Councils & Committees

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We believe in the power of great ideas and that these ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.

We continually adapt through the shifting economic landscape. We use data and community feedback to guide our course.

KEYHOLDERS & EVENTS

The Keyholder committee team serves as an onboarding team, welcoming and assisting new members in getting involved. Keyholder promote & provide assistance at events, ribbon cuttings, and community outreach – creating positive first impressions on behalf of the Perdido Area Chamber and the community we serve!

Chair: Curtis Cantrell, SouthTel

Co-Chair: Sally Bowen, Sally’s Island Catering

Meeting Time

Second Friday of every month @ 8:00 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Educate Current and new members about member benefits and business opportunities through onboarding mentorship/adopt a member.
  • Participate in Member retention in quarterly check-in campaigns.
  • Attend and Assist chamber hosted event such as ribbon cuttings and chamber hosted events.
  • Promote Chamber event through social media and other networking channels.
  • Record activity to be in drawing for monthly rewards and Ambassador of the Year awards
  • Provide Committee must provide one at-large non-board member for nominating a committee to meet in October.

The Keyholders Committee met virtually on May 8th.

The committee has decided to move the meetings from 7:30 am to 8:00 am.

The committee discussed about purchasing a screen for our Drive-Thru movie the Chamber is planning to do for the community.

The Keyholders also are going to reach out to members and see how businesses are doing now that things are slowly opening up.

The next meeting is scheduled virtually on Friday, June 12th, 2020. It is still being determined if the next meeting will be in person or just virtually on GoToMeeting.

The Keyholders and Events Committee meets on the second Friday of each month at 8:00 am at the Pensacola Greyhound Track, 951 Dog Track Road Pensacola, FL 32506, Island Epicurean Breakfast Club, 13700 Perdido Key Drive bldg. C, Suite 140 Pensacola, FL 32507 & Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd, Pensacola, FL 32507.

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Works in partnership with our local leadership, public entities, and nonprofits to support the community as a whole. Advocating for the vitality of the local business, preserving the quality of life, campaigning for safety, and educating about our fragile wildlife and ecosystem. All helping to achieve the goal of community development.

Chair: Penny Esworthy, Community Member

Co-Chair: TBD

Meeting Time

Last Wednesday of every month @ 9:00 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Assisting and ensuring in the Perdido Key Master Plan Progression.
  • Educating all businesses, residents, and visitors about the Perdido Habitat Conversation Plan introduced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency.
  • Advocating for safety including better crosswalks and the development of the Multi-Use Path.

The Community Affairs Committee met in person on May 27th.

This committee has not met since February. It started off by explain to the committee about what has happened during the pandemic.

World Oceans Day is on Monday, June 8th. The PKA website will be posting on their website, starting June 1st, a few presentations about the oceans.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th, 2020. The meeting will be in person at the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce and virtually on GoToMeeting.

The Community Affairs Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.

BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Business & Economic Development committee actively supports member businesses by promoting the Chamber’s core mission.

Promote progressive leadership in commerce for a dynamic and prosperous community in the Perdido Area. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to endorsing the Perdido Area’s growth of regional businesses and community prosperity through Advocacy, leadership, economic development, education and associations across state lines.

Chair: Wayne Garrison, Brand Mortgage

Co-Chair: TBD

Meeting Time

Third Thursday of every month @ 9:30 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Support the core member base of our Chamber.
  • Provide educational benefits by hosting workforce training and networking opportunities.
  • Develops and coordinates special events directly impacting local economy.
  • Committee must provide one at-large Non-board member for Nominating committee to meet in October.

The Business and Economic Development Committee met in person and virtually on May 21st.

This committee agreed that the meetings will start at 9:30 am.

The Bounce Back Bingo Cards and 2020 Perdido Shop Hop were the two biggest topics during this meeting.

The design for the Bounce Back Bingo Cards and what spaces to fill in. Also, how we are going to give away the prizes to the winners.

For the 2020 Perdido Shop Hop, the committee discussed about sponsorships, pricing, and what the grand prize will be.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 18th, 2020. It will be held in person at the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce or virtually on GoToMeeting.

The Business & Economic Development Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507. 

MILITARY APPRECIATION COUNCIL

Being the Cradle of Naval Aviation since 1913, our economy relies heavily on military members and their families within our community. Our committee focuses on inclusion, appreciation and giving back to those who have served and to make the Perdido Area a desirable community for military families to live, work, and play.

Chair: Erin Wilmer, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Co-Chair: TBD

Meeting Time

Last Tuesday of every month @ 4:30 PM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Bridge the Gap between military families and the local business community by providing resources to incoming families and assisting veteran entrepreneurs.
  • Educate the community on the importance of the military history of the Perdido Area.
  • Support, empower and appreciate the military veterans and their families through events.

The Military Committee met virtually on May 26th.

The committee has not met in a few months, so it was a refresher on what has happened and what will happen going forward.

The Rosamond Johnson Day has been moved to November. Military Appreciation Festival is still being decided for later this year or until 2021.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020. It is still being determined if the next meeting will be in person or just virtually on GoToMeeting.

The Military Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm at the Edward Jones Office.

MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING COMMITTEE

The Membership & Marketing Committee will actively seek and explore methods for promoting member businesses, growing core member base, and evaluate chamber branding strategies including the annual area guide. The committee will assess & evaluate content and frequency to propose or revise marketing plans/tools to build and drive value to chamber events and programs. They will also participate in the recruitment of volunteers and provide introductions to prospective members to join the chamber or sponsor a valued event.

Chair: Jim Beran, Gilmore Services

Co-Chair: Vicky Chandler, Perdido Pack and Ship

Meeting Time

Third Tuesday of every month @ 8:30 AM

Primary Goals and Activities:

  • Growing the core member base of our Chamber.
  • Help provide content, imagery and proof read annual guide.
  • Social Sharing: Share other member’s good news with the chamber when seen and share the chambers good news with other members.
  • Help evaluate branding and promo items for chamber.
  • Educate and share Member benefits by hosting membership drives and campaigns.
    • Chamber provides list of dropped members, prospects, and social media leads.
  • Committee must provide one at-large Non-board member for Nominating committee to meet in October.

The Membership and Marketing Committee met in person and virtually on May 19th.

The main focus for this committee is currently trying to help our members and non-members the best way we can. Whether we market the business or the deals they are offering currently.

The committee discussed about the new Marketing Campaign they have been working on and how everyone can get involved in it.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th, 2020. The meeting will be in person at the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce and virtually on GoToMeeting.

The Membership and Marketing Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Perdido Chamber: 15500 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507.