TAMPA — The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosted 350+ guests at the 40th Anniversary State of the Chamber Luncheon presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, recognizing winners of the 2022 Impact Awards, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Wednesday, February 22th. The program included an organization review from President & CEO Justice Gennari, Chair Chad Daughtrey, and Chair-Elect Trace Kingham, and proclamations from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch honoring the Chamber’s 40 years of service.
“We couldn’t be prouder to recognize these amazing businesses and organizations for the work they are doing to build a more welcoming and inclusive business community in the Tampa Bay area” said Justice Gennari, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber. “As our first large-scale event in our 40th year, the spotlight was on our members, our growth, our accomplishments, and our future”.
This event brought back the presentation of the Impact Awards, which recognize businesses, non-profits and community leaders who exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership, and invest time and resources into their community.
Corporation of the Year: Grow Financial
Nonprofit of the Year: CAN Community Health
Small Business of the Year: anABCevent, Inc.
LGBT Business Enterprise of the Year: Watermark Publishing
2022 President’s Award: The Regent
Because the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber was not able to meet and recognize members who were doing meaningful work during the pandemic, the 2021, 2020, and 2019 President’s Awards were presented as well:
2021 President’s Award: Tampa Bay Lightning
2020 President’s Award: Regions Bank
2019 President’s Award: BKN Creative
The 2023 State of the Chamber Luncheon was not possible without the support of amazing sponsors whose investment ensures that the Chamber can continue to advocate, educate, connect, and facilitate the mission of equitable economic growth in Tampa Bay.
Special Thanks to Our Event Partners:
ABC Event Planning | Brad Hall Studios | Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions | Levy Recognition | Reimagined Experiences | Webb Works Video Productions
Special Thanks to our Corporate Table Attendees:
Balance Tampa Bay | Bush Ross | City of St. Petersburg | City of Tampa | EPIC – Empath Health | Hillsborough County Clerk of Court | Honorable Adam Hattersley & Christie Hattersley | Justice Gennari & Eric Williams | Levy Recognition | Northwestern Mutual Tampa Bay | Tampa Police Department | The Regent | University of South Florida | University of South Florida Foundation
The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber’s mission is to advance common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBTQ and allied businesses, corporations, and professional members by providing educational, networking, and community engagement. Learn more at www.tampabaylgbtchamber.org