When Yasemin Chain reached the podium at Polo Grill to accept her Sandies' award for being the "2015 Networking Queen," she presented a message that could have been the theme of almost every award presented on Friday.
"Connecting people and helping them is something I love to do," said Chain, of ComCenter.
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, had to be proud of its members' choice awards as the nine major winners all talked about helping people in general and building a stronger community.
Winning Sandies were:
One of a Kind Award: Janet Arena, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Rising Star Award: Courtney Grovatt, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ray of Sunshine Award: Maria Hussey, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Networking King Award: Mike Wick, Gator Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
Networking Queen Award: Yasemin Chain, ComCenter of Lakewood Ranch.
Young Professional of the Year Award: Heather Williams, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Bull By The Horns Award: David Fink, Halliday Financial.
Best Rancher Award: Brad Cranston, PostNet of Lakewood Ranch.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Susan Abbott of C1 Bank.