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Coral Gables Chamber Honors Former City Mayor Dorothy Thomson

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Prestigious annual award sponsored by The Allen Morris Company recognized Thomson, the only female mayor of Coral Gables, for her significant impact on the City Beautiful


The Allen Morris Company, in partnership with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, honored Dorothy Thomson as the recipient of the 9th Annual George E. Merrick Award of Excellence™ on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at the iconic Biltmore Hotel.

Dorothy Thomson began her lifelong service to the Coral Gables community as a young mother when she served in leadership roles in the Parent-Teacher Association. After going on to be a member and serve on the boards of many civic organizations, Thomson at age 47 won a seat on the Coral Gables Commission. She went on to serve 16 years on the Commission including one term as the first and only woman mayor in the history of Coral Gables.

Thomson championed the restoration of the city’s premier landmark, the historic Biltmore Hotel, co-founded the Coral Gables Citizen’s Crime Watch and Crime Watch of Dade County and spearheaded a community focus on senior citizen issues that resulted in the establishment of the city’s first Senior Citizens’ Office. Thomson was the impetus behind many beautification projects in town, including the creation of Ponce Circle Park.

The George E. Merrick Award of Excellence™ was established in 2008 to celebrate and recognize a true visionary leader who has made a significant impact and set standards for the cultural celebration, promotion, beautification, preservation and economic growth of the City of Coral Gables.

The Distinguished Honorees also recognized this year were:

Claudine Claus, Home Financing Center, Inc.

Dr. Carol Damian, Florida International University

Dr. Narendra Kini, Miami Chidren’s Hospital

Coach Jim Morris, University of Miami

“The impetus for this award was to recognize individuals who truly personifies the visionary spirit of George Merrick,” said W. Allen Morris, Chairman & CEO of The Allen Morris Company, “and while every single nominee certainly embodies that criteria, we specifically congratulate Dorothy Thomson for her life-long service to the City of Coral Gables and for being this year’s recipient.”

The Chamber and City National Bank also honored three leaders with the 3rd Annual Merrick-in-the-Making Awards. The 2016 Honorees were: Innovator: Melissa Medina, eMerge Americas; Entrepreneur: Jeffrey Weiner, MDW Insurance Group; and Community Builder: Carlos Garcia, Hancock Askey & Co., LLP.

The Merrick Legacy Award was established to recognize a Legacy Organization that endures today and continues to embody the living spirit and vision of George Merrick. This award was presented to The City of Coral Gables.


About The Allen Morris Company

The Allen Morris Company is one of the largest real estate firms in the Southeast U.S. specializing in commercial and multi-family residential development, leasing, property management, and brokerage. With offices in Miami, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. The Allen Morris Company has served its business and investment clients for over 58 years. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook at or in Twitter @allenmorrisco.

About the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,500 members and is the second largest business association in Miami-Dade County. Their mission is to foster and enhance the economic interests of the Coral Gables community, while advancing the quality of life of our members, partners, neighbors and visitors. For more information on our Chamber, please visit or follow-us on Facebook at

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