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If I've learned anything throughout my career, it's the power of relationships. When launching my first company, Sudsies Dry Cleaners, I joined the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce with the hope that it would help me uncover networking opportunities. However, any member soon finds that an affiliation with this organization is so much more fulfilling than simply advancing a business – it's about the people. Throughout my tenure, I've been able to tap into the minds of the area's greatest industry leaders, whose shared experiences and best practices have marked my life both professionally and personally. My once-small business has now grown into several companies, but most importantly, my networking relationships have grown into friendships.
Sitting on the Board of Governors for 14 years, I'm excited to now lead and advance the Chamber's exceptional culture. I've watched this group evolve into an A-list team of passionate, dynamic people who all understand and are eager to answer the needs of its membership. With their support, I'll be able to drive opportunities and policies that benefit the organization, but also demonstrate our priority to foster a strong community in which businesses, residents and visitors can thrive.
Joining the Chamber has proven to be an invaluable experience and it's my personal mission to ensure the same rewards for our existing and future members. From the seasoned to the promising, each member has the power, through strong relationships, to impact and contribute to the development of this great city. As your leader, fellow member, mentor, learnee and friend, I look forward working with you.
At your service,
Valerie Rasken:Director of Marketing for Miami Beach Chamber
Marketing/Branding/Incard Director for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Miami Beach INcard program, which offers discounts at local businesses, hotels, restaurants, attractions, professional businesses, and more. Miami Beach residents are eligible to receive a FREE black Miami Beach INcard. Visitors, tourists and non-residents are eligible for a FREE platinum Miami Beach INcard. Beginning as an initiative developed by the City of Miami Beach Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce implemented the Miami Beach INcard as a business stimulus program for the surrounding area. The Chamber’s mission is to connect, enrich, and develop business through various marketing opportunities and the Miami Beach INcard allows for an additional avenue to do so. Sponsored By City National Bank. For more
information please go to www.miamibeachincard.com
As Senior Account Director at Tambourine, a marketing agency specializing in the travel and hospitality industry, Adriana is keenly focused delivering maximum ROI for hotels and destinations worldwide. She is highly regarded by customers and colleagues alike for her strategic thinking, results-driven work ethic and high level of customer service. Before joining Tambourine, Adriana gained extensive experience in a variety of sales, advertising and marketing positions, including a stint in Manhattan at MTV Networks. With a passion for travel, Adriana has visited over 50 countries – and counting – and lived abroad in Europe. A graduate of Florida International University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication, Adriana is a resident of Downtown Miami.
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Advances in technology have enabled us to offer ecologically friendly water coolers that utilize the exact same filtration process as the major bottling companies, without the hassles and high costs associated with plastic water bottles!
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All five of the principle co-hosts of the Star Chamber Show were at Imaginarium 2014 this past weekend, the debut of the brand new creative writing convention located in Louisville, Kentucky!
Join us this Wednesday night at 9pm EST as our co-hosts wind down from the big convention weekend and give you the scoop and stories from the three very busy days!
Join hosts Alexander S. Brown, Selah Janel, and Michael West for a get-to-know-you session with your favorite Talk Show Hosts. They'll be discussing their writing, each other, and anything else under the sun! As always, call-ins are encouraged, so jump in and join the discussion!
Welcome back for another episode of The Star Chamber Show! With Imaginarium right around the corner we've invited in a new pair of guests, Authors Joann Buchanan and Tiffini Johnson. Both ladies will be appearing all weekend, but stop on by for a preview of the main event!
About Joann Buchanan:
I think we are like the universes conduits, and all that energy that’s floating around is made up of various stories. We listen, we pluck the stories from the sky, every particle has a tale and every tale a price…I think as writers, we are only telling what is already there.
I’m the mom of five children and have a wonderful husband who supports my passion for the written word. I own a small audiobook company called Empire Voices, we create theatrical audiobooks. Stop off at empirevoices.com for information.
About Tiffini Johnson:
Award-winning author Tiffini Johnson’s love of the written word started early: she wrote her first story at age 8. By the 4th grade, she was reading books aloud to classmates and by high school graduation, she had written over 100 books, many of which were over 2,000 handwritten pages long! Today, she is the author of 7 published books.
Tiffini is the recipient of the prestigious Who’s Who Award and the author of the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “The Character” and “Broken.” A relational activist at heart, Tiffini writes on social issues she is passionate about, including child abuse, the Holocaust and teen suicide. She travels all over the United States, speaking as a RAINN survivor. Her poetry has been prominently featured in multiple anthologies and two of her books are required reading in high schools and college psychology courses.
MarlyQ is an award winning event producer, speaker, yoga instructor & philanthropist. She is the Founder and CEO (Chief Events Officer) of StarMar Events; a turnkey event production company and PARK Project; a non-profit organization that is inspiring people worldwide to Perform Acts of Random Kindness (PARK). MarlyQ has a life long passion for service and a natural talent for creating events that energize and mobilize people to make a difference. She has 15 years of experience in South Florida producing large-scale community events such as the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, Jr. Orange Bowl Parade, All Kids Included Family Arts Festival and many others. Her signature event is the 5k PARK Fest, which is coming up November 2nd in Miami Beach!
Our guests this morning are Jim Schlager, James O’Callaghan and Darrell Lippman.
Jim Schlager, principal at Moss Adams, began his career as an entrepreneur, helping families. Always putting the needs of his family and business owner clients first, he utilizes his over 25 years of knowledge and resources to assist his clients in achieving their goals.
Darrell Lippman, a returning guest, is a journalist with more than 20 years of experience in trade magazine publishing and content management. Darrel has been general manger/managing editor for Atlantic West Publishers Inc.
He oversees Atlantic West’s portfolio of chamber of commerce directories, visitor guides and map projects throughout California, Arizona and Texas.
James O’Callaghan is the President of the Manhattan Beach Chamber and contributor to The South Bay Show. He comes to Manhattan Beach from Venice Visitor, Venice’s first destination marketing organization at which he served as Executive Director. Previously, he served as Director of Visitor Services for LA Inc. and the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Today, we’re going to discuss the new quarterly Business Guide which will be debuting at the end of September and other ways the Chamber is promoting Manhattan Beach as a business destination.
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On this week's Riding The Wave, Jack Freidman, Executive Director of The Queens Chamber of Commerce, will join us to discuss the upcoming Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21. The newly formed Rockaway Beach Merchant Association will be throwing the party, which will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Beach 94th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
We'll also discuss the QCC's support of the Queens Way project, which by it's very nature, directly opposes the efforts for the complete restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line.
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Today Pop Art Painter Jamie Roxx (www.JamieRoxx.us) welcomes the Soul music band The Politix. out of Miami FL.
The Politix., one of Miami's most unique band's, have spent the last four years establishing their presence from South Florida to Georgia. Recently appearing at Wanee Music Festival, the band is one of Miami's most sought after acts.
Their latest work, "Reach Out," sets a new tone for the group as the three band mates have found their musical brother in vocalist, Johnny Walker. Just a four song EP, the album takes the listener on a full journey of sounds, narrated by lyrics that are fearlessly emotional. Reach Out is both a re-birth and a culmination. It opens the door to a new chapter for the band while closing the door on the past.
Wow!!! Do we have a lot to talk about! We have a great feature for you tonight! We have the one and only Jamaal St. John who is a performance poet/spoken word artist that has been honing his literary craft for fifteen (15 years). Five (5) time Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Finalist for years 1996, 1997, 2000, 2008, and 2010 (he is the only poet in Nuyorican Poets Café history to do so) and has won the coveted title of Nuyorican Slam King (December 2000). This and many other accolades we shall discuss as we discuss not only his work but also his views. Chamber 7 and Blu Phunk on the check in! Where you at?!??!!? By the way, stay tuned next week when we will have Trish Doolin!
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