5th Annual South Lake Business Awards
Signature Awards Nomination Categories
All nominations may be sent to David Colby at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15th.
Citizen of the Year Award:
The South Lake Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award is among the most respected in central Florida. This annual award goes to a South Lake resident who has displayed extraordinary dedication to our community. Past recipients read like a Who’s Who and include Olympic medalist, physician and motivational speaker Dr. Dot Richardson, retired South Lake Hospital CEO Leslie Longacre, and civic activist Michael Conley, for who the hospice center is named.
*Citizen of the Year Award Criteria: This prestigious award is open to any South Lake resident. Chamber membership is not required for the person making the nomination nor for the person being nominated. The nominee must meet these requirements: Be a current resident of South Lake County, made a substantial contribution that benefited the community, be actively involved in at least two community organizations, perform community service on a voluntary basis, above and beyond what may be required as part of their employment. Please note, current members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors are not eligible during their term in office.
Citizen of the Year Previous Recipients:
2020 Clermont Chief of Police, Charles Broadway
2019 Dr. Kasey Kesselring
2018 John Moore
2017 Rocky DeStefano
2015 Mike Bucher
Oakley Seaver Special Service Award:
Named after a beloved South Lake figure who dedicated his life to community service, the Oakley Seaver Special Service Award recognizes a nonprofit business, club, organization, educational institution or healthcare facility that has contributed significantly to the community and created a lasting impact or benefit.
Oakley Seaver Award Previous Recipients
2020 Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt
2019 Faith Neighborhood Center
2018 US Naval Sea Cadets – Clermont Battalion
2017 Central Florida Dreamplex
2015 Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation
The Heritage Award recognizes businesses or organizations that have shown continued contributions to the business community. The nominee must have been active in the community for 25 years or more.
Heritage Award Previous Recipients:
2020 Pittman Jewelers
2019 Lake Apopka Natural Gas
2018 Cathy Kyle
2017 Sommer Sports
2015 Dennis Horton Attorney at Law