Governor Rick Scott Awards Six Businesses with Governor’s Business Ambassador Award

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized ODC Construction, Kidsville Pediatrics Clinic, Melao Bakery, Echo Interaction Group, Frontier Communications Corporation, and North American Surveillance Systems USA with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for their commitment in creating jobs in Central Florida communities. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present these leaders in job creation with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for their commitment to Florida’s economy and creating opportunities for families in Central Florida. The unemployment rate for the Orlando Metro Area has also dropped over the last year from 7.7 percent to 5.8 percent. We are committed to creating an opportunity economy in Florida that will support jobs for generations to come and I applaud these businesses for their commitment to Florida.”

The following businesses received the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award:

ODC Construction – ODC Construction provides services in construction management, construction quality and customer service. The company has divisions in Orlando and Tampa, where they are Florida’s largest shell construction contractor, delivering turnkey foundation, masonry and framing solutions.

Kidsville Pediatrics Clinic – Kidsville Pediatrics was founded by Dr. Francelis Gonzalez in 1999 and since then Dr. Gonzalez has opened five pediatric practices in Central Florida. Dr. Gonzalez is originally from Puerto Rico where she received her medical degree and spent several years in private practice. Dr. Gonzalez relocated to Central Florida in 1999 where she started Kidsville Pediatrics Clinic.

Melao Bakery – Melao Bakery is located in Kissimmee and opened in 2008 with seven employees. Melao has grown over the years and now employs 40 staff members, and plans to open another location this year. The Bakery’s mission is to celebrate Hispanic heritage through great food and to have a positive influence on all those who visit the Melao Bakery.

Echo Interaction Group – Echo Interaction is a mobile app development company based in Orlando. This technology firm was founded by Mat Gaver and Carlos Caronell five years ago. Echo Interaction has eleven full time developers and designer on staff and is one of the largest mobile development companies in Florida. Echo’s portfolio contains more than 60 apps for dozens of clients.

Frontier Communications Corporation – Frontier Communications is a vital part of DeLand’s economy, currently housing over 500 employees. Frontier delivers communications products and services for residential customers, small businesses, home offices, major corporations and carriers. Frontier Communication Corporation will also expand their customer contact center, adding 180 new jobs, which will provide more opportunities for families in Central Florida.

North American Surveillance Systems USA – North American Surveillance Systems USA (NASS) is a Veteran Owned global leader in the modification of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft specializing in the installation of state-of-the-art electronic communications, navigation, and surveillance systems. North American Surveillance is located in Brevard County and is adding 20 new jobs to the area. As part of this expansion, NASS will be constructing a new 19,500 square foot hangar that will support strategic growth and projected throughput needed for two new contracts. North American Surveillance Systems chose to expand in Florida over Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Kidsville Pediatrics CEO Francelis Ivette Gonzalez, M.D. F.A.A.P, said, “When we opened our doors to the Central Florida community, the families we served opened their hearts to us. This honor is as much theirs as it is ours. My patients, family and staff join me in thanking Governor Scott for recognizing Kidsville Pediatrics with this prestigious award.”

Melao Bakery Owner Denisse Torres said, “We thank Governor Rick Scott for awarding Melao Bakery with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. We share this achievement with the communities of Kissimmee and Central Florida. These communities have supported us from the first day Melao Bakery opened its doors in April 2009. This award shows that serving with passion and dedication creates great satisfaction, which motivates us to continue working together in the community.”

Echo Interaction Group CEO Carlos Carbonell said, “We are grateful to be selected for this prestigious award. The future of Florida is innovation and entrepreneurship and it’s clear the Governor’s office acknowledges this. With very few Latinos in the world of tech, it’s an even bigger honor to be recognized by the Governor as a growing, Hispanic-owned technology firm making significant contributions in Florida and beyond.”

Frontier Communications Vice President Donna Loffert said, “We are very pleased to be doing business here in Florida and specifically the greater Deland community. Both the state and local governments have partnered with us with every step of our expansion here in Deland and their involvement has been essential to ensuring our successful growth. The employee’s we have attracted are talented, hardworking and have a positive attitude and we could not be happier with our continued growth in the state of Florida”.

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of North American Surveillance Systems Rowland Huss said, “We are very excited to be recognized with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. All too often we become consumed by the day-to-day demands of running a small business and forget that an important aspect of our job is to provide employment for hard working Florida families. Being honored with this award singularly reinforces the importance of job creation and providing new opportunities for our employees and their families. Our sincere thanks to Governor Scott and his staff for this prestigious award and for all that is represents.”



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