Boca Chamber Cites Business Leaders Who Made ‘Notable Strides’


By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce focused on entrepreneurial pre-eminence again this year, honoring three individuals and a major vendor of timeshare vacations with honors and accolades at its annual Business Awards Luncheon held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

Each year, the Chamber sponsors a mid-day meal and ceremony honoring leaders who have made “notable strides and contributions to advancing commerce in our community.”

At this year’s event held May 24, the Chamber recognized John Tolbert, president and general manager of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, as the Business Leader of the Year; Ami and Arnie Zak, owners of Unique Gifts and Premiums as the Small Business Leaders of the Year and Bluegreen Vacations as the Business of the Year.

“Today, we are honoring three organizations who thrive based on their exceptional hospitality and service to their customers,” said Boca Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan in remarks from the podium.

“They represent thousands of jobs that foster economic growth, and they do so while maintaining the highest customer service imaginable.”

More than 350 business professionals attended the luncheon that took place in the Boca Resort’s Mizner Center. Tropical centerpieces (the creations of Boca by Design) fashioned a modern ambiance as guests enjoyed appealing Boca Resort cuisine.

Recipients accepted their awards with gratitude, sharing with the audience stories of how they’ve gotten to where they are today. From Ami and Arnie’s triumph of building a small business from scratch to John Tolbert’s passion for hospitality, and Bluegreen President and CEO Shawn Pearson’s thanks and excitement for his quality team and brand, the event was a memorable one.

“As the Boca Chamber continues to grow business in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County,” McLellan noted, “it recognizes the importance of awarding leaders who are advancing commerce in our community.”

The Boca Chamber has a membership of more than 1,400 companies representing more than 55,000 employees in eastern, central and western Boca Raton and beyond.

Since 1952, the Boca Chamber has been promoting and sustaining economic prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County.