The Triton


Tropic Ocean Airways CEO wins entrepreneur award


Rob Ceravolo, CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways, has been named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Consumer Services category for Florida. 

The award — which recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities – was selected by an independent panel of judges and presented at a gala event on June 13 at the Hilton Orlando, according to a statement from the company.

Ceravolo, a former Navy fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor, founded the charter airline in 2009 to provide private and scheduled service flights on amphibious aircraft. The airline transported more than 35,000 passengers in 2018 to destinations in Florida, the Northeast U.S., the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and has earned a five-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor, as well as the ARGUS Gold rating for safety. The airline provided disaster relief throughout the Caribbean after the major hurricanes of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

As a Florida award winner, Ceravolo is now in the running for EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 nationally. Winners in several categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at a gala on Nov. 16 in Palm Springs, California.

Now in its 33rd year, the EY awards program was founded by Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company that provides assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The program bestows regional, national and global awards in more than 145 cities and 60 countries, according to a company statement. 

For more information about Tropic Ocean Airways, visit

Related Articles

FLIBS19: M/Y Excellence excels in interior contest

FLIBS19: M/Y Excellence excels in interior contest

Story and photos by Dorie Cox Under sunny, 80-degree skies, a hot Friday was transformed into a “magical night” on board 14 yachts during an interior staff competition at the Fort Lauderdale …

Miami20: Seaplane delivers boat show guests

Fort Lauderdale-based Global Marine Travel and Yacht Chandlers co-hosted a luxury seaplane experience with Tropic Ocean Airways from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami Seaplane Base for the …

Australia to honor Apprentice of the Year

Australia to honor Apprentice of the Year

The annual Australian Marine Industry Awards will include a new category this year: the Apprentice of the Year, recognizing apprentices for outstanding performance and commitment to the country’s …

Acrew launches Superyacht Business Awards

Acrew launches Superyacht Business Awards

Yacht crew events company Acrew has launched the Superyacht Business Awards to acknowledge the best superyacht businesses in the world, based on captain and crew experiences from last …

MarineMax crew take top honor at BVI show

M/Y Tucana, a 484 Aquila power catamaran in the MarineMax fleet, along with its crew, Capt. Mike Jones and Chef Amy Briggs, was named Best Motor Yacht at the 37th BVI Charter Yacht Show. “We …

MIBS20: Innovation Award winners announced at Miami show

MIBS20: Innovation Award winners announced at Miami show

Winners of the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards were announced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International on Feb. …


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.