Honors & Awards

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#1 Amazon Best Seller Award for Plaintiff 101

Richter Publishing’s 3rd Annual Author Awards & Book Gala

October 2016

award1Richter Publishing awards Karen Mertes #1 Amazon Best Seller for her book Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to KnowRead More.


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Most Inspirational Entrepreneurial Story Finalist

Jamie Meloni

Thank you Jamie Meloni of That Business Show with Jamie Meloni for nominating Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny as 1 of 5 finalists for the award Most Inspirational Entrepreneurial Story based on his guest list from 2015.  All finalists were recognized at the 1st Annual That Business Show Awards Dinner.


 

Charity Chics

2015 MGC – Most Generous Chic

Charity Chics

The members of Charity Chics voted and selected Karen Mertes as the recipient of the 2015 MGC – Most Generous Chic award for her sustained philanthropic contributions to our greater Tampa Bay community through her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny.

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PLAINTIFF 101 Wins #1 Best Seller
and #1 Hot New Release Award

We’re thrilled to announce we won the #1 Amazon Best Seller & #1 Hot New Release award at Richter Publishing’s 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala!  This event recognizes published authors from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books.  We’d like to express our sincerest gratitude to our family and friends as well as thank all our supporters for making this achievement possible!  As always, we’re grateful for your generous kindness and support. We appreciate your enthusiasm for justice!

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LocalShops1’s Best in Biz, Best Non-Profit Finalist

Fulfill Your Destiny was honored to be selected as one of ten finalists for Best Non-Profit!

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INSPIRE! Woman of the Year for the 2015 Iconic Women Awards

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Iconic Women – Celebrating Women with Vision Awards

Recognizes women who have risen above significant personal challenges to achieve their goals and serve as role models for what focus, perseverance and determination can accomplish.


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Woman of Distinction 2015

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Recognized by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida as a 2015 Woman of Distinction for success in her chosen field and serving as an inspiring role model for girls locally. Read More…


Charity Chics

Chic of the Year 2014

Charity Chics

The Charity Chics founding chapter awarded Karen R. Mertes, Lt Col (Ret), USAF the honor of Chic of the Year 2014 for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our community.  Since 2009, women across Tampa Bay have experienced the joy of philanthropic giving through Charity Chics, where like-minded business women come together and connect for a cause.  Karen Mertes is one of our founding members and is a valued asset to the chapter.


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Spirit of Philanthropy

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Presented to an individual, group or family that has recognized a charitable need and developed a unique approach to advancing philanthropy in the community. The award recipient exemplifies the spirit of giving above and beyond. Read More…


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Heroes at Work

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Karen Mertes was 1 of 31 veterans honored by the Tampa Bay Business Journal at their Heroes at Work Inaugural Event. The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Heroes at Work Awards seek to recognize Tampa Bay veterans who, through their professional and personal efforts, are making a positive impact throughout the community. Read More…


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Most Online Votes

Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars

Presented to the ‘Celebrity Dancer’ who is the top online fundraiser July 9 – October 3, 2014 in Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars charity event hosted by Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay. Karen had 10,006 votes, more than twice the next celebrity dancer, raising thousands of dollars for Hands Across the Bay and this year’s seven beneficiary charities. Read More…


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C1 Bank Community Service Award

C1 Bank

The C1 Bank Community Service Award is presented to a member of the women’s business community who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in Tampa Bay through non-profit service. The award is presented annually during an award ceremony at the Working Women State Conference. Award recipients are nominated by members of Working Women of Tampa Bay. Read More…


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INSPIRE! Woman of the Year Finalist for the 2014 Iconic Women Awards

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, 2014 Iconic Women – Celebrating Women with Vision Awards

Recognizes women who have risen above significant personal challenges to achieve their goals and serve as role models for what focus, perseverance and determination can accomplish. Read More…


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WEDU Be more…Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award

WEDU

This award recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills to build a successful nonprofit endeavor. Read More…


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Be More Vocal Steve Otto, Voice of Tampa Bay Award Finalist

WEDU

This honor is bestowed upon the individual, family, or organization that has lent a unique voice to bring awareness, credence, support, or action to an issue or cause faced by our citizens and thus making a tremendous impact in our community. Read More…


Charity Chics

2013 Gift of Generosity

Charity Chics

December 2013

Charity Chics presents Fulfill Your Destiny with our 2013 Gift of Generosity Award for Fulfill Your Destiny’s extensive contributions to our greater Tampa Bay community.  Fulfill Your Destiny has made many significant positive impacts some of which have even been life changing for a number of it’s recipients in our local community.  Charity Chics honors Fulfill Your Destiny for it’s philanthropic contributions.


 

Inspired by HER

Getaway Fitness HER HEALTH Magazine

Inspired by HER recognizes amazing women who are survivors. Getaway Fitness proudly recognizes Karen Mertes in our feature Inspired by HER for her philanthropic efforts within the community.


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Be More Entrepreneurial Finalist

WEDU

This award recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills to build a successful nonprofit endeavor. Read More…


Charity Chics

MVC – Most Valuable Chic

Charity Chics

“Karen has done an amazing job growing her non-profit over the past year and is to be commended by all for her dedication.” — Charity Chics. Read More…


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BPW Outstanding Woman of the Year

Business and Professional Women Tampa Bay

We honor Karen Mertes for her dedication and commitment to enrich the lives of people in and around Tampa Bay by bringing together business and community.


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Bay News 9 Everyday Hero

Bay News 9

Good news is good news. Bill Murphy profiles a local person who is making a difference in the Bay area and beyond on “Everyday Heroes.” Tune in every Monday starting at 5:53 a.m. for stories that will warm your heart and soul.


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Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero

Tampa Bay Lightning

Karen was honored by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning as a Community Hero during their first season of recognizing unsung heroes in greater Tampa Bay who have made significant contributions to the community. Read More…


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Chapter Honors Award

eWomen Network Tampa/St. Petersburg Chapter


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Breakfast of Champions Inaugural Honoree

Centre Club Executive Women’s Council