Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit 501c(6) organization that is dedicated to supporting, advocating and promoting our local business-members here in the Florida & Middle Keys.

Our Chamber has a long history and has been successful in representing our local businesses.  We continuously look for new innovative ways to better represent and support our business-members as well as attract visitors to our beautiful Islands.

We look forward to working with you whether as a business-member, local citizen, or visitor here in The Islands of Marathon!


We’re Here to Support You

Interested in learning more about how the Marathon Chamber & Visitor Center can promote and help your business! Please contact our dedicated staff today!

Marathon Chamber & Visitor Center Staff

Daniel Samess


Daniel and his wife Liz came to Marathon in 2004 after completing their graduate studies.  In 2007 Daniel took over as the Marathon Chamber’s CEO and time has flown by ever since.  Daniel’s wife Liz started her own interior design business, and they have two beautiful daughters (Ava and Emily). Daniel has worked hard to help grow the Chamber from just over 350 to over 540 members and has since added many programs to promote, educate, inform, and support the chamber’s valued business-members.  In his spare time, Daniel enjoys fishing, exercising, traveling, and most importantly spending time with his family.  “It is an honor and a privilege to work with such an amazing staff at the Chamber, as well as serve our local businesses and community, all for the greater good!”

Erika Goodman

Office & Events Manager

Erika has lived in the Florida Keys with her husband, RD, since 2013. She came down from West Palm Beach, with a degree in Business Management and Hospitality from FAU. GO Owls! Erika has worked with us since December 2016 and had started up front in the Visitor Center and now is our office and events manager. She loves to spend time with her kids River, and Hurley.

Rhonda Holding

Tourist Information Specialist 

Rhonda has lived in the Florida Keys for over forty years and coming from Northern Illinois. She was married and had a business here with him for over 30 years. She has 2 beautiful children, Jaime & Kelly. Rhonda has been with the Chamber helping visitors and locals for over 5 years. She can answer almost every question she gets!

Laura Hackney

Member Services & Sales Coordinator 

Laura moved to Florida in the fall of 2012 from the home state of Mississippi. She and Vince moved to Marathon in April 2018 to live their dream life in the Florida Keys. She joined our Visitor Center team in July of 2020 and enjoys helping all of our locals and visitors with information about Marathon and the surrounding area. Laura and Vince spend most of their time enjoying life on the beautiful Keys water aboard their sailboat.


Come Play In The Florida Keys

If you are planning a vacation to the Heart of the Florida Keys, this is the place to start! We have something for everyone – wonderful food, tropical lodging, family-friendly attractions, and more.