Joe Kokolakis, J. Kokolakis Contracting, was the winner in the Large Business category.  Their client list reads like a Who’s Who around the Bay area, with customers around the US, including a lot of work with governmental agencies. But that’s not why this firm is so important to our community, and why we value their contributions so much. If you asked Dunedin residents and business owners which firm made the most visual difference in our community over the past few years, they may not get the name exactly right, but they will be able to point to some great successes.  All you have to do is look across the street from the Chamber. A beautiful park was purchased and donated to the City for all to enjoy, a large facility was gutted and four businesses were given a new opportunity to thrive. Next came an older building being rehabilitated, a vacant eyesore being brought back to new life and productivity, all because of the vision and commitment of one individual and firm.  Although J. Kokolakis Contracting was established in 1972 and can boast of over $1 billion in projects, the commitment of one individual, through that company, has changed Dunedin forever, and for the better. Our Chamber’s Board had wanted to recognize Joe’s beautification efforts for months now. But when our Award Selection Committee looked at his commitment to the arts, our community, his family – and the fruits of his labor that make Dunedin a better place, the Large Business Award fit him so much better. Our City leaders for what he’s done have recognized him, and it was truly an honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to say thank you to him and his family, as a  Chamber and as a community.


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