Venice biz selected as Florida Companies to Watch finalist

VENICE GONDOLIER – Diversified Material Specialists, Inc. (DMSI) International was named a finalist in the 12th annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch.

The award honors second-stage companies throughout Florida for developing valuable products and services, creating jobs, broadening new industries in the state, and enriching communities.

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DMSI was selected as GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch finalist

Finalists Announced for the 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Companies now in the running to be selected as an Honoree for this year’s award

(SARASOTA, FL) – Diversified Material Specialists, Inc. (DMSI) International was among the first round of the 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Finalists recently announced.  The awards event – now in its twelfth year – honors impressive second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. The 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Awards Celebration is brought to you by Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Together, the 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Finalists represent nearly 2,000 jobs and generate over $430 million in revenue. These companies, all of which are “worth watching,” anticipate a growth of 40 percent in revenue and 18 percent in employment by the end of 2022. 

“I’m a woman of faith and always big with faith. I consider each day a gift, an opportunity, and a privilege. DMSI is a unique company in every aspect of the word ‘unique’. We are visionaries; a company built by people who are dedicated and determined to not let the things we do not have, be determined by the possibilities of what we could have. At DMSI, we don’t just manufacture cables; we create the solution.” Said Jeneth D’Alonzo, CEO of DMSI International.

The Finalists were selected from close to 300 nominations across the state and are now in the running to be named a GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree.  If selected as an Honoree, these exemplary second-stage companies will join the 550 second-stage companies across the state that have been recognized since 2011.

“This group of business owners represents the remarkable second-stage businesses operating across the state of Florida,” said Jennifer Taylor, President, and CEO of GrowFL. “They demonstrate the agility, perseverance, and innovation needed to take their business to the next level. GrowFL is proud to support Florida’s second-stage entrepreneurs and help to play a part in recognizing their success.  We look forward to celebrating these innovative companies as they continue to grow and have a significant impact on Florida’s economy.”

GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. To qualify for the award, companies must have between 6 and 150 employees and revenue between $750,000 and $100 million in 2021.

Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities, and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.”

The Honorees for this year’s award will be announced in October. The 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration will take place on February 23, 2023, at Hard Rock Live, Universal City Walk, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit

About DMSI International:

Diversified Material Specialists, Inc. (DMSI) International is an ISO-approved manufacturer with a focus on world-class excellence in delivering fiber optic connectivity products. Our unique concept of Owning the Core® of our business gives us the latitude to develop, engineer, and produce quality products at competitive pricing.

For over 25 years, DMSI has been steadily building a solid customer base across the globe delivering a simple and highly focused manufacturing solution for our customers. Our business strategy revolves around the concept of a totally diversified manufacturing company providing integrated solutions to our clients.

About GrowFL:  

GrowFL is dedicated to support and accelerate the growth of second-stage companies throughout Florida, by providing their leaders focused, efficient, and timely access to resources they deem important, such as connections with other second-stage company leaders, and professional organizations whose expertise, experience, and products lead to the second-stage company’s continued growth and prosperity resulting in diversification and growth of Florida’s economy.  Second-stage growth companies have at least 6 employees and $750,000 in revenue and possess an intent and desire to grow beyond second-stage.  Website:

About the Edward Lowe Foundation:  

The Edward Lowe Foundation was established in 1985 by Ed and Darlene Lowe to leverage entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic growth and community development. The foundation’s entrepreneurship initiatives focus on second-stage companies, which are growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond startup but have not yet reached maturity. Its peer learning, leadership education, and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing. For more information, visit

The Young Professional Group Summit: Align with Purpose

Some of our DMSI young professionals attended The Young Professional Group Summit: Align with Purpose at The Carlisle Inn recently. The summit was informative and inspirational, and it gave the attendees an opportunity to learn about their goals in life as well as how they can shift their focus on them despite the obstacles that may come along the way. The speakers at the summit were also interesting, and they reminded them of their responsibilities to help each other grow.

The summit provided the attendees with lots of insights that will help them better understand why some people succeed while others fail at achieving their goals. Moreover, it also taught them how to stay motivated by overcoming fears along the way in order to develop and grow.

Shumaker Chamber University: Listening’s Role in Effective Leadership

By Evan Samson, Integrated Marketing Communications Officer

Yesterday, I and some of my DMSI International colleagues (Iylin FlockMenchie CalesaAda Joy Agovida, and Patrick Alexander) attended The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s seminar “Shumaker Chamber University: Listening’s Role in Effective Leadership” which presented by Dawn Y. Graber.

After attending the seminar, I was able to identify what it means to listen effectively; it was a great and insightful experience. Dawn was very knowledgeable and engaging.

The context of the conversation, the concept that is being discussed, and the speaker’s body language are all important aspects of listening. You must be able to listen effectively to understand what’s being said and how best to respond.

During our small group sessions, we used case studies illustrating the importance effective listening can make in building a healthy culture of engaged employees resulting in greater success. This showed us how important it is for leaders to listen well to build healthy cultures where employees feel safe enough to speak up about their ideas or any problems they’re experiencing.

I learned that it’s important for me to broaden my listening skills so that I can adapt better and improve my relationships with others.

DMSI Cares: All-Faiths Foodbank

By Patrick Alexander, Director of HR

At DMSI we look for ways to give back to our communities, either in Sarasota or the Philippines. Yesterday, I was able to volunteer at the All-Faiths Foodbank in Sarasota to help pack boxes of food to be delivered throughout Sarasota County. I love helping, and I am so grateful that I work for a company that does the same.

DMSI Cares: Employee Appreciation Day

DMSI International will always be grateful for the dedication and diligence of its employees for the company each year; their hard work and commitment never go unnoticed. We provide ways to encourage our employees for their personal growth and development in career, lifestyle, and health. This time, we gave our appreciation by hosting a Back-to-School DMSI Family and Friends event last Saturday at Dallas White Park.

It was a fun-filled event dedicated to our employees, their family, and friends. Food, drinks, and entertainment were provided at the event; we set up inflatables and tons of activities not only for kids but also for all young at heart. Aside from all the fun stuff, we put together school supplies in backpacks and gave them away to the kids who attended the event in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Thanks to our Director of HR, Patrick Alexander, for facilitating the event, and to all the employees who help set up and clean up the event.

Also, thanks to Anthony Giovi and Jason Wilson for setting up a table and helping some of our employees with opening an account with PNC.

It was indeed an enjoyable event for our employees as our way of saying “Thank you”!

DMSI Cares: Building relationship with our community

DMSI International has always believed that community involvement is not only an easy and effective way to increase brand awareness, establish a positive reputation, and grow our business but, most importantly, it allows us to establish meaningful connections and give back to those in need.

Last July 2nd, 2022, an outreach program, was organized by the employees of DMSI Philippines. The program aims to continue DMSI International’s tradition of providing additional help to the less fortunate children and their families and reach areas in the community with limited resources.

The Brgy. Saputan in Calbayog City, Samar, Philippines has been chosen as its beneficiary, and with the help of its barangay officials and elementary school teachers, we were able to distribute school supplies to 88 students which included school bags, pens, sharpeners, and crayons. We were also able to provide vitamins for these children which was a big help, especially during this time of the pandemic. We also prepared food packs for them but like all kids, they were more excited when we gave them some toys.

Our team also provided groceries for 112 households. It may not be much, but it was a big help to the families whose meager income barely pays for their day-to-day expenses.

They welcomed us to their community with excitement and we left them with warm smiles on their faces. This proves that at DMSI, we are not only in the business of building connectivity products; we are also in the business of building long-term relationships be it with our clients or the community.

– Nezzy Valenzuela, HRMO, DMSI Philippines