Night of Awards

| February 1, 2015

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Report and Awards Banquet

chamber pic 1Message from Board Chair – Alana Tomasso
2014 was a year of change, growth and achievements. We welcomed our new Executive Director, Debra Lynn-Schmitz, in March. While still learning about our Chamber (to quote Debra, “if you’ve seen one chamber, you’ve seen one chamber”), she jumped in right away and helped us achieve record breaking success. Our member retention is at an amazing 90%, where the national average is 84%. Desiree has done an outstanding job as our Membership Services Manager and we look forward to her continued performance in the coming year. We achieved record profits for both the Visitor’s Guide and the website with this being the first year of managing them both in-house. We also saw the highest level of income we have ever achieved from events, advertising and membership. This has allowed us to reach our long term strategic goal of having 6 months of operating expenses in the bank. This is huge! Many of us remember the time when we had to take a loan from one of our generous members just to keep our doors open…we have come a long way!!!

With this financial success, the Board will be discussing potential projects and strategies that we have not had the opportunity to consider in the past. Some of those projects may include: increasing marketing, additional personnel, more involvement in government issues that impact our businesses, enhancing current Chamber events and projects, and potentially expanding office space.

I look forward to providing leadership into the next year and working together with your Board of Directors and Chamber staff to continue on this path of growth and success. Your contributions and involvement are paramount in this endeavor; we appreciate your continued support and participation, we wouldn’t be where we are today without all of you. Here’s to a year of accomplishing greater success!

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Board Service Appreciation Award recipient Sheila Lewis with Mike Lewis owners of Siesta Key Bike Rentals

 

 

Aledia Tush from CB’s Outfitters  with Shining Star Award recipient, Timothy Palmer

Aledia Tush from CB’s Outfitters with Shining Star Award recipient, Timothy Palmer

Desiree Hanright with Sharon Cunningham Visitor Center Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, Kathy Judkins

Desiree Hanright with Sharon Cunningham Visitor Center Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, Kathy Judkins

Warren LaBonte, recipient of the Community Partner of the Year Award with SKCC Executive Director Debra-Lynn Schmitz

Warren LaBonte, recipient of the Community Partner of the Year Award with SKCC Executive Director Debra-Lynn Schmitz

Dave Magee with Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Regan Teague of Day Hagan Asset Management

Dave Magee with Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Regan Teague of Day Hagan Asset Management

Mark Smith, Alana Tomasso with Maria Bankemper, owner of  Best Western Plus – Siesta Key Recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award

Mark Smith, Alana Tomasso with Maria Bankemper, owner of Best Western Plus – Siesta Key Recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award

 Painting with a Twist  Owners Sheri Penxa and Hope Kinney recipients of the Small Business of the Year Award with Alana Tomasso (center).

Painting with a Twist
Owners Sheri Penxa and Hope Kinney recipients of the Small Business of the Year Award with Alana Tomasso (center).

 chamber pic 6 Trish Ivey from Fresh PR & Marketing presented the Business Person of the Year Award to Bob Stein. Her speech follows:
This person has not lived in the area for all that long, however, he’s had a huge impact on the Siesta Key community since arriving. If you’ve seen this person around town, always in shorts, you might think he’s a tourist but in fact he’s hard at work. When talking with this person you better listen closely because he’s always on the move and thinking one step ahead. He’s heavily involved with almost every civic group on Siesta Key. Of course, this helps him get the scoop. I’ve had the honor of working closely with him on the 2015 Visitor Guide and take great pleasure in presenting the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the year award to Siesta Key resident, Bob Stein from Island Visitor Publishing, Siesta Sand News and The Landings Eagle.

Message from the Executive Director – Debra Lynn-Schmitz It is truly an honor to serve the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. My eleven months have been personally, and professionally, rewarding. I have witnessed the commitment and hard work of your Board of Directors and the community. I have seen how the volunteers in your Visitor Center are devoted to creating a perfect experience for our guests, and I value your support that makes Siesta Key such a remarkable place to live, work and enjoy. I look forward to new relationships and exciting opportunities in 2015.

2015 Board Officers
Alana Tomasso………………………………………………..Chair, Midnight Cove

Aledia Tush…………………………….. Chair-elect, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters

Maria Bankemper………………….Past Chair, Best Western Gateway Plus

Dave Magee………………………………………………. Treasurer, The UPS Store

Kay Kouvatsos………………………………………………..Secretary, Village Café

2015 Board of Directors
Bill Abel…………………………………………………………………..Abel’s Ice Cream

Shawna Frank……………………………………………………………. Palm Bay Club

Keith Martin……………. Badger Bob’s Air Conditioning and Appliances

Bob Shaffer……………………………………………………………………. ABC Rentals

Bob Stein…………………………………………………..Island Visitor Publications

Brad Stewart…………………………….. Captain Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar

Debbie Szczesny…………………………………………………………Jamaica Royale

Christopher Tenaglia………………………………………………………….. SunTrust

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