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Ace Awards

CCCIA recognize construction industry leaders in Cape Coral

December 19, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Like an authentic Jay Gatsby party out of the 1920s, Cape Coral's industry leaders gathered Friday evening in sharply dressed suits, sparkling dresses and fedora hats to commemorate the year that was.

The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association's Ace Awards recognized and celebrated the city's top builders and contractors at The Westin Cape Coral Resort.

"It is great to see our industry come together to honor one of their own. This process is member driven from the nominations to the final selections. The Ace Awards gives our members a night where they can get together, put business aside and have a great evening of networking and celebrating another year in the industry," said CCCIA executive director/CEO Bill Johnson Jr.

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Paul Homes President Bob Knight receives the Ace Award for Contractor of the Year Friday night from Bill Johnson Jr. and Ed Ramos.

Various businesses and individuals were praised throughout the night for all they do for the CCCIA and Cape Coral as a community, though there were three prestigious awards to hand out.

Affiliate of the Year, Subcontractor of the Year and Contractor of the Year highlighted the Ace Awards of commitment and excellence.

Affiliate of the year went to Brand 1 Ink, which provides printing services, graphic design, screen-printing, custom signage, awards, incentives and more.

"It's pretty awesome to be nominated by our peers," said Brand 1 Ink co-owner Clint Strand. "We just thank everybody for this opportunity and really appreciate it.

"The CCCIA for us has been one of the better business decisions. We're a 3 1/2-year old company, and it affords us an opportunity to meet businesses we would've never been in front of, or would've taken years to get in front of," he said. "Probably the best business move we've made so far."

Taking home Subcontractor of the Year was Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

In operation since 1978, Wayne has provided topquality fire protection for its clients throughout six locations in Florida.

A family owned business, its motto is "minutes matter - because families and dreams become memories in three minutes."

"It's an unbelievable feeling to be honest," said Jamie Rebecker, sales rep for Wayne. "The people that we were up against - those guys are great guys. To be recognized with (All Power Electric, Honc Industries) is unbelievable.

"Just being recognized for your accomplishments in the community and with a great organization, and to be recognized by your peers for what you've done, is a great feeling.

"The CCCIA is a great organization for what they do for this community, and this city, and without it, this city would be lost."

The last award of the night was given to the Contractor of the Year, with Paul Homes taking home the award for 2018.

Paul Homes has been in business since 1985, building extraordinary homes for people across Southwest Florida.

"When you get recognized by your peers, that's a big deal," said Paul Homes President Bob Knight. "It means you've shown how you operate in an ethical, professional manner in trying to make the community better.

"The success isn't just me, or my employees and team, but it's all the people that support us, all the associates, the subcontractors - they're part of the chain that feed it. It really goes to all of them too that have always supported me."

Knight said that the award just goes to show that all of the hard work he has put in over the years has paid off.

He is a past CCCIA president, and has the utmost respect for the organizations and believes it is a key cog in the machine that is the developing infrastructure of Cape Coral.

"(The CCCIA) is what's built this city," said Knight. "It's put a lot of people to work, and that alone is something to be very proud of. For us, building even one house puts so many people to work. We've taken what was basically flat land, and really have done something with it. It's comfortable to live here. We should be proud of what we do."

Knight, along with everyone in attendance, fawned over the atmosphere of the evening and their sharply dressed counterparts.

Before the night would end, a new CCCIA president and board were sworn in by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.

Outgoing president Ed Ramos welcomed in new president Marty McClain.

"It feels great," said McClain of becoming the new CCCIA president. "I've been with the organization for 14 years. I love the CCCIA, love the group, love the motivation and drive-this city is where I want to be."

McClain praised Ramos for all of his work over 2018, and said he wants to continue to build off of the work that he has put forward.

"What I want to do is just be able to work with the city - building - and keep the city going in the right direction," he said.

McClain is excited to take the reigns for the association he feels most passionately about.

"Of all the organizations I've been a part of the last 35 years, the CCCIA is the best. Stand alone. The blood of the organization is really inspirational," he said.

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