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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Gary Aubuchon, president of Aubuchon Team of Companies, and Steve Marino, president and CEO of Home-Tech Consolidated, Inc., into the 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, during an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Aubuchon and Marino will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, visit www.JASWFL.org.

As a community, business and legislative trailblazer, Aubuchon’s exceptional leadership skills have distinguished him in the Southwest Florida community where he has resided for over three decades. A successful entrepreneur, Aubuchon is the founding partner and president of the Aubuchon Team of Companies, an industry leader in semi-custom and custom homebuilding. Doing business in Southwest Florida since 1992, Team Aubuchon consists of Aubuchon Homes, Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, Sterling Collection and Evalutions by Aubuchon.

Through his positive leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence, his company has grown from a one-person, home-based real estate business into Southwest Florida’s leader in luxurious and innovative design, superior construction and widely diversified real estate solutions, with more than 150 employees. His leadership has earned his company hundreds of industry awards, along with recognition for professional excellence and community involvement.

Aubuchon has served his community with distinction through involvement in many nonprofit boards and support of charitable organizations and their causes, including Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Cape Coral Bike-Ped, Cape Coral Community Foundation, American Red Cross of Lee County, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lee BIA Builders Care, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and American Cancer Society. His dedication to improving the lives of those in the community has earned him such honors as Cape Coral Citizen of the Year from the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce in 2001 and Humanitarian of the Year from the Lee County Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2003.

For six years he served as a State Representative in the Florida House where he quickly ascended into key leadership positions, earning a reputation as a forward-thinking legislator committed to good policy, with a knack for building consensus. During this time, Aubuchon also served two years as Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Committee, where he was known as fair, steadfast and measured in his management of floor procedures.

Aubuchon is a graduate of the University of Michigan, resides in Cape Coral with Andrea, his wife of 30 years, and is the proud father of three daughters, Julia, Jennifer and Madison.

Marino moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Southwest Florida in 1980 to pursue his dream of starting an in-home air-conditioning and appliance service business. Operating the business from a back bedroom in their San Carlos Park home, he was the technician and salesman, and his former wife, Sharon Marino, the dispatcher and bookkeeper. Because of their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurship, Home-Tech continued to expand its customer base throughout Southwest Florida.

In 1996, Home-Tech became an employee-owned company which allowed its employees to share in the experience of true company ownership. Currently, Home-Tech is owned by 65 shareholders. In 2016, Home-Tech celebrates 35 years with a total of 130 employees, and serves customers in five counties from Marco Island to Manatee County. Home-Tech has two locations with appliance and air conditioning showrooms, one in Fort Myers and one in Bradenton. Home-Tech continues to thrive partly due to the extensive training program for technicians, an apprenticeship program to develop the skills of new technicians, and the dedication of the employee owners. Today, Marino continues to lead Home-Tech as president and CEO.

Marino is honored to be in a position to give back to his community which has given so much success to him and his family. With the leadership of his daughter Sonya Sawyer, Marino is proud to serve PACE Center for Girls, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida and Habitat for Humanity. Home-Tech is proud to have helped build 18 houses for Habitat for Humanity in Lee County over the past 10 years.

Marino earned the distinction of All-Around winner as a celebrity dancer at the inaugural Red Cross StarStruck event in 2007, was instrumental in helping Home-Tech achieve recognition as the Horizon Council’s Industry Appreciation Award recipient in 2009 and was named Philanthropist of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2010. Recently, Marino was honored as a nominee for the 2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award presented by the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Marino has two daughters, Sonya Sawyer and Melanie Atkinson. He enjoys mentoring and spending time with his five grandchildren, and in his free time he enjoys being a pilot, ballroom dancing, hiking and snow skiing.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA):

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

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