Archive for May, 2012

Miami Beach Chamber 90th Gala & Silent Auction

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 90th Dinner Gala and Silent Auction. 2012 is a historic year for the Chamber as we celebrate the many successes of our leadership, business partners, community, and most importantly, you as our devoted members. All your hard work has proven that indeed high tides raise all boats, and Miami Beach has managed to even further bolster its reputation as the world’s greatest city in which to live, work and play.

As the gateway to the United States, the mere mention of “Miami Beach” conjures up visions of a posh, sophisticated destination for the local, national and global jetsetter.  Our urban paradise is a unique combination of Manhattan hustle, Los Angeles glamour, and Maui fun-and-sun. Amidst all our grand offerings, it is often forgotten that Miami Beach is actually a small and intimate island with devoted locals who invest in their community.  This is what really makes us thrive, what makes us resilient, and what makes us successful.

This year’s honorees depict specific strengths. From raising our children in a Grade A level high school, to combining professional and personal passion as a community leader, to accelerating the transportation and accommodation of incoming guests, to building a premier medical facility, to enlivening the rare South Beach quality of life, the resulting successes of each individual has made lasting contributions to our incredible city.

I am a true product of the Chamber. Upon starting my own business, I sought out this organization for guidance and received more than I ever anticipated.  Besides forging solid business relationships, my membership has been a source for personal ones as well.  Looking forward, I am reassured that our momentum will drive us to new heights under incoming Chairman Alan Lips and looking forward to assisting in new ways.

On behalf of the entire Board of Governors, Pillar Board of Trustees and our committed Chamber staff members, thank you for your gracious support.

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Miami Beach Education Foundation: Nominees 2012

In business, community and personal relations, education is the binding element that allows for growth in each these sectors of life. What’s so neat about education is that it’s a never-ending process, no matter how much knowledge you obtain. Even more important are the relationships you develop with your teachers along the way. It’s more than learning just facts, but experiencing life lessons that inspire you. Education is an incredible process that every student should have ready access to and that every teacher should be able to readily impart.

In an effort to jumpstart quality learning for our children, the Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation was created to support our public education system. As a community, we should be building up to our schools, not cutting their resources. Part of this process includes highlighting the individuals within who excel in nurturing our youth. April 27th marks our the presentation  of the annual Elayne Weisburg Excellence in Education Award. One teacher from Miami Beach Senior High School, as well as from each of its feeder schools – Treasure Island Elementary School, North Beach Elementary School, Ruth K. Broad K-8 Center, Nautilus Middle School, South PointeElementary School, Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center and Biscayne Elementary School – has been nominated for his/her outstanding work. I’m pleased to announce that this year’s nominees are:

Jacqueline H. Adler, Biscayne Elementary School

Olga Bichachi, Treasure Island Elementary School

Gussie Bowen, Miami Beach Senior High

Dorothy Brochey, Nautilus Middle School

Benjamin E. Groff, South Pointe Elementary School

Onil F. Rodriguez, Ruth K. Board Bay Harbor K-8 Center

Anat Schwartzbaum, North Beach Elementary School

 

On behalf of the Chamber, I extend congratulations and heartfelt appreciation to our nominees.

The winner will be announced at the April 27 luncheon hosted at the Palms Hotel & Spa. Speaking from my personal experience last year, it will be incredibly difficult for our panel of judges. We would be proud and honored to have any of these educators teach our child, or even ourselves for that matter. Should you like to support these teachers on their special day, please visit www.miamibeachchamber.com/cm_Events.php for registration details.

 

At your service,

Jason Loeb

Chairman

 

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Chamber Team working their magic for the City of Miami Beach

And they say New York City never sleeps… We’ve touted a lot of ongoing successes, yet things continue to bustle here at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. We have our annual gala around the corner and dozens of events are on the books. Despite Miami’s nickname, all these great happenings aren’t getting done via magic – the secret weapon is our incredible Chamber staff. Indeed, we have great leadership guiding the unprecedented growth of this organization, but our staff is the backbone in bringing the Chamber mission to life. Specifically, I’d like to recognize the following individuals for their commitment and hard work:

 

* Jerry Libbin, President & CEO

* Ana Cecilia Velasco, Chief Operating Officer

* Wendy Unger, Acting Director of Membership Relations

* Shirley Inoni, Director of Finance

* Chantal Gloor, Operations Coordinator

* Valarie Rasken, Director Marketing & Communications

* Anaely Delgado, Communications Associate

* Lisa Ricci, Membership Relations Associate

* Daniel Santamaria, Membership Relations Associate

 

* Susana Penaranda, Receptionist

* Dona Pugliese Zemo, Director of Visit Miami Beach

* Monique Beaudet, Assistant Director of Visit Miami Beach

Meet our Chamber Team.  Click Here.

These 12 individuals are accomplishing what many large corporations can only aspire to do. They’ve work diligently behind-the-scenes and it’s important that their contributions are brought to the forefront. As many of you have personally attested, they take great care of our members, believe in our visions and are passionate when executing the supporting strategies and tactics. On behalf of the Chamber membership, thank you for all that you do. You represent the power of teamwork and have left an impacting footprint in the development of Miami Beach.

 

At your service,

Jason Loeb, Sudsies

Chairman, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.