Chamber Gala Recognizes Business Excellence

Tom Lynch: A lifetime of achievement

Tom Lynch: A lifetime of achievement

The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted a packed gala Saturday night at the Marriott and recognized several business leaders for their contributions to the local economy.

Former Delray Beach Mayor Tom Lynch received a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his 45 years of service to Delray and Palm Beach County.

Lynch moved to Florida in 1969 and has served as a leader in the insurance industry for 40 years. As President of Plastridge Insurance, a company originally established in 1919, Lynch has spearheaded the company’s growth and expanded its reach with offices in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart. As Mayor of Delray Beach in the early 1990’s Lynch played a key leadership role during a time of growth and positive change in Delray Beach. Lynch has held leadership roles in numerous non-profit organizations.

“Tom Lynch’s bio is staggering,” says Karen Granger, President and CEO of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve never known anyone who has served the community in such a variety of capacities and continues to stay right on the pulse of business, education and a wide variety of issues.”

Here’s a look at the complete list of winners:

2014 Business Person of the Year

Tim Young

Delray Motors


2014 Business of the Year

Delray Honda


2014 Non-Profit Organization of the Year

C.R.O.S. Ministries

2014 Delray Beach & Beyond Corporate Reach Award

21 Drops


2014 New Business of the Year

Woo Creative


2014 Retailer of the Year

PeterMark Salon


2014 Restaurant of the Year

Caffe Luna Rosa


2014 Ken Ellingsworth Community Service Award

Tiffany Peterson


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