Rod Warner Honored With the 2015 Chairs Cup Award

Mavella-Chris Chair's Cup

Past Chair Chris Gallagher makes a touching tribute to the 2015 Chair’s Cup Award winner, Rod Warner:

One year ago as I accepted the Chair’s gavel at the 2014 Annual Meeting, I watched former chair Lisl Liang announce the 2014 Kerkering Barberio & Co.’s Chair’s Cup Recipient, Lisa Krouse. Even then I began wondering who the worthy recipient for the 2015 Chair’s Cup might be.

The Chair’s Cup, sponsored by Kerkering, Barberio & Co., is awarded every year by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, to an outstanding individual who has made an extraordinary contribution of service to the community. It didn’t take long for me to scan the field of candidates and zero in on one individual who so clearly shown above the rest. Continue reading “Rod Warner Honored With the 2015 Chairs Cup Award”

Energized for Success in the Year Ahead

Our newly installed 2015-2016 Board Chair Lisa Krouse, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at FCCI Insurance Group, reflects on the 95th Annual Membership Meeting, presented by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP., and looks forward to the year ahead.

Lisa Krouse 1I am still energized by the positive momentum felt at our annual luncheon! Chris Gallagher’s tribute to Rod Warner (2015 Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Chair’s Cup Winner) was heartfelt and enormously touching to those of us there. We are a better Chamber because of Chris’ leadership this past year. I can assure you that we remain in good hands with the 2015-2016 Board of Directors and the organizations these individuals represent.

image33Let me share with you the three areas we will focus for 2015-2016. Continue reading “Energized for Success in the Year Ahead”

Non nobis solum nati samus. Not for ourselves alone are we born.

During the 2015-2016 year, Chris Gallagher, Hoyt Architects, served as the Chair of the Board of Directors. As the Chamber Program year comes to a close this month, Gallagher takes the time to reflect on his past year.

IMG_9352Fellow Chamber Members:

A simple thought as my chairmanship draws to a close: One of the really neat things about Chamber membership – as we build our own careers and our own businesses, we help build a better, stronger community.

Mick Fleming, President of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, said it best, “Chamber of Commerce missions have always been two pronged: profitability for members today, and prosperity for community tomorrow.” Continue reading “Non nobis solum nati samus. Not for ourselves alone are we born.”