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First Green Bank CEO new Chamber Chair

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL --  02/21/17 -- A Florida banker is the next Chairman of the Board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Keith Costello, CEO of First Green Bank, with locations in Central Florida and Fort Lauderdale, was officially installed recently at the Chamber's 107 Annual Meeting, taking over duties from Heiko Dobrikow, general manager of the Riverside Hotel.

"It is my honor to undertake this vital position to improve the economy of the Greater Fort Lauderdale region," said Costello. "Our theme is leadership and we intend to impact four critical areas: coastal resiliency and sea level rise, community-based real estate development, access to capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses and our regional efforts with the South Florida Partnership."

Other officers of the Chamber are: Juliet Roulhac, FP&L, chair-elect, Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher and Phillips, chair-elect designate, Heiko Dobrikow, Riverside Hotel, immediate past chair, Stephanie Toothaker, general counsel, Tripp Scott, and Roya Baxter, BGM CPA's, treasurer.

"Our leadership team, Board of Directors, councils and committees have all the right individuals to lead our region for continued growth and diversification," said Dan Lindblade, president and CEO. "We continue to forge new opportunities both domestically and internationally to make sure we bring the right mix of investment and opportunity to secure South Florida's future."

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Broward County Florida with 1,300 members employing nearly 500,000.

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April 2017 Member of the Month 

Dr. Beatriz Perez, Middle River Animal Hospital

Dr. Beatriz Perez has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2016, and has helped a number of Chamber members by providing quality medicine and compassionate care to animals.

Middle River Animal Hospital is a locally owned animal hospital that helps maintain the bond between parent and pet. They are a cloud based hospital with the latest equipment to provide the best possible care to animals, also offering house calls and providing in-home hospice care.

As a relatively new member, Dr. Perez understands the importance of networking through the Chamber of Commerce in order to promote her own business as well as encourage other businesses to patronize in our local community. She is an active member of the GLBX Leads groups and shares her experiences with the chamber with the local community. Dr. Perez strives to be a source of information and supports fellow members in order to help maintain and enhance the economic environment in Fort Lauderdale.

Prior to owning Middle River Animal Hospital, Dr. Beatriz Perez studied as the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Previous jobs include working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, after which Dr. Perez attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, she completed a small animal internship and worked locally for 7 years. Middle River Animal Hospital will be having it’s 1 Year Anniversary this year, and Dr. Beatriz Perez is proud to have dedicated her hospital to her beloved pets whom have made her the veterinarian she is today.

When not connecting with other members at the Chamber and running her hospital, Dr. Perez is a supporter of animal rescue groups all over Broward County. She donates services and goods to both animal and non-animal based Non-Profits. She is also currently a partner with Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. In her free time, Dr. Perez enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can find her fishing on a boat with her dad, snorkeling with her husband or travelling the world with friends.