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 www.flytropic.com.