Sarasota Chamber awards businesses
SARASOTA -- The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce announced eight category winners Friday at the 25th annual Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar was named the Small Business of the Year for 2015 in the category with 51-100 employees. Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing was named Small Business of the Year for companies with less than 50 employees.
Gabriele Vest was named the Young Professional of the Year. The Child Protection Center Inc. was named Nonprofit Organization of the Year.
The International Organization of the Year was Contract Furnishings International Inc. Suncoast Communities Blood Bank was named Health Care/Wellness Organization of the Year. The Cultural Organization of the Year was Florida Studio Theatre. Retail Business of the Year was Sunglass Express Optical.
Tri County Air wins top recognition
MANATEE -- Tri County Air Conditioning and Heating Inc. has won its 10th Lennox Premier Dealer Award.
The award means Tri County has been in the top 1 percent of all Lennox Dealers for a decade.
Tri County has won the premier dealer award, the circle of excellence award and the Dave Lennox Award given only to the top 25 dealers in the country. In addition, Tri County is among the highest-rated Lennox dealers with 4.7 stars in customer satisfaction and 500 reviews.
Port Tampa Bay partners in maritime research with USF
TAMPA -- Port Tampa Bay recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of South Florida Board Of Trustees to form a partnership over the next three years.
The university has 15 years experience in marine sensor testing and evaluation. The two entities will share data and personnel to conduct key research initiatives that will include maritime workforce development; research for resilient and sustainable maritime operations; unbiased testing and evaluation of maritime sensor technologies; and providing community outreach on a variety of topics.
American Express president dies on flight
NEW YORK -- American Express says President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York.
The company says the 55-year-old executive was coming back from a business trip. It said the plane made an emergency landing.
Gilligan began working at American Express Co. 35 years ago as an intern and became president of the credit card company in 2013.
The company says he is survived by his wife and four children.
-- Herald staff and wire reports