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Sarasota News Leader December 20, 2013 Page 93 Siesta Seen Kevin Cooper, who previously held that post, began work Dec. 2 as vice president for public policy for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Cooper also has oversight of the organization's Sarasota Tomorrow initiative. The Siesta Chamber received 31 applications from all over the United States, said Smith, who is chairman of the selection committee. Interviews in recent days have narrowed the field to seven, he noted, adding he hopes the committee members soon will reach a consensus on whom to hire. Along with Smith, the committee members are Maria Bankemper, general manager of Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway hotel and chairwoman of the Siesta Chamber; Russell Matthes, co-owner of the Daiquiri Deck and Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar restaurants and past president of the Siesta Key Village Association; Bob Stein, publisher of Siesta Sand; and Alana Tomasso, the chamber's chairwoman-elect, who is with Cunningham Property Management. and contributions," a news release says. "Additionally, the Shining Star Award is presented to an exceptional employee nominated by their employer, or an employer nominated by one or more of their employees." "Every year the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce recognizes two outstanding member businesses and one member businessperson for his or her personal achievements The awards will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting and Business Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. % Mark Smith is chairing the committee seeking a new executive director for the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. File photo Completed nomination forms must be received no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 20. The release says, "You can download a nominaSPEAKING OF THE CHAMBER … tion form by clicking here, or pick one up in The Siesta Key Chamber staff is reminding person by visiting the Chamber office." everyone that it is accepting nominations for The Chamber headquarters is located in the 2013 Business of the Year Awards until Davidson Plaza on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Friday, Dec. 20. Village.

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