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APRIL 2011



From the President’s Desk...

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 SANDI MCCLANAHAN Membership Consultant


Shane A. Moody, CCE, IOM As the first quarter of 2011 comes to a close and Alex turns six, Harper turns three, and Jennings is completing her junior year at College of Charleston, the speed of time never ceases to amaze me. I’m also adjusting to the thought of Elizabeth being out on maternity leave for seven weeks and all we are doing at the chamber to ensure we continue to add or maintain value for you, our chamber members. So, in no particular order, here are some random thoughts as spring break is in full swing. There seems to be many more people here this year than the same time last year. It could just be me, but the beaches seem way more crowded. I’m hearing great things from our resort and accommodations members about the summer too. It looks to be a great year on the horizon. Based on the phone calls and emails I’m receiving from media across the country, it

appears we are still battling the perception created by the oil spill last year. Remember, perception is NOT reality, but rather what you make perception to be. We’ll continue to send the message that we NEVER had an oil problem, only a media crisis. As I write this (on March 18), we are planning the unveiling of the new Emerald Coast logo and brand next week at the Convention Center. I was privileged enough to be asked by Mark Bellinger to serve on the branding/logo committee. By the time you read this, the logo will have been presented to the community. I am so excited about the new look. I’m even more excited about the new concept of building this brand into the business side of things, not just tourism. I’m also motivated by the relationship that continues to build and grow between this Chamber and the TDC. Great things are ahead for us. And speaking of Mark and the TDC, it appears he and Dawn at the Walton County TDC have done a tremendous job of marketing our area. I will again mention what I said above – I’m hearing this is going to be a great year for summer travelers. Let’s hope our anticipation proves to be correct. How about a new twist on Sunset on the Harbor? Okay, then. We’re going to build a half-day corporate fishing tournament into the event.

We’ll be leaving on two party boats from behind Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant at the Destin Fishing Fleet Marina for a six-hour fishing trip. The boats will leave at noon, and return at six. We’ll give prizes to the teams with the best catches, and to the individuals as well. Stay tuned to how you can register your four-person and two-person teams and even be a boat sponsor. When the boats return, Sunset on the Harbor will be in full swing with a fish fry and cold beverages for all. We’re continuing to work on some other activities as well. And a very special thank you goes to Mike Freeman and Whitney National Bank for corporate sponsorship of Sunset on the Harbor! Again, stay tuned for all the details taking place on May 13. Mark you calendars. How do teams with 14 losses get into the NCAA basketball tournament? All they do is lose in the first round. I get so tired of hearing “how deep these leagues are.” Conferences are NOT 8, 9, 11 teams deep. They may be 4 or maybe 5 teams deep. After that, the teams are average. Just look at how teams who finish fourth or worse in their conferences perform in the tournament. Thanks to Sen. Don Gaetz for his Northwest Florida Economic Recovery bill! And thanks to Rep. Marti Coley on the house side for her bill. Hopefully the money and efforts concentrated on

Northwest Florida will lead to successful economic recovery. I’m thrilled to announce that the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Annual Meeting the first week of October. We’re working with the Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center to plan the conference. We’ll be hosting approximately 100 chamber professionals from across the state of Florida. For many of them, it will be their first visit to our community. I look forward to having my peers and friends here. And I’m thrilled to know that, after years of hard work and planning, work on the harbor boardwalk is targeted to begin in November. How exciting to know that by spring break next year we may actually have in place a boardwalk that provides continuous access to the waterfront along the harbor – a festive marketplace! Much credit goes to City Manager Greg Kisela, city council, and all the business partners who are making this happen. Your Chamber has supported this concept from its inception. We knew that working together on these types of projects and seeing them to fruition is how we’ll 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:

• Visitors to Welcome Center Lobby – 468 • Visitors’ Guide & Membership Directories Mailed – 546 • Relocation Packages – 12

February 2011 • Phone Calls/E-mails – 908 • Incoming Mail – 145

The Chamber’s website recorded 37,434 unique visitors for February 2011 and 604,527 unique visitors for Mar. 1, 2010 – Feb. 28, 2011.

Network, a supplement to The Destin Log, is published and printed monthly for the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-6241 -


A Message from the Chairman of the Board

Mike Freeman Opportunity is knocking on our door with Vision Airlines. Now the question, can Destin and the Emerald Coast take advantage of the knocking? Our opportunity with Vision Airlines reminds me of something I read once. Basically, there is no perfect alignment between the availability

Opportunity Knocking with Vision

of opportunity and your preparedness. Simply, you need to be ready when opportunity knocks, because most times, it only knocks once, and you need to get to the door. I am confident and hopeful our business community will not only walk, rather run to the door to open it, because the opportunity and benefits are enormous for Destin and the Emerald Coast. Clay Meek, sales and marketing director for Vision Airlines, was our guest speaker for the March Business Leaders Luncheon sponsored by Pleat and Perry, P.A., and hosted at the Emerald Grande on our beautiful harbor. Mr. Meek was both gracious and informative as he shared with the capacity crowd of Chamber members the great benefits

and incentives for flying Vision Airlines. Mr. Meek announced a sensational spring break sale of $59 one way to Florida with flights starting March 25, with numerous specials and opportunities with accommodations and activities upon arrival, including the potential for a free round of golf with any Vision Airlines flight to VPS. Please visit Vision Airlines website at for more details and information on these specials. Of course, it didn’t hurt either that he gave away a pair of round trip tickets to a couple of lucky Chamber members during the luncheon. Also, he informed everyone that airline reservations were good in advance of the numerous multiple non-stop flights beginning in March and April; however,

more support was needed. He challenged everyone in the room and the Emerald Coast to help promote and share the good news about Vision Airlines and its entry into the Emerald Coast market. So I ask you, are you doing your part in spreading the news of opportunity that exists with Vision Airlines? Are you taking the time to share and promote to your business clients, your customers, and your friends and family the advantages of flying with Vision Airlines? If you are, then I tip my hat to you; however, if you can do more, then please make the commitment. There is no doubt in my mind that if Vision Airlines wins, then you win, and the Emerald Coast wins. We can’t afford to be left flat footed and frozen while listening to the

knocks at the door. I implore you to OPEN the DOOR! In closing, please mark your calendar for May 13, as the Harbor Committee of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce puts on its 3rd Annual Sunset on the Harbor event, which is a family affair for all to enjoy. It’s a great opportunity to network and share with those who enjoy the comforts of the harbor experience. Also, this year’s event will include a fun afternoon of fishing aboard a couple of the harbor’s most popular party boats. For more details, please contact the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce at (850) 837-6241. Mike Freeman 2011 Chairman of the Board Whitney National Bank

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THE CHAMBER MONTH AHEAD The Chamber’s Annual Spring Golf Tournament offers outstanding networking and advertising opportunities for all members—avid golfers and non-golfers alike. The tournament, which will be a 4-person scramble, will take place on Monday, April 4, at Kelly Plantation, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $590 for a 4-person team and a sign on a hole. This includes greens fees, cart, and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for our first, second, and third place teams, as well as for longest drive and closest to the pin. Mulligans, red tee busters, and a putting contest will add to the day’s competition. For details, please contact the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce at (850) 837-6241. APRIL


Join us for our Leaders In Business Lunch on Tuesday, April 12, at Destin United Methodist Church & Destin Life Center, sponsored by GCS Building Solutions, Inc. Are You Ready for A Hurricane? Ken Cromer, Senior Director of Disaster Services at the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida, will ensure you have the information you need to prepare. 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, April 8. Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m., and the lunch begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. APRIL


Join us for our Business After Hours sponsored by Boathouse Oyster Bar from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Our Business After Hours events offer an end-of-the-day networking opportunity to help you meet new clients, gain exposure for your business, and expand your network. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 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. APRIL




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

For information about all Chamber events, please visit the Events Calendar at PAGE 4

O’Sullivan Creel, LLP O’Sullivan Creel, LLP, thrives on our mission to be a valued partner, providing innovative solutions in an environment that enriches our clients and communities. Our core values are what motivate us every day: respect, integrity, excellence, commitment, and teamwork. We have a community-driven, client-focused management team in Destin that embrace both the firm’s mission and values. • Steve Jay, CPA, is the office’s most experienced partner with more than 40 years of service with the firm. Clients often offer praises for Jay calling him a friend and long-time partner. He offers strategic income tax planning for businesses and individuals, in addition to retirement and estate planning services. Jay continues to serve Destin through local boards, rotary, and community activities. • Kevin Bowyer, CPA. CITP, CISA, has been serving our clients for 21 years and is the partner-in-charge

of the Destin office. What are all those letters behind his name? Bowyer in a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Technology Professional, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. In short, you want his skills, judgment, and proficiency in IT audit, security, and controls. Bowyer is a leader in the community, including being a past chairman of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. • After 17 years with O’Sullivan Creel, Lori Kelley, CPA, has built a reputation as a top tax consultant in the area. Kelley is an innovative thinker, providing excellent client service and comprehensive tax planning. As the only female partner in Destin, she represents business women through membership in organizations, such as the American

Society of Women Accountants, and recognition through honors, such as 2008’s Athena Award. • Judd Jackson, CPA, is the office’s newest partner and is taking Destin by storm. Business owners working with Jackson benefit from his CFO and public accounting experience to offer solutions on many financial issues, such as taxes, strategic planning, and financial statement preparation. He and his team often serve as small businesses’ outsourced CFO. In his down time, you’ll often find Jackson involved in local charity fundraisers and events. In addition to our management team, the Destin professionals in our tax, audit, and consulting practices bring diverse experience and expertise to serve clients skillfully, thoughtfully, and

Member Spotlight: “We offer a place where everyone is welcome, and the staff makes sure our members realize their full potential,” said Amy Chronister, regional sales and marketing director for Gold’s Gym, which offers personal training, nutritional support, and excellent classes and has locations in both Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

Gold’s Gym has been in business for 14 years and is locally owned. It was voted ‘Best of the Emerald Coast’ by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine for nine straight years. The gym features the latest cardio and strength training equipment, along with dynamic group exercise programs, including group cy-

strategically. Two of our newest team members are no exception. Drew Brignac is a Certified Financial Planner and a licensed CPA in three states (Florida, Alabama, and Georgia). Brignac serves businesses, business owners, and individuals with tax, accounting, and financial service needs. Jennifer Costello is an audit manager, after spending eight years with Virginia based firm PBGH, LLP. Costello serves on the CIRA and not-for-profit industry teams. For more information about O’Sullivan Creel, LLP, or the professionals listed above, visit www.osullivan or call the Destin office at 837-0398. 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.

Amy Chronister Gold’s Gym

cling, yoga, mixed martial arts, muscle endurance training, and Pilates. It also has corporate, military, student, and family pricing. In addition, the gym seeks to be part of the community by sponsoring and donating to local events, charities, and businesses. “I love meeting people,” said Chronister. “I love being

a part of an energetic and supportive environment full of all kinds of people who are committed to achieving their goals.” Gold’s Gym is located at 12200 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., in Miramar Beach, and 140 Eglin Pkwy. S.E., in FWB. For more information, please call (850) 837-7071 or visit NETWORK APRIL 2011

Destin Business Forum In partnership with Cox Communications, the Chamber’s monthly TV program will host the following organizations beginning in April: 32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar 10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Ste. 167 Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (205) 252-7474 Category: Ice Cream, Yogurt, Shaved Ice, & Chocolate Chamber Rep: Paget Pizitz

Affinity K9, LLC 50 Surf Song Ln. Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 460-2679 Category: Bed Bug Detection Services Chamber Rep: Jeremy Hunter

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 600 Grand Blvd. Ste. M105 Sandestin, FL 32550 (850) 269-0830 private-dining/Sandestin/ Category: Restaurants - Steaks/ Seafood Chamber Rep: Dan Scesnewicz

Acentria, Inc. Destin Harbor Association/ Sunset on the Harbor Masino Therapy Services, LLC

Host Amy Perry Pleat & Perry, P.A.

Gulf Coast Insulation 63 S. Stagecoach Rd. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 (850) 685-9709 Category: Insulation Chamber Rep: Erin LaGrosse

Bayshore Retreat, LLC Destin, FL 32540 (850) 269-3975 Category: Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centers Chamber Rep: Jeff Jenks

It’s A Girl Thing 1016 B. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-4475 Category: Retail Specialty Chamber Rep: Michelle Prine

Belk 4101 Legendary Dr. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 650-4091 Category: Department Stores Chamber Rep: Brandy Barrett

The Roane School 4465 Legendary Dr. Destin, FL 32541-5324 (850) 650-0137 Category: Child Care Chamber Rep: Nicole Union

Destin Snorkel, LLC 66 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 269-2329 Category: Snorkeling Chamber Rep: Val Costley

Sprint 316 Baytree Dr. Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 259-6556 Category: Cellular Telephone Companies Chamber Rep: Jennifer Hughes

Destin Business Forum airs on Cox Channel 6. The schedule is available online underneath the Channel 6 heading:

If you are interested in membership in the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, please contact Membership Consultant Sandi McClanahan at 850.837.2711 ext. 3 or

Congratulations to our top Ambassadors for February 2011:

Celebrating Ambassador Successes NETWORK APRIL 2011

85 points – Paul Woolman, Copy Systems Business Center, Inc. 65 points – Mike Schneider, Compass Real Estate 65 points – Larry Phillips, Keller Williams Emerald Coast

Ambassador Paul Woolman, Copy Systems Business Center, Inc., welcomed the following new member into the Chamber: Destin Snorkel, LLC.


Business Briefs O’Sullivan Creel’s Meyer Attains Microsoft Credential O’Sullivan Creel, LLP, is proud to announce that Laurie Meyer, MBA, passed the Microsoft Certification exam and other requirements to be designated a Microsoft Certified TechnolLaurie Meyer ogy Specialist (MCTS). Meyer’s primary responsibilities include IT consulting, system services, and Great Plains support to the firm’s business clients. She earned her MBA from University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Cox Hires Business Development Consultant Luis A. Figueroa has a new position as business development consultant with Cox Media. Figueroa will work with local businesses in Okaloosa and Walton counties to maximize their marketing exposure. Figueroa earned his B.S. Luis Figueroa in Computer Science from the University of West Florida and received his M.A. in Information Systems Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

BBB® Welcomes New Trustee Your Better Business Bureau Foundation Serving Northwest Florida welcomes Ronnie Gilmore as a new foundation trustee. Gilmore is the owner of Gilmore Services, a business started Ronnie Gilmore by his father in 1955 and run by Gilmore since 1979.


Galati Yacht Sales Inducted into the Top 100 Dealer Hall of Fame Galati Yacht Sales LLC has been inducted into the 2010 Top 100 Dealer program’s Hall of Fame. The criteria for induction into the Hall of Fame includes being ranked the No. 1 marine dealer in North America by Boating Industry magazine for two consecutive years. Nearly 380 people joined Boating Industry to honor the Hall of Fame inductee and Top 100 Dealers at a black-tie celebration Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

Bit-Wizards Deploys First Kentico CMS Sites on the Windows Azure Platform Kentico Software and BitWizards announced today the deployment of six Kentico Content Management Software (CMS) websites on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. Kentico is the first CMS that is officially recognized by Microsoft as an application compatible on Windows Azure Platform.

NWFSC Foundation Celebrates Donor Support and Confirms New Officers and Directors Timothy Lawrence

Sheri Inman

Front of the House Hard Rocker is Sheri Inman.

NBA Legend Phil Jackson Endorses Life Shotz Phil Jackson, the most successful coach in NBA history, endorsed Life Shotz, a premier and newly launched nutritional drink. Because of its ability to support energy levels, boost mood, support the immune system, and fight the effects of aging, prelaunch versions of the product were highly popular with doctors, nutritionists, athletes, and fitness experts. Life Shotz is distributed locally through Elite Physique Personal Training.

Destin Woman’s Club Donates to Fisher House

Hard Rock Café’s December Rockers of the Month Hard Rock Café announced its December Employees of the Month. Back of House Hard Rocker is Timothy Lawrence and

The Northwest Florida State College Foundation recently hosted its annual meeting to acknowledge the foundation’s benefactors and induct its 2011 officers and board members. Attendees of the Feb.11 event included trustees, donors, friends of the college, faculty, and staff. College president Dr. Ty Handy recognized donors for their support of student scholarships, endowed teaching chairs, campus enhancements, and named facilities.

Habitat for Humanity Raises Walls on Women Build Home

Bit-Wizards Designers Win ADDY Second Year in a Row Bit-Wizards has announced that it received an ADDY® Award at the 2010 District ADDY® Awards Ceremony presented by the Emerald Coast Ad Federation. This year’s Silver ADDY® was in recognition for the website design and development for Personnel Resources’ corporate website (

2011 Foundation president Wayne Campbell presents 2010 Foundation president Gloria Frazier with a framed Holzhauer print in appreciation for her service on the NWFSC Foundation Board.

From left to right, Ken Walsh, Fisher House board member; Peggy Herbig, DWC vice president; Margie Foutz Dumler, DWC treasurer; and Ron Gribble, Fisher House manager

Since 2007, the Destin Woman’s Club (DWC) has raised $8,300 in proceeds for Fisher House on the Emerald Coast. Peggy Herbig, vice president of the club, presented Ken Walsh, Fisher House board member, with a check for $1,500 at the February DWC luncheon. Walsh told members that the house was officially opened last fall and had already helped many military families.

A construction crew of volunteers will pick up hammers to raise the walls of a new Habitat for Humanity of Okaloosa County home as part of Habitat’s Women Build program. Underwritten by Lowe’s, the Women Build program recruits, educates, and nurtures women to build and advocate for simple, decent, and affordable houses in their communities. Lowe’s provided a $20,000 grant to sponsor this home.

Elaine Tucker Joins WSRE Elaine Tucker has joined WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, as the new marketing and business development representative. In her position, she will be WSRE’s

liaison to Okaloosa County and the Emerald Coast. Tucker is an experienced public relations and communications professional, with a history of organizing and directing community events and fundraising. She has also served as an Okaloosa County Commissioner, Shalimar’s Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem, and as a board member and chairperson of numerous boards and task forces throughout the Emerald Coast.

Tommy Bahama Gives to Children in Crisis Tommy Bahama Tropical Café at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin hosted a reception for Children in Crisis (CIC) March 2. General manager Mario Mardones presented a check for $29,694 to CIC executive director Ken Hair from money raised at the 2010 Tommy Bahama White Sands Golf Classic, held at the Raven Golf Club in Destin.

Twin Cities Hospital Receives Hospital of Choice Award Twin Cities Hospital was selected as a recipient of the 2011 Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP). Recognizing the first hospitals with the Award in 2002, AAHCP annually evaluates approximately 400 hospitals for consideration of this Award.

WSRE’s “Corks and Forks”a Sellout Success WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, recently held its 3rd Annual WSRE Destin Wine & Food Classic “Corks and Forks” at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. The public television fundraiser raised more than $30,000 towards the mission of the local public television station. See BRIEFS on page 8


DESTIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Building a World-Class Community One Business at a Time

2010 ANNUAL REPORT Weighing the Good and the Bad


s we come to the close of the year, please allow me to elucidate over the good times, as well as some of the difficulties, we’ve faced together in 2010.

First the difficulties: The worst oil spill to hit the Gulf of Mexico in history stole our summer tourism, yet spared our beaches. We survived the media negativity, united as a community. As is often the case with tragedies, I feel it helped to bring us all together and showed our collective, community spirit. The double dip recession: The rest of the country may not have it, but we did. It seemed like just as we were beginning to head in the right direction, the oil well explod2010 ANNUAL REPORT

ed. Again, tough times, and again we prevailed. In fact, we saw more innovative diversity of businesses within our economy as many struggled to get by. The by-product? Probably a more robust and diverse business climate in Destin. Now for the good stuff: We interfaced with more politicians, government officials, other chambers, the TDC, and the EDC, as well as BP executives than imaginable. Our Board voted on resolutions opposing near and off shore oil drilling. Our campaign to focus 2010 as “The Year of the Member” was successful, as we had an increase of new members year over year! We graduated 10 local members from our Destin Forward program. Our business to business lunch was a start up that worked well, helping to network businesses who may not have the time to attend the breakfast, and each month we gave out the greatest door prize ever sought in Destin - a free membership renewal to the Chamber! We won the beach restoration lawsuit and began the process of getting some much needed sand on Holiday Isle. We were able to enjoy some great concerts, as our area became the hosts to groups like the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship, and Loverboy.

Oh, and by the way, our Chamber was honored to earn the designation as a Certified Chamber through the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP)! Within our own Chamber membership, we were honored to have representation to the Florida Chamber Board by Kevin Bowyer of O’Sullivan Creel, LLP; our own Chamber President and CEO Shane Moody was elected Chairman of the FACP; and Board member Jim Breitenfeld was honored with the “Life Member Award for the FACP.” Jeffrey Gitomer once said, “Business success is survival. The well-prepared are most likely to survive, the best-prepared are most likely to win.” After the trials and tribulations of 2010, I feel that the lessons we learned have better prepared us for the challenges of tomorrow. Your Chamber has created a vehicle that will continue to work for you and your business so that we may all prosper as we go forward into 2011. Thanks for the opportunity to be Chairman – it was an honor. God speed!

Brian Haugen 2010 Destin Area Chamber Chairman Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates WWW.DESTINCHAMBER.COM

2010 Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chairman of the Board Brian Haugen Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates Chairman Elect Mike Freeman Whitney National Bank Immediate Past Chair Karen McCarthy Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Treasurer Bill Lindsley Simple HR Vice Chairman/ Communications & Marketing Tim Edwards Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill Vice Chairman/Community & Economic Development Les Porterfield TEA, Inc.

Directors Ed Adams GCS Building Solutions, Inc. Kevin Bowyer O’Sullivan Creel, LLP Shaun Eubanks Community Bank, Destin Bill Head Ed McMullen, Jr. Legendary, Inc. Amy Perry Pleat & Perry, P.A. Kathy Whidden Emerald Coast Chiropractic Mary Anne Windes Real Estate Professionals of Destin Destin Fishing Fleet Marina Ex Officio Myra Williams Howard Group

Vice Chairman/Membership Development Jim Breitenfeld Breitenfeld Development Services, LLC

Chairman’s Appointees Carey Trotter Trotter’s General Contractors, Inc.

Harbor Advisory Board Shane Cannon Ballard Cannon Development

Special Appointee Kim Wintner Alliance Association Management Co., Inc.

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CREATING A WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION • Promoting Destin • Celebrating Destin • Supporting Beach Restoration and Safety

PROMOTING DESTIN • To many visitors, the Chamber is the first impression of the Destin business community. In 2010, our Welcome Center responded directly to more than 24,500 of those visitors:  Hosted 5,162 walk-in visitors  Answered 9,561 phone calls  Responded to 2,525 pieces of correspondence and 3,037 emails  Mailed 4,372 visitor’s guides and 141 relocation packages • Our website received 603,695 unique visitors in 2010. • More than 15,000 copies of our 96-page Visitor’s Guide & Membership Directory, featuring our membership, were mailed or given out in our Welcome Center. • For the second year, the Chamber’s Marketing Committee held its ‘Thank You Campaign’ to encourage area businesses and residents to say “thank you” to those who chose Destin as their summer vacation destination. Accommodations, restaurant, and retail members were encouraged to participate and train their employees to thank area visitors. • The Chamber held two Destin Area Restaurant Weeks, one during January and another in October, to encourage locals to get out into area restaurants during typically slower months. PAGE 2

• The Chamber held its fifth annual Destin Area Summer Photo Contest on its website. More than 40 photos were entered and four winners were chosen. • The Chamber continued development of its Destin Area Sports Commission to draw large sporting events and the economic impact they create to the worldclass facilities Destin has to offer. The Sports Commission held its first event in September, which was called PUTToberfest, featuring a miniature golf tournament and beer tastings. • Through regional radio, television, and print media interviews, the Chamber helped spread the word that Destin beaches remained open and gorgeous in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. • The Chamber hosted Rivals Radio, a national satellite radio program on Sirius 122 and XM 143, to promote its 2nd Annual Seafood Festival Golf Classic. The national radio show helped continue to promote the message that Destin’s beaches remained unaffected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

CELEBRATING DESTIN • The 32nd Annual Destin Seafood Festival, supported by almost 40 sponsors and more than 800 volunteers, was an incredible success. The event moved to a new location, which included the City of Destin’s Royal Melvin Heritage Park, Destin Fishing Fleet Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant. An estimated 27,000

tourists and residents attended. At the event’s end, the Chamber donated $11,000 to local nonprofits in return for time each group volunteered at admission and token booths. $5,500 of that was donated directly to the Destin Fishermen’s Fund. • The Chamber participated in traditional Week of Blessings events. • The Chamber once again held its ‘Sunset on the Harbor’ event to promote businesses along the Destin harbor. A ‘Sunset on the Harbor’ cocktail contest and an oyster-shucking contest were among the event’s festivities. Almost 300 attended the May event. SUPPORTING BEACH RESTORATION AND SAFETY • The Chamber continued its work with city and community groups to promote and secure funding for the current beach restoration project. PRESERVING & GROWING QUALITY OF LIFE AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY • Growing Leadership • Fostering Advocacy • Sponsoring Education • Sustaining Military Relations GROWING LEADERSHIP • The Community & Economic Development Committee continued its Destin Forward program, a community education and leadership program designed to create future city, county, and business leaders. Ten area professionals began the class in August WWW.DESTINCHAMBER.COM

2009 and graduated in May 2010. The class focused on different areas and issues, such as tourism, waterways, and development, important to those in the Destin area. • The Chamber continued its participation in the Chamber Coalition, working to maintain relationships valuable to the success of Okaloosa County. • The Chamber President and CEO attended regional Northwest Florida Chamber Executives meetings, maintaining contact with other chambers across the Panhandle. • The Chamber President and CEO served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) and was appointed its Chairman in October. He also served on the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Federation Advisory Board and Board of Governors. • The Chamber received its FACP Certified Chamber of Commerce designation. The Certified Chamber of Commerce designation is voluntary, and a Chamber must complete a thorough application process, where it must prove it adheres to FACP’s highest standards. Chambers must complete the process every five years to continue to hold the designation. • For the third year, the Chamber hosted a Past President and Chairmen Reception, re-introducing past Chamber leadership into the Chamber in hopes of building on that leadership and experience. • The Chamber provided

monthly advertising support for the University of West Florida’s Small Business Workshops.

FOSTERING ADVOCACY • A Chamber representative attended all Destin City Council meetings and lent support to the Council when needed. • The Chamber continued building its relationship with the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, inviting a representative to each of its Board meetings to provide an update on its current issues. • The Chamber’s Board of Directors issued resolutions supporting the half-cent sales tax for the Okaloosa County School District, supporting the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners and the Destin City Council for taking action to protect the beaches and waterways from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion, and supporting the passage of a joint resolution to revise the Florida Constitution to prohibit the exploration for, drilling for, extraction of, and production of oil beneath all Florida waters. SPONSORING EDUCATION • The Chamber provided funding for the Destin Fishing Rodeo’s Miss Destin scholarship. SUSTAINING MILITARY RELATIONS • Several Chamber members participated in the Honorary Commanders Program. • The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) received recognition for its Chef-to-Chef Program to honor the culinary programs 2010 ANNUAL REPORT

of local bases nominated for a national Air Force cooking award. The Council brought together military chefs and local celebrity chefs so the military chefs could be inspired by culinary opportunities beyond their military service. • In November, the Chamber’s MAC honored Frank Glunn, Pelican Real Estate, as its Retired Military Person of the Year. • A Chamber representative was a member of the Defense Support Initiative Committee and assisted in its efforts for reception of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Wing and the Army 7th Special Operations Group. • The Chamber’s November Breakfast was a Veteran’s Day Celebration. MAC invited the head of the Air Force Enlisted Village to speak.

MAXIMIZING BUSINESS SUCCESS • Advancing Chamber Successes • Furthering Member Benefits • Building a World-Class Community One Business at a Time ADVANCING CHAMBER SUCCESSES • At year’s end, the Chamber boasted four members at the highest level, Trustee; eight members at the Chairman’s Club level; 15 members at the Business Platinum level; approximately 50 members at the Business Gold level; and more than 600 at the Business level. In addition, more than 100 non-profits and individuals were Chamber members, 2010 ANNUAL REPORT

and more than 100 businesses received memberships through a related business already joined at an upper level tier. • During 2010, the Chamber recruited 147 new members. The Chamber celebrates its 48% market penetration, which is above the national average of 32%, and its 83% retention rate. • In May, the Chamber’s Annual Spring Golf Tournament included 83 golfers, with 24 hole, team, practice green, and beverage cart sponsors. • Two staff member attended the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Annual Conference. • During a Board Retreat in November, an ambitious agenda was set for the Chamber to follow through the coming years. • The Ambassador Program continued with more than 50 participants this year. • During the Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, five Chamber members received awards for their service and dedication throughout 2010.  Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year – Richard Barrington, Holiday Isle Properties, Inc.  The James D. Neilson Sr. Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service – Mary Anne Windes, Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc., and Destin Fishing Fleet Marina  The Destin Chamber Seafood Festival Volunteer of the Year Award in Memory of Jim Darling –

Carey Trotter, Trotter’s General Contractors, Inc.  Business Person of the Year – David Pleat, Pleat & Perry, P.A.  Ann Gibson Community Service Award Jim Wood, Destin City Council and Sandestin Lions Club

FURTHERING MEMBER BENEFITS • The Chamber continued its affiliation with the US Chamber Federation, which allows it to extend to its members the benefits of membership in the US Chamber of Commerce. These include weekly emails about important issues affecting small businesses and participation in an Office Depot program, saving them up to 60 percent on office supplies. • The Chamber held its fourth Member Appreciation Day. On Jan. 26, Ambassadors, Board members, volunteers, and staff visited every business in the Destin area to thank them for their support and deliver the 2010 Visitor’s Guide & Membership Directory, a 2010 member door decal, and a list of upcoming events. The Destin City Council issued a Proclamation declaring the day ‘Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Member Appreciation Day.’ • The Chamber hosted a Business Expo & After Hours in November with 20 exhibitors and two sponsors. • The Chamber hosted the Multi-Chamber Business Expo and Taste of Okaloosa County WWW.DESTINCHAMBER.COM

with the Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville Valparaiso chambers of commerce. More than 500 attended to see 95 exhibitors. • The Chamber continued its Buy Destin program, offering discounts and coupons from Chamber members to area residents, businesses, and locals. • The Chamber hosted two new member receptions designed to introduce our new members to the Chamber programs and to each other. • During 2010, the Chamber held 38 ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings, sending out related press releases and publishing all photos in the Network newsletter. • The monthly Chamber television show “Destin Today, A Business Forum” featured more than 30 members promoting their businesses or upcoming events. • A link to the monthly Network newsletter was sent via email to all members with email addresses. Each issue highlighted Chamber events, members, city news, and a member spotlight. • The Chamber also sent Tuesday Talking Points, a weekly email designed to inform members in a more timely fashion of Chamber news and upcoming events. • In May, the Chamber hosted Hurricane Preparedness speakers and sponsors during its regularly scheduled breakfast. • The Chamber held 12 Business to Business Breakfast meetings with a combined total of more than 2,000 attendees. The

10 Business After Hours hosted a combined total of more than 1,600 business professionals. • The Chamber created a monthly networking Leads Lunch, which offered educational and networking opportunities to all members. As part of the ‘Year of the Member’ celebration, 11 membership renewals were given out during the Leads Lunches. • A very successful Chamber Christmas Party at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill with more than 100 members in attendance brought 2010 to a close. MISSION STATEMENT: To create a dynamic alliance of the business community and government through member-driven initiatives and services that enable responsible growth and economic prosperity. 2010 TRUSTEE MEMBERS:  Emerald Coast Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Inc.  Fort Walton Beach Medical Center  O’Sullivan Creel, LLP  Trustmark National Bank 2010 CHAIRMAN’S CLUB MEMBERS:  Howard Group  Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.  Northwest Florida Regional Airport  ResortQuest Real Estate & Vacation Rentals  Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort  Sterling Resorts  White-Wilson Medical Center  Whitney National Bank PAGE 3

IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION BUSINESS TO BUSINESS BREAKFASTS SPONSORS AT&T Real Yellow Pages Bit-Wizards Custom Software Solutions CenturyLink Covenant Hospice Cox Communications, Inc. Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center O’Sullivan Creel, LLP Trustmark National Bank BUSINESS AFTER HOURS SPONSORS Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar Avantgarde Salon, Inc. Boathouse Oyster Bar Emerald Coast Convention Center La Place USA Interiors The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center Red Door Saloon SUNSET ON THE HARBOR SPONSORS 105.5 The Wolf Boathouse Oyster Bar Fisherman’s Wharf Destin Fishing Fleet Marina Northwest Florida Daily News Red Door Saloon. BUSINESS EXPO SPONSORS AT&T Advertising Solutions Bit-Wizards Custom Software Solutions Simple HR PUTTOBERFEST Community South Bank Destin Land & Title, Inc. Ecco Motors, Street Legal Carts Pleat & Perry, P.A. Whitney Insurance SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS Leaderboard Sponsor Destin Commons Hole Sign with Team ADT Security Services Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, PA Community Bank, Destin Destin Rotary Club Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates Fisher-Brown, Inc. Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill GCS Building Solutions, Inc. PAGE 4

Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc. O’Sullivan Creel, LLP ResortQuest Sandcastle Escapes/Beach Seekers Simple HR Southern Resorts Trustmark National Bank Whitney National Bank Hole Sponsor, No Team AES Human Resources Solutions Brooks Brothers Factory Store Gulf Coast Dermatology Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS BREAKFAST SEMINAR All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC GCS Building Solutions, Inc. Professional Records Imaging Mgmt., Inc. 2ND ANNUAL DESTIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL GOLF CLASSIC Practice Tee/Green Simple HR Beverage Cart Sponsor Coastal Accounting of NW Florida, PA Hole Sponsor With Team O’Sullivan Creel, LLP Emerald Shores Services, Inc. Team Sponsor Acentria, Inc. Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse Community Bank, Destin Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates Life’s A Beach, LLC Merrill Lynch - Cory J. Fosdyck Regal Stephens Construction & Gulf Coast Shutters Regions Bank TEA, Inc. Hole Sponsor 102.1 The Wave (WWAV) 1055 The Wolf 99 Rock Coast 93.3 Complete Signs Cox Communications, Inc. The Destin Log Ecco Motors & Street Legal Carts Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. Florida Lottery

Goldring Gulf Distributing (Miller Lite) Mix 103.1 (WMXZ) The New Highway 98 County News Talk 1260AM Northwest Florida Daily News The Party Station Fly 92.1(WFFY) Regions Bank ResortQuest Payne Chiropractic Wellness Center Sterling Resorts & Realty The Walton Sun Z96 32ND ANNUAL DESTIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SPONSORS Presenting Sponsor Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Center, Inc. Accommodations Sponsor ResortQuest Site Sponsors City of Destin Destin Fishing Fleet Marina Fisherman’s Wharf Saturday Host Goldring Gulf Distributing (Miller Lite) Stage Sponsor 102.1 The Wave (WWAV) Premier Charter Sponsors 1055 The Wolf 99 Rock Coast 93.3 Cox Communications Destin Log DIXIELECTRICAR of Destin Ecco Motors & Street Legal Carts Florida Lottery Mix 103.1 (WMXZ) The New Highway 98 Country News Talk 1260AM Northwest Florida Daily News The Party Station Fly 92.1 (WFFY) Sterling Resorts & Realty Walton Sun Z96 Cobia Catch Complete Signs Payne Chiropractic Wellness Center Pompano Partner Eglin Federal Credit Union Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates


Pepsi Booth Sponsor Tetra Tech, Inc. Associate Angler Sponsors Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Chartwell Hospitality Community Bank, Destin Copy Systems Business Center, Inc. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Murphy’s Home Services, Inc. Pleat & Perry, P.A. Simple HR Walton Area Chamber First Mate Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill VIP Tent Sponsors The Back Porch Beef ‘O’Brady’s The Boathouse Oyster Bar Chick-fil-A Fisherman’s Wharf Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill Hooter’s Jersey Mike’s Louisiana Lagniappe Papa John’s Pompano Joe’s Publix Super Markets, Inc. Southern Restaurant Group Tropical Smoothie Café Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ambassadors: Richard Barrington Holiday Isle Properties, Inc. Community & Economic Development: Les Porterfield TEA, Inc. Destin Seafood Festival Committee: Karen McCarthy Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Marketing Committee: Tim Edwards Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill Military Affairs Committee: Kim Wintner Alliance Association Management Co., Inc. 2010 ANNUAL REPORT

A & A Transfer & Storage, Inc. (850) 244-7661 Chamber Rep: Glenn Shelley

Destin Animal Clinic (850) 837-2931 Chamber Rep: Jim Brechin, DVM

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (850) 269-0830 Chamber Rep: Dan Scesnewicz

O’Sullivan Creel, LLP (850) 837-0398 Chamber Rep: Kevin Bowyer

Alliance Association Management Co. Inc. (850) 650-2320 Chamber Rep: Kim Wintner

Destin Collision, Inc. (850) 654-5827 Chamber Rep: Steve VanAtta

Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill (850) 654-1544 Chamber Rep: David Smith

Payne Chiropractic Wellness Center (850) 654-8770 Chamber Rep: Dr. Alan Payne

American Heart Association (888) 352-3824 ext. 8148 Chamber Rep: Jessica Davis

Destin Fire Rescue Foundation, Inc. (850) 837-8413 Chamber Rep: Joe D’Agostino

Habitat For Humanity, Okaloosa County (850) 315-0025 Chamber Rep: Nitsi Bennett

Save Our Cats & Kittens (SOCKS) (850) 863-5756 Chamber Rep: Cecil Demonbrun

Destin Fishing Rodeo, Inc. (850) 837-6734 Chamber Rep: Helen Donaldson

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa (850) 267-9500 Chamber Rep: Gary Brielmayer

Destin Flooring, Inc. (850) 650-8511 Chamber Rep: Candace McLeod

In The Moment Pet Care (850) 269-0800 Chamber Rep: David M. Smith

Dixon Kazek Construction, Inc. (850) 650-7539 Chamber Rep: Steve Dixon

Jane Araguel and Team - Remax Coastal Properties (850) 650-0300 Chamber Rep: Ms. Jane Araguel

Shalimar Pointe Country Club (850) 651-4300 Chamber Rep: Chad Maes

Dlux Printing, Inc. (850) 457-8494 Chamber Rep: Michelle Mandel

Longhorn Steakhouse, Inc. (850) 654-9115 Chamber Rep: Stephen Coley

Shelter House, Inc. (850) 243-1201 Chamber Rep: Michelle Sperzel

Eglin Federal Credit Union (850) 862-0111 Chamber Rep: Sherry Harlow

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

SouthernLINC (888) 240-4977 Chamber Rep: Ronnie Tibbs

Belk (850) 650-4091 Chamber Rep: Brandy Barrett Boogies Watersports (850) 654-7787 Chamber Rep: Ray Watson Boyd Brothers (800) 677-2693 Chamber Rep: Jody Detrick Burke, Blue, Hutchison Walters & Smith, P.A. (850) 267-9498 Chamber Rep: M. Todd Burke, Esq. Cal’s Appliances (850) 678-4838 Chamber Rep: Charles Clark The Cone Company (850) 424-3015 Chamber Rep: Sonny Cone Cox Communications, Inc. (850) 862-4142 Chamber Rep: Sheila Nichols

Emerald Coast Kennel, Inc. (850) 267-1679 Chamber Rep: Lynda Peters

Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates (850) 650-0990 Chamber Rep: Brian Haugen

Join your BBB as we recognize outstanding businesses, charities, individuals and students at the 6th annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics luncheon. Tuesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. SunDestin, Destin, FL

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Northwest Florida Blood Services (850) 598-0236 Chamber Rep: Betty Roberts

StorageMax (850) 269-2411 Chamber Rep: Bill Burrelle SunTrust Bank (850) 650-2807 Chamber Rep: Serita Lindsey

Northwest Florida Regional Airport (850) 651-7160 Chamber Rep: Greg Donovan

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe and Emporium (850) 654-1743 Chamber Rep: Mario Mardones

Orthopaedic Associates (850) 863-2153 Chamber Rep: Josh Laberee

Troy University - Ft Walton Beach Region (850) 301-2121 Chamber Rep: Yvonne Freeman


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Merrill Lynch (850) 269-7000 Chamber Rep: Cory Fosdyck

Emerald Coast Magazine (850) 654-7881 Chamber Rep: Mr. Brian Rowland

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (850) 650-1880 Chamber Rep: Amanda Wilkerson

Seafarer Condominium (850) 837-1196 Chamber Rep: Heather Jourdan


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ROBERT E. MCGILL, III ATTORNEY AT LAW 36008 Emerald Coast Pkwy. • Suite C Destin, Florida 32541


Beach Condos in Destin (850) 269-3342 Chamber Rep: Renee Clayton

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise (850) 234-7400 Chamber Rep: Philip Adams


Ballard Cannon Development (850) 654-6004 Chamber Rep: Shane Cannon

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FWB Young Professionals Donate to Fisher House

The Young Professionals of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the 3rd Annual Fisher House of the Emerald Coast Golf Classic and Gala in 2010. A check for $27,202.26 was presented to Fisher House board members at a recent Chamber First Friday Coffee. Shown here accepting the check (back row) are Jeanne Rief, Shirley Pigott, Jeff Riemer, Bruce Marshall, and David Goetsch. Representing Eglin AFB 96 ABW is Director of Staff Dennis Mattson, back row. Representatives from the Young Professionals are (front row) Kurt Olis, Dustin Terry, Alison Terlip, Robyn Patterson, and Paul Brannon.

Andrea Farrell Joins Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Andrea Farrell and her assistant Michele Edling have joined Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, in the Kelly Plantation office. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, Farrell most Andrea Farrell recently worked with RE/MAX Southern Realty in the Destin area.

Local Chiropractor Opens New Office Dr. Ken Whidden of Emerald Coast Chiropractic has recently opened a new location in the Medical Office Building at Sacred Heart Hospital Ken Whidden

of the Emerald Coast. Emerald Coast Chiropractic has served the chiropractic needs of people on the Emerald Coast for the past 10 years. Whidden has now opened a new satellite office to better serve residents of Sandestin, Miramar Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach, while still maintaining an office in the heart of Destin near the harbor.

Thomas C. Pope Receives Professional Insurance Designation Thomas C. Pope, CPCU, AIC, AIS, has been awarded the professional insurance designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) by the American InstiThomas Pope tute for CPCU. Pope currently oversees new business marketing and policyholder claims service and loss control functions at The Cone Company.

Coldwell Banker Names Top January Producers

John Cook and Team were named “Top Producing Team” and Judi Rutland was named “Top Producing Agent” for January Judi Rutland by Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

Destin Snowbird Club Presents Donation From Soundsation Concert Destin Snowbirds Club president Paul Hewitt presented a check for $8,000 to Dr. Cliff Herron, District Dean of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center

and Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College. The funds were raised from ticket sales of the 22nd Annual Destin Soundsation Concert.

Destin Snowbird Club Presents Donation From Golf Tournament

The American Cancer Society received a check for $1,400 raised at the Destin Snowbird Jack Kline/ Lise Walsh Memorial Cancer Golf Tournament. Destin Snowbird Club president Paul Hewitt presented Mary Tinsley the check during a club meeting.

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April Calendar of Events April 2 Kid’s Fest Location: HarborWalk Village Time: 12 – 4 p.m. This is the Destin Harbor’s largest outdoor festival just for kids. Enjoy photos with the Easter bunny, handson activities, and entertainment! April 2 - 3 Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties Home Show 2011 Location: Emerald Coast Convention Center Time: Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The show will feature more than 100 indoor exhibits of products and services for the home and the homeowner. Enjoy popular seminars by experts. April 2, 9, 16, and 23 Spring Break Concert Series Location: HarborWalk Village Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Come out each Saturday night during April for a live music performance. April 5 Duck for President – Children’s Show Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Time: 9:45 and 11 a.m. Enjoy children’s show for school groups. Limited seating for others may be available for $6 each. Call Delores Merrill at (850) 729-6065. April 6, 13, 20, and 27 Wednesday Night Concert Series Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Time: 6 – 8 p.m. This month we will offer a Tribute to the Classics. Put on your boogie shoes and come dance the night away to some of your favorite hits from the past! PAGE 10

April 6 “Shop For A Job” Festival Location: Silver Sands Factory Stores Time: 1 – 6 p.m. More than 55 designer companies at Silver Sands Factory Stores are currently hiring, which equates to hundreds of available jobs from part-time sales and stock associates to full-time managers. Visit or call 850-654-9771 x1. April 9 Covenant Hospice 39th Annual Cox Cablethon Fundraiser Location: Airs on Cox Channel 6 Time: 2 p.m. – midnight The fundraiser program is hosted by local media personalities and features an on-air auction, allowing viewers to call in and bid on vacation packages, artwork, jewelry, and gift certificates to area restaurants and retailers. April 12 2011 Sacred Heart Charity Golf Classic Location: Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, Panama City Beach Register now to play in this signature fundraising event for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. For more information, visit, call Sacred Heart Foundation at (850) 278-3700 or email shf-emerald April 15-16 Dance Facets - NWF State College Production Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Time: 7:30 p.m. In this year’s annual presentation, 38 dancers will perform 12 original dance presentations, featuring classical ballet, contemporary, and

modern. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 youth. To purchase tickets, call (850) 729-6000. April 16 Run 4 Science Location: Fort Walton Beach Landing Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The day begins with a 5K Fun Run/ Walk, followed by age group races from pre-school through middle school. After the races, spend some time on the Landing as local businesses with missions related to health and wellness provide activities for the young and young-at-heart. Proceeds from this event benefit the Emerald Coast Science Center. April 17 Toby Mac Live in Concert Location: Emerald Coast Convention Center Time: 7 p.m. Preferred section reserve tickets are $35. General admission standing room only tickets are $30. Tickets are on sale at Call (850) 609-3800. April 19 Independent Film Series Location: Destin Library Time: 7 p.m. The Friends Guild of the Destin Library sponsor a monthly movie night, featuring an award-winning independent and foreign film. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 60 on a firstcome, first-served basis. April 23 Easter Explosion Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Kid’s activities will fill the Events Plaza, and the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for visits!

April 24 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt Location: HarborWalk Village Enjoy a delicious bunny brunch in the Harbor View room. Visit the Easter Bunny and receive a complimentary photo for the first 10 kids. Call (850) 424-0613 to reserve your place. April 27 Coed Kickball Captain’s Meeting Location: Morgan Sports Center Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Adult Coed Kickball League will begin Wednesday, May 25. This is a mandatory team captain’s meeting. For more information, call (850) 650-124 or email April 28 25th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf Take part in wine tastings showcasing more than 600 domestic and international wines. Experience is for both wine novices and aficionados. For details, visit April 30 Prayer, Beauty, and Strength Location: Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Time: 7:30 p.m. Witness the power of music to move its listeners in countless ways as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) presents a glorious season finale concert to end the symphony’s 24th year. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $16 for youth ages 18 and younger. NETWORK APRIL 2011

Buy Destin Program FREE for All Members By far and regardless of the season, the most popular question in the Destin Area Chamber’s Welcome Center is “do you have any coupons?” Our Buy Destin Program, created in 2009, was designed to answer this question, while providing new customers to Chamber member businesses. To increase the program’s effectiveness and add value to all Chamber memberships, the program is free for all members to participate. Chamber members are asked to provide incentives,

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS The following workshops will be offered by the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) during April 2011. For more information, please call the Fort Walton Beach SBDC at (850) 833-9400.

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