Adding to the Leadership Team to Oversee the Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Montelle Winery and Mt. Pleasant Estates

In a strategic move to elevate the Augusta Wineries to new heights, Hoffmann Family of Companies (HFOC) proudly announces the appointment of Tom Fuchs as General Manager. Fuchs brings over three decades of executive management experience in the wine industry and a wealth of product sales and distribution knowledge.

As General Manager of the Augusta Wineries, Fuchs will spearhead efforts to elevate the wineries to new levels by implementing best practices and ensuring the existing winery teams are well-equipped for success. This move aligns with HFOC’s commitment to continuous improvement and delivering unparalleled experiences to its patrons. Don Simon will be focused on the landscape and agricultural businesses at Hoffmann Hillermann and Town and Country Nurseries, as well as future agricultural acquisitions. He will also transition the leasing and sale of non-winery related businesses.

Fostering a positive and thriving work environment for all Augusta team members is a primary goal of this new strategic reorganization, and there are no plans for layoffs or team changes. Our business objective is to strengthen HFOC’s position in the industry and enhance the overall success of the wineries.

“We are excited to welcome Tom to the Hoffmann Family, and we have full confidence in his ability to take the Augusta Wineries to new heights,” said David Hoffmann, Chairman at Hoffmann Family of Companies. “This is a positive step forward for us, reinforcing our dedication to excellence and innovation in the winery industry, and our investment in Augusta. We are grateful to Don for all his work supporting our growth to date.”

Fuchs, a St. Louis native, is an alumnus of Christian Brothers H.S. and of St. Louis University’s School of Commerce & Finance. He brings a wealth of leadership experience, having been President of three nationally distributed Beverage Companies, and has served on the boards of several companies and organizations, including the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association, MOSAIC Vineyards & Winery, Greater Madison (WI) Convention & Visitors Bureau and Capital Brewery. His contributions as a
nationally syndicated wine columnist further showcase his commitment to the industry.

Hoffmann Family of Companies expresses its continued dedication to Augusta, emphasizing that this leadership transition signifies a renewed focus on the wineries’ growth while maintaining the town’s vibrant tourism offerings. Learn more about our vineyards at VisitAugustaMO.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Carruth
Director, Communications & PR
[email protected]

About Hoffmann Family of Companies:
The Hoffmann Family of Companies holds within its portfolio 90 brands, over 200 pieces of property in the United States, 300 locations globally in 26 countries and employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.

Florida Chapter is Tasked with Protecting Florida’s $111 Billion Hospitality Industry

Jenny Gezella, President of the Naples Princess, Miss Naples, Port-O-Call and Hoffmann Marine, has been named President of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Collier County Chapter. The FRLA Collier County Chapter is tasked with protecting Florida’s $111 billion hospitality industry, and is entrusted with the vital mission of advocating for the interests of Collier County’s hospitality sector within both state and local legislatures. The ultimate goal is to foster a positive impact on tourism, enhancing the experience for visitors and guests alike.

Gezella’s leadership role involves forging strategic alliances among Collier County’s hospitality and tourism businesses, offering essential resources to its 150-plus local members, including renowned hotel partners such as JW Marriott Marco Island and Ritz-Carlton Naples Resorts, among others. The organization also actively supports charitable initiatives that contribute to the overall quality of life in Collier County, including ProStart within the Collier County Schools which is a two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. 

The position was previously held by Sharon Lockwood, General Manager of the JW Marriott, and now falls under Gezella’s capable leadership. In addition, Randy Smith, CEO of Naples Transportation and Tours and part of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, is an influential partner of the organization, sitting on the board.

“I am honored to be elected by my peers to lead the organization this year,” said Jenny Gezella, President of the Naples Princess, Miss Naples, Port-O-Call and Hoffmann Marine. “We have an incredible board comprised of top industry leaders, and I truly enjoy being able to represent our industry on so many levels. FRLA provides invaluable resources for our local businesses while fighting on state levels to protect business. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for this upcoming year.”

Notably, Gezella’s commitment extends beyond the FRLA Collier County Chapter, as she has recently been elected to the Board for the Passenger Vessel Association. Gezella also serves on the Passenger Vessel Association Foundation Board and the Lee Health Foundation Board, showcasing her dedication to various facets of the community.

As Jenny Gezella steps into this pivotal role, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Collier County Chapter anticipates a year of growth, collaboration and positive impact under her visionary leadership.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Carruth
Director, Communications & PR
[email protected]

About the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association:

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.5 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through SafeStaff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.

National expansion continues: totaling 10 water sports rental properties and continued growth in the hospitality sector

Marco Island & Naples Beach Water Sports, a subsidiary of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, today announced its latest milestone with the acquisition of Young Harris Water Sports & RV (Young Harris). This strategic move comes just three years after Marco Island & Naples Beach Water Sports successfully acquired Regency Water Sports, marking the beginning of a thoroughly planned national expansion that includes opportunities for the establishment of watersport rental properties in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii and beyond.

Since its inception in 2002, Young Harris has been dedicated to delivering the highest quality in water sports equipment, coupled with exceptional customer service. Beyond offering premium boat and jet ski rentals, Young Harris is also Georgia’s premier source for parts and service, new and used boat sales and wake shop supplies. The organization will continue to operate under the leadership of its current president, Lance Markham. 

“We are excited to extend a warm welcome to Young Harris as the newest addition to the Hoffmann Family of Companies,” stated Mark Bahr, president of Marco Island & Naples Beach Water Sports. “Lance will not only lead the day-to-day operations of the organization but will also play a pivotal role in shaping our future growth in the region.”

Young Harris is also the exclusive water sports recreation provider to The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee, symbolizing the highest level of service excellence and experiences in the industry. In addition to its Lake Oconee location, Young Harris also runs a rental center at Lake Chatuge. Furthermore, for customers interested in purchasing, Young Harris owns two RV dealerships, ensuring that buyers receive the same exceptional level of service and quality for parts, services and sales as provided to its rental customers. 

“This acquisition provides our company with expanded access to resources, enhances our operational capabilities and grants us the financial means to upgrade equipment or venture into new rental opportunities,” said Lance Markham, president of Young Harris Water Sports & RV. “We view this as a mutually beneficial development for our dedicated employees, valued customers and esteemed investors.”

Guests can find exceptional holiday season savings on closeout models of boats and RVs when they visit one of Young Harris’ two dealership locations. Alternatively, they can guarantee their current equipment is well-prepared for the 2024 season by scheduling an appointment with Young Harris’ expert service center.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jessica Carruth
Director, Communications & Operations
Hoffmann Creative Agency
[email protected]

About Marco Island & Naples Beach Water Sports:

Marco Island Water Sports & Naples Beach Water Sports, part of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, has provided water sports adventures in Southwest Florida since 1981. The organization offers a variety of outings including 10,000 Island Guided WaveRunner Tours, 49-passenger Catamaran Eco-Cruises, Parasailing, WaveRunner rentals, Chair and Umbrella Service, Banana Boat Rides and other water sports activities. The business provides services to beach visitors as well as hotel guests at Marco Island’s three major hotels: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa and Marriott’s Crystal Shores; as well as is also the exclusive partner to the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton at Vanderbilt Beach—and will be opening soon at ​​LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort for the 2024 season.

For more information visit: www.marcoislandwatersports.com

About Young Harris Water Sports & RV:

Since 2002, Young Harris Water Sports has provided its customers with the highest quality water sports equipment matched with unparalleled customer service. In addition to its top-of-the-line watercraft rental service, it is also Georgia’s premier source for parts and service, new and used boat sales and wake shop supplies. 

For more information visit: www.yhwatersports.com or www.yhmarineandrv.com 

About Hoffmann Family of Companies:

The Hoffmann Family of Companies holds within its portfolio 90 brands, over 200 pieces of property in the United States, 300 locations globally in 26 countries and employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.

For more information visit: www.hfcompanies.com

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Seasoned chef has catered to celebs including Michael J. Fox, Wayne Gretzky, Kat Williams, Michael Jordan, Brett Michaels, Adam Sandler and more

Miss Augusta, part of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, announced today that the 105-foot luxury yacht recently hired Donald Tadlock as its head chef. Drawing upon 25 years of culinary arts expertise, Tadlock will lead the charge in crafting distinctive themed menus, devising specialty recipes, overseeing galley management, and formulating dishes that guarantee both diversity and excellence for customers.

“Don has elevated every facet of the guest experience from exquisitely prepared meals to themed dinners—and engaging meet and greets with customers,” said Jenny Gezella, president of Miss Augusta.

Before joining the team at Miss Augusta, Tadlock honed his culinary skills at Viking Cruises, where his passion for cooking on the water was ignited. During his tenure, he had the privilege of preparing meals for a range of high-profile celebrities, including Michael J. Fox, Wayne Gretzky, Kat Williams, Michael Jordan, Brett Michaels and Adam Sandler. Additionally, Tadlock received culinary education and training under the guidance of renowned chefs such as John Castro and Omar Hafidi.

“For years, I’ve worked to delight palates on dry land, and now I aim to do the same on the water,” shared Chef Donald Tadlock. “My passion for cooking aboard boats has deep roots, thanks to my mother who used to take me on riverboat cruises across the country. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a child to cook for a high-profile yacht like the Miss Augusta.”

Experience Chef Donald Tadlock’s culinary creations by reserving your next voyage on the Miss Augusta. New holiday menus are now available, and the yacht is currently booking holiday parties, as well as private events, weddings and more. Custom menus are available for private events upon request.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jessica Carruth
Director, Communications & Operations
Hoffmann Creative Agency
[email protected]

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About Miss Augusta 

Miss Augusta stands as the only modern luxury dining cruise vessel on the Missouri River. This 105-foot, state-of-the-art yacht is designed specifically for experiencing all that the Augusta waterfront has to offer. From the moment you step aboard, you are embraced by a first-class experience, accentuated by the yacht’s panoramic views, exquisite 5-star dining and the warm hospitality of our dedicated crew. Miss Augusta is not merely a cruise; it’s a captivating destination for memorable celebrations. We offer an array of experiences, including daily public cruises, private events and weddings. As a proud member of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, we’re committed to ensuring that every moment spent onboard Miss Augusta is nothing short of extraordinary.

For more information visit: www.missaugustaboat.com

About Hoffmann Family of Companies:

The Hoffmann Family of Companies holds within its portfolio 90 brands, over 200 pieces of property in the United States, 300 locations globally in 26 countries and employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.

For more information visit: www.hoffmannfamilyofcompanies.com

In a groundbreaking leap forward for healthcare accessibility, Hoffmann Media Group has launched iFoundMyDoctor.com, providing a transformative online platform that seamlessly connects patients with trusted medical professionals. This innovative platform empowers individuals to take control of their healthcare journey like never before, offering an unparalleled level of convenience, choice, and quality in healthcare services.

iFoundMyDoctor.com will redefine the way patients find and connect with medical practitioners. Offering an easy-to-navigate interface and a comprehensive database of qualified doctors across various specialties, patients can effortlessly search, compare, and select healthcare providers based on their unique needs, preferences, and location. The platform’s user-friendly features ensure a seamless experience, enabling patients to make informed decisions about their medical care.

Key features of iFoundMyDoctor.com include:

  1. Customized Search: Patients can refine their search based on location, specialty, reviews, and other relevant criteria, ensuring they find the perfect healthcare professional to suit their individual requirements.
  2. Comprehensive Profiles: Detailed profiles of medical practitioners provide patients with in-depth information about the doctor’s qualifications, expertise, education, and patient reviews, enabling them to make confident choices.
  3. Patient Stories: iFoundMyDoctor.com has hundreds of articles about “real patients” telling stories about their healthcare journey allowing readers to make informed treatment decisions.
  4. Transparent Reviews: Patients can share their experiences and leave reviews, fostering a sense of community and accountability within the healthcare ecosystem.

iFoundMyDoctor.com aims to bridge the gap between patients and healthcare providers, fostering a patient-centric approach that prioritizes convenience, quality, and choice. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, the platform is poised to transform how healthcare is accessed and delivered, empowering patients and enhancing overall healthcare outcomes

“We are thrilled to introduce the new iFoundMyDoctor.com to the healthcare community,” said J. Pason Gaddis, CEO of Hoffmann Media Group. “Our mission is to empower individuals with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare, while also facilitating seamless connections between patients and medical professionals. We believe that everyone deserves easy access to high-quality healthcare, and our platform is designed to make that a reality.”

iFoundMyDoctor.com invites patients, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders to explore the platform and experience the future of healthcare access. To learn more, visit www.iFoundMyDoctor.com

For media inquiries, please contact:

Pason Gaddis
CEO Hoffmann Media Group
[email protected]
(239) 333-2135

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About iFoundMyDoctor.com:

iFoundMyDoctor.com evolved out of print health care news publications with a mission to connect patients with the right healthcare providers.  Our innovative online platform that connects patients with qualified medical professionals. With a user-friendly interface and advanced search features, iFoundMyDoctor.com empowers patients to find and connect with healthcare providers based on their specific needs and preferences. The platform also offers over 1.3 million doctor profiles in the United States along with real patient stories, and transparent reviews, revolutionizing the way healthcare is accessed and delivered.

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Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate (HCRE), part of Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), announces the sale of a portion of its downtown Naples real estate portfolio to M Development for an undisclosed price. This monumental transaction, the largest in HF Companies’ history, is a strategic move for the family equity firm.

HF Companies and the Hoffmann family remain committed to the people of Southwest Florida and will remain one of the largest employers in the region, with more than 2,000 employees. Following this transaction, HF Companies continues to own more than twenty properties in the Naples area, including ten industrial sites, Hertz Arena, Port O Call Marina, The Old Collier Golf Club, and over 1,000 acres of agricultural growing sites.

HCRE first made headlines in October 2015 with its real estate acquisitions on Fifth Avenue South. In recent years, HF Companies’ investment strategy has shifted from a primary focus on real estate to include investment in businesses across nine additional sectors: agriculture, aviation, financial services, hospitality, industrial manufacturing, marine, media & marketing, professional services, and transportation.

“We are proud of the impact we’ve made on Fifth Avenue South, a world-class destination that rivals avenues and boulevards around the world,” states Greg Hoffmann, Principal & CEO of HCRE and co-CEO of HF Companies. “While the time has come to pass the ownership torch on some of our local real estate holdings, we are committed to growing our impact through further investment in Southwest Florida businesses and will continue to maintain the ‘Hoffmann Standard’ across all our holdings.”

The HF Companies investment philosophy centers around finding good companies, properties, and people and helping make the products and services delivered even better. In 2022-2023, HF Companies made 13 investments, including Linstol, a Naples-based supplier of in-flight passenger products, and the bolt-on MNH Sustainable Cabin Services. Additional investments include Wayne Manufacturing, RMC Destination Management Company, JED Transportation, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, plus a range of hospitality, marine, and media companies.

“This transaction represents an exciting new chapter for our firm to invest in even more companies and management teams that share our values systems on culture and performance,” shares Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of HF Companies. “SW Florida has proven to be a world-class destination and will remain an integral part of our portfolio.”

“Naples has become our home, and we are not leaving town. Our real estate properties are very visual but a small part of our overall family investment strategy and portfolio,” states David Hoffmann, Founder and Chairman of HF Companies. “HF Companies, under Greg and Geoff’s leadership, will continue to invest in Naples and Southwest Florida through the purchase of new businesses to join the Hoffmann Family of Companies as we expand our interests.”

HF Companies currently owns and operates more than 30 businesses in Southwest Florida, including:

– 5 Star Valet
– American Farms
– Coral Cay Adventure Golf
– Everglades Excursions
– Florida Everblades
– Florida Healthcare News
– Florida Weekly
– GlobalWorks
– Hertz Arena
– Hoffmann Creative Agency
– Hoffmann Executive Suites
– ifoundmydoctor.com
– Kaleidoscope Home & Floral
– Lark & Willow Events
– Linstol
– Marco Island Water Sports
– Miss Naples
– Mitch’s Cookies
– Naples Beach Water Sports
– Naples eBike Tours
– Naples Princess
– Naples Transportation & Tours
– Naples Trolley Tours
– Old Corkscrew Golf Club
– Port O Call Marina
– Regency Watersports
– Segway of Naples
– Stan’s Coffee & Food Service
– Sunmaster of Naples, Inc.
– The Old Collier Golf Club
– Tier Electric & EV
– Titan Screen
– Topiary Creations
– World Wide Farms

About Hoffmann Family of Companies

Whether you enjoy our properties, buy our products, attend our events, rely on our services, or join Hoffmann Family of Companies, we want your experience to be world-class without exception. We find good companies, properties, and people and help make the products and services we deliver even better—from the big picture to the smallest details. We are all fully invested in creating world-class experiences and value in all we do.

Our family of brands is organized into ten growing sectors: agriculture, aviation, financial services, hospitality, industrial manufacturing, marine, media & marketing, professional services, real estate, and transportation. With over 115 national brands, we are proud to employ more than 9,000 employees across 250 locations in 30 countries. Our philosophy is to invest in people first, then companies.

About Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate

Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate has repeatedly transformed and maintained properties to a Class “A+” standard, known as the “Hoffmann Standard.” Our portfolio exceeds $1 billion and is rapidly growing, consisting of stabilized and value-added properties in strategic locations throughout the country. With a reputation for an unrivaled commitment to excellence, we own and operate properties throughout the United States across Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.

Linstol, the largest manufacturer of in-flight passenger headsets in the world has acquired MNH Sustainable Cabin Services (MNH) of the UK.

Since 1998, MNH has specialized in delivering Performance Management & Refurbishing Solutions supporting Inflight Service & Ground Handling Teams from many of the world’s leading airlines, including Headset, Amenity Kit & Laundry Service Chain Programmes. In addition to managing service levels and reducing spend, MNH works with all clients to help deliver their sustainability objectives. 

MNH & Linstol have enjoyed a strategic relationship for over 15 years, sharing a solution-focused, accountable culture based on family values which has helped both companies grow to industry leaders.  The Senior Management Team of MNH will maintain an equity position in MNH and will continue to lead and manage the business.

“MNH’s achievements in the last 25 years have been incredible thanks to our specialist operational teams, unique Performance Management Platform ROTIX® and our strong partnerships with suppliers and airline clients. MNH’s Performance Management & Refurbishment Programmes covering Inflight Passenger Comfort Items naturally complements Linstol’s industry-leading design and production strengths. I look forward to the next chapter for MNH and to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation and service levels our airline partners expect.” Matt Rance, CEO, MNH.

In 2022, Linstol, was acquired by the Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a multi-vertical conglomerate of over 120 brands around the world including; Agriculture, Aviation, Business & Professional Services, Financial Services, Hospitality, Industrial Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate, and Transportation.  Their expansion continues to diversify the vast portfolio offering additional strategic partnerships between all verticals.

“Linstol’s growth and success over the last 30 years is attributed to our people and our strategic partners. MNH joining the Hoffmann Family of Companies is a testament to Linstol’s vision of spearheading a revolution in the travel industry by providing visionary, sustainable and unparalleled passenger comforts and exceptional service. I look forward to collaborating with MNH on a larger scale to increase our product supply and service programs globally through our airline partnerships and pioneering technology whist delivering on mutual sustainability“ Mark Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Linstol.

To learn more about the MNH and Linstol visit:

https://www.mnhscs.com/
https://Linstol.com  

Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate, a part of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, has signed a definitive letter of intent to acquire 465 5th Ave South from the McCabe family, a prominent building on the corner of 5th Ave South and 5th Street.

Over 25 years ago, Phil McCabe envisioned a vibrant 5th Ave, full of shopping, dining, and entertainment, and took a risk opening the Avenue’s first hotel, The Inn on Fifth. For over two decades, the McCabe family has advanced the vision of Naples and 5th Ave South, with multiple properties, restaurants, and residences. The 465 5th Ave South building stands as an icon with high-end retail space on the Avenue, a hidden wine bar, and luxury residences above, including a rooftop deck and pool. The aesthetics and quality of the building represent McCabe’s attention to detail and dedication to furthering the vision of 5th Avenue South.

“We’re honored to be purchasing the building from the McCabes” says David Hoffmann, Chairman and Founder of the Hoffmann Family of Companies. “They took a risk investing in the area and that risk has paid off. We’re happy to be part of their continued success,” he added.

Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate is one of over 120 brands within the Hoffmann Family of Companies holdings with 47 of those located in Florida and SWFL. These include Hertz Arena and the Florida Everblades, The Old Collier Golf Club, and Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service headquartered in Lehigh Acres, Naples Transportation & Tours, The Naples Princess, Miss Naples and Port O Call Marina, Sunmaster Inc, and Linstol, the world’s largest airline headset manufacturing headquartered in Naples to name a few. The Hoffmanns are also avid supporters of local charities and causes, having recently donated $500,000 to the Sugden Theater and $1 million to the Naples Zoo (both of which will feature the Hoffmann name), $250,000 to FGCU to further their wine lab and hospitality studies, and are supporters of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, gala sponsors of The Everglades Foundation, and major supporters of NCEF.

Most recently, the Hoffmanns announced they are acquiring the Award-winning Bleu Provence restaurant and property in Olde Naples.

“We will continue to invest in Naples and grow our portfolio of properties and businesses in Southwest Florida. We’re here for the long haul, Naples is our home.” – David Hoffmann

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The Florida Press Association named Florida Weekly the best weekly newspapers in the state after the newspapers garnered 28 journalism prizes at the annual association awards program on July 21st, 2023 in Sarasota. This is the eighth time Florida Weekly has won the state’s top award.

This year, in the category for weekly newspapers with circulation above 15,000, Florida Weekly writers, designers and editors won 13 first place, eight second place and seven third place awards.

“Our editorial and design teams constantly strive to find new ways to connect with our 200,000 readers,” said Betty Wells, interim executive editor. “It’s very gratifying for us to be recognized for our outstanding work in telling the stories of the communities we serve.”

Florida Weekly was founded in 2007. Last year, the Hoffmann Family of Companies acquired the nine newspapers in the group from the founders.

The Florida Press Association’s Weekly Newspaper Contest is open to monthly, semi- monthly, weekly, semiweekly and tri-weekly newspaper members.

For more information and to see the stories and photos that were cited, see floridamediacontests.com.

First Place Awards

1. Better Weekly Sweepstakes — Division A (aka Best Weekly Newspaper)
2. Community Service — Division ABC — Cindy Pierce
3. Hurricane Coverage- General News Story — Division A — Laura Tichy
4. General News Story (Gwen Stevenson Memorial Award) — Division A — Mary Wozniak
5. Investigative Reporting (Claudia Ross Memorial Award) — Division A — Mary Wozniak
6. Feature Story: Non-profile — Division A — Roger Williams
7. Hurricane Feature Story — Division A — Laura Tichy
8. Arts, Entertainment & Review Reporting — Division A — Mary Wozniak
9. Business Reporting — Division A — Mary Wozniak
10. State & Local Tax Reporting (The Tax Watch Award) — Division A — Roger Williams
11. Community History — Division A — Roger Williams
12. Spot News Photo — Division A — Kinfay Moroti
13. Photo Series in One Issue — Division A — Kinfay Moroti

Second Place Awards

1. Community Service — Division ABC — Laura Tichy
2. General News Story (Gwen Stevenson Memorial Award) — Division A — Laura Tichy
3. Investigative Reporting (Claudia Ross Memorial Award) — Division A — Laura Tichy
4. In Depth Reporting (Non-Investigative) — Division A — Laura Tichy
5. Roads & Transportation — Division A — Mary Wozniak
6. Best Obituary — Division A — Roger Williams
7. Sports Feature Story — Division A — Glenn Miller
8. Overall Graphic Design — Division A — Staff

Third Place Awards

1. In-Depth Reporting (Non-Investigative) — Division A — Roger Williams
2. Faith & Family Reporting — Division A — Roger Williams
3. Roads & Transportation — Division A — Staff
4. Local Government Reporting — Division A — Laura Tichy
5. Agricultural & Environmental Reporting — Division A — Laura Tichy
6. Best Obituary — Division A — Nancy Stetson
7. Health, Science & Medical Reporting — Division A — Robin DeMattia

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The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies) has officially acquired JED Transportation of St. Louis, Missouri (LOI announced March of 2023), the largest transportation provider in the St. Louis metropolitan area while simultaneously acquiring a third, bolt-on, St. Louis transportation company, Corporate Transportation.

Since its founding in 1967, JED Transportation has become the largest and most respected luxury transportation provider in St. Louis, Missouri. Focused primarily on corporate, airline crew, sports teams, universities, and wedding transportation logistics, the JED full fleet of over 70 vehicles including sedans, SUVs, Vans, Mini-buses, Coaches, School busses, and limousines, meets all the needs of diverse customer base. The addition of Corporate Transportation further expands offerings and services to the mix.

“Aligning the JED Brand with the Hoffmann Family of Companies is a Once-in-a- Lifetime opportunity” says Vince Schneider, Chief Managing Member of the JED Companies.

JED Transportation and Corporate Transportation joins a growing portfolio of HF Companies in the Business Services sector aimed at providing a one-stop solution for corporations and event planners. In the St. Louis market, JED & Corporate Transportation is joining with Mid- American Coaches of Washington, Missouri, and nationally with Naples Transportation & Tours headquartered in Naples, Florida, Palm Beach Tours & Transportation in Palm Beach, Florida, and now into Michigan with a LOI to acquire Michigan’s largest transportation provider, rapidly growing the company’s vertical while providing access to an already vast global network of HF Companies partners.

“We are thrilled to report our ongoing expansion in St. Louis and throughout the mid-west, further diversifying our portfolio and increasing accessibility to our corporate partners and affiliates,” says Tamir Rankow, Director Hoffmann Family of Companies. “We are strategically poised to move quickly on a series of growth opportunities in the pipeline as well,” he added. The HF Companies Business Services portfolio is continuously growing with a focus on becoming a $1 billion entity by Q4 2023.