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Updated: 08/13/2014 08:00:01AM

Another well-deserved accolade for Graham

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Suzanne Graham of Port Charlotte, left, is one of just 13 women in Florida to be honored this year by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women with a Florida Achievement Award (which she recently received from Attorney General Pam Bondi, pictured here), for her work in improving the lives of women and families in their communities.

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From July 24-26, three scholarship recipients of the Future Builders of America/Charlotte Technical Center Chapter — Dallas Frayley, Cody Peterson and Mike McGrain, along with CTC drafting instructor Chuck Cantieny — attended the South East Builders Conference in Orlando, to participate in educational building industry-related seminars and classes. They also networked with building industry leaders from across our state. Pictured here are Cantieny, Peterson, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, McGrain and Frayley. In addition to Putnam, the group also had the opportunity to meet Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Attorney General Pam Bondi. The Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association’s local FBA chairman Rick Ilmberger and FBA volunteer Tammy Ilmberger were able to organize the trip with the help of the CDBIA and sponsors True Blue Pools, Jim Anderson Rentals, Boyette & Miller Construction, Carlson and Soforth, Hyatt Regency Orlando and the Florida Home Builders Association.

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Congratulations go out to Port Charlotte resident and prominent businesswoman Suzanne Graham. According to a press release from Donna Barrett, executive officer of the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association, Graham is one of just 13 women in the state to be honored this year by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women with a Florida Achievement Award for her work in improving the lives of women and families in their communities.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi presented the award to Graham at a recent Southeast Building Conference in Orlando. Graham, the first female president of the CDBIA in 2006, was awarded as its member of the year twice, according to the press release, and currently is the director of government affairs for Massey Services Inc., and recently was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. She also served as the 2013 president of the Florida Home Builders Association.

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