor “Rookie Business of the Year.” Spiro is an active ambassador for the Chamber and member of the Education and Chamber for Good committees and co-chairs the Membership Appreciation Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Sawgrass Nature Center as treasurer and Parkland Chamber of Commerce as vice president.
Spiro said: Through the help of the Chamber, we were able to meet and work with other companies in the area and with local city officials. It was the relationships from the Chamber that helped The Bin Doctor solidify a contract with Coconut Creek and Republic to become the first company in the country to be awarded a city-wide contract in our industry.
Coconut Creek Small Business Leader of the Year
Jaime Johnson, CGI Business Solutions
Jamie S. Johnson is the regional vice president for CGI Business Solutions. Jamie has been a licensed health and life insurance agent for 30 years and a board member of the National Association of Health Underwriters for more than 25 years. Since 2016, Jamie has been responsible for leading the CGI Business Solutions Florida team, business operations, community involvement and revenue growth.
Serving on both sides of the carrier-client relationship, Jamie is recognized as a highly qualified subject matter expert with a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry. She is frequently called upon as a public speaker on the topics of healthcare reform and industry issues. She has been interviewed repeatedly on numerous media broadcasts and lectured as a keynote speaker at state and national conferences hosted by various payroll, benefits, human resource, and health insurance organizations. Jamie is also a certified instructor for credit-qualifying courses required by specialists who need to maintain their professional designations as accountants, HR professionals, and insurance agents.
Jamie has served as president of the Broward Association of Health Underwriters and is an active member of the Agent Advisory Council for the major health insurance carriers in the South Florida region. Additionally, she has been engaged as the Healthcare Reform and Innovative Solutions advisory Resource for Fortune 500 companies. Jamie represents CGI as a Trustee member of the Hollywood and Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional chambers of commerce and is a long-standing member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Jamie has called Coral Springs home for the past 26 years, her two sons Kenny and Jimmy proudly played baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and lacrosse in the Coral Springs leagues before graduating from Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School.
The Covered Bridge Award
John Biggie, JB Management & Maintenance
John Biggie carries on the family tradition – offering a competitive flex-space for-lease product in Coral Springs for well over 30 years. John and his team have created a niche in the Corporate Park of Coral Springs. The park’s proximity to residential Coral Springs, Parkland and Boca Raton makes it a sought-after location for business owners – close to 50 acres in the Corporate Park are under his leadership.
Leading the property portfolio in management and maintenance, John is looking forward to many more successful years in Coral Springs, serving the community’s commercial space needs. John earned a Master’s in Engineering & a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Florida and also holds a General Contractor’s license.
John serves on the COAT committee representing Coral Springs, is the current chair of the Property Owners’ of Coral Springs Corporate Park Association, and is the treasurer of the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber.
Coconut Creek Butterfly Award
Karen Matroni, Promenade at Coconut Creek
Karen Matroni has been in the commercial real estate field for the past 25 years and is currently the general manager of the Promenade at Coconut Creek. She served for 10 years on the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Governmental Affairs committee, raising awareness and lobbying for a change to a number of laws affecting real property owners in the state of Florida. She has also volunteered her time with a number of organizations, including the Brevard Public Library and Space Coast Therapy Dogs. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Do the Right Thing of Coconut Creek, Inc., and the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is also a proud member of the Women’s Club of Coconut Creek.
Previously, Ms. Matroni worked for NAI Merin Hunter Codman as a senior property manager for a 700,000 square foot portfolio of shopping centers and office buildings. Before moving to South Florida, Ms. Matroni held the position of vice president of property management for Prime Site Realty, a shopping center development, leasing and property management company located in central Florida. During that time, Ms. Matroni earned her Certified Shopping Center Manager designation from the ICSC.
Non-Profit of the Year
Rotary Club of Coral Springs
The Rotary Club of Coral Springs was started in 1969, and has been in continuous service to the community since then. They are part of Rotary International. Rotary has over 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in 192 countries. Rotary has been active since 1905. The motto of Rotary is “Service above self.”
The Rotary Club of Coral Springs applies the motto to everything they do. They have 20 members that meet on a weekly basis to plan community service projects. Members are from all parts of the community. They are business people, retirees, and members from the public sector all working together to achieve local as well as international goals. They are open to any member of the community who wishes to be of service.
Their projects are both local and international in scope. They have local projects of their own (BeeApiary, Community Garden, etc), partnerships with other non-profits (SOS Childrens Village, NICKS camp, etc), as well as International (Polio Plus, Schools in Thailand). All of these aim to better our world through service above self. The leadership of the club changes on a yearly basis, but mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders remains.
NEXTgen Professional of the Year
Joy Arauz, JM Lexus
Joy Arauz was born and raised on a farm in rural Indiana. She attended Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a double majored in Studio Art and Art History. Currently, she is working on her MBA at Florida Atlantic University.
Joy moved to Florida in 2015 and was blessed to be able to join the marketing team at JM Lexus. Joy is responsible for digital marketing, which includes email campaigns and website design, traditional marketing including print, TV and radio, social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, reputation management, as well as community engagement and relations.
Community relationships have always been significant to Joy, and she is delighted to be a part of such a fantastic business community. Joy is looking forward to being part of the ongoing growth of Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Tim Hogans, Florida Power and Light
Tim Hogans is an external affairs area manager for Florida Power & Light Company, the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida. He manages relationships with elected officials, business and county stakeholders in North Broward County.
Prior to joining external affairs in January 2015, Tim served in multiple leadership roles within Customer Service and Power Delivery over the past 17 years as small/medium business accounts regional manager for Dade and Broward Counties, engineering lead, RL, PL, and CPM.
Tim currently serves on the following boards: Immediate past chairman of the Board Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of the Board for the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Florida Governance Chair; Government Affairs Chair for Junior Achievement; 2nd vice-chair for the Urban League of Broward County; Broward Days, Parks Foundation of Broward County; and Secretary of Broward 2-1-1. He is a member of Leadership Florida Connect Class VI, Leadership Broward Class XXXIII; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.; and 2018 Ft. Lauderdale Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man of the Year.
Tim holds Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Florida State University. Tim is married to Cortnee, and has two children.
Donna Denton, AmTrust Bank
Donna Denton is a “banker with a heart”, as well as a professional networker. Born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica. Donna has worked with AmTrust Bank, a division of New York Community Bank, for more than 20 years, and is presently the Vice President and Branch Manager. She is an active member of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, current chair of the Professional Women’s Alliance, Trustee member, Ambassador, and part of the Education and Chamber for Good committees.
She is actively involved in volunteering, and mentoring both corporately and individually, with organizations such as Broward Outreach Center, The African American Research Library and other nonprofits such as Autism Speaks, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is past Board Member of Abi’s Place, a non-profit school for children with disabilities, and is a former Board Member of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce, and former ambassador and member of BNI.
Donna has a degree in Business Administration, and certifications in leadership, and is also a proud graduate of Leadership Coral Springs. She is considered a resource to her peers and seeks out opportunities to help those in her community.
The Roaring 20’s Grand Gala, presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, on Oct. 23 will start with cocktail networking at 5:30 pm. This year's theme is “Roaring 20’s” and will feature musical performances, a magic show, and live auctions and door prizes.
Proceeds from the event auction will benefit the Coral Springs Chamber Education Foundation.
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