TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott recognized the following individuals with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award:

  • Steven Fiske, director of product at UniKey (Orlando)
  • Kay Stephenson, cofounder and CEO, Datamaxx (Tallahassee)
  • Jonathan Waters, cofounder and CTO, of Datamaxx (Tallahassee)

The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals and businesses in recognition of their efforts to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am excited to recognize two successful Florida businesses today for their hard work to create opportunities for families. We will keep working to grow a business friendly environment in Florida so companies like UniKey and Datamaxx can continue to succeed and create jobs for our families.”

UniKey provides a secure mobile platform to replace keys, codes and passwords by turning a smartphone into a convenient, universal electronic key. Unikey was founded in 2010 in Orlando by Phil Dumas, a University of Central Florida graduate. After appearing on ABC’s reality series Shark Tank, UniKey and its three employees entered into a licensing deal with Kwikset, a leading lock manufacturer in North America. UniKey’s products are now used in more than 65 countries. UniKey has more than doubled in size this year to nearly 50 employees, most of which are University of Central Florida graduates. In the coming weeks, UniKey will be moving their headquarters to downtown Orlando.

Steven Fiske, director of product at UniKey said, “On behalf of the whole UniKey team, I am honored to accept the Governor Scott’s Business Ambassador Award. UniKey has grown from an innovative idea, to a successful global business, and we are proud to celebrate this accomplishment today. We look forward to many more years of success as we move to our new headquarters in downtown Orlando.”

Datamaxx Group, Inc. (Datamaxx) was founded in 1991 and is one of the largest providers of advanced communications, data access, information sharing, enterprise intelligence, and access control solutions to the law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, and security industries. With more than 750,000 end users worldwide, Datamaxx provides technology solutions to more than 70 percent of the criminal justice information market with such distinguished customers as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, and the U.S. Department of State. Headquartered in Tallahassee, Datamaxx has created 60 jobs for local Florida families. Datamaxx has also been named one of the Top Women-Led Businesses in the state of Florida every year since 2007.

Kay Stephenson, CEO and cofounder of Datamaxx, said, “For more than 20 years, the Datamaxx team has worked hard to provide our customers with dependable technology solutions while creating new opportunities for local families. Maintaining our headquarters in Florida has been a key part of our success, and we are grateful to Governor Scott for recognizing our team today.”

Jonathan Waters, CTO, and cofounder of Datamaxx, said, “I am excited to be here today to accept the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. On behalf of everyone at Datamaxx, I would like to thank Governor Scott for recognizing our hard work and for his commitment to making Florida a great place to do business, and allow us to provide systems to protect the citizens of Florida and its many visitors.”



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