SOUTH TAMPA – Starr Tyrka says the best thing about being the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s new chairwoman is following the outgoing chairman, Carson Bomar.
“Carson left us a strategic plan and a direction,” said the owner of the Shining Star Insurance Services prior to the Jan. 31 installation ceremony and dinner. “People are really getting involved.”
Bomar has served as chairman for 18 months, taking over when a previous chair had to resign due to work conflicts.
He said the chamber needed a complete overhaul with new bylaws, financial accountability and procedures to “make it more businesslike.”
Now, 18 month later, the chamber has a reserve account, something it has not had in its 87 years, Bomar said.
The chamber celebrated its success at it first installation and business of the year dinner at the Quorum Hotel.
Executive Director Judy Gay said, “We always had the changing of the board and honored the businesses of the year. But this is the first time we have had an event around it.”
Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman surprised the group with a proclamation of accolades from the commission.
“This chamber is really taking off,” she said.
Other members of the 2014 executive committee are Samantha Dammer, chair-elect; Amanda May, secretary; Andrew Hall, treasurer; Matthew Hatfield, consulting attorney; Mike Jenkins and Dan Kelly, directors; and Bomar, immediate past chair.
Board of directors are Maribeth Brooks, Ruben Boone, Dave Cabaña, Mary Calbert, Fred Fallman, Karen Mertes, Julie McAdoo, Sandra Murman, Tina Provo, Kathy Walsh and Bill Yanger.