The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Conference on June 19th and 20th and It’s All About YOU! On the opening evening of this twoday event, the Chamber will hold a dinner at the historic Biltmore Hotel. Beginning at 6:30 PM, the Chamber, in partnership with The Allen Morris Company, will present the 7th annual George E. Merrick Awards of Excellence. The George E. Merrick Award of Excellence will be presented to a leader within our community who has served the City Beautiful in a meaningful and lasting way. In addition, the Chamber will be presenting for the first time three new awards in the form of the Merrick-in-the-Making Awards. These awards will be given to three emerging leaders who epitomize the spirit of a young George E. Merrick Innovator, Entrepreneur and Community Builder.
On the second day of the Annual Conference, there will be a full array of events kicking-off at 8:00 AM at the University of Miami’s beautiful new Student Activities Center. Sponsored by Florida Blue and Mercantil Commercebank, N.A., the Breakfast of Champions will feature former professional athlete and motivational speaker Walter Bond, also known as Mr. Accountability, with welcoming remarks from Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Miami, Katie Meier. Following the conclusion of the Breakfast of Champions, attendees will attend a dynamic breakout session featuring Florida Blue’s President, Penny Shaffer.
It’s all about YOU well into the afternoon portion of the Annual Conference. The Annual Conference luncheon, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, will feature Wayne Brackin, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Health South Florida and the highly anticipated “Your Chamber Speaks – Ideas Worth Sharing”, the Chamber’s version of the world renowned “Ted Talks.” This luncheon will be moderated by Matt Haggman, Program Director of the Knight Foundation.
Following the lunch will be a Prosecco break courtesy of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill and Laura L. Russo, Esq., LLC as well as a You and Your Business session featuring national speaker Max Howard, sponsored by Global Risk, LLC. Lastly, the day will end with an interactive Wrap-Up featuring Just the Funny, and the End-of-the- Road Reception sponsored by Vine Communications, Inc., emulating the iconic Rathskeller with superb food, cold drinks and a photo booth by Avatar Real Estate Services, LLC to capture all of the fun!