St. Pete, Tampa businessmen garner entrepreneur honors
Dan Doyle Jr. of DEX Imaging in Tampa and Trevor Burgess of St. Petersburg's C1 Bank won prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year awards from Ernst & Young on Thursday.
The two businessmen now move on to compete at the national level.
Accounting firm Ernst & Young every year honors successful business leaders who show a commitment to their communities through its Entrepreneur of the Year awards program. It unveiled the Florida regional winners Thursday night at a gala at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.
Two of the five winners in the competition's West Central Florida region come from the Tampa area.
Doyle, chief executive officer of DEX Imaging, won in Ernst & Young's technology category. He has roots in the office equipment business. His father, Dan Doyle, founded a once-giant Tampa company called Danka Business Systems in 1977.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA bought Danka in the late 2000s.
The younger Doyle runs a similar office equipment dealership company, DEX, that operates in 14 cities across Florida and has locations in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Maryland. DEX Imaging sells and services printers, postage meters, document management software and other office gear.
Burgess, who won in Ernst & Young's financial services category, is a relative newcomer to the Tampa area. He did initial public offerings for Morgan Stanley until 2007, when he broke off to invest his money and that of some Brazilian partners. They formed a holding company in 2008 to purchase struggling Florida banks and have gone on a buying spree since.
Among their acquisitions were Community Bank of Manatee, a struggling Lakewood Ranch bank, First Community Bank of America in Pinellas Park and Palm Bank of Tampa.
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