Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Turns 100 Years Old

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Turns 100 Years Old
Carl Fisher Clubhouse

Chamber Rolls Out Virtual Centennial Programming by Showcasing Historic Properties from Miami Beach Historical Figures Carl Fisher and Russell Pancoast

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is celebrating its centennial by honoring Miami Beach’s rich history, as it relates to the business community and the Chamber, by rolling out virtual programming that will commence in August with a 20’s inspired kick-off. In each succeeding month, the Chamber will highlight a decade of Miami Beach history via a Facebook Live video production that will be organized by WeStream and CEO Patricio Fernandez,

“I am excited to look at the legacy that the Miami Beach Chamber has contributed to the business community each decade over the past 100 years,” said Chamber Centennial Chair Melissa Rubin. “It is important to know our history and that the Chamber continues to impact our business community daily, weekly and annually in all aspects of our lives.”

“I’d like to recognize and thank Melissa for chairing this important committee that will be part our history forever and for Patricio for documenting it for the Chamber,” said Chair of the Board Robin Jacobs. “Like most Miami Beach residents, I take pride in the City we live in and I can’t wait to take a deeper dive into Miami Beach’s history and the business leaders that helped make Miami Beach the vibrant community that it is today.”

Chamber Centennial 20’s Themed Kick-Off

On August 13 at 4:30 pm, the Chamber will be hosting a kick-off event, via Facebook Live, hosted by President & CEO Jerry Libbin, Robin Jacobs and Melissa Rubin. This glamourus-20’s inspired virtual fete will feature an in-depth tour of the historic Carl Fisher Clubhouse, which is being rehabilitated by Craig Schaffer from Critical Path Construction and architect Richard Heisenbottle. The tour will discuss the historic significance of Carl Fisher and this beautiful waterfront building, which is the oldest building in Miami Beach. Fisher was best known as one of the active promoters of the Florida land boom of the 1920s and early development of Miami Beach. Following the tour, there will be virtual cocktail demonstration by a local bartender who will be showcasing a cocktail from the era.

Construction & Development Council Centennial Event (20s/30s) “Prohibition and Art Deco Period”

On August 18 at 4:30 pm, the Chamber’s Construction & Development Council will be showcasing the 20’s and 30’s by featuring Miami Beach’s infamous Art Deco architecture developed by one of the Chamber’s first Board of Governors Russel Pancoast. Hosted by Libbin, Robins, Rubin, Chair of the Construction and Development Council Mark Gemignani and its Vice Chair Jeevan Tillit, the event will showcase tours of 5011 Pinetree Drive & the Bass Museum both developed by Pancoast. Like the kick-off, after the event there will be a cocktail demo to end the evening’s festivities.

For the month of September and October, the Chamber will be celebrating the 40’s and 50’s, respectively, with more information being announced soon. If you have any questions about Chamber programming, would like to RSVP or become involved please e-mail Danny Diaz at

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