The Greater Naples Chamber and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Classic Chamber Concerts as the March 2020 Business of the Month.
Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that creates a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.
The Board of Collier County Commissioners and Bethany Sawyer, director of membership at the Greater Naples Chamber, presented Classic Chamber Concerts’ Director of Development Elizabeth Lynch with a commemorative plaque on March 10 at the County Commission meeting.
“I would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Greater Naples Chamber and Commissioners Office for this honor of recognition,” said Lynch. “We continue our mission with pride and feel very fortunate to be part of a community who realizes that arts and culture are a necessary part of a truly enriched lifestyle.”
Founded in 1995, Classic Chamber Concerts seeks to provide world-class music for audiences in Southwest Florida; and to educate, encourage, and promote the appreciation and enjoyment of classical music. Along with a six-concert season of classical chamber music, Classic Chamber Concerts’ vision is to inspire young musicians to reach for the stars.
Educational outreach is a key feature of Classic Chamber Concert’s mission. Its world-class artists visit Collier County schools the morning following their performance to conduct a master class. This provides an opportunity for students to play, the artists to listen, and exchange suggestions to improve sound, tempo and overall technique. The experience is followed by a friendly Q&A about life as a professional musician.
This season, Classic Chamber Concerts celebrates its 25th anniversary by honoring Beethoven's 250th birthday. Concerts are held on Monday nights at 8 p.m. at the Sugden Community Theatre or the First United Methodist Church.
To learn more about Classic Chamber Concerts, visit https://naplesccc.org/.
Michael Dalby, President and CEO of Greater Naples Chamber; Katie Sproul, CEO of Halstatt; Amanda Beights, Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation
The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), of the Greater Naples Chamber, is pleased to present Katie Sproul, CEO of Halstatt, with its inaugural Leadership Legacy Award.
The award was created to recognize and honor an individual who fulfills the mission of the LCF through his or her actions and philanthropic support.
Sproul, a graduate of Leadership Collier Class of 2001, currently serves as the CEO of Halstatt and is a seasoned family business executive with expertise in real estate, agriculture, investment management, private equity, family office best practices and private company governance. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Yale School of Management, and she served as chair of the Greater Naples Chamber from 2010-2012, and chair of the LCF from 2014-2016.
Sproul is passionate about leadership, mentorship and talent development. She sends professionals from her office each year to apply for Leadership Collier programs, and she also encourages a work environment that engages in work-based learning, often hiring interns and hosting job shadows within her business. Sproul was also the LCF’s first Leadership League member, investing annually in the Foundation so it could expand its work.
“Talent is the bedrock of a community,” said Sproul when asked why she believes the LCF’s work with talent development. “It is important to grow and retain our best talent in Collier County, whether you are a business owner or a retired resident. It is that talent that mans our emergency rooms, runs the landscaping companies that keep Collier beautiful, or brings cutting edge technology to our community.”
Sproul formally accepted the Leadership Legacy Award—which was presented by Dr. Aysegul Timur, incoming chair of the LCF’s Board of Advisors—on Feb. 11 at LCF’s Leadership Celebration Luncheon.
For more information on LCF, click here.
Nominations are open for the Greater Awards, presented by the Greater Naples Chamber.
Launched in 2020, the awards recognize Collier County businesses and individuals that exemplify innovation, economic diversification and community enhancement. The awards will be presented in three categories: Small Business, Heart of the Community and Legacy Business. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, and the awards will be presented at the Greater Naples Chamber’s annual meeting on Friday, May 29 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
The Small Business category recognizes a business with fewer than 20 employees that has been in Collier County for five or more years. The recipient of the award exemplifies company growth, positive workplace culture, community involvement and a clear vision for the future.
The Heart of the Community category recognizes a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been in Collier County for five or more years. The recipient demonstrates a positive impact on the community, a well-directed volunteer team and purposeful goals for the future
The Legacy Business category recognizes a company with 20 or more employees that has been in business for 20 or more years, with its current primary location in Collier County. The recipient is a proven leader in innovation the Naples area, brings positive change and maintains a strong company culture.
For more information, or to nominate a business or organization, visit https://www.napleschamber.org/greater-awards-nomination.html.