St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Names Todd Manley and Brant Pell Businessmen of the Year

Photo Credit: Linda Morland, Virgin Islands Daily News

Photo Credit: Linda Morland, Virgin Islands Daily News

On March 12, The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce declared the 2015 Professional Businessmen of the Year to be Todd Manley and Brant Pell.  The two are recognized for their new restaurants, 40 Strand Eatery and Toast Diner, contributing to the overall revitalization of Christiansted.  Manley and Pell were introduced in 2014 by a mutual friend.  They collectively used their culinary and business expertise to start successful restaurants on-island.

The other nominee in the businessman of the year category was Derek Shupe of Shupe’s on the Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar.

The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business and Professional Excellence Awards Gala was held this past weekend at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens.

Other winners / nominees included:

Professional Businesswoman of the Year

Winner: Diane Butler

Diane Butler Photography

St. Croix Explorer Map

Twin City Coffeehouse and Gallery (Founder)

Nominee: Anna Boguslawska, MSPT

Board Certified Physical Therapist

New Business of the Year

Winner: Cast Iron Pot Restaurant and Bar

Owners: Burton and Deborah Peterson

Nominees: Shoe Bar

Baked Cafe

Small Business of the Year

Winner: Neighborhood Pharmacy

Owner: Dr. Kisha Christian

Nominees: 40 Strand Eatery

Crucian Water Solutions

Business of the Year


Software Development

Owner: Leon Hughes

Nominee: Net Wave Unlimited Services

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

Winner: Our Town Frederiksted

Founder: Hugh Payne

Nominees: St. Croix Foundation

Christiansted Community Alliance

Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Winner: Steel Pan Musician Bill Bass

Winner: Tour Operator Nina York

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