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Awards Luncheons, 11:30a - 1:00p

  • June 4, University Center Club at FSU, 1 Champions Way, Bldg. B, Tallahassee, FL, 32306
  • June 9, Hyatt Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32202
  • June 10, Westin, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL, 32746
  • June 11, Coral Gables Country Club, 997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables, FL, 33134
  • June 13, TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 North 50th Street, Tampa, FL, 33610


State Workers Honored For Saving Taxpayers More Than $558 Million

Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera joined Florida TaxWatch to announce the 2014 Prudential Productivity Award winners at the Florida Capitol on Thursday. The 26th annual awards honor 432 individuals and teams of state employees for creating and implementing innovative solutions and productivity improvements worth $558 million in cost savings, cost avoidances, and increased revenue for state government. Of the 432 award winners, 195 will receive cash or plaque awards during regional awards ceremonies later this summer.

Read and watch more from WCTV in Tallahassee here.

State workers' innovations, efficiencies honored as part of the Prudential Productivity Awards

State employees from across Florida government developed and implemented innovations this past year that achieved $558 million in cost savings or efficiency gains, leading to Prudential Productivity Awards for their efforts. At a morning news conference Thursday at the Capitol, officials from Florida TaxWatch, Prudential and other program sponsors were joined by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who commended the honorees for their achievements.

Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat here.

About the Program

The Prudential Productivity Awards are made possible through the generosity of Prudential, as Anchor Sponsor, and the vision of the late J.E. Davis and A.D. Davis, co-founders of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. and co-founders of Florida TaxWatch. Since 1989, the Awards program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

The program is a major government improvement initiative chaired by Florida's Lt. Governor and co-sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, The Florida Council of 100, and the state of Florida. In addition to Prudential's generous support, numerous corporate, individual and philanthropic contributors supplement the awards program.

The 2014 awards competition attracted 568 nominations for innovations and productivity improvements worth $558 million in cost savings, cost avoidances and increased revenue for state government. Over the past 26 years, award winners have posted a total of $8.7 billion in added value for Florida taxpayers and businesses.  

The awards program also recognizes achievements that are particularly beneficial to citizens and the private sector and further the priorities of the current Administration.

We welcome and encourage all state government employees and private citizens to submit nominations, and look forward to even greater taxpayer improvements in next year's program.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Hampton, Executive Director of the Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards at 850.222.5052 or email

June 4, 2013 Awards Banquet, Tallahassee June 4, 2013 Awards Banquet, Tallahassee

    Governor Scott Names June 2013 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards Month


    From Pensacola to Key West, state workers saved Florida taxpayers more than half a billion dollars in the past year and in recognition of their innovative efforts, Governor Rick Scott proclaimed June 2013 "Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards month." The resolution was signed by the Governor and Cabinet and presented at the Cabinet meeting on May 8 at 9 a.m., at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando.

    In the past year, 468 individual and team award winners produced innovations and productivity improvements worth $514 million in cost savings, cost avoidances, and increased revenue for state government.  The resolution will also acknowledge the Silver Anniversary of this program, which since 1989, has produced approximately $8.1 billion worth of added value.  "I am happy to proclaim June 'Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards Month.' We are always looking for ways to improve government services, while providing a better value to Florida taxpayers, so we can invest in priorities like education," said Governor Scott.

    Nearly 300 cash and plaque awards will be presented to state employees, individually and in teams during the statewide ceremonies, beginning June 5 at the 25th Anniversary awards dinner at the University Center Club, Florida State University in Tallahassee, followed by regional awards luncheons in Jacksonville, June 17, Orlando, June 18, Miami, June 19, and Tampa, June 20. 

    "For 25 years we have continued to recognize the outstanding work of our state employees," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "These exemplary individuals have saved Floridians' hard-earned tax dollars, and many of their innovations can be replicated across other state agencies and local governments."

    The Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards program is a major government improvement initiative founded and sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, and co-sponsored by The Florida Council of 100 and the state of Florida. "Prudential is proud to be Anchor Sponsor of this unique program and extends its heartiest congratulations to all state worker awardees who have embraced over the past 25 years the tenets of cost savings and added revenue for all Floridians. Keep up the great work," said Mike Jennings, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Prudential, the anchor sponsor of program since 1998.  

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    2013 Publications



    Archived Program News

    Our Opinion: Deserved Recognition

    This legislative session could offer the best chance in years to reward state employees with a boost in pay. For six years, these employees have seen their numbers dwindle, their job descriptions expand and their benefits challenged. Read More

    Adaptable Achievements

    A main piece of the awards program has always been promoting the achievements of past winners. For a full list of 2011 winners by category, and previous winners by year, click here.

    2013 Panel of Judges

    Douglas C. Davidson, Chairman
    Market Executive, Commercial Banking
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Tampa, FL

    James Repp, Vice Chairman
    Senior Vice President
    AvMed Health Plans
    Miami, FL

    Tony Carvajal
    Executive Vice President
    Florida Chamber Foundation
    Tallahassee, FL

    Andy Corty
    President /Publisher
    Florida Trend Magazine
    St. Petersburg, FL

    Deborah Curry
    Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Tallahassee, FL



    Chuck Dees
    Vice President, Public Affairs
    Waste Management
    Venice, FL  

    Viann Hardy
    Vice President, Corp. Marketing & Business Development
    Panama City Beach, FL

    Kim Koegel
    Tallahassee, FL

    Cyndy Loomis
    Information Systems of Florida
    Tallahassee, FL

    Susan Pareigis 
    The Florida Council of 100
    Tampa, FL

    Piyush A. Patel 
    President and CEO
    Kyra InfoTech Inc. 


    David Pierce
    Service Delivery Director
    Tallahassee, FL  

    Barbara Ray
    Vice President
    The North Highland Company
    Tallahassee, FL

    H. Dean Ridings, CAE
    Intersect Media Solutions/Florida Press Association
    Lake Mary, FL

    Steven Rogers
    Client Executive
    IBM Corporation
    Tallahassee, FL

    April Salter
    President and COO
    Tallahassee, FL

    Ed Tancer
    West Palm Beach, FL

    Morgan McCord        
    Communications Coordinator

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