Shauna Norris

Grapevine Named a Finalist in Prestigious Regional Awards

Grapevine Communications International Inc. is proud to have been recognized numerous times in recent months, including being named a finalist in two prestigious regional awards.  

The agency’s Founder and President, Angela Massaro-Fain, was selected as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “2008 Business Woman of the Year Awards.” The black-tie awards dinner was held on Aug. 15 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

In addition, the Lakewood Ranch, Florida based marketing, advertising and public relations firm was named as a finalist in the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Sarasota County “Hall of Fame Awards” in the Service Company of the Year category. The “Hall of Fame Awards” luncheon was held on Sept. 26 at an at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

Grapevine Communications, which is owned by Massaro-Fain and her husband, John Fain, has been listed among the “Top 25 Advertising Agencies in Southwest Florida” by Tampa Bay Business Journal for four years in a row. The firm has continually garnered attention and recognition since it relocated to the Sarasota area in 2002, winning industry ADDY Awards every year it has been in business, as well as the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce “2006 Young Business of the Year Award.”

At a time when the economy is experiencing a slowdown and laying off staff, Grapevine Communications has worked hard to continue to add a variety of new clients in diverse industries and has maintained its entire staff.

The secret, according to Massaro-Fain, is “to stay out there, maintain a presence, exceed client expectations and deliver effectively.” Massaro-Fain’s expertise in advertising, marketing and public relations has put her in demand as a guest speaker on “Building Your Business Up in a Down Economy.” Most recently, she has been a guest speaker at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida Atlantic University in Miami, a Small Business Council panel discussion in Sarasota, and a Manatee Chamber of Commerce panel in Bradenton.

Grapevine’s diverse client base includes aviation, developers and builders, charitable organizations, chemical, financial planners, entertainment, healthcare, insurance, law, local government, packaging, real estate, spas and salons, as well as software. The agency is committed to donating more than $100,000 in pro-bono services every year to local not-for-profit organizations and has donated over $709,000.00 collectively since 2002.

Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shaunna Norris ( at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at