Community Champion Award

Dated: 01/25/2017

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This past Saturday evening, I got a Diamond award for 2017 Community Champion of the Year from the Diversity Chamber of Commerce. I was pretty shocked as everyone in the nominated category was extremely deserving of the award. Rick Kriseman, our City Mayor, presented the award.

When I was 10 years old, I used to volunteer at Bay Pines VA Hospital in the summers. From age 15-19, I volunteered at a Morton Plant Hospital on days off from school, summers and time off my first years in college. No, there was no Google or Smart Phones or much of an internet - so it was sheer boredom that brought me to these places, but the "feel good" kept me coming back.

25-30 years later, I have really discovered that "helping others" (available in many forms) is truly a way to happiness, no matter what your present troubles are. Building long term relationships through community partners has been a priority for me and my business since 2005. Many of the organizations I support, directly or indirectly, helped me at one point or another in my life.

When I look back on the past 40 years, there is one person who I can say was THE role model for me when it came to giving back to the community: my father, Edward Hotchkiss. Many holidays, you could find him early in the morning handing out lunch sacks of cigarettes, pb&j and toiletries to the homeless in St Petersburg. Before retirement and after, he has donated time and money and talent to various homeless organizations and has been affectionately known as Mr. Ed in the red truck (no, not the talking horse).

Only recently have I been able to make large financial contributions to various community organizations-- I've discovered the more I give, the more I receive in return. In the last 3 years, I have been able to give more than $100,000 to local organizations in the Tampa Bay Area that directly help people locally.

The next three years, I will be focusing on giving of my time to these non-profits -- many companies devote 1 day to giving back to the community; The Hotchkiss Group will be setting aside time at least once a month to physically provide volunteer hours to local organizations.

On another note, I am very proud that Joey Romanik, my lead buyer's Agent, was nominated and became a finalist for 2017 Business Person of the Year -- a great honor and testament to his commitment to his clients and The Hotchkiss Group!Image title

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Sonny Hotchkiss - Team Lead

As a native of St. Petersburg, Sonny has an intimate knowledge of the Bay Area. He attended University of Florida where he received a BS in Business Administration. Sonny has been working in real est....

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