Exclusive: TBBW names winners of inaugural Women Awards (PHOTOS)

It was a night to remember and one for the Tampa Bay Business and Wealth history books.

More than 500 guests, including finalists and sponsors, were in attendance for the 2023 Women Awards, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Tampa.

Fifty women were honored for their work in business and the Tampa Bay community, with 17 being named winners in their categories. Rhea Law, president of the University of South Florida, was named the 2023 Overall Winner. (Full list of winners below. More photos coming later this week.)  

The finalists and winners were selected by an outside panel of judges including Ed Ellsasser, CEO at PrimeGroup Insurance, Robert Hessel, CEO at Source1 Solutions, Pam Iorio, former Mayor of Tampa/CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters America, and Danny Persaud, CEO at MidFlorida Armored.

Thank you to our presenting sponsors TD Bank and Morgan Auto Group, and our nonprofit partner Habitat for Humanity Pinellas and West Pasco Counties.

In addition, thank you to Source 1 Solutions, the red carpet sponsor, and Nperspective, the champagne toast sponsor.

We present the winners of the 2023 TBBW Awards:

Young category: Tanna Mock, president, solved by Tanna

Nonprofit (small) category: Madeline Robinson, founder and executive director, Wheelchairs 4 Kids

Nonprofit (large) category: Jessica Muroff, CEO, United Way Suncoast

Education (small) category: Micha Seal, CEO and president, Watermelon Swim

Education (large) category: Rhea Law, president, University of South Florida

Construction and Real Estate category: Elizabeth Dvorak, CEO, Workscapes

Manufacturing category: Deborah Duffey, president, co-founder and chief product development officer, Dermazone

Health and Wellness category: Dr. Rashmi Roy, senior thyroid surgeon, director of thyroid surgical services, Clayman Thyroid Center at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery

Business Services category: Melissa Seixas, state president, Duke Energy Florida

Technology category: Vera Muzzillo, CEO, Proforma

Government category: Lori Larsen, chief strategy officer, Celestar Corp.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders category: Avril Walker Stinson, senior director, minority business accelerator and economic inclusion, Tampa Bay Chamber

Military and First Responders category: Toni Roach, captain, behavioral health, Pasco Sheriff’s Office

Sports and Entertainment category: Penny Parks, founder and president, Links Financial and Links Golf

Transportation and Aviation category: Lisa Holland, president and CEO, Sheltair

Entrepreneur category: Joy Gendusa, founder and CEO, Postcard Mania

Financial Services category: Jennifer Garbowicz, senior vice president, Private Client Advisor, Bank of America Private Bank

2023 Overall Tampa Bay Business Women of the Year: Rhea Law, president, University of South Florida

Photos by PamElla Lee Photography.

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