Story and Photos by: Michael Demyan @ Boca Tribune

Local company, edgeMED, was honored Friday afternoon as the first recipient of the “Boca Means Business” award at Pavilion Grille.

The award is the first of many to be awarded through the Boca Raton Tribune and the Office of Economic Development to Boca Raton-based companies which exhibit a grand impact on the local corporate community.

Before taking the podium in front of over 60 people in attendance, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie praised the company for their achievements and stressed the importance of recognizing businesses which have contributed to the community.

“We’re very serious about our economic development and job creation and when we have innovative companies like the one that we’re honoring today, it’s important for us as leaders to come together with other members of the business community and really lift up those who are succeeding here,” she said.

Danielle Vennett, the managing director at Boca Raton Innovation Campus where edgeMED is headquartered, also shared the same sentiments.

“They are there to make things better for their customers, their employees, the community and the world,” she said. “We are honored to have them on our campus. We are honored to be able to celebrate the growth that they’ve had and certainly we’re pleased that it’s happening here in the city of Boca Raton.”

Mayor Haynie introduced edgeMED President Gary Dobel and Executive Vice President Scott Kurstin, who walked up to applause as they accepted the “Boca Means Business” plaque. Gary Kurstin, who founded the company in 1981, was also in attendance.

“To have the inaugural award given to edgeMED, I thought was an immense honor for us and I was very proud of the team effort that it took to get us here,” Scott Kurstin said.

Dobel moved to South Florida eight years ago and was impressed with the diverse population and growing trends in Healthcare IT. He said that those factors have helped multiply their employees by five over the past four years.

“Boca Raton and South Florida, we’re on an upward trajectory as an innovation destination,” Dobel said. “We at edgeMED, we just grew up to be part of it. We look forward to many, many more years in this community and contributing to the phenomenal growth.”

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