Members of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of both their business and the greater Sarasota community by serving on various Chamber council and committees. This opportunity is available not only to you personally, but to all your staff as well. Volunteer services afford Chamber members a mean to become actively involved in community affairs. Even more importantly, it provides vehicles necessary to bring together the wealth of talent, experience and expertise within our membership ranks for the benefit of our business community. See the listing below to discover ways to get involved, share your vision and have a voice in issues that affect your business.

City Priorities Council - The council focuses on strategic economic development planning, as well as on partnerships, that benefit the continuing revitalization of downtown Sarasota. (membership open)
Chair: Shawn Dressler, Kimley-Horn & Associates  |  Staff Contact: Chris Miller

Chamber Ambassadors
Member Volunteers serve as customer relations representatives for the Chamber, visiting new members, contacting existing members to expand communications and involvement. (membership open)
Chair: Fay Lynne Hyang, Clayton's Siesta Grille  |  Staff Contact: Craig McGonigal

Governmental Issues Council
Monitors and develops public policy positions that are “pro-business and pro-greater Sarasota.”  Research is involved, as well as meeting with elected officials and experts on various topics as The Chamber’s positions are developed and then communicated and advocated. (membership open)
Chair: Mike Beaumier, Gilbane Building Company  |  Staff Contact: Chris Miller

Leadership Sarasota County Council
The Council is comprised of Leadership Sarasota County alumni who oversee the Adult and Youth programs, Alumni activities, Engage Sarasota and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The mission is "Engaging, Developing, and Inspiring Community Leaders."(participation by application/selection)
Chair: David Lafferty, Tidewell Hospice  |  Staff Contact: Barbara Hines

Member Services & Support Council
To provide relevant and profitable events for the membership, fulfill/provide the services and benefits relating to membership and identify revenue sources in addition to membership dues. (membership open)
Chair: Jeff Mayers, The Resort at Longboat Key  |  Staff Contact: Craig McGonigal

Young Professionals Group (YPG) -
Creates a platform for its members ranging in age from 21-40 to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and high quality living of our community. (council appointed - membership open)
Chair: Ashley Leon, Northwestern Mutual  |  Staff Contact: Mimi Cirbusova


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The Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce

1945 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 955-8187 | Fax: (941) 366-5621