Christine Barney: Seeks chamber of commerce dashboard of success
Christine Barney often jokes that she was “dragged” to Miami for family reasons. She missed her beloved New York City but, after six months, had the opportunity to return and decided to stay. Ms. Barney had already fallen in love what she calls the sense of energy in Miami, its welcoming nature, emergence as the entrepreneurial capital of the world and vibrant cultural offerings.
In 1989, she began working at Bruce Rubin Associates, a small travel and tourism firm. Three years later, Ms. Barney became partner of the newly named Rubin, Barney & Birger, a full-service marketing PR firm representing Fortune 500 brands. In 1997, the partners sold the firm to a global conglomerate. She led the buyback in 2001 to create rbb public relations LLC.
Ms. Barney became involved with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a representative of Bruce Rubin Associates in 1989. A month ago, she became chair of the largest business group in South Florida.
Ms. Barney said the chamber has made great strides in being more accountable to members and the community. She said she wants to keep the momentum going with transparency as to how it’s doing, looking at how successful the chamber is with making its members satisfied and attracting new members as well as examining the health of its profit and loss statement.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Ms. Barney at rbb’s Coral Gables office.
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