Winner announced at Chamber’s 50th Annual Gala

Merritt Island, Fla. (January 29, 2018) – The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates John Byron, Sun State Strategy, Inc. on his recognition as the 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) winner. The announcement came at the chamber’s sold out 50th Annual Gala at Cruise Terminal 1 in Port Canaveral.

“I was thrilled with the DSA committee’s decision this year, and could not think of a more deserving honoree than John Byron, who has not only assisted the Chamber, but several other non profits in Brevard with Strategic Planning,” said Jennifer Sugarman, President & CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber kicked off the New Year and the next 50 years right with this unforgettable event, and I appreciate all of our sponsors, presenters and partners for making the evening so memorable.”

The DSA has been awarded by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber each year since 1985 and represents a community-minded individual who has provided consistent and unrelenting efforts with their time, talent and treasure on the Space Coast.

“I’m honored to win this award. It was a complete surprise and a bit humbling. And it shows the value the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce places on community service and the useful role a strong chamber movement plays in Brevard,” said John Byron.

The Chamber reflected on its 50 year history at the Gala, while inducting its new Chairman of the Board, Dina Reider-Hicks with Waste Management, as well as the 2018 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.


“The Chamber’s ’50 years in the Spotlight’ themed gala was a wonderful event to kick off a new year of opportunity and growth for our community,” said Reider-Hicks. “Congratulations to John Byron, the Distinguished Service Award winner – a well-deserved honor. I am excited to serve as Chair and look forward to a great year ahead working with all our partners and the Chamber team.”

About the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1968 as a voice for Brevard’s business community and serves Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Patrick Air Force Base, Port St. John, Rockledge, Palm Shores, Suntree and Viera.