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Vol. 15 No. 14 - January 28, 2015

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opinion

A leader steps down

Editor's note: The following release is from Anna Maria Island Chair Larry Chatt and the Chamber's board of directors and staff. It eloquently expresses the sentiments and gratitude of many who have worked with Mary Ann Brockman over the years.

After 21 years of leading the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and visitor center, Mary Ann Brockman has announced her plans for retirement. The contributions Mary Ann has provided our small knit community are immeasurable and we will forever be grateful for the leadership she has provided in the last 30-plus years of working and residing on the Island. The business leaders Mary Ann has taken part in developing over the years are countless and their contributions to the community are massive.

With Mary Ann’s direction the chamber has grown exponentially in the past 21 years. She has always viewed the Anna Maria Island Chamber as her passion and this is likely a huge reason for the scale of her contributions to our community. Mary Ann will reside as the President of the Chamber until a replacement has been hired and trained. Chairman Larry Chatt notes, “Mary Ann has been a gift to this community and has helped to form fairly lofty expectations for her successor. In the upcoming weeks the Chamber will form a small team to assist in the hiring process. We target the transition to take place in six months. I am so very thankful to have had a chance to work hand in hand with Mary Ann over the past several years and my brief time only provides more first-hand experience of the challenge we face in our transition. I do find solitude that I know Mary Ann will always be available for guidance and our membership, chamber staff and board of directors will further ensure a successful transition."

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