• The Tavares 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 Tavares Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO


    Erika Buigas |  President & CEO
    Tavares Chamber of Commerce
    300 East Main Street
    Tavares, FL 32778
    352-343-2531  |  954-562-8654 (cell)


  • Office Staff and Volunteers Office Staff and Volunteers

    Deanna McKay, Operations Coordinator

    A Florida native, Deanna attended the University of Central Florida where her passion for resource management and strategic planning began. As Operations Coordinator, she specializes in administrative technology, structured logistical flow and handling unforeseen circumstances with grace. She is a well-organized individual with a pleasant attitude and a desire to make a positive mark at the Chamber of Commerce. Outside of her professional life, Deanna is a self-proclaimed food critic and avid yogi. 



    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.

    Joe Gillespie, 
    Customer Care Specialist
    Joe 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.