The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2012 annual award winners March 23 during a Hawaiian-themed gala celebration at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel.
Ambassador of the Year is Dave Alderson of Gulf States Insurance.
Emerging Leader of the Year is Cathy Burleigh of Gulf Coast Community Bank.
Emerging Business of the Year is Coastal Paddle Company, owned and managed by Kevin and April Cook.
The Nancy Keyes Spirit Award winner is Don Richards of United Peninsula Association.
Business of the Year is Bayside Collision Center, owned and operated by Ronnie and Shannon Westmoreland.
The party was complete with a Hawaiian band and dancers, who helped some of the chamber members learn a new way of cutting the rug.
“I think I have the best staff in the world,’’ said Josi Cotti, president and chief executive officer of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce. “If you have problems, we are here to help. This committee makes a difference in the city and the county. We strive to be the best cheerleader for our beautiful community.’’
The chamber has 410 business and individual members.