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South Tampa chamber honors firms, volunteers

Special Correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: February 12, 2014 at 01:04 PM

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SOUTH TAMPA – Businesses large and small walked away with awards when the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce presented its Business of the Year Awards.

The presentation was part of the Inaugural Business of the Year Gala and 2014 Board of Directors Installation held on Jan. 31 at the Quorum Hotel.

The winners were:

* Emerging Business: Skyline Suncoast – graphics services.

* Small Business: Edible Arrangements – South Tampa.

* Medium Business: Bay Area Plumbing.

* Large Business: Two Men and a Truck.

Jeff Knowles of Two Men and a Truck thanked the chamber for the award, but said recognition goes to his workers.

“Those guys go out there every day working their butts off in 90-degree heat,” he said.

The event, which drew 135 guests, also included recognition of Edward Siler of Troy University as the Volunteer of the Year, and Charlie Brown of Brown’s Trophies as the Pam Iorio Citizen of the Year, named for the former mayor.

Brown has been involved with MacDill Air Force Base for many years, including work on a golf tournament that raised $100,000.

The award presentation included a letter from the base commander, Col. Scott DeThomas, who praised Brown as “a crucial supporter of MacDill” and a “bridge to the community.”

A teary-eyed Brown said he was sorry his late father, who died in 2009, couldn’t be there to see him receive the award.

But holding it high, he said, “This one’s for you, Dad.”

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