• Destin Chamber Awards Outstanding Members

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    December 15, 2017
    Destin, Fla., Dec. 15 – On Dec. 14, the Destin Chamber celebrated its Annual Holiday Party & Awards Gala presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Almost 250 Chamber members were present to witness the festivities, held at the Destin luxury resort The Henderson. The awards were presented by Chamber Chairman Lockwood Wernet, Destin Water Users, Inc.

    For her years of service to the Chamber’s Ambassador Program, serving as its chair for multiple years, and her willingness to volunteer to assist at almost all Chamber events, Trisha Marks, SimpleHR, received the James D. Neilson, Sr., Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service.

    Introducing Bob Perry, Destin Commons, as the Business Person of the Year, Wernet said “He leads one of the most recognizable businesses in the Destin community.  He’s led his company to expansion and growth over the past several years, creating hundreds of jobs for residents and improving the economy for all. He and his employees are active across many parts of the community, touching the lives of many each and every day.”

    Dion Moniz, Harrison Sale McCloy, received the Ann Gibson Community Service Award. In presenting the award, Wernet explained Moniz’s involvement in many Destin non-profit organizations, his assistance in securing them funding, and his encouragement to those within his firm to also get involved in the community.
    The winner of the Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year Award was Skip Overdier, American Legion Post 296, for his service to the Chamber and its Ambassador Program.

    “He works tirelessly as an Ambassador to ensure the events and activities in which he is involved flow seamlessly to those in attendance.  Never one to back away from responsibility or tasks at hand, he has influenced the success of the Chamber in every way possible,” said Wernet.

    CMSgt. Brooke P. McLean, USAF, Ret., received the Retired Military Person of the Year Award. After 30 years of military service, McLean became the Director of Development for the Air Force Enlisted Village in 2013 and continues his service there now as its President and CEO.

    Wernet also recognized the Chamber’s outgoing board members, including Steve Barber, VIP Destin Magazine; Fred Fenn, Fenn Properties, LLC; Rebecca Jones, The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida; Jennifer Lovell, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa; and Jonathan Ochs, Trustmark National Bank.

    After the awards presentation, guests crowded onto the dance floor, as locals’ favorite dance band Deja Vu took the stage.

    Thank you to all event sponsors that contributed greatly to the event’s success, including Title Sponsor Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital; Gala Sponsor Destin Commons; Gold Sponsors Cox Communications and Uniti Fiber; Valet Sponsor Insurance Claims 911; and Cocktail Napkin Sponsor Harrison Sale McCloy. Thank you to event photographers, Destin Beach Photography Company and Dena Critch of barber & gall promotions.

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