Mr. Adkins was appointed to the MBVCA in January 2009 and is currently the Vice Chair. 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 more than quadrupled in the two years since Adkins took over the reins in 2005.
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 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 of International Trade and Finance Manager for the Union Bank of California, Southern California; handling such major accounts as Aldila, Inc., Hybritech, Inc., Titan, Inc., ASI Aerospace Group, and Jenny Craig.
In addition to the MBVCA, Mr. Adkins also serves on the board of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Miami-Dade Mayor’s GLBT Community Advisory Committee and Business Development Committee; the Coalition of Chambers; and is the Chair of the Executive Director’s Round Table. Mr. Adkins received the 2009 Eddie McIntyre Community Service Award from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; the 2010 Bacardi Icon Award, and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce received Equality Florida’s first “Equality Means Business” Award in 2012.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science, from San Diego State University and a Business Administration Degree with a strong emphasis on Management with Concentration in Finance