2016 Up and Comers

SFBW celebrated the third annual Up & Comer Awards with a packed house June 16 at The Venue in Wilton Manors. The 350 attendees enjoyed cocktails and gourmet appetizers before adjourning to the ballroom, where Light Up the Night’s LED robots provided a high-energy start to the awards program. The presenting sponsor for Up & Comers was MassMutual Financial Group South Florida. The gold sponsor was Ytech International, and silver sponsors were Comcast Business and JM Lexus. To read the biographies of the winners, who were featured in the July issue of SFBW, visit https://goo.gl/3kewnA

Raul Valdes-Fauli of Professional Bank and Mike Valdes-Fauli of Pinta.

Raul Valdes-Fauli of Professional Bank and Mike Valdes-Fauli of Pinta.

ADT’s Alex Price accepts his technology category award from Comcast’s Jimmy Kelly and Gary Press.

ADT’s Alex Price accepts his technology category award from Comcast’s Jimmy Kelly and Gary Press.

Benjamin Hodas accepts his legal category award, which was presented by Yamal Yidios of Ytech International and SFBW Chairman and CEO Gary Press.

Benjamin Hodas accepts his legal category award, which was presented by Yamal Yidios of Ytech International and SFBW Chairman and CEO Gary Press.

Rick John Mijares and Paul Greenberg of American Social Bar & Restaurant.

Rick John Mijares and Paul Greenberg of American Social Bar & Restaurant.

Michael, Barbara and Stephanie Mitrione, Ryan Dinsdale and RaeAnn Mitrione.

Michael, Barbara and Stephanie Mitrione, Ryan Dinsdale and RaeAnn Mitrione.

Melissa Aguilar, Allison Morgan, Erik Sussman, Esther Francis and Sherri Hoffenberg of MassMutual Financial Group South Florida.

Melissa Aguilar, Allison Morgan, Erik Sussman, Esther Francis and Sherri Hoffenberg of MassMutual Financial Group South Florida.

Jenna Reed of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce accepts her award for having the most likes on Facebook. Presenting the award are Greg Zeigler, general sales manager of JM Lexus, and SFBW Chairman and CEO Gary Press.

Jenna Reed of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce accepts her award for having the most likes on Facebook. Presenting the award are Greg Zeigler, general sales manager of JM Lexus, and SFBW Chairman and CEO Gary Press.

The Light Up the Night LED robots provide an energetic beginning.

The Light Up the Night LED robots provide an energetic beginning.

Lisa Vogt and Michelle Homoky of Celebrity Cruises.

Lisa Vogt and Michelle Homoky of Celebrity Cruises.

A 2016 Lexus RC350 F-Sport greets attendees as they walk up the red carpet.

A 2016 Lexus RC350 F-Sport greets attendees as they walk up the red carpet.

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