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Local Leader Recognized for Helping Persons with Disabilities

Rich Gilmartin - President of Global Connections to Employment (GCE)

Pensacola, Fla. (October 6, 2015) – Rich Gilmartin, President of Global Connections to Employment (GCE), was recognized for exceptional leadership in the field of developmental disabilities. During the annual Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (ARF) award event held in Clearwater, Florida, Gilmartin achieved:

  • The Board Appreciation Award for demonstrating outstanding service to Florida ARF and the individuals served.
  • The Honorable Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award "May the Work I've Done Speak for Me" for devoting a career to serving individuals with developmental disabilities and achieving goals that have enabled those served.

Florida ARF promotes the interests of individuals with disabilities and the agencies that serve them. GCE, a division of Lakeview Center, employs more than 1,600 persons with disabilities in 13 states and the District of Columbia. About 500 employees work at 28 sites in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Visit to learn more.

An affiliate of Baptist Health Care, Lakeview Center Inc. is a network of behavioral health, vocational and child protective services. These services address a broad spectrum of human needs, reflecting a longstanding commitment to helping people overcome life's challenges.

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