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2011 GOALS CONFERENCE - OPENS DOORS! ADRIANA SERNA Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

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he 2011 Goals Conference is all about Opening Doors; doors to new opportunities, new business and new relationships. This year’s Conference opens with the George E. Merrick Award of Excellence on Thursday, June 23rd at the historic Biltmore Hotel and will feature goal-setting sessions, high profile speakers and high value networking. During this annual membership meeting, Coral Gables leaders will meet to discuss the Chamber’s vision for the upcoming year, set priorities, and develop a plan to make our collective vision a reality. The event will feature various breakout sessions, for each Chamber committee.

This year’s conference is presented by many outstanding sponsors, including the Allen Morris Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, EWM, Rockefeller Business Centers, Mercantil Commercebank, Miami Herald, US Century Bank, University of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida, Barakat Law, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Cherry Bekaert & Holland, Doctors Hospital, Eliptek Technology Group, Logistical Outsourcing, Threefold Studios, Sabadell United Bank, Compupay, Credomatic, Laura L. Russo, Esq. LLC, and Vine Communications. More sponsorship opportunities are available. The most effective way to keep the doors of possibility open for your business is to participate in the session that best aligns itself to your business’ goals and objectives. In joining one or more of these commit-

tees you will meet fellow members and create new business opportunities for each other. This is also the time for our incoming Chairman, Drew Kern of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, Inc., to set his sights on the goals he wishes to accomplish with the Chamber in the upcoming year. Drew will be officially sworn in on Thursday, September 15th at the Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast. With 13 years of real estate achievements, Drew is known for his exceptional service and ability to negotiate the best possible deals for his clients. He is an ex-aficio member on the Economic Development Board for the City of Coral Gables and a founding member of the Miami-Dade Region of Business Network International, a global networking group

Drew Kern Chamber Chairman-Elect

now with 1,000 members alone in Miami-Dade County; he is also past-Chair and current member of the Franchise Advisory Board for that organization. Drew’s high level of commitment continues to earn respect among colleagues, friends and family.

TWEET ALL ABOUT IT - SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS ALL THE RAGE ADRIANA SERNA Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

IN THIS ISSUE • Chairman’s Remarks

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• President’s Perspective Page 3 • Trustee Talk

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• Commercial Real Estate Page 5 • Membership Highlights Page 6 • Calendar of Events

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• Sponsor Recognition

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re you just a little bit mystified by social media? Not sure how a social platform will help your business? Is it really an effective business tool? The answer to all these questions is a resounding YES!

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The Chamber’s series of Social Media Workshops, sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank, Social Media Studios and 2000 Ponce Business Centers, will teach you everything you need to know to put social media to work for your business.

Social Media has forever changed that way we do business and has forced us to rethink how we “sell”. It all starts with causing your customers to engage. If you’re not sure, pick a well-known brand name and look them up on Facebook – chances are they’re already there and successfully leveraging social media to engage with their customers and grow their business.

This 12-part workshop series give you a game plan and show you how to customize your Facebook, Twitter, Four Square, and other platforms to fit your needs. $20 per workshop, $200 for the entire series. Workshops start Wednesday, May 11th from 8:00AM – 10:00PM at 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables. To sign up go to www.coralgableschamber.org .

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OUR CHAMBER CHAIRMAN’S KEYS TO SUCCESS John O’Rourke III Montica Jewelry CGCC Chairman john@montica.com

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ave you ever heard of John C. Maxwell? He’s a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week 3 time bestselling author, having sold more than a million books. He’s virtually a rock-star in the self-help business world and someone you may want to check out at your local bookstore. He’s a very inspiring and insightful guy and I recently read a wonderful interview he conducted with UCLA coaching great, John Wooden. For those of you that may not know, John Wooden is considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball coaches that ever was. He has the enviable record of leading the UCLA Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships over 2 decades. From what I know, which isn’t all that much, “he was a highly respected teacher, father figure, mentor and master motivator”. It was truly an inspirational article and included coach Wooden’s nine promises to live by. I thought that they were right on the money and wanted to share them with you: 1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness and prosperity as often

as possible. 2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special that you value. 3. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best from yourself and others. 4. Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. 5. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. 6. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements of the future. 7. Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile. 8.Promise to give so much time improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others. 9. Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit trouble to press you on. Coach Wooden has since passed on, but his credo to live by has not. What impressed me the most as I was reading the article was that he was well into 90’s during the interview and still doing his best to live up to his principles. He was still working “on himself ”.

2010-2011 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman: John O’Rourke III (Montica Jewelry) Chairman-Elect: Drew Kern (Essingler-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors) Vice Chairman-Business & Economic Dev. Brian Barakat (Barakat Law P.A.) Vice Chairman-Gov’t & Legislative Affairs: Mark Meranda (Turner Construction) Vice Chair-Community Affairs: Nikki Deas (Vine Communications) Vice Chairman-Member Affairs: Frank Fernandez (U.S. Century Bank) Vice Chair-International Affairs: Carolina Rendeiro (Right Space Management) Vice Chair-Special Events: Anabella Smith (Zyscovich Architects) Treasurer: Gabe Castrillon (Hyatt Regency Coral Gables) Trustee Council Chair: Linda Knudsen (Baptist Health South Florida) Parliamentarian: John Knowles (Photo Offset) Past Chair: Sarah Nesbitt Artecona (University of Miami) Chairman’s Appointee: Raquel Hickey (Coconut Grove Bank) President & CEO: Mark A. Trowbridge

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Elected - term expires 2011 Thad Adams (Allen Morris Company) Dennis Doucette (Biltmore Hotel) Gloria Bracciano (Gulliver Schools) Martha de la Peña Rojas (BlueCross BlueShield of Florida) Emilio Vazquez (Coconut Grove Bank) Elected - term expires 2012 Manny Alvarez (International Finance Bank) George Feliciano (Bay Plumbing Co.) Marco Ibarra (Eliptek Technology Group) Maria Llorca (Village of Merrick Park) Marti Mang (TotalBank)

I believe that leadership comes from within each and every one of us. Our challenge is not in leading others, but rather in having the courage and selfdiscipline to lead ourselves.

Elected - term expires 2013 Perry Adair (Becker & Poliakoff) Ramon Ferrer (Florida Power & Light) Nelson Lazo (Doctors Hospital) Deirdre Nero (Nero Immigration Law) Naida Torres (AM Insurance Group)

SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES SPONSORSHIP Get Involved, Get Noticed, Get Business! The Coral Gables Chamber has many high profile events that offer outstanding promotional value to you business. Get involved in the community and sponsor one of our upcoming events. For more information contact Erica Dominguez at edominguez@coralgableschamber.org ADVERTISING What happens if you do not advertise your business? Absolutely nothing. Make your business stand out and take full advantage of your Chamber membership. There are sponsorship opportunities, newsletter advertising, website advertising and much more available to you to help promote your business. Rates are available on the front page of our website, www.coralgableschamber.org or you can contact Adriana Serna at aserna@coralgableschamber.org. 2

Chairman Appointees - term expires 2011 Wayne Eldred (Tarpon Bend) Sandra Gonzalez-Levy (Florida International University) Edward Holden (Mercantil Commercebank, N.A.) Laura Russo (Laura L. Russo, Esq. LLC) Barbara Schumann (Touche Beauty)

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Business Improvement District: Brad Rosenblatt (Rene Ruiz) City of Coral Gables: Cynthia Birdsill (Economic Sustainability Department City of Coral Gables: Vice Mayor William H. Kerdyk, Jr. Coral Gables Community Foundation: Andria Hanley VISION Coral Gables: Marc Berenfeld (Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP)

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Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 305.446.1657


PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE - MAY-BE, MAY-BE NOT Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

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have always been fond of the month of May, mostly because I was born on the 8th day of the month under the sign of Taurus. I was born on a Wednesday at 3:49am and my mother likes to remind me even now that had I not possessed such a large, unforgiving head, she could have attended church services the following Sunday and won some type of prize as the brand spanking newest mother on Mother’s Day. It seems that from the very beginning, I was nothing but trouble, always seeking forgiveness - the best part of being a Taurus, I suspect, and very much the same today. May also sees Spring come into full bloom, the last month of calm and loveliness before the humid and steamy summer months arrive…and feel like they will last forever. Having grown up in Ohio, it was always possible that it might actually snow in May, depending on a variety of factors. It could certainly be chilly and create confusion for the flora and fauna who did not have a calendar (or thermometer) to gauge these things by. Alas, I do not miss those Buckeye State days, nor do I miss the fact that every few years, my birthday would fall on Mother’s Day, thus requiring me to share my birthday with the boss lady of the house. And I am sure you can figure out how that turned out for me. My birthday would be moved back a day to the 7th of May so as not to conflict with Mother Trowbridge’s unique position on the calendar. A delicious cake from Publix would find its way home magically as my mother would announce that she was not in the mood to bake as she was preparing for her Mother’s Day bacchanalia. Now, I am not complaining…just merely stating the historical significance of these two days colliding on the calendar. Where is a leap year when you need it? And so, my “fake” birthday would arrive with talk centered on what would we be doing for Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed for mom? Burnt toast with generous amounts of margarine? Fried

eggs that were just a little bit too runny for consumption? A hot cup of Sanka brewed in the microwave? We spared no expense or level of creativity to make Mother T happy – even if it really was my birthday, too. I remember making a coupon book for her one year that had redeemable options in it like a hug, foot rub, or even a willingness to fold the laundry (sheets and towels – her least fave). Alas, when she flipped through it, she did so with a certain amount of vigor as if hoping a $20 bill might pop out. Sadly, there was none. Now, I don’t mean these observations to demean my childhood or paint a negative picture of my upbringing. It was typically Midwestern with lots of high fat foods and sedentary activities. In other words, I loved it. But, on this one occasion every few years, it was clear that I was the child and Mary Lou was…well, Mary Lou. She let it be known that had it not been for her, there would be no me. (Still wondering what role my father may have played). Thus, Mother’s Day was superior to my birthday... or anyone’s birthday for that matter. And if I did not like my Publix cake served on a Saturday evening during commercial breaks of The Lawrence Welk Show, well, I could just learn to do without. By the way, Mother’s Day was created in 1912 by Anna Jarvis and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. The phrase is singularly possessive in such that it is meant to have each family honor their individual mother. In ancient Rome, a festival to celebrate motherhood and the goddess Juno was held in March for three days – ironically beginning on the Ides of March. So, thank you ancient Romans and President Wilson for…well…absolutely nothing. This year, I had planned to buy my mother the usual…a gorgeous gift package from Harry & David filled with candy and flowers. However, my mother announced at Christmas that she would no longer be receiving any gifts from Harry & David. She was just kinda “tired of it”. Still the boss, still in charge. So this holiday, while I enjoy a piece of Publix cake on Saturday (instead of on my Sunday birthday), I will be holding a coupon book I have made for her (with the $20 safely tucked inside), and I will thank my lucky stars I was born in May.

Trustee Luncheon - April 27th, 2011

Left (from left to right): John O’Rourke III, Chamber Chairman; Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber President & CEO; Nelson Lazo, CEO, Doctors Hospital Baptist Health South Florida; Javier Hernandez-Litchl, CEO, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Drew Kern, Chamber Chairman-Elect. Right: John O’Rourke, III, Chamber Chairman; General Douglas Fraser, Commander U.S. Southern Command; Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber President & CEO.

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TRUSTEE TALK

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pring cleaning –– tossing out what has outlived its usefulness, embracing what still works. As you’ll learn from Marti Mang, our May profile, Chamber membership is one professional tool that works –– but you have to work it! Linda Knudsen, Baptist Health South Florida and Trustee Council Chair

“I started my career in banking more than 30 years ago with the Denver Clearing House Association. I joined TotalBank –– a subsidiary of Banco Popular Espanol, S.A. – – in 1996, where I am currently a senior vice president in corporate lending. My efforts were rewarded when I received the Thelma Gibson Award for Business Excellence in 2010 and the AXA Business Woman of the Year Award in the Corporate Category for 2011. “I have been a member of the Coral Gables Chamber since

Marti Mang, Sr. Vice President, TotalBank & Diplomat

2004 and a Trustee member since 2007. Like most of us, I joined to build my business network. What I discovered are exceptional professionals who offer a wealth of wisdom and experience. Being a Trustee further enhances my membership by affording me the opportunity to meet and serve with some of our community’s top business leaders.

“I love the fast pace of the South Florida business community and its diversity –– which is reflected in the owner-operated businesses, commercial real estate investors, professionals, mortgage lending companies and various other businesses I work with every day. The relationships I’ve forged here are invaluable to my success –– and theirs.” If you are a Trustee member and would like to be featured in Trustee Talk, please e-mail lindak@baptisthealth.net.

GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES - Thursday, April 21st, 2011

ALBERTO ROMEU | ALBERTO ROMEU PHOTOGRAPHY Top Left: UM’s Head Football Coach Al Golden, Chairman-Elect Drew Kern, President Mark A. Trowbridge, Chairman John O’Rourke III, Mario Cristobal FIU’s Head Football Coach. Top Right: Chairman-Elect Drew Kern, UM’s Head Football Coach Al Golden, Mario Cristobal FIU’s Head Football Coach.

AXA ADVISORS BUSINESSWOMEN OF THE YEAR - Friday, March 11th, 2011

ALBERTO ROMEU | ALBERTO ROMEU PHOTOGRAPHY Top Left: Patricia San Pedro, Philanthropy Award Winner; Marti Mang, Corporate Award Winner; Marge Hunt Hartnett, Margaret St. Germain Cornerstone Award Honoree; Misha Kuryla-Gomez, Retail / Restauranteur Award; Representative of Joy Wallace, John McPhee, Entreprenuer Award Winner. Top Right: Marge Hunt Hartnett, Margaret St. Germain Cornerstone Award Honoree; Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber President.

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MARCH MADNESS BUSINESS EXPO - March 24th, 2011

Top Left: Sponsor Viviana Laboy, Credomatic; Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber President; Maritza Garabento, Credomatic. Top Right: FIU Alumni Association. Bottom Left: Sponsor Nelson Penalver, Logistical Outsourcing. Bottom Right: New Chamber Members, Chispa Marketing Team.

A SUPERSTITIOUS DATE FOR AN AUSPICIOUS EVENT ADRIANA SERNA Coral Gables Chamber

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At noon on Friday, May 13th, the dark clouds of superstition will part and sunshine will suddenly appear as we discuss the current state of the commercial real estate industry in our community.

Headlined by leading brokers, industrial experts and other commercial real estate stars, this luncheon will give an up-to-date look at the state of the industry. This is the fourth year that this luncheon has focused on the commercial market and the timing is perfect as the economy begins to recover, with some of this movement coming in the commercial industry. Moderated by Michael Lewis, Publisher of Miami Today, followed by table-setting remarks by renowned economist Dr. Tony

Villamil, this luncheon sells out each year as we hear from the following leading experts in the commercial real estate: Audley Bosch, Director, Industrial Brokerage Services; W. Allen Morris, Chairman & CEO, The Allen Morris Company; Antonio Puente, Senior Vice President, Fairchild Partners; Peter Zalewski, Principal, Condo Vultures L.L.C. Partner support is provided by East Coast Public Adjusters, Miami Today, Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA) Miami, The Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida (CIASF) and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Networking begins at 11:30am and the luncheon will start promptly at noon. Tickets are $50 per person and reserved tables of 10 are also available. For more information on the event, location, and confirmed speakers, please visit our website at www. coralgableschamber.org.

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SAVE THESE IMPORTANT 2011 DATES! MAY 4

MAY 21 BAPTIS HEALTH TOUR OF THE GABLES 5K 7:30 AM Start Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way

WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY - 5:30 PM Por Fin Restaurant

MAY 11

JUNE 10

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP - 8:00 AM Workshop #1 - Face Book Marketing 101 2000 Ponce Business Centers

GOLF CLASSIC Registration & Lunch 11:00 A.M. Shotgun Start Noon

JUNE 23 & 24

MAY 19 GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES - 7:30 AM & RISING STAR AWARDS Biltmore Hotel

GOALS CONFERENCE & GEORGE E. MERRICK AWARD OF EXCELLENCE BILTMORE HOTEL

MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBERS! 1st United Bank

SPONSORSHIP/INVESTOR HALL OF FAME December 2010 through March 2011

Alvarez Carbonell Feltman Jimenez & Gomez, PL Biltmore School

$5,000 AND ABOVE

$2,500 - $4,999

AXA Advisors, LLC Baptist Health South Florida The Biltmore Hotel Brown-Forman Beverages Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables International Finance Bank Montica Jewelry

The Allen Morris Company AT&T BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Credomatic East Coast Public Adjusters, Inc. Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Florida Power & Light Gulliver Schools Home Financing Center, Inc. Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A. Port of Miami University of Miami

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc. Cayamas Electric Corporation Chispa Marketing, Inc. Corevents DesignHouse Elizabeth L. Perez, P.A. At The Keyes Company Equinox Fitness First Citizens Bank FIU College of Business Administration Gables Diagnostic Center Global Cargo Alliance Gustavo A. Cisneros State Farm Insurance InSource, Inc. Lizarran McLuskey & McDonald, P.A. Miami Payroll Center Misha’s Cupcakes Modern Luxury Media - Miami Magazine NIS Print Northwestern Mutual OBM International Olazabal Hair & Skin Salon Risk Reduction Group Route 9 Smith & Wollensky Stand Out Media, Inc. Star 102.1 FM TECKpert The Local The Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami

VISION INVESTORS Baptist Health South Florida Bay Plumbing Company* Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. The Biltmore Hotel Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. Coconut Grove Bank Coral Gables Trust Company Eliptek Technology Group Express Travel Gulliver Schools Hotel St. Michel Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

International Finance Bank Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables Montica Jewelry Photo Offset Right Space Management Sabadell United Bank, N.A. Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz & Jackson Transatlantic Bank The University of Miami Victoria & Associates Career Services Waste Management The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables Hotel Williamson Cadillac - HUMMER

Violetas

* Commitment paid in full * BOLD denotes new Trustee member

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EVENTS CALENDAR

MAY / JUNE 2011 Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Friday

Thursday

Saturday / Sunday

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2

3 8:30 AM International Affairs Meeting

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10 5:30 PM Trustee Reception

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11 8:00 AM Social Media Workshop 1 9:00 AM Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

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18 10:00 AM Travel & Tourisim Committee Meeting

11:30 AM Women’s Business Network Luncheon

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4

8:00 AM Go Green Committee Meeting 12:15 PM RE-Connect Luncheon 5:30 PM Wind Down Wednesday

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25

31

MEMORIAL DAY Chamber Office Closed

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7

8:00 AM Go Green Committee Meeting 12:15 PM RE-Connect Luncheon 6:00 PM Theater Night

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14

20

21

27

28

22

29

14/15

20 8:00 AM Business & Government Affairs Meeting

26

21/22

7:00 AM Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K

27

28/29

3

4/5

10

11/12

8:00 AM Business & Education Committee Meeting 8:00 AM Legislative Wrap-up 2011 Session

2 8:00 AM Chairman’s Ambassador Meeting

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15

13

7/8 MOTHER’S DAY

9:00 AM Chamber 101 11:30 AM Commercial Real Estate Outlook Luncheon

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1

8:00 AM Social Media Workshop 3

6 8:30 AM The Trow Knows... CEOs featuring Alberto Carvalho

12 8:00 AM M-Team Committee Meeting 6:00 PM Gables Global Groove

7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables featuring the 5th Annual Rising Star Award 9:00 AM 20/30 Group Meeting

8:00 AM Social Media Workshop 2 11:45 AM Trustee Luncheon

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5 8:00 AM Chairman’s Ambassador Meeting 9:00 AM WBN Steering Committee Meeting

9 8:00 AM M-Team Committee Meeting

16

23

6:00 PM George E. Merrick Award of Excellence Dinner

11:00 AM Golf Classic

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8:00 AM Business & Government Affairs Meeting

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7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables 9:00 AM Goals Conference

18/19 FATHER’S DAY

25/26

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8:00 AM Social Media Workshop 4

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SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION Wind Down Wednesday

Good Morning Coral Gables

CALENDAR OF EVENTS & MEETINGS Social Media Workshops Rising Star Awards

Gables Global Groove Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K

Commercial Real Estate Luncheon

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Golf Classic

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Chamber Communique MAY / JUNE 2011