Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP
President and CEO
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
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 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.
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.
Bryce Trafford was born and raised in Florida and made her first visit to Destin in the summer of 2013. With a degree in hospitality management from Florida State University, she returned to Destin permanently in early 2014 and began her work in the events and marketing field. She joined the Chamber in December 2015.
Sandy Wyatt was born and raised in the north Georgia mountains. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Information and Computer Science. She worked in the telecommunications field, gaining experience in systems engineering, operations, and sales. She and her family vacationed in Destin for several years and fell in love with the beautiful beaches. In 2000, she had the good fortune to move to the Emerald Coast and make it a home. She joined the Chamber in May 2016, as the membership consultant.