The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and its Downtown Council are proud to recognize Heiko Dobrikow as the 2019 Downtowner of the Year presented by the Downtown Development Authority. Dobrikow, who is currently Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, has become a fixture of leadership within our community and exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber’s annual award, which honors an individual and/or business organization that has made a significant impact within Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the region as a whole.
“I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by a number of influential and effective leaders,” says Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President Dan Lindblade. “Heiko Dobrikow is a shining symbol of servant leadership and it's an honor for the Chamber to pay tribute to his unquenchable desire to better our community and all of South Florida.”
Dobrikow, who is a past Board Chair and current Board Director for the Chamber, will be honored at the Global Event Center at First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Leading by example, he believes in community involvement and volunteers his time to several organizations including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Salvation Army, Mission United of Broward County, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and is a founding member of the South Florida Business Council.
The Downtowner of the Year is an annual event attracting about 450 business and community leaders for a networking session, followed by the award luncheon featuring a light roast of the honoree and an acceptance speech. The Chamber has been holding the event since 1980 and past recipients include Virginia Young, Terry Stiles, H. Wayne Huizenga, Gale Butler, John “Jack” Seiler and Kelley Shanley.
Established in 1910, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has been committed to serving the business community and helping promote future economic growth and development in South Florida.