TAMPA, FL - The installation for the 2015 Board of Directors of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce took place at their annual awards dinner on January 22 at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore. The 2015 Business of the Year Award winners were also announced and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was honored as Citizen of the Year.
Samantha Dammer, the managing attorney and founder of Tampa Law Advocates, P.A., a private law firm serving the Tampa Bay community, will serve as chair for 2015. Bill Yanger, attorney and founder of Yanger Law Group P.A. is Chair-Elect. Amanda May of the Tampa Bay Times returns as Secretary and Dan Kelly of Winn-Dixie is Treasurer. Immediate Past Chair, Starr Tyrka, owner of Shining Starr Insurance; Mike Jenkins of Caldeco Air Conditioning and Heating; and Julie McAdoo, owner of Refresh Your Nest Cleaning Services will serve on the Executive Committee. David Hoffman, of Hoffman Law Firm, P.A., was appointed as the Chamber’s new consulting attorney.
Newly elected to serve the 2015-2018 directors term are Ed Siler of Troy University; Penny Rogo owner of MamaRazzi foto; and Michelle Dyer of the Centre Club. Harry Cohen, the Tampa City Council Chair Pro Tem; Sally Harris, past Chamber chair and owner of Circle C Ranch; Terry Montrose of MacDill Air Force Base; Kevnie Tolliver of Bright House Business Solutions: and Janet Montano of Keller Williams have been appointed to serve one year terms.
Current board members who will continue their term on the board are Dave Caban of Pure Digital Marketing: Andrew Hall of Bishoff + Associates PLLC; Karen Mertes of Fulfill Your Destiny; and Hillsborough County Commission Board Chair Sandra Murman.
Dammer said the Chamber’s agenda for 2015 will include growth of membership, development of new programs, expanding the Chamber’s relationship with the local military community and their families at MacDill, to enhance the Chamber’s presence and influence with city, county and state officials to promote advocacy affecting Chamber members and community and to seek increased funding and grant access for leadership education and growth for an informed and educated member base.
Awards were given for Citizen of the Year, Jane Castor; Volunteer of the Year, Michael Snyder; and board members Dan Kelly and Mike Jenkins were recognized with the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service. Chamber president, Kelly Flannery, also presented a special certificate to the Tampa Bay Chapter of S.C.O.R.E in recognition of their 50th Anniversary in 2014.
Flannery said, Castor was unanimously selected as the recipient of the award and cited Castor’s leadership and community involvement.
Business of the Year recognition was given to four businesses; Urban E Recycling, Inc., Emerging Business; Jerel McCants Architecture, Inc., Small Business (1-5 employees); MamaRazzi foto, Inc., Medium Business (6-10) employees and Feldman Orthodontics, Large Business (more than 10 employees). Tyrka said that over 30 businesses had been nominated for the awards.
The event was sponsored by Bright House Business Solutions, Achieva Credit Union, MamaRazzi foto, Breezin Entertainment and Bay Area Plumbing.
About the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1926, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is an association of over 500 businesses and organizations. The chamber has strived to make the South Tampa community a better place in which to live, work, and play. Its active membership consists of local businesses, professionals, non-profits and government representatives who enjoy social activities and community involvement.
For more information, contact the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce at (813) 637-0156, or visit www.SouthTampaChamber.org.