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St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce awarded several members of St. Johns County’s business elite for their participation in strengthening the local business community.

Chamber Recognizes St. Johns County Business Leaders
Cecile Nusbaum recognized as the Chamber’s Member of the Year


(St. Johns County, FL) – Friday, October 13th, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce awarded several members of St. Johns County’s business elite for their participation in strengthening the local business community.

Among the awards presented during the Chamber’s award event, Branded 2017, were the President’s Award, Chamber Member of the Year, the Fred Schroeder Economic Development Member of the year, and Chamber’s Ambassadors of the Year.

Cecile Browning-Nusbaum, of Old City Web Services, was recognized as the Chamber Member of the year after her work in the wake of hurricanes Matthew and Irma and for her leadership the Chamber’s Historic St. Augustine Area Council, which serves downtown businesses. “Immediately after Hurricane Matthew (Browning-Nusbaum) went door-to-door to help us assess the damage, and to talk with business owners about what they need,” said Rodriguez. “She didn’t just hand over that information, in response to what people needed her and her staff came up with the Shop St. Augustine Campaign to help get customers back into downtown businesses. On top of that the Chamber council she leads consistently educates the businesses downtown to the issues that are relevant in their area. Any recognition she receives--including this one-- is well earned.” Explore Shop St. Augustine here: http://www.oldcity.com/shopping/.

The Fred Schroeder Economic Development Council (EDC) member of the year was awarded to Jason Barrett from Flagler Hospital for his role on the Chamber’s Economic Development Council and his leadership of the Public Policy Committee. According to Victor Raymos, who chaired the EDC during the last fiscal year, Barrett’s focus on long term success and his ability to collaborate have been integral for the Chamber’s EDC at an important time. “Flagler Hospital is a great community partner,” said Raymos, “after working with (Barrett) for the past year I suspect that is a reflection of their leadership and staff, and there is no better example of that than (Barrett).” 

Michael Scine, of Scine & Scine CPA’s, was recognized with the President’s Award in honor of his outstanding service to the Chamber’s business focused mission. Scine’s work with staff and his service to several committees’s earned him his place in the awards ceremony according to Chamber president Isabelle Rodriguez. The former Chamber chair, whose first leadership position in the Chamber was as a ribbon cutting coordinator in the Ambassador Program has served in many different capacities in his time with the Chamber.

The Ponte Vedra Beach Division Board was also recognized for their participation and support of the merger and their ongoing efforts in leading the Ponte Vedra Beach Division.

Marty Lewis, with Money Pages, was honored with the Gene Morse Ambassador of the Year award for the sixth time during his 15 years serving as an ambassador, Marty stepped in to serve as the Chamber’s ribbon cutting ceremony coordinator at a critical time when he was last awarded with the Gene Morse Award in 2013, served in that role again in 2017 and in the upcoming year Lewis will take on the role of the Ambassador Chair while also serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. 

The Ponte Vedra Beach Division Ambassador of the Year award is entitled the Grace Hayes award. Matt Price, of Regions Bank was awarded the Grace Hayes Award because he exemplifies professionalism and is a great example of a team player, stated Cathy Johnston, the Haven Hospice administrator and former Chamber Chair during Branded 2017. His dedication to the Ponte Vedra business community and his support of numerous Chamber initiatives has earned him the 2017 Ambassador of the Year Award for Ponte Vedra.

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit membership organization formed of businesses large and small. It is the second largest business networking organization in northeast Florida. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce strives to deliver continuous value-added service to its members and the community, resulting in a business environment and quality of life where existing businesses have the opportunity to prosper, and new businesses find it attractive to locate in St. Johns County. The Chamber strengthens business credibility, improves business visibility, amplifies business advocacy and drives prosperity in the community.  For more information about the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.sjcchamber.com. 

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