THE LEGACY OF FOUNDERS FORUM

The Mission of Founders Forum is to Inspire, Educate and Connect Entrepreneurs.

Founders Forum was established in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs within Brevard County, Florida. Originally a forum where new businesses could meet with funding sources and potential investors, Founders Forum has evolved into an educational and networking organization where entrepreneurs can learn from and build relationships with many of the regions’ most successful business leaders.

As part of our mission, Founders Forum seeks out and honors business excellence within our community through our Founder of the Year Award, as well as presentations and moderated panel discussions with accomplished local business men and women discussing issues important to today’s entrepreneur.

FOUNDERS OF THE YEAR (FORMERLY KNOWN AS “ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR”)
Throughout the years, we have been privileged to highlight the following entrepreneurs and local
businesses:

Scott Sorensen2015: Carol Craig, Craig Technologies

2014: Mike Shah, Southeast Petro Distributors, Inc.

2013: Scott Sorensen, Sorensen Moving & Storage

2012: Mike Williams, M.H. Williams Construction Group

2011: Mike Means, Health First

2010: Pam Gatto, Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service

2009: Walter Gatti, Tensor Engineering

2008: Bernie Simpkins, S & S Enterprises

2007: Roger Dobson, Ocean Partners Associates Ltd.

Mike Williams2006: Rick McNeight, DRS Tactical Systems

2005: Harry Brandon, Brandon Properties

2004: Moses Harvin, American Services Technology, Incorporated

2003: Tim Reynolds, Soneticom

2002: Scott Moody, Authentec

2001: Joe Baggs, Optical Process Automation

2000: Bruce Deardoff, Continental Motor Cars

Mike Means1999: Thomas Smaidris, Data Flow Systems

1998: David Poore, DE Restaurants (Durangos)

Pam Gatto