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February 2018 Vol. 19 No. 2

Chairman’s Report: The Value of Leadership

all this you ask? Well fair enough, here it is. Our new board met last month and had to deal with a complex and crowded agenda. Complicated principles, interpretations and opinions. I am proud to report to you that we have exceptional leaders serving us. They know well who they are, from both our Chamber Board and our partners at the KLCPF Board. I have thanked them personally, and expressed my deepest gratitude in the name of our board and membership. Each and every one of these leaders on both boards stepped up to the plate and in an exemplary magical moment we listened to one another and to our invited guest and personal friend Mr. Jim Saunders from Bay View Construction, who so generously made time in his very busy schedule to be with us. We accentuated our common principles, our shared goals and passions, all for the good of our members and all segments of our community. As a result we have chartered a course of beneficial strategic collaboration and camaraderie for our Chamber and our partners in the Foundation. Expect great results and good things to come. This is what happens when good leaders come together for the greater good.

our great American leaders and communicators with a dream to make our beloved country a better place for all of us to live in peace. And to be able to judge one another not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. On a much smaller scale, and in a more restricted sense, businesses and organizations such as our Chamber are also a parallel example of the value of leadership and effective communication. This shows not only to our organization, but most importantly to its membership. In any group of individuals working together and even sharing common goals, you are going to have differences of opinions and different interpretations of the very same facts. Such is human perception. Our perspectives are very personal and might or not be aligned. When opinions differ, passion can and will most often color the dialogue. Friction and heated debate seldom contributes to better understanding, but is inevitable as tension ensues. Historians warn us that all these are perfectly normal and expected by products of the Democratic process we all cherish. It takes good leadership and effective communication to channel energy and depth of feeling for the good of all. Where is our Chairman going with

Roberto Alonso Chairman of the Board Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

In times of national peril, at home or abroad, most importantly in time of war, there are countries who have historically been blessed with good leaders to guide them through their darkest hours. Such is American history, replete as it is with brilliant examples of men and women of all creeds, race, ethnicity and political persuasions, who rose to the occasion and bore the responsibility to lead their fellow Americans with faith, grace and valor. Indeed last month we celebrated Martin Luther King Day, one of


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