Since 1982, Jerry Libbin has served as the voice for the Miami community as an active resident and member of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. In his 10th year as chamber president, he assisted in boosting the city’s economy by helping the business community in their development and economic needs. As commissioner, Jerry showed a record of tangible results from his policy initiatives dealing with fiscal responsibility, public education, international trade, economic development, arts and culture, sustainability, neighborhood improvement projects and condominium owner rights. Under his impeccable leadership at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and as a former city commissioner, Jerry has endlessly contributed to the development of Miami Beach. When Jerry isn’t transforming the economic sector, he works with the chiefs of police and fire/ocean rescue to promote public safety in Miami Beach. He’s launched the chamber’s annual Hero’s Breakfast, which honors 10 first responders that have shown valor in the line of duty. One of Jerry’s biggest impacts on the city has been in education, by enhancing its feeder pattern programs. He started the Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation, which brings together the strengths and resources of the community to support the needs of public education. Additionally, establishing the Links Program, which provides three teachers grants of up to $1,000 each, within Miami Beach’s feeder program of eight public schools. But his work does not stop there, as he created a healthcare program which strives to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of students. Jerry’s dedication to the Miami Beach community extends to preserve and enhance the city’s unique and vibrant character, where he oversees the chamber’s Visitor Center, acting as a resource to tourists traveling to Miami Beach. He also organized the first Veteran’s Parade, which still occurs in Miami Beach today. During the pandemic, Jerry devoted his time to launching a new endeavor, the Inaugural Badass Women of the Year Event (BWOTY), presented by the Miami Beach Chamber Women’s Business Council and City National Bank. The Badass Women of The Year winners will be announced at a luncheon on December 10, 2021, at the Loews Miami Beach, where winners will be given $1,000 to donate to a vetted charity/nonprofit benefit that supports women and young girls. The Chamber accepted nominations for professionals who excelled in 7 categories: Construction Trades, Military/First Responders, Science/Technology, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Government, Sports, and Women in Business. Visit maimibeachchamber.com for event details and more information on the chamber.
“There is no city like Miami Beach, and I love helping our community and businesses succeed as the Chamber’s President and CEO. Every day, we meet with an array of different businesses and help them connect with each other to do business. We also assist with their marketing efforts and provide them with vital educational information. I love that we help our local economy grow and that we advocate for this city that is truly a paradise.”