Steve Adkins - President
Steve Adkins is presently the President of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses. In the two years since Mr. Adkins took over the reigns MDGLCC membership has grown more than twentyfold.
In 1999, Steve moved from his native San Diego, California to South Florida and immediately became interested in promoting Miami as a year-round, gay and gay-friendly tourist destination, when he owned and operated the Jefferson House, a South Beach Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel.
Prior to his move to the East Coast, Mr. Adkins held several positions in the banking world. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Vice President International Trade Finance Manager for the Union Bank of California, Southern California; handling such major accounts as Aldila, Inc.; Cubic Corporation, Titan, Inc., ASI Aerospace Group; and Jenny Craig.
Steve acquired his love of sports when he served as the Vice President of Major Accounts for Security Pacific National Bank - Corporate Banking, San Diego, CA., from 1984-1992, handling portfolios for the San Diego Padres Baseball Club, Aldila Golf Clubs and, the Weekend Exercise Company, among others.
The grandson of a career banker, Mr. Adkins was accepted to the commercial banking training program at Bank of American NT&SA in California (1979) where he ultimately served as the Vice President of the Bank of America NT & SA, until 1984.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University’s school of Business Administration (Management with Concentration in Finance).
He is currently the President of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the largest not-for-profit corporation in the County for gay and lesbian businesses. MDGLCC membership has increased from 50 to 700 members in the seven years since Adkins took over the reins in 2006.
Steve Adkins is immediate past Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. Mr. Adkins currently serves on the board of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Coalition of Chambers, and the Executive Director’s Round Table. He is also Vice Chair of Miami Beach Gay Pride and, the Miami Gay & Lesbian and Ft. Lauderdale Film Festivals. Mr. Adkins received the 2009 Eddie McIntyre Community Service Award from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the 2010 Bacardi/Grey Goose Icon Award and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce received Equality Florida’s first “Equality Means Business” Award 2012.
Steven Noel Adkins currently serves on;
Board Member - Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Marketing Council for the GMCVB
One Community One Goal Coordinating Council (Beacon Council)
Board Member – Sister Cities for Miami Beach
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Chair - MDGLCC Foundation Inc.
Vice Chair - Miami Beach Gay Pride
Vice Chair - Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Steven Noel Adkins formerly served on:
Southeast Regional Chair – National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Miami Beach Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force
Miami Beach Mayor’s LGBT Business Development Committee
Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority
Jorge Richa – Marketing Director
Jorge Richa is a bilingual Marketing professional with over 20 years of experience across the US, Latin America, and international markets. He has worked in the Corporate and Agency environments as well as the Non-Profit sector. As the Marketing & Programming Director of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce where he is responsible for the Strategic planning and execution of the Chamber’s marketing, networking, and communications initiatives. Possess a Bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Washington University. Avid world traveler, rollerblade and volleyball enthusiast. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has called Miami home since 2000.
Scott Bader - Chairman of Membership
Scott Bader is an entrepreneur and founder of Triverden Creative, a web development, graphic design and marketing strategy firm. Scott’s experience spans over 10 years in business development and creating innovative websites, with an emphasis on unique graphic design and inbound marketing best practices. During the past 4 years, he has refocused much of his talent with working with and helping to build the LGBT community and other community-based non-profits.
Scott is a leader by nature; his experience includes tenure directing both sales and marketing teams at a Miami-based multi-association firm and later moved up as Director of Business Development by the age of 29. Having grown in this capacity, Scott sought to apply his entrepreneurial spirit by creating his own business that serves non-profits, the LGBT community and small/mid-size businesses.
Since the creation of Triverden, Scott has serviced such reputable organizations such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The American Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, Elizabeth Arden, and the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC). In 2012, he became Chairman of Membership for the MDGLCC. His responsibilities include new member growth, member retention, and support for upcoming events and benefits. During his time at the chamber Scott has networked with a myriad of Miami-based companies and connected 100s of community businesses.
In addition to this, he has donated his time and talent as Director of Communications for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Winter Party Festival and has been their ongoing web-master and developer since 2009. He has also worked with Pridelines Youth Services, Miami Beach Gay Pride, Fire Island Co-Op, Smart Ride, Aqua Foundation for Women and iCount Miami.
In addition to founding Triverden Creative, Scott is also Co-Founder of LGBT Creative, a boutique web design company and is active in many local LGBT organizations.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota with a Minor in Cultural Anthropology.