The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association toasted its members Friday night and recognized the best of the best from this past year.
The 2011 Awards of Excellence, held at Tarpon Point Marina, honored the Affiliate of the Year, Subcontractor of the Year and Contractor of the Year. Within each category, three nominees are selected from multiple entries.
Incoming CCCIA President Rick Clark said the awards are a way for the organization to give back to its members, who themselves give so much.
Julio Barina, left, and Keith Veres, center, accept the Affiliate of the Year award Friday on behalf of their firm, Hill, Barth and King, during the CCCIA’s 2011 Awards of Excellence. At right is former CCCIA President Bob Greco.
"If you expect to continue to grow, you have to give," he said.
Outgoing CCCIA President Jeremy Johnson said the awards go to those who go above and beyond, or who bring something new or fresh to the table.
"To recognize the people who have stood out and made a difference in our community," he said.
Hill, Barth and King won Affiliate of the Year for the first time. Keith Veres, a CPA and principal owner with the Fort Myers office, said it was an honor to simply be nominated alongside B2 Solutions and Innovative Printing and Signs.
"We're really honored," he said. "To actually win the award, we're really humbled and blessed."
The firm looks forward to continuing to work with the Cape group.
"HBK really appreciates the relationship we have with the CCCIA," he said.
Subcontractor of the Year went to Service Painting Florida. Senior project manager Tom McGill said this was the company's first nomination and win.
"Given the company I was in - the other nominees - I was absolutely dumbfounded," he said of winning Friday.
Acra Electric and HONC Marine were also up for the award.
McGill called a first win from a first nomination unusual.
"I don't know how many times that happens like that," he said.
McGill added that the company is humbled and a proud CCCIA partner.
Balfour Beatty Construction took home Contractor of the Year. Alan Silver, the regional vice president, called the company's first win a surprise.
"It's very much a privilege to be honored this way," he said.
The other nominees were Ramos Builders and Taylor Pansing.
Silver referred to the CCCIA as a great organization for the Cape.
"We're very happy to be part of the organization," he said.