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JULY 2011



Here’s to a Busy Summer Season

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MIKE FREEMAN Chairman of the Board Whitney National Bank BILL LINDSLEY Chairman Elect Simple HR BRIAN HAUGEN Immediate Past Chair Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates AMY PERRY Treasurer Pleat & Perry, P.A. TIM EDWARDS Vice Chairman/Communications & Marketing Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill LES PORTERFIELD Vice Chairman/Community & Economic Development TEA, Inc. KATHY WHIDDEN Vice Chairman/Membership Development Emerald Coast Chiropractic MARY ANNE WINDES Vice Chairman/Harbor Association Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc. Destin Fishing Fleet Marina

DIRECTORS JIM BREITENFELD Breitenfeld Development Services, LLC SHAUN EUBANKS Community Bank, Destin STEVE JAY O’Sullivan Creel, LLP REBECCA JONES Fort Walton Beach Medical Center ANDI MAHONEY White-Wilson Medical Center KAREN MCCARTHY Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union CYNDY THOMAS ResortQuest Vacation Rentals CAREY TROTTER Trotter’s General Contractors, Inc. CHAIRMAN’S APPOINTEES JOHN COMER Southern Restaurant Group, LLC MATT LINDLEY Sandestin Golf And Beach Resort SPECIAL APPOINTEE KIM WINTNER Alliance Association Management Co., Inc. MANAGEMENT TEAM SHANE MOODY, CCE, IOM President and CEO ELIZABETH SPIES Vice President of Communications WENDY SCHAEFER Information Specialist

Shane A. Moody, CCE, IOM So now that summer is here, how is everyone feeling about the season? Based on what I’m hearing on a daily basis, everyone is thrilled. I’ve lived here for almost eight years, worked for this Chamber for almost eight years, and this is the first I can remember when people are happy to see traffic. Many in the tourism industry have told me this is the best they’ve seen since 2007. I think I can agree with that. Hearing phrases like “sold out” and “85% and climbing” when discussing occupancy rates is music to our ears. Seeing parking lots at malls, shops, and restaurants full, with lines of people waiting, is a beautiful sight. People love Destin and the Emerald Coast. And we’re glad they do. And we welcome them back! To our visitors, THANK YOU for choosing Destin as your vacation destination.

At a recent Harbor CRA board meeting, the board voted to begin the process of obtaining easements for the construction of the boardwalk, making the harbor waterfront a customer friendly, continuous walkway. It would join the west end of the harbor at Harborwalk Village to the east end, initially through to the Destin Yacht Club. The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce has supported this project since well before I arrived here. We’ve written position papers, and white papers, worked closely with the city, and talked with property owners along the harbor. This is a good deal for the property owners. With the city taking responsibility for construction, maintenance, and insurance, the property owners are receiving an improvement to their property with no costs involved. We’ve talked in many meetings with the city and in separate conversations with harbor property owners, and it appears that most will sign their easements. I must give a lot of credit to the Chamber’s Harbor Committee and its Chairman Mary Anne Windes for working this so hard. We’ve never been this close to constructing the boardwalk – the plan is to begin construction in November and to complete it before spring break 2012.


to find and redeem coupons. Our members may join Trippons and place a coupon for their business. The program uses a QR code that will be on our website, as well as distributed throughout the community. Customers scan the QR code with their Smartphones and are taken straight to the Destin Trippons site. There, they may find and redeem the coupons. No paper coupons need to exchange hands, though there is a print option for each coupon on for those without Smartphones. It is an outstanding program, using cutting edge technology. Your Board was intrigued enough by the program to give it a try. Visit www. and find the Destin page. Only active for two days at the time of this writing, six chamber members have already joined the program. They’re looking to generate business for themselves through an innovative Chamber program. After all, by driving customers to your business through the programs in your Chamber, we’ll continue to build this world-class community one business at a time. With wishes for continued success, and until next month,,

Chamber Statistics: Advertising our World-Class Community In our mission to support Destin as a world-class community, the Chamber’s Welcome Center recorded the following numbers:

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This will be the initial construction, with improvements and additions to come as the money comes in. It’s a start. I encourage you to contact your Destin City Council members and let them know that this is a project that needs to happen. Let them know as a business owner and a member of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, we want this to happen. I would like to thank outgoing city manager Greg Kisela, as he leaves Destin to become the county administrator in Walton County. Greg has been a mentor, a colleague, and, most importantly, a very good friend. Because of his openness and willingness, the relationship between the city and the Chamber has been very strong. He worked with us, even if we weren’t exactly on the same page on certain issues, and he asked us to work with the city. He reached out when the city needed support for an idea or project and always accommodated our requests for support when we needed it. He worked hard, and his golf game got better, which is hard to explain. But, I wish him much luck in his new challenge. I have no doubt he’ll be successful. Finally, I’d like to share a new Chamber program with you called Trippons. Trippons is an electronic coupon program that allows customers to use their Smartphones

May 2011 Phone Calls/E-mails – 928 Incoming Mail – 137 Visitors to Welcome Center Lobby – 376 Visitors’ Guide & Buyer’s Directories Mailed – 501 Relocation Packages – 13

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A Message from the Chairman of the Board

Mike Freeman I can’t believe we are already into June and halfway through the year. It seems only short time ago when I was taking over as Chairman with a mountain of goals and plenty of work ahead of us for 2011. Fortunately, we have accomplished some of the goals and made progress on

Halfway and Looking Good

others. There is no doubt the local tourism economy appears to be nearly back on track with a strong spring and a very promising summer season. As a result, many of our Chamber members are seeing sales ahead of last year, which is a very positive trend and hopefully foreshadowing what remains for the rest of 2011. The Destin Seafood Festival appears to be in capable hands, based on the feedback received from those close to the event. I applaud the Destin Charter Boat Association, Mike Eller, and its Seafood Festival committee for the leadership role they have played in making the historic event a reality in 2011. I like the new date in early October, coin-

ciding with the fishing rodeo and its month long festivities. I am really encouraged by the linear composition of the event along the Destin harbor involving many of the harbor stakeholders, which appears to be a new great concept. Another bright spot has been the reception from the membership with the transition from a breakfast to a lunch format with the Leaders in Business lunch. The event’s attendance is up and appears to be more convenient for more of our membership, so we are told. We appreciate the feedback as we try to make the event more informative and enjoyable for all. The Chamber’s Harbor Committee, lead by Mary Anne

Windes, has been hard at work with its primary mission to ensure the start and completion of the boardwalk along the Destin Harbor. You should know the Harbor Committee has been well represented at recent City of Destin Harbor CRA meetings in which the main topic of discussion has been the harbor boardwalk initiative. It’s just another example of the Chamber working for and on behalf of its membership with interest along the harbor. I am very encouraged by recent developments associated with the Chamber’s Sports Commission. I understand from reliable sources that we are close to securing a fall sporting event that will potentially drive hundreds of

heads in beds and into our local restaurants during the shoulder season. This is exactly the type of heavy lifting that needs to be done by the Sports Commission. Last but not least, please investigate the Chamber’s highly recognized business leadership program known as Destin Forward. It’s a wonderful program that introduces and educates our present and future leaders on the Destin community and its assets. For more information, please contact any of our talented folks at the Destin Area Chamber.

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THE CHAMBER MONTH AHEAD Join us for our Leaders In Business Lunch on Tuesday, July 12, being held at Destin Middle School Our Leaders In Business Lunches incorporate networking and educational components to benefit all members. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The cost for the lunch is $15 for those members who pre-register, $20 for members at the door, and $30 for non-members. Please remember that reservations are required, and no shows will be billed. All registrations are due by Friday, July 8. Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m., and the lunch begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. JULY


The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to our June Business After Hours sponsored by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and being held at Baytowne Marina. This will be a joint event with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce. Please do not forget to bring your business card for networking and our door prize drawing. All businesses are invited to bring a door prize, which offers one more way for you to gain exposure. There is no fee for members to attend this event. The non-member fee is $20. Please visit the Events Calendar at to RSVP. JUNE




Chamber Board of Directors Meeting will be held in the Chamber conference room at 11:30 a.m.

Chairman’s Club Spotlight Northwest Florida Regional Airport – Destin as an Air Travel Destination – Our beautiful community on Florida’s Emerald Coast has traditionally seen most visitors arriving by car during the summer months. Influxes of crammed SUVs on the family one week vacation during summer have been the norm. But an extraordinary opportunity is occurring this year with dramatic changes in air service at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). Announced last January and fully implemented in June, Vision Airlines has developed a hub at our community’s airport, offering non-stop service to 20 cities on mostly Boeing 737 aircraft. Visualize traveling between some popular communities, such as Knoxville, Little Rock, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Asheville, or Las Vegas, without stopping at prices that make travel more affordable by air than by car. Averaging $79 each way and in many cases under an hour travel time, our region is now more accessible than ever before. For the first time, vacation rentals, second home owners, and conference attendees have a viable option to visit Destin for long weekends or during the shoulder seasons in the spring and fall rather than just the one week in summer. The brand has become an important landmark on the online air

travel landscape. We actively interact with our customers and friends on Facebook, Twitter, and social media in ways that introduce entirely new audiences to Destin amenities. Partnering with hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues is now a regular occurrence. Included in the distinctive services offered by VPS is non-stop service to central and south Florida communities. Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Ft. Lauderdale are all now just an hour away making intrastate travel more convenient than making the eight plus hour drive. “More low-fares, non-stop service than any airport on the Emerald Coast” is the mantra of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. In addition to Vision Airlines, our airport has four other airlines with daily service to major hubs that allow one stop connections to the world. American, Continental, Delta, and US Airways complete team VPS by providing vital transportation links to national and international communities that conduct business in our area. Consider the many countries that will be participating in the F-35 JSF program and the importance of our airport serving as the community’s front door. First impressions count. All airport functions are financially

self-sufficient and are wholly reliant on airport generated revenue from leases, commissions, and fees. The VPS terminal and entire 130 acre complex operates without revenue from ad valorem or general sales taxes. All capital improvements, such as the terminal expansion, new credit card parking lot with 780 stalls, or new rental car center, are paid entirely from aviation specific grants or retained earnings generated at the airport. Per a University of West Florida Haas Business Center study in 2010, Okaloosa County’s three airports provide an annual economic impact of $509 million and are directly responsible for more than 4,500 jobs. Positive economic impact, outstanding service, and accessibility to 24 cities through your community airport – Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) – are easy. For more information, please visit our website at www.flyvps. com or call (850) 651-7160. This article is part of our series profiling our Trustees and Chairman’s Club members. For more information on this series or about the Trustees and Chairman’s Club membership levels, please call (850) 837-6241.

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Asiago Catering Service - Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach 573 Santa Rosa Blvd. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 244-8686 Category: Convention & Meeting Services; Wedding Suppliers and Services Chamber Rep: Jessica Young Blab TV 121 S. Palafox Pl. Ste. D Pensacola, FL 32591 (850) 259-8356 Category: Television Stations Chamber Rep: Peggy Brockman Clean Break LLC 1102 Montrose Ave. Nashville, TN 37204 (615) 522-8315 Category: Recreation Services Chamber Rep: Asher Levine Coldwell Banker Premier Group Barry Gernstetter 2203 S. Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63117 (314) 650-8927 Category: Real Estate Chamber Rep: Barry Gernstetter

Coral Reef Club 2708 Scenic Hwy. 98 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 424-5332 Category: Accommodations-Gulf Front Condominiums Chamber Rep: Jeff Sanders Destin Charter Service 210 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-1995 Category: Boats-Charter Fishing Chamber Rep: Jami Jones Emerald Seas Boating Magazine 100 Old Ferry Rd. Shalimar, FL 32579 (954) 482-1721 Category: Publications Chamber Rep: Galit Papanikolaou Girl Scout Council of the FloridaPanhandle, Inc. 250 Pinewood Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32303 (850) 386-2131 Category: Non-Profits Chamber Rep: Raslean Allen

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Rick Hausen 850-687-0140 Category: Individual Members Chamber Rep: Rick Hausen Holiday Inn Resort Ft. Walton Beach 573 Santa Rosa Blvd. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 244-8686 Accommodations-Hotels Chamber Rep: Ivana Coteat Hotel Equities 41 Perimeter Center E. Ste. 510 Atlanta, GA 30346 (678) 578-4444 Category: Property Management Companies Chamber Rep: Angela Raub Hurricane Lanes 34876 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 654-5251 Category: Bowling Center Chamber Rep: Dave Collins The LA Lounge 34876 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 654-5251 Category: Night Clubs & Bars Chamber Rep: Gina Garcia

Russell Landscape Group, Inc. PO Box 6833 Destin, FL 32550 (850) 583-6701 Category: Landscaping Services Chamber Rep: Lee Padgett The UPS Store/Miramar Beach 11275 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Ste. 6 Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 837-6011 Chamber Rep: Mailing Services, Packing, & Shipping Category: Bobby & Patricia Counts Vision Airlines 3795 Johns Creek Court Ste. 100A Suwanee, GA 30024 (877) 359-2538 Category: Airlines Chamber Rep: Clay Meek White Sands Party Bus 758 Vintage Circle Destin, FL 32541 (850) 699-7392 Category: Limousine Service Chamber Rep: Jeff Grab

Congratulations to our top Ambassadors for May 2011: 45 points – Richard Barrington, Holiday Isle Properties, Inc. 45 points – William (Bill) Head 45 points – Ann Kief, Qivana


Business Briefs LaChance Joins Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Family practice physician Dr. Gerald LaChance joined Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a residency at the Central Maine Medical Center, and served with the US Air Force 325th Medical Group in Panama City.

O’Sullivan Creel Named Finest Accounting Firm on the Emerald Coast O’Sullivan Creel, LLP, was named the “Finest Accounting Firm on the Emerald Coast” in an inaugural reader’s choice program launched earlier this year by the Northwest Florida Daily News. Over a fourweek period, thousands of ballots were submitted. Votes came in from all over the Emerald Coast, as well as from Pensacola, Mobile, Panama City, and Tallahassee.

Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida to Open in New Location The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is now located at 996 Airport Road, less than one mile north of Highway 98, across from the Destin Airport. The Destin Emergency Care Center is also at this location. The institute was recently accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Stroke Specialty Program and was granted a re-certification of its Inpatient Rehab Program Accreditation. It is also fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO).

Newman-Dailey Opens New Hidden Dunes Office Property owners and guests of Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis


Resort will now be able to enjoy faster, quality service from their rental management company, NewmanDailey Resort Properties, Inc. As of early May, the company is providing on-site services at its new Hidden Dunes office location.

Grand Boulevard Wins Image Award for Le Grand Cirque Campaign Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s marketing and public relations department came away a winner at the April 2011 regional Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Image Awards. Representing the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter, Grand Boulevard won an Image Award in the highly competitive Promotional/ Marketing category for its “Le Grand Cirque Comes to Grand Boulevard” campaign.

Left to right, Myra Williams, VP of marketing for Howard Group; Angela Triplett, former PR manager of Howard Group; Stacey Brady, director of marketing and PR for Grand Boulevard; and Zandra Wolfgram, principal of Wordplay Ink

Silver Sands Recognizes May Employee of the Month Silver Sands Factory Stores May Employee of the Month is Alisha Sims of Lacoste. Sims, who has been employed at Lacoste for more than a year, is the top sales performer year to date and leads the visual merchandising team in its efforts to keep the windows and displays fresh.

Silver Sands Supports the South Walton Relay For Life

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family to Louisiana in 2006, where he opened and still owns Baton Rouge Business Brokers.

Ronald McDonald House Bids Farewell to Executive Director Silver Sands Factory Stores participated in the 2011 South Walton Relay For Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. From left to right are Cara Augustine, office administrator; Ashley Watkins, assistant marketing director; and Katie Johnson, communications manager.

Children in Crisis Elects New Board Members Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) took the next step in its evolution by moving closer toward the corporate model structure, which resulted in some minor changes to the CIC board of directors. President of the board Don Litke of Niceville changed titles and is now chairman of the board. Kitty Johnson of Fort Walton Beach is now vice chair, and Sheila Campbell of Fort Walton Beach is secretary. Bill Frey of Shalimar and Janice Henderson of Crestview were voted to remain on the board for an additional three-year term. Newly elected board members are Bo Arnold of Niceville, Bob Bell of Fort Walton Beach, Andrew Dwyer of Crestview, Mike Hill of Pensacola, and Linda Tyce of Niceville.

Emerald Coast Exchange Club Helps Children in Crisis The Emerald Coast Exchange Club of Fort Walton Beach recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) a $2,000 donation to help feed, clothe, and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Pictured here are Karen Helms, CIC president and CEO Ken Hair, Bill and Janet Moomaw, Letitia

Landrum Announces New Business Development Manager Blair Sale joined Landrum Professional Employer Services as a business development manager. As a member of Landrum’s business development team, Sale will engage with business owners and explain the benefit of using Landrum as an expert partner in the fields of human resources management, employee benefits, workers compensation and risk management administration, and payroll. He will concentrate his sales initiatives in the Panama City and Bay County market.

Clark Wins Marketing Campaign of the Year Award Steve Clark, CEO of New School Selling, Inc., won the “Marketing Campaign of the Year Award” at the Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle Super Conference in Chicago, IL. Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle is an international direct response marketing organization with more than 25,000 members.

Brett Bianca joins Destin Business Brokers Destin Business Brokers LLC recently welcomed Brett Bianca as the newest member to its team of experienced business brokers. Bianca had been a longtime resident and business owner in Destin until a career opportunity took him and his

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida hosted volunteers, donors, supporters, and the community at a reception to say goodbye to Andrea Farage as executive director. “Over the last ten years Andrea has contributed so much of herself, personally, to the mission of Ronald McDonald House. She truly works magic as demonstrated with the successful completion of a five million dollar capital campaign, the opening of our new 26-bedroom house, and the expansion of our donors, volunteers, and services provided,” said board president Paul Robinson.

Acentria Employee of the Quarter Congratulations to Janet Booker for being named Acentria, Inc.’s Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter. Booker has been with Acentria since 2008. She is responsible for servicing the daily needs of various commercial clients, marketing business, and performing coverage comparisons.

Coast Lines to Launch New Resort Lifestyle Magazine Featuring Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast Living and visiting Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast will be the featured topic for a new lifestyle magazine, Coast Lines, which will inform, inspire, and entertain readers about the Emerald Coast as a premier vacation destination for boating, fishing, shopping, dining, music, events, and eco-travel. The magazine is published by Rowland Publishing, See BRIEFS on page 7


BRIEFS continued from page 6 Inc., in collaboration with Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.

From left to right, Kendra Moore, Brian Rowland, Gail Sawyer, and Barry Dalton

Legendary Marine Launches MidBay Powerboat Rentals Legendary Marine, the Gulf Coast’s largest boat dealership, recently launched its first ever rental operation, MidBay Powerboat Rentals, situated at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin at the Legendary Marine headquarters complex. MidBay Powerboat Rentals offers a fleet of new boats, including fishing boats, pontoons, sportboats, and jet skis.

Perry to Serve on Grievance Committee Amy A. Perry, Esq., of the Pleat & Perry, P.A., Destin law firm has been selected to serve a three-year term on

the Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Perry focuses her practice on real estate/ closings, foreclosures, civil litigation, association law, corporate/business law, and mediations/arbitrations. She is a Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.

Blab TV Launches in Destin After 27 years in Pensacola, BLAB TV is going digital broadcast with a million watt signal covering Sandestin to Mobile and as far north as Greenville, Ala. According to president Fred Vigodsky, “We selected Peggy Brockman to help launch the Okaloosa/ Walton market due to her successful background in long form TV.” BLAB may be seen locally on Channel 22 and will air local stories about local businesses.

The County Line

Landrum Opens Office in Fort Walton Beach Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc., an industry leader in staffing and human resources, opened a new branch office in Fort Walton Beach’s Uptown Station. The new office will provide support for Landrum clients in Okaloosa and Walton counties and extend its service offerings to area businesses, as well as provide employment opportunities for residents.

Vision Airlines Presents SkyVision Magazine X3 Brands LLC, based in Destin, and Vision Airlines, based in Suwanee, Ga., presented the inaugural issue of SkyVision Magazine, the official quarterly in-flight publication of Vision Airlines, aboard the Solaris dining and entertainment cruise yacht in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Marina at a reception in early June. In addition to every Vision Airlines aircraft seat-back, SkyVision Magazines will be distributed via destination airport terminals, Florida Welcome centers, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Florida-bound Interstate rest areas, hotels, restaurants, and Vision Airlines market partners.

WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, Wins National Telly Award

Guglielmo Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Sacred Heart Hospital

WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has won a Bronze National Telly Award for the original production “Lighthouses of the Gulf Coast: Sand Island to St. Marks” in the documentary category. This honor marks the seventh National Telly Award WSRE has won for original programming since 2008.

United Way Says Thanks for Great Food Drive According to the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, 147,983 pounds of food was collected and distributed to 28 community food banks and pantries during the 2011 National Letter Carriers Food Drive.

San Gelato Café in USA Today USA Today recently named San Gelato Café’s parent company, G.S. Gelato & Desserts, one of the top 10 ice creameries in America. As noted in the article, it offers the “most authentic gelato in the country.”

Guglielmo Ianni, owner of Guglielmo’s La Fiamma & Italian Grill and Tuscany Italian Bistro, among other area restaurants, is one of three local business owners recognized this year for outstanding commitment to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.

Bud & Alley’s Adds Sky Deck Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bud and Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant’s new Sky Deck offers the a perfect new venue for a sunset cocktail or dining under the stars. Christened Memorial Day weekend, the gracious open-air pavilion is already a favorite gathering spot... right on the Gulf in the heart of Seaside.

Hurricane Season is Upon Us

Submitted by Okaloosa County Commissioner Bill Roberts As we move into the month of June, fun at the beach and the lingering thought of hurricane season come to mind. As long as we prepare for both events, we can enjoy our beautiful beaches and our warm summer weather for the months to come. We just rehearsed our first hurricane exercise in our new 911 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at NWF State College. The rehearsal went smoothly and proved to everyone in attendance that the center streamlines the processes in the event of an emergency. Okaloosa County, we are prepared more than ever. We need to ensure that everyone has a hurricane plan. As we make our plans, keep in mind that the first 72 hours are on you. If you need assistance with developing a plan, call our Citizens Information Line by dialing 311 from Okaloosa County. We need to consider what we are going to do, where we are going to go, and even consider our pets. There are a few ways you can receive transportation to a shelter, if necessary. 1. General Population- Prior to the arrival of NETWORK JULY 2011

Tropical Force Winds, call Okaloosa County Transit at (850) 883-9168 and request a pick-up. Keep in mind you need to provide your own bedding, medications, and any other items in order to make your stay a bit more comfortable. Space in the shelter will be limited to 15 square feet per person. 2. Special Needs Patients- Must be registered on the Special Needs Database by calling (850) 6517150. Once you are registered, the transportation is not automatic. You must still call Okaloosa County Transit at (850) 833-9168 once a local state of emergency has been declared. Remember to remind the operator if you need a wheelchair lift during your pick-up. Ensure you bring bedding, medication, and oxygen tanks, if required. Keep in mind the staff of the shelter will provide food and drinks. If you desire special snacks, be sure to bring them with you. Refrigeration will be provided only for medications. Again, we encourage citizens to develop a family

plan now. Be sure to talk to your family and friends about your plan and rehearse them to ensure there is nothing missing. Again, if you need assistance in your planning call the Citizen’s Information Line. Hurricane season can go smoothly, and Okaloosa County is better equipped than ever to serve its citizens in the new 911 EOC, with more space for emergency personnel, more shelter space, and improved technology. Remember; if a storm is approaching, continue to monitor local news through radio and television. To receive real-time updates visit or call the Citizens Information Line at 311 within Okaloosa County and (850) 651-7583 outside of Okaloosa County. You can also follow us on Twitter: OKALOOSA EOC. Our courts are about to be a safer place too. The Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension is on track to be completed as planned. Currently, the courthouse is over 80% complete. We have formed a committee to plan the grand opening, to include tours of the new facility, during the month of September. We will have more information, as we plan these exciting events in the near future. PAGE 7

Business After Hours Sponsored by: North Light Yacht Club

On May 26, Destin Area Chamber members joined members from the Crestview Area, Greater Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville Valparaiso chambers of commerce for a Business After Hours hosted and sponsored by North Light Yacht Club. North Light is a full service marina, which is open to the public. It is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Niceville. In addition to beautiful bay views, it offers a state-of-the-art dry storage boat facility, fishing tournaments and seminars, a restaurant, and more. For more information, please call (850) 678-2350 or visit

Thank You for the Door Prizes! • Big Kahuna’s • Cal’s Appliances • Century 21 Wilson Minger Agency – Patsy Bland • Destin Commons • Helga’s Restaurant & Biergarten • Impact Training • Joey Tomato’s Deli • Keller Williams Realty • North Light Yacht Club • Old South Land Title • Peoples National Bank • Silver Plus • Simple HR • Stark International • Sterling House • Twin Cities Hospital



Leaders In Business Lunch Sponsored by: White-Wilson Medical Center

Thank you to White-Wilson Medical Center for its sponsorship of our June Leaders in Business Lunch, held June 12, at the Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center. White-Wilson Medical Center is one of the largest multi-specialty out-patient physician groups on Florida’s Emerald Coast. With more than 20 specialties, ranging from neurosurgery to pediatrics to in-house lab and imaging, White-Wilson provides patients with coordinated healthcare services and the convenience of one medical record and one location for most of your healthcare needs. For more information, please visit or call (850) 863-8100.

Dr Dr. David Goetsch, Goetsch Vice President of NWF State College and NWF State College’s Leadership Institute, presents Customer Service and Entitled Employees. By popular demand, Goetsch will provide additional seminars during the summer in the Chamber’s conference room. Stay tuned to Tuesday Talking Points for exact dates.


Thank You for the Door Prizes! • Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, P.A. • Eglin Federal Credit Union • Emerald Coast Chiropractic

• Fort Walton Beach High School • GCS Building Solutions, Inc. • Gulf Power

• Lenny’s Sub Shop • O’Sullivan Creel, LLP • White-Wilson Medical Center


Trustees Profile: Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council The Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is a very proud member of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and extremely thankful for the relationships and networks we have built together. As summer tourism hits its peak, the TDC is already preparing for the 2012 season with a variety of marketing and advertising venues, both traditional and nontraditional. We have recently completed rebranding our Emerald Coast image, revised our advertising and marketing initiatives, and incorporated more opportunities for local business to participate with the TDC. Our rebranding began with the final completion of our updated logo. Its full intention is to represent and assist in branding the “true” Emerald Coast comprised of Destin

| Ft. Walton Beach | Okaloosa Island | Mary Esther | Cinco Bayou. Each municipality has the opportunity to use our logo with its own tagline in addition to its unique logo, with the overall goal in mind of making the “Emerald Coast” destination brand cohesive. With the unveiling of our new brand, comes the launch of our new tagline- “Get A Little Sand in Your Soul!” We have been working extremely hard to update our advertising and marketing for a completely refreshed image. We have completely new photography and cutting-edge commercials to use for regional and national marketing campaigns, specifically targeting the shoulder and off-seasons of the year. Please remember 100% of our budget is paid by our visiting guests. We are constantly streamlining our

media outlets to have a consistent and recognizable “look” true to the Emerald Coast. Some upcoming marketing campaigns include “Text to Win, “Boast the Coast,” and “Tailgate Tour,” which will include two wrapped RVs in conjunction with Vision Airlines. These campaigns not only offer great promotional opportunity for the area, but also many great ways to partner with the TDC. We will be sending requests for proposals on these and other co-op opportunities soon, but would like to take this time to personally invite you to attend and participate in our monthly meetings, in which we have representatives from each of the industry departments See TRUSTEES on page 11




TRUSTEES continued from page 10 including retail, restaurant, lodging, education, transportation, and attraction. These are the following members of the TDC Council and the entities each represents:  Chairman Kathy Houchins (Former Breakers of Fort Walton Beach General Manager)  Vice-Chairman Bobby Nabors (Liquid Surf)  Commissioner Dave Parisot (City of Ft. Walton Beach)  Councilmember Larry Hines (City of Destin)  Lino Maldonado (ResortQuest)  Mark Bellinger (TDC/CVB)  Nick Nicholson (Retired Board of County Commissioner)  Patricia Hardiman (Southern Vacation Rentals)  Steve Hall (Hall and Runnells Law firm)  Tim Edwards (Fudpucker’s)  Warren Gourley (Seacrest and Venus Condominiums) The following personnel make up the TDC’s Marketing Committee:  Chairman Bobby Nabors (Liquid Surf)  Chris Sehman (HelenBack)  Dan Martin (The Resorts of Pelican Beach)  David Smith (Fudpucker’s)  Don Abrams (Gulfarium)  Frank Sandro (Emerald Grande)  Jeanne Dailey (Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.)  Joe Guidry (Ramada Beach Resort)  Kendra Moore (Vision Airlines)  Kristina Trujillo (Destin Commons)  Lee Glaser (TDC/CVB)  Susan Shaw (University of West Florida) The TDC meetings occur on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. We encourage you attend and make any suggestions and/or recommendations. Our Marketing Committee meets once a month. Please call for dates and times. If you would like more information, please feel free to check our website at or call at (850) 651-7149. We look forward to working with you in the future! This article is part of our series profiling our Trustees and Chairman’s Club members. For more information on this series or about the Trustees and Chairman’s Club membership levels, please call the Chamber’s membership consultant Sandi McClanahan at (850) 837-6241.


AT&T Advertising Solutions (850) 243-7910 Chamber Rep: Genie N. McClain

Destin Inn & Suites (850) 650-2236 Chamber Rep: Anil Bhakta

Keefe, Anchors, Gordon & Moyle, P.A. (850) 863-1974 Chamber Rep: Michelle Anchors

Bank of America Home Loans (850) 654-6260 Chamber Rep: Jenna Baughman

Destin Realty, Inc. (850) 837-3484 Chamber Rep: Jeff Sanders

Lady Anderson Dining Yacht (850) 234-5940 Chamber Rep: Suzie Cox

Devcon Security Services (800) 426-9818 Chamber Rep: David Phillips

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., Dallas TX, Sondra Pace, Independent Beauty Consultant and Team Leader (850) 654-1353 Chamber Rep: Sondra Pace

Beaches ‘N Dreams (850) 368-3951 Chamber Rep: Thomas Callen Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park (850) 837-8319 Chamber Rep: Kristi Martin Blackwater Canoe Rental (850) 623-0235 Chamber Rep: Randy Polk Cantina Laredo (850) 654-5649 Chamber Rep: Clint Viehman Club Destin Resort (850) 654-4700 Chamber Rep: Mr. Gary Gasper Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, PA (850) 654-9235 Chamber Rep: Eddie Cowen Columbine Concessions (214) 704-7260 Chamber Rep: Peggy Lee Community Bank, Destin (850) 650-4231 Chamber Rep: Kristen Brannon Complete Signs (334) 797-1201 Chamber Rep: Justin Holland Country Inn & Suites (850) 650-9191 Chamber Rep: Rod Johnson

Doug Jordan, Owner/Broker for Gulf Coast Business Intermediaries LLC (850) 687-5130 Chamber Rep: Doug Jordan Emerald Coast Chiropractic (850) 654-1850 Chamber Rep: Ken Whidden, D.C. Emerald Coast Periodontics, PA (850) 650-6323 Chamber Rep: Dr. Patricia Francisco Emerald Coast Science Center (850) 664-1261 Chamber Rep: Jamie LaFollette Chamber Rep: Jamie LaFollette The Fresh Market (850) 650-0989 Chamber Rep: Keith Webster Glass Bottom Boat (850) 654-7787 Chamber Rep: Tina Watson Gold’s Gym (850) 837-7071 Chamber Rep: Ann Harris HomeAway Destin Vacation Rentals (866) 771-3010 Chamber Rep: Aimee Bolian-Faulkner

McDonald’s (850) 269-2081 Chamber Rep: David Costa Metabolic Research Center (850) 654-8778 Chamber Rep: Karen Lorrain Miracle Strip Aviation (850) 837-6135 Chamber Rep: Neyra Van Atta The Resorts of Pelican Beach (850) 654-1425 Chamber Rep: Dan Martin Rocky Bayou Christian School (850) 678-7784 Chamber Rep: Toby Williams Ronnie McGee Properties, LLC (850) 217-0808 Chamber Rep: Ronnie McGee Shoreline Towers Assoc. Realty (850) 269-0796 Chamber Rep: Sharon Dillon Spence Brothers Construction, Inc. (850) 678-4000 Chamber Rep: Gary Balinsky

Crab Island Water Sports (850) 243-2722 Chamber Rep: Stan Shipp

Howard Group (850) 837-1886 Chamber Rep: Myra Williams

Dr. L. A. Strickland Chamber Rep: Dr. L. A. Strickland

Cracker Barrel (850) 269-3344 Chamber Rep: Teresa Begley

Howl @ The Moon (850) 301-0111 Chamber Rep: Steven LeBlanc

Whitney National Bank (850) 269-3610 Chamber Rep: Mike Freeman

Destin Business Brokers LLC (850) 269-1047 Chamber Rep: Debra Perkins

Inn on Destin Harbor (850) 837-7326 Chamber Rep: Chad Noonan

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel (251) 446-4200 Chamber Rep: Megan L. Young


SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP The following workshop will be offered by the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) during July 2011. For more information, please call the Fort Walton Beach SBDC at (850) 833-9400. Starting a Business – This workshop will review business planning areas, such as financing, selecting a business legal structure, identifying your market, recordkeeping, and identifying risks that can challenge success. The fee is $35. To reserve your seat, please visit July 7 • 1 – 4 p.m. 922 Mar Walt Dr., Ste. 203, Fort Walton Beach

Islander Condominium 502 Gulf Shore Dr. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-1000 Category: Accommodations-Gulf Front Condominiums Chamber Rep: Tyjanna Harding

Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida 996 Airport Rd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 650-8837 Category: Rehabilitation Centers Chamber Rep: Rebecca Jones

Destin Business Forum In partnership with Cox Communications, the Chamber’s monthly TV program will host the following organizations beginning in July:

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Host Amy Perry Pleat & Perry, P.A. Destin Business Forum airs on Cox Channel 6. The schedule is available online underneath the Channel 6 heading: PAGE 12



July Calendar of Events July 2 Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival Location: Destin Commons Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Join us for live entertainment, arts & crafts, face painting, and giveaways! Sample delectable BBQ from area favorites. Finish off the night with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 2 – 4 Red, White & Baytowne Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf Join us for our 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun, an evening that lights up the sky, and family activities throughout the weekend! Visit the events calendar at www.baytownewharf. com for full details. July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Rock the Docks Location: HarborWalk Village Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Enjoy live music on the Destin Harbor every Saturday night with different local groups each week. July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Operation Inspiration Location: HarborWalk Village Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Operation Inspiration is a powerful and unique evening of live musical entertainment and begins at 5 p.m. with a Meet & Greet with the performing artist. Concerts will begin at 6 p.m. Concerts are free and open to the public. July 4 City of Destin July 4th Fireworks Location: East Pass Time: 9 p.m. NETWORK JULY 2011

The Independence Day fireworks celebration will begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 4, and will be shot over the East Pass area. (Rain date will be Tuesday, July 5, beginning at 8:30 p.m.) July 4, 11, 18, & 25 Magical Mondays Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Join Magician Rick Moore on the events plaza stage for an evening full of laughs and illusions. July 5, 12, 19, & 26 Mini Gras & Boomin’ Tuesdays Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 7 – 10 p.m. An evening with special children’s activities sprinkled throughout the events plaza. The village will crown a king and queen to throw moonpies and candy to the crowd. At 9:15 p.m. the village hosts a fireworks show over the lagoon. Participation in Mini Gras is free. Enjoy the Bouncy Castle and other inflatables with purchase of a $10 wristband. Wristbands will be sold from 7 - 9 p.m., and activities will stay open until 10 p.m. July 6, 13, 20, & 27 Wednesday Night Concert Series Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Enjoy the continuation of the Wednesday Night Concert Series through the month of July. We’ll be tantalizing your musical taste buds with musicians to entertain all of our homeowners, locals, and guests!

July 7, 14, 21, & 28 Sunset Cinema Thursdays Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 8 p.m. Come out and watch your favorite family movies under the stars! Visit the events calendar at www. for full details.

Coast Wildlife Refuge will start at the Landing in Ft Walton Beach and is a 3.1 mile flat course (7 a.m. start) on Brooks St. with a 1 mile kid’s run course (8 a.m. start). An awards ceremony will be held afterward at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Registration forms available at

July 7, 14, 21 & 28 Red, White, and Blue Celebrations Location: HarborWalk Village Time: 6 – 9 p.m. A weekly honoring of a local hero, the celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid’s crafts and facepainting, and a WWII replica flyover. The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.

July 24 Share the Shelter Music Fest Location: Gulf Place Time: 5 – 9 p.m. Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge are joining forces with several local and national musicians to raise awareness about the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. For tickets or more information, go to or call 243-1201.

July 20-23 Big River- NWF State College Summer Musical Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the NWF State College production of “Big River” are $25 for adults and $20 for youth, ages 18 and younger from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or by web at July 23 2nd Annual Run for the Panhandle Location: The Landing in Ft. Walton Beach, Brooks Street. The 2nd Annual Run for the Panhandle to benefit the Emerald

July 27 JobsPlus Offers Job Seekers Resources and Career Opportunities Location: Silver Sands Factory Stores Time: 1 – 4 p.m. The JobsPlus Mobile One-Stop vehicle will be stationed at Silver Sands. Job seekers will have access to hundreds of positions available at Silver Sands Factory Stores, in addition to being able to register in the Employ Florida Marketplace database to search and apply for additional employment opportunities throughout the state. For a complete list of job opportunities, please visit the employment Web page at or call 654-9771 ext. 1. PAGE 13

2011 Leadership Okaloosa Graduates 32 Community Leaders, Dr. Goetsch Honored for 23 Years with Leadership Okaloosa


Workforce Development, was presented the Peggy Brockman Leadership Award to honor his 23 years of service as a dedicated instructor and coordinator of the Leadership Okaloosa program. The class established a Nonprofit Board Shadow Program for Leadership Okaloosa graduates to participate in by implementing their leadership skills upon graduation. Area non-profits have a pool of talented and qualified leaders to place on their boards and committees to assist in achieving their missions. The program will continue for future Leadership Okaloosa classes to participate in after they graduate from the program. The NWFSC Leadership Institute is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Leadership Okaloosa program. The 10-month program is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. The class meets one day a month from September to June, and participants receive classroom training by a certified instructor and are given opportunities to interact with various key community leaders throughout the process. A highlight of the program is the two-day trip to Tallahassee for the Legislative Day meetings. Tours of area businesses, such as the Northwest Florida Regional Airport and Eglin Air Force Base, provide participants with an understanding of the community. Additionally, each participant takes part in a group project to benefit the community, while focusing on project management, time management, and team-building skills. Another important aspect of Leadership Okaloosa is the networking opportunities with other emerging and current community leaders. Tuition for the Leadership Okaloosa program is $850, and applications are due by July 15. Applications are available online at or by calling (850) 729-6880.

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The Northwest Florida State College Leadership Institute, in partnership with the Crestview Area, Destin Area, Niceville Valparaiso, and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce, honored 32 Okaloosa County business professionals during a luncheon on June 7, as graduates of the 2011 Leadership Okaloosa class. Those graduates include Patti Bohnsack - Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce; Bridget Brown - Beach Community Mortgage; Heath Evans - North Okaloosa Medical Center; Tanya Forsha - BankTrust; Lynn Gaiser - White-Wilson Medical Center; Dawn Hart - HQ Air Force Special Operations Command; Angela Hlavaty - Okaloosa County Tax Collector; Don Holloway - JobsPlus One-Stop Career Center; Karen Jankowski - City of Destin; Nyree Kowalski - Regions Bank; Ross LeBlanc - O’Sullivan Creel, LLP; Derek Lott - CCB Community Bank; Paul Lowrey - LPL Financial; Pam Martin - Gulf Power Company; Naomi Morgan - Fort Walton Beach Developmental Center; Kelly Murphy-Redd - Ruckel Properties, Inc.; Rachel Neighbors - North Okaloosa Medical Center; Carolyn O’Neill - Okaloosa County Tax Collector; Maddalena Ostrowski - Northwest Florida State College; Marci Paulk - Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Meribeth Poole - Regions Bank; Terri Powell - White-Wilson Medical Center; John Pruitt - InDyne, Inc.; Bridget Richard - Cox Communications; Ashley B. Rogers - Chesser & Barr, P.A.; Rex Rousseau - InfoPro Corporation; Donna Taylor Blooms & BonBons; Kristina Trujillo - Destin Commons - Turnberry Associates; Pam Walters - Northwest Florida State College; Jayne Warner - Rocky Bayou Christian School; James Wright - Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC; and Margaret Wyatt - InDyne, Inc. During the graduation celebration, Dr. David Goetsch, NWFSC Vice President of Community Relations and

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Chamber Networking Trip A San Fran Getaway You are invited on the Chamber’s Inaugural Networking Trip, a San Francisco Getaway, featuring Monterey and Sonoma Valley! Take this trip with area business leaders to build better working relationships. Highlights of the Oct. 10 - 14 trip include San Francisco, Pier 39, Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery, Monterey, and 17 Mile. Cost includes airfare, accommodations at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, transportation, and five meals. Please call the Destin Area Chamber at (850) 8376241 for more information or to reserve your space.

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