A Night To Remember: 119th Annual Meeting

Posted On 02/09/2018 by St. Pete Chamber


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Over 1,100 attendees filled the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday night to learn what a day in the chamber world is like, as outgoing Chairman, Jim Donatelli and Chris Steinocher, Chamber President/CEO recapped 2017 and welcomed incoming chair, Anne Drake McMullen.

After running into a few familiar faces on the way to the stage, including Bob Doyle (Doyle Wealth Management), John McClain (Bayfront Health), Guy Burns (Johnson Pope) and two former Chamber chairwomen (Bernie Young and Cathy Heron Karl), Chris Steinocher joined Jim Donatelli on stage at Green Bench Brewing.
Starting at Green Bench Brewing, Chis and Jim reviewed several exciting Chamber accomplishments in 2017, including:

  •  62 ribbon cuttings and member celebrations
  • 1324 total Chamber members
  • 44 attendees traveling to Columbus, OH on the Thinking Outside the ‘Burg trip (with a cameo made by Nathan Stonecipher)

Next, they met with Ryan Griffin (Johnson Pope), the Chamber’s Grow Smarter Chair, and several of his steering committee members to review the progress that had been made in 2017. Joined by Deputy Mayor Tomalin and J.P. DuBuque (St. Pete EDC), the audience learned about EDC wins, the importance of Grow Smarter to the City of St. Pete, and the success of the sold out inaugural Grow Smarter Summit that occurred in December.

After being set up to answer a question about how people can get involved in Grow Smarter, Ryan was interrupted by “Walking on Sunshine” music being played and was named Chamber Member of the Year. As a token of appreciation, he was presented with  an amazing glass award created by the Morean Arts Center.

Finally, Jim and Chris met with incoming chairwoman, Anne Drake McMullen and a few of her executive committee members to talk about 2018.

Ronnell Montgomery, Diversity & Inclusion Chair; Danielle Findley, Membership Chair; and Martha Boden, Advocacy Chair spoke on their focuses for 2018. The Advocacy Chair asked the audience to get involved in the USF Consolidation issue by visiting stpete.com/PushPauseUSFSP and speaking up on social media using #PushPauseUSFSP.

After thanking the outgoing Chair for his time and leadership, Anne Drake McMullen took the stage to tell the audience what her focus for her year  will be: to “tell the St. Pete Story. A story of success, a story of collaboration, a story of regional cooperation”.

And with that exciting send off, attendees enjoyed tastings from 13 different St. Pete favorites, live music from Katie Talbert, shopped the St. Pete Store and Marca Made screen printed shirts, and networked with new and familiar faces.

A special thank you to College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving and LED Pro Event Services for making the evening a success.

Please visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event. There will be more posted soon – make sure to check back!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

HSN, Inc.
Florida Blue
SPCA Tampa Bay

Southwest Airlines
 Tampa International Airport/Hillsborough Co. Aviation Authority
Abbey Adams Byelick & Mueller
Fifth Third Bank
Florida Print Solutions, Inc.
Galen College of Nursing
Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Trenam Law
USF St. Petersburg
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