Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Honors Champions of Business

By Tyler Sminkey….
On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce continued a tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of exceptional business professionals that help build and strengthen the foundation of the Miami Beach community and its surrounding areas at the Champions of Business Awards Luncheon. The event was held at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, located at 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach and was sponsored by BB&T. Honored recipients of awards included Alan Lips, partner at Gerson Preston, Robinson, and Co., Leon Manne, past Chairman, and Emilio Estefan, Founder and CEO of Estefan Enterprises.

This year, the James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award was given to Alan Lips, partner at Gerson, Preston, Robinson and Co., for his years of dedication to the advancement and growth of the Miami Beach Chamber. The James McDonnell Past Chair Award was given to past Chairman of the Board, Leon Manne, who served from ’76-’79 with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and has continued his commitment to the Chamber.

A new award to the Champions of Business Luncheon, the Aaron Perry Innovation in Business Award, was presented to Emilio Estefan, Founder and CEO of Estefan Enterprises. The award was created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of philanthropic business people in the community. Estefan demonstrates the various traits this award was created to honor, including: effectiveness in changing the dynamic within an industry, developed groundbreaking ideas and business strategy and used technology to advance a brand while maintaining philanthropic activities.

The event was attended by 350 of Miami Beach’s business community with tables sponsored by BB&T and Dealtificate. Famous South Beach artist, Herbert Hofer, presented Emilio Estefan with a unique work created specifically for him on behalf of the Miami Beach Chamber.

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The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1921 to promote the economic well-being of Miami Beach’s citizens, to improve the quality of life for the entire community, and to communicate the view of the business community on major issues of public policy.

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