Steve Adkins is presently 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. In the two years since Mr. Adkins took over the reigns MDGLCC membership has grown more than twentyfold.
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 Bed & Breakfast Hotel.
Prior to his move to the East Coast, Mr. Adkins held several positions in the banking world. Steve spent the majority of his banking career first at Bank of America (1975 to 1984) and Security Pacific Bank NA (now part of BofA; 1984 to 1995). From 1995 to 1999, he served as Vice President International Trade Finance Manager for the Union Bank of California (part of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi), Southern California; his portfolio included prestigious accounts such as the San Diego Padres, Jenny Craig, Aldila, Inc. (Golf); Cubic Corporation, Titan, Inc., ASI Aerospace Group; and University Contractors (UMEC).
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University’s school of Business Administration (Management with Concentration in Finance).
Steve Adkins is immediate past Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. Mr. Adkins currently serves on the board of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Coalition of Chambers, and the Pride Coalition. He is also Vice Chair of Miami Beach Gay Pride and, the Miami Gay & Lesbian and Ft. Lauderdale Film Festivals. Mr. Adkins received the 2009 Eddie McIntyre Community Service Award from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the 2010 Bacardi/Grey Goose Icon Award and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce received Equality Florida’s first "Equality Means Business" Award 2012.