What is your marketing plan for 2018?  Have you considered one of the many opportunities through the Chamber to highlight you and your business? Are you attending monthly Contacts & Cocktails to increase your network or educational classes such as the recent Foundations class on Google Optimization? How about Breakfast & Bagels? Were you able to make the sold out Installation and Annual Meeting luncheon last month? Realtors; do you have the upcoming Realtor Roundtable on your calendar?  Attorneys, look for the next Attorney Roundtable.  For the ladies out there, our first Focus On Women event will be in April, fantastic topic planned, look for details coming soon! Last but most important, would you like to have a table at certain events or how about a chance to speak to a room full of attendees? 
We hope you will consider a program sponsorship! Whether for the entire year for the women's events, which by the way, 4 are being planned, or individual programs - a small investment can gain you major exposure. We are currently working on The Media Breakfast in March and the Ladies Luncheon in April.  Something can be done for any budget.  Please call me, I'm happy to brainstorm with you
Wishing you continued success,
Noreen Payne, Vice Chair-Programming
703-999-4214 (cell)
P.S. Send us news, awards, tidbits to share via this E-Newsletter, yet another way to gain exposure for you and your business!

iCruise.com (also known as WMPH Vacations), an online leading retailer for cruises and travel services, announced it has raised $10,000 for All Hands Volunteers, an organization dedicated to rebuilding communities impacted by natural disasters. iCruise.com donated a portion for every Caribbean Cruise booked from October through December, in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd., which committed to match every donation up to $1.25 million.
"The Caribbean is a special destination for our clients and our company," said Don Walker, Co-President of iCruise.com. "We send over 25,000 clients to the Caribbean each year on a variety of different itineraries. Our hearts went out to the people in these destinations after the hurricanes hit and we wanted to do whatever we could to help. We thank our employees for taking the time to research, market and recommend the Caribbean to their customers, and our clients who gave the Caribbean what they really needed - their business."
Don Walker, Co-President of iCruise
Camille Olivere, Sr VP Sales for Nowegian Cruise Line
John Diulus, VP of Sales for Norwegian Cruise Line
Uf Tukel, Co-President of iCruise
Thank you iCruise.com!

Director of the Year
Christina Morrison
Congratulations to Christina Morrison , P.A., CMP, for being selected as the Chamber's Director of the Year for 2017!

Christina has served on our Board of Directors since 2012, has served as Vice Chair of Economic Development for the last three years, and been a member since 2001.

While serving as Vice Chair of Economic Development Christina implemented Industry Roundtables which has become very successful.  These are industry specific meetings with individuals in, or affiliated with, that industry to gain additional knowledge, connections, best practices, and discuss how to work together for the benefit of all.  

For 2018, she will be focusing on the Tourism and Fashion industries, among others.  

Pictured here is Christian being awarded the Director of the Year by outgoing Chairman of the Board Cathy Balestriere at our recent Annual Meeting.  

Member Spotlight
Abbey Delray 
Abbey Delray has been a Chamber member for many years, and has hosted Chamber events such as luncheons and Leadership Delray Graduations!  We appreciate the relationship and support of Abbey Delray in our Chamber.

Currently, Abbey Delray is undergoing a $38 Million makeover!  The 
multi-million dollar expansion will bring:
  • A new fitness center and spa
  • Renovated dining room and expanded dining options
  • New and enlarged auditorium
  • New assisted living and memory care residences
And so much more!  If you have questions, call 1.888.683.2109 

Here is what the future looks like:

Welcome New Members!

Please welcome our newest members of our Chamber community.  Refer business and get to know each other! 


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To learn more about the many benefits the Chamber offers 
to our members, please contact a  staff member. 
We look forward to assisting you!

If you know someone interested in Chamber membership, please 
share it with them!   

Director Profile
Amanda Perna  
Amanda Perna is a South Florida native and graduate of the University of Alabama. Amanda honed her craft by holding design positions with Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein, and simultaneously studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Although she had her ideal job, Amanda wanted more. She wanted to create whimsical, bold clothing and accessories based on her own vision of what fashion should be. Against the advice of everyone she knew, Amanda quit her job at Calvin Klein and launched The House of Perna.

The brand was selected for the Women's Wear Daily Emerging Designer Showcase and has been featured in many national publications including WWD and Marie Claire, as well as influential blogs including the Zoe Report and Who What Wear. It has also shown collections during NYFW, LAFW and Art Basel in Miami and has been sold internationally to retailers including Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, BHLDN and more.

Throughout her career, Amanda has taken every opportunity to see the world from a new point of view; styling for celebrity and corporate clients, creating cards for Hallmark and appearing on two seasons of the hit TV series Project Runway. To Amanda, the beauty of life comes from paying it forward and helping others achieve their dreams. She has mentored over 40 college students and recent graduates (and counting), and hopes sharing her experiences will help other people on their journey.

Ambassador of the Month - January
Larry Kristiansen

Larry Kristiansen, LUTCF , Financial Professional with AXA Advisors, focusing on helping clients in the areas of insurance, investments, and retirement planning.  In May of this year Larry will celebrate 25 years as a Financial Professional!
He moved to Delray Beach in 2001 and immediately joined the Delray Beach Chamber.  In 2003 he completed the Leadership Delray program sponsored by the Chamber, and has been involved for many years.  Larry said "I have met many great people who have become my clients and good friends.  In my profession, people need to know you, trust you, and like you.  That is why I joined the Chamber and have remained a committed member and Ambassador."
Thank you Larry for all your many years of service in the Chamber and for being a great Ambassador! 

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