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February 2013

Affordable Advertising in Chamber’s Welcome Center

Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities 2nd Paddle at the Porch Destin SUP Cup 4th Destin’s Bayou, Bay & Back 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon Business After Hours Board of Directors Lunch

Put your business before thousands on digital signage located inside the Chamber’s Welcome Center! Displays are sold in 20-second increments and will be shown a minimum of 50 times per day. More than 5,000 people visit the Welcome Center annually. Prices range from $50 - $60 monthly, and most file types are accepted. For details, please call Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x3 or email

Electronic Lobby Display Hurricane Preparedness Seminar Leaders In Business Lunch Multi-Chamber Business Expo

Reach Your Target Market with Chamber’s Newsletter Advertise your business in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, Network, the leading business publication for the Destin area. Approximately 6,000 issues are printed, of which 4,000 are inserted into The Destin Log and more than 1,600 copies are mailed to Chamber members and their representatives. The newsletter is also

New Member Reception Network Newsletter Past Chairman & VIP Reception PUTToberfest

published at and linked from the Chamber’s weekly email. Four ad sizes are available, with discounts given for extended contracts. Monthly prices range from $75 - $1,000. For ad specifications and to reserve your ad space, please call Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x3 or email

Spring Networking Golf Tournament Tuesday Talking Points Email

Thank you to our 2013 Trustee members!

Find more information and register for upcoming events at!

Congratulations and Thank You! The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Banquet on Jan. 18. We had a great turnout at a fantastic event. It was an event that celebrated not only the successes of the Chamber, but the successes of some outstanding individuals who gave of their time and talents over the past year, and even over a career, to the Chamber and the community. Kathy Whidden of Emerald Coast Chiropractic was awarded the James D. Neilson, Sr., Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service. This award is chosen by the Chairman of the Chamber Board with input from the Chamber staff. Kathy’s tireless efforts in volunteering at Chamber events were much appreciated. She organized silent auctions, moved tables and chairs, set up, took down, carried, moved, well, you get the picture. She has donated more door prizes to the Chamber than we could count. She’s helped with registration and check-in at golf tournaments and Chamber lunches. She’s never said no. She truly was the volunteer of the year. Business Person of the Year was given to Capt. Kelly Windes. This award is voted on by secret ballot of the Board from nominations received from the membership. Everyone knows what Capt. Kelly has done for the fishing industry in Destin and the successes of his multiboat business. But his success goes much deeper than just fishing. He was instrumental in developing the Destin Fisherman’s Cooperative Association to lower the cost of doing business for the fishermen in Destin. He has served on the Destin City Council and was recently elected to the Okaloosa County Commission to represent Destin. His philosophy as a business owner is customer focused, and he always goes the extra step to ensure customer satisfaction. To continue his success the way he has, there’s no doubt why he was selected for this award.

4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-6241 • (850) 654-5612 fax Building a World-Class Community One Business at a Time

Executive Committee Mary Anne Windes, Chairman of the Board Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc. Destin Fishing Fleet Marina Amy Perry, Chair-Elect Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P.A. Bill Lindsley, Immediate Past Chairman


Shaun Eubanks, Treasurer Julie Cotton, Vice Chairman/ Communications & Marketing Northwest Florida State College Karen McCarthy, Vice Chairman/ Community & Economic Development Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union Ken Wampler, Vice Chairman/Membership Development Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc. Jami Jones, Vice Chairman/Harbor Association Destin Charter Service

Mike Freeman, Most Immediate Past Chairman/Ex-officio Acentria, Inc.

The Ann Gibson Community Service Award was earned by Kim Wintner of Alliance Association Management Co., Inc., an award chosen by secret ballot of the Board from nominations from the Chamber membership. Kim gives tirelessly to the community every day, and his name has become synonymous with the term service. He currently chairs or sits on 10 different boards of directors, including the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council. Not only does he contribute his efforts to the community, he encourages his employees to do the same, and you often see them involved in organizations, such as Destin Forward.


Finally, congratulations to Jennifer Barrett of Acentria, Inc., for being named the Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year. The Ambassador of the Year is awarded via a point system based on working Chamber events and special projects. Her work delivering packages to members on Member Appreciation Day, attending chamber events, and working at ribbon cuttings and grand openings earned her the points to win this award. And Jennifer is not stopping with this year’s award. She’s already volunteered to pick up in 2013 right where she left off in 2012.

Dave Morrow, Allstate Insurance - Ryland/Morrow Agency

Hayward Dykes, Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP Steve Jay, Warren Averett O’Sullivan Creel Rebecca Jones, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Andi Mahoney, White-Wilson Medical Center Pam Martin, Gulf Power Jonathan Ochs, Trustmark National Bank Cyndy Thomas, ResortQuest By Wyndham Vacation Rentals Carey Trotter, Trotter’s General Contractors, Inc.

My personal congratulations go to each of these winners. But more importantly, my thanks go to them. For it’s their work, their time, and their commitment to the Chamber and the community that help us build this world class community one business at a time.

Chairman’s Appointee Charles Morgan, Harbor Docks Restaurant

With wishes for continued success, and until next month,

Jim Breitenfeld, Breitenfeld Development Services, LLC

Special Appointees Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co. Inc. Management Team Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP, President and CEO

Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP President and CEO

Advertising our World-Class Community In our mission to support Destin as a world-class community, our Welcome Center recorded the following numbers in December 2012: Phone Calls/Emails — 383 Incoming Mail — 199 Relocation Packages - 3 Lobby/Welcome Center Visitors — 273 Directories Mailed — 157

Elizabeth Spies, Vice President of Communications Suzy Nicholson Hunt, Events Coordinator Ashley Johnston, Information Specialist

THE CHAMBER MONTH AHEAD Join us for our Leaders In Business Lunch Sponsored by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at the Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. - 1 pm. Learn how to protect your business as Danielle Rudd, communications director for Your Better Business Bureau Serving Northwest Florida, shares recent scams against small businesses. All registrations are due by Friday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. FEBRUARY




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

On Member Appreciation Day, Board members, Ambassadors, and staff will personally visit every member in the Destin area to thank them for their support. 2013 membership packages will also be delivered. FEBRUARY


Our February Business After Hours sponsored by Regus will be held at 495 Grand Boulevard. Event hours are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Please do not forget to bring your business card for networking and our door prize drawing. There is no charge for members to attend this event. The non-member fee is $20. FEBRUARY


Why Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce? It is amazing to me that there are Destin businesses out there who are not members of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. I simply cannot fathom anyone in business NOT wanting to be a member. Maybe I’m an easy sell because I often do things simply because they are the right thing to do. I don’t wait to be or have to be convinced about something that is to me so obvious; sometimes you just you do it. Right! Well, maybe it’s not as obvious to everyone, but for those of you who are already members, I commend you for your membership and outstanding good judgment. So if it wasn’t the most obvious thing in the world to you, why would you join? Well, the reasons are almost as numerous, it turns out, as the members. The Board of Directors made a list of things that we believe people think that a Chamber should do, plus a separate list of what the Chamber already does. Out of 25 people, did we have two or three ideas? Five to ten? Ten to fifteen? LOL! No, there were at least 30 different and distinct reasons to join the Chamber - many, I must admit, that I wouldn’t have even thought of. It seems likely to me that if we had included more members, we would have had more reasons. Since these were off the top of our heads, I went to the website to include a thorough list. It’s interesting to note, I thought, that the Board of Directors, who are very involved in the Chamber, created a list of Chamber benefits that far exceed what is advertised on the website. In other words, the more you give, the more you get. Sound familiar? So, here’s the published list of benefits for a general member: business directory listing in printed guide, business directory listing on website, interaction on social media sites, receive weekly email newsletter, receive monthly printed newsletter, member recognition, free job postings on website, free event listings on website, brochure placement in Chamber’s welcome center, ribbon cutting services, and annual recognition in printed newsletter. See, I would have went more with the networking opportunities, name recognition, and the ability to affect legislation as a large group. Those are my top three, if I had to choose. I also enjoy dressing up for the Annual Banquet and getting to know and discuss issues with the “movers and shakers” in our area. None of those were even mentioned, nor were so many of the other intangible things listed by the Board of Directors. If anyone is interested, I may still be able to get that entire list. The Chamber employs a full-time membership consultant. If you need a personal shopper of sorts to give you ideas of what services might most benefit your business, please give us a call at (850) 837-2711 x3. We would also appreciate any leads you might have of your friends who have not yet joined the Chamber, but should be members. Whatever your reasons, and they are many, belonging to your local area Chamber of Commerce is simply the right thing to do!

Mary Anne Windes 2013 Destin Area Chamber Chairman Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc. Destin Fishing Fleet Marina

Celebrating Ambassador Successes For information about all Chamber Events, please visit the Events Calendar at or call (850) 837-6241!

Congratulations to our top Ambassadors for December 2012! 70 points — Richard Barrington, Holiday Isle Properties, Inc. 65 points — Joy Lamas, Revive Media Services 50 points — Trisha Chason, SimpleHR and SimpleHIRE 50 points — Cheryl Seay, Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union

Mark Your Calendars for these 2013 Events Leaders In Business Lunches

Business After Hours

February 12

February 28

March 12

March 28

April 9

April 25

May 14

May 23

June 11

June 27

July 9

July 25

August 13

August 22

September 10

September 26

October 8

October 24

November 12

November 14

December 10

December 3 - Annual Holiday Party

Pre-pay for 2013 Leaders In Business Lunches and Get Two Free Would you like to receive two free lunches in 2013? If you pre-pay for all 2013 lunches, we will only charge you for 10. You will also be pre-registered for each lunch, saving you the time of registering yourself. If you cannot make it one month, you are welcome to send someone else from your company in your place. Call (850) 837-6241 to request your invoice for $150.

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MAC Welcomes Head of Eglin/Hurlburt Exchange Myra Florence, general manager of the Eglin/Hurlburt Exchange, formerly known as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, explained the scope of the Exchange, recent changes to its management, and its future objectives, during the Jan. 9 Military Affairs Council (MAC) meeting. She is seen here being introduced by MAC Chair Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co., Inc. For details on future MAC meetings and to learn how to become a part of MAC, please call the Chamber at (850) 837-6241. February 2013 Network Newsletter

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Warren Averett Announces Merger Warren Averett, LLC, announced the recent merger of Atlanta-based Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) and Tampa-based Pender Newkirk & Company. The merger, effective Jan. 1, helps build a stronger presence for Warren Averett in the Southeast, which will now employ more than 725 team members and serve clients through 14 offices across Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Kaliski and Zampieri Join HR Management Board Two employees of SimpleHR and SimpleHIRE joined the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Emerald Coast Chapter’s 2013 Board. Teresa Kaliski, SimpleHR’s human resource administrator, will be the chapter’s membership and at-large director, and Tessa Zampieri, SimpleHIRE’s staffing coordinator, will serve as the diversity director. Kaliski and Zampieri join the SHRM Board with more than 25 years of combined experience in the human resource industry.

Blue Marlin Realty Group Donates Toys For the second year, Blue Marlin Realty Group has given back to children in need during the holiday season. More than 100 toys were donated to Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast’s Emergency Room this past week with assistance from The Porsche Club of Destin, friends, and family in the community. Page 4

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize for Young Artists

primary focus will be building SETCO’s title, closing, and real estate legal services in the Pensacola market.

Destin Jewelers and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Announce Partnership Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music director Demetrius Fuller were invited to take part in the prestigious 2012 Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City this past November. Soprano Julia Bullock caught Fuller’s attention and was awarded the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize. She will debut with Sinfonia Gulf Coast during its 2013-2014 season.

SETCO Takes Big Prize in Christmas Parade & Hires Six New Employees

SETCO Services, LLC, won the Grand Marshal Award during the 2012 Destin Christmas Parade. This is the parade’s overall winner.

Destin Jewelers is partnering with Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the upcoming Wine Women and Shoes event on Feb. 8-10, with proceeds benefitting Sinfonia and its educational outreach initiatives. To kick off the partnership, Destin Jewelers held a Bubbly & Bling event on Nov. 28, to showcase its Belargo Jewelry line. More than 100 attended, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Sinfonia.

Hughes Earns Prestigious Designation Blue Marlin Realty Group’s Johnathan Hughes recently earned the Certified Home Selling Advisor™ designation from the National Association of Expert Advisors (NAEA). As a result of earning this designation, Hughes has been trained in providing a proven, repeatable system to help clients sell their home for up to 18% more than the methods of traditional real estate agents.

Destin Water Users Wins Excellent Water Award Also, SETCO announced the addition of six new employees during the past year. Its newest attorney is Valeria A. Watson. Watson graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 2004. Her

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen the 2011 EPA Safe Drinking Water Act Excellence Award recipients, and the winner of the Large Ground Water System category from Region

IV is Destin Water Users Inc. (DWU). The award recognizes public water supply companies that demonstrate effective operations and maintenance programs and display a profound commitment to maintaining and protecting public drinking water supplies.

Twin Cities Hospital Donates to Sharing & Caring of Niceville

Twin Cities Hospital recently donated $5,000 to Sharing & Caring of Niceville to help replenish the food bank and assist with other needs of the local non-profit organization. Twin Cities Hospital’s chief of staff, Kit Kuss, MD, and chairman of the board, Wayne Justice, MD, presented the check to Delle Diamon, president of Sharing & Caring of Niceville.

Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator Receives Appointment

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Okaloosa County emergency management coordinator Ken Wolfe to the State Emergency Response Commission, among two other state appointments this week. Wolfe’s appointment is until Gov. Scott changes


the commission members, at his discretion. Wolfe has been with Okaloosa County Public Safety since 2001 and helps coordinate response for numerous emergencies and related tasks throughout the year, from Hurricane Ivan and deployment to Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, to the more recent Deep Horizon Oil Spill. Ken Wolfe, right, is pictured with emergency management division chief Randy McDaniel.

Parker Joins Real Estate Professionals Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc., announced its newest agent Marguerite Parker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Marketing. She has been in sales for more than 25 years and received her real estate license in 2012.

Destin Rotary Club Holds Golf Tournament The Destin Rotary Club held its first Active-Alumni Golf Tournament at Indian Bayou Golf Club on Dec. 16. Scott and Cindy McCormick won the Scramble Division. Kevin Bowyer and Shane Moody won 1st Prize in the Low-Net Shamble Division, and Bob McGill and Mike Ullery won the Low-Gross Shamble Division.

SimpleHR Adds Healthcare Reform Specialist SimpleHR’s benefits administrator Shannon Coccia February 2013 Network Newsletter

received the Healthcare Reform Specialist certification. SimpleHR will now be able to provide its clients with the most updated policies, rules, regulations, and interpretations as they are implemented.

Batchelor Joins Destin Getaways Destin Getaways Vacation Rentals announced the hiring of Lindsey Batchelor as its marketing director. A graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School and Florida State University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Communications, Batchelor worked with Hearst Media Services before joining the Destin Getaways team. She specializes in internet and social media marketing.

Two County Employees Receive HERO Award

Okaloosa County Public Works employees Floyd Spence and Randy Broxson were awarded the HERO award at the Dec. 4 County Commission meeting for their assistance following a two-car incident on May 11. Spence and Broxson, despite their own physical safety, took turns directing traffic around the car accident and assisted the uninjured driver of one car out of danger. At the same time, they took turns applying medical assistance to an injured mother and son.

Curves Members Donate Toys to Children in Crisis

Commissioner Nathan Boyles Recognized in 850 Business Magazine Okaloosa County District 3 Commissioner Nathan Boyles was selected by 850 Business Magazine as one of its 40 influential business leaders under 40. Boyles grew up in north Okaloosa County. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering from Florida State University and a law degree from FSU’s College of Law.

third consecutive year. An angel tree with all the children of CIC Children’s Neighborhood was prominently displayed in its work-out area. Seen here (left to right), CIC president and CEO Ken Hair receives Christmas toys from Judy Wiseman and Curves team members.

Airman Help Feed and Clothe Children

The Eglin Airman Leadership School (ALS) donated $205 to help the kids of Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) living at the Children’s Neighborhood during a tough holiday season. Seen here (left to right) is CIC president and CEO Ken Hair as he receives a check from the ALS Commandant MSgt Melanie Collins and ALS instructor SSgt Dannielle Lewis.

Landrum Acquires Carolina PEOs Curves of Niceville members helped the kids of Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) by having a toy and gift card drive for the

Landrum Professional Employer Services, Inc., has expanded its service area by acquiring two professional employer organizations in continued page 12

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Thank you to our Jan. 8 Leaders In Business Lunch sponsor Warren Averett O’Sullivan Creel. A year ago, three prominent firms joined forces to create the new Warren Averett, LLC, quickly becoming a regional accounting powerhouse with more than 550 team members and 11 offices spanning from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf of Mexico. In April 2012, Accounting Today coined Warren Averett as a regional leader and pacesetter for growth. Warren Averett’s growth is an acknowledgement that clients find value through its work. The firm offers clients depth and experience in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, construction, aerospace and defense, life sciences and technology, public sector, and real estate, with services that span beyond audit and tax to include wealth management, staffing and recruiting, technology consulting, financial outsourcing, and retirement plan administration and investments. Office locations include Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Crestview, as well as eight offices in Alabama. For details, please visit or call (850) 837-0398.

Thank You for the Door Prizes! • Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

• Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P.A.

• Eglin Federal Credit Union

• PML International, Inc.

• Emerald Coast Chiropractic

• SimpleHR and SimpleHIRE

• Gulf Power

• Scott Social PR

• Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida


Thank you to our 2013 Bayou, Bay & Back Sponsors!

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December Ribbon Cuttings

Berney Office SolutionsA Xerox Company TJ Edwards 2405 Langley Ave. Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 619-6440 Xerox Office Equipment

Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard Ron Couget 100 Grand Blvd. Destin, FL 32550 (850) 650-7411 Accommodations-Hotels

Blue Marlin Realty Group

Destin Chiropractic Center

Todd Leonard 970 Gulf Shore Dr. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-7800 Real Estate

Dr. Ryan J. Garcia 3999 Commons Dr. Ste. C Destin, FL 32541 (850) 654-6912 Chiropractors

N.U.W. Graphics, LLC

Miller’s Ale House of Destin

Amy Kirkland 200 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 333-3097 Sporting Goods

James Harvey 34906 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-0694 Restaurants-American

Social Media Marketing TOUR To Make A Stop In Destin The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and Constant Contact invite you attend the Social Media Event of the Year! The Social Media Marketing TOUR. This 90-minute, information-packed seminar will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand to supercharge their social media marketing. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center. The cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch. Our presenter is Marvin Smith, Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact. You will have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers. You’ll leave with real-world insights and knowledge that you can put to work immediately, to help your business or organization succeed. The seminar “Social Media & Facebook for Business” will cover: *What social media marketing really is and why it’s important; *Various social media networks and tools: how they interact, ways to leverage their strengths, and how to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization; *How other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships, and drive sales and engagement; *How to incorporate social media marketing into your business life without losing productivity. Find details and register on the Events Calendar at Page 8




In the Mood February 2

Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

Eco-Nomic Living Expo February 2

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Emerald Coast Convention Center

Kaps 4 Kids Informational Meeting February 4 11:30 a.m. Outback Steakhouse

Mystical Arts of Tibet Mandala Sand Painting February 5 – 9

Times Vary Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College

Destin Woman’s Club Meeting February 8

5th Annual Mardi Gras Parade February 9 2 – 11 p.m. HarborWalk Village

Wine Women & Shoes February 10

2 – 5 p.m. Magnolia Ballroom at the Village of Baytowne Wharf

10th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade February 10 2 p.m. Village of Baytowne Wharf

12 – 4 p.m. Village of Baytowne Wharf

Presidents’ Day Sale February 15-18

Silver Sands Premium Outlets

2 – 4 p.m. HarborWalk Village

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Emerald Coast Convention Center

11th Annual Baytowne Bash Fat Tuesday Parade February 12

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Presents “The Stars of Tomorrow” February 22

Wine Women & Shoes Vintner Dinners February 8

Solaris’ Valentine’s Dinner & Dancing Cruise February 14-15

8 – 11 p.m. HarborWalk Village

24th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival February 15-16

Health Care Reform: What’s Next for Your Business? February 19

5 p.m. Village of Baytowne Wharf

Destin Nights Mardi Gras Pub Crawl February 8


Mardi Gras Winter Concert Series Finale February 10

11 a.m. Tuscany Italian Bistro

Multiple Homes Throughout Destin



7 -10 p.m. Baytowne Marina

Women of Ireland February 15

7:30 p.m. Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

7:30 p.m. Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

To submit your events, please log into the Members Only section of our website at or email your event information to mail@DestinChamber. com. For your login information, please call (850) 837-6241. To ensure your event is included, please submit it by the first of the month prior to the month when the event will be held.

6th Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County The Biggest Marketing and Networking Opportunity Around!

Tuesday, March 5 4 - 7 p.m. Emerald Coast Convention Center Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce February 2013 Network Newsletter

Sponsors: Gulf Coast Dermatology and SimpleHR Booths: Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology, Hometown Contractors, Inc., Debby McKinney, Northwest Florida State College, Think Loves to Print, and Workforce Development Board Food Booth: Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Reserve your space! Call (850) 837-6241. Page 9

Aramark Catering Dustin Cutler (850) 609-3908

Arnett & Kerrigan, P.L. Jane Kerrigan (850) 502-4373

Bud and Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant Dave Rauschkolb (850) 231-5900

CRC Data Technologies Cameron Rowe (850) 654-7262

Douglass Chiropractic, Inc. Timothy Douglass (850) 650-6789

Jean Dutton (850) 862-3327

Emerald Coast Magazine Brian Rowland (850) 654-7881

Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club Paul Woolman (850) 650-0886

First Florida Bank Jennifer Dugan (850) 269-1201

Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks Myra Rhodes (850) 650-5928

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

Omega Construction & Design, Inc. Drew Dennis (850) 255-8383

Goodwill Industries Big Bend, Inc.

RE/MAX Coastal Properties

Brooke Lochore (850) 837-8516

Ed & Terri Smith (850) 837-6116

Gulf Coast Dermatology

Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc.

Michael Stickler (850) 622-0600

Mary Anne Windes, CCIM, CRB, CRS, GRI, RRS, E-PRO (850) 837-2211

Henderson Park Inn Charlotte Jeffreys (850) 269-8646

Sandestin Golf And Beach Resort

Holiday Isle Improvement Association

Mark Hodgdon (800) 277-0800

Howard Group

Jay Nettles (850) 837-9181

Seascape Resort & Conference Center

Scott Roberts (850) 837-4753 Myra Williams (850) 837-1886

IndyShark Consulting

St. Andrews By The Sea Episcopal Church

Kitty Hawk Kites of Florida

Terminix International

Lenny’s Sub Shop #9

UPS Store #1229

Longhorn Steakhouse, Inc.

Jeanie Zepponi

Fred Fenn (850) 650-2737

Phillip Conner (850) 217-5526

Jeff Curtis (850) 678-7840

Kathy Johnson (850) 796-0102

Charles Richardson (850) 654-5774

Pat Dehlinger (850) 269-1152 Kim Lindley (850) 654-9115

(850) 830-5008

Looking for Professional Office Space? Let our front door be your front door! Features include the following: - Quiet office environment - 8’x8’ furnished space with door - Receptionist to greet your clients - Conference room available - Separate phone line - Separate internet access - Kitchen facilities available To view the space and for pricing, please call (850) 837-6241 or email ceo@DestinChamber. Page 10


Divorce Docs

Dynamic Mental Fitness Training

Angela Angelovic 495 Grand Blvd. Ste. 206 Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 502-3627 Legal Services

T. Lavon Lawrence 981 U.S. Hwy. 98 Ste. 311 Destin, FL 32541 (850) 200-0989 Business Consulting

Executive Air Heating and Cooling

Samantha Currie 4516 Hwy 20 E. PMB 230 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 502-6616 Air Conditioning & Heating Sales & Service

Want to join the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce? Please contact the Chamber’s Membership Consultant at (850) 837-2711 x3 or


Conflict Management for the Health Care Provider February 1

John Maxwell Leadership Training – Everyone Communications Few Connect February 8

Photoshop for the Web Training February 22

Succession Planning… Building Sustainable Organizations February 1

Microsoft Excel 2010, Advanced February 15

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Interpersonal Relationship Skills February 7

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dealing with Difficult People February 15

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Equipping Your Team for Success February 22 Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary Procedure February 28 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register or get details, please contact the Costa Leadership Institute at (850) 729-6880 or visit

Generational Diversity February 21 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Starting a Business February 7 1 – 4 p.m.

Write the Ultimate Business Plan February 21 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: Financial Statement You Can Read February 28 12 – 1 p.m.

To register or for information, please contact UWF’s Small Business Development Center at (850) 833-9400 or

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Business Briefs (continued from page 5) the Carolinas. The Dec. 31 transaction brings North Carolina-based Employer Administrative Services, Inc., and South Carolina-based Synergetic, Inc., into the Landrum family of human resource service companies. With these acquisitions, Landrum will become the co-employer of more than 11,000 worksite employees working in 33 states.

Fosdyck Named Destin’s Best Financial Planner Cory Fosdyck, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPC®, of Merrill Lynch’s Krueger, Fosdyck, & Associates Team has been named the best Financial Planner on the Emerald Coast, by Destin Magazine. Originally from central Illinois, Fosdyck completed his bachelor’s degree and graduate studies at Western Illinois University. There, he received his BS in Business and his MBA, while serving as captain of the men’s basketball team. He is currently working on his PhD in behavioral finance.

Eglin Spouses Club Plays Santa to Kids

The Eglin Spouses Club played Santa to the kids of Children in Crisis, Inc., (CIC) again this year. All of the children received Christmas presents and a gift card. Seen here (left to right) are CIC board member Judy Wiseman, representing Eglin Spouses Club, and CIC president and CEO Ken Hair.

Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Reception Recap The Okaloosa Arts Alliance Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Reception, held on Sunday, Jan. 13, was a success. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to thank those who made it possible, including the Magnolia Grill, Cox Media, The

Beachcomber, Pyramid Players, Fort Walton Beach High School, Emerald Coast Concert Association, StageCrafters, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, and the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.

Spine Institute Welcomes 500th Patient The Spine Institute on the Emerald Coast, who opened its doors in Destin on Dec. 3, 2012, welcomed its 500th patient during the week of Jan. 10.

Bielawski Earns 2012 Top Honors Jerry Bielawski earned the “2012 Top Producer Award” by NewmanDailey Resort Properties, Inc., Real Estate Division. The annual award

recognizes the real estate agent who lists and sells the largest volume of properties within the calendar year. Bielawski achieved top listings for the fourth quarter, top sales and listings for the third quarter, top sales for the second quarter, and top listing agent for the first quarter, which contributed to his overall achievement of the highest volume of sales and listings for the year. NewmanDailey also honored Colin Kirkwood, who was recognized as “Top Sales Agent for the Fourth Quarter.” He was also the top listing agent for the second quarter. Please send your news releases to Elizabeth Spies at espies@ to see your company highlights featured here. Page 12


DESTIN BUSINESS FORUM In partnership with Cox Communications, the Chamber’s monthly TV program will host the following organizations in February 2013: - Emerald Coast Chiropractic - Emerald Coast Health Institute - Okaloosa County Tax Collector Weekly Schedule on Cox Channel 6 is as follows: - Sundays, at 8:30 p.m. - Mondays, at 7:30 p.m. - Wednesdays, at 9:30 a.m. - Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. Shows are also available on Cox InDemand and the Chamber’s YouTube Channel at! Contact Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x2 or to have your business featured here. This is a free benefit of Chamber membership!

Host Amy Perry Pleat & Perry, P.A.

February 2013 Network Newsletter

Thank you to Cox Communications for its support of this program.

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Destin Forward Environmental Day 2013 On Jan. 8, Destin Forward’s Class of 2013 visited Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) reclamation facility on Industrial Park Lane, off of Airport Road. The class listened as DWU’s general manager Richard Griswold, assistant general manager Lockwood Wernet, and lead water operator Judd Mooso explained the process for treating water at the facility, before touring the facility with lead WWTP Operator Terri Steward. Also visiting with the class that day was Okaloosa County’s beach projects manager Jim Trifilio and Waste Management’s senior district manager Domenica Farmer. The Destin Forward program uses a hands-on approach to its in-depth study of the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. Applications for the Class of 2014 will be available in May.

February 2013 Network Newsletter  

Events, news and photos from the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce