The Allen Morris Company, in partnership with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, honored Barbara S. Stein (co-founder of Actor’s Playhouse) as the recipient of the 7th Annual George E. Merrick Award of Excellence and the Coral Gables Garden Club with the Merrick Legacy Award on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Biltmore Hotel.
The George E. Merrick Award of Excellence was established to celebrate and recognize a true visionary leader who has made a significant impact and set standards for the cultural celebration, promotion, beautification, preservation and economic growth of the City of Coral Gables. The board of judges was comprised of: W. Allen Morris, Chairman, President and CEO of The Allen Morris Company; Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami; Perry Adair, Chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Jana White with the Coral Gables Garden Club.
The Distinguished Honorees also recognized this year were:
Luis Boue, Owner, Colbert, Boue and Juncadella, PA
Richard Heisenbottle, RJ Heisenbottle Architects
Donal D. Slesnick II, Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey, LLP and former Mayor of the City of Coral Gables
G. Ed Williamson II, Williamson Cadillac Company
The award was created in 2008 to recognize and celebrate a visionary leader who has made a significant impact and set standards for the cultural celebration, promotion, beautification, preservation and economic growth of the City of Coral Gables. “This is a great award named after the founding father of Coral Gables, George Merrick, who was a true visionary and what better way to honor his legacy than to have this award that pays tribute to him,” says W. Allen Morris, Chairman, president and CEO of The Allen Morris Company.
The Merrick Legacy Award was established to recognize a Legacy Organization that endures today and continues to embody the living spirit and vision of George Merrick. That special recognition belonged to the Coral Gables Garden Club, and was accepted by Sharon Trbovich, President of the Club.
This prestigious event was also the start of a new award tradition, the Merrick-in-the-Making Award, presented by City National Bank. Merrick-in-the-Making recognizes emerging leaders in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and community building.
The recipients of the award included:
Entrepreneur: Gabriel de Armas, Jr., Home Instead Senior Care
Innovator: Eris Thomas, Coral Gables Executive Physicians
Community Builder: Saif Ishoof, City Year Miami
About The Allen Morris Company
The Allen Morris Company is one of the largest real estate firms in the Southeast U.S. specializing in commercial and multi-family residential development, leasing, property management, and brokerage. With offices in Miami, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Jacksonville, The Allen Morris Company has served its business and investment clients for over 56 years. For more information, please visit www.allenmorris.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheAllenMorrisCompany or in Twitter @allenmorrisco.
About the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,500 members and is the second largest business association in Miami-Dade County. Our mission is to foster and enhance the economic interests of the Coral Gables community, while advancing the quality of life of our members, partners, neighbors and visitors. For more information on our Chamber, please visit www.coralgableschamber.org or follow-us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coralgableschamber.