TEMPLE TERRACE – With Jamie Klingman’s can-do attitude toward forging a brighter future for herself and others, it’s hard to imagine she is inherently shy.
The resume of the recently installed president of the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce is jam-packed with the names of service organizations and nonprofit agencies in which she’s highly involved, even some she launched on her own.
It also lists the names of four businesses she’s immersed in, three of which she founded including Live at Home Inc., a nonmedical caregiver provider service she started at age 22.
That company, which Klingman originated in 2004, currently has a staff of 45 and brings in annual revenues in excess of $400,000.
The now 30-year-old Tampa resident – who graduated as salutatorian from the Academy of Health Professions at Tampa Bay Technical High in 2000 and from the University of Florida in 2003 – credits her two-year post-college stint as a bartender for helping her overcome her timidness.
“I didn’t drink so I didn’t have a clue what I was doing as far as making drinks but I met a lot of people and I learned how to network,” Klingman said. “Through that experience I’ve become very, very adaptive and very observant.”
The impact of an all-together different experience as a counselor for seriously ill children at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Klingman said, motivated her to get involved in philanthropic efforts.
“Rather than just networking I realized I could spend my time even better by volunteering,” she said.
Klingman joined the Temple Terrace chamber in 2004 and has served on the board since 2011. She led a referral group from 2005 to 2009 and in 2010 founded the chamber’s Young Elite Professionals networking organization. In May she initiated the chamber’s nonvoting advisory council as a way of keeping past officers in the loop.
“I think I’m good at making connections and I want to connect more people,” she said.
Klingman hopes to collaborate more regularly with city officials. She also wants to increase chamber membership and entice all members to become intimately involved in some capacity.
“The Temple Terrace chamber was so welcoming to me and I want that to continue,” said Klingman, who also plans to initiate a Leadership Temple Terrace program that will offer participants an in-depth look at the city’s storied history, as well as many of the area’s amenities through tours, seminars and discussions.
Dustie Amatangelo, the chamber’s new executive director, is thrilled to have Klingman as president.
“I’ve known Jamie for years and she is just an amazing young woman,” she said. “The two of us are going to be the chamber’s dynamic duo.”
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at JoyceCMcKenzie@gmail.com.