Chamber Awards Revolutionary Business Champions of 2015

City National Bank, Wayne Pathman, The Beach Channel and Jolie Glassman Honored

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) will host its annual Champions of Business Awards Luncheon sponsored by the South Florida Luxury Guide on January 22, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Ritz Carlton South Beach to recognize pillars of the business community. At the event, City National Bank will be receiving the Champion of Business Award; Wayne Pathman, Partner at Pathman Lewis, LLC, will be honored with the James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award; The BeachChannel will be awarded the Small Business of the Year Award; and Jolie Glassman, owner of South Beach Boxing will be honored with the Woman In Business Award, which is a new award category.

“Each of the honorees are true pillars of the community,” said Chamber Chairman and SVP of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Michael S. Goldberg. “This year we are honoring City National Bank as a Champion of Business because of their ongoing commitment to the communities they serve; Wayne will be recognized as an outstanding Board of Governor because of his leadership within the legal community and at the Chamber; the Beach Channel will be awarded Small Business of the Year because of their growth and success in their industry; and Jolie was selected as an extraordinary woman in business because of her leadership and community involvement.”

A longstanding member of the Chamber, City National Bank’s values have inspired loyalty among its clients and community partners. Their clients’ support has led the bank to win numerous awards over the years and is one of the reasons the Chamber’s Board of Governors selected the bank as this year’s recipient. Most recently, Daily Business Review readers voted City National Bank as the Best Community Bank, Best Business Bank, Best Private Bank, Best Bank for Jumbo Loans, Best Bank for Commercial Real Estate and Best Bank for Foreign National Mortgages. In 2015, the bank was acquired by Bci of Chile. The partnership will allow the bank to offer a wider array of products and services and to grow with the backing of one of Latin America’s strongest financial companies. City National Bank, the state’s premier private and commercial bank, has been an innovator in the community banking space with a focus on providing clients personalized service and relationships while offering them the similar products and services as larger banks. City National Bank and Bci have many similarities, including a focus on people, a commitment to offering a superior client experience, offering the latest technology and giving back to the communities they serve. The Champion of Business Award is given to a business owner that has been effective in providing change within an industry by developing new ideas, business strategies and using technology to advance a brand while giving back to the community.

Pathman is receiving the James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award for his years of dedication to the advancement and growth of the Chamber. Pathman is managing partner of the Miami law firm of Pathman Lewis, LLP where he heads the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Law Section. He is Chair-Elect of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Advocacy Committee and Chairman of the subcommittee on the impact of Sea Level Rise on Miami Beach and surrounding areas. Some of Pathman’s projects on Miami Beach include H&M, the Fifth and Alton development, Aqua on Allison Island and the Crown hotel (now the Thompson hotel). Pathman is also Chair of the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee.

The Beach Channel, the Small Business Award recipient, is a privately owned South Florida lifestyle station featuring the hottest places to shop, dine and play throughout Miami, Miami Beach and all of South Florida from the Palm Beaches through the Florida Keys. Owned and operated by Accord Productions, the station’s reach has grown to 450,000 households and 13,000 hotel rooms from south Palm Beach County through Broward, Miami- Dade into Monroe County through the Florida Keys. New initiatives and continued expansion will be coming in 2016. Glassman, receiving the Woman in Business Award, is the owner and operator of South Beach Boxing Gym for nearly 18 years and has been in the fitness industry for more than 25 years.

Glassman has assembled an award-winning team of gurus in discipline and technique from around the world, who provide members with the motivation for a complete mind and body transformation on a daily basis. This award category, created this year, will honor a fast-growing business that fosters civic responsibility and that stands out as a leader in the community. They should also empower and mentor other women. The category was created by the Women’s Business Council of the Chamber, which is Chaired by Rona Witek from Tropic Survival Advertising & Marketing.

Tickets are available starting at $60 for Pillar members, $65 for members and $70 for guests who are not members. Presenting sponsors for the event include City National Bank and Atlantic Broadband. For more information, visit www.miamibeachchamber.com.


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