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

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Daniel Samess - CEO

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!”

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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!

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Jeanine D'Amico - Accounting & Events Manager

Jeanine moved to the Florida Keys in June of 2010 from Long Island, NY.  She has a BA from Mt. St. Mary College and a Master’s Degree from Stonybrook University. She has been the Office Manager of the Marathon Chamber for the last 10 years and has tweaked her position to travel full time while working remotely. She and her adoring husband Patrick, lovable pup Marla and baby boy Luke are out seeing the world, but she’ll always be back to the keys for the Marathon Seafood Festival.

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Sandra Lee John- Tourist Information Specialist 

Sandra Lee and her husband Allen moved to the Florida Keys in the spring of 2021 after spending the winter exploring the Everglades. She joined our Visitor Center in December of 2021 after spending several months exploring and photographing our beautiful keys. She enjoys helping visitors and locals with information about the Keys and especially the islands of Marathon. Sandra Lee works part-time at our Visitor Center and spends the rest of her time on her photo/video/art business. 

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Erika Goodman - Office Manager & Sales Coordinator

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 here to help our members and join new ones. She loves to spend time with her Daughter River, and her son Hurley.

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Laura Hackney - Member Services & Tourist Information Specialist

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.


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