Episode 16

Celebrating 100 Years of Chamber of Commerce Influence with Betsy Gardner

Published on: 26th October, 2022

Today, Amy welcomes Betsy Gardner Eckbert to the Performance Mindset Podcast. Betsy has been the president and CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce since 2007. She’s been a pharmaceutical sales superstar, an executive at a UK-based consulting firm that mentors executive women, and she was also co-founder of a company that markets UV-protective swimwear for kids worldwide.

When Betsy took over for the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, she was able to incorporate her previous experience as a sales professional and international entrepreneur. Within two years of her tenure, the chamber earned the national Most Innovative Chamber of Commerce Award, through many successful initiatives such as the relaunch program, which added more than 100 women back into the Central Florida workforce.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Why Betsy Gardner Eckbert is so proud of her accomplishments for her hometown as Winter Park looks to the future and what she learned from her mom about the city.
  2. The rebranding and realignment that her chamber went through and how Betsy and her team remains innovative to stay relevant.
  3. How she retains a likable company culture and why it’s so important to have a culture of accountability.
  4. What leadership means to Betsy and the role stewardship plays in her leadership style.
  5. Her advice for entrepreneurs--particularly women--and why an abundance model is so important for leaders and entrepreneurs.
  6. Betsy Gardner Eckbert’s idea of success and how she applies it to her career and personal life.

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Performance Mindset
Realizing Excellence in Business and Commercial Real Estate
After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in business and investments. By having the right support invested in your success and rigorous follow through by the entrepreneur, creating exponential wealth is possible. The objective of the Performance Mindset series is to not only share insights from our most successful entrepreneur clients and other thought leaders, but also share business and commercial real estate trends. If you want to grow, you're tuning into the right show!

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Amy Calandrino

Amy Calandrino, CCIM is the Founding Principal of Beyond Commercial, a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified commercial real estate firm. Amy leads a team of commercial real estate experts who deliver tremendous value to business owners and investors across all asset classes.

Amy’s clientele includes local, regional, national, and international companies in a wide range of industries and numerous private investors and family offices. Her reputation as a fierce, results-driven dealmaker in sales, leasing, and investment transactions helps to achieve her client’s goals through winning bidding wars or otherwise accomplishing what others often cannot.

Currently, Amy is the Immediate Past President of Florida CCIM Chapter's Central District, Immediate Past President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, Representative on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Associate Member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and Board Member on Seacoast Bank’s Central Florida Community Board. Amy also supports many community organizations including Valencia College’s Foundation, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Easterseals Florida, and Inspire of Central Florida. Since Amy finds fulfillment helping others to achieve success, her philanthropic efforts are focused on organizations aligned with her personal mission.

Amy’s recent accolades include: 2021 “Winter Park Magazine” People to Watch; 2021 “Orlando Business Journal” Women Who Mean Business; 2021 #CREi Top LinkedIn Influencers in Commercial Real Estate; 2020 Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) Young Professional Network “20 Under 40” Rising Star; 2020 Globe St. Real Estate Forum “Fifty Under 40” Commercial Real Estate Professional; 2019 Connect CRE Next Generation Award; 2019 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Winter Park Champion of the Year nominee; 2019 ORRA Good Neighbor Award Recipient; and 2018 & 2019 Central Florida Association of REALTORS® Circle of Achievement Award.

Amy lives in the Winter Park / Maitland area with her husband Phil who is a well-respected business attorney and CEO of Forward Law Firm, toddler son Giovanni “Gio”, baby daughter Giulietta “Giulie”, and Duke the whippet (@DukeWhippet). Amy enjoys cooking, knitting, traveling, reading, golfing, playing poker, and spending quality time with loved ones. For more information about Amy, visit www.amycalandrino.com