By Kathy L. Collins

On Friday, January 20, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce celebrated the conclusion of its 50th Anniversary Year and kicked off the beginning of a new year at its Annual Membership Dinner held at The Regent in Riverview. The theme of the evening was Mardi Gras. There was a festive mood in the air as 340 members celebrated the success of the past year.

Each year, the chamber recognizes outstanding members for their service to both the chamber and the community. Tammy Holmberg, owner of Chick-fil-A in Brandon was named the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Riverview. The 2016 Ambassador of the Year is Bryan Reith of Aflac. James Pulkowski, CPA received the 2016 Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year award. Craig Beckinger of An ABC Event, Inc. was presented with 2016 Shining Star award. The 2016 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Jennifer Caskey of Center State Bank.

In addition to these distinguished awards, the chamber also recognizes businesses of various levels for the work they do within the community. For businesses with three or less employees, the Business of the Year winner was Huth and Booth Photography. Alley Cat Pest Control, LLC was awarded Business of the Year for businesses with up to 25 employees. Little Harbor Resort won Business of the Year for businesses with over 25 employees.

In addition to awards and distinctions, the annual dinner is also a time for the gavel to be passed from the outgoing president to the incoming one. This is also a time for the incoming Board of Directors to be introduced and sworn in officially.

Dr. Bryan Thatcher, the outgoing president, was presented with a Hillsborough County Commissioners Commendation which acknowledged the outstanding achievements that the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce realized under his presidency.

Dr. Thatcher passed the gavel to incoming Chamber President, Eliijah Heath of Edward Jones. Heath who said, “I have got big shoes to fill. I am happy to be the leader of this chamber.” Heath added, “I am looking forward to making sure members, staff and the community are happy.” For information on the Riverview Chamber of Commerce, visit

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