Chamber Chairman’s Reception hosted by Westin Colonnade

Chamber Chairman’s Reception hosted by Westin Colonnade

Pictured enjoying Chairman’s Reception are (l-r) David Araya, Nelson Penalver and Jeffrey Welch.

The Westin Colonnade was hopping on Thursday, Oct. 3, with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chairman’s Reception that served to formally welcome chamber chair Perry Adair and his 2013-14 board of directors.

Adair is an attorney and a managing shareholder of the Coral Gables office of Becker & Poliakoff PA who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1984. He is board certified in construction law by the Florida Bar and is a member of the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee.

Chamber committee chairs took advantage of the evening to recruit new volunteers while everyone enjoyed visiting vendor tables and tasting food from such notables as the Westin Colonnade, Catering by Lovables, Seasons 52 as well as a Bacardi bar.

Event sponsors included Bacardi, Becker & Poliakof PA, Credomatic Merchant Services, Envision Possibilities, Home Financing Center, Intermedia Touch Inc., Logistical Outsourcing Inc., The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables and Zyscovich Architects.

Among the other businesses exhibiting were Baptist Health South Florida, Biscayne Bank, Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables, Dental Cosmetic Spa, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors, Florida International University, Home Financing Center, Intermedia Touch Inc., Logistical Outsourcing Inc., Mayfair Hotel and Spa, Pure Environment Maintenance/PUREFL Inc., RightSpace2Meet, Slesnick & Jochem LLP, University of Miami and University of Miami Athletics.

Chamber Chairman’s Reception hosted by Westin Colonnade

Westin group shows off 2013 award from Chamber’s Burgerlicious at Chairman’s Reception. Pictured (l-r) are Vanessa Fisher, executive chef Tomas Russo, sous chef Chris Demetrius, and Westin’s general manager Michael McMahon.

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,500 members and is the second largest business association in Miami-Dade County. Its mission is to foster and enhance the economic interests of the Coral Gables community, while advancing the quality of life for members, partners, neighbors and visitors.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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