The Late Bjornar Hermansen Bestowed Gary R. Cunningham Distinguished Service Award
By Space Coast Daily // October 21, 2016
For Brevard County Economic Development
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) announced that its 2016 annual meeting was met with a full house at the Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay.
During the evening’s presentation, the EDC honored Bjornar Hermansen and Mike Ennis for their profound impact on economic development, and their community.
Hermansen was bestowed the Gary R. Cunningham Distinguished Service Award for Economic Development, which recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the economic advancement of Brevard County.
The EDC honored Ennis with their 2016 EDC Volunteer of the Year Award. Ennis is the EDC Industry Council Chair, and manufacturing engineer for Harris Government Communications Systems.
Ennis significantly contributed to the recent formation of the Regional Manufacturing Association of the Space Coast. He worked closely with the EDC to help reshape the way we address the needs of our manufacturing industry.
“The contributions Mike has made to the EDC are immeasurable and demonstrate his dedication to his craft and to the EDC,” said Lynda Weatherman, president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
“We are fortunate to tap into his expertise and look forward to his future contributions to our organization and the community.”
HERMANSEN’S BUSINESS SAVY DEVELOPED PORT CANAVERAL
Hermansen’s business savvy shaped a platform on which others could build to support the development of Port Canaveral as the second largest cruise port in the country.
Hermansen, however, was more than a successful entrepreneur as he and his wife Bjorg dedicated their time, talent and treasure to a wide range of causes in Brevard County.
Accepting the award on Hermansen’s behalf was his son Tom Hermansen, with Ocean Partners Associates, LTD.
“He was never one to seek out recognition for what he did, but was humble when recognized for his contributions to the community, something he valued more than any success he had in his career,” said Tom Hermansen of his father’s accomplishment.
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