2017 Awards

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Ability Awards

The Able Trust is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Ability Awards.

The following individuals, organizations and businesses have demonstrated a commitment to progressing the employment opportunities of individuals with disabilities in the state of Florida and are honored as leaders in their field. The Able Trust Board of Directors and Staff celebrate:

2016 Beverly Champan Award

Beverly Chapman Award for Outstanding Employment Placement Program
Key Clubhouse of South Florida
Debra Webb, Executive Director
Miami, Florida

 

2016 Dr. George Spelios Leadership Award
Dr. George Spelios Leadership Award
Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Miami, Florida

 


Senator of the Year
Senator Aaron Bean
Jacksonville, Florida

 

2016 Employer of the Year
Senator of the Year
Senator Jack Latvala
Clearwater, Florida

 

2016 Employer of the Year

Representative of the Year
Representative Sam Killebrew
Winter Haven, Florida

 

2016 Employer of the Year Award

Employer of the Year
Universal Studios Orlando
Scot Laferté Senior Vice President Human Resources, Universal Orlando Resorts
Orlando, Florida

 

2016 Representative of the Year 

Employer of the Year
Columbia Restaurant Group
Richard Gonzmart, President
Tampa , Florida

 

Employer of the Year
Embassy Suites Hotel
Don Friedman, General Manager
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

2016 High School High Tech Program of the Year
Employer of the Year
Randy’s Garage
Randy & Shelly Wimberly
Labelle, Florida

 

2016 Public Employer of the Year
Adult Leadership Award
Dr. Cecil Bradley
Program Administrator/Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Dept. of Education,
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Tallahassee, Florida

 


Public Employee of the Year
Commissioner Pam Stewart
Florida Department of Education
Tallahassee, Florida

 

2016 Volunteer of the Year
Florida High School High Tech Program of the Year
Orange County East & West
Leigh Austin, Cannon Cameron, Kenneth Bush
Orlando, Florida

 

2016 Volunteer of the Year
Media Award
Allison Shirk
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daytona Beach, Florida

 

2016 Volunteer of the Year
Young Adult Leadership Award
Sarah Goldman
District Secretary
St. Petersburg, Florida