The Chamber of Commerce is an economic development engine. Our mission is to advocate on behalf of businesses in Tavares and throughout Lake County creating greater opportunity for all.
Tavares Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
J. Scott Berry became the Interim Executive Director at Tavares Chamber in March of 2016, a position that was made permanent in July of 2016. J. Scott owned J. Scott’s Skin Care & Day Spa in Downtown Leesburg from May of 2005 through November 2016. J. Scott has been incredibly involved in the Lake County community for 15 years and in 2015 was awarded the highest award in Lake County, Special Recognition for Community Service by Leadership Lake and Lake County Chamber Alliance. He has served on many non-profit boards including: Melon Patch Community Theatre (President 3 terms); Lake Sumter State College (President); Leesburg Partnership (3 years executive board); Leesburg Center for the Arts; Historical Preservation Board (3 years as Chairman) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties (still serving on the executive board).
J. Scott has been honored by the Florida Commissioner of Education for business support of education (2014), his day spa was named International Spa of the Year by leading skin care company Repechage (2012) and was honored for outstanding leadership by the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce (2014). He was also crowned King Rex of Leesburg Mardi Gras in 2010.
J. Scott was born in Sumter County and graduated from Lake Sumter State College before moving to Jacksonville to purse his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University. He returned to Lake County in 2001 and has been invested in all areas of the community ever since.
J. Scott Berry | President & CEO
Tavares Chamber of Commerce
300 East Main Street
Tavares, FL 32778
352-343-2531 | 352-603-2780 (cell)
Office Staff and VolunteersErika Buigas, Director of Operations
Bio to come.
Cheryl Rhoads, Customer Care Specialist
After moving to Lake County in 2014, Cheryl realized she missed the interaction with her patients of 48 years. Retirement wasn’t enough for her! She met Janet Noack 6 months later and she encouraged her to volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce. That was 2015 and it has been her pleasure to work with J. Scott, the Chamber members and to be a Customer Care Specialist for all visitors to the Chamber of Commerce. The rest of her days are spent enjoying fishing with her husband and spending time with her 8 grandchildren.
Julia Van Beck, Customer Care Specialist
Born in England, raised in Illinois, and after living in nine states and three foreign countries, Julia finally came to rest in Lake County 16 years ago. Since then she has been actively involved in civic organizations and her church. She thinks this is the perfect place to be even though her family lives elsewhere. Daughter, Jenna, lives in Bradenton, Fl. and son, Ted, and his wife, Cindy, and son, Chad, all live in Huntsville. Alabama. Julia's other two grandchildren live in Washington, D.C. and Oregon state. This gives her the perfect opportunity to travel.With her deceased husband, Donald, she has owned numerous businesses and served on the board of several corporations. She served on the Hospitality Committee of the 1996 Summer Olympics and is a Past President of the Georgia Association of Landscape Design Appraisers. Julia is most happy to be working for the Chamber with all of the opportunities to meet and greet local businesses and visiting tourists.
Joe Gillespie, Customer Care SpecialistJoe and his wife Cathy and have lived in Mount Dora for 22 years, moving from Orlando. When looking for some Volunteer opportunities he was told the Chamber needed someone and voila! It has been at least ten years and Joe enjoys coming in each Tuesday and doing what he can to be of help. He is amazed at the questions visitors have and looks forward to when visitors visit our area again. Joe also enjoys volunteering at the Mount Dora Library. Just recently he and his wife moved into Waterman Village and are getting use to a new lifestyle.