Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Statement on the Passing of Bob Bartz

Feb 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan released the following statement on the passing of Bob Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce:

“Bob’s leadership and positive contributions to our community span decades. In that time, he made Manatee County a better place for business, for residents and for visitors. Bob exemplified the spirit of public service and will be missed.”

Mr. Bartz became president of the Manatee Chamber in July 1982. He was recognized by his peers and community many times, and served the region in volunteer capacities beyond his Chamber role.

In 2007, Buchanan entered into the official Congressional Record the following recognition of the Manatee Chamber and Mr. Bartz:



                           HON. VERN BUCHANAN
                               of Florida
                    in the House of Representatives
                      Thursday, September 6, 2007

  Mr. BUCHANAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Manatee
County Chamber of Commerce for winning the American Chamber of Commerce
Executive's, ACCE, 2007 Chamber of the Year Award, the nation's only
award recognizing the expanding role chambers play in strengthening
area businesses and their community.

  By winning this award, the Manatee chamber has demonstrated its
organizational strength and success in community leadership by being
the best in the nation in its category for financial and membership
growth as well as making a significant impact on important community
issues, including economic development, education, transportation,
healthcare and cultural activities.

  The Manatee chamber was also named the 2007 Florida Chamber of the
Year by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals for
the third time--making it the only chamber to have won this prestigious
award more than twice.

  These awards are a tribute to the knowledge, leadership skills, and
management effectiveness of chamber President Bob Bartz and to the
quality of the work done by the organization's staff and the spirit and
involvement of its volunteers, including the chamber's officers and
Board of Directors.

  I congratulate the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and its members for
these impressive awards. I recognize their many accomplishments, and I
appreciate their successful efforts to help businesses succeed and
enhance the lives of Manatee County residents.