Chairman’s Reception rings in new chamber year and opportunities for Chamber members

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Chairman’s Reception on Thursday, August 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the historic Biltmore Hotel.

New Chair, Darla Thompson, begins her term on September 1st. Darla is a senior tax manager with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP, a full service CPA firm providing audit, tax, and consulting services from several offices in the southeastern USA. With over 25 years of experience and accomplishments, Darla is known for her exceptional service, extensive knowledge and ability to advise her clients in the right direction. Both personally and professionally, Darla’s high level of commitment and enthusiasm continues to earn respect among colleagues, friends and family.

The Chairman’s Reception is also a great opportunity for members to learn more about the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, meet the Chamber leadership for the upcoming year and strengthen relationships for greater opportunities with active participation through the Chamber. The Board of Directors and Ambassadors will be present to elaborate on their role and commitment to helping achieve our Chamber’s annual goals.

Members will also have the opportunity to sign-up and become more proactive with the following Chamber Committees: • 20 / 30 Group Committee • Business & Education Committee •lBusiness & Government Affairs Committee • Cultural Affairs Committee • Diamond Awards presented • Go Green Committee & Green Means Green Awards • International Affairs Committee • M Team • Special Events Committee • Travel and Tourism Committee • Trustee Council • Chairman’s Ambassadors • Women’s Business Network Committee & AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards

Revolving around business and networking, this is not the typical reception; there will be entertainment and a table-top expo where Chamber businesses will be given the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

The following business will be exhibiting (at the time of printing): The Biltmore Hotel, Courtyard Marriott, Credomatic Merchant Services, Florida International University – School of Business Administration, Florida Blue, Florida Grand Opera, Intermedia Touch, JGB Bank, Standout Media, University of Miami – Department of Athletics, Waste Management.

The event is sponsored by Credomatic Merchant Services, Comcast Business Services, Bacardi, The Biltmore Hotel & Gallo Wines. To register online, visit

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