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

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Comfort Keepers, Mettron Contracting, and LBS South with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for their commitment to creating jobs. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families.

Governor Scott said, “I am honored to present these three Florida businesses with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. With an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, businesses like Comfort Keepers, Mettron Contracting, and LBS South, have helped create an opportunity economy in the Sunshine State. Let’s keep working to ensure every Floridian has the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream.”

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

Comfort Keepers – Comfort Keepers is an in-home health care provider where caregivers travel to clients’ homes to provide care and living assistance services. Kathryn Murphy opened Comfort Keepers’ first Jacksonville location in 2002 and her firm has grown from a staff of two to more than 75 employees. Kathryn opened a second Comfort Keepers location in 2007 and will be opening her third next month. Prior to her work with Comfort Keepers, Kathryn served on active duty in the United States Navy for 24 years where her assignments ranged from clinical nursing to hospital administration. In 2013, Kathryn was one of nine women in Florida to receive the “Florida Achievement Award” by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She has also been featured in Florida Trend magazine and was recently selected as a “Veteran of Influence,” by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Mettron Contracting – Mettron Contracting is a minority owned business with offices in Orlando and Tallahassee that provides services in the areas of commercial plumbing, underground water, storm water, fireline and sewer installation. The company was founded 12 years ago by Sharen and Caleb Hannah. Sharen Hannah, a civil engineer and attorney, runs the administrative side of the business, while her husband Caleb works at job sites, overseeing project management, safety, and quality control. Mettron recently completed a large construction management project on the campus of Florida A&M University, and is currently working on the Citrus Bowl Renovation project in Orlando.

LBS South – LBS South is a recognized leader in the distribution and support of quality, environmentally-friendly school and commercial buses. The Leonard family got their start in the bus industry in 1965 when they opened Leonard Bus Sales. In 2012, Mike Leonard formed a new company, LBS South, which is headquartered in Jacksonville. Since then, LBS has expanded its service capabilities to the entire State of Florida, adding employees to its Jacksonville facility and opening a new location in Broward County. The Leonard family has been recognized as a leader in the bus industry, recently winning the IC Bus “Eastern Region Dealer of the Year” award for 2011, the Pursuit of Excellence Award for 2012 and the 2013 Trans Tech Dealer of the Year Award.

Kathryn Murphy RN, President/CEO, KRM Resources LLC dba Comfort Keepers, said, “It is truly an honor that Governor Scott has recognized the hard work that my staff at Comfort Keepers has done over the years. We are in a persistent mode to hire the most dedicated, motivated and professional home care providers to meet the growing need for our services. The Governor recognizes the many challenges small business owners face each day. The more qualified staff I can hire, the more needs of the community I can meet while at the same time providing employment for many individuals. This eventually helps to improve the economy. It is truly a win-win and I am thrilled that I can make a positive impact!”

Mettron Contracting Founders Caleb and Sharen Hannah said, “We thank Governor Scott and his team for recognizing our dedication and efforts in this community. We hope that in some way we have been a good role model to those that are current business owners or desire to become business owners. We believe small businesses are important to our state and business diversification builds a stronger community!”

LBS South CEO Mike Leonard said, “The entire team at LBS South is honored to receive this award. We pride ourselves on being a real partner and trusted advisor to school districts across the state. We thank the governor for recognizing this commitment and including us in this honor.”


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