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PBS Contractors wins 2018 Business Ethics Award at Uncommon Evening

Mas named Character Education Champion Teacher

November 9, 2018
Special to The Breeze - , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Special to The Breeze

PBS Contractors of Naples received the 2018 Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation at its annual Uncommon Evening gala held Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Burroughs Home & Gardens on the Fort Myers riverfront. PBS Contractors is a luxury residential and commercial builder and remodeler serving South Lee and Collier counties and was represented by Russell Budd, CEO/owner, Pam and Bart Zino, Katie Paschall, Kim and Paul Ortegon, Mark and Joyce Simmons.

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Rachel Mas

Other finalists for the award were Chris-Tel Construction of Fort Myers and Priority Marketing of Fort Myers.

Known as a concierge builder that puts people before profits, PBS Contractors has been on a mission since 1986 to build better lives for its team, its clients and its community. At the cornerstone of PBS are 28 guiding principles that it refers to as, "The PBS Way." For more information, visit or call 239-643-6527.

Rachel Mas was named the 2018 Character Education Champion Teacher. She is an educator at Cypress Lake Middle School, where she teaches Spanish and Intensive Reading. She holds a BA in education from Florida SouthWest College (2009), has served in the United States Army for 15 years, and is currently serving as an Army Reservist in Cape Coral, serving as the unit's Equal Opportunity Representative and UPL chairperson. She said she believes character education is just as important as students' core disciplines in their overall education and development.

Caryn Smith, CEO of Driven by Design Marketing & Publishing, chaired the 25th anniversary event. The title sponsor for the evening was Storm Smart. Other major sponsors were: Conditioned Air Florida Weekly, Home-Tech, Inc., Edison National Bank, Kiwanis of Cape Coral and The News-Press Media Group.

The nonprofit Uncommon Friends Foundation, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. It strives to inspire future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose. Through character education, business ethics programs, scholarships, and historic preservation of the Burroughs property, the Foundation carries on the generational values of Fort Myers businessman Jim Newton and his personal friends, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindburgh. For more information, visit or contact Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9305.



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