Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce
Hosts A Valentine Soiree,
Announces Annual Award Winners
This year’s Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Annual Dinner was A Valentine’s Soiree, offering an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and the exciting presentation of the 2022 Business of the Year and individual awards that are announced each year. The Businesses of the Year winners are presented in three categories: organizations with 5 employees or less, organizations with up to 25 employees, and organizations with over 25 employees. The individual awards include Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and a Shining Star. The judging process for this year’s awards were expertly handled by SCORE, an independent agency who conducted a detailed application and interviewing process of the applicants for this past year.
The emcee for the much-anticipated event was Jackie Barron, Public Affairs Manager for The Mosaic Company, who led the festivities throughout the evening. Current Board Chair, Tammy See of OEL Heating and Cooling, chose the evening’s theme, a Valentine Soiree, which was held at The Regent in Riverview. The grand ballroom was beautifully decorated by Craig Beckinger, An ABC Event, along with many GRCC members who decorated their tables to participate in the decorating contest. Winners of the contest included 3rd place winner, OEL Heating and Cooling; 2nd place winner Four Paws Veterinary Hospital; and the 1st place winner, the table of Heather Michael – Crissy’s Hair Salon and T & J Painting, decorated by Bill Andrew of Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale.
Attendees were treated to a delicious hors d’oeuvres charcuterie board, followed by a full meal consisting of seared beef tenderloin tips with merlot mushrooms or spinach and asiago cheese stuffed chicken, tri-color cheese tortellini, garlic and parmesan roasted asparagus, rice pilaf, dinner rolls, and side salad, all wonderfully presented by 3 C’s Catering. For dessert, attendees had a choice of delectable treats from Gretchen’s Goodies. Spunky Spirits offered the evening’s beverages, sponsored by Christopher Ligori and Associates, the event’s Heart of Connections Sponsor.
The annual awards, announced by Nikki Foster of The Mosaic Company, were presented to the following -
Organizations with 5 or less employees
Organizations with up to 25 employees
- WINNER Impact Program
- Finalist OEL Heating & Cooling
- Finalist Preservation 1st Financial Group
Organizations with over 25 employees
- WINNER McCullagh & Scott
- Finalist Bryan Hindman Electric
- Finalist Four Paws Veterinary Hospital
2022 Ambassador of the Year
- WINNER YMCA Camp Cristina
- Finalist Electric Today
- Finalist Suncoast Credit Union
2022 Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year
- Lisa Jordan, Accent American, Inc.
2022 Shining Star
- Jill Jofko, Riverview Woman’s Club
2022 Citizen of the Year
- Tammy Dotson, Time 2 S.H.I.N.E. Consulting Services
During the program, the 2023 Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was introduced. These board members include:
Chair of the Board, Tammy See, OEL Heating & Cooling
Past Chair, Michael Broussard, The Flying Locksmiths
Treasurer, Theresa Sharkey, Your Pie
Board Emeritus, Jim Johnson (retired)
Christian Beiter, Preservation 1st Financial Group
Dave Boyle, YMCA Camp Cristina
Jeff Campbell, Lydansco Business Consulting Strategic Planning & Funding, LLC
Nikki Foster, The Mosaic Company
Gabriel Mbulo, Edward Jones
Kristi McCart, McCart & Tesmer, P.A.
Phil Minden, St. Joseph's Hospital - South
Dawn Myers, Myers Law PA
Jason Newmyer, AdventHealth Riverview
Bill Short (retired)
Elena Westrop, Charity Clothing Pickup
Thanks to a team of highly motivated 50/50 raffle ticket sellers, GRCC was able to accumulate $1,510.00 during our 50/50 Raffle! The Chamber was able to give away $755 to winner LeeJay Stewart of StratusComm – Managed IT Services, who generously donated a portion back to the Chamber. There was also a silent auction presented by Socially Funded. The music and sound for the evening was provided by Ian Davis with IDVES Audio Visual Solutions.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Heart of Connections Bar Sponsor: Christopher Ligori & Associates; Heart of Riverview Sponsors: AdventHealth Riverview, An ABC Event, OEL Heating and Cooling, South State Bank, St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, Suncoast Credit Union, Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), The Mosaic Company, and The Regent; Heart of Community Sponsors: Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus, and Gretchen’s Goodies; and Heart of Gold Sponsors: Blu Indigo Spa & Wellness, Bush Ross, P.A., Paulette Y. Merchant, LLC (The Real Estate Merchant), StratusComm – Managed IT Services, and Twisted Sugar.
Photos courtesy Gerardo Luna Photographs
- Betty Jo Tompkins, Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District