Business and community leader Cliff Walters was honored with the inaugural Robert P. Bartz Award for Outstanding Leadership at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s 55th Annual Dinner on January 31, 2018 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

Created to recognize and inspire community leaders, the Bartz Award celebrates the legacy of the late Bob Bartz, who was president of the Manatee Chamber for almost 35 years until his passing in early 2017. He cared deeply about Manatee County’s economic health and worked diligently, using the Chamber programs and influence, to make a positive difference. His love for our community and the people who live and work here extended well beyond his work-related responsibilities. Bob was a selfless leader of the highest integrity and a tireless advocate.

“I was overwhelmed and honored to learn of my selection for the inaugural Robert P. Bartz Leadership Award.  Especially as it is named for a man that defines the term selfless leader,” Cliff Walters stated. “May all of us continue to pay tribute to Bob’s successes and impact by working collaboratively with business, civic and political leaders, and the community for the betterment of Manatee County.”

Cliff Walters is described by friends and colleagues as a leader, role model, mentor, true professional, and compassionate family man. Cliff is a past chairman of the Manatee Chamber and past trustee member of the Manatee Chamber Foundation. He is a principal partner with the Blalock Walters law firm. His leadership in Manatee County has profoundly influenced public policy, non-profits, businesses and philanthropy.

The Chamber’s Annual Dinner program also recognized outgoing Chairman of the Board Kevin DiLallo and incoming Chairman Darcie Duncan, as well as celebrated the Chamber’s mission and accomplishments.

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