Message from the President & CEO

It is August already!  Where does the year go? The new school year is starting this month, family vacations will be wrapping up, and the carefree days of summer will be over.  To tell you the truth, as a kid, I was always excited about going back to school.  I was ready for my new classes, being a year older, in a higher grade, and looking forward to the year ahead filled with endless possibilities.

As an adult, I feel the same way… EXCITED! As summer ends and fall approaches, the business world comes back to life. It just so happens that the Chamber’s fiscal year starts on September first.  A coincidence?  I think not.  The new Chamber year begins.

But before the new year begins, the Chamber will bring this fiscal year to an end by hosting two signature events in August. 

The first, on Friday August 15, at the TPepin Hospitality Centre, is the 17th Annual New Teacher Breakfast.  Over two hundred attendees, including sponsors, principles, school officials, Chamber members, dignitaries, and, of course, new teachers will gather for breakfast.  We will show our community’s love, support, and heartfelt respect for all the new teachers in the Greater Temple Terrace area.  If you’d like to know how you can help, please contact the Chamber office, 813-989-7004, and we’ll help you show your support for our new teachers.

The second, and final event of the Chamber year, is the 51st Annual Awards and Installation Dinner. This event is on Tuesday evening, August 26, at Embassy Suites near the USF campus.  We will be thanking our outgoing Board Chair, Jamie Klingman, and several Board members for their faithful and tireless service to the Chamber.  And we will be installing the new Board Chair, Charlee Hall, welcoming new Board members, and swearing in the 2014-2015 Chamber Board of Directors.

The highlight of the evening will be awarding several high honors include Citizen of the Year, the Ann Simmons Award, as well as many other honors.  It is definitely an evening that should not be missed!

In closing, the Chamber has seen many changes this past year.  Change is enviable in today’s business world.  I embrace change, draw energy from it, and always look excitedly to the future.  I invite everyone to come along for the ride!  You will not be disappointed. 

Lee Bell

President & CEO