The American Business Women’s Association Emerald Coast Chapter honored Shareen Ketchem owner of SRK Fine Jewelry as it’s’ 2013-14 Business Associate of the Year. 

Shareen Ketchem and SRK Fine Jewelry has supported the Emerald Coast Chapter of ABWA for the past 25 years in many ways. She served as chair of Ways and Means, co-chaired the Bizarre Bazaar, chaired the auction fundraiser and was the program chair for at least two years. Shareen has served on many committees and was named Woman of the Year in 1995. 

No member in the chapter has shown more dedication to the Boat Poker Run (BPR) over the past 20 years than Shareen. She was the first co-chair of the event, chaired the boat poker run and more recently served on the steering committee. Shareen was in charge of registration, except for two years. Handling registration is putting what she does a little too simply. Shareen has accepted the registrations at her home, with many of the boaters calling, faxing and dropping by. She even recruited one boater to make a $1,000 cash donation. 

This year Shareen got packages donated from the casinos in Biloxi and also from local restaurants and businesses. She put out yard signs and was on air with local radio stations. She spent all day Friday and Saturday working at the BPR…then spent Sunday sorting and counting money. She is an inspiration to me and to all our members for her enthusiasm and dedication to the poker run and raising funds for scholarships for local students.

Shareen is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and serves in many volunteer positions, including taking care of the gardens for the past 11 years. She has been a member of the Fort Walton Beach Lions Club since 1994, serving four years as president. Shareen was awarded the Lions Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services in 2008 and Lion of the Year Award in 2009.

The three other nominees for this award were Nivaska Eastwold owner of Linck Photography, Mary Florence owner of Baskets by Mary and employed at Eglin Federal Credit Union and Elisa Rowland an independent sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics (pictured to the below). 
Pictured (L to R): Shareen Ketchem, owner of SRK Jewelry, Mary Florence
owner of Baskets by Mary and employed at Eglin Federal Credit Union,
Nivaska Eastwold owner of Linck Photography, and Elisa Rowland an
independent sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. 



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American Business Women's Association
Emerald Coast Chapter #1579
P.O. Box 731 
Fort Walton Beach, FL  32549 
emeraldcoastabwa@gmail.com