Chamber honors Gainesville banker


Longtime Gainesville banker C.B. Daniel Jr. is congratulated by participants after being honored by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce at the UF Hilton on Thursday.

Aaron Daye/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Longtime Gainesville banker C.B. Daniel Jr. received the second-ever Legacy Award at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Thursday night for his career of civic involvement, business leadership and economic development efforts.

In his career, Daniel was executive vice president of First Federal Savings and Loan of Mid-Florida, president of Florida National Bank of Gainesville and First Union National Bank of North Central Florida, and he is currently affiliated with Alarion Bank.

He was appointed to the Florida Board of Regents by former Gov. Lawton Chiles.

Daniel was noted for his work on job creation and airport growth. His economic development efforts have included serving as president of the chamber and serving as founding director of the Council for Economic Outreach.

Civic involvement has included volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way, the Heart Association, the March of Dimes and the Gainesville Rotary Club, among many others.

The late builder Charles Perry was the first recipient of the award.

Chamber chairman and CEO Brent Christensen said the Legacy Award is not given annually because "someone the stature of a Chuck Perry doesn't come around every year."

Kinnon Thomas of Thomas Sound Group took the chamber chairmanship from Michael Walsh of M.M. Parrish Construction Company.

Thomas said the chamber's public policy committee will be more active in trying to drive policy change, such as leading a citizen's initiative for a penny sales tax to fund civic improvements, and suggesting improvements to the county's health-care program to better serve the business community.

Thomas also announced the chamber's new Web site, www.gainesvillechamber.com.

Home builder Barry Rutenberg received the chairman's award from Walsh for chairing a task force that recommended the penny tax.

Walsh noted the chamber's 2007 accomplishments, including surpassing 1,400 members. Through FloridaWorks, the chamber provided 18,000 referrals to 3,400 posted job openings. The chamber is also working with local officials in hopes of creating a fast-track permit process for certain industries in specific locations.

Gerry Dedenbach of Causseaux, Hewett & Walpole received the J. Wayne Reitz Award for his work analyzing available commercial space in Alachua County.

Martha Kern of New York Life received the Volunteer of the Year Award for numerous duties, including work on the Pro-Ed Golf Tournament.

Joe Cirulli of Gainesville Health and Fitness Centers is the new chairman of the Council for Economic Outreach.

Anthony Clark can be reached at 352-374-5094 or anthony.clark@gvillesun.com.

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