It is time for my term as Chairman of the board to come to an end, but I would be remiss if I didn’t let everyone know how much I have enjoyed my year. There are too many individuals to thank, so please accept this as my heartfelt appreciation for everyone’s support and effort over the past 12 months. The one group of individuals that I must list is the staff at the Chamber: Shane, Elizabeth, and Dena. The staff has done a great job with all the phone calls, emails, walk-in visitors, member requests, events, and lunches. Just to finish out the year with a bang, two staff members moved onto other opportunities. Thank you very much for taking care of the day-to-day business, while membership steadily increased.
I would encourage all members to take advantage of the opportunities that the Chamber provides, because you never know who you may meet at the various events. Not everyone can make all the events, but hopefully there is an event/function that works within your schedule. Here is the list of events/functions that are offered: Leaders in Business Lunch, Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, Bayou Bay & Beach Run/Walk, Business After Hours, Paddle at the Porch, Multi-Chamber Business Expo, Tax Relief Golf Tournament, Bourbon at the Bay, Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings, and the Annual Holiday Party.
As everyone takes this time to sit back, relax, reflect, and spend time with family and friends, I ask that you commit to participate in the local, state, and federal government affairs. If We the People do not get involved with the various aspects of the government, then We the People may be impacted in ways that could change the way you operate your business and/or live your life. Please get involved. In 2016 there will be significant changes in the local government, so I also encourage everyone to get out and learn about the different candidates, so you can make an informed decision during the elections. Let’s not let the views and opinions of a few set the path of our future.
Finally, I hope to see everyone at the Annual Awards and Installation Banquet on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at the Emerald Grande. In addition to the annual aspects of this event, the Marketing Committee will be sharing some exciting and new marketing and advertising visuals. We think everyone will be very impressed and leave the event with great anticipation for all the opportunities that lie ahead in 2016.
If there is ever anything we may do for you, please do not hesitate to call the Chamber at (850) 837-6241. I look forward to serving you throughout 2016 and together building this world-class community one business at a time. Thank you for your support and participation over the past year. I greatly appreciate everyone’s effort.
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.
2015 Destin Area Chamber Chairman of the Board