On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce continued it’s tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding business professionals at the annual Champions of Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Bank United.
Aletha Player, from FPL, received the annual James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award for her years of service above and beyond as well as leadership within the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. This year’s Past Chair Award recipient was William “Billy” Shockett, Past Chairman of the Board from ’82-’83, given posthumously for his work and commitment to the community throughout his lifetime. A highlight of the luncheon was the Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award, now in its second year, which honours an individual who has pioneered an effective strategy for business on Miami Beach and in the surrounding community. This year, this award was presented to Warren Zinn, Owner of Warren Henry Auto Group.
In its inaugural year the much anticipated 2012 Warren Henry Small Business of the Year Award was given to honour an individual or company who has dedicated their time to the community while growing their companies to reach outstanding achievements in management and innovation over the past couple of years. The six top finalists were selected by the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle members and the ballots were sealed and locked until the day of the event.
This year’s winner was Brian Scheinblum, the Co-founder and President of Cambean Hospitality – owner of the Carlton, Clifton, Majestic, and Lords South Beach at Nash Hotels located in the South Beach Art Deco District. As part of his work with Cambean, Scheinblum has been working to integrate environmentally responsible hospitality practices within his properties and throughout the industry. He has positioned Cambean as the first carbon-neutral hospitality company in the United States and recently completed the redevelopment of the Clifton Hotel South Beach as the first historic hotel in Florida designed to achieve LEED certification. His projects have won recognition from the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sustainable South Florida Awards Task Force, and the Miami Design Preservation League. He is also chair of the Sustainable Business Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Along with receiving the recognition of their peers, Brian received a 13 month lease on a brand new Infiniti G37, provided by Warren Henry Auto, and 1 year of complimentary advertising with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. The remaining 5 finalists received a 72 hour ride in a Warren Henry Jaguar.
The Miami Beach Chamber wishes to congratulate all the award recipients of the day and thanks everyone who attended, especially the presenting sponsors of the day, Best Buy For Business and BDI Construction. For more information on the Champions of Business Awards Luncheon, please contact the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at 305.674.1300.
ABOUT THE MIAMI BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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.