Shane Moody, CCE, FCCP
Chamber President and CEO
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Shane Moody, CCE, FCCP, assumed the role of President and CEO on Jan. 5, 2004. Under his leadership, the Chamber won the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Award for Excellence in August 2005 and became a Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) Certified Chamber of Commerce in October 2010. His designation CCE marks him as an ACCE Certified Chamber Executive, the highest individual designation in the chamber profession, an honor he earned in 2007, and IOM indicates his graduation from the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management in 2003. Previously, he was the Clayton County (GA) Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. He was chairman of the FACP board (2010-11) and its executive committee and has also been its treasurer. He has served the Florida Chamber of Commerce Federation Advisory Board and Board of Governors; the Quality of Life Caucus for the Florida Chamber Foundation; the Certified Chamber Executive Commission for ACCE; and various other committees for state and national chamber associations.
Vice President of Communications
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Born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., Elizabeth Spies grew up visiting the Destin area every summer. She attended Auburn University, majoring in both journalism and marine biology, and began her career as a contract science writer for the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va. In 2001, she followed her heart back to the Gulf Coast and the Destin area and began working as a website content manager for a national vacation accommodations company. In late 2004, Spies joined the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce as director of communications and was soon promoted to her current role, vice president of communications, where she manages all of the Chamber’s public relations and marketing campaigns.
Suzy Nicholson Hunt
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Suzy Nicholson Hunt grew up as an Air Force “Brat” living in several different states from North Dakota to Oklahoma, as well as living several years in London. After moving to Fort Walton Beach in 1975, her father retired at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, and the Emerald Coast became her home. She attended local schools, graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School and Northwest Florida State College, and attended the University of West Florida. After several years in retail management, Suzy changed her career path in 1999, by becoming the business development manager for a local radio station cluster, a job which she dedicated many long hours and developed a number of lifelong local business relationships over 13 years. Suzy received numerous accolades for outstanding achievements in Broadcast Media. In February 2012, she joined the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce as the Events Coordinator.
Suzy, a breast cancer survivor, is the founder of The Suzy Fund, in cooperation with Sacred Heart Hospital of The Emerald Coast, a fund that provides no cost mammograms to the underserved women of Okaloosa and Walton counties. Suzy has been involved in many local charities, including currently being a member of the Elks Lodge of Fort Walton Beach.
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Jen Skillman was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio. She attended Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. In 1999, Jen moved to Atlanta and has lived in the South ever since. She has 20+ years of experience in Group Benefits Insurance that includes sales, service, underwriting, and claims adjudication. Jen has vacationed in Destin for the past 25 years and in 2012 decided to make Destin her home. After a short “sabbatical,” Jen joined the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce in February 2013 as membership coordinator.
Dena Critch is a Florida native, who has lived in seven other states, but always comes back to Florida. She last moved back to this area in 1999. Dena began her career as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. For the past eight years, she has worked in the hospitality industry as an operations coordinator and then a marketing coordinator. Dena joined the Destin Area Chamber in October 2013, as the information specialist.