The new board chair for 2020 is Jennifer Card, of Realty Pros Assured.
The Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet and leadership graduation on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Riverside Pavilion where the new board of directors and officers for 2020 were installed.
A total of 19 people graduated from the 2019 leadership class, including people in the healthcare, government, insurance and restaurant industries. The 9-week program is designed to inform and develop leadership in the community, according to the chamber website. The program is offered annually, and include sessions revolving around topics like criminal justice and team building.
Leadership Steering Committee Chairman Joe Coury said the leadership class was given a "gift of knowledge and insight," and he challenged the graduates to see what they can do with these gifts;
“I know from looking at that group and working with them personally, the talent is there," Coury said.
The power of influence is more significant than the power of authority, Coury said of leadership.
“Once you suddenly learn what that really means, you will know that anyone who achieves that to a high level earns the title of being awesome, and that title is not used often.”
The chamber board chair was also installed at the banquet. Jennifer Card, of Realty Pros Assured, is replacing past Board Chair Shawn Goepfert, of Iten Insurance Agency.
During Card's first remarks after being installed by Port Orange Mayor Don Burnette, she recognized the chamber staff and her fellow board members for their hard work, saying it "really does takes a village."
“There’s so many people that have been instrumental in making our past important, and our present important," Card said.
The chamber will be adopting a tagline of "Collaborate, Develop and Advocate" moving forward to continue its mission to "enhance the quality of life in the community by advocating for business development, building relationships and supporting economic opportunity," Card said.
The chamber will continue its networking efforts, as well as work on retaining students in the area post-graduation via economic and workforce development. It is also hoping to increase collaboration with other chambers. It will also keep developing programs like the leadership class and new business mentoring, while also striving to advocate for businesses in the community.
A new logo for the chamber was also unveiled at the meeting, presented by Chamber President Debbie Connors.