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CCCIA ends year with ACE Awards

By Staff | Dec 16, 2014

The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association had lots to celebrate Friday, and not just because it had another terrific year.

The CCCIA feted the top contractors, subcontractors and affiliates as well as install its new board of directors and president during its 2014 ACE Awards holiday party and Board of Directors Installation at Palmetto Pine Country Club.

More than 200 contractors and CCCIA partners were on hand for a night of dinner, dancing and celebrating the best of the best the city’s building industry has to offer, as well as ring in the new.

“It was a good year, very positive growth for the industry and our membership numbers are up,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the CCCIA. “We’re looking for 2015 to continue on our growth pattern and keep the train going in the right direction.”

CCCIA members sponsored individual tables and decorated them so they all had their own individual flair, with the centerpieces being given away at the end of the evening.

Even before the big awards went out, outgoing president Brian Rist handed out plaques of appreciation to past president Anthony Greco and past director Steve Kluch, as well as the President’s Award to Tyra Read and Max Dean.

For the ACE Awards, Johnson feted Premier Insurance over nominees Arthur Printing and Spiro & Associates as Affiliate of the year.

“My favorite is the Affiliate of the Year because companies don’t have to work with us, they choose to. They deserve it the most,” Johnson said.

Jacque Wier seemed to like the affiliates award, too, after winning.

“I’m so thrilled. This is an award from the membership and they know what I do and what Premier Insurance does for the community and has done for 20 years. I couldn’t have been more honored,” Wier said.

Siesta Pebble Interiors, a 20-year-old business and one of the few Pebble Tec applicators in the country, earned top sub-contractor honors over Honc Marine Contracting and Storm Smart Building Systems.

“It’s unexpected, but I’m very happy and honored because it was my mom’s business she started over 20 years ago. I did it in her honor and it would make her proud,” said owner Michelle Whitlock.

Ramos Builders, which started as a framing business more than 30 years ago, took contractor honors over Paul Homes and LAI Construction.

“It’s an honor since my dad started in construction in 1981. We feel blessed to finally get an award like this, especially since our children work for the company,” said Ed Ramos. “Our main focus is to make our customers happy. We are involved in the community and it comes around full circle.”

Mayor Marni Sawicki was also present to swear in the new board of directors and president, Joseph Francioni, and to support the construction industry.

“They’ve been good to us over the past year and are supporting our projects and working with us to become more business friendly. It’s a great interaction,” Sawicki said. “The partnership we’ve been able to forge is amazing.”

Francioni said he has always had a passion for the construction industry, and was very excited to take the helm during a time of expected continued growth.

“I don’t know how anyone doesn’t get involved in construction locally. It’s building our city’s future,” Francioni said. “We’re going to help our members grow their businesses and be ready for all the future growth. It’s going to be a great year.”

More photos of the event are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com