The Fort Walton Beach Ambassadors - also known as "The Green Team" - represent the Chamber throughout the community, greet members and visitors at Chamber events, and preside at ribbon cuttings for new members and veterans who might have changed locations. They are invaluble to the Chamber's mission.
All Chamber members are invited to join the Ambassadors team. Their meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:45 am at the offices of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.
2019 Chair of the Ambassadors: Jennifer Kraus, Bit-Wizards, 850-496-3870.
The Ambassadors' Mission Statement: The Ambassadors' mission is to welcome, educate, and guide member businesses through the countless benefits, opportunities, and services the Chamber offers. We will also assist the Chamber in increasing its involvement and participation within the Greater Fort Walton Beach community.
CARE Committee (formerly Community Outreach)
CARE Committee (formerly Community Outreach)
2019 Chair – Erin Thatcher, The Arc of the Emerald Coast
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at YOUR Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Meetings start at 11:30 am and end at 1:00 pm. This is a Brown Bag event - so please plan on bringing your own lunch.
The CARE Committee (Community Alliance for Resources and Engagement) plays an important role in improving our understanding of the communities we serve. The committee meetings provide a forum for business, academic, governmental, and nonprofit leaders to come together. Monthly meetings offer educational opportunities to assist your organization develop programs and activities, strengthen community partnerships, and overcome daily challenges.
All Chamber members are invited to attend.
The Community Perspectives Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:00 am in the Chamber's Conference Room. All Chamber members are invited to attend.
This is a newly rebranded committee, building upon the former Government Affairs Committee. One aspect of the committee will be municipal government and elections. Although the Chamber does not endorse any particular candidate in a given election, we will host a candidate forum for many of the seats up for election. As government-related issues rise in importance, the committee will include them on the agenda.
The committee is open to all Chamber members who want to help tackle significant issues affecting each of us living in Okaloosa County. Our 2019 Chair is Mark Franks from Eglin Federal Credit Union.
Empower (Young Professionals)
Empower is a Committee for young professionals 40 years old and under in the Fort Walton Beach Chamber.
Mission Statement: Empower's mission is to help our FWB Chamber young professionals grow their careers, build the community, and connect with each other.
We meet once a month, on the 3rd Thursday of each month at a different Chamber member restaurant.
The Empower Chair in 2018 is Matt Ausley from Smith, Anchors & Grimsley.
The purpose of the Health Care Committee within the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce is to enhance our businesses by providing goods and services within the healthcare industry and to better the health and well-being of the citizens within our community.
The 2019 Chair of the Health Care Committee is Amanda Brusseau, Dermatology Specialists of Florida
Any Chamber members is invited to attend Committee meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month - 8:00 am at the offices of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 34 Miracle Strip Pkwy., SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Established in January 1978, the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) is composed of 60+ Chamber members who have asked to become members of the organization and to extend their friendship to further strengthen the relationship between active duty military members and the community as well as lend their support and expertise to the military community and mission.
MAC members pay annual dues over and above their regular Chamber membership dues. MAC Member dues support the monthly meeting catering costs along with the MAC’s many activities which include participation in the quarterly and annual outstanding Airmen awards at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, Wing Level Picnics at Eglin and Hurlburt Field, and numerous requests made for funding support by various military and supporting organizations.
The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee has developed a well-earned outstanding reputation in the local Military Community as one of the leading military personnel support organizations within a chamber of commerce. Ms. Barbara Britt of B. Britt, LLC is the presiding Chair of the MAC for 2019.
If you'd like more information about how to join the Military Affairs Committee, please contact Seth Luttrell at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 850-244-8191.
The Tourism Committee works to create a positive environment that enables tourism to grow and compete effectively in the marketplace. The members are all leaders of their organizations, and range from convention and visitors' bureaus to attractions - from hotels and condos to transportation and restaurants.
The 2018 Chair is Pedro Caraballo of Hampton Inn & Suites - Mary Esther. His co-chair is Owen Martin of The Owen Organization. The committee member will meet at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. All Chamber members are invited to attend.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin at 11:30 am in the Chamber's Conference Room.
RPM - Referral Partners & Marketing
The mission of the Referral Partner & Marketing Committee is to promote business leads & referrals between its members as well as offer beneficial marketing and PR exposure to the committee members through large scale networking events that each individual member may not necessarily be able to afford on their own.
The vision of the Referral Partner & Marketing Committee is to become a major driving force of sales for each active committee member through lead referrals and networking events and to be known and respected by the entire Chamber membership.
2019 Committee Chair: Kent Vancil, COX Business Security Solutions
Meetings: Third Tuesday of Each Month, 8:00 to 9:15 am in the Chamber conference room.
2018 Committee Chair: Jennifer Kraus, Bit-Wizards
Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings begin at 11:30 am in the Chamber's Conference Room.
Our mission is to empower the diverse working women of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce to achieve their highest potential through collaborative initiatives focusing on professional development, peer support, and steadfast connections.
We do this through monthly meetings on a broad range of topics, chosen by our members, and with social opportunities to build professional and personal relationships within our community.