Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Meet Marco’s New Chamber President

The Future is Bright!

Erik Condee (left) with Alex Parker at the recent Chamber Board Installation. Photo by Jodi Pree

Erik Condee (left) with Alex Parker at the recent Chamber Board Installation. Photo by Jodi Pree

The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce upholds the mission “to promote a healthy business and tourism climate to protect the quality of life in the community.” Donald “Erik” Condee, 2018 Chamber President stands behind that mission and maintains the steadfast conviction that the future of Marco Island is very bright. He recently spoke with Coastal Breeze News, and here’s what he had to say:

“Marco Island is truly a special place to live! We have an enormous number of people who give their resources for the betterment of others,” No doubt, Condee was speaking of the many local organizations in which he has networked and interacted, including the Marco Island Center for the Arts, the American Cancer Society, YMCA, Kiwanis, Marco Island Academy, Community Association Managers of Marco Island (CAMMI), Marco Island Police Foundation, Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation, Sunrise and Noontime Marco Rotary Clubs, Meals of Hope, Marco Island Seafood Festival, Knights of Columbus, Marco Island Woman’s Club, Power Squadron, and of course, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Condee is a graduate of Leadership Marco, Class of 2012.

Condee, Operations Coordinator – VP of Condee Cooling & Electric, Inc., hails from a legacy of community service. He reminisced of his family’s involvement with the Chamber, saying “Both my father and my grandfather were involved with the Chamber. My father served on the Board in the early 1990s. After my grandfather’s passing in 2010, I decided to take on a leadership role in the community and a more public face with our company. It was then that I joined the Sunrise Rotary. Since then, the two roles that have taken the most energy have been in 2012 when I took over the position of treasurer of the Sunrise Rotary and that of logistics lead for Marco Island Meals of Hope.”

Condee fondly recalled the inspiration and encouragement he received from one of Marco Island’s most beloved benefactors, the late Dick Shanahan. “I was asked to be nominated for the Chamber Board of Directors by Dick Shanahan. Dick told me he thought I had a lot to contribute and said, ‘Why not, you are already involved in almost every event the Chamber does!’ I started my first term on the board in 2015 with Dick being president that year. When I took the role of president elect the next year, Dick gave me his advice saying, ‘From all the organizations of which I have been president, the Chamber was one of the least stressful due to their great staff and volunteers.’”

When asked of his goals as Chamber President, Condee answered, “I would like to start by establishing a good working relationship with our new City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock to collaborate the efforts of local businesses and the City. Island beautification post-Irma is a priority along with finding ways to help staffing problems of local businesses and attempting to have more partnership with the new expansion along the 951 corridor. Most of all, I hope to be proactive, rather than retroactive.”

In closing, Condee offered this advice to Marco Islanders, “Anyone who would like to be more involved and more informed of what is going on in our community should sign up for the Chamber’s email blasts and event calendar. The Chamber has become the hub to keep everyone informed of island events, city business, and local business news, including the opening of new businesses and special promotions.”

To learn more about the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, visit marcoislandchamber.org, call 239-394-7549 or stop by 1102 North Collier Boulevard.

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