2021 Martin County Charlene Hoag Winner
The Business Development Board of Martin County is pleased to announce Martin County’s 2021 Charlene Hoag Leadership Award recipient is Janice Norman of the Water Pointe Realty Group.
Janice was selected for this prestigious award for her years of service in Martin County and the positive impact she has made on numerous organizations and people over the years.
Janice Norman, a Broker Associate with more than 15 years of Real Estate experience, is the immediate past-chair of the Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce and president of Catch the Wave of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to abolishing human trafficking. She has also been a member and held office in many nonprofit organizations on the Treasure Coast including Soroptimist International of Stuart past president, Visionary School of Arts, and is a graduate of LEADERship Martin County as well as past chair of its alumni association. Janice believes that giving back to the community is always of paramount importance. She received the 2008 Community Service Award from the Realtors® Association of Martin County and the 2017 Women of Distinction Award for Volunteerism from Soroptimist International of Stuart. Her past experience as an emergency department nurse and administrator is evident in her professionalism and work ethic.
The winner of the Charlene Hoag Leadership Award is kept secret and only announced the day of the annual Martin County Business Awards. Yet due an unexpected family medical emergency, Janice was actually out of town when it was announced, by her colleague and 2020 Charlene Hoag Leadership award winner Deb Duvall, that she had won the prestigious award.
Thanks to many friends in attendance at the 2021 Martin County Business Awards on Friday, November 5, including her surprised husband Ken Norman who accepted the award on her behalf, she quickly heard the good news.
Janice Norman is the 18th individual to receive award which was first bestowed in 2003. To be eligible for consideration, leaders need to have been employed in Martin County for 10 years or more and demonstrate devotion to family and vocation, commitment to service to the community and leadership toward the goal of improving Martin County’s quality of life.
About Charlene Hoag (1945 – 2002)
“Charlene didn’t just talk about issues, she actively worked to address them. Her resume tells the story of her involvement, but her actions speak volumes about her commitment to her community, her family and vocation.”
Charlene was a former Martin County Commissioner, with a long history of community involvement. A 1991 graduate of LEADERship Martin County, Ms. Hoag served as a board member of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, the Martin County Taxpayers Association and the Crane Creek Property Owners Association. She worked with the St. Lucie River Initiative, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Council of Martin County, the Treasure Coast Builders Association and the Republican Party in Martin County. She also served on the boards of the United Way of Martin County, the Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Martin County Council for the Arts, the Business Development Board of Martin County and as Vice-Chairman of the District Board of Trustees for Indian River Community College. While serving on the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, she served as Chairman in 1994. She also represented the Board on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Local Coordinating Board of the Transportation Disadvantaged and the Allapattah Ranch Acquisition Committee. Charlene was recognized as “Business Advocate of the Year” by the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce in 1993, “Friend of Palm City” by the Palm City Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and as the Business Advocate for the Private Sector by the Business Development Board in 2001.