Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce named Chamber of the Year for 2017

Members of the UTBCC Ambassador group pose with the 2017 Chamber of the Year award (L-R): Chris Heinisch, Tracey Arehart, Bill Vear, Rebecca Avrin, Nicole, Fielder, Gerald Jacobs, Manny Parad, Jerry Peruzzi, John Benincasa, Zack Koczanski, Sharon Edwards and Amy Chirinos. (Credit: Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce)

The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) recently recognized Florida’s top chambers of commerce throughout the state for their outstanding achievement and dedication to the industry.

This year, the FACP recognized The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce in the category of chambers with an annual budget under $500,000.

The organization also recognized The Kissimmee-Osceola County Chamber of Commerce in the category of chambers with an annual budget between $500,000-$1 million.

The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce was given the 2017 Chamber of the Year Award for chambers with a budget under $500,000 by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals during a conference Nov. 14-16 in Atlantic Beach. (Credit: Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce)

The awards were presented at the organization’s annual conference, held November 14-16 in Atlantic Beach, where the FACP president praised the winners.

“Both 2017 chamber of the year recipients have much to be proud of and have demonstrated a high caliber of service to their communities and the members that they represent,” Tammy C. Bracewell said.

The FACP is a statewide organization whose mission is “Advancing excellence in chamber management” and whose vision is “Enhancing Florida’s business communities by cultivating successful chamber professionals,” according to their website.

Annually, the FACP recognizes up to three chambers of commerce within the state that have excelled in a variety of areas over the past three years, including financial stability, membership recruitment and retention, governmental relations, innovation and accomplishments

According to FACP officials, the application process is very detailed and requires a true commitment from those who choose to apply.

After receiving the award, UTBCC President and CEO Jerry Peruzzi spoke about receiving such an honor.

The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is headquartered at 101 State St. W. in downtown Oldsmar.

“We are very proud of this award from the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP),” Peruzzi said via email.

“It was an honor to be nominated and a bigger honor to have won the Award as the FACP Chamber of the Year in the State of Florida.

“We consider our members family, and we certainly could not have achieved this award without their support.”

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