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MAY 27, 2015



Chamber selects new president Chamber Vice President Deborah Wing has a corporate background in marketing and computer programming. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The search for a successor to Mary Ann Brockman is over, and it ended not far from where it began. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce selection committee announced last week that the position was offered to Vice President Deborah Wing, who has been with the Chamber for six years. She accepted and her first day as president will be June 1. Brockman will stay on to assist in the changeover until the end of June. Wing was the only internal candidate to apply for the position, which drew more than 30 outside candidates. The committee chose 10 of those applicants with leadership, and/or chamber experience

to interview further. Four of those candidates were invited to participate in the final selection process. From that group, the committee unanimously chose Wing. Wing had leadership experience in a corporate setting, supervising as many as 120 people in the field of marketing. She also has experience as a computer programmer in marketing. Wing said she had plans for the Island Chamber. “I have been working hard to build relationships with the community, and I want to continue that and reach out to non-profits through expansion of the trolley program,” she said. “I also want to work with the CVB (Manatee County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau) to change our focus of marketing the Island to promote our old Florida lifestyle. We want to highlight protecting the turtles and seabirds and our status as a bird sanctuary. We have so much to offer.” Chamber Administrator Terri Kinder has been promoted to vice president.


The AMI Chamber selection committee has chosen Deb Wing to succeed Mary Ann Brockman as Chamber president.

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suspicious, lock your door and go inside. If the cashier is surveying someone, go somewhere else because they’ve already identified someone who is suspicious.” When you are leaving the store, if you see someone suspicious outside, tell the manager, and if the manager does not act, call police. Always lock your door when you re-enter you vehicle. In store parking lots, always park near the store and under a light. Don’t park in between large vans or trucks, and don’t put your purse or valuables in the trunk. Let employees help you out, if that is an option, and if not,

look around while placing items in your vehicle. Don’t let strangers help you. Avoid panhandlers because “you don’t know what their background is,” she advised. “If you see someone panhandling or bothering someone, please call it in to police. If they walk up to your car, lock the doors.”

Identity theft

“Don’t give out any information about yourself to anyone you don’t know,” she stressed. “If you become a victim of identity theft, it takes five to 10 years to get your identify back.” Watch for scams such as someone calling and pretending to be from the Social Security Agency or IRS, neither of which

call people; pretending to be a relative needing help; or offering help with your computer. She advised men to keep their wallets in the front pocket because of pickpockets, especially when attending events with crowds, and women not to carry purses. “If someone tries to snatch your purse, don’t fight,” she added. “Your life is more important than anything you are carrying.” She said people should carry only one credit or debit card or one check or cash and one form of ID. Don’t carry Medicare or Social Security (SS) cards, which contain SS numbers.

Anna Maria Island Sun May 27, 2015  
Anna Maria Island Sun May 27, 2015