Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

Supporting, advocating, and promoting our local business-members in the heart of the Florida Keys!

Category: CEO Corner (page 1 of 4)

Welcome New Member!

Welcome New Member!

Welcome New Member Crown Merchants!

New Member Business Spotlight: Synergi Partners

D’Asign Source Member Spotlight!

Welcome New Chamber Member D’Asign Source!

In business for 58 years, D’Asign Source is a full service, design-forward firm—architectureconstructioninterior designlandscape architecture, and retail furniture showroom—with a reputation for excellence in the Florida Keys. Their projects range from one-of-a-kind custom homes and kitchen remodels to dream outdoor entertainment spaces and home theater installations. Having completed over 1,600 major projects—they know what it takes to design, build, finish and furnish your space. Inside and out.

Continental Public Adjusters Inc.

Welcome New Marathon Chamber Member!

Continental Public Adjusters Inc.


CEO Letter

Spring Forward & Upward

Another successful Marathon Seafood Festival is in the books! Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, staff, organizers, etc. for coming together to ensure our community and visitors experienced another amazing seafood festival. I am so honored and proud of what our annual event does for our community!

The economic impact (via visitor spending & circulation of monies) eclipsed $6 million; and proceeds from this event help to fund our annual Business Beautification Grants ($20,000), Continuing Education Grants for members ($10,000), as well as our MHS and Take Stock in Children Scholarships ($10,000). Of course our event partner, the Marathon Organized Fishermen of Florida (OFF) also use event proceeds to fund the tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships, youth sports, and other beneficial donations they make each year. Not to mention working with the state of Florida OFF that lobbies and works with state officials to ensure the viability of our commercial fishing industry.

Lastly, via our tip jars at this year’s event we were able to donate over $3,200 towards the Schmitt Charitable Foundation for Irma Relief. Even though we are seven months post Irma we really needed the seafood festival to celebrate our fishing heritage, comradery, and good ole fashioned fun at Marathon’s biggest and best event.

You will also soon start hearing about our annual Business Beautification Program and Member Continuing Education Grants. Between these two programs your Chamber Board will award $30,000 to invest in improving the aesthetic/visual appeal of your business as well as furthering you and our members’ education, skills, and also abilities. This is something your Chamber Board is very proud to do. With the understanding that a better looking Marathon and better trained and educated workforce equals a better performing and more prosperous Islands of Marathon.

Sad note

On a sad note we recently lost a great man and founder of our Marathon Seafood in Tommy Coppedge. Tommy was one of the original founders of our seafood festival. A leader in the Keys commercial fishing industry for decades. A personal friend to myself and many others before he retired to Lake City, FL about five years ago. We lost Tommy unexpectedly but will always remember what he did for our community and commercial fishing industry. Rest in peace Tommy, and our deepest condolences to Tommy’s wife and family.

Have a great April everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, referrals, and anything else you may need. After all, we exist to serve you, our valued business-member!

Marathon Signs

Welcome NEW Member to our Great Marathon Chamber of Commerce!

Marathon Signs!


Marathon Signs Commerce Corner Business Spotlight


TBH Construction

Introducing the New Chamber Member: TBH Construction

TBH Construction works with all types of general contracting, from small to large jobs. Established in 2001, the company specializes in general building, drywall, stucco, siding, and total remodels. Owner Tom Harmon says their key to success is quality and service.

Right now in this time of need, after Hurricane Irma, Contractors are in high demand. We thank you all for coming to the keys and helping us Rebuild #Keysstrong

TBH Construction

Marathon Chamber

Hello 2018


I hope you all had a great Holiday and New Year’s, here is to 2018! Usually in my January letter I discuss how great the previous year was, our accomplishments,
etc. After Irma, it’s (admittedly so) difficult to do this. However, now that we are passed the worst of it; we can focus on the finish
line, and yes I can see the light ahead! Finish line meaning getting the rest of the debris picked up and hauled away, getting locals back into
their homes, and seeing businesses and resorts that are still down due to damages back up and running. Our focus has to be a strong finish
so we can push forward and step into the light. It will take discipline, patience, and persistence.


Discipline, patience, and persistence:

• Discipline: understanding that this high-season and summer will not yield revenues like years past. So we must budget accordingly; please know this doesn’t mean making cuts that will hurt your business, productivity, and quality. Think “efficiency” rather than just reductions. Think of lean, smart, and innovative ways to keep things afloat and running. On a personal level it may mean postponing that big vacation or addition to your home till next year; or the purchase of luxury items that are “wants” and not “needs.”
• Patience: things will improve and get better. “The new normal” as locals refer to post Irma will eventually revert back to just normal. Once our islands are back and looking great, all businesses up and running, and all services available for visitors and locals; we will get back to “normal.” But have patience, don’t rush the process in ways that may cause unintended consequences. Remain persistent, tenacious and what not, but have patience.
• Persistence: speaking of, be persistent and tenacious. Work hard, don’t give up or give in. We are a tight-knit community so please reach out for assistance or help. Your Marathon Chamber is here for you no matter what! Contact me anytime, please! There are other great and free resources out there for you as well and we/I am happy to connect you to any of them (financial, and/or business guidance, counseling, marketing/advertising/PR, etc.). One of my favorite attributes Keys business owners have is stubbornness. Use this in an effective, efficient, and positive manner to get through the home stretch of Irma’s recovery.

2018 begins:

As 2018 begins we again have high goals and standards to ensure that we are best serving you and our other 575+ business members. We have again budgeted to award $10,000 in continuing education scholarships to Marathon Chamber members as well as to host a number of educational seminars to help further expand your knowledge, skills, and abilities. We will also award our Business Beautification Grants again in 2018 so please keep a watchful eye out for this and other programs so you can take full advantage of your membership with us.

Thank you again for being a member of The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce in 2017, we look forward to again serving you in 2018. If you have any questions about your membership renewal invoice please call us anytime. Want to know more about what the Marathon Chamber can do for you and your business? Please call us to set up an orientation/member benefits meeting; we will travel to your place of business if need be. Our mission is to serve you; and also I look forward to doing just that yet again in 2018.

Hears to a healthy, safe, and fruitful 2018!

Daniel Samess

Daniel Samess, M.S. • Chief Executive Officer • Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce • 12222 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050 • W: (305) 743-5417 / F: (305) 289-0183
email: ceo@floridakeysmarathon.comMarathon


Business Spotlight: Commerce Corner


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