SARASOTA, Fla. – The Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit trade organization, recently hosted its 3rd annual Chili Cook Off at Conley Buick GMC in Bradenton, where 18 teams competed for top honors and bragging rights.
Over 100 attendees joined the teams on October 29 to taste chili as the hopefuls competed for Judges’ Choice, Showmanship and Unique Chili awards. Chili tasters had the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite team in the People’s Choice award and to dress up for a costume contest.
Satterfield & Pontikes Construction took home the People’s Choice award, PGT’s chili was dubbed Most Unique and Sutter Roofing won the Showmanship award. Delta Engineers & Inspection received first place overall for the Judges’ Choice award followed by Group Z Signs with second place overall and APEX Consulting Engineers with third place overall.
Guest judges included City of Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston; Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac; Supervisor of Elections for Manatee County and former Senator Mike Bennett; Dee Bennett, wife of Mike Bennett; former Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells; and Manatee County Chief Deputy Ricky Wells, a candidate for Sheriff.
About The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange was established in 1952 and is a not-for-profit corporation operating as a trade organization. Under the guidance of a volunteer Board of Directors, the organization’s philosophy of “members working with members” has been successful in helping individual members grow. This success has become the foundation for the continued development of the organization.
The GCBX membership is comprised of over 300 companies in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. It includes some of the most respected contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service providers and businesses in construction‑affiliated industries. For more information, visit www.GCBX.org.