TBBW announces winners of 2023 Apogee Awards (PHOTOS)

Tampa Bay Business & Wealth announced the winners of its 2023 Apogee Awards at Armature Works Wednesday night.

Presenting sponsors of the 2023 Apogee Awards include Older Lundy, Southstate and Forvis. The nonprofit partner is United Way Suncoast. The gold sponsor is M.E. Wilson.


Chief Business Development Officer – Raul Alfonso, Port Tampa Bay

Chief Financial Officer – Heather Ford, Power Design

Chief Human Resources Officer – Jasiel Legon, GTE Financial

Chief Information Officer – Mike Krieg, The Bank of Tampa

Chief Legal Officer – Marisol Hughes, WilsonHCG

Chief Marketing Officer – Cari Ellison, Ellison Construction

Chief Operating Officer – Leroy Moore, Tampa Housing Authority

Founder (Small) Less than 50 employees – Aakash Patel, Elevate Inc.

Founder (Large) More than 200 employees – Laura Sherman, Baldwin Risk Partners and Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners

Managing Partner – Eric W. Bailey, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors

Owner – Valerie Lavin, Luminary

President – Cory Ellison, Ellison Construction

Judge’s Choice – Brian K. Deming, Crucis, LLC

Chief Executive Officer

(Small) Less than 50 employees – Sara Margulis, Honeyfund.com, Inc.

(Medium) 51-199 employees – Jim Norman, MD, Norman/Clayman Endocrine Institute (at Hospital for Endocrine Surgery

(Large) More than 200 employees – Rick C. Brandt, BRANDT Inc.

Photos by Tacy Briggs-Troncoso

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