Perdido Key Area
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About the Perdido Chamber

The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce provides community leadership and promote a sustainable economic growth of member businesses and community development.


Meet the Chamber Staff!


Jo Ann Slaydon, Executive Director:

Being a born & raised Lousiana girl and a second home property owner here in Perdido Key I knew, I heard my calling when accepting the Executive Director position here at the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce back in May of 2016. With an extensive background in Non-profits and fundraising for groups like American Red Cross & the Dream Day Foundation benefitting St. Judes Children’s hospital, I knew I possessed the skills to empower our local economy through our Area Chamber of Commerce. Having a background as the Chairman of the board for the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve for seven years has also strengthened and sharpened my skills with financials, budgeting, and reporting to ensure a prosperous future for our local businesses and economy. As a leader with substantial hands-on experience, I hope to bring the best to Perdido Key and the surrounding areas!

*Named the Baton Rouge Woman of the Year award in 1987

*Past Professional & Civic organizations: Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Management, Woman’s Hospital Advisory Council, capital area Network-past president and international representative, The International Alliance of Business and Professional Women-past board member, Baton Rouge Leadership Alumni Class of 1990, Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce-past board member and chairman for membership and fundraising, Community Fund for the Arts,  Rotary Club, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Friends of the Environment, Speech and Hearing Foundation, National Retail Merchants Association, Louisiana Retail Merchants Association, American Management Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Dana Pagador, Assistant Director:

I was born in Pensacola and grew up on Perdido Key. My husband is a retired U.S. Army veteran, and we have three beautiful children who are my world! While traveling with my husband during his time in service, I became very involved with our local MWR (Morale, Welfare, & Recreation). Helping our military community come together for welcome home events, festivals, and ceremonies truly started my passion for community involvement and events. I have been a volunteer with the Perdido Chamber since 2011 when I started my career in Vacation Rentals & Real Estate. During this time, I met some amazing community leaders and was able to see firsthand the in’s & outs of our communities’ economy and what roles they played in a big picture setting. With this came building some amazing relationships with residents, second homeowners, businesses & charity organizations within our community. In May 2017, I accepted the position of Assistant Director for the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce. Being in this position truly suits me well! With a background in Marketing, Advertising, and Business Development, I can now help our businesses, associations, homeowners, and many more organizations connect directly and empower economic development for future generations within our community here in the Perdido Area! 

*Named the Greater Pensacola Bay Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year

*Named ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals 2014 “Circle of Life” Award winner for operations within the Perdido Key Area.   


Emily Etscheid, Marketing & Member Services Manager:

I moved to the Perdido Area in 2016.  I graduated from the University of Alabama in three years with a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Psychology. During my time at the Capstone, I was able to work with many non-profit organizations in Tuscaloosa such as Druid City Garden Project, High Socks for Hope, and Alabama Credit Union’s Secret Meals for Hungry Children. I have a strong heart for military appreciation and community service. My most substantial assets lie in graphic design, website and database management. Currently, I help the chamber with the Chamber-Master database and to maintain the site, I also enjoy using my graphic design experience to create a print and media portfolio for the Chamber. I am excited to be able to work with all of our Members and Future Members with any social media, graphic design and Chamber needs. 



*****Photos are graciously provided in-Kind by our member, Alley Kat Photography*****  


See our current Board of Directors and Keyholders serving the Chamber! 


Why Should You Join the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce?



Chamber Committees

Looking for ways to get involved? Our committees meet once every month and are always open to the public. See our Committee update for the most recent discussions! 

  • Business Retention & Workforce Development Committee, 3rd Thursday of every month @ 8:30 am, Chair: Jim Beran
  • Military Committee, last Tuesday of every month @ 4:30 pm, Chair: Erin Wilmer
  • Advocacy Committee, last Wednesday of every month @ 8:30 am, Chair: Kim Parker
  • Marketing Committee, Meeting Times Vary, Chair: Dana Pagador
  • Finance Committee, 1st Thursday of every month @ 8:00 am, Chair: Erin Wilmer