Kinder ready to guide Chamber

AMI Chamber
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kinder, right, with Vice President Cathy Pizzo. - Tom Vaught | Sun

HOLMES BEACH – When Deb Wing resigned as Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce last year, Vice President Terri Kinder and assistant Cathy Pizzo were promoted to acting president and vice president by the board of directors.

Last week, the board officially named the two to their positions permanently.

Kinder said last week she’s ready to assume the role and the board seemed to agree, as members did not interview anyone else for the position.

Originally from Ohio, Kinder has a varied background in the business world. In Dayton, she was a technical consultant for a large company and an education consultant with another. She and her husband moved to Sarasota where he had a job waiting for him. They moved around some more and ended up in Jacksonville. Finally, they returned to the Gulf Coast where she helped her husband establish his business. In her spare time, she volunteered for the Chamber.

“I enjoyed the people, and when they looked for someone to become vice president, they chose me,” she said. “I was very honored to help Deb Wing serve the businesses community.”

She said she is excited that Pizzo is continuing to serve as vice president.

What are her plans for the Chamber?

“I want to bring a new initiative to serve members,” she said. “I want to expand the ambassador program and to make an educational series for the members.”

She also said she wants to bring speakers in to talk about things important to the business community with an eye on new trends and opportunities for the businesses to succeed.