Business EXPO Coming Up

This year’s Business Expo is coming up fast!  Put on every year by the Panama City Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, this year is the 18th year and the theme is “Around the World.”

The thing that’s cool about a business expo is it gives us an excuse to get out there, meet others in our business community and network with potential customers.  Of course, since we are business to business it’s especially fun.

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Friday at the Beach – Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

On Friday, April 17, 2009 the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Friday at the Beach breakfast at Edgewater Beach Resort, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM.  The event’s featured speaker is Carol B. Dover, President-CEO of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Dover has been President-CEO of the 10,000+ member Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association since July 1995.  She is a professional association manager, lobbyist, former government insider, FSU Dedman School of Hospitality graduate, and a working mother of three.  In 1989, Dover was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Governor of Florida, serving under the Martinez administration.  In this role she served as the governor’s spokesperson and represented his administration before the Florida Legislature.

Dover’s other professional accomplishments include the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants; the first woman to serve as Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, State Fire Marshall’s Office; and President-CEO of the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association.  As the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association President-CEO, Dover works to protect the diverse interests of Florida’s hospitality industry by representing the industry before the Florida Legislature and lobbying against unfair government regulation.

New President at Beaches Chamber

Panama City Beach, FL (November 12, 2008) — As of November 12, 2008 the Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber of Commerce has named a new President/CEO, Beth Oltman.

“The role of  President & CEO of the Beaches Chamber is key related to the coordination of communication and efforts required to ensure this region’s continued success,” states Chairman Al McCambry.  “With close to one thousand members, Beth will have the challenge of both continued growth and relationship building with key leaders throughout not only Bay County, but also NWFL.  She has demonstrated that she has the ability to accomplish what is needed.  We received many resumes from all over the country but in the end, felt our most qualified person was right here.  The Board of Directors and staff are very enthusiastic about Beth’s new role.”

Beth C. Oltman joined the Beaches Chamber as Executive Assistant / Office Manager in January 2007.  She was later promoted to the position of Director of Operations and Human Resources, and has acted as Interim Director since July 2008.  Beth relocated to Bay County in 2006 from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with her husband Brett Oltman, Account Manager of White Cap Construction Supply, and two young daughters Mary Grace 7, and Sadie 3.  Beth graduated from University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism, and graduated from Marriott’s Corporate training program in Convention Sales Management.  Her career in the Resort Hospitality industry has covered Convention Services, Catering Sales, Bed and Breakfast Management and working in the Golf Industry.

“I feel we have a very energetic, innovative chamber of commerce, and such a strong, creative team that believes in this community.  It is the people and the membership that are the treasures of this chamber,” she says.  “I look forward to strengthening these relationships, and working closely with our neighboring chambers of commerce, TDC/CVB and community organizations.”

Beth can be reached via email at  For more information please contact the Beaches Chamber at (850) 235-1159.