Fred Zinda, co-founder of Joto’s Pizza, was named 2014’s Mr. Seminole at a March 1 banquet hosted by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chamber of Commerce honored several of the community’s top business and civic leaders at the city’s most prestigious awards ceremony March 1.
For the first time in several years, the Mr./Ms. Seminole banquet was held separately from the Chamber’s installation event. This year’s event took place at Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach.
Joto’s Pizza founder Fred Zinda took home the top award of the evening and was named the 2014 Mr. Seminole.
Others honored included Marianne Fisher, Boss of the Year; Seminole Goodyear, Business of the Year; and Jean Campbell, Merit Award.
Zinda, along with his wife, Carol Zinda, opened Joto’s Pizza in Pinellas Park in 1974, initially operating as a Krusty’s Pizza franchise. The couple opened their Seminole location in 1982.
The Zindas have a long history of giving back to the community. They’ve donated food, money and time to a variety of local organizations, including Seminole High School, Blessed Sacrament Church, youth sports teams and a number of civic groups. They also organize holiday gift giving for needy families and over the past 10 years, their annual Dough for the Kids Golf Classic has raised more than $300,000 for All Children’s Hospital.
Fred was also previously named Boss of the Year by the Chamber.
“I am so proud and so humbled,” he said after being named Mr. Seminole.
Then, he called his wife up to join him at the podium.
“Who would have never thought 40 years later we’d be here accepting this award from this wonderful community,” she said.