New ChamberSouth chair honored at 86th Annual Reception Gala

ChamberSOUTH’s Chairman’s Reception recognized (l to r) outgoing Chairwoman Claudia A. Cancio and incoming Chairman Joseph R. Gallaher, pictured here with Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard, emcee. (Photo credit: All Star Event Photography)

ChamberSOUTH’s Chairman’s Reception recognized (l to r) outgoing Chairwoman Claudia A. Cancio and incoming Chairman Joseph R. Gallaher, pictured here with Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard, emcee. (Photo credit: All Star Event Photography)

ChamberSOUTH members and guests enjoyed an “Escape to the Tropics” at the 86th Annual Chairman’s Reception Sept. 30 The tropical-themed gala at the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel in Coconut Grove honored outgoing Chairwoman Claudia A. Cancio and incoming Chairman Joseph R. Gallaher who will lead the organization through Fall 2017.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as your new Chairman of ChamberSOUTH,” said Joe Gallaher, an Associate with NAI Miami and long-time ChamberSOUTH member. “I only hope I can serve the South-Dade community and businesses with the same energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism exhibited by our outgoing Chair Claudia A. Cancio.”

Each year, the Chairman’s Reception is a virtual who’s-who of business leaders, public officials, and other South-Dade luminaries, including Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard who served as the 2016 Master of Ceremonies. The sold-out event also featured a silent auction, cocktails, and dancing – and played host to the organization’s Annual Awards Ceremony honoring three ChamberSOUTH members and community leaders.

Recognized for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the South-Dade community were: Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner District-8 received the Annual Steven J. Cranman Professional Public Service Award; Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill “escaped” with the L. Russell Norton Service Award; and emerging young professional Mariano Martinez, Vice President of US Century Bank, received the Rising Star Award.

The newly appointed members ChamberSOUTH 2016-17 Board of Directors also were introduced at the gala:

  • Hon. Karyn Cunningham, United Teachers of Dade and Village of Palmetto Bay
  • Stephen Foster, Foster Financial Services
  • Allison Polk, National Planning Corporation 
  • Dailen Rodriguez, Dadeland Mall
  • Alex Schreer, Grass River Properties, Shops at Sunset Place

ChamberSOUTH thanks event sponsors Baptist Health South Florida and Florida Power & Light; and corporate supporters Buffalo Wild Wings, NAI Miami, Biscayne Bank, Williamson Automotive, Credomatic, Gallaher & Birch, The Green Companies, Inc., Greater Miami CVB, InSource, Dr. John Gentile, Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, and Muller Lebensburger & Schwartz.

ChamberSOUTH maintains a leadership role in the community through programs, services, and events that enhance the quality of life and economic well being of South Miami, Kendall, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Greater South Dade.


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