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2017 Annual Meeting - Navigating Our Journey

Chamber Installs New Leadership at 132nd Annual Meeting
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce held its 132nd Annual Meeting presented by HCI today at the Tampa Convention Center. A sold-out crowd of almost 1,000 attendees came together to celebrate the Chamber's 2017 achievements. 2017 Chamber Chair Mike Griffin of Savills Studley Occupier Services, passed the gavel to 2018 Chair Steven Bernstein, Esq., Fisher Phillips. The Chamber also received greetings from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Sandy Murman. The Chamber collected toys at the event, teaming with Metropolitan Ministries to help bring gifts to the Holiday Tent, which serves more than 19,000 children in the Bay area.

Bernstein said that he hopes to build strong relationships not only in Tampa but throughout the entire Bay area by working cooperatively with other business organizations. He also introduced the Chamber's 2018 Executive Committee Members.



Chamber Receives 5-Star Accreditation Designation
On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Clark Thomason recognized the Chamber with a 5-star accreditation designation - the highest designation. "There are only 112 5-Star Chambers in the U.S." Thomason said. "That puts the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in the top 1.6% of all Chambers in the nation."



Minority Business Accelerator Inaugural Cohort Announced
The inaugural cohort of the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) program was announced during the Annual Meeting. Chameleon Custom Solutions, Matcon Construction Services, Inc., McKenzie Contracting, LLC, and MidFlorida Armored & ATM Service will begin the two-year program in January 2018. Founding sponsors of the program are Tampa International Airport, TECO

 Vinik Family Foundation and Valley National Bank previously USAmeriBank.




2017 H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award Presented to Alex Sink

The Chamber also presented the 2017 H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award to Alex Sink. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual whose leadership has made a positive impact within the greater Tampa community. Alex Sink served as Florida's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2007 to 2011 as one of four statewide elected officials. She managed over $15 billion in state treasury funds, was responsible for state accounting, and implemented reforms in contracting and transparency for citizens. Before elected office, Alex had a 26-year career with Bank of America. She retired as President of Florida operations in 2000, managing the state's largest bank leading 9000 employees.



President & CEO Bob Rohrlack Named 2017 FACP Executive of the Year

During the Annual Meeting, 2018 Chair Steve Bernstein shared with the Chamber membership that president &CEO Bob Rohrlack was recently named the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Executive of the Year. Rohrlack received this honor during the FACP Annual Conference in November.

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