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Ethics Award Press Release

September 13, 2016


Sam Ellison, chairman of EWI Construction, is a leader in the Tampa Bay Community. Leading in the construction market as well as being very involved with local charities making Sam a prominent player in the growth of Tampa Bay.

On Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, Sam Ellison will be recognized as the 2016 recipient of the University of Tampa’s Tampa Bay Ethics Award. The Tampa Bay Ethics Award is to recognize individuals in the Tampa Bay community who exemplify the mission and principles of The University of Tampa by promoting the highest ethical standards of business conduct.

Sam founded The Beck Group’s business in Florida in 1974 and also served as CEO of Beck International until 2013. While under Sam Ellison’s leadership The Beck Group ascended to the number one general contractor in the Tampa Bay market. The Beck group won numerous awards under Sam Ellison’s guidance, including three Florida AIA Builder of The Year designations. Sam joined EWI in January 2014. He has a broad knowledge of local conditions, practices and procedures, and provides overall guidance and support for the entire EWI team. He served as Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, as well as President of the University Club. He has supported local charities such as the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, The American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, and Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation.

Sam Ellison has been inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame as well as being recognized as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Florida Gulf Region of the Boy Scouts, The Tampa Bay Business Man of the Year, and International Business Person of the Year by the Tampa Bay Women in International Trade. Some of Sam’s most notable projects in the Tampa Bay area to date are The University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center, USAA Southeast Headquarters, Blake High School, Tampa International Airport Airside C, Rivergate Tower, and The University of Tampa Fitness Center opening next week. Sam says “I am very honored to receive this prestigious award for Ethics.”



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