TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Debra Hanses Novakoski, President and CEO of HomeBanc was named this year's BusinessWoman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal at the Awards Gala held on August 11, 2017 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Hotel. The event consisted of nearly 500 attendees including the 52 finalists. The TBBJ Awards Gala is a celebration to recognize the accomplishments of successful women in business in the Bay area.
Ms. Novakoski along with each of the finalists were first presented with a plaque to honor their achievements. A winner was selected from twelve business categories; Novakoski was recognized as the winner of the Financial Services category from six nominees. She was later announced the overall winner of BusinessWoman of the Year receiving a personalized Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey, necklace with pendant and crystal trophy. She becomes the 14th overall winner in the history of this event.
"I am honored to have been selected from an amazing and diverse field of successful women; this is an award for our entire team of 100 outstanding professionals at HomeBanc," said Deb Hanses Novakoski. Chairman of HomeBanc, Dana Cluckey, said "HomeBanc is pleased with Deb's recognition as winner of this prestigious award; she is a true example of a successful businesswoman, possessing all the skills and characteristics required of an accomplished business leader."
HomeBanc was named to American Banker magazine's "Best Banks to Work For 2016" list and rated the #2 bank to work for two consecutive years; the top rated bank on Florida Trend magazine's "2017 Best Companies to Work For in Florida" list for the sixth year in a row; the top rated bank on Tampa Bay Times "2017 Top Workplaces" list for the fifth consecutive year; named one of the "Best Places to Work for Millennials" in 2015 by The Center for Generational Kinetics and Best Companies Group; and selected as the "2016 North Florida District Top Community Bank Lender" by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Bank, with headquarters in Tampa, has fourteen offices, including retail branches in Lake Mary, Winter Park, Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota), Belleair Bluffs, Countryside (Clearwater), Dunedin, Kenneth City, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Largo, St. Petersburg, and in Tampa on North Dale Mabry Highway and in Westchase.
HomeBanc offers a variety of retail deposit products, along with SBA, USDA and commercial mortgage loan products. The Company has assets of over $1 billion. The HomeBanc team is committed to exceeding customer expectations and making HomeBanc "A Great Place to Work and A Great Place to Bank!" More information about HomeBanc can be found at www.homebanc.com.