Distinguished Alumni Award


The GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Alumni Award is a prestigious recognition to honor past GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees who have demonstrated exceptional growth, innovation, and resilience since being awarded. As part of the esteemed network of 650 Honorees across the state, we want to honor those who continue to inspire and mentor emerging businesses, embodying the spirit of excellence and entrepreneurship. The Alumni Award aims to celebrate their enduring impact and serves as a testament to their ongoing commitment to fostering economic growth and prosperity in Florida.

Applications are open for the 3rd Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Alumni Award and will close on December 31, 2024. The recipient will be honored at the 14th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Awards Celebration in Orlando, Florida.

Questions? Reach out to GrowFL at info@growfl.com.

Inspired by 2012 Honoree, Barbara Stankowski, the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Alumni Award was created to recognize past Honorees for continued growth, community involvement, and impact on the state’s economy.


  • Be a past GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree recognized from 2011 to 2018
  • Demonstrate continued growth in revenue and employees
  • Ownership has remained consistent since the original award

“As the first Florida Companies to Watch Alumni Award winner, we are proud to represent the entrepreneurial spirit of our state. We are committed to continuing to build our business and contribute to the economic growth of our local community, the state of Florida, and the country. Congrats to our incredible team at Coastal Cloud. This award is a testament to their unwavering commitment, innovative spirit, and relentless pursuit of excellence in helping our clients. Without their passion, creativity, and hard work, we would not be where we are today.”

Tim Hale, Co-Founder
Coastal Cloud

About Barbara Stankowski:

After a distinguished 28-year career in the U.S. Navy, Barbara Stankowski ventured into entrepreneurship. In 2007, she founded her own business, AMTIS, Inc., providing services to commercial, federal, and state agencies. A few years later, AMTIS, Inc. was selected as a 2012 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree. Under her leadership, AMTIS grew into a multimillion-dollar company, employing hundreds of people across the United States. Stankowski has since sold AMTIS, Inc. but continues to act as a talented and experienced consultant at Stankowski Advanced Strategies. Since being awarded in 2012, she has stayed involved with GrowFL as a Corporate Partner, a member of the Executive Committee, and co-chair of the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Leadership Institute. She continues to dedicate her time to fellow entrepreneurs through the American Academy of Entrepreneurs and creating well-needed programs to support women Veterans around the nation.