MANATEE -- The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals has named the Manatee Chamber of Commerce the 2015 Florida Chamber of Commerce of the Year for the fourth time.
The Manatee Chamber also won two communications awards in the categories of Public Relations Programs and Membership Communications/Marketing Materials.
The Manatee Chamber was represented by Jacki Dezelski, executive vice president, and Kim Dalglish, vice president of membership development and services at the state conference. More than 100 chamber professionals from Florida were at Wednesday's conference in Sanibel.
Judged according to size, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce won the Florida Chamber of the Year Award in the category of chamber of commerce with a budget of over $1 million. Criteria included: accomplishments, financial stability, membership, government relations, strategic planning, technology, communications, special events, and innovation.
"To win this award four times reflects outstanding membership support, the highest level of professional management by our staff, proven systems of strategic planning, and a commitment to values that continue to stand the test of time," said Jonathan Fleece, Managing Partner and attorney with Blalock Walters and the Chamber's 2015 Chairman of the Board. "Our community is so fortunate to have a Chamber of this caliber."
The Manatee Chamber also received the 2000, 2004 and 2007 Florida Chamber of the Year Award - which makes it the first Chamber in the State to win four times. It is a past recipient of the National Chamber of the Year Award.
"This award is dedicated to our 2,100 Chamber member businesses and their employees, our Board and Committee Chairs and the outstanding staff of the Manatee Chamber. It is with everyone's support and involvement that we are an effective, responsive and successful organization," said Bob Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.