55 South Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
2021 Chamber Board of DirectorsSo yesterday we introduced our new Board Members but we don't want the veteran directors to feel left out, and plus this picture is absolutely awesome! Thank you Tabitha Trent, Terry Burroughs, Russ Brown, Jeff Jones, Commissioner Kelly Owens, Christine Brennan Bishop, Mickey Bandi, Brian Melear, and Niki Salmon Broker/Owner Remington Real Estate for serving the Chamber!
Tabitha Trent, President
Tabitha Trent is a native and lifetime resident of Okeechobee. She attended IRCC and UCF, where she earned her B.S. degree in business management. She also attended UF’s Florida School of Banking and graduated with honors. She has been in banking for 33 years and is currently a bank manager and vice president for CenterState Bank. Tabitha is a community banker at heart and believes in investing in the lives of others and the community she serves. She proudly serves or supports the Okeechobee Educational Foundation, Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Trustees, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Advisory Board, Altobello Charitable Donor Trust Fund, GRAD Nite, Economic Development Corporation of Okeechobee and the Chamber of Commerce. Tabitha’s passions are her faith in God and her family. She enjoys serving alongside her More 2 Life church family and is married to her husband Jay; together they have a son, Chase, who will be graduating from IRSC in the spring of 2021.
Terry Burroughs, Vice President
Terry is a retired telecommunications executive with more than 32 years in the industry. Upon retiring, he moved back to Okeechobee to manage the family business. Since his return he has been involved with different organizations in the community. In 2014 he was elected to the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners, and he is currently chairman. In addition, he is the chairman of Board of Trustees of HCA Raulerson Hospital, and vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. He continues to serve on other various boards throughout the community and is married to his wife, Maureen. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Russ Brown, Treasurer
Russ has proudly served as Indian River State College’s provost for the Dixon-Hendry Campus in Okeechobee for the past ten years. He has spent 25 years in the education arena, holding various positions with the Okeechobee County School Board Grades K-12, and four years as CEO/principal of the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Russ is very involved within the community, participating in many organizations, such as serving as a board member for HCA Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee Educational Foundation, United Way, Martha’s House, Economic council of Okeechobee, Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation, Shared Services Network Executive Roundtable and CareerSource Heartland Executive Board, to name a few. He was born in Miami, Florida, and is a graduate of Okeechobee High School. He is the proud father of Alexis, Ashtyn, and Boyd.
Ken Keller, Secretary
Ken moved to Okeechobee from Ohio in 2010 with his wife Elaine. Ken is an account executive and broadcaster with Glades Media, WOKC Radio. His wife is a schoolteacher in the Okeechobee County School District. They have twin boys Evan and Karter. Ken is the radio play by play voice on WOKC for Okeechobee High School football, basketball, baseball, and softball. He co-hosts a local sports talk show called The Sports Grill with WOKC Morning Show Host Billy Dean on Thursday nights. Since arriving in Okeechobee, Ken has become regularly active in the community. He is a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee and a three-time president of the club. Ken also is a reading mentor for a local elementary school student for The Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Ken and his “Little” were named Big and Little of The Year in 2019 for Big Brother Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. Ken also serves on the Advisory Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters for Okeechobee County. Other organizations and boards that Ken serves on are The United Way Allocations Committee for Okeechobee County, The Citizens Advisory Board for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and he is a Trustee for The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. In his spare time Ken likes to spend time with his family. They love to go to Disney and baseball games. His children both play baseball and soccer and Ken loves watching them play. Ken also enjoys reading and going to the movies.
Dr. Christine Brennan Bishop, Membership Chair
Dr. Christine Brennan Bishop, a lifetime resident of Okeechobee, is the owner and optometrist at Brennan Eye Care in Okeechobee. She joined her father, Dr. J. Patrick Brennan, in August 2008 after her graduation from Nova Southeastern University, as a practicing optometrist. Since her return home from college, Dr. Christine Bishop has been an active member in our community and the surrounding area: She has been president of the Treasure Coast Optometric Society since 2010; vice president of the Health Council of Southeast Florida, a five-county coalition, and a position appointed by the Okeechobee County Commissioners; a board member of the Okeechobee Educational Foundation; community board member of Seacoast National Bank; a member of the Economic Council of Okeechobee and membership chair of our Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Bishop is also active in her church, More 2 Life Ministries, and is one of the doctors who participates in Eye Care for the Needy, an organization started by her father which provides eye care to those most in need in our community. Dr. Bishop loves serving Okeechobee’s eye care needs, but her most favorite things are being with her family— spending time with her husband, Hamilton, and their three beautiful girls, Lila, Lexi, and Lily.
Kelly Owens, Ambassador Chair
Kelly Owens is a leadership services consultant with an emphasis in governance and strategic planning. She has facilitated leadership training with governing boards in nearly half the counties throughout the State of Florida. In 2016, Mrs. Owens was elected to the Okeechobee County Commission and was recently re-elected to serve on the board through 2024. She has been the recipient of the Florida Association of Counties’ Presidential Advocate Award for the past four consecutive years in recognition of her achievements as a statewide legislative policy leader. In 2017, Mrs. Owens was bestowed with the Treasure Coast Business Summit Trailblazer Award for Okeechobee County and was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the local chapter of American Businesswomen in 2009. Mrs. Owens and her husband, Bob, moved from Jupiter, FL to Okeechobee in 1994.
Niki Salmon, Marketing & Special Events
Nita “Niki” Salmon is a local entrepreneur and owner/operator of several Okeechobee based businesses with state licensed credentials as a building contractor, environmental consultant, and real estate broker. Niki has expertise to help a variety of clients and specializes in solving real estate challenges. Niki’s Companies include Remington Real Estate LLC which serves clients searching for commercial, residential, rental and RV resale lots and of which she is a regional broker. Complete Services of So. Fl. Inc. specializing in aluminum, room additions, RV ports, car ports, screen enclosures and more. UTS, Inc. celebrates 25 years of environmental cleanups, stage II recovery, real estate evaluations and consulting. And The Rustic Store a rustic décor and gift shop carrying furniture, lighting, Amish custom wood and polywood, Tex Mex and a variety of unique gifts. Niki strives to be active in the Okeechobee community as a member of the Alpha Ministries Veteran & Rehabilitation organization
Amy Daniel, Director at Large
Amy is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee and represents the term “Born & Raised” proudly. Amy graduated from Okeechobee High School and went on to further her education at Indian River State College. Amy married her high school sweetheart, Carey, and they reside in Basinger. Amy has been employed with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union since 2003 and is currently is the Branch Manager. She is highly active in the community and serves on many boards. She is currently the Treasurer of Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, Past President & Current member of Rotary, and Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Okeechobee. During her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book
Brian Melear, Director at Large
Brian Melear, an Okeechobee native, began his career with Raulerson Hospital more than twenty years ago as a registered nurse. Astutely applying the extensive potential for growth and career support available to HCA Healthcare colleagues, Brian advanced through clinical leadership roles, including directing the Surgical Services Department. Brian excelled as Raulerson Hospital’s chief nursing officer from 2005 until 2016 when he was appointed chief executive officer. He earned his Associate degree in nursing at Indian River State College and his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Florida Atlantic University. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Brian is also active in the Economic Council of Okeechobee and the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network. During Brian’s tenure, Raulerson Hospital has been recognized for various community and patient safety accolades, expanded service lines, recruited additional physicians, and is currently undergoing new construction of a four-story medical office building on campus to offer an expanded lobby & registration area, and modern clinical office space to physicians considering employment in Okeechobee. Brian and his wife Jenni have been married for 31 years and have one son, Sam, who is 16 years old.
Jeff Jones, Director at Large
Jeff is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Jones Supply A. I. Sales & Services, Inc. His business represents two larger companies, ABS Global, Inc., the World’s Leader in Bovine Genetic; and ADM Animal Nutrition, of which they are the largest dealer in the Southeast and ranks in the top 10 nationally in several different species. He currently serves on several local boards, the Chamber of Commerce, Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Okeechobee County Fair Association, currently Chairman of the Agri-Civic Center Advisory Board, and one national board: ABS Global, Inc’ s Authorized Representatives Association. Prior to moving to here, he served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, in which he is a Gulf War Veteran. Jeff received his business administration and market degree from Columbia Southern University. He has been married over 30 years, and they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Mickey Bandi, Director at Large
Mickey, a lifelong resident of Okeechobee, graduated from Okeechobee High School, and he received an associate degree from Indian River Community College. He then attended the University of Florida where he received a bachelor’s degree in food and resource economics. Mickey has served on many local boards, including Open Hands Health Clinic, Okeechobee Area Agri Council, Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, Rock Solid Christian Academy, Rotary Club of Okeechobee, and Rotary Foundation of Okeechobee. In addition, he is involved at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, where he teaches a high school boys’ Sunday school class. Mickey has been an employee of the Property Appraiser’s Office since graduating from the University of Florida in 2002 and was elected as property appraiser in 2016. He married Lori Davis Bandi in 2004, and they have two girls, Lillie, and Lexi.
Rebecca Marsocci, Director at Large
Rebecca Marsocci is a lifelong resident of Okeechobee county. She and her husband, Chase, are the third-generation owners of Fast Break Bait & Tackle. Although retail has been Chase’s family business for many years, it was not Rebecca’s first career. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Behavior. After undergraduate school, Rebecca worked locally in healthcare business development for two years. While working, she attended graduate school at Florida Atlantic University. In 2015, Rebecca graduated with a Master’s in Health Administration. Shortly after graduation, Rebecca joined her husband in the family business at Fast Break Bait & Tackle. Together, they have grown the business; undergoing a large expansion in 2016. In 2020, Rebecca expanded their product lines for women by creating a subsection of their business called “Backlash.” Rebecca and Chase have two adventurous children, Landen, and Hoyt. They are very involved in sports, 4-H, hunting, and, obviously, fishing. When she is not traveling to baseball tournaments and livestock shows, Rebecca enjoys archery, fishing, and upcycling home décor. Rebecca is a member of Duck’s Unlimited, the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, and many professional C-Store Societies. She is a supporter of youth fishing programs and youth livestock shows. Rebecca is passionate about promoting Lake Okeechobee and supporting youth in the outdoors