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Game Changers Reshape Pensacola

by IN Staff | Interviews by Grant Hutchinson

A Game Changer is a company or government entity that has taken bold steps to set this community on a new course. A Game Changer builds a newer, better mousetrap. A Game Changer thinks so far outside the box that there no longer is a box, and it refuses to be constrained by naysayers.

In honor of our 12th anniversary, we chose 12 Game Changers who have reshaped the greater Pensacola area. Portofino Resort overcame insurmountable obstacles and has made Pensacola Beach a destination resort. The Andrews Institute revitalized the Gulf Breeze commercial district and has Pensacola on sports pages worldwide. Sandy Sansing Automotive Group reshaped Pensacola’s fabled Car City. AppRiver and Avalex Technologies are two high-tech companies that have quietly grown to giants in their fields and have attracted bright, young talent to the area.

Innisfree Hotels survived Hurricane Ivan and has bounced back to be a dominant force on Pensacola Beach and along the Gulf Coast. In a town filled with famous law firms, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz has carved out a place and built its own national reputation. On the medical front, the Woodlands Center for Specialized Medicine is setting a new standard for patient-focused care.

Our education and government sector has its Game Changers also. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, under David Morgan, has risen to a new professional level. There could have been no better face for the community during the Billings tragedy. The Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport has become the premier airport from New Orleans to Jacksonville, and few can question how the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has developed into the region’s environmental leader with its new Central Water Reclamation Facility. Add to all these Game Changers the University of West Florida, which has taken seriously its role as an education leader and economic catalyst for Northwest Florida.

These 12 companies and government entities have made a significant positive impact on our community and challenge all of us to be Game Changers, too.

Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
AppRiver
Avalex Technologies
Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz
Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
Escambia County Sheriff’s Department
Innisfree Hotels, Inc.
Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport
Portofino Island Resort & Spa
Sandy Sansing Automotive Group
University of West Florida
Woodlands Center for Specialized Medicine