Freedom Boat Club receives business award in Florida


Freedom Boat Club said it was named Small Business of the Year in northeast Florida for 2014.

The Master of Industry Awards, sponsored by MOI Magazine, recognize businesses and CEOs that are models of exceptional leadership, foresight, acumen and community service. People across northeast Florida were invited to make nominations for the awards and vote for their favorites.

The awards were announced at a gala at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in July.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as the top small business by Masters of Industry,” Lisa Almeida said in a statement. Almeida and partner Kevin Selig own and operate the FBC locations in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. “We have worked hard to make customer service a priority and to be actively involved in our community. It is encouraging to know that our efforts have been noticed.”

“It is very rewarding to know how well we have been received in the Jacksonville area,”Almeida said. “This is a great business to be involved with. If we are doing our jobs properly, then people are enjoying all the benefits of boating and leaving all the hassles to us.”