The Advocacy Committee met on Wednesday, January 31st at 8:30 am. This meeting for the group was unique in that the committee decided to host an open community event meeting with Commissioner Doug Underhill present as our honorary guest. The purpose of the meeting was to promote community involvement, increase Advocacy Committee membership and to advocate that our strong partnerships with other organizations in our community are in alignment and working together as a team to support common initiatives and concerns on the key.
Doors opened at 8:15 am with coffee and pastries. Chairman of the board, Cam Price opened the meeting and discussed our mission and values and introduced the Chamber Board Members. Each Board Member, committee chair spoke about their committee, mission, and upcoming events.
Cameron Price, Chairman of the Board
Jim Beran, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of Business Retention & Workforce Development
Erin Wilmer, Treasurer, and Chairman of Military Council
Sally Bowen, Secretary, and Historian
Jo Ann Slaydon, Executive Director
Dana Pagador, Assistant Director
Emily Etscheid, Member Services Manager
Chairman of the Advocacy Committee, Kim Parker then spoke about the committee’s accomplishments and mission. She then introduced the lineup of speakers from the Advocacy Committee.
Kim Parker, Chairman of the Advocacy Committee
Charles Krupnik, President of the Perdido Key Association
Paul Cornell, Visit Pensacola
Dana Pagador, Emergency Management (Anne Krause unable to attend)
Christian Wagley, Gulf Restoration Network
Frederique Beroset, Dune Doctors
Emily Etscheid– Florida-Alabama TPO: Perdido Key Pedestrian/Bike Path
Kim Parker thanked all speakers and introduced Commissioner Doug Underhill. Commissioner Underhill then spoke for the remainder of the meeting about each of the topics discussed by our speakers and entertained questions for the audience. Several attendees stayed after to speak individually with commissioner Underhill. Feedback from the majority of attendees showed the meeting as a successful, informative, timely and well organized, including compliments from Underhill himself. Some attendees suggested hosting a bi-annual or quarterly meeting in the future.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:30 AM at the Chamber office.
Please contact the chair, Kim Parker
, with any questions!