Riverview Chamber recognizes citizens, businesses

Published on: January 22, 2020

LINDA CHION KENNEY PHOTOS
The 2020 Riverview chamber board of directors after installation, standing from left, Tanya Doran (executive director), Mike Jones, Faith Hanaway, Nikki Foster, Rinky Parwani, Michael Broussard, Marijean Reith, Kendra Wilson, Wendy Heath, Janet Noah, Jim Johnson, George Colon, Jerry Rothstein and Dan Bender. Seated, from left, James Pulkowski, Daniel Cyral, Christian Beiter, Michelle Mosher and Bill Andrew.

Riverview Chamber issues business, service awards

By LINDA CHION KENNEY

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner Jan. 17 announced business awards in three categories and recognized Christian Beiter as its Riverview Citizen of the Year.

Outgoing honorary mayor of Riverview, Bill Andrew, right, with the newly seated mayor, Daniel Cyral, on stage at the Riverview chamber’s Caribbean Nights annual dinner Jan. 17 at The Regent. Cyral also received the chamber’s 2019 Shining Star Award.

“Whenever you can bring 300-plus community members together in one room and celebrate our community, it’s a success for sure,” said Tanya Doran, the chamber’s executive director, in reference to the night’s turnout at The Regent in Riverview at 6437 Watson Road.

As for Beiter’s selection, “Christian is one of the up-and-coming people in our community,” Doran added. “He has a deep passion for the community and helping our kids develop their skills and talents.”

Beiter, a certified financial planner, is a partner with Preservation 1st Financial Group and founder and president of the nonprofit South County Spartans Athletic Program.

Also at the chamber’s Caribbean Nights Annual Membership and Awards Dinner, outgoing president Michelle Mosher, of Southshore Insurance Professionals, handed the gavel to Mike Jones, the newly seated president.

“We had a phenomenal year,” said Mosher, noting the chamber issued 79 proclamations last year, held countless meetings and events, and processed 202 new member applications.

According to Doran, the chamber has about 780 members overall, making it one of the fastest-growing chambers in Tampa Bay, serving one of the fastest-growing communities in the region.

“One of the things I like best about the area is our people are so generous,” Jones said, in his remarks. “You can get anything you want in life if you help somebody else get what they need.”

Christian Beiter receives the 2019 Riverview Citizen of the Year Award from Marie Gilmore, right, last year’s recipient.

In all, 82 businesses were nominated for 2019 Business of the Year awards in three categories. Finalists for organizations with five or fewer employees were Mo2vated Photography and Pearson Capital, with the award going to Accent American.

Finalists for organizations with up to 20 employees were Osprey Observer and Restoration 1 of Tampa Bay, with the award going to Impact Taekwondo Center.

Finalists for organizations with more than 20 employees were Electric Today and St. Joseph’s Hospital – South, with the award going to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, which is set to open mid-February in Riverview, at 10240 Big Bend Road. Franchisees Ian and Adam Lieberman have locations as well in Brandon, Lakeland and Temple Terrace.

Bill Andrew, of Tessera of Brandon, handed over his “hat” to Daniel Cyral, of Hypnotic Engagements, who succeeds Andrew as honorary mayor of Riverview. Also recognized were deputy mayors Brian and Marijean Reith (Team Reith, RE/MAX Realty Unlimited), who together with Cyral raised just under $39,000 for their selected nonprofits in the 2019 charity race.

Volunteer of the Year Jill Andrew, left, with 2018 recipient, Shirley Bhat.

Chamber awards went to Cyral (Shining Star), Joe Eletto (Ambassador of the Year) and Jill Andrew (Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year). Recognized for their work were chamber staff members Doran; Debbie Kirkland (membership director), Sierra Carch (administrative specialist), Megan Medina (administrative support) and Gabby Morford (event coordinator).

As is tradition, annual dinner attendees decorate their own tables, according to the year’s chosen theme. This year’s Best Decorated Table award went to Tessera of Brandon.

In being named Riverview Citizen of the Year, Beiter joins an illustrious list of past honorees, including, from 2003 to 2018: Kay and John Sullivan, Sandra Murman, Frances Giegenheimer, Ron Proulx, Bill McMullen, Jim Johnson, Earl and Annabel Lennard, Bob Heilmann, Barbara Jones, Bryan Thatcher, Tammy Holmberg, Jill Andrew, Joe Eletto, Jennifer Caskey, Kim Tyson and Marie Gilmore.

Mike Jones, the newly seated president of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with past president Michelle Mosher.

In memory of Earl Lennard, the namesake of Dr. Earl J. Lennard High School in Ruskin, the chamber at the Jan. 17 dinner launched in his memory a scholarship fund for high school seniors living in Riverview or whose family member is a member of the chamber or the Riverview Woman’s Club. Lennard, a long-time Riverview chamber member, served as superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools and as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. He died Dec. 23 after a long illness.

Installation of the chamber’s 2020 board of directors rounded out the Jan. 17 dinner formalities. Board members include Jones, president; Mosher, past president; Janet Noah (The Bridges), incoming president; James J. Pulkowski, CPA, treasurer; and Kendra Wilson (Suncoast Credit Union), treasurer-elect.

Rounding out the board are Andrew, Beiter, Cyral, and Marijean Reith, along with Jim Johnson, board emeritus; Dan Bender (South Bay Hospital); Michael Broussard (The Flying Locksmiths); George Colon (Grantham University); Nikki Foster (The Mosaic Company); Faith Hanaway (The Alley at SouthShore); Wendy Heath (E&L Construction Group); Rinky Parwani, Esq. (Parwani Law); and Jerry Rothstein (Keep I.T. Simple Computer Services). Doran, as executive director, serves on the board as well.

For more information, call the chamber at 813-234-5944 or visit: www.RiverviewChamber.com. The chamber has space in the CenterState Bank building at 10101 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview.

Ambassador of the Year Joe Eletto, with past president Michelle Mosher, left, and Janet Noah, president-elect and 2018 Ambassador of the Year.

Table Decorating Contest winners onstage at The Regent on Jan. 17, at the 2020 Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce dinner. Tessera of Brandon received the honor for Best Decorated Table.

Celebrating their 2019 Business of the Year Awards from the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce were representatives from the winners in three categories: Accent American (organizations with up to five employees), Impact Taekwondo Center (up to 20 employees) and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (more than 20 employees).

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce staff got a shout-out at the Caribbean Nights Annual Membership and Awards Dinner, held Jan. 17 at The Regent. From left, Tanya Doran, executive director; Gabby Morford, event coordinator; Debbie Kirkland, membership director; Megan Medina, administrative support; and Sierra Carch, administrative specialist.

Tessera of Brandon representatives pose proudly at their table, which won the Table Decorating Contest.

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