We are the Home of the Champions.

The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its 8th Annual Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards.

The purpose of this program is to recognize and honor businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices, and have had a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PAST CHAMPIONS CUP AWARD WINNERS, CLICK HERE.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PAST SPIRIT OF BARTOW AWARD WINNERS, CLICK HERE.

    Keynote Speaker: Glenn Waters

    Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for

    BayCare Health System

    Glenn Waters is the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for BayCare Health System, a leading, not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. BayCare’s inpatient and outpatient services include: acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, fitness and urgent care centers.

    As EVP/COO, Waters is responsible for the operations, strategic planning and clinical integration of BayCare’s hospitals, ambulatory care and behavioral health services, and the administrative management of BayCare Medical Group, the region’s leading multi-specialty physician group with over 500 providers practicing in more than 160 locations in 45 specialties throughout the Tampa Bay area.

    Prior to his current appointment, Waters was BayCare’s Hospital Division President from 2013-2015. He also was President of Morton Plant Mease Health Care, where he earned a reputation as a forward-thinking, strategic leader, from 2008-2013.

    With his leadership, BayCare has launched major transformations of its hospital campuses and ambulatory services to meet the growing needs of the community, received numerous national recognitions for quality of care, brought innovative procedures and services to its patients, and expanded community outreach through education and partnerships emphasizing health and wellness.

    Waters also guided the development of BayCare’s first system-wide oncology strategy and provided executive leadership for BayCare Behavioral Health, the Tampa Bay area’s largest provider of mental health and substance abuse services.

    Before joining BayCare, Waters was the chief operating officer at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Waters received his Master of Hospital Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


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All nominations are confidential to the selection committee only.

Awards will be presented on October 17, 2017 at the Bartow Chamber’s Champions Cup Business and Industry Awards at the Bartow Civic Center.

The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards, and Bartow’s Spirit of Bartow Award.

Starting this year, any Chamber Member can nominate any fellow Chamber Member for the following categories.


    Service/Professional Business of the Year

    (includes non-retail professional businesses such as banks, insurance companies, medical professionals, accountants, attorneys, construction companies, etc.)

    Retail Business of the Year

    (includes any business that sells merchandise directly to the public such as gift shops, auto dealers, restaurants, etc.)

    Emerging Business of the Year

    (any start-up company in business less than three years – cannot be a buyout of an existing company)

    Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year

    (any non-profit business/organization)

    Community Service Business of the Year

    (includes all non-retail businesses that have contributed through donations of time or financial resources to improve the area’s quality of life)

    Spirit of Bartow Award


All awards will be judged by a blue-ribbon committee of Chamber members based upon the following criteria:

Business & Industry Awards

The mission of the Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards is to recognize businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices in the areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.


Spirit of Bartow Awards

Nominees for this award should be individuals or groups that have significantly contributed to the Bartow community and their individual accomplishments/contributions made a positive impact on the area’s quality of life.


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