LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has named 48 finalists for its 2014 Sandies Members' Choice Awards later this month.
The Sandies honor "those people who strive towards the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, devote time and energy to our community, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow," according to a media release.
The eight award categories are: One of a Kind, Bull by the Horns, Rising Star, Ray of Sunshine, Networking King, Networking Queen, Volunteer of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year. Nominees were selected by their peers with an online nomination and voting process.
The finalists are:
One of a Kind: Allan Shaivitz, Mike Wick, Lori Denny, Joe Anziano, Ken Swan, Al Benincasa
Bull by the Horns: Barbara Jones, Darren Inverso, David Fink, Annette Gueli, Pam Lutz, Lou Marianaccio
Networking King: John Wojtyna, Ken Burke, Marc Simms, Brian Volner, John Macy, Tony Dempsey
Networking Queen: Violeta Huesman, Dianne Kopczynski, Judy Athari, Cherri Kessler, Linda Peterson, Sandee David
Rising Star: Adam Miller, Dani Fox, Sally Ullman, Rick Bennet, Darren Haimer, Holly Littlefield
Volunteer of the Year: Janet Arena, Sue Abbott, Bonnie Hassler, Debbie Lamb, Jason Seelbach, Chris DeLeonardo
Young Professional of the Year: Heather Williams, Courtney Grovatt, Gabriele Vest, Amanda Vercheski, Katie Holmes, Ted Smoot
The Sandies Award winners will be honored during the member awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Park Loop.
Tiickets cost $35. For more information or to register, visit www.LWRBA.org or call 941-757-1664.