April 2017 News

April 2017 News

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Chamber Updates
Last year, the Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce granted four scholarships totaling $5,000 to the children of Chamber Members.  The Chamber has a long tradition of awarding annual scholarships, but your support for our annual golf tournament has ensured that we can give out more scholarships each year.  Scholarships are awarded for the advancement of academic, athletic, and cultural education. If you have not already registered, it's not too late! Support this great event and have a fun time while doing it.  We have a fun day planned and lots of great items for our silent auction and raffle prizes.  Look forward to scholarship applications coming out next week!

Gabrielle Baker
Miami Killian High School
Competitive Dancer at Paramount Dance School

Gabrielle Gonzalez
Freshman at Florida State University

Tiffany Shiro
Freshman at Jacksonville University

Jacob Niedbalski
Sophomore at the University of Central Florida


Business of the Month 
At every luncheon, we sell $5 raffle tickets for a drawing to be the next business "spotlighted" in the monthly 
Chamber newsletter! This month's winner:

Brown & Brown Insurance Homestead Florida 
(dba TR Jones & Co.)

In business since 1939
Since 1991  has office at Ocean Reef Plaza 

We would like to take this opportunity to knock on your door and bring to your attention that our agency represents many homeowners and business owners in Ocean Reef Club that have trusted us to be their agent for many years. Brown and Brown Insurance is very familiar with the Florida keys and we understand the unique characteristics that define the market in the sunny cays.
As your lifestyle changes year after year, it is important that your insurance portfolio grows with you.

Have you thought about the following: 
  • What if your son is At Fault 
                   Brown and Brown Team 
     in a car accident causing severe injuries to another driver? 
  • What if your guest dives in the shallow end of your pool?
  • In the event of a lawsuit, how much of your net worth are you willing to lose?
Yaritza A Morris - Personal Insurance Advisor (305) 246-7528

May 3rd Luncheon

 Join us for our May Luncheon 

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority

Kirk Zuelch
Executive Director

The FKAA is the water service provider for the Florida Keys, supplying potable water to all residents while providing reclaimed water and wastewater services in select areas. 

Our team of talented professionals work 24 hours a day, every day, to deliver safe, reliable, refreshing water for the residents and visitors to the Florida Keys in the most cost-effective manner. Our dedication to our customers is reflected in our extensive water quality protection program, our water supply planning, our commitment to conserving our precious natural resources and our superior customer service.

$35 at the door
$30 with online Registration & Payment

Thank you to our sponsor!

Become a Luncheon Sponsor... Support YOUR Chamber while promoting YOUR business!

Your feedback is important to us! Please complete our  luncheon survey online and help us improve.
6th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament 
Help us grow our scholarship fund that benefits Ocean Reef Chamber members and their children! 

Look forward to goodie bags donated by J.McLaughlin,
and lunch donated by Wynn's Market 

Thank you to those who have donated raffle & silent auction items!

Raffle Items:  

California Wines (Gibraltar Private Bank)

Havana Club Rum (Coastal Wealth) 
Zero Dress Code $100 Gift Certificate
Pilot physical, Commercial or Private (Keys Medical Center)
Key Largo Chocolates & Ice Cream $50 Gift Certificate
Pilot House Marina/Restaurant/Glass Bottom Bar $25 Gift Certificate
Tough Guides's ToughSketch Pads (CMYK) 

Silent Auction Items:
3 Days/2 Nights & a Round of Golf  for Two @ Ocean Reef Club
Starting big $300

3 Days/2 Nights Stay @ Hilton Key Largo
Starting bid $200

3 Days/2 Night Stay @ Cheeca Lodge
Starting bid $200

Complete Blood Work Panel, Including Test for Bio-identical Hormone (Essence of the Phoenix)
Starting bid $500

Pilot Physical, Commercial or Private (Keys Medical Center)
Starting bid $100

South Beach Air Tour (Brown & Brown)
Starting bid $200

Travel Gift Certificate and Wine from Around the World 
(International Travel Group & Silversea Cruises)
Starting bid $150

Half-page ad for two successive months @ Keys Life Magazine 
Starting bid $350

Original Photography from Hibiscus Photography- Inge Hawkins
Starting bid $100

Original Artwork by Liliana Ben
Starting bid $100

*need not be present to win, contact me at director@oceanreef or text to 305-367-3646 to enter the raffle or place a bid. 

Did you know?!
Save yourself time and frustration dealing with Miami traffic.  Registered businesses in the Ocean Reef Community can use the Medical Center as their primary health providers.  The Medical Staff brings more than 80 years of diagnostic and treatment skills to our Ocean Reef Community. Your Medical Center providers are dedicated to the health and well-being of each Ocean Reef family member, guest, and associate. By making use of nationally recognized quality standards, advanced technologies, and stringent safety procedures, the team seeks to improve the overall experience of the Ocean Reef Club.

Job Postings

Ocean Reef Chamber Of Commerce
Position Title: Executive Director
To coordinate the growth and development of the Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce as well as the implementation of programs necessary to achieve the mission of the Chamber.  Responsible for providing highly visible leadership and building upon the Chamber's strong reputation in all issues related to the business community at Ocean Reef. 
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for management of operations; administration; budget;  finance and accounting. Chamber development and marketing programs; long-term strategic planning and oversight of all Board-directed initiatives.  The Executive Director also has direct responsibility for the Administrative  responsibilities of the Chamber. . 

Experience and Education:
The following qualifications are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience could provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job.
  • Bachelor Degree in business, management, economics, political science, communications, public administration, or other related field with an advanced degree preferred
  • Successful Chamber management experience or similar position of management in membership, non-profit, business or government operations is desirable.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and create own motivation
  • Experience bringing groups and individuals together around complex issues and finding and implementing solutions
  • Solid financial acumen, with experience in developing and managing budgets
  • Understanding of government affairs
  • Experience with public relations, media relations, and public speaking
  • Capable of looking at the "big picture," absorbing information quickly, thinking broadly, analyzing thoroughly, and acting decisively
  • Superior communication and presentation skills
  • Proven ability for setting goals and objectives, planning and tracking multiple projects, interpreting data, and holding people accountable for results
  • Willing to play a highly visible role.  The ideal candidate must participate broadly across the leadership structure of the community.
  • Leadership skills sufficient to gain the trust and confidence of Chamber stakeholders.
  • A motivator who creates a sense of mission and service, who values initiative and innovation, and who fosters effective communication and collaboration among people at all levels
  • A proficient knowledge of computer office technology, including working familiarity with data base software
  • Possess professional presence and strong interpersonal skills 
To be considered for this position, complete application at: and send resume to 

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For more information contact Maritza at (305) 367-2700 ext. 111 

Please check our website anytime for additional listings.


Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
Melanie Russo, Executive Director

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce, 35 Ocean Reef Drive, Suite 142, Key Largo, FL 33037
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Key Largo, FL 33037 

Phone: 305.367.3646
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Key Largo, FL 33037


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