COMPANY: West Orange Chamber
EDUCATION: Montclair State College; B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing
YEARS IN AREA: 30
YEARS AT COMPANY: 17
When looking at Stina D’Uva’s resume of community involvement since relocating from New Jersey 30 years ago, her career with the West Orange Chamber of Commerce seems written in the stars. After obtaining her degree in business administration from Montclair State College and moving to Central Florida, D’Uva sought out community organizations, looking to get better acquainted with her new neighbors. She first joined the Mothers of Twins Club, later becoming the president, and then joined the MetroWest Elementary PTA. She continued her active involvement in Orange County’s school system as her children grew and founded the Olympia High School PTSA.
Inspired by the issues that matter most to her, she sought more opportunities to make a difference in everything from homeowners’ association matters to healthcare. Soon, her experience and wealth of knowledge inspired her friends to recruit her on their own campaigns, including some for the Board of the County Commissioners and the OCPS Board.
Now, as president and CEO of the chamber, she continues her work by keeping abreast on various issues, staying active in the community and delegating to her talented team. During her tenure as president, the West Orange Chamber has been recognized as Florida Chamber of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2015. That success has not come without its share of obstacles, but she credits her success to persistence and “knowing there’s always a good day around the corner.”
“If you continue to work towards your goals,” she said, ”you eventually see that you’re moving in the right direction.”
While D’Uva has found a way to make the issues she is most passionate about part of her career, her free time is just as full of inspiration, from her long-distance bike rides to entertaining at home with friends and family.