By Michelle Colesanti

“Black & White” was the theme of this year’s Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) Annual Dinner held in January. It was a huge success with nearly 375 people attending.

At the Annual Dinner, the 19 member Board of Directors were installed during a special ceremony. Commissioner Stacey White was in attendance and delivered a Proclamation to the Brandon Chamber. 

Senior VP, Retail Market Manager at USAmeribank Cami Gibertini was installed as the 2016 Board of Directors Chairman.

“Under my leadership, we will embrace the messaging of ‘you talk, we listen; things change’ so that we can continue to deliver value to our members and to grow and retain Chamber memberships,” noted Gibertini. Her plan is to bring the chamber back to the basics. “So that we can be seen through our core values which are trust, integrity, respect, diversity, excellence and innovation.”

The following Brandon area businesses and individuals were recognized at the Annual Dinner. Paul Senory from Sencommunications, Inc. was the 2015 Key Citizen.

Melissa Snively received the 2015 Leadership Award. She is a member of the Hillsborough County School Board and a State Farm Agent.

The 2015 Brandon Business Awards were as follows:

-The Legacy Award – James Hough – Hough Financial Services

-Impact Award – St. Joseph’s Hospital South

-The Small Business Award – Brandon Legal Group

-Medium-Size Business Award – Hillsboro Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home

-Ambassador of the Year – Craig Beckinger – ABC Event Planning

-Tampa Bay Times Justin Kropff Marketing Award – Rosecastle at Delaney Creek

According to Gibertini, “We will aspire to deliver a ‘member-centric’ mindset in all things we do. Our focus is being fiscally responsible, engaging our membership by showing appreciation and improving the quality of and delivery of all our chamber programming and events.”


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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.