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  • 06/30/2014 Featured Member of the Week, Karen Mertes

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    June 23, 2014
    What is your organization?  What do you do? 
    I’m Karen Mertes, Lt Col (Ret) from our United States Air Force.  I’m Founder & President, Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., www.fulfillyourdestiny.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that financially helps people in our greater Tampa Bay community.  I use an entrepreneurial business model in fundraising for Fulfill Your Destiny.  I raise money in 11 ways, 5 of which involve my offering a professional service or product for donation.  As a professional motivational speaker, I donate my honorariums directly to Fulfill Your Destiny.  I share with national audiences how to triumph through tragedy, command your destiny when you INSPIRE yourselves and others to live the life you’ve always envisioned.
    What have you found most beneficial about being a Chamber member?  How has the Chamber helped you?
    I joined our South Tampa Chamber of Commerce to learn more about as many businesses and organizations in our community as possible and to form meaningful relationships with the key decision makers within them.  I believe blending civic involvement, community support with chamber membership creates positive win-win-wins for the individuals involved. 
    What I’ve found most beneficial about being a Chamber member and serving on its Board of Directors is personally experiencing how easy it was to do business with a Chamber member I hadn’t met at the time we did business together.  I had a need for a particular product and through our membership directory, found Brice.  I contacted him and learned the one thing we had in common was our membership with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and that was all we needed to do business together which enabled me to hire him for my project.     
    Tell us something about yourself that’s not business related!
    I’ve had a life-long interest and appreciation for everything tea – hot or iced.  I’ve even taken specialty classes about the many benefits of drinking tea and have created Fulfill Your Destiny’s signature event, our Spring Chari-Tea in part to share my enthusiasm for all of tea’s fabulous benefits with our greater Tampa Bay community.  I’d welcome hearing about your favorite tea beverage and would enjoy treating you to one!