The Bottom Line
Sunday, October 26, 2014

TDC director now chair of state group

Monroe County Tourist Development Council Director Harold Wheeler has been elected as board chair of the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations.

Wheeler was confirmed recently during the organization's final session of its three-day annual meeting in Fort Myers.

"It's an honor to be the chair of an organization that represents all TDCs, CVBs (Convention and Visitors Bureaus) and other destination marketing organizations throughout Florida," Wheeler said. "It's important for our state's destinations to have a unified voice, especially when focusing on legislative and marketing initiatives in today's competitive tourism marketplace."

Wheeler previously served on the Florida Governor's Commission on Tourism for eight years and was a member of Visit Florida's Board of Directors for 10 years.

Publix top donor for United Way

Publix Supermarkets was honored as the top company donor at United Way of the Florida Keys' 33rd Annual Meeting, held recently at Hawks Cay Resort. The 2013-14 workplace campaign at Publix brought in $120,983 in support for United Way.

In addition to Publix, the top five company donors in 2013-14 were Mariners Hospital ($24,221), Monroe County Schools ($19,470), Hawks Cay Resort ($16,003), and the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative ($14,758).

Also honored at the United Way Annual Meeting was Iberiabank, which had the highest participation in its workplace campaign. One-hundred percent of Iberiabank employees in the Florida Keys donated to United Way in 2013-14.

Board Chair Leah Maki welcomed the 60 donors, prospective donors and agency representatives who attended the meeting. She had special words of thanks for the five sponsors of the annual event: Publix, Hawks Cay, Centennial Bank, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative and Mariners Hospital. Raffle donors included Hawks Cay and Key Largo Chocolates.

Sprint store manager honored with award

Cora Rose, manager of the Key West Sprint store, recently received the Excellence in Service Award from the local Florida Keys Society for Human Resource Management, an affiliate of the National Society for Human Resource Management.

This is a prestigious award that is given out for demonstrating extraordinarily skillful, caring and helpful service.

In addition, Rose's supervisor from the Miami office, Ricardo Watkins, was also recognized for providing a supportive and encouraging role.