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Committees

ChamberACTION

Meets: First Tuesday of the Month at 8:00 a.m., Chamber offices in Port Charlotte

Members

Chair: Stephen Lineberry, Premiere Photographic Events, LLC

ACTION Members:
Melissa Bergey, Gator Wilderness Camp School
Susan Craig, Independent Financial Coaching
Bob Gillo – ServPro of Port Charlotte
Toby Lynn, The Mortgage Firm
Nick Vitti, Bank OZK

Teri Ashley, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
tashley@charlottecountychamber.org

Mission

Ambassadors

Meets: As needed

We want to thank our current active Ambassadors

Members

Peter Keating, FGCU/Small Business Development Center
Kim Maddy, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Kathy Robinson, Centennial Bank

Mission
Objectives & Goals

*For more information on becoming a Chamber Ambassador, email Teri Ashley, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Christmas Parade

Meets: As needed, August through December.

Members

Chair: Edward Hill, Englewood Area Chamber of Commerce
Chair: Peter Keating, Small Business Development Center at FGCU

Christian Young, Shop Local
Jeanette Gander, Buffalo Graffix
Steve Lineberry. Premier Photographic Events
Judy Malbuisson
Sheila Meeks, Sheila Meeks - Nix & Associates Real Estate
Mike Riley, Charlotte County Public Schools
Lee Royston, Vintage Motor Car Club of America-Southwest Florida Region
Joanne Thomkins
Teri Ashley, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Ruth Uzonyi, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Linda Wieder
Greg Imig
Christina Faro-Pilliteri, PHR, SHRM-CP
Yvonne Johnson
Bob White, EcoSun Homes
Beth Mesenger
Kelly Stinefast
Sharon Berhow
Toby Lynn, The Mortage Firm
Steve Lineberry, Premier Photographic Events
Bob Gillo, ServPro Port Charlotte & Venice

About

Government Affairs

Meets: First Monday of the month, 5:00 p.m., Port Charlotte office

Members

Chair: Tony Smith, Ashley, Brown & Company CPAs

Committee Members:
Michael Anderson, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
Wendy Atkinson, Charlotte County Public Schools
Marcia Cullinan, Michael Saunders & Co.
Andy Dodd, Peninsula Property
Shannon Doolity, State Attorneys Office
Pat A. Garriton, Team Port Charlotte
Debbie Harrington, Ambitrans Ambulance & Wheelchair Service
Stephanie Kissinger, Waste Management of Charlotte County
Mark Martella, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, PA
Maryann Mize, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Morris Realty
Tyler Patak, Parker Mudgett Smith Architects, Inc.
Kelly Shoemaker, Charlotte County Administrators Office
Sean Doherty, Charlotte County Visitor’s Bureau
Jane H. Sturges, Punta Gorda CRA
TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders, Inc.
Kay Tracy, Economic Development Office
Ian Vincent, Ian Vincent and Associates

Mission
Objectives & Goals

*For more information on, or to become a member of, the Government Affairs committee, email Teri Ashley, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. 2010 Policy Statement

Junior Leadership Charlotte Steering

Meets: First Monday of the month, 5:00 p.m., Port Charlotte office

Members

Chair: Kelly Carr, H2u at Fawcett Memorial Hospital
Vice-Chair: Laurene Anderson, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
Vice-Chair: Stacy Jones, Kays Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes & Cremation Services

Mission
About

Tourism

Meets: As needed.

Members

Chair: Denise Dull, Gulf Coast Partnership  Email Denise

About

Leadership Charlotte Steering

Meets: As needed.

Members

Chair: Mike Martin, Mike Martin State Farm Insurance
Vice-Chair:  Jennifer Beane, Presley Beane Financial Services

Mission
Objectives & Goals

*For more information on, or to become a member of, the Leadership Charlotte Steering committee, email Teri Ashley, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Here’s some of what people have to say about their experience with the Leadership Charlotte Program:

“Having lived, worked as a realtor and played in the Charlotte County area since 2006, I had no idea of the true jewel our area is!  The time spent with my classmates has been so special.  I’ve developed relationships I will cherish for years to come.  I’ve learned what I’m not particularly good at.  My comfort level was stretched upon occasion, interacting with so many different personalities demands patience and understanding of others perspective.  Leadership opens eyes to the need for non-profits!”  Rise’ Wells, 2018

“I have been living in Charlotte County for 26 years and thought I knew everything.  Leadership Charlotte gave me the opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding about the different industries that are engines of our community.  Beyond that, it gave me the opportunity to create a remarkable friendship with other leaders in the community.  I am proud and honored to be part of Leadership Charlotte.”  Faiza Kedir, 2014

“If you think you know everything there is to know about Charlotte County, you are still missing out! Leadership Charlotte is the best vehicle to gain a deeper understanding about the different industries that complete the Charlotte County business community. Beyond that, it provides a remarkable opportunity to meet and network with other business leaders. Better Yet, it’s a great way to make new friends!” Stephanie Kissinger, 2013

“If you doubt the impact Leadership Charlotte will have on you personally for any reason, I recommend asking any LC Graduate. I know everyone will tell you the experience was priceless, both in time and cost. Do not wait until you have time, make the time.” Tracy G. Lehn, 2008

“Leadership Charlotte is the most rewarding program that I have ever been associated with. The new friends, the camaraderie, the honor of being part of this has really given me a more defined reason for being in Charlotte County. I wish it could go on forever.” Matt Nemec, 2004

“Leadership Charlotte has been an amazing experience starting from that first day at SimSoc. Coming into this, I didn’t envision all I would gain from the program; it truly is a behind-the-scenes tour of everything there is to know about Charlotte County. Through the program, I have grown professionally as well as personally and have created remarkable friendships at the same time. I am proud and honored to be a part of Leadership Charlotte and its Alumni.” Kelly Riley, 2013

“After living in Charlotte County for over 40 years I thought I knew everything about our community. What I learned from Leadership Charlotte was that I only knew the big picture. Leadership exposed me to the important details about our community — those details that include the people of our community, the resources of our community and the absolute beauty of our community that we tend to take for granted. It was truly an eye opening experience that I will always remember.” Lane Diedrick, 2000

“Leadership Charlotte is a life-changing experience that provides the opportunity to form relationships that will endure long after graduation.” Mark Martella, Esq., 2008

“I only wish I had participated sooner. I kept putting it off thinking I would have more time when I wasn’t so new and so busy. Little did I know that the time spent learning about Charlotte County and developing relationships with classmates and other Leadership Charlotte graduates would be returned to me many times over.” Lola Casey, 1993

“Kudos to the Chamber for its ongoing commitment to a leadership program, one that gave me the opportunity to learn so much about the community and its people. The importance of this education was made even clearer in the post-hurricane climate in Charlotte County.” Connie Thrasher, 2005

“I was actually quite amazed at the quality of the programs for each Leadership Charlotte Day event. The local dignitaries and community leaders who gave up their time to share their experiences and knowledge of our County were truly impressive!” Mary A. Byrski, 2005