Observations on South Florida business
When you give as much as Gary Trippe has, you deserve every accolade you get.
Hundreds of business leaders turned out for the Horizon Council’s Industry Appreciation luncheon in Bonita Springs on Thursday. During the highlight of the event, the council named Trippe the recipient of the Bruce T. Gora Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual who has established a history of distinguished service and contributions to the growth of Lee County.
One of the most influential business people in Fort Myers, Trippe built a hugely successful regional insurance agency called Oswald Trippe and Company from his kitchen table in 1982. He was so successful that banking giant BB&T acquired it in 2009 and kept the name.
But here’s the thing about Trippe: He didn’t just drive off into the sunset in his RV.
Instead, Trippe launched Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, an innovative nonprofit program to train veterans for careers in the insurance business. You can read more about DVIC on its web site.
Plus, Trippe continues to be involved in the Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award he created, now in its 22nd year. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Those are just two examples of how Trippe continues to give back to his community even after selling his business. There are more you haven’t heard about and that’s why he’s so richly deserving of recognition.
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