SLCC Chairman of the Board Pat Caracciolo of Pat the Dog presents the Ambassador of the Year to Otis Taylor (photo courtesy of Larry Oskin)

The South Lake Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are the people you see wearing a blue blazer and a warm smile. They attend Ribbon Cuttings, Business After Hours, the monthly Breakfasts, just about anywhere you think Chamber, you’ll see Ambassadors. They provide a warm welcome to new businesses and support to the entire South Lake business community.

For the past 26 years, SLCC has recognized the Chamber Ambassadors at the annual Ambassador Breakfast. This year the Breakfast was held at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center on Friday, February 21.

Pictured Dave Colby, SLCC President and CEO; Anessa Hunt-Jones of the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties and Jacquie Peterson of Splash Social Marketing.

It’s a tradition at the Ambassador Breakfast for the present ambassador chair to pass the scissors to the incoming chair to signify him/her becoming the new chair of the Ambassadors. This year, 2019 Ambassador Jacquie Peterson of Splash Social Marketing passed the scissors to Anessa Hunt-Jones, United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties.


Gerry Ash – Ash Travel
Joe Carlisle – RE/MAX Titanium
Stephanie Copper – Clermont’s Day Spa & Boutique
Regina Cruz-Morales – Keller Williams Elite Partners III
Colleen Donlevy-Burns – Engel & Volkers
Erin Faulkner – Heartland Payment Solutions
Debbie Flinn – City of Minneola
Amanda Hansen – Addition Financial
Anessa Hunt-Jones – United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties
Joe Jamieson – The Kristin Jamieson Mortgage Team
Keith Mullins – Bacchus Vino Etcetera
Jacquie Peterson – Splash Social Marketing
Susan Saunders – Saunders Prosthetics & Orthotics Group
Al Schlazer
Basha Schlazer – Belk
Martha Soto – South Lake Mobile Window Tinting
Otis Taylor – Give a Day Foundation
Linda Thompson – Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Deena Thurmond – The Palisades by Regal Park Homes
Gayle Tomasini – Headquarter Honda
Lea Tran
Nancy Wilkins – Premier Choice Insurance & Financial Services
Lori Wuchevich – A-Z Bookkeeping Service


Pat Caracciolo, the SLCC Board Chair announced the 2020 Ambassador of the Year, Otis Taylor

Pat Caracciolo, the SLCC Board Chair announced the 2020 Ambassador of the Year, Otis Taylor of Give A Day Foundation. Give A Day Foundation is an organization that promotes volunteerism and civic involvement.

The Chamber supports many individuals and organizations that provide assistance to the youth in the community.
Gary Schindele, the Commanding Officer of the Clermont Sea Cadet Battalion spoke briefly on the wonderful work of the Clermont Battalion




Breakfast Sponsors:

Granny Nannies (presenter Mary Lou Burdette-Wieloszynski)

Find Feed and Restore (presenter Shannon Herrera)

Computer Business Consultants (Clinton Pownall)



Previous articleClermont Police Department Captured First Place!
Next articleONE VOICE Is All Heart