By Ric Green, CEO & President of Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce

Shining Stars Award Winners

The sun was shining brightly, as were the stars, setting the stage for a beach-side gathering when the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce held their annual salute to area achievers and their accomplishments. The Shining Star Awards recognizes the stars of the communities that populate northeast Broward County.

The 2012 edition of the Shining Star Awards luncheon was held at the Hillsboro Club, the private club that sits on its own peninsula at the entrance to Hillsboro Inlet. The Club treated the 270 plus in attendance to a tasty luncheon accompanied by an equally tantalizing view of a white capped, wind churned Atlantic Ocean.

The event started with recognition and graduation of the 2012 North Broward Leadership Class. The Leadership Class members gather for a full day each month, traveling around Northeast Broward County, learning about government, police, fire, medical, and the many city and county services. The tour major employers and successful businesses visit Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Airports, and many other exciting venues. The 2012 Leadership Class graduates were; Dianne Brodie, Faye Bruner, Paul Cooney, Eric Davis, Neal Glassman, Sherea Green, Herb Hays, Hector Javier, Mary Keiser, Alex Lazowick, Jeffrey Morse, Ed Murray, Luigi Pace, Monica Ribeiro, Lisa Spinelli and Rob Weech.

The 2012 Shining Stars were up next, but there was some unfinished business from the 2011 Event before the show could began. At the 2011 event, honoree Roy Rogers had to leave early to catch a plane and did not receive his trophy. So it was a surprise to Rogers and most of the organizing Committee when he was summoned to the podium to receive his 2011 symbol of the honor.

Pompano Chamber Chair, Jeanie McIntyre, then introduced each 2012 Shining Star individually, giving a short explanation of why they were being recognized. George Minnich, the Chamber’s incoming Chair, assisted McIntyre in presenting each honoree their trophy. She opened with introduction of the Light of the Community honorees:

Brazilian Business Group, a business and civic organization; Peter Baron, Starworks Motorsports Owner; Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, State Representative; Chief Ross Licata, Lighthouse Point Police; Margaret White, Sample McDougald House and one of highlights of the event, the very colorful Bill Jaycox, who entertained the crowd by performing “Pompano Beach, Florida” the official song of the City of Pompano Beach, that he composed.

Next up was Business Man of the Year, Rob Wyre, General Manager of the Isle Casino and Racing, and Business Woman of the Year, Barbara Bryan, Ph.D., President of Broward College North Campus. The final two honorees were the Founder’s Award, presented to the Merritt Family, whose Merritt Boats have set the industry standard for Sport Fishing Boats. The Stewart Kester Award was presented to the Honorable Lamar Fisher, Mayor of Pompano Beach for his leadership and community involvement.

“It was a great event and I think everybody who attended came away with a sense of pride in our community,” stated a proud Jean McIntyre.


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