Published On: Fri, May 25th, 2018

2018 Business Awards Luncheon Celebrated at the Boca Raton Resort & Club

(Left to Right) Troy McLellan, Susan Saturday (BBX Capital, Bluegreen’s Parent Company), Arnie and Ami Zak, Shawn Pearson and John Tolbert


On May 24, 2018, the Boca Chamber hosted its annual Business Awards Luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort and Club (501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432). Each year, the luncheon honors leaders who have made notable strides and contributions to advancing commerce in our community. This year, the celebration honored four incredibly deserving recipients who exemplify business excellence in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County.

The Business Awards Luncheon proudly 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.  

Boca Chamber President and CEO, Troy McLellan, stated in his remarks, “Today we are honoring three organizations who thrive based on their exceptional hospitality and service to their customers. They represent thousands of jobs that foster economic growth, and they do so while maintaining the highest customer service imaginable.”

Over 350 business professionals attended the luncheon that took place in the Boca Resort’s Mizner Center. Beautiful tropical centerpieces (by Boca by Design) created a modern ambiance as guests enjoyed delicious Boca Resort cuisine.

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

To view photo highlights from the celebration, please visit the following link:

As the Boca Chamber continues to grow business in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County, it recognized the important of awarding leaders who are advancing commerce in our community. Congratulations to all recipients.


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