Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2005 Eve Award Finalists

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2005 Eve Award Finalists

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District 4 administrator, Florida Department of Children and Families

Primary achievement in 2004: She has brought corporate expertise to the job, redesigning the department to increase its quality and efficiency. The number of children in out-of-home care is down by almost 20 percent and the number of adoptions has increased by nearly 300 percent. The number of investigations into child or adult abuse open beyond 60 days has gone from 63 in July 2003 to none. Partnerships with local agencies have been developed, more than 700 employees have been trained in customer service techniques and nearly 50,000 victims of the state's four hurricanes were helped with food stamp assistance by her department's staff.

Other: She is in Leadership Jacksonville's class of 2005, is a board member of the Women's Center of Jacksonville and Betty Griffin House and has served on the FCCJ Foundation and United Way boards.

Judges' comments: "Children and Family Services are going to be different, not just here but all over the state, because of her implementation."


Executive director, Jacksonville Historical Society

Primary achievement in 2004: In addition to managing the society's four facilities, staff and board members, she found funding to acquire a collection of more than 20,000 rare images of the city, spearheaded the relocation of the society's vast archives to the new downtown library and supervised the restoration and furnishing of Merrill House, increasing the society's income by leasing its historic buildings for private events year-round and to ESPN during Super Bowl week. She planned and funded a series of free public historical programs, personally presented more than 80 programs on local history and was a contributing writer, editor and production manager for The Jacksonville Family Album, a 432-page book.

Other: She is a board member of the Jacksonville Women's Network, the Mandarin Community Club and the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society and received the Girl Scouts' Women of Distinction arts award.

Judges' comments: "Emily is just a force of nature. . . . She goes nonstop 24/7. . . . She's made history hot."


Vice president and general manager, Clear Channel Television

Primary achievement in 2004: She delivered an unprecedented level of support for the community-wide early literacy initiative, RALLY Jacksonville. Fox 30/CBS 47 created, produced and aired the original weekly Mayor's Book Club shows to extend literacy into the home and contributed $322,000 worth of in-kind media support, resulting in more than 8,000 4-year-olds registered in the club. Under her leadership, her company had its most profitable year ever in 2004 and further supported literacy through other programs including Much Ado About Books, Learn to Read Inc. and Jax Reads. She even founded an employee book club.

Other: She was named Clear Channel's television executive of the year, was selected as a fellow of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and is a member of the Fox Network Affiliation Board of Governors and the Florida Association of Broadcasters Television Board.

Judges' comments: "She has made a contribution hidden so deep the community is not aware of it. . . . Nobody has taken the step to target a young constituency like she has and to provide what they didn't have. . . . She's a developer of people."


President, Baker Distributing Co. LLC

Primary achievement in 2004: She has risen from a staff accountant in 1977 to the only female president in her industry. She became a Presidential Scholar at Jacksonville University, earning her MBA and CPA while still working for the company that markets and distributes air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment, parts and supplies. …

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