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Celebrating Excellence: Oakland Park’s Best of the Year 2023


On the night of August 15th, the Oakland Park Business Association welcomed its guests for an awards ceremony. The occasion marked a celebration of outstanding professionals, a testament to the thriving community.

The inaugural “Best in Business People’s Choice Awards” marks the Oakland Park Business Association’s first foray into the realm of annual business recognition. The community nominated remarkable businesses and individuals across diverse categories, culminating in the unveiling of a select group of nominees. The final voting surpassed expectations, with over 2,000 votes cast in support of candidates before the voting period concluded in May.

A Night of Accomplishment

Amidst an atmosphere charged with joy, the venue transformed into a hub of recognition and camaraderie. The event resonated with the spirit of appreciation and achievement as esteemed guests converged to applaud the finest in Oakland Park.

Hosted at Chainbridge Distillery, guests enjoyed finger foods and a cocktail tower. The ambiance set the stage for a convivial gathering. Friends of the community, from business leaders to residents, mingled, sharing stories and forging connections.

An evening of connection at Chainbridge Distillery | Photo: JR Davis
Michael Murphy was crowned the Business Icon of the Year in Oakland Park | Photo: JR Davis

Honoring Oakland Park's Excellence

The event served as a platform to unveil the Best of the Year 2023 award. A momentous occasion unfolded as Michael Murphy received the Business Icon of the Year in Oakland Park. With a legacy etched in innovation and perseverance, Murphy’s remarkable journey has left an indelible mark on the community. His leadership, dedication, and trailblazing spirit have set a benchmark for excellence, inspiring others to follow suit.

In another moment of well-deserved recognition, Désirée Ávila, the editor of Living in Oakland Park, won the title of the best real estate professional in Oakland Park. Her unwavering commitment to the community and exceptional expertise have not only elevated her own standing but have also enriched the lives of countless residents. Désirée shared “I am deeply humbled by this award. My commitment to my community comes from the heart. I never knew I could do so much, but I am happy that I can and look forward to helping more and more! “

Living in Oakland Park editor Desiree Ávila won best real estate professional | Photo: JR Davis

A Community United

The celebration underscored the unity of Oakland Park’s business community, emphasizing the significance of recognizing excellence and the impact of collaboration. The night was a huge success. The air was charged with a sense of accomplishment and aspiration.

While an awards celebration on the surface, the night symbolized more than that. It epitomized the spirit of Oakland Park’s continuous growth and progress. It highlighted the importance of recognizing excellence and the power of a united community.

Photo Gallery of the Best Of Oakland Park 2023

A New Board

The association's new board. From left to right, Peter Jackson (founder), John Gugliemo from Chase Roofing, Desiree Avila REALTOR®, Dr. Beth Cooper, Andy Rogow from First Southeast Mortgage, Kimber White from RE Financial Services, Owne Marr and Chris Baker from Momo Visuals in the back.

As the ceremony reached its end, Peter Jackson, the founder and first president presented the new board. The new board members are:

Désirée Ávila | President
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Kimber White | Vice President
RE Financial Services

Monica Couso | Secretary
Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Center

Andy Rogow | Treasurer
First Southeast Mortgage Corporation

Peter Jackson | Founder & Past President
Peter Jackson Media

Owen Marr
Lowe’s Home Improvement

John Gugliemi, VP of Business Development
Chase Roofing

Christopher Baker | Co-owner, Director of Business Development
Visuals by Momo

Meet the Winners of the Evening

Step into the spotlight as we introduce you to the accomplished champions of the occasion.


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