Pinnacle Awards

Myra Williams

If it were possible to create a canopy road out of sabal palms, Myra Williams would be a great candidate to get the job done. She grew up in rural Louisiana in the shadow of majestic live oaks and brought…

Sue Straughn

There was a time when Sue Straughn was disappointed in herself for going into the television news business. She had wanted to be a social worker, but accepted an entry-level clerk-typist position at WEAR while a student and, she says,…

Jennifer Conoley

Growing up, Jennifer Conoley and her parents and her brother were profoundly affected when the paper mill in Port St. Joe was shuttered. Her father had worked as an electrician at the mill and there would be no way for…

Virginia Glass

Beyond dispute, Virginia Glass is the grande dame of Realtors in Tallahassee and a woman that has been reminded countless times that buying a home or a commercial property frequently is among the most stressful experiences in a person’s life.…

Kristine Rushing

Kristine Rushing is a student of leadership whose role involves evaluating processes and helping each of her team members grow in areas including workplace skills, best practices, goal setting and community development. In August, one of Rushing’s favorite authors, John…

Susan Davis

todd douglas photography Courts awarded custody of Susan Davis to her father when she was 4. And, while he scrambled to make a living for many years doing odd jobs before he became a junior high math teacher, Dad was…

Jeanne Dailey

Jeanne Dailey grew up in a small town near Toledo, Ohio, and went to an art school in Adrian, Michigan, but she wasn’t content to remain a struggling creative for long. She joined a friend at East Carolina University and…

Karen B. Moore

It would be fitting, if in Karen Moore’s case, the “B” stood for beneficent. I am fortunate to have her as a friend. Karen graciously agreed to serve as a guest speaker at a class I teach in the Strategic…

Patricia B. McCray

If, in Patricia McCray’s case, her middle initial were to stand for “beatitude,” or certainly “butterfly,” it would be fitting. McCray is unique among all Pinnacle Award winners in the four-year history of the program in that she spent three…