SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Karen LaPensee is sworn in as the new chair of the Island
Chamber by Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie.
New officers took over Monday night during the Chamber's
annual installation dinner.
Darcie Duncan was the star at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet Monday night, taking home the Rotary Club of Anna Maria's Businessperson of the Year award.
Duncan, owner of Duncan Real Estate, Inc., of Anna Maria, came onstage and accepted the award from Rotary Club President Melissa Williams and Chamber Board member Lynn Zemmer.
Duncan, who started in real estate 22 years ago, opened her business 10 years ago after learning the ropes at Smith Realtors and Fran Maxon. She said she had no idea she would win.
"I was completely blown away," she said. "I thought I was supposed to get (Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner) John Horne to the banquet so he could win an award and instead, it was their way to ensure I was there."
Following the presentation and dinner, the Chamber Board of Directors took the oath, presented by Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie. The board officers for 2012 are: Board Chair Karen LaPensee, Board Chair-elect Larry Chatt, Treasurer Lois Gift, Secretary Barbara Murphy. Board members are Wende Webb, Linda Dickson, Michael Vejins, Barry Grooms, David Teitelbaum, Lynn Zemmer, Ellen Aqualina, Joe Landolfi, Eric Cairns, Scott Rudacille and Lori Gysen. David Berube is an alternate and Cindy Thompson is the immediate Past Board Chair.
After that, the Chamber businesses of the year were announced. Galati Yacht Sales and Service won Large Business of the Year, Mike Sails won Small Business and the Medium Business award went to the Islander.