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PACE Award Winners celebrated by Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce

Each year, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce hosts a SOLD OUT event to honor local community members for their efforts in making our world a better place to live.  (In all seriousness, if former Mayor Grover Robinson had to ask friends for extra tickets, you should probably call Chamber President Todd Thomson today to place your order for 2024!)


The PACE (Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence) Awards were hosted last night at the Pensacola Beach Hilton, and the winners listed below were honored.

We left the event last night though realizing that we have not yet had the pleasure of meeting the next super star of Pensacola.

During the evening, a short video is shared that is about each of the honorees with their family members and close friends sharing admiration for the nominee.

If the Local Pulse was invited to vote on BEST VIDEO of the evening, then certainly, Dr. Kim Thomas’ (Principal, C.A. Weis Elementary School) young son D.J. takes the Oscar for the evening.  His whit and charm is certainly award winning. Watch out for this one – we haven’t heard the last from him.

Congratulations to the best of the best – those who are working hard every single day to create a safe and beautiful place to call home.

Community Leader: Sheriff Chip Simmons, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Emerging Leader: Nicole Stacey, Vice President of Destination Development, Visit Pensacola

Advocate Leader: Connie Bookman, Founder and CEO, Pathways for Change

Business Leader: Kara Cardona, Executive Vice President of Greater Pensacola and Contact Center Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union

Professional Leader: David Deliman, Market Vice-President, Cox Communications Inc.

Leader in Education: Dr. Kim Thomas, Principal, C.A. Weis Elementary School

Spirit of Pensacola: Grover Robinson, Former Pensacola Mayor

Pioneer Award: Belle Bear, The Lewis Bear Company

Thank you to the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce President Todd Thomson and his team for making sure that the # #goodpeople in Pensacola are recognized through this long-standing award ceremony and offering an inspiring event to attend.


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Lisa Long has cultivated the skill set of combining big-picture thinking + research + insights + storytelling; then integrating it all into the platform of good news. Besides being a Partner with the Local Pulse, she also owns a social media agency. She is passionate about the success of small businesses and the role that they play; and the community impact they have on culture, tourism, and the tax base. She lives in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, the Chief Deputy of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and their English Cream Golden Retriever named Gracie. In the past year two years, she has been recognized and won Community Leader of the Year in 2021 from the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce PACE Awards, EntreCon’s John Myslack Servant Leader of the Year Award in November 2021, and selected as a member of the InWeekly’s Power List 2022 and 2023. You can find her most days with a cup of coffee, thanking Jesus for her blessings, and being amazed at all the intriguing people she gets to meet. Odds are, she considers you one of them.