New Chair Ken Kistner is welcomed by ChamberSOUTH at all-American themed gala

The 2017 Gala served as a formal welcome to incoming Chairman Ken Kistner. In photo (l to r): Attorney Dexter Lehtinen, outgoing Chair Joe Gallaher of NAI Miami, Palmetto Bay Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, ChamberSOUTH Chairman Kistner of CBT College, Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell, and Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor John DuBois.

The 2017 Gala served as a formal welcome to incoming Chairman Ken Kistner, of CBT College (center, red tie). Also pictured are (l to r): Attorney Dexter Lehtinen, outgoing Chair Joe Gallaher of NAI Miami, Palmetto Bay Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Kistner, Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell, and Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor John DuBois.

ChamberSOUTH members, guests, and dozens of dignitaries stepped out to welcome Ken Kistner as the organization’s incoming chair at the 2017 Chairman’s Reception at the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove. During the all-American themed gala, Oct. 1, attendees also saluted outgoing Chair Joseph R. Gallaher.

Presented by Baptist Health South Florida, the “Chairman’s Red, White, and Blue Reception” was a veritable who’s-who of business leaders, public officials, and South-Dade luminaries, including Master of Ceremonies Paul Vrooman, former Mayor of Cutler Bay. The program featured a silent auction, cocktails, dinner, dancing, and an annual award ceremony.

“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as the new Chairman of ChamberSOUTH,” said Ken Kistner, with CBT College and long-time ChamberSOUTH Board Member. “I only hope that I can serve the South-Dade community and businesses we serve with the same energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism exhibited by our outgoing Chair Joe Gallaher.”

The 2017 Steven J. Cranman Award was presented to the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, whose husband Dexter accepted the award in the congresswoman’s behalf, as she attended to duties as a new grandmother out of state.

Long-time and dedicated chamber member Peter Jude was the proud recipient of the 2017 L. Russell Norton Award.  Jude has been with Kendall Regional Medical Center for 25 years, now serving as KRMC’s marketing and public relations director.

Event Sponsor was Florida Power & Light, while Table Sponsors included First National Bank of South Miami; Muller, Lebensburger & Schwartz; NAI Miami Commercial Real Estate Services Worldwide; The Gavel Club; and The Green Companies, Inc.

CHAMBER BREAKFASTS ON HOLD
In related news, the ChamberSOUTH team has announced they are diligently working on a dynamic new breakfast program for its members, which will include vibrant speakers that are relevant to the small businesses and communities ChamberSOUTH serves. As a result, the chamber is cancelling its General Membership Networking Breakfast program for the remainder of 2017. The program will resume in January 2018.

ABOUT THE CHAMBER
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. The 87-year-old organization prides itself on quality offerings that provide members with the opportunities essential to business such as various networking events, information updates, and discounted services.

For information about ChamberSOUTH, call 305-661-1621 or visit the Chamber website at www.chambersouth.com.


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