Newsletter | November 2019
Upcoming Chamber Events for November 2019
Join the Chamber at the
November 8 - 10, 2019
Riverview Park, Sebastian

Sign up for a time slot and pass out your information at our booth!
Call (772) 589-5969
"2020 Tourism Marketing Program"
Sponsored by: MN Worldwide
Keynote Speaker: Amber Batchelor, Chamber President/CEO
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 | Noon - 1:00 PM
Hosted at Capt Hirams Resort | 1606 Indian River Drive, Sebastian
Celebrating Crab Stop Vero Beach NEW Location
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
89 Royal Palm Point | Vero Beach, FL
"How to Supervise People & Lead a Team"
Brought to you by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 8:30 AM - Noon
Hosted at Capt Hirams Resort | 1606 Indian River Dr, Sebastian

Learn the simple but powerful strategies you need to solve your worst workplace problems, energize your people and be the manager other managers envy and bosses can't wait to reward. Move beyond simply managing to truly leading your team.
Celebrating the NEWLY BUILT Location of Tractor Supply Co.
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
10735 County Rd. 512 | Sebastian, FL
31st Annual Light Up Night
Friday, December 6th, 2019
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on this highly-anticipated community-wide Shop Local event!

Click the button below to be added to the Light Up Night update list!
Welcome New Members! Thank You Renewing Members!
  • About Storage
  • Arc of Indian River County, The
  • 10596 Salon & Boutique
  • K-12 Tax Services Inc
  • Arnold Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • FPL
  • Raymond James-The Kanner Group LLC
  • Robert Brodie, AIA, LEED AP
  • Roseland United Methodist Church, Preschool, & Thrift Store
Chamber Member Spotlight
Brenda Bradley Candidate for Tax Collector
Originally from Kentucky, Brenda has lived in Indian River County since 1974, and is a Vero Beach High School graduate. She worked 22 years in banking, specializing in internal audit, operations and customer service. In 2002, Brenda left the private sector to pursue a career in local government and accepted the position Bankruptcy & Collections Supervisor with the Indian River County Tax Collector’s office; working 7 years for then Tax Collector and former State House Representative, Charlie Sembler. Brenda served a total of 14 years at the Tax Collector’s office moving up the ranks to the position of Chief of Staff/Director of Operations for 5 years, prior to leaving in November 2016.
Brenda is a Rotarian and serves on the Board of The Rotary Club of Vero Beach. She is a fundraising volunteer for Camp Haven (men’s homeless transition shelter) & The Women’s Refuge. She previously served on the Live Like Cole Foundation board and a volunteer for ARC of Indian River. Brenda is a Sebastian Chamber member and strongly believes that giving back to our community with her time and talent, is just as important as her professional career.

Brenda’s professional achievements and community awards include:
  • 2010- Certified as a Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA)
  • 2015- Florida Tax Collector’s Association Distinguished Service of Excellence Award
  • 2016 - Executive Leadership Academy Certification, Valencia College
  • 2018 - Recipient of the Jeanette Becker-Riel Award for Outstanding Dedication and Volunteer
  • of the Year, Republican Women Indian River (RWIR)
  • 2019 – Outstanding Professional Award, Wabasso Civic Club
  • 2019 - Woman of the Year Nominee, Junior League of Indian River

Brenda is currently a candidate for the Indian River County Tax Collector position. She qualified by petition with 1,134 signatures and is on the 2020 ballot. You can learn more about her and her community involvement on her Facebook page, Vote Brenda Bradley.

Distribution of this information by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce does not represent support of an individual candidate. All spotlights are secured by active chamber members for distribution within this newsletter.
Tourism Partner Initiative
We Are Proud to be the VIP Reception Sponsor
for 2019 Florida Encounter
November 20 - 22, 2019
Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
On behalf of our tourism partners, the Sebastian River Area Chamber is proud to be the VIP Reception Sponsor at the Florida Encounter, the Official Meetings Show for Florida, and showcase the unique pleasures and authentic treasures of our destination to help boost business during our shoulder season.
Florida Encounter is designed and produced by VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation.

Be featured in our Regional Meetings/Events Venue Guide
that will be distributed globally. Complete the Venue & Meeting Space Tourism Survey by clicking on the button below.
October 2019 Recap
October was packed with signature events, celebrations, and great networking opportunities! Thank you for another IMPACT-full month!
Chamber Networking Breakfast Sponsored by
Salvation Army serving Indian River County
Chamber Board Installation Luncheon
Sponsored by White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery
Newest Directors Selected by General Membership are: 
  • Brandy Buckner, Crabstop of Vero Beach and Sebastian
  • Jacque Petrone, HALO Rescue
  • Sue Skirvin, Tupperware

Board Members Continuing to Serve out their Term: 
  • Pete Anderson, Owner, Pareidolia Brewing Company
  • Dawn Biehl, Owner, Tiki Bar and Grill
  • Capt. Christy Lenz, Owner, Capt. Christy’s Casual Cruisin’
  • Ben Maffett, SBA/Commercial Loan Officer, Oculina Bank
  • Theresa Tolle, Owner, Bay Street Pharmacy

Appointed Board Members are:
  • Kyle Bradfield, AAA, Insurance Agent
  • Dr. Nivea Lisandra, President and CEO, Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative
  • Melissa Naughton, Assistant Director of Business Development & Properties, Orlando Melbourne International Airport
  • Kyle Sanders, President and CEO, Sebastian River Medical Center
  • Jerusha Stewart,  Founder and President, Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival
  • Ralph Turner, COO, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Medical Hospital

Ex Officio Board Members:
  • Commissioner Susan Adams, Indian River County
  • City Manager, Mark Mathes, City of Fellsmere
  • Vice Mayor, Linda Kinchen, City of Sebastian
  • Nancy Flickinger, FPL
  • Provost Casey Lunceford, Indian River State College

Of our 2019/2020 Officers:
  • Chair – Joel Stout, Chair
  • Vice Chair – Capt, Christy Casual Cruisin’
  • Immediate Past Chair – Bob Morgan
  • Treasurer – Theresa Tolle, Baystreet Pharmacy
  • Secretary – Amber Batchelor, Sebastian River Area Chamber
Ribbon Cutting Event | Brook Alise Dance Company
Chamber Business & Pleasure Networking Event
Sponsored by Paradise Florist & Gifts, LLC.
26th Annual Media Auction
Sponsored by Bay Street Pharmacy | Sandpiper Pest Control
Chamber IMPACT Awards Annual Meeting Dinner Party
Presented by Sebastian River Medical Center
IMPACT Award Honorees

Woman in Business IMPACT Award
Angela Dickens - Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Vice President, Marketing & Community Relations

Civic Trustee IMPACT Award
Laura LaPorte – Founder, LaPorte Farms

Best Place to Work IMPACT Award
Florida Eye Institute

Diversity and Inclusion IMPACT Award
Wells Fargo US HWY 1 

Young Professional IMPACT Award
Anna Valencia Tillery, VP Marketing White Glove Moving and Storage and Delivery/Pak Mail

Minority Trailblazer IMPACT Award
Bianca Lewis, Owner Bianca’s Cleaning Service

Special Recognition

From the Steering Committee Chair, Kyle Sanders, CEO Sebastian River Medical Center
Presidential IMPACT Award
Theresa Tolle
Bay Street Pharmacy

From Amber Batchelor, President and CEO Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce
Tribute IMPACT Award
Bob Morgan
Marine Bank & Trust
Special Recognition for 10 Years of Service
Britney Melchiori, Director of MarComm
The Board of Directors, Staff and Members of the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Britney Melchiori for her excellence in service to the organization and greater community.

Britney's immense contribution and dedication in marketing, communications, public relations, operations, tourism, and more have helped to facilitate business growth, development, and successful partnerships. We are honored to serve along side her as a valued member of the Chamber team.
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Member to Member Business Discounts
Shop Chamber Members First!

Be sure to take advantage of great savings and discounts from your fellow Chamber Members. Here are this week's highlighted discounts:
Capt. Christy's "Casual Cruisin"
10% off pontoon/kayak tours
call for various special tours & parties
806 Indian River Dr.
Sebastian, FL 32958
Sebastian Gym & Fitness
10% off membership
345 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL 32958
Brian Coffey Construction & Roofing
free estimates $500 off new roof & $50 off repair
9588 Gator Dr. Unit 2
Sebastian, FL 32958
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