November 2016 News

November 2016 News

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Chamber Updates
There was a strong turnout for November's luncheon, thank you for your participation. We hope you enjoyed the newly constructed Carysfort Hall and hearing from the Ocean Reef Club. If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding our monthly luncheons, please take our Luncheon Survey.  Please help us continue to improve and better serve you.

On Friday, November 28th, your Chamber participated in the Thanksgiving Street Fair at Ocean Reef. Our volunteers educated the community on the Chamber's impact and many benefits, encouraging them to "Choose Chamber" anytime they are in need of goods and services. If you're interested in volunteering for upcoming events, please contact US. The next Street Fair is on Wednesday, December 28th. 

Last, but not least, registration is open to those who wish to participate in All Charities weekend. See below for more details.
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:


Gunster, Florida's law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 13 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients' stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster's growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, Winter Park, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 180 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal's list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider's view newsletters is available at

Timothy N. Thomes
Timothy N. Thomes 
has practiced law in Florida since 1984, and works primarily on matters throughout the Florida Keys and South Florida. Tim has represented clients in business, litigation and contractual matters throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and England. He has experience in the entertainment industry and has represented a broad range of clients in commercial law, real estate, construction and wealth and estate planning. 
Tim served as special environmental prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, and currently serves as a special judicial magistrate for that circuit. In addition, Tim served as a member of Gunster's Ethics Committee from 2014-2015, as well as past chairman of the Florida Bar's Professional Ethics Committee. Tim has been certified by the American Arbitration Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has also practiced mediation in state and federal court.

For more information, please visit: 


 December 7th Luncheon- Monroe County Administrators

Join us for our December Luncheon 
Monroe County Administrator, Roman Gastesi 
and Assistant Administrator, Christine Hurley 


Our speakers will discuss the current and future state of the county as well as plans for growth & development. 

Attention contractors! 
After the luncheon, our speakers, along with Rick Griffin and Ed Koconis, will provide a 30-minute Regulations and Processes Q&A session for contractors serving our community. Luncheon attendance is required for participation in the Q&A Session.

$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!

Have any question, comments or concerns about our luncheons? Please complete our survey and return it to

Be a part of All Charities Weekend
It is with great enthusiasm that we once again participate in All Charities Weekend at Ocean Reef.  

Here is a unique opportunity for you to promote your business to Ocean Reef members while giving back to those in need in the communities of Key Largo, Homestead, and Florida City.
Donated items for All Charities usually begin at a $500 value, but WAIT! The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce has negotiated a way for your business to be highlighted without the large price tag.  A $200 donation will include you on a donors' list and will allow you to display marketing material at the event. In turn, the Chamber will pool the donations to host a food stand for Club members on Saturday afternoon at the silent auction showcase.  The food stand will promote all donors and will allow placement of marketing materials.


Job Postings
The following Chamber members are looking for qualified individuals to fill vacancies.  Please review these job descriptions and contact the person listed for additional information. To send us your job listings, please email

Ocean Reef Community Association 
Join a great team with the following available positions:
  • Human Resources Specialist (Part-Time)
  • Utility Operator
  • Community/Security Officer (prior law enforcement/military experience a plus)
For Consideration, please send your resume to: Talent Acquisition Division: Ocean Reef Community Association; Yael Skinner, Director of Human Resources at 

Visit for more information.  

Protech e2
Exciting opportunities are available.  Currently seeking warehouse manager, electrical estimator, and experienced A/V tech.  Application at

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

Zero Dress Code Part-time Sales Associate
Upscale women's clothing boutique is looking for a professional and enthusiastic individual who enjoys fashion while delivering great customer service! We offer "boutique" hours (M-Sat 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5), approximately 20-30 hrs/week, GREAT merchandise discounts, flexible monthly schedules, a stress-free, upbeat atmosphere and a wonderful opportunity to make money while enjoying your job! Point of Sale computer knowledge, a knack for merchandising, social media and marketing is a plus!!! Please apply in person or send resume to Suzanne Gleason at (305) 664-0800.

Please check our website anytime for additional listings.

Do you know everything we have offer?!
Let us hep you promote your next event, post your job openings, or share your member to member deals.  The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:

Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered

Minimal fee:
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks 

Contact us to find out more!

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
Melanie Russo, Executive Director


Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce

1 Dockside Lane

Key Largo, FL 33037 

Phone: 305.367.3646
Fax: 305.367.2799

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Mailing Address

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
31 Ocean Reef Dr.
Suite C101 PMB 179
Key Largo, FL 33037


To promote the highest standard of professionalism and service to the Ocean Reef Community, to be an advocate for our members, to promote business alliances, to provide valuable benefits and services to our members and to foster economic development within the Ocean Reef Community.
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