2019 Winners:

Woman-Owned Firm of the Year

R J Tripp Inc. (dba: J L Tripp Builders) - Judi Tripp

Judi Tripp received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of North Florida. She is the President of J L Tripp Builders, a construction company located in Jacksonville, FL since 2000. While growing up in a family business, which her father started, she learned the value of owning a respectable business even amidst challenges and adversities. Her father’s inspiration has now been passed down to her and she strives to build J L Tripp Builders to become a respected construction firm in our community.

J L Tripp Builders provides professional construction services include masonry work-block, concrete, paving, etc., construction management, cost estimating, residential and commercial buildings, additions, maintenance, and carpentry

Service Firm of the Year

Construction and Engineering Services Consultants, Inc. - Steven Davis, Sr.

Steven Davis Sr. has over 34 years of Construction Management experience and has served as President of two different companies over the past 22 years. Steven is the President / CEO of Construction and Engineering Services since May 2007. Mr. Davis has worked on projects with the following agencies: JEA, JIA, JAA, JTA, City of Jacksonville, FDOT, City of Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County School Board, Miami-Dade County School Board, Parsons-Odebrecht JV, and Orange County Public School District.

Mr. Davis has also provided oversight for clients outside of Florida such as The Federal Highway Administration, City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, Port of Portland (PDX International Airport), and Oregon Parks and Recreation. Mr. Davis has extensive experience in Program & Project Management, Construction Management & Oversight, Construction Inspection Services, client/employee relations, inspector training and business development.

Construction and Engineering Services Consultants, Inc. provides Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Inspection Services. C&ES is a minority firm certified as a JSEB, MBE, SBE, DBE, and Section 3 Business. C&ES is staffed with 29 employees with over 400 years combined experience.

Youth Entrepreneur Firm of the Year

Sweet Christi's - Christianna Alexander

Christianna Alexander is a spunky 13-year-old entrepreneur with a passion for making soaps that look good enough to eat. She was featured on Good Morning Washington, Good Morning Jacksonville, News 4 Jax and First Coast Living just to name a few, where she talks about running her business as well as being an advocate for kids with learning disabilities.

At a very young age, Christianna struggled with dyslexia and ADHD, which were not diagnosed and ultimately held her back a grade. With her strong community support group, Christianna refused to give up. With her parents’ help, they learned that she loved to bake. She began to bake all sorts of tasty treats but in the process hit a few challenges. The main challenge was the amount of sugar she was consuming. Sugar and ADHD was not a good combination. After much brainstorming, and lots of trial and error, Christianna created “Sweet Christi’s”, a company focused on making all natural-handmade soaps that resemble delectable treats like donuts and cupcakes. It was just as fun to create and she did not have to worry about consuming any sugar.

Christianna’s views her disability as a blessing, and her mission in life is to be an ambassador for children everywhere who suffer with learning disabilities. She wants them to know that there isn’t anything that exists that can hold them back once they make up their mind to succeed. In addition to running her company, Christianna is also a philanthropist. She hosts food drives, teach girls STEM classes and raises money for a local nonprofit.

We are now accepting nominees for 2019 MEDWeek Award Winners by downloading or submit the online nomination form. Self nominations are welcome.
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