• Committees

  • 2018-2019 Committee Structure

    The following is a general overview of the Chamber’s eight committees, including meeting days and times. You are invited and encouraged to participate in one or more committees that spark your interest or serve your business/organization.

    Business & Economic Development

    Meeting: 8:30 am, 1st Tuesday Monthly
    Sarasota Memorial Health Care System ER in North Port
    2345 Bobcat Village Center Road, (2nd floor)
    Committee Chair:  Rich Suggs, The Suggs Group at (813) 495-4517                

    This Committee is designed to improve the local economy and create better conditions for economic growth. It works to create a business-friendly community and promote North Port as a place to locate and grow your business. It works to improve prospects for job creation and retention and development of the human capital. It will monitor the agendas and actions of other public and private economic development organizations in the region and will advise the Chamber about issues critical to the community’s economic growth and business development. 

    Governance Committee
    Meeting: 2nd Friday in February, May, and August at 8:00 am
    Olde World
    North Port, FL 34286
    Committee Chair:  Linda Zick, IBC, Mary Kay at (240) 372-4609

    Past Presidents of the Chamber are members of this committee. This Committee is Chaired by the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors each year.

    Government Relations
    Meeting:  8:30 am, 4th Thursday Monthly
    Sarasota Memorial Health Care System ER in North Port
    2345 Bobcat Village Center Road (2ndfloor)
    Committee Chair: Fred Tower, Former North Port City Commissioner at (941) 875-6404

    This Committee acts as the liaison between Chamber Members and various local, regional, and state governing bodies. Committee members also closely monitor any public policy or legislation that may impact the business community. During election years, they also host the Community Candidate Forum and Hob Nob event. 

    Marketing & Communications Committee
    Meeting: 9:00 am, 1st Friday Monthly
    Charlotte State Bank & Trust, North Port
    4300 Aiden Lane
    Committee Chair: Mike Williams, ClikWiz at (941) 286-7040.

    This Committee identifies and implements ways to promote and enhance the Chamber’s image and place in the community. This Committee is responsible for telling the Chamber’s story through promotional and marketing activities. 

    Member Services Committee
    Meeting:  8:30 am, 2nd Tuesday Monthly
    Perkins Restaurant, North Port
    6001 South Salford Boulevard
    Committee Co-Chairs:       
    Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor, The Springs at South Biscayne at (941) 426-8349
    Kelly Louke, Charlotte State Bank & Trust at (941) 777-6102

    This Committee identifies and implements ways to recruit and support new members, as well as identify and implement ways to maintain existing membership. Their efforts include outreach, welcome visits to new businesses, Chamber orientations, membership drives, retention surveys, member events, and networking events. 

    Professional Development/Education Committee
    Meeting:  4:00 pm, 1st Tuesday Monthly
    North Port Goodwill Community Room
    14879 South Tamiami Trail
    Committee Chair: Gale West, Your Health Consultant at (941) 380-3162.

    This Committee provides opportunities to Chamber members and the community to foster business and personal success. They oversee the Lunch & Learn Workshops, Leadership North Port and the North Port Young Professionals programs.

    Resource Development Committee
    Meeting:  8:30 am, 2nd Wednesday Monthly
    Key Agency, North Port Office
    14942 Tamiami Trail, Suite H
    Committee Chair:  Matt Dill – Stellar Web Production at (941) 882-8171

    This Committee designs and implements diverse funding for working capital in support of the Chamber’s mission. This could include enhanced exposure opportunities for members, sponsorships, Chamber fees, public-private funding and grant writing. This Committee also oversees special events sub-committees including the Golf Tournament, Business and Community Expo, A Night at the Races, and Business to Business Expo.

    North Port Young Professionals:

    Committee Chair:  John Collagen - The Rhonda Gustitus Team, Keller Williams Peace River Realty at (941) 426-4394

    This networking group is intended to connect Chamber members and their employees between the ages 21-40 via unique networking, marketing, and service opportunities. They are meeting the last Thursday of every month.

    In addition to these standing committees, there will occasionally be a specific work group, sub-committee or task force established for annual events or special projects. These typically meet often for a short period of time.

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