The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday held its sixth annual awards luncheon, honoring the winners of its small business, nonprofit, young professional and business community leader of the year awards.
The luncheon at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores drew more than 200 people.
Linda Bradley was chosen to receive the 2019 Marvin Samuels Memorial Leadership Award. The chamber’s Leadership Daytona Alumni Council presents the award to an individual who goes “above and beyond” to serve the community.
“My parents instilled in me that it’s more blessed to give than to receive,” said the director of the University of Central Florida’s Daytona campus.
Bradley teared up recalling her father and mother, both of whom are deceased. “I just love my community and do what I can for my community. It’s an honor just to live in this community,” she said.
Dredging & Marine Consultants was honored as Small Business of the Year for companies with 10 or fewer employees.
The winner of the Small Business of the Year award (10-50 employees) was Vann Data Services Inc. of Daytona Beach.
Holly Hill-based Family Renew Community was named Nonprofit of the Year and Kathryn Nagib, development manager for the Halifax Health Foundation, was honored as Young Professional of the Year.
Bradley is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Daytona, the chamber’s program to prepare future community leaders. She is a past chair of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and has been active in the Pace Center for Girls, Daytona Regional Chamber, FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Daytona Beach Police Foundation, Museum of Arts & Sciences, and Team Volusia Economic Development Corp.
Dredging & Marine Consultants (DMC) is a Port Orange engineering and environmental services firm led by Shailesh Patel, president. Since its founding in 1992, the firm has grown from a one-man operation to nine employees and additional offices in Fort Pierce, Tavares and St. Augustine. Patel is immediate-past chair of the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development.
Founded in 1978, Vann Data is led by President Janice Huffstickler and her husband Todd, executive vice president. The late George Van Arnem, Janice’s dad, founded Vann Data, and gave the business to the couple in 2003. Vann Data has been active in the community, including holding an annual technology and electronics recycling event the past 12 years.
Huffstickler, who began working at Vann Data while in high school, said her father “taught me this one simple formula for business success: No. 1, Client satisfaction. You’ve got to make your customers happy. No. 2, You’ve got to treat your people well. And No. 3, you’ve got to serve your community.”
Family Renew’s mission is to restore hope to homeless families with children by providing them with temporary shelter at its residential campuses in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach and DeLand, as well as helping them learn skills that can improve their lives more permanently.
Nagib, 31, is involved in the Daytona Beach West Rotary Club, Give Hope Foundation and Volusia Young Professionals Group, where she is chair-elect.
Janice Huffstickler Acceptance Speech, 11/1/2019
"Todd and I are extremely grateful and humbled to receive this award on behalf of Vann Data.
Back in 1978 when my father George Van Arnam started Vann Data he taught me this simple formula for success:
1) Client Satisfaction is essential
2) Treat your people well
3) Serve your community
Technology certainly has changed in the 41 years we’ve been in business and the products and services we offer continue to evolve. But, we stay true to my dad’s simple formula.
1) Today we have the highest Customer satisfaction scores than any other IT service provider in the area with over 1600 reviews online.
2) We continually invest in our employees and their professional growth and treat them like family.
3) We help our community through our big annual recycling event, by serving on boards like the Chamber and the Museum and through our work with startups at the Micaplex.
So thank you to our clients, and thank you to our team, some of them are here today – I’d love for them to stand.
Thank you so much."