Passing the gavel

Chamber installs 2018 leadership at membership meeting

Special to The Log
Destin Chamber Chairman Bob Perry (left), presents a plaque to 2017 Destin Chamber Chairman Lockwood Wernet (center) in appreciation for his leadership. Wernet’s wife Delores joins him onstage. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

On Jan. 12, the Destin Chamber's 2017 Chairman of the Board, Lockwood Wernet of Destin Water Users Inc., passed the gavel to incoming 2018 Chairman Bob Perry of Destin Commons.

More than 130 chamber members witnessed the event at LuLu’s, during the chamber’s Breakfast on the Bay & Annual Membership Meeting sponsored by Warren Averett.

Following the transition, Perry presented Wernet with a plaque in appreciation of his leadership and then introduced the 2018 Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors includes Chairman Elect Julie Cotton, Northwest Florida State College; Immediate Past Chair Lockwood Wernet, Destin Water Users, Inc.; Treasurer Bill Lindsley, SimpleHR; Vice Chairman/Communications & Marketing Ken Wampler, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Inc.; Vice Chairman/Community & Economic Development Dion Moniz, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC; Vice Chairman/Membership Development Jason Connor, BrightView Landscape Services Inc.; Director Kevin Bowyer, Warren Averett; Director David Costa, McDonald’s; Director Hayward Dykes, Conerly, Bowman & Dykes LLP; Director Vickie Giles, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals; Director Pam Martin, Gulf Power; Director Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Director Brock Rice, Regions Bank; Director Jerry Sullivan, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican; Director Michelle Terry, Dale E. Peterson Vacations; Most Immediate Past Chair/Ex-Officio Jonathan Ochs, Trustmark National Bank; Chairman’s Appointee Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank; Special Appointee – Events Skip Overdier, American Legion Post 296; and Special Appointee – Military Affairs Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co., Inc.

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