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  • Economic Development Committee

  • Leads Chamber advocacy, collaboration, and communication to initiate and coordinate with other economic development resources in Seminole County and the region. The committee examines ways to serve as a resource for other entities by leveraging Chamber and other business resources.

    The Economic Development Committee meets at the following:

    Date: Second Friday of every month

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00am

    Location: 1055 AAA Drive, Room 203, Heathrow, FL

    Contact Chamber Vice President of Operations, Ben Paris at bparis@seminolebusiness.org or 407-708-4605 for more information.

  • Committee Economic Development 2018 - 2019

    Leads Chamber advocacy, collaboration, and communication to initiate and coordinate with other economic development resources in Seminole County and the region. The committee examines ways to serve as a resource for other entities by leveraging Chamber and other business resources.
    Susan Carey
    Chair 2018 - 2019
    Manager of Corporate Partnerships
    Susan is currently the manager of corporate partnerships for WUCF TV and 89.9FM Jazz and More, helping area businesses share their marketing messages with the highly coveted PBS audience and providing opportunities to gain exposure in the community through the many family-focused events and educational opportunities WUCF offers throughout the region.

    ?She has owned and operated several businesses throughout her career, including radio stations, self-storage facilities, and with her husband George, a Sanford-based aircraft detailing company.  Formerly a New York State Small Business Development Center manager, she has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with business start-up, planning, and growth strategies, helping them to realize their dreams of business ownership.

    ?Susan earned both her BS and MBA from Oswego State University and in 2005 moved to Seminole County with her two boys, both now graduates of the Seminole County School District and proud Florida Gators.
    Tina Phillips
    Expense Reduction Analysts
    Senior Consultant/Dir Business Development
    Tina has operated a franchise with Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) in Central Florida, and Alabama since 2007, and has successfully managed projects in Manufacturing, Construction & Health Care.  ERA’s incredible network provides industry insights not typically known by business owners, CFO’s or Procurement Executives, and coupled with a proprietary process, recovers millions of dollars for organizations.  Tina has been a chamber member for several years (too many to remember exactly) and is an Ambassador as well as the Secretary of this committee.  Tina is also an accomplished vocalist/musician and performs regularly as Tina Stefanos, for many senior communities and private events in the area.
    Dana Carr
    Vice Chair
    Seminole County Economic Development
    Business Development Manager
    Dana Carr joined Seminole County Government as the Business Development Manager within the Economic Development Division. She develops focused strategies for business attraction, retention and expansion by developing a clear understanding of the business or prospective business to maximize revenue and to grow their profit margins. She also has over 20 years’ experience within the real estate industry as Real Estate Broker and/or Investor.
    Howie Appel
    Avon - A Beautiful You
    Avon Representative
    Hi, I'm Howie Appel and I'm the Avon Man with Avon-A Beautiful You, where you Shop from your Seat...not from your Feet.  Avon is the company for women...and a few good men.  Originally from the greater Boston area, I went to Northeastern University   and got my BS in Human Resources Management.  I am a Vietnam Era Veteran having served in the USAF.   We moved to Orlando in 1986 where I worked as a recruiter (became resume & LinkedIn expert) for several firms throughout Central Florida.
    My wife, Marla, and I started selling Avon in 2002.  She fought cancer for 17 of our 40 years together, passing in 2016.  Prior to her passing she asked me to continue this business.  I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
    Good Referral?  Assisted Living Facilities and Day Care Centers.
    Call me at 407-373-4293 or email me at hra246@gmail.com
    Samuel Aycoth
    Ehab Azer
    McDirmit Davis CPA and Advisors
    Audit Manager
    I’m a certified public accountant and audit manager at McDirmit Davis and Company. I’m part of the firm Government audit group. The firm has over 35 years of experience, and ranked as one of the top 10 accounting firms in central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal. We are a full-service firm that provides accounting, auditing, and tax services to our clients. We maintain a high level of technical competence and business acumen, encompassing not only accounting, but also a broad business perspective. We serve our clients as consultants as well as accountants, and each client, regardless of size, will receive prompt, professional and courteous attention to its individual needs.
    Tim Bach
    Judy Bissell
    Watson Relocation Services a division of Watson Realty Corp.
    VP, Broker
    Judy Bissell, CRP, GMS is Director of Relocation and Asset Services for Watson Relocation Services.  YOU’VE FOUND YOUR TOP CANDIDATE. My role is to assist you the HR Professional, Recruiter, or Relocation Manager in solidifying the relationship by showing them that Central Florida is a GREAT place to live and work. Our award winning relocation division offers corporations large and small COMPLIMENTARY relocation services- including writing and reviewing relocation policies, area tours, rental services, home sale or home finding assistance, household goods coordination and more.  We take care or the details allowing your transferee to focus on their new job!
    Barbara Bombalier
    Welbro Building Corporation
    Community Engagement Associate
    Raegan Garber Le Douaron
    WeCare TLC, LLC
    Sr. VP Sales & Marketing
    Elizabeth Godwin
    Pam Hargis
    FocalPoint Coaching d/b/a Strategic Business Tactics, LLC
    Owner - Business & Executive Coach and Trainer
    I am a certified Business and Professional Coach, Trainer and Public Speaker. I am passionate about empowering business owners and solopreneurs like YOU to achieve what you never thought possible AND in less time than you could imagine!
    Erin Kamalzadeh
    Your Business Photographer
    Erin is a Central Florida Head Shot, Real Estate and Business Photographer providing impactful images to better improve your business!
    Amy Kirkland
    Seminole State College of Florida - Center for Economic Development
    Director, Center for Business Development
    Amy Kirkland is the Director of the Center for Business Development at Seminole State College. Prior to her current position, she managed the Small Business Development Center at SSC, assisting clients in starting, and growing their small businesses.  As the owner of two Seminole County businesses over the past 25 years, Broadway Dancewear, a retail dance boutique, and Wonderfaux Designs, a custom decorative painting company, Amy learned firsthand what it took to be successful. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa, double majoring in Business Administration and Psychology. She served as captain of the UT women’s swim team, and was named an NCAA two-time All American.  She received her MBA from Western Governors University.
    Tom Krueger
    City of Longwood
    Economic Development Manager

    I spent most of my years in the N.E. Ohio region. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio and after attending college, (Bucknell University), I returned to start a 25 year career in manufacturing management. As a plant manager and V.P of Manufacturing for several multi-national corporations I spent a significant amount of time in Europe and throughout the U.S. establishing new manufacturing sites and involved with the development of several visible projects in the aviation, steel, auto, entertainment and space industries. As a change of pace I started a business consultancy in 2002 focusing upon companies with 500 or less employees in Ohio then entred the economic development profession. I enjoy the opportunity to help businesses while making an impact on the community.

    Ben Paris
    Staff Liaison
    Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Vice President of Operations
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  • Trustees

    AT&T Services, Inc.
    Allegiant Air
    Central Florida Regional Hospital
    Duke Energy
    Fairwinds Credit Union - Corporate
    Florida Blue
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
    Seminole State College of Florida
    University of Central Florida
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts