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Judges Announced for Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Four-judge panel represents cross-section of Southwest Florida's community business leaders
3/19/2012

FORT MYERS, FL - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University has announced the judge's panel for the Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The judges are Tim Cartwright, chairman of Tamiami Angel Fund I, LLC; Phil Borchmann, editor of Gulfshore Business magazine; Stefan Bothe, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Flexi; and Colleen Kvetko, president and chief executive officer of Shamrock Bank.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be presented at the Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and Dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the Cohen Center ballroom on campus.

Community members are encouraged to nominate a local business from the five-county area (Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry) for consideration as the Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient. The nomination deadline is March 31. Nomination criteria and information may be found at www.sbdcawards.com.

Led by Tim Cartwright, the four-judge panel represents a dynamic cross-section of leadership within the Southwest Florida business community. Together, the panel is charged with selecting a small to mid-sized business from the Southwest Florida region that has captured the formula for success.

In addition to serving as the chairman of the Tamiami Angel Fund I, Cartwright is the managing director of Compass Advisory Group, LLC, a consultancy group that completes mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring for middle market companies. Additionally, he is a partner at Fifth Avenue Advisors, a family wealth and fund administration company.

For nearly seven years, Borchmann has served as the editor of Gulfshore Business, a monthly business-to-business publication covering Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Prior to his arrival in Southwest Florida, he served as a reporter at newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the Rockford Register Star.

Bothe joined Flexi in 1993 after leading DataEase, a PC database software company. Flexi develops, markets and supports the FlexiFinancials and FlexiTools accounting software solutions for companies in many industries, including banking, insurance and financial services. Bothe has held numerous senior management positions, including at Computer Associates International, Inc., one of the largest software companies in the industry.

Kvetko is well known for her leadership in the banking industry and for her many contributions to Southwest Florida's community organizations. Named by U.S. Banker as one of the "25 Most Powerful Women in Banking" in 2004 and 2005, Kvetko served for two decades as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Fifth Third Bank Florida operations. She was named president and chief executive officer of Shamrock Bank of Florida in April 2011.

Presenting sponsor for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award is Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. Event sponsors include Dolphin Global Technology Solutions, Gator Press Printing, Guerilla Media, John Fernandez Photography, Photo Magic, Relevanza, Slick Ink ALL MEDIA and Third Eye Management. The event's media sponsor is Gulfshore Business.

Tickets for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Dinner are $75 per person until April 15, or $100 thereafter. For tickets and to learn more about exclusive sponsorship opportunities, visit www.sbdcawards.com or call Dan Regelski at (239) 745-3705.

The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is a dynamic community-based resource, which helps small business owners take advantage of new opportunities to grow their business through a diverse collection of programs and services. The SBDC is located in FGCU's Center for Leadership & Innovation, the external administrative unit of the Lutgert College of Business, providing a unique collaboration between the College of Business faculty, students and small business owners. The Center serves a five-county area and provides business assistance through various partner locations in Southwest Florida.

For further information, media representatives should contact Regelski at (239) 745-3705, or Elizabeth Kellar, Slick Ink ALL MEDIA at (239) 877-2959 or liz@slickinkallmedia.com.

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