The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce celebrated a successful year with a western theme at its annual dinner last week.
Ed Booth, outgoing president, announced that after a few years of difficult economic conditions, the chamber is fiscally solvent and has brought in 252 new members after several successful membership drives.
Incoming president Donna Fore thanked Booth for his hard work and called for a stronger economic development team and stronger relationship building with the community and Hillsborough County government.
Members recognized by their peers for 2012 awards include: Business of the Year — Hess Orthodontics; Business Person of the Year — Lisa Kennedy, Alley Cat Pest Control; Shining Star — Randy Ramos, Riverview Plumbing; Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year — Alison Farnan, Grimebusters Pressure Cleaning and Clik-Me-Quik Photo Booth; Riverview Citizen of the Year — Dr. Bryan Thatcher; Ambassador of the Year — Joe Eletto, Century 21 Beggins; and Riverview honorary mayor — Elijah Heath, Edward Jones Investment.
The board also recognized Jill Andrew, who has served twice as president and treasurer, Jeanne Bush and Jennifer Hart for completing their board terms.
The chamber also inducted the following new board members who can serve two, three-year terms: Andrea White, Bright House Networks; Bryan Thatcher, Thatcher Properties; and Michael Beiter Sr., Preservation 1st Financial Group.