ZOOM….thank you such a lot for giving us the chance to stay our Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce members together during 2020/2021…a time of lockdowns! Elaine Adler With awareness of COVID-19 in March 2020, the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce (AMC) immediately pivoted to virtual meetings because of the constant guidance and support from Michael Stern, former Aventura Commissioner and current AMC member, who became their Zoom Administrator Extraordinaire. After 15 months and 115 Zoom meetings, the members of the AMC are now returning to in-person meetings. But there surely are some things to be said about those many wonderful virtual meetings that kept the companies connected and ready to do business as they networked with friends old and new.
During those many months, the AMC tremendously increased all their meetings on ZOOM to make sure that those business connections would remain strong during this challenging time. Where their wont to be an excellent guest speaker at each of the monthly Breakfast Meetings and Chairman’s Roundtable luncheons, the AMC organized top-tier guest speakers and programs hebdomadally. in situ of the monthly SpeedBiz programs that provided outstanding one-on-one networking, Michael Stern led a weekly SpeedBiz program.
The list of virtual guest speakers and programs is long and varied…Florida State Senators Jason Pizzo and Lauren Book and Florida State Rep. Joe Geller; Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman and Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public overseer Alberto Carvalho; Student “Shark Tank” programs; “Women of Influence” seminar; Physicians from Aventura Hospital and Memorial Healthcare System; Bill Talbert, President & CEO of the Gr. Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; state’s attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and 20 Police Chiefs from throughout Miami-Dade County; Restaurant Showcases; FBI and native Police Chiefs; Law Committee seminars; Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix speakers Marcus Bach-Armas, Miami Dolphins/Hard Rock Stadium, and Richard Cregan, Formula 1; Condo & HOA Association Board Members Seminar chaired by Aventura Comm. Dr. Linda Marks; NFL Former Players “Giving Back” with CBS Sports Anchor Jim Berry then more.
One of the last ZOOM meetings were their largest as they worked closely with the North Dade Justice Center Judges Linda Singer Stein and Myriam Lehr on their annual LAW DAY program. The Keynote speaker was Florida Supreme Court Justice John Couriel who spoke eloquently on “Learning From the lifetime of Justice Gerald Kogan”. Bar Associations from throughout the State of Florida helped sponsor the meeting alongside Professional Bank. The AMC’s signature event, their 11th annual Interiors by Steven G ~ YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE powered by AT&T benefiting the AMC Education Foundation was held virtually.
Although an excellent success, there’s nothing sort of a full-house audience within the beautiful Aventura Arts & Cultural Center that’s crammed with applause for the incredible young singers. On the opposite hand, the ZOOM platform allowed relations and guests from around the world to ascertain and listen to the Young Stars, and ask them via ZOOM after the performances. Yes…ZOOM was a life-saver for several businesses and organizations, and there could also be some hybrid meetings where people alternate Zoom with in-person meetings. but people are able to see each other, say “hello” face to face and truly see a smile on someone’s face that’s not behind a display screen.
So here’s to ZOOM and every one of those great technology platforms that kept us sane and connected during an extended, long period of time….. many thanks, we appreciate you upgrading all of your systems to handle an entirely new world on ZOOM and that we hope we only got to use you once we prefer to do so!