She began her auto repair business in Fort Myers (Florida) in 1995 and today she is the 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida.
That's right..."she"..."auto mechanic." Get over it.
Pam Oakes, owner and founder of Pam's Motor City Tire & Auto Center was named Southwest Florida's Distinguished Entrepreneur for 2013 to wild cheers and applause at a gala and banquet May 22 on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.
In its second year, recognition of the Southwest Florida region's most distinguished entrepreneur is a project of FGCU's Small Business Development Center and highlights the initiatives and accomplishments of entrepreneurs big and small in this corner of the Sunshine State.
The 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida will be: a jewelry designer and maker, a distributor and marketer of Stevia products; a large auto repair shop or an industrial sized turbine maintenance company.
This year's four finalists include:
- Mark Loren, owner of Mark Loren Designs, Ft. Myers. FL.
- Ben Fleischer, owner of Pyure Brands, Naples, FL.
- Pamela Oakes, owner of Pam’s Motor City Automotive, Ft. Myers, FL.
- David Branton, owner of Turbine Generator Maintenance, Inc., Cape Coral, FL.
The elegant banquet at which the winner will be named is set for May 22 at Florida Gulf Coast University's Cohen Center. Tickets are available here. The keynote speaker for the banquet will be Jerry Ross, Executive Director of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando. Known to be a dynamic and entertaining presenter