Gary R. Cunningham Entrepreneurial Award


CIA Developers has created the Entrepreneurial Award to assist the up-and-coming entrepreneur in Brevard County. With the honor of receiving this award, the recipient also receives rental space at any CIA managed property. The recipient is chosen through a selection process led by a committee comprised of seven area business leaders. The selection process begins on December 1st, 2012 at which time applications will be accepted.


CIA Developers will allow applications from any startup or early-stage company that wishes to apply. For applicants wishing to apply on behalf of their educational institution, representatives have been established with following colleges; Brevard Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Institute of Technology and University of Central Florida.

If you are applying on behalf of a school, please submit applications to the corresponding contact provided below. All general questions are to be submitted to

Brevard Community College Victoria Peake (321) 433-5572 Small Business Development Center BCC, Building 10, Room 17 3865 North Wickham Rd. Melbourne, FL 32935

Florida Institute of Technology Dr. Scott Benjamin (321) 674-7904 College of Business 150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Shirley Fedorovich (386) 226-6685 College of Business Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

University of Central Florida Dr. Tom O’Neal (407) 488-1120 Office of Research & Commercialization 12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501 Orlando, FL 32826-3246

Application Process

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Gary R. Cunningham

In 1981, the late Gary R. Cunningham relocated from Daytona Beach to Melbourne. Gary, a developer of speculative industrial real estate for lease, was lured to Melbourne by the efforts of Bruce Ingram, the economic development officer at that time. Gary’s first project in Brevard County was a joint venture with a life insurance company to build the first industrial park for lease on John Rodes Boulevard. Melbourne Business Park was built as 123,000 square feet of 100% speculative industrial space for lease.

Bruce Ingram joined Cunningham and Associates, Inc. in 1984 as a leasing agent for Melbourne Business Park and Fortune Park, which was under construction at the time. In 1989, the company that had since become Cunningham & Ingram, Inc. was joined by W.R. “Buz” Anderson Jr. as “CFO” of the Management and Development firm that had grown the portfolio to include five separate locations and 503,300 square feet. In 1990 Buz Anderson became a partner and the company was renamed Cunningham, Ingram & Anderson, Inc., commonly known as CIA Developers.

In 1999 Gary retired and sold his interest in CIA Developers to his partners. Today CIA Developers is owned and operated by Gary R. Cunningham II, the late Gary’s son who joined the firm in 1995, Bruce Ingram & W.R. “Buz” Anderson Jr. The portfolio of Industrial, Flex and Office space for lease includes over 1.2 million square feet in Brevard and Volusia Counties and is home to over 120 businesses, many that have grown in size through various CIA managed properties.

Gary firmly believed that the entrepreneurial spirit makes the world go round. Accordingly, he took the opportunity to help many business owners in various ways throughout his career and in retirement. It was only natural that this award be named in honor of our friend Gary R. Cunningham.

Past Award Recipients

  2012 – Better Than Broadway Studio
  2010 – C2C Development

2011 – Sea Watch Technologies
  2009 – Quix Products
  2011 – Pot Belly Produce Co.

Additional Questions or Comments

If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact the representative listed below via email.
Aaron Anderson
4320 Woodland Park Drive
West Melbourne, FL  32904