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On Thursday, December 15, we marked our 126th anniversary at our Annual Meeting. More than 650 attendees celebrated our 2011 achievements. 2010/2011 Chamber Chair Chuck Sykes of Sykes Enterprises Incorporated passed the gavel to 2012 Chair Chuck Black of Black & Black Consulting Services.
Black offered a preview of the Chamber’s priorities in 2012 which include focusing on MacDill Air Force Base, downtown Tampa, education, jobs and working with our partners to build a brand for the Tampa Bay region. The city for the Chamber’s 2012 Benchmarking Visit was also announced – Baltimore, Maryland. Black also introduced the Chamber’s 2012 Executive Committee Members.
In addition, we presented the 2011 H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award to A. Gerald Divers. The award, established in 1997 by Leadership Tampa Alumni, a program of the Chamber, is presented annually to recognize an individual whose leadership made a positive impact within the greater Tampa community.
CEO of the Bank of Tampa, Divers co-chaired the original capital campaign for the new Tampa Museum of Art and served as its president. He served as past President of Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, past Chairman of the Southwest Florida Blood Drive and past Chairman of The Spring of Tampa Bay. Under his leadership, the Bank of Tampa has given both time and money to over 150 local organizations.