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JAXUSA Partnership Honors Region’s International Business Leaders at Quarterly Luncheon

JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development division of the JAX Chamber, presented its annual International Awards, sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank, during the JAXUSA Quarterly Luncheon today at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Every year, JAXUSA Partnership presents the International awards to recognize the companies and individuals that are positively impacting international growth in Northeast Florida.  The winners this year are:

  • International      Business Leader of the Year – Large Company: Deutsche Bank, accepted by      Michael Fleming, managing director for Deutsche Bank
  • International      Business Leader of the Year – Small to Medium-size Company: 2G –       Cenergy Power Systems Technologies Inc., accepted by Michael Turwitt,      president and CEO of 2G – Cenergy
  • International      Business Leader of the Year – Individual: Paul Anderson, JAXPORT CEO

“We congratulate our International Award winners for their leadership as a global business partner,” said JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot.  “Their success speaks directly to the strategic eastern seaboard location, excellent workforce and numerous business advantages that exist in our region, which is rapidly becoming a significant international business center.”

Headquartered in Frankfurt, Deutsche Bank has created more than 1,200 jobs and invested more than $30 million in its Gate Parkway campus since opening a global technology and operations center in Jacksonville in 2008.  The company has announced a $10 million expansion project that will bring an additional 260 new high-wage jobs to the region.

German-based advanced 2G – Cenergy Power Systems Technologies Inc. was honored for its innovative approach to energy efficiency and solutions.  In 2012, the advanced manufacturing company transitioned from importing its products to manufacturing them in a new 60,000-square-foot facility in St. Johns County.  2G – Cenergy has grown from two employees to nearly 40 and expects to employ more than 100 workers by 2014.

Anderson was honored for executing and expanding the international infrastructure in Florida as it relates to JAXPORT.  Under his leadership, JAXPORT has become the largest cargo container port in Florida.  Anderson led lobbying to secure $30 million in state and federal funds for the construction of a railroad yard at Dames Point terminal that will transfer cargo containers between trains and ships, and he has been instrumental in the partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to correct the navigational challenges at Mile Point.

During the event, JAX Chamber Chair Greg Smith recognized Acosta Sales & Marketing President and CEO Robert Hill for his service and dedication as the 2012 JAXUSA Partnership Chair.  Hill introduced University of North Florida President John Delaney as the 2013 JAXUSA Partnership Chair.

Florida Blue Chairman and CEO Pat Geraghty was the luncheon’s guest speaker.  He discussed the future role of health care plans in our region and the steps needed to create a 21st century health system and the innovative ideas Florida Blue has rolled out over the last few years.

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