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Allen Osteen, President of East Coast Lumber Named 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

Exemplifying the innovation, drive and persistence of a successful entrepreneur, Allen Osteen of Vero Beach and East Coast Lumber and Supply Company was recognized with the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Announcement of the award was the highlight of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award dinner held on Thursday, March 1 at the Indian River State College Richardson Center at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach. The award, which recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit, business excellence, and community involvement, is a central element of the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program established by the IRSC Foundation and 13 other founding members to promote awareness and appreciation of the free enterprise system.

“Recognizing the spirit of entrepreneurship and the role that it plays in developing communities and supporting their economic success is crucially important. Allen Osteen’s innovation, drive and persistence exemplify the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and it is a great honor to present him with the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” shares Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “As the fourth generation of leadership of one of the oldest independent lumber and building material dealers in Florida, Allen propels East Coast Lumber and Supply Company into the 21st century as a thriving and respected enterprise. And his strong commitment to community led him to co-found Indian River Magazine, which has been serving the Treasure Coast for more than a decade.”

Osteen joined East Coast Lumber in 1989 as Chief Executive Officer and Owner. Looking for opportunities for growth and expansion in the lumber business, In 1996 Osteen became partner and Joyner Lumber in Lakeland Florida serving as Vice President and Owner. In 2006, recognizing the need and opportunity for an upscale magazine to feature the area’s unique history and resources, Osteen partnered with Gregory Enns to launch Indian River Magazine, a highly successful enterprise producing five publications that highlight local communities, events and activities. Osteen serves as Vice President and Assistant Publisher for the publication.

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The Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program

To promote awareness and appreciation of our free enterprise system, the Indian River State College Foundation, Lambert Foundation, and thirteen other founding members have joined together to create the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program. This multi-faceted program is funded through a leadership contribution from the Lambert Foundation in honor of Mr. Dan K. Richardson, former Chairman of the Board of Gracewood Groves, Gracewood Fruit Company, and the Richardson Family Foundation.

The Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program encourages entrepreneurship through education with community lectures and instructional programs. Each facet of this program supports and reinforces the principles of free enterprise that have made our nation great. Business leaders who have helped to build our community are honored through the annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nomination

Entrepreneur of the Year Award
 
We invite you to submit a nomination for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This award honors outstanding business founders or leaders who exemplify exeptional commitment to the free enterprise system. Recipients have records of community service and "giving back" to the community, have strong leadership skills, and have made a positive impact in both their personal and professional lives. Previous recipients of this prestigous award are listed above. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. The annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award ceremony is held in March.

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