Greater Boca Chamber of Commerce Annual
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The quality of our workforce here is a real attraction that we are promoting." --Kelly Smallridge, President, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County These successful Palm Beach County businesses are among hundreds of employers who use WORKFORCE ALLIANCE Business Services to help with: � � � Recruiting, from entry level positions to the executive suite Assessing and referring candidates Hiring and training grants for employers � � Expert labor market and economic information Outplacement services The WORKFORCE ALLIANCE Business Services team of professional consultants is ready to help your business. Call 1-800-556-JOBS (5627), or visit www.pbcalliance.com today! Contents 12 33 artiCles 7 President's letter By Troy M. Mc c lellan The Chamber is 60 years strong--and still committed to building the best business community in South Florida. 38 9 mayor's letter By Ma yor Su San Whelchel The strong partnership between the City of Boca Raton and its chamber is a powerful incentive in attracting new business. 10 12 33 38 43 important Phone numbers Boca Boca Business This handy list of numbers is a one-page guide to area resources. It's a city like no other--and here are a few tips to help you navigate South Florida's best place to live, work and play. Boca Raton has always placed a premium on encouraging a diverse and vibrant business community. Boca offers a wealth of amenities, from beaches to professional sports--and endless options for R & R. lisa keeney recreation & leisure living Well on The cover The city's medical institutions are some of the best in the nation, from neonatal to eldercare to cancer and heart health. BOCA RAt On SKyline And inlet By ROBeRt Steven S Ph Ot Og RAPhy BoCa ChamBer annual 2012 | 3 contents 73 articles 48 50 53 62 64 maP Your guide to Boca Raton area landmarks 62 residential education Housing throughout Boca Raton ranges from coastal mansions to family-friendly subdivisions. Boca is not only a college town; the city is home to both public and private A-rated schools. arts & culture Parks From a world-renowned Festival of the Arts to a vibrant cultural consortium, Boca celebrates the arts. Boca has long been on the vanguard for going green-- and has an enviable and extensive system of parks and green spaces. 68 the Boca chamber By Audr A Hodges The Boca Chamber is a formidable business advocate--and a vital partner to its more than 1,200 members. 86 73 the innovators By r ic H Poll Ack Boca Raton is home to an impressive array of top-flight companies and visionary leaders. Here's why they chose Boca. 86 the Good life By MArie sP eed There's a reason people want to live here; the city is synonymous with world class shopping, dining and accommodations. Directories 97 Trustee Members � 112 Directory of members by Business Classification � 135 Directory of members by name 4 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 N o w l e a s i N g P h a s e i i o f ly N N f i N a N c i a l c e N t e r STaFF Boca Chamber 1800 N. Dixie Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432-1892 Telephone: 561/395-4433 Fax: 561/392-3780 firstname.lastname@example.org bocaratonchamber.com CHam BeR OFFiCeRs CherylBudd KeithO'Donnell RandyNobles KevinRoss JerryFedele JohnT.MulhallIII TroyM.McLellan Chair Chair-Elect ViceChair ViceChair Treasurer ImmediatePastChair President&CEO rethiNk sPace. eNergy. DesigN. legacy. DiReCTORs StephenAst,AnthonyBarbar,VicBeninate,MichaelDaszkal, MelanieDickinson,MitchFeldman,PeterFoley,PeterGallo,Ph. D.,MichaelKaufman,BonnieKaye,RickKonsavage,Monica Luechtefeld,JosephPores,BurtRapoport,JackieReeves,Rocki Rockingham,TimSnow,ChuckStout,EthelIsaacsWilliams 1 8 2 5 / 1 8 7 5 N . W C O R P O R AT E B LV D . | B O C A R AT O N , F L 3 3 4 3 1 W W W. Ly N N F i N A N C i A L C E N T E R . C O m F O R L E A s i N g i N F O R m AT i O N | F L A g L E R R E A L E s TAT E s E R V i C E s Dyana Kenney & Greg Martin at 561.441.5550 or email Dyana.Kenney@flaglerdev.com PROFes s iONa L Tea m TroyM.McLellan,CCE BethJohnston FirdausDotiwala SarahPearson AudraHodges ChasityJ.Navarro StevenBleier SharonRamsey KathySheridan LynnB.Grant President&CEO ExecutiveVicePresident V.P.,Finance&Administration V.P.,BusinessDevelopment Marketing&Communications Coordinator EventsCoordinator SeniorSalesAssociate SalesAssociate MemberService& AdministrativeAssociate ExecutiveAssistant lfcdevelopment_chamber12.indd 1 9/6/11 4:00 PM STANDING STILL? mis s iON s Ta TemeNT Toprovideleadership,networking,innovativebusiness programsandcommunityopportunities,enablingourmembershiptothriveinadynamicpro-businessenvironment,while fosteringanunmatchedqualityoflife. Pu BLis HeR TO MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION IT'S ALL IN THE STRATEGY TM Celebrating 15 Years Of Successful Strategies Revisioning Experts | Brand Pros | Image Makers | News Media Specialists | Alliance Builders Community ConnecteursTM | Full-Service Graphic Designers | E-Marketing Innovators Phone 561-392-5166 | Fax 561-392-5842 | Email: email@example.com www.kcompr.com SOUTH CITY PLAZA - 1515 South Federal Highway, Suite 103, Boca Raton, FL 33432 JESPublishingCorp. MargaretMaryShuff MarieSpeed KevinKaminski JohnThomason CassieMorien LoriPierino KathleenRoss DeniseGoris AshleeZeller BruceKlein 561/997-8683 Publisher JESEditors ArtDirector ArtDirector ArtDirector ProductionCoordinator DirectorofSpecial Publications 6 |Kaye Communications.indd 1 2012 Boca chamBer annual 9/19/11 11:23 AM Welcome celeBrating 60 Years of Business and communitY advocacY ixty years ago, the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce was formed through a small, concerted effort by local professionals to create a strong business dynamic in Boca Raton. Then as now, business leaders banded together to help the region's economy by enhancing the awareness, recognition and patronage of local businesses. They knew, even then, that only by working together, building lasting relationships and increasing local business activity, could we create a successful and lasting community. Although times have changed and Boca Raton has grown into a thriving city, your Chamber understands the wisdom of that early effort and strives to continue to be your strongest business advocate. Over the past few years, we have taken stock of our business climate, evaluating lessons learned and realigning our growth initiatives to ensure the best plan for success. The Chamber continues to work with the City of Boca Raton, the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and Workforce Alliance, Inc. to maintain Boca Raton's superior profile as a premiere location for business creation, enhancement and relocation. Thanks to an A-rated school system and an ever-growing national appeal as an elite "college town," Boca Raton has the talented workforce necessary to secure South Florida's thriving future. The burgeoning industry clusters of medicine, education and technology are providing excellent opportunities for that talent to remain in our community. The time period of 2011-2012 marks a milestone for some of our community partners who celebrate anniversaries. The sheer number demonstrates the longevity and diversity of business and community organizations in Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University, 50 years as a state university; St. Andrew's School, 50 years as an elite private school; the Junior League of Boca Raton, 40 years of service; Boca Raton magazine, 30 years of branding Boca Raton; West Boca Medical Center, 25 years providing quality healthcare; BlueGreen Corporation, 20 years as a major employer and community philanthropist; The Shops of Boca Center, 20 years of excellent mixed�use development--with Uncle Tai's celebrating 25 years--and Max's Grille in Mizner Park, celebrating 20 years as a landmark restaurant where many a power lunch takes place. And finally, we salute our very own Golden Bell Education Foundation, which just celebrated 20 years of giving--now more than $1 million�to local public schools. We are encouraged to see the rising level of engagement by our members in the networking opportunities, educational programs and economic development initiatives that the Boca Chamber has made available--and by the confidence of our community partners that 2012 will be a year of economic vitality and growth. So, as your Chamber celebrates its 60th anniversary, we will remain steadfast in our resolve to maintain a strong pro-business environment that supports job creation, economic sustainability and an unmatched quality of life, so that our community will continue to be a beacon of prosperity for the next 60 years. Sincerely, GREATER BOCA RATON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFiCERs Cheryl Budd, NCCI Holdings, Inc., Chair Keith O'Donnell, Flagler Real Estate Services, Chair Elect Randy Nobles, Comerica Wealth & Institutional Management, Vice Chair Kevin Ross, Ed.D., Lynn University, Vice Chair Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Treasurer John T. Mulhall iii, Rutherford Mulhall, P.A., Immediate Past Chair Troy M. McLellan, CCE President & CEO/Secretary s DiRECTORs s tephen Ast, Boca Raton Resort & Club Anthony Barbar, Barbar & Associates, LLC Vic Beninate, AT&T Michael Daszkal, Daszkal Bolton LLP Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center Peter Foley, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Peter Gallo, Ph. D., Saint Andrew's School Michael Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communications Inc. Rick Konsavage, Ocean Properties Ltd. Monica Luechtefeld, Office Depot Joseph Pores, Call 4 Health Burt Rapoport, Rapoport's Restaurant Group Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital, LLC Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions Tim s now, George Snow Scholarship Fund, Inc Chuck s tout, Meridian Insurance Group, LLC Troy M. McLellan, CCE, President & CEO Cheryl Budd, 2012 Chair of the Board Ethel isaacs Williams, Florida Power & Light Co. Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 7 GREATER BOCA RATON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GENERAL BUSINESS ANNUAL INVESTMENT Employees Investment 1-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $380 3-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $405 11-20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $570 21-50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,025 51-100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,270 101-200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,800 201-400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,385 401+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,385 + $2 .00 per additional employee DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS Deposits Investment Base Investment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $750 First $50 Million Deposits . . . . . . . . . . . . . Additional $50 .00 per million $50-$100 Million Deposits . . . . . . . . . . . . Additional $20 .00 per million Over $100 Million Deposits . . . . . . . . . . . . Additional $10 .00 per million Maximum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000 HOTELS/MOTELS/APARTMENTS/CONDOS Units Investment 1-20 Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $425 Base Investment 21+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $425 + $5 .00 per additional unit SHOPPING CENTERS/OFFICE BUILDINGS Square Footage Investment 0-1/4 Million Square Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $740 1/4-1/2 Million Square Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,220 1/2 Million Square Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,960 1+ Million Square Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,625 This schedule is intended to assist in the determination of an equitable investment in the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and is effective through October 31, 2012. Non-Profit Organizations pay the minimum investment of $380 plus the one time initiation fee of $35. (The non-profit organization must provide proof of 501(c)(3) status along with the membership application.) Membership investment is payable in advance, non-refundable, and is continuous unless you present written notification to the contrary. We offer an upgraded Trustee membership. For more information, contact us at 561/395-4433. NEW MEMBER APPLICATION Firm / Business Name:____________________________________________________________# of Employees / Associates / Contractors:__________ Address:_________________________________________________________________________________________ Suite #:__________________ City: ________________________________________________________________________ State:__________________ Zip:___________________ Phone:___________________________________ Cellphone:_________________________________ Toll Free:_______________________________ Main Category/Industry:___________________________________________________________________Fax:_________________________________ Additional Categories ($25 each):________________________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact:_______________________________________________________ Title:____________________________________________________ E-mail:_________________________________________________ Web Site Address:_____________________________________________________ Additional Contacts - 1) Name:_____________________________________________________ Email:_____________________________________ 2) Name:__________________________________________________________________ Email:__________________________________________ Is this a home-based business? Yes No Is your business utilizing Social Media? Yes No Find the Greater Boca Raton Chamber on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn! Please list the two top strategic alliances you would most like to make through your Chamber participation .____________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Chamber Sales Representative:_________________________________Chamber Member Who Referred You:_______________________________ Your Join Date:__________________ You may enclose a check with this application and mail to: Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, 1800 North Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432 Electronic applications are available online at www .bocaratonchamber .com/join . Or provide credit card information below and fax to 561 .392 .3780 . Employer ID# 59-0667561 . If you need assistance with your application, please call 561 .395 .4433 and ask for the membership department . FORM OF PAYMENT: Credit Card Type: Annual Dues $ ___________ 35.00 Administrative Fee $ ___________ (one time fee) Extra Categories ($25 each) # __ $ ___________ Total Investment $ ___________ Check #: ___________ Credit Card Visa Master Card American Express Discover *CVV=AMEX-front of card, 4 digits above account number. Visa/MC/Disc=back of card, last 3 digits on signature panel. Credit Card #:__________________________________________ Exp . Date:_____________ CVV*:_____________ Billing Zip Code:_____________ Name on Card:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Authorized Signature:______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Applicant Signature: _____________________________________________________________________________ Date: _______________ Your signature gives the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce express permission to contact you via fax and electronic mail. 8 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 Mayor's letter city support h ello! As mayor of the City of Boca Raton, I am a strong supporter of the Boca Chamber and pleased to be included in welcoming you to the Boca Chamber Annual Magazine and Resource Guide. In fact, our family business, Florida AquaStore, is a longtime member! Boca Raton may have started out in the 1920s as a resort community, but it has been defined in the decades since by a very prestigious and vibrant business culture--one that is recognized throughout Florida as well as across the country. And for the past 60 years, the Boca Chamber has been at the heart of it. There's a reason that three major universities and companies like Office Depot, NCCI Holdings, Inc., IBM, Jarden Consumer Solutions and many others have gravitated to Boca Raton. The city, county and the state work in concert to offer attractive financial incentives to relocating companies, keeping taxes to a minimum and expediting all kinds of processes, like permitting and oversight procedures. There is a particularly strong partnership between our local Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the City of Boca Raton and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County to attract and retain our business partners. In the past three years, Boca Raton has received the lion's share of new business coming to Palm Beach County--and this collaborative effort is one of the reasons. Boca Raton is not only business-friendly, but we also understand how critically important a thriving economy is to the quality of life in our city. We already have firstclass services and amenities, and our diverse and visionary business profile completes the picture. If you are considering moving your company to Florida--or anywhere for that matter--please take a moment to consider Boca Raton in your plans. I would be delighted to talk with you further about our city, and I would enjoy giving you a personal tour of our great community. In the meantime, take a look at this publication, the Boca Chamber Annual--and see what you've been missing. I'm sure you will want to learn more. And remember: Boca Raton is open for business! Sincerely, Susan Whelchel Mayor, City of Boca Raton Boca chaMBer annual 2012 | 9 Important numBers Better Business Bureau 561/842-9278 Boca r aton city Hall 561/393-7700 Boca r aton Fire Dep artment 561/982-4000 (non-emergency) Boca r aton m unicip al Gol F course 561/483-5235 Boca r aton parks & r ecrea tion 561/393-7811 (general information) Boca r aton police Dep artment 561/338-1234 (non-emergency) Boca r aton pu Blic l iBrary 561/393-7852 Business ta X receipt s 561/393-7937 (City of Boca Raton) 561/355-2272 (Palm Beach County) consumer aFFairs 888/852-7362 (south and west county) enterprise Development 561/620-8494 Flori Da atlantic 561/297-3000 corp . palm Beac H s tate colle Ge (Boca ra ton) 561/393-7222 561/862-4725 or 561/862-4726 (PBCC Small Business Dev. Center) palm Beac H county convention & v isitors Bureau 800/833-5733 or 561/233-3000 palm Beac H county Finance Department 561/355-2912 palm Beac H county sH eri FF's oFF ice 561/995-2800 property ta X 561/393-7700 (City of Boca Raton) 561/355-2266 (Palm Beach County) r ecyclin G 561/416-3367 (City of Boca Raton) s out H palm Beac H county court House 561/274-1588 (Atlantic Avenue) 561/276-1200 (Administrative Complex/Governmental Center) s tate o pera tor 866/693-6748 Work Force a lliance inc. 561/853-0181 (Career Center) 561/853-0181 Ext. 2017 (Professional Placement Network) 800/556-5627 (Business Services Center) Zonin G 561/393-7792 (City of Boca Raton) 561/233-5200 (Palm Beach County) r eal tor a ssocia tion o F t He palm Beac Hes 561/997-8266 (Boca Raton office) 561/585-4544 (Lake Worth administrative office) score counselors to a merica 's s mall Business 561/981-5180 s mall Business aD ministra tion 305/536-5521 (regional office) Boca ra ton airport 561/391-2202 cele Brity Jet cHarter 561/416-1800 Glo Bal Win Gs 561/988-9881 u niversal Jet avia tion 561/989-0025 si Gna ture Fli GHt support 561/955-9556 Win DWar D avia tion 800/546-8668 llc Activities And Att RActions strikes at Boca 561/368-2177 Boca r aton m useum o F a rt 561/392-2500 Boomer's F amil y r ecrea tion center 561/347-1888 cal DWell tH eatre 561/241-7432 cHil Dren's m useum 561/368-6875 coconut cove W ater p ark 561/274-1140 Gum Bo l im Bo environment eDuca tional center at r eD r eeF park 561/338-1473 l o Xa Hatc Hee a ir Boa t t ours 800/683-5873 or 561/482-6107 m iZner park 561/362-0606 m iZner park a mp Hit Heater 561/368-8445 m orikami m useum & Jap anese Gar Dens 561/495-0233 palm Beac H Zoo a t Dre Her park 561/547-9453 r oy al palm place 561/362-2984 t o Wn center at Boca r aton 561/368-6000 al GRound tRA nspo Rt Ation Bro War D t ransit 954/357-4000 a ut Hority Grey Houn D/t rail Ways Bus l ines 800/231-2222 or 561/272-6447 (Delray Beach Terminal) palm t ran (palm Beach county bus line) 877/930-4287 AiRpo Rt tRA nspo Rt Ation/ Limousine s eRvices (m em BeRs) a 1a airport & limousine service 561/622-2222 or 800/330-4762 avanti l imousine s ervice, inc. 561/241-9955 or 800/371-9134 Boca r aton t ransport ation, inc. 561/368-8333 (Executive Office) 561/750-7800 (Reservations) coast al car Worl DWiDe 954/946-2500 or 800/488-5466 m iDni GHt s un t ours, inc. 561/588-4446 personal l imousine s ervice o F Boca r aton 561/392-8868 or 800/749-1972 presti Ge limousines 561/451-2100 , inc . u niversity Fl ori Da Department o F Financial s ervices 800/342-2762 (consumer hot line) Flori Da Department o F r evenue 800/352-3671 (tax information & assistance) Flori Da Division o F Workers ' compensa tion 800/342-2762 Hurricane insurance in Forma tion center 800/942-4242 l icenses (Driver's) 800/303-7288 � 561/681-6333 (local) l ynn u niversity 561/237-7000 motor ve Hicle re Gistra tion 561/355-2622 o FFice o F insurance re Gula tion 850/413-3140 Business Resou Rces enterprise Flori 407/956-5600 Da Grea ter Boca r aton cHam Ber o F commerce 561/395-4433 o ccup ational s a Fety an D Heal t H aD ministra tion 800/321-6742 (Washington, D.C.) 954/424-0242 (regional office) oFF ice o F s mall Business a ssist ance 561/616-6840 (Palm Beach County government office) palm Beac H county Business Development Boar D 561/835-1008 palm Beac H county economic council 561/684-1551 tRA ins a mtrak 800/872-7245 m etrorail 305/770-3131 t ri- r ail 800/TRI-RAIL (800/874-7245) AiR tRA nspo Rt Ation Boca avia tion 561/368-1110 10 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 going the extra smile Founded in 1968 by automotive legend Jim Moran, JM Family Enterprises is committed to working hard, giving back and strengthening our community-- one smile at a time. JM Family has ranked for 13 consecutive years on FORTUNE� Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For� list. Learn more at jmfamily.com. Driving A Stronger Community FORTUNE is a registered trademark of Time Inc. and is used under license. From FORTUNE Magazine, February 7, 2011. �2011 Time Inc FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Licensee. Boca Boca It's south FlorIda's last true paradIse--and great For BusIness. meet Boca raton, the south FlorIda communIty that has It all . the Boca chamber hits a milestone The Chamber is celebrating its Anniversary in 2012. There are currently more than members of the Boca Chamber. The Chamber works closely with city officials to continually promote a pro-business environment. Florida Power & Light, Plastridge Insurance Agency and Boca Raton Printing Co. were members in and still are today. Boca was always Fun 60th In the 1950s, there were two amusement parks in Boca Raton: Africa U.S.A., a wild animal park in which the tourists rode a "Jeep Safari Train" through the park with no fences separating tourists from animals, and Ancient America, built around a real Indian burial mound, which is still visible within the Boca Marina & Yacht Club neighborhood on U.S. 1 near Yamato Road. 1,200 orange you glad you lIve here? Oranges have been grown in Florida since the middle of the 16th century, and the state creates more juice than almost any other nation (except Brazil). Although oranges are a year-round fruit, the juiciest oranges ripen from October to June. Here's your handy guide: navels --When you picture Florida oranges, think of navel. This orange is seedless, easy to peel and great for zesting to add a floral, citrus-y accent to meals. The juice is even good in marinades, vinaigrettes and other sauces. It comes in season November through January. basket, and it's in season in January and February. tangerInes -- Very thin-skinned, small and perfect for snacks, tangerines are often used in desserts, and they pair well with meats. These little guys are in season November through March. honeyBell tangelos --The stars of Florida's citrus, these oranges are a cross between grapefruits and tangerines. Try fresh Honeybell juice, or make a steaming hot mug full of Honeybell spiced cider. In season only the month of January. Boca 1958 $1 mIllIon! 1513 1883 Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida, landing near St. Augustine and claiming it for Spain. He sails south, inspecting the coast, passing (but not stopping at) Boca Raton; 25,000 to 35,000 Native Americans live in Florida. The Chamber's Golden Bell Education Foundation donations to local public schools now total more than temples --A temple is a cross between a tangerine and an orange. They are great for zesting to create flavorful dishes and luxurious when dipped in chocolate. This is the perfect juicy orange for a fruit valencIas --Known for its amazingly sweet and colorful juice (but it's not the easiest to peel), this fruit is best for fruit salads and in season March through May. 1884�89 1895 1926 Work starts on digging of the East Coast Canal (now Intracoastal Waterway) the length of Florida. In Boca Raton, the canal cuts through Spanish River, straightening and deepening it. The barefoot mailman walks along Boca Raton beaches, delivering mail from Lake Worth to the Miami area. Henry Flagler's railroad arrives in Boca Raton and later Miami, opening South Florida to development. A 150-mph hurricane strikes, blowing freight cars off railroad tracks, snapping telegraph poles and tearing roofs from buildings. Mizner's Cloister Inn opens as a Ritz-Carlton Investment Corp. project. 12 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 Boca By the numBers Population size: Total city area: Beach frontage: Natural beachfront: Parks: Average annual temperature: Boca years Only in Boca can you find Red Reef Park Executive Golf Course, a nine-hole layout with water as far as the eye can see. The public course has views of the ocean and the Intracoastal and isn't as easy as it looks (1111 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/391-5014). Other nearby courses include Boca Raton Executive Country Club (7601 E. Country Club Blvd., 561/99794100), Southwinds Golf Course, (19557 Lyons Road, 561/483-1305), Boca Raton Municipal City Golf Course (8111 Golf Course Road, 561/483-6100) and Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club (1400 Country Club Drive, 561/451-1600). a good walk spoiled Avg. household income: Median age: Average family size: Roadways: Waterlines: Bike lanes: 84,392 119,300 29.1 5 2.5 1,500 75 $74,105 41.1 2.5 219 535 61 miles miles acres degrees people miles miles miles (city) 1944 J. Meyer Schine buys the Boca Raton Club and Spanish River Land Co. from Clarence Geist's estate. The club reopens as Boca Raton Hotel & Club in 1945. incorporated unincorporated square miles 1927 1936 1942 1952 Clarence H. Geist buys the Cloister Inn for $71,000 at a courthouse auction and assumes $7 million of Mizner Development Corp.'s debt. Boca Raton's first airport, spearheaded by Clarence Geist, is built as a New Deal Works Progress Administration project. With the United States involved in World War II, the Army takes over Boca Raton Club for offices, classrooms and officers' barracks. The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is founded. Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 13 Boca Boca the Boca raton Difference Real shoes ma y onl y be worn Monday through Friday; flip-flops will be your new footwear. And they even make a version that has its own builtin bottle opener, which none of us finds unusual. famous people who call Boca raton home: hats and sunglasses are now mandatory, and in addition to the standard beach accessories, we recommend a handy battery-operated blender. you ma y neve R ha ve to p a Rk your own car again. From the mall to the movies, valet parking is everywhere in Boca Raton. You can even valet your car at the grocery store--the Mercado Real Publix on Federal Highway provides valet, even if you're just running in for a carton of milk. chris evert chris carraBBa (DashBoarD confessional) Dion Dimucci lesley visser connie chung anD maury Povich anDy roDDick Bernie marcus (office DePot) cris carter leonarD marshall BernarD langer morgan Pressel o ctobe R 15 will become your version of Boca you will lea Rn that the summer means turtles, and instead of watching Leno, you will find yourself on a turtle walk to spot nesting loggerheads. Boca's Gumbo Limbo Nature Center conducts nesting research from March 1 until Oct. 31--and does whatever it can to protect that year's hatchlings. The city helps out through restrictions on beachfront lighting, which can keep female turtles from coming to shore and nesting. R house . Moving to Boca Raton automatically comes with the baggage of additional company--all year long. Once they find out you have moved here, get ready; you will never be lonely again. Bastille Day, Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July. That is when stone crab season officially starts and you will partake of the food of the gods all winter long. you will need a bigge 1956 1960 1966 1967 1980 Arthur Vining Davis, founder of Aluminum Co. of America (ALCOA), purchases Boca Raton Hotel & Club. He creates Arvida Development Corp. and sets the precedent for future commercial and residential development in Boca Raton. The Florida Cabinet approves construction of a fifth state university, Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton. International Business Machine Corp. (IBM) buys 550 acres of land from Arvida and builds a 300,000-square-foot facility. Boca Raton is the birthplace of IBM personal computer and home of OS/2 Warp. Boca Raton Community Hospital is dedicated and built entirely with money raised from the community. Town Center at Boca Raton opens. City Council creates the Community Redevelopment Agency to return economic vitality to downtown Boca Raton. Its first project is the beautification of Sanborn Square, opposite Town Hall. 14 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 Pla y ball Displaced sports fans can get their fix in South Florida--professional sports continue here year-round. The Florida Marlins take the field from April to September at Sun Life Stadium in northern Miami. Call 305/626-7400. From August to December, the Mia Mi d olphins turn at Sun Life Stadium. Call 888/FINS-TIX. take their did you know? Gatorade was developed in Gainesville, Fla., originally for the University of Florida Gators football team. Florida has more Limbo, was the star of a documentary that will be shown in Orlando theaters this year on a smallscale release. No matter where symbolized Florida's extensive untamed wilderness and swamps. The count de hoernle The Mia Mi h ea T--2006 NBA champs--hit the hardwood from mid-October to mid-May at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Call 786/777-1250. Around the same time, from September through April, the NHL's Florida pan Thers take to the ice at Sunrise's BankAtlantic Center. Call 954/835-7000. any other state in the U.S.A. Golf courses than you are in Florida, you're never more than 65 miles from the ocean. Palm Beach County has the most Golf courses of any county in the state of Florida. Boca's original Palm Beach County is Florida's largest county, at town hall, than Rhode Island or Delaware. The largest lake in Florida is lake okeechoBee, about an hour north of Boca Raton. In 1987 the Florida legislature designated the American 2,578 square miles-- bigger Amphitheater in Boca's Mizner Park, a state-ofthe-art outdoor amphitheater, has entertained more than 1 million people over the past 10 years. In the mid1970s, Boca's Boca The coastal stretch along A1A in Boca Raton is arguably the most natural stretch of coastline from here to Miami--no towering condos or apartment buildings, no cheesy strips of seaside souvenir shops. But this was not by accident. In the mid-1970s, the town had the foresight to buy up miles of coastline and preserve it for public use, an initiative that has paid off in spades for ensuing generations. A city website notes that Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District was created by a special act of the Florida legislature in 1974 "for the purpose of providing outstanding public beaches and parks for local residents." Mission accomplished. Boca Ballet theatre is the life is a Beach in Boca the F.E.C. railroad and two streamline railcars are on the National Register of Historic Places. caldwell theatre was originally opened on the campus of the College of Boca Raton (now Lynn University). sixth-largest dance company in Florida. alliGator feeBee, a loggerhead hatchling at Gumbo the official state reptile. The alligator originally Beginning in 1904, Japanese farmers of the Yamato Colony converted the land west of the city into pineapple plantations. 2000 2001 2002 2007 2010 2011: The city kicks off its 75th anniversary at Sanborn Square with a Town Hall exhibit about Boca Raton's mayors. City enters into contract to purchase 310 acres for $45 million from Boca Technology Center, one of the most significant land deals in Boca history. Boca Raton Museum of Art opens its new 44,000-square-foot facility in Mizner Park. Florida Atlantic University plays its first football season at Pro Player Stadium. The Count de Hoernle Amphitheater at Mizner Park opens as part of the Centre for the Arts. Two important annual events are launched: Festival of the Arts BOCA and the Allianz Golf Championship. The Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center opens at Lynn University. Florida Atlantic University completes a 30,000-seat oncampus football stadium; the Owls' play their first home game Oct. 15. u Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 15 U.S. Agency Securities Market-Linked CDs Structured Notes Municipal Bonds Corporate Notes CMOs CDs In the financial services business, the only easy day was yesterday.. Effectively managing an increasingly complex set of challenges requires expertise, experience, innovation--and access to the resources and products necessary to compete. We're Incapital, an investment banking firm providing fixed income and market-linked solutions for broker-dealers, institutions and financial advisors. And we're invested in our clients' success. 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They're leaders not only in their industries but also in the community. 1  Jacqueline Nicholson of the American Cancer Society, Sarah Pearson of the Boca Chamber and SWIB Chair Debra Ball-Elderkin of Royal Delgoti  Jayne Scala of Ultimate Staffing, Joya Nicastro Cherry of JNC Connections/Send Out Cards, and Dawn Kahn of The Parklander  Kim Knapp of Skin Apeel, Natasha Bucher of TooJay's, and Jan Dymtrow of Boca Raton Regional Hospital 2 3 women in business, a special adver tising section Successful a re women i n b o ca ra t o n From executives to entrepreneurs, successful women are everywhere in business today. Many of the most successful national and international corporations have women at the helm or in top management positions. Scores of businesswomen are honing their skills and making key contributions at companies. And more female entrepreneurs than ever are striking out on their own and starting businesses. The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's Successful Women In Business--or "SWIB"--program was created to provide women with the opportunity to network with women business leaders of a similar mind-set on a regular basis. In January 2003, the Chamber hosted its inaugural Successful Women in Business meeting, where 40 women met in the Chamber's boardroom. Today, those lunch meetings include more than 100 attendees. Each month, the Chamber provides women with the opportunity to network, in addition to hearing from a dynamic and successful speaker. With topics ranging from women's health to balancing work and home life, each luncheon's presentation is followed by an in-depth question-and-answer session to maximize the benefits for the attendees. "The SWIB program is the unified voice of South Florida's Women in Business," says Sarah Pearson, vice president of business development at the Boca Chamber. "SWIB is the one-stop resource for women seeking new ideas, strengthening relationships and learning how to help their business succeed. The ladies walk away from the luncheon each month with amazing new tools and connections." In addition, women members of the Boca Chamber may enjoy the monthly Smart Talk for Women events. The smallgroup dynamic cultivates an atmosphere where women feel free to share their business challenges and work with other women business leaders to mastermind creative ideas in order to effectively build their business. With a professional facilitator running each meeting, participants walk away inspired, empowered and full of new tools and resources. women in business, a special adver tising section Our clients come to us for the knowledge and expertise which gives them peace of mind." financial Marjorie Horwin, CPa Morrison , Br o wn , Argiz & F Arr A, LLC 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd., Suite 685, Boca Raton, 561/909-2100, www.mbafcpa.com Pr in ci Pal EstablishEd 2007 As the principal in charge of the Private Wealth Services Group for one of the nation's top 40 certified public accounting firms, Marjorie Horwin helps affluent families with a variety of services that range from income, estate and charitable tax planning and compliance to serving as the family office. women in business, a special adver tising section But perhaps the most important service that Horwin and her team of 17 provide to their clients around the globe is peace of mind. "We build a deep trust with our clients," she says. Serving primarily as a central advisor, Horwin and her staff help their clients manage wealth on many levels. "Our clients generally come to us because they need sophisticated tax planning," Horwin says. "Tax preparation is only one component of the process." As the point person for financial matters, Horwin works closely with attorneys, investment advisors and insurance providers to develop a personalized plan that will meet the client's objectives while minimizing taxes and providing asset protection. "Very often a majority of our professional time is spent in the area of tax consulting," she says. "This is where we can truly provide valueadded services." Having worked in the area of estate planning and wealth services for almost 25 years, Horwin has developed a process that best serves her clients. "If you don't have a step-by-step process, you're not going to find areas of opportunity and of exposure for your client," she says. "You cannot just walk into this type of practice." Since joining Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC just four years ago, Horwin has seen her business--and the staff--triple in size. "Having a firm that has a solid reputation behind us makes it easy to grow our practice," she says. We pay close attention to the needs of our customers, designing solutions that help solve their most difficult challenges." REtail solutions Sharon Moura Tyco Re Tail Solu Tion S 6600 Congress Ave., Boca Raton, 561/912-6472, www.tycoretailsolutions.com Vi ce Pr e side n t EstablishEd 1968 Sharon Moura doesn't shy away from change and innovation within her company. In fact, she embraces it. "I love change and the exciting time of transformation our company is experiencing," she says. As vice president for Tyco Retail Solutions, Moura plays a key role in driving the company's IT and service initiatives focused on providing retailers with loss prevention products--such as electronic article surveillance systems--to an entire suite of retail performance solutions. "We pay close attention to the needs of our customers, designing solutions that help solve their most difficult challenges," Moura says. A $1 billion division of Tyco International, Tyco Retail Solutions is a leading global provider of integrated retail performance and security solutions, deployed today at more than 80 percent of the world's top 200 retailers. Customers range from single-store boutiques to global retail enterprises. Its full spectrum of mission-critical advanced solutions address store execution, traffic and inventory intelligence, loss prevention and life safety. In a dual role as vice president of Information Technology and Service, Moura is helping to "accelerate business results with technology and looking for new ways to better enable our partners and service our customers." Her team is currently working on developing Web collaboration tools to better communicate with customers and also employees all over the world. Additionally, she is leading efforts to ensure consistent and effective services for global customers. A mother of four children--from ages 8 to 17--Moura believes focusing on priorities is the key to balancing a quick-paced work schedule with family life. "I concentrate on the most important things and let the other things go," she says. women in business, a special adver tising section Home Dec�r/retail Doris Gillman Fine Things Glades Plaza, 2200 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-5747, www.finethingsboca.com Ow n er sHop/retail Debbie Weisman anD lizzY schWartz Alene T oo The Shoppes At Village Pointe, 6006 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton, 561/394-0899 Regency Court, 3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561/394-0899, www.alenetoo.com From left: Doris Gillman and Abby Bernstein Ow n er s establisHeD 2009 establisHeD 1981 Growing up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Doris Gillman spent many hours during the summer and on weekends helping out at a local gift shop. "I used to think, `Some day I would love to have a store where I can offer beautiful things for people to buy,'" she says. Today Gillman is doing just that at her store, Fine Things, in the Glades Plaza, where she offers her customers a unique collection of accents, home decor and gifts. "We offer exquisite home accessories that complement and add warmth to any style of home, from traditional to contemporary," she says. Walk inside Fine Things--which is planning a grand reopening in December following remodeling--and you'll find a gallery-like setting showcasing items from around the world that Doris has personally selected. "I want my customers to be able to envision what these pieces will look like in their home," she says. "The finishing touches of a home should reflect the owner's own personal style." Joining Doris in the store now is her daughter, Abby Bernstein, who is quickly learning every aspect of the business, from budgeting to buying. "She has a great eye for style and a love of home decor," Doris says. "It's very rewarding being a woman in business and to have the opportunity to mentor my daughter as well." Debbie Weisman (pictured left) and Lizzy Schwartz (right) represent two different generations and two different styles, but they are united by a passion for the business they run together--Alene Too. "We have two different visions, but we come together for the success of our stores," Schwartz says. "We both take pride in the customer care we give at every level." In just the last year, Weisman and Schwartz have taken their business to a new level, expanding to another store in the Regency Court plaza and adding a website that serves as an online shop. The new store is in addition to the first Alene Too on Southwest 18th Street and the store in the Boca Raton Resort and Club, which is open only to guests and members. Now Alene Too is launching a private line--"At Piece"-- that reflects Weisman and Schwartz's combined styles. "We picked the best of the best," Weisman says. "They're essentials that should be in everyone's closet." women in business, a special adver tising section The reason people come back to us is because they're getting great results." "People come back to us year after year because I'm listening to their needs," Dr. Rendon says. "My patients come to us to improve their appearance, look better and, most importantly, feel better about themselves." She is at the forefront of innovation in her field, incorporating a caring approach that helps patients achieve their aesthetic and medical goals. That, combined with her vast knowledge and experience, has helped her practice grow exponentially through the years. Dr. Rendon is a physician, teacher and a world-renowned researcher, who specializes in psoriasis, eczema, hair loss and the effects of cosmetics on the skin. She is the former chairperson of the Department of Dermatology at Cleveland Clinic, Florida. Opening her full-service dermatology practice in 1999, Dr. Rendon (nicknamed "Eagle Eye Rendon") is committed to providing patients with the highest level of care, using state-of-theart techniques and technologies. Often the first person to see what's new in the market--due in part to her work with major pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies--she helps train other physicians on new techniques and equipment and works closely with her team of other doctors including Chere Lucas Anthony, M.D. Today, her practice includes a diverse range of treatment options--from anti-aging treatment with dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing/tightening and laser hair removal to the removal of skin cancers/Mohs surgery and hyperpigmented lesions. Making a point to listen to her patients, Dr. Rendon has built strong relationships since setting her vision in motion nearly 25 years ago and is grateful that her success as a physician makes it possible for her to give back to the community. "I enjoy having an opportunity to help people of all ages," she says. "My focus is always on doing what's best for my patients." From left: Chere Lucas Anthony and Marta Rendon hEalth Marta I. rendon, Md The Rendon Cen TeR fo R deRmaTology & aesThe TiC medi Cine 880 N.W. 13th St., Suite 3C, Boca Raton, 561/750-0544, www.drrendon.com Fo unde r EstablishEd 1999 Dr. Marta Rendon is a board-certified dermatologist. Her top-notch expertise--earned over almost 25 years in the field--has positioned her as one of dermatology's key opinion leaders, attracting patients from all over the world to her private practice in Boca Raton, The Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine. women in business, a special adver tising section EstablishEd 1987 Discovering unique collections and knowing they will appeal to a discerning clientele long before other retailers see their value is not just a talent that Deborah Shuart has honed over the years. It's also a passion. "I'm obsessed about fashion and finding things for the store that our customers won't find anywhere else," Shuart says. "Our customers know that when they come here, they're going to find something different." Serving South Florida for almost 25 years, Shuart is focused on finding the perfect "casual luxe" styles for clients who visit her high-end boutiques in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton and on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to unique styles--including shoes at the shoe salons in both stores--Shuart also provides clients with a degree of customer service that has become a cornerstone of her success. Customers can count on the team at Deborah James to keep track of their purchases so when they return, the staff will be better able to help them find items that fit perfectly into their wardrobe. "Our customers love coming back because it's always a comfortable experience," Shuart says. shop/REtail Deborah shuart Deborah James b outiq ue 402 Via de Palmas, Boca Raton, 561/367-9600 623 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/524-2585 Ow n er EstablishEd 1980 At Drawer Full of Lingerie and Closet Full of Linens it's not unusual to find customers who have been coming to the store for 30 years. They return year after year, sometimes bringing their daughters, sometimes bringing their granddaughters. "This store is all about relationships," says Donna Lennon, who, along with her sister, Denise Silverman, has been providing customers with the best designer names in lingerie and linens since 1981. A family-owned-and-operated business, where you'll almost always find one of the sisters behind the counter, Drawer Full of Lingerie and Closet Full of Linens reflects a passion for discovering the best linens and lingerie and making them available to customers. "Our goal has always been to provide the highest quality merchandise," Lennon says. "We never compromise quality for price. We always have a sale of 20 percent or more on first-quality designer brands or on special orders, which we are always happy to take." With 30 years of personalized fitting on the lingerie side and more than 30 years of buying experience on the linen side, the sisters have developed a trust with their customers, who know they will never be disappointed. "Our customers know they can call us on the phone from wherever they are and we'll send them the perfect set of sheets or a robe and gown. We are so grateful that with the downward turn in the economy that we have our loyal customers who support us," Lennon says. From left: Donna Lennon and Denise Silverman shop/REtail Donna Lennon & Denise siLverman Dra wer Full o F l ingerie an D Closet Full o F l inens The Commons at Town Center, 2240 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton, 561/394-2424 www.drawerfulloflingerie.com and www.closetfulloflinens.com Ow n er s women in business, a special adver tising section Hospice is not a place--it is a philosophy of care. We honor this. The majority of our patients are cared for at home." hEalth Paula J. alderson Hospice by t He sea, i n c . 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/395-5031, www.hbts.org Pr e side n t and Ce O EstablishEd 1978 As President and CEO of Hospice by the Sea, Inc., (HBTS) a nonprofit organization, Paula Alderson continues a distinguished career in health care. She is an accomplished nurse, educator and business woman. HBTS's mission is to care for patients and families suffering with chronic illnesses and end-of-life issues. It serves more than 700 patients daily, twice the number served when Alderson first arrived. While managing growth, Alderson's focus remains on ensuring exceptional quality care for patients. In pursuit of this goal, Alderson surrounds herself with "an extraordinary group of men and women who share the same value for excellence." "Hospice is a philosophy of care. We honor this. The majority of our patients are cared for at home. Each patient is unique, and we strive to meet the individual needs of every family. Our teams serve both Palm Beach and Broward counties." Working in a highly regulated and changing health-care environment, Alderson sees considerable opportunities ahead. "Hospice by the Sea has a mission-driven business model," she says. "We care for patients regardless of their ability to pay." In the present economy, with decreasing reimbursement, and increasing regulations, the challenges are many. As a visionary and tireless health-care advocate, Alderson views her leadership role as a privilege. "For all of us at Hospice by the Sea, the simplest joys are the most meaningful," she says. "It is relationships, the essence of our work and people helping people. It is the simple acts of human kindness, the affirmation of, attention to and promotion of the value of life." women in business, a special adver tising section Veterinary Medicine Dr. Les Ley Hack Boc a Veterin ar y c linic Me di c al d ir ec t or /o wne r 22191 Powerline Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-6540, www.bocaveterinaryclinic.com established 2010 health rose GLamocLija r.N. Boc a n ursing ser Vices i n c . 342 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/347-7566 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 322-B, Palm Beach, 561/833-3430, www.bocanursingservices.com, License # HHA20196095 Fo unde r /a d Minis t r a t or established 1996 Every now and then, when she's having a challenging day, Rose Glamoclija will pull out the book she keeps filled with thankyou notes from her clients--and often from their children. Collected over the close to 18 years Boca Nursing Services has been in South Florida and taking care of patients with a broad range of needs, the letters serve as an indicator of the impact Rose and her staff can have on patients as well as their families. "When I'm down, these letters re-energize me and pick me up," Glamoclija says. "They're a reminder of how great a difference we can make." A registered nurse who saw the need for a detailedoriented approach to compassionate care of patients, Glamoclija is dedicated to ensuring that her clients are surrounded by a team of professionals who truly care about their patients and can provide care that best meets their needs. "For us, it's the personal touch that makes the difference," she says. women in business, a special adver tising section Dr. Lesley Hack may be one of the few veterinarians in South Florida who assigns her clients homework after their pets leave her clinic. "Their homework is to call or text me between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.," she says. "I'm going to sleep better if I know that everything under my influence is going well." The former owner of a veterinary practice in her native South Africa, Dr. Hack says she has a passion for treating animals and for taking time to address their needs. At her new 5,000-square-foot Boca Raton clinic, Dr. Hack uses the latest technology to treat patients working closely with specialists, sending X-rays and ultrasounds via e-mail so that a diagnosis can be confirmed in a day. Offering both a traditional and a holistic approach to treatment, Dr. Hack is known for spending a lot of time with her patients, often communicating with them on their level--literally. "I do a lot of my work sitting cross-legged on the floor with the dog or cat," she says. In less than a year, Dr. Hack has seen her practice grow significantly and has more than doubled her staff to keep pace with the growth. "For me, being a vet is who I am," she says. "It's not what I do, it's who I am." I had the idea to create a certification standard for `Made in USA' by modeling consumer trust marks like Certified Organic, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval." MarkEting/ProMotion Julie ReiseR PRe side n t and Co-Fo unde Made in US a Cer tified , inC. 2385 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Boca Raton, 561/279-2855 www.USA-C.com R EstablishEd 2009 As a mother of six active boys, a wife and a business owner, Boca Raton resident Julie Reiser knows very well the challenges most Americans face juggling family, business, bills and life. Shortly after moving to South Florida from New York City, Reiser and her husband, Adam, started a magazine that told the stories of the American manufacturer. Reiser saw a market opportunity when she realized there was no definitive way for consumers to know if something was really "Made in USA" or not. Consumers, she says, had to take the company's word for it. "I had the idea to create a certification standard for `Made in USA' by modeling consumer trust marks like Certified Organic, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval," Reiser says. Currently, MADE IN USA CERTIFIED� is the only certification company to receive a registered word mark from the United States Patent and Trademark Office to identify products that qualify for the "Made in USA" claim. "We give companies a viable way to capitalize on their brand authenticity and maximize their built-in equity of being `Made in USA,'" Reiser says. "Consumers want local, regional and authentic American items. They are moving from a place of excess to a place of connection and sustainability. Our MADE IN USA CERTIFIED� brand is that connection consumers are craving." Made in USA Certified, Inc. recently partnered with AmericasMart in Atlanta and expects to more than triple the number of certified companies by the end of 2011. women in business, a special adver tising section EstablishEd 2006 As financial markets in the United States and across the globe continue on a turbulent path, Jackie Reeves and the team at Bell Rock Capital have been working with their clients to help ensure they can weather uncertain times. "We've been taking a leadership role in helping our clients understand the changes taking place in the global marketplace," Reeves says. While the markets remain unpredictable, she says that the changes we're seeing today are different than those of 2008. "We tell our clients this volatility creates opportunity," says Reeves, whose firm is a financial agent of the US Treasury and one of nine asset managers of the TARP program. "We explain that the US financial system is very solid, and therefore we can use the short-term fear-driven market to establish long-term investments in quality companies." An independent firm, Bell Rock Capital doesn't work on commission and is able to offer its clients a variety of investment products. The firm also offers 401(k) programs and works closely with its clients, providing aggressive management, deep fund analysis and fee disclosure. For Reeves, taking time to listen to her clients and knowing their needs is a critical part of her responsibilities. "I have a passion for helping people and for educating investors," she says. financial JacKie reeves Bell r oc K c aPita l, llc 1200 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/483-6314 www.bellrockcapital.com POrt f Oli O Ma nag er EstablishEd 1994 Like a river guide who helps rafts through treacherous waters, Kristen Bomas is using simple strategies to help her clients navigate through life, with true happiness becoming a defining element of the journey. "Most of the clients who come to me want more out of life--they feel that there has to be something more," says Bomas, the founder of an executive and life development business. "We help them make choices that will effectively take them to where they want to be." A life guide for her clients, Bomas uses a template she developed--in conjunction with ancient and modern philosophies for reaching happiness--to help them achieve their goals. A speaker, author and seminar leader with advanced degrees in psychology, Bomas has been helping clients find a path toward more fulfilling, stress-free living for more than 25 years. "Once we know where you are, and we know where you're going, we can guide you to all your dreams," she says. MastEring lifE Kristen Bomas Kristen Bomas P .a. Ow n er 810 S.E. Eighth Ave., Deerfield Beach, 954/725-7200 www.kristenbomas.com women in business, a special adver tising section I like to educate the clients as much as I like to educate the staff." hEalth and WEllnEss Kimberley Knapp Skin Apeel D Ay SpA Fo unde r & Skin Sp eciali St 21301 Powerline Road, Boca Raton, 561/852-8081, www.skinapeel.com EstablishEd 1992 Long before day spas became commonplace, Kim Knapp recognized a need in Boca Raton for a place where clients could receive a variety of services in an environment that welcomed them the minute they passed through the front door. Armed with that focused vision and a fierce passion to match, Knapp followed her dream, selling her car and using the money to open Skin Apeel, the first day spa of its kind in the area. Today, Skin Apeel is thriving, encompassing 3,000 square feet--three times as large as when the doors first opened. Her staff of 31 part-time and full-time employees offers a wide selection of services from facials to massages to manicures and pedicures as well as alternative care. Using a holistic approach, the team at Skin Apeel looks at long-term solutions for their clients--which can range from solutions at home to recommendations for additional treatments. "Very often it's stress that brings people into our doors," says Knapp, a licensed aesthetician. "We can customize a treatment that addresses the symptoms, but the more permanent solution comes with the client's participation in some form of follow-up care." Knapp puts an emphasis on education, not just of her staff but of the clients as well. "I like to educate the clients as much as I like to educate the staff," she says, adding that the front-desk team is the first to receive training on new services and products. "When our clients come in and breathe the air, they just feel better walking in the door," Knapp says. "This should be a place where they can truly escape from reality." women in business, a special adver tising section Advertising Phyllis Green Green Ad ver tisin G Fo unde r and Chairman 7301 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 800/852-1717, www.greenad.com business services Kim Canavan Fish Windo W Cle Anin G 1600 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/391-1661, www.fishwindowcleaning.com/boca o wne r estAblished 1986 estAblished 2009 With a doctorate degree in information technology, Kim Canavan knew a lot about algorithms and artificial intelligence. But when she decided to start a FISH Window Cleaning franchise in Boca Raton almost two years ago, she didn't know a lot about the window cleaning business. "I knew I liked clean windows," says Canavan, who received a crash course in the business after following the advice of a recruiter who suggested that after years of consulting for others, she might be better off running her own business. Starting off by just knocking on doors and making phone calls, Canavan has grown the business to about 600 residential and commercial customers, with her small team of cleaners handling everything from large office buildings in Boca Raton to small, single-story homes in Delray Beach. Kim's attention to detail and dedication to providing customers with personalized service focused on their needs has helped her maintain a strong client base. While the industry has traditionally been dominated by men, Canavan sees an advantage to being a woman. "A lot of our customers are women," she says. "They want a man to do the job, but they want a woman telling the man what to do because they know it will be done right." In 1986, after a couple of decades rising through the ranks of the television and advertising business, Phyllis Green suddenly found herself unemployed. The first woman to oversee retail advertising sales for ABC-TV network-owned stations, Green became a victim of corporate downsizing during a challenging economy. "I went to every TV station in South Florida hoping to be hired in sales," she says. "I soon realized that I had no choice but to start Green Advertising from a condo in Fort Lauderdale." In the 25 years that followed, Green and her teams built a business that had billings of more than $3 million in just 12 years. By 2010, agency billings rose to $36 million. Today, despite many changes in the economy, the firm continues to be an industry leader in a wide range of categories, from real estate to retail and from education to hospitality. Now in a new location, the firm recently opened an in-house video production studio and edit suite. A division of advertising giant WPP Worldwide since 1999, Green Advertising is able to maintain its personal touch with clients while reaching out to the resources of WPP's network of mega-agencies. Though much has changed in 25 years, Green still finds advertising exciting and challenging. "I still have a tremendous amount of passion for the business," she says. women in business, a special adver tising section Every client we've worked with has been generated through wordof-mouth." --Julie MullenKaminski Public RElations Julie Mullen-KaMinsKi, elizabeth Kelley Grace and hope bruens The B uzz Agency 100 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/779-2516, www.thebuzzagency.net Par t ne r s EstablishEd 2009 When the owners of Max's Harvest in Delray Beach were looking for a public relations firm to help get the word out about their new restaurant, they turned to The Buzz Agency, a firm they knew could get the job done. "They're extremely well-wired into the Palm Beach County community," says Fred Stampone, a partner in the restaurant. "They're strategic, energetic, creative and pragmatic." With the help of clients such as Stampone telling their story, The Buzz Agency is continuing to see significant growth under the leadership of founders Julie Mullen-Kaminski and Elizabeth Kelley Grace and partner Hope Bruens. "Every client we've worked with has been generated through word-of-mouth," MullenKaminski says. "In our industry it's all about reputation and results." Starting with just a handful of clients in 2009, The Buzz Agency now boasts a client list of more than two dozen and is seeing record revenues every year. The agency's clients span a wide spectrum, from hospitality and health care to retail and restaurants to media and entertainment. To serve those clients, The Buzz Agency uses a unique team approach, harnessing the brainpower of contributors including Vice President of Public Relations Debbie Abrams and a core group of 15 consultants, all with different specialties. Everyone on the team is a veteran, Kelley Grace says, each having more than 20 years experience. "We're seasoned, savvy and strategic," she says. While every client will always have one of the three principals working directly with them, it is the behind-the-scenes brainstorming that breeds the creative approach that is The Buzz Agency's trademark. "We're always looking for ways to provide new solutions to our clients," Bruens says. women in business, a special adver tising section e Point Where Business Begins Congress Point � 6400/6420 Congress Avenue � Boca Raton, FL 33487 � (561) 988-0880 O ce Space for the Discerning Business The Boca raton Difference Boca 's image as a s outh Florida resor t city is anchored By a solid Business community . u t he former iBm campus, now Boca c orporate c enter & c ampus nlike many South Florida cities that rely heavily on tourism to thrive, Boca Raton's economy has developed a strong underpinning of diversified businesses, anchored by large companies, such as Office Depot, IBM, NCCI Holdings, LexisNexis and Garda World Security Corporation. In addition to its large employers, the city has three universities, an internationally known resort and a vibrant community of small- to medium-sized businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration ranks Florida among the top three most highly efficient states in fostering the birth of new businesses. In addition to a superior quality of life, Boca Raton offers a strong core of elite educational opportunities, technology leadership and world-class hospitals. "The strength of our city's economy depends heavily on the allure of our area's educational system, growth initiatives and business environment," says Troy M. McLellan, CCE, president and CEO of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. "Our advocacy efforts, coupled with our outstanding educational opportunities and many networking events, provides nearly 80 percent of our membership, the small businesses, with the best possible environment in which to grow." The other 20 percent of the Chamber's membership consists of large-scale employers and Fortune 500 companies that provide additional economic opportunities for all residents of the area. For instance, Office Depot Inc. has its global headquarters on a 28-acre campus in Boca Raton and employs 2,100 professionals, according to the city's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Report. The cyclical nature of Boca Raton's dynamic corporate culture results in an elevated level of economic and community development. Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 33 Business Office Depot corporate headquarters Top Boca Employers Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Resort & Club Office Depot City of Boca Raton National Council on Compensation Insurance Campus Management Lynn University The Continental Group IBM Bluegreen *number of employees Strong governmental support helps elevate Boca's business climate. County and state resources are available to companies operating a business in Boca Raton. Through a strategic partnership, the Boca Chamber works closely with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) to assist in the retention, expansion and attraction of high-quality jobs to this area. The BDB is a private not-for-profit board that serves as Palm Beach County's official economic development organization. Businesses seeking to grow their operations can receive information from the BDB on county/state grants, tax abatements, available commercial real estate, permitting assistance and demographic data. For more information on the Business Development Board, call 561/835-1008 or visit bdb.org. Boca Raton's growth has been carefully managed, thanks to sound ordinance and land-use measures. The city created the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) more than a decade ago to develop and promote a long-range downtown landuse plan, guiding growth through the development of a regional impact master plan and capital facilities plan. An initiative called "Downtown Boca--It's Happening" is creating awareness about the activities, growth and economic vitality of our downtown. (downtownboca.org, ci.boca-raton.fl.us.) 2,776* 2,200 2,100 1,288 872 750+ 700 640 600 400+ Boca Raton Regional Hospital 2,100 NCCI headquarters 34 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 With 15.8 million square feet of Class A and B space, the Boca Raton market houses more than one-third of Palm Beach County's total office inventory, making it the county's largest office submarket. As of the second quarter, the submarket posted a 21-percent vacancy rate, a slight improvement over the previous year. Further assisting in market stabilization, no new buildings have been delivered in the city over the previous two years. The lack of new deliveries has resulted in limited availability of high quality "Class A" office space, while large blocks of affordable operations space remains plentiful. Estimated gross rental rates in the submarket remained relatively flat in the second quarter of 2011 at $27.02 per square foot, compared to $27.75 per square foot in the first quarter. Estimated "Class A" rates range from $20 to $45 net per square foot, while "Class B" rates range from $13 to $19 net per square foot. Business: at a Glance Florida is one o F the few states in the country with no personal state income tax, a factor that has contributed to business relocations and population growth. Boca r aton has a solid mix of small business and Fortune 500 companies, and it works closely with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) to assist in the retention, expansion and attraction of high-quality jobs to this area. th e per Fect com Bina tion of top-level corporate executives, wealthy retirees and a booming tourism industry gives Boca Raton a continued infusion of capital investment and keeps local deposits hovering around the $9 billion mark. Boca r aton continues to see demand and growth from education, health care and start-up technology companies, especially at the FAU Research & Development Park. With 15.8 million square Feet of Class A and B space, the Boca Raton market houses more than one-third of Palm Beach County's total office inventory, making it the county's largest office submarket. Boca r aton is mid Way between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, with easy access to airports, train stations, bus stations and seaports. La BOR The unemployment rate as of April 2011 was 10.2 percent in the Boca Raton-Boynton Beach-West Palm Beach area and 10.8 percent in the state of Florida, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual household income for 2009 in Boca Raton was estimated at $96,467, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2005-2009 American Community Survey. For information on labor issues, jobs and benefits, contact the Palm Beach County Workforce Alliance Administrative Office at 561/340-1061. Office Sp ace Boca Raton continues to see demand and growth from education, health care and startup technology companies, especially at the FAU Research & Development Park. The local market is repositioning itself and garnering renewed attention through the approval of Florida Atlantic University's medical school program, the expansion of several private colleges and universities and the efforts of the MedUTech initiative--aimed at growing the city's existing medical/health care, education and technology clusters. TRa NSpORTaTiON Boca Raton is midway between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, with easy access to airports, train stations, bus stations and BiG Businesses headquartered in Boca Biotest Pharmaceuticals cor Pora tion BlueGreen cor Pora tion cam Pus m ana Gement ernst & Youn G ll P Garda World s ecurit Y cor Pora tion t he G eo Grou P inc. iBm Jarden consumer s olutions l exis n exis ncci h oldin Gs inc. o ce n orth a merica o ffice d ePot inc. tY co u .s . f oodservice Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 35 Business seaports. The area also provides easy access to two duty-free zones and the two busiest container ports in the state, including the Foreign Trade Zones at Palm Beach International Airport and the Port of Miami. The freight lines of Florida East Coast and CSX Railways run through the area and are complemented by Amtrak and Tri-Rail passenger services. TAX ADVANTAGES Florida is one of the few states in the country with no personal state income tax, a factor that has contributed to business relocations and population growth. The income rate for a Chapter C corporation (regular corporation) is 3 percent. The first $10,000 of taxable income apportioned to Florida is exempt. There is no corporate income tax for Chapter S corporations or partnerships and no corporate franchise tax on capital stock. There also is no property tax on business inventories or vehicles. In fact, the state has one of the nation's lowest corporate income tax rates. Retail sales tax is 6.0 percent in Palm Beach County, and there is no longer an intangible tax (the tax on the value of stocks, bonds, accounts receivable and taxable securities). Incentives for businesses locating in the county's enterprise zones include credits toward state corporate income tax and sales tax refunds for new equipment and building materials. Ruth's Chris.indd 1 9/12/11 12:01 PM Made To Move Celebrating 30 Years of Mark's Moving & Storage FINANCIAL SERVICES Boca Raton's strong financial services sector reflects its large concentration of affluent retirees, well-paid corporate executives, successful small businesses and a tourist economy that's on the rise. Additionally, successful businessmen and businesswomen with money for investments are an industry unto themselves. According to the Florida Bankers Association Report, there are more than 32 banks in Palm Beach County, with more than 92 branch offices. The perfect combination of top-level corporate executives, wealthy retirees and a booming tourism industry gives Boca Raton a continued infusion of capital investment and keeps local deposits hovering around the $9 billion mark. If you need more information regarding the Boca Raton business climate, call the Chamber at 561/395-4433 or visit bocaratonchamber.com. 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Ro and her licensed staff will take care of all of your insurance and financial needs with remarkable service and products. 561-395-5225 free Hot breAkfAst buffet free Hbo/espn free mIcrowAve/frIdge HeAted pooL/wHIrLpooL beAutIfuL gArdens free Internet/wI-fI busIness/fItness center queen/kIng beds onLy Auto InsurAnce Homeowners condo We love newcomers! Welcome to Boca Raton. renters InsurAnce LIfe InsurAnce HeALtH InsurAnce 2700 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33431 www.bestwestern.com/plusuniversityinnbocaraton 400 S Dixie Hwy, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33432 www.rabozzi.com | 561-395-1909 custom pubLIsHIng Experience the JES difference. JES Publishing, producers of award-winning Boca Raton magazine, is an industry leader in custom publishing. Our roster of annuals includes Worth Avenue, Mizner's Dream (the magazine of the Boca Raton Resort & Club) and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. The custom magazines of JES combine editorial and photographic excellence with tailored information that targets your intended audience. Such publications are ideal for promotions, special events, and introduction of new services and businesses. JES offers its custom clients everything from resources guides to direct mail to traditional magazines to web-related services. 5455 N. Federal Highway, Suite M, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 www.bocamag.com | 561-997-8683 leisure & recreaTion r&r in the Tropics Boca Ra ton is w ay mo Re than a w alk on the Beach. lisa keeney a ctivities at l ion c ountry s afari B oca Raton is a great place to visit, but it's even better when you live here. Whether you are walking through the dunes near Red Reef Park, watching the sun shimmering off the ocean at the end of Palmetto Park Road or driving down palm treelined Camino Real, the view is breathtaking. No matter what you are looking for--a day at the beach or the park, tennis or golf, a luxurious spa experience--you will find it in our internationally renowned city. Beautiful Beaches The 70-mile stretch of coastline from Palm Beach through Broward County attracts visitors from far and wide. Water temperatures are almost always in the 70s and 80s, so swimming in December and January is a favorite pastime for vacationers. Each mile of beach has its own characteristics, from pristine stretches fringed with sea oats, to those with bustling beachside shops and restaurants. More than 30 years ago, the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County had the foresight to purchase land for oceanfront parks that led to the creation of South Beach Park. In 1974, the 38 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District was formed to ensure funding would always be available to maintain the parks. The result is a system of incomparably beautiful beachfront parks. Lifeguards are on duty at these parks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking fees are charged for all beachfront parks, although there is no charge for pedestrians and bicyclists. Park entry permits are available for residents owning, leasing or occupying homes within the district. For more information, call the Boca Raton Community Center hotline at 561/393-7806. a mazing athletics College athletics are growing in popularity at an exciting rate. Over the past few years, Boca's own Florida Atlantic Owls have been competing and winning against powerhouse schools. FAU sponsors 18 NCAA Division I-A sports and has achieved athletic success in many of them, including two bowl wins for the football program in its first four years at the I-A level. The football team recently moved into a state-of-the-art, on-campus stadium that is certain to generate even more interest in the college and our city. Call 866/FAU- OWLS for more information. Lynn University's Fighting Knights have won 19 national titles: eight NCAA championships and 11 NAIA national titles. Seven different Lynn programs (baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer and men's and women's tennis) have won national titles. For more information on Lynn athletics, call 561/237-7000 or 561/237-7281. The Miami Hurricanes have been on the collegiate athletic national scene for years. Call 800/ GO-CANES for ticket information. South Florida is one of 10 metropolitan areas in the United States fortunate enough to be home to all four major professional sports: football, basketball, baseball and hockey. The Miami Dolphins, an NFL mainstay since 1966, won Super Bowls VII and VIII in the early 1970s. They play their September-throughDecember home games at Sun Life Stadium, 40 minutes south on Florida's Turnpike. Call 888/ FINS-TIX for ticket information. The Florida Marlins have twice captured the World Series (1997 and 2003). Their regular season runs from April to October, and they also play at Sun Life Stadium. Call 877/ Miami d olphins in action r ed r eef Park leisure: MARLINS for ticket information. In addition, the Marlins hold spring training every March at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, and the Marlins' Class A advanced affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads, play at Roger Dean from April to September. Call 561/775-1818 for tickets. AmericanAirlines Arena is the NBA home to the Miami Heat, which made it to the Finals last season behind LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. The 2006 NBA champions play regular-season games from late October to April at the arena, which is on Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami. Call 786/777-1250 for tickets. During the same October-to-April period, BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise plays host to the NHL's Florida Panthers. The team practices at the nearby Incredible Ice Arena in Coral Springs. For ticket information, call 954/835-7000. If you like parimutuel wagering, Palm Beach County is home to the Palm Beach Kennel Club, the state's premier greyhound racing venue and simulcast wagering facility--as well as one of Florida's most popular poker rooms. Built in 1932, the Kennel Club is owned by the Rooney Family, which also owns the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adjacent to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, the Kennel Club is open year-round. For more information, call 561/683-2222. Horse racing is big in South Florida at places like Calder Casino & Race Course (April-January, 954/523-4324 or 305/625-1311), home of the Summit of Speed Racing Series; Gulfstream Park, home of the $750,000 Florida Derby (JanuaryApril, 800/771-TURF); and the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (October-May, 954/972-2000). at a Glance There are 70 miles of beach between Palm Beach and Broward counties, and Boca Raton is at the midpoint--with one of the only stretches of pristine shoreline along the coast. Water World There are reefs up and down our coastline, but a very accessible one for the weekend diver and snorkeler is Red Reef Park, an underwater reef teeming with sea life in waters reaching 8 feet deep. Outside of Boca, there are roughly 70 sites for divers, and 25 of these are shipwrecks. For the sports fisherman, charters abound for both drift boats and deep-sea fishing. One local option is Hillsboro Inlet Marina Sport Fishing Fleet in Pompano Beach (954/943-8222). For freshwater fishing, Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the country, is known as the Bass Capital of the World. Call the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau for information on guides and boat rentals (800/554-PALM). If water-skiing is more to your taste, you can slip on skis or jump on a wakeboard without the hassle of a boat rental at SkiRixen (954/429-0215) in Deerfield Beach's Quiet Waters Park. Skiing the old-fashioned way--attached to a boat--is available at Palm Beach Water Sports (561/478-7171), near Palm Beach International Airport. South Florida's scenic rivers, estuaries and marshlands are often best experienced by canoe or kayak. Loxahatchee Canoeing (561/733-0192) rents kayaks for trips through Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in western Boynton Beach. You can also take an airboat ride through the refuge; rides s ou Th f lorida is is home to all lorida home four major professional sports: football, the Miami Dolphins; baseball, the Florida Marlins; basketball, the Miami Heat; and hockey, the Florida Panthers. There are more Than 100 han 100 golf courses in Palm Beach County alone; of the many in Boca, a local favorite is the 9-hole municipal executive course-- on the ocean. boca r aTon is made for door living all year long, ou Tdoor living from biking trails and water sports to fishing, tennis and boating. Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 39 2011 Chamber Ad_Layout 1 8/17/11 4:27 PM Page 1 leisure & recreaTion are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, weather permitting (561/482-6107). Golf Golf is a year-round passion for residents of the area. This explains why there are approximately 100 golf courses in Palm Beach County alone, including the must-see historic Boca Raton Resort & Club Course (561/447-3000). There are beautiful municipal golf courses in the City of Boca Raton. Red Reef Golf Course (561/391-5014) is a ninehole executive course with views of the ocean and Intracoastal. Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course (561/483-6100) has both a championship course and an executive course. Southwinds Golf Course (561/483-1305) is a lush a par-70 tract. Osprey Point Golf Course (561/482-2868) opened on Nov. 6, 2010. The 27-hole golf course features "Environmental Turf Grass" (Seashore Paspalum) and an attractive rolling layout with five sets of tees on each hole and native Florida landscaping with coquina cart paths in a natural park setting. Palm Beach County hosts professional golf events as well. PGA National (800/633-9150) in Palm Beach Gardens will host the PGA Honda Classic in March 2011. And the Allianz Championship will return to Boca Raton and assemble the country's top senior tour players on Feb. 6-12, 2012 at the Old Course at Broken Sound. For more information, call 561/241-4653. DYNAMIC SETTING FOR CELEBRATIONS, WEDDINGS & EVENTS WWW.BOCARESORT.COM A More outdoor deli Ghts Boca Raton Resort & Club.indd 1 Be Social & Join our network. we poSt daily updateS Featuring Shopping, dining and a&e pickS, local Buzz and more. twitter - @Bocamag FaceBook - Bocamag 9/6/11 2:26 PM Bocamag.com The Sunshine State is a haven for tennis fans as there are several superbly maintained facilities in the City of Boca Raton: Patch Reef Park, the Boca Raton Tennis Center and The Racquet Center. Other area tennis centers are Pompano Beach Tennis Center and the Delray Beach Tennis Center. There's always time to squeeze in a match or two. State Road A1A is another outdoor venue with its own following. An often-scenic road that hugs the coastline, A1A is very popular--especially on weekends--with joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers and strollers. For those who prefer excitement with a little roar, Palm Beach County's two most-visited tourist attractions should do the trick. Thrill-seekers can get an authentic taste of drag-racing at Palm Beach International Raceway (formerly Moroso) in Palm Beach Gardens (561/622-1400), while those who prefer a more natural kind of roar can visit Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee (561/793-1084). 40socialmedia_blog_brmnov11.indd2012 | Boca chamBer annual 1 9/21/11 9:51 AM HEALTH CARE Living well is easy in Boca 's heal th care options riv al metropolit an f acilities. Boca Raton t he h arvey & phyllis s andler pavilion at the eugene m. and c hristine e. l ynn c ancer institute W ith several major hospitals between Pompano Beach and Delray Beach, Boca Raton residents have full access to excellent health care, from routine checkups to highly specialized treatments. Boca Raton Regional Hospital (brrh.com) has consistently focused its efforts and resources on one mission: the health and welfare of the patients it serves. Now, some 40 years after its inception as a small community hospital, that singular approach to medicine has placed the hospital in the vanguard of patient care in such areas as cardiovascular care, oncology, women's health, orthopedics, emergency medicine and the neurosciences. With 400 licensed beds, 700 physicians, a nursing and support staff of more than 2,000 and 1,200 volunteers, Boca Raton Regional Hospital has evolved from a capable community hospital into one of the preeminent medical centers in Florida. The hospital is a Joint Commission Designated Primary Stroke Center. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades, a leading independent health-care ratings organization. HealthGrades ranked the institution No. 1 in Florida for Overall Cardiac Services, No. 1 in Florida for cardiac surgery, No. 1 in Florida for the treatment of stroke, No. 2 in Florida for GI Services and No. 3 in Florida for gastrointestinal medical treatment. In addition to the Distinguished Hospital Award, BRRH has received the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Women's Health Excellence Award and the 2010 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. The Christine E. Lynn Heart and Vascular Institute is ranked in the top 9 percent of openheart programs nationally by the National Cardiac Database, and it offers a complete range of medical, interventional, surgical and endovascular services. It is also ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac and stroke for 2011 by HealthGrades. The 2011 awards include No. 1 in Florida for overall cardiac services and cardiac surgery and No. 1 in Florida for treatment of stroke. The BoCA CHAmBER AnnuAL 2012 | 43 aaron bristol healTh care Boca Raton has state-of-theart health care, with three major hospitals specializing in everything from neonatal care to cancer and heart health. institute was named one of the Top 25 Hospitals with Great Cardiovascular Programs for 2010 by Becker's Hospital Review, along with some of the most well-regarded hospitals and health systems in the United States, such as Duke University Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, which houses the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, opened in November 2008. The award-winning 98,000 square-foot facility houses BRRH's imaging, radiation, chemotherapy and cancer support services as well as its clinical research capabilities. The hospital's Center for Breast Care is internationally renowned and performs more than 90,000 procedures a year. It was named as one of the Top Women's Imaging Centers to Watch in 2009 by a leading trade journal. West Boca Medical Center (westbocamedctr. com), part of Tenet South Florida, is a 185-bed acute-care hospital celebrating more than 25 years of service to the community. With about 500 physicians in an array of specialties and subspecialties, the medical center offers a broad 44 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 array of services, including general medical and surgical care, cardiac and surgical intensive care, pediatric services, outpatient surgery services, 24-hour emergency services for adults and children, diabetes education and a cystic fibrosis program for adults and children. In 2009, West Boca was designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state of Florida. The hospital features a variety of surgical services that include orthopedics, urology, ophthalmology, cosmetic surgery and gynecology. The Outpatient Surgery Center, conveniently on the campus of the main hospital, specializes in minimally invasive surgery that results in shorter recuperation periods. West Boca was the first hospital in Palm Beach County to feature the da Vinci S robotic surgical system. This provides surgeons with a tool that gives them three-dimensional vision, dexterity, two additional arms and machine accuracy. This robot supports minimally invasive techniques that can result in less pain, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than traditional surgery. It should be considered by people having prostate surgery, gynecologic surgery or certain general surgeries. West Boca also has surgeons who perform Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), one of the latest advancements in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Also at West Boca, comforting personalized care is offered at the BirthCare Pavilion, which is designed to accommodate a variety of birthing options, including natural childbirth or anesthesia-assisted deliveries. Each of the comfortable, well-appointed private delivery rooms features a fetal-monitoring system, and neonatologists are available in the hospital 24 hours a day. In addition, the hospital offers a wide range of childbirth and parenting classes and support groups. For five years in a row, the maternity program has been awarded the Maternity Care Excellence Award, a five-star rating from HealthGrades. West Boca Medical Center's maternity program is ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for maternity care. In addition to the maternity services, the hospital offers a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the highest level designated by the state and the only one of its kind from northern Broward County to Boca Raton. The hospital provides care for premature babies who require specialized attention upon delivery as well as critically ill newborns. The pediatric department provides a healing environment supported by advanced technology and equipment. For infants, children or adolescents who are critically ill or injured, the hospital offers a multidisciplinary pediatric intensive care unit staffed by dedicated pediatric intensivists. In addition, West Boca Medical Center has the only dedicated pediatric emergency room in Boca Raton. A dedicated pediatric sleep center has recently opened as well as the pediatric rehabilitation center, on Glades Road. The hospital is proud to offer a nurse-training site for area students, particularly those attending Palm Beach State College. West Boca also has its own radiologic technology school. Recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the school allows graduates to become statecertified as general radiographers (professionals who use X-rays and other forms of radiation to produce images of body parts and organs). The hospital also operates an upscale diagnostic imaging center in the heart of Boca Raton. Available services include: MRI, 64-slice CT scan, digital mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, X-ray, fluoroscopy, EKG and PET CT. For more information, call 561/488-8000. One of America's 50 Best Hospitals, Delray Medical Center (delraymedicalctr.com) has served southern Palm Beach County for more than 25 years. A 493-bed acute care hospital at the hub of a 43-acre medical campus, the center offers comprehensive stroke care, cardiovascular care, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, 24-hour emergency services and trauma, Fair Oaks Psychiatric Pavilion, neurosciences, outpatient services, the Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital, a Sleep Disorders Center, surgery, urology, wound treatment and hospice. Designated by the state as a Level II trauma center for adults and children, Delray Medical Center offers specially trained surgeons and nurses, surgical services and an eight-bed trauma intensive care unit, which is open 24 hours a day. The hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic and surgical services with specialists in allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, family practice, gastroenterology, gynecology, hematology/oncology, immunology, infectious disease, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, podiatry, pulmonary disease, radiology, rheumatology and urology/nephrology. Surgical options at Delray Medical Center include anesthetic, cardio/thoracic, colon/ rectal, general/breast, neurological, ophthalmologic, oral/maxillofacial, otolaryngology, orthopedic, pediatric, plastic, trauma, urologic and vascular. In 2011, for the fifth consecutive year, Delray Medical Center was recognized as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades. In 2010, Delray Medical Center earned HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the ninth consecutive year. In addition, the hospital was the recipient of the Cardiac Care Excellence Award (2005-2008). According to HealthGrades, these ratings place the center in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical performance. Delray Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The first wealth is health." If so, all the residents of Boca Raton are truly rich, thanks to our incredible medical community. Boca's health care at a Glance The greater Boca Raton area has three first-rate hospitals, with more than 1,000 beds and a comprehensive array of specialties and disciplines, from cardiac or neonatal to cancer care and trauma. Medical facilities are highly ranked with numerous awards: Boca ra ton r egional hos pit al: 2011 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, No. 1 in Florida for overall cardiac services, treatment of stroke by HealthGrades Delra y Me Dical c enter: Recognized in 2011 as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades; designated by the state as a Level II trauma center for adults and children West Boca Me Dical c enter: Designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state of Florida, first hospital in Palm Beach County to features the da Vinci S robotic surgical system, Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), only dedicated pediatric emergency room in Boca Raton Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 45 healTh care Hospit als Boca Ra ton Regional Hospit al 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 561/955-7100 Del Ray MeDical cente R 5352 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33484 561/498-4440 West Boca Me Dical cente R 21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL 33428 561/488-8000 Get serious about your skin... now & always. cHiRop Ractic F acilities (Me MBeRs) DR. gaRy Bu Rns / Designe R BoDy, inc. 4331 N. 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Palmetto Park Road, #1, Boca Raton, FL 33432 561/347-7566 l ill y Ku Rian / n uRse consul t ant 8609 Boca Glades Blvd. W., Suite C Boca Raton, FL 33434 561/451-1373 46 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 Golden Bell Education Foundation Es t. 9 19 1 More than $1 Million Donated to Boca Raton's Public Schools www.bocaratonchamber.com/goldenbell Greater Boca raton Points of 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 interest State Road 7/U.S. 441 State Road 7/U.S. 441 Greater Boca r aton Chamber of Commerce r oyal Palm Place s hops at Boca Center Mizner Park Boca r aton r esort & Club town Center Mall Arvida Park of Commerce Boca Corporate Center & Campus o ld town Hall Boca r aton Museum of Art Caldwell t heatre Company Children's Museum of Boca r aton City Hall Police Department Library West Boca Medical Center Boca r aton r egional Hospital f lorida Atlantic University/PBs C Boca r aton Airport Lynn University T T Q Q Florida's Turnpike Florida's Turnpike PArks 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Patch r eef Park s panish r iver Park Gumbo Limbo environmental Complex r ed r eef Park s outh Beach Park s outh inlet Park Pavilion and Bathing Beach s ugar s and Park Boca r aton Dog Park R R A A C C Carter Road Carter Road St. Andrews Blvd. DELRAY BEACH DELRAY BEACH A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Boca Greens Golf Club Boca Woods Country Club s outhwinds Golf Course Boca r aton Municipal Golf Course Boca Lago Golf Course Boca r io Golf Course s andalfoot Cove Golf Course Boca West Golf Course Boca Grove Golf Course Boca Pointe Golf Course t he Country Club at Boca r aton Broken s ound Golf Course o cean Breeze Golf Course Boca r aton r esort & Club Golf Course r ed r eef executive Golf Course r oyal Palm Yacht and Country Club s t. Andrews Country Club Woodfield Country Club Bocaire Country Club s tonebridge Golf and Country Club Polo Club of Boca r aton Mizner trail Golf Club Boca r aton executive Country Club Boca Country Club Lyons Road Lyons Road H D D H Glades Road Glades Road 6 6 B B E E I I 16 16 Powerline Road Powerline Road F F Boca Rio Road Boca Rio Road K Camino Real Camino Real V V G G J J S.W. 18th St. St. S.W. 18th 48 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 Jog Road K Jog Road Go Lf Co Urses St. Andrews Blvd. florida's gold coast Linton Blvd. Linton Blvd. Military Trail Military Trail Congress Ave. Congress Ave. 811 811 C-15 Canal C-15 Canal U U S S X X W W L L M 7 7 M Yamato Road Yamato Road 21 21 20 20 15 8 15 8 Spanish River Blvd. Spanish River Blvd. n Blvd. n Blvd. 22 22 Military Trail Military Trail 29 29 Boca Rato Boca Rato 19 19 Old Dixie Hig Old Dixie Hig hway hway ClinCMo Mo t lint ore ore Roadoad R S. Ocean Blvd./A 23 23 18 18 20th 0th S 2S t. t. Glad lad G es R s R e oadoad 17 17 12 13 12 14 13 1 1 N.E. Fifth 10 14 4 9 9 2 10 Ave. N.E. Fifth Ave. 3 3 4 Palmetto Park Road Palmetto Park Road 28 28 2 N N 5 5 S. Oc S. Oc P P ean B ean B 95 95 lvd./A lvd./A 1A 1A 26 26 S. Ocean Blvd./A O O 24 24 25 25 27 27 95 95 11 11 1A 1A Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 49 housing home is where life happens Boca Ra ton offe Rs the enti Re spect Rum of housing options, f Rom seaside condos to g Rand est ates. ing with Mizner's legacy of intriguing design and tropical landscaping. Most homes have lagoon-style pools, spacious living areas, gourmet kitchens, charming French doors, walk-in closets and lovely wood or tile floors. Boca Raton's carefully designed landscaping started in the late 1970s, when the development company Arvida made lush landscaping a hallmark of all its planned communities. Now, all growth--both within city limits and out west--follows that original mandate, whether it's a landscaped median on Palmetto Park Road or a breathtaking waterfall gateway to a country club. The picturesque views don't end at the city limits. Many of the affluent Boca communities are in unincorporated Boca Raton, including Boca Del Mar and Boca Pointe, geographically in central Boca Raton, and Avalon at Boca Raton, Boca Falls, Boca Winds, Boca West, Cimarron, Hamptons at B oca Raton has a wide array of housing choices, with a variety of home prices, neighborhoods and resort amenities. It also has a well-deserved reputation for its stringent zoning, lush landscaping and carefully tended public spaces, from parks to street medians. Within the city limits, there are charming middle-class and upper-middle-class neighborhoods like Boca Square, Lake Floresta, Boca Pointe and Boca del Mar. There are also older, more eclectic neighborhoods, like Camino Gardens, Por La Mar and Palm Beach Farms. In the newer, unincorporated areas west of the city, you'll find beautifully constructed planned urban developments, town houses and duplexes, as well as all-amenities-included country-club living. The Arvida community of Broken Sound, for instance, features several home styles in an array of neighborhoods. Continued redevelopment in east Boca Raton has led to a cluster of luxury estate homes and 50 | Boca chamBer annual 2012 attractive condominiums for people who enjoy urban living. More and more people are choosing to live, work and play in downtown Boca Raton, and thanks to the explosion of these condominiums, homeowners will have their chance to do so as well. The beauty and tranquility of life in Boca Raton did not come about by accident; it all started with a plan from the 1920s, when architect Addison Mizner created the picturesque Old Floresta, now one of the city's most beautiful--and historic--neighborhoods. Old Floresta was Mizner's attempt to encourage people to build in Boca Raton, where he had established the fabulous RitzCarlton Cloister Inn. Old Floresta, north of Palmetto Park Road between Northwest Seventh Avenue and Northwest Ninth Avenue, still boasts 29 original Addison Mizner homes. Now, surrounded by A-rated schools, the original 29 have been joined by beautiful Tuscan villas in keep- Boca raton is continually featured on cnn money's "Top Places to live" list. Boca Raton, Mission Bay, Loggers' Run, The Polo Club Boca Raton, Sandalfoot Cove and Whisper Walk farther west. On the west side of Military Trail, north of Glades Road, is Boca Bath & Tennis, a gated community with luxury single-family homes on lots as large as three-quarters of an acre. There are eight park areas with three lakes, a clubhouse, tennis courts and a swimming pool available to all residents. Woodfield Country Club, on the north side of Yamato Road and west of Jog (Powerline) Road, has 1,300 single-family custom homes in 20 lake and golf villages, some dating from 1985 and others from the mid-1990s. The vast aaron bristol Por t a bil it y iF the m Arket v Alue of your homestead property is greater than its assessed value, Amendment One permits you to transfer that difference in value to your new property under the following scenarios: If the property you are moving to is more expensive than the property you are moving from, you will be able to transfer your actual cap savings to your new property. Portability allows you to transfer up to $500,000 of your property's actual 3 percent assessment cap to your new property anywhere in Florida. If you are considering moving, visit the city's website to calculate your portability. Additional exemptions are available for seniors, the disabled, combat-disabled, widowed persons and those who have built home additions to accommodate an elderly parent's needs. Protecting Your home(Stead) According to Florid A l Aw, anyone who holds title to a property, resides on it and is a legal resident of the state as of Dec. 31 at midnight qualifies for a $50,000 tax exemption known as Homestead Exemption. This was increased from $25,000 on Jan. 29, 2008, thanks to that year's Amendment One ballot initiative passed by Florida voters. The original $25,000 homestead exemption will continue to apply to all ad valorem tax* levies. The additional $25,000 homestead exemption will apply to all ad valorem levies except school district taxes. Under Amendment One, dubbed the "Save Our Homes" benefit, the entire $50,000 exemption only applies to property valued at $75,000 and above. Properties with a value of between $25,001 and $75,000 will be prorated accordingly--they will increase dollar-for-dollar with the increase in the value of the property. The Property Appraiser's Office administers all property tax exemptions. For more information or to apply, call 561/355-2866 or visit pbcgov.com/papa/AdValoremTaxExemption.htm for details. *An ad valorem tax is a tax based on the value of real estate or personal property. Pr ov in g r es id en cy Your voter registr Ation c Ard must show the address for which you claim exemption. In addition, if you drive a car, you must have a Florida driver's license and automobile registration. Bring the following documents to the property appraiser's office: house deed, tax bill or document showing the legal description of the property; Florida driver's license and auto registration; voter registration or declaration of domicile; and social security card. If you're not a citizen, you must submit a residency/green card. Work permits are not accepted. Each person can claim only one exemption in Florida per year, for the property he or she resides in on Jan. 1. Married couples can claim only one exemption. Exemptions are not transferable. Each resident requires his or her own application. New filers must file between Jan. 1 and March 1 either online at pbcgov.com/papa or appear in person at one of the five South Florida offices. The most convenient location for Boca Raton residents is at 7777 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (561/276-1250). Your application will be renewed automatically on Jan. 1 of each year, unless you change your permanent place of residence. tropical-style Cascades Aquatic and Fitness Center has a lagoon, fountain pool, restaurant and lounge. An 18-hole Joe Lee golf course, 20 tennis courts and a clubhouse with dining, meeting and social rooms complete the exclusive amenities. Other high-end communities include Woodfield Hunt Club, Broken Sound, Addison Reserve, St. Andrew's Country Club, Le Lac, Le Rivage, The Oaks at Boca Raton, Boca Grove Plantation, Mizner Country Club and New Floresta. The lavish Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club is just one example of the upscale condominium communities and stately older neighborhoods that can be found along the coast. Developed in the early 1980s, Loggers Run, noted for its parks and 1,600 acres of water--including Big Bass Lake--covers a vast area west of State Road 441, with 15 neighborhoods numbering 1,841 homes in a wide range of prices. Boca's northernmost waterfront neighborhood, Boca Bay Colony, east of North Federal Highway and north of Yamato Road, was developed in the late 1970s around the winding canals of the Intracoastal Waterway. The 161 singlefamily homes on oversized lots boast a minimum of 2,500 square feet and feature two-car garages. Not ready to buy? Rentals are a great way to live and play in Boca Raton. Homes, town homes, apartments and condominiums are available by the month, year or season. There also is a wide range of retirement facilities in Boca Raton, including seniors-only communities that offer varying degrees of medical care, planned activities and other amenities. With more than 2,700 real estate professionals in Boca Raton, you will be in good hands getting your life in Boca Raton started today! Contact the Realtor Association of South Palm Beach County at 561/997-8266 for a roster of its membership. Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 51 FIFTY YEARS in education has taught us you can fill their minds and open them at the same time. Fifty years ago, we had a vision to create a school that stressed excellence in both academics and character, all in a nurturing, caring environment. Today, as an independent, co-educational school for Grades JK- 12, we are still building upon and perfecting those founding principles. Academically, 80% of the Class of 2011 was accepted at a college rated either Most Competitive or Highly Competitive by the 2011 Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. We take special pride in our students' cultural diversity, strength of character, and respect for others. As a result, a true sense of community exists among our educators, parents, and students. 3 9 0 0 J O G R O A D , B O C A R AT O N | FLORIDA, 33434 | 561.210.2000 | W W W. S A I N TA N D R E W S . N E T education Welcome to our attention as a hu college town! Boca Ra ton is quickl y ga Rne Ring wo Rldwide B of top-notch, dive Rsified educa tional oppo Rtunities. W ith outstanding colleges like Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Lynn University and Palm Beach State College (PBSC), and the strong emergence of Everglades University and Digital Media Arts College, Boca Raton has become an attractive destination for students from across the country--and from right here in Boca Raton. Fifty years ago, the state legislature allocated $100,000 to establish the fifth institution in the State University System, known as Florida Atlantic University. At the dedication ceremony in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson welcomed the 867 students and called for "a new revolution in education" and said that an expanded system of higher education could vastly enrich life in America over the next 50 years. FAU made history that day by becoming one of the few universities to be officially opened by a sitting chief executive of the United States. A half-century later, FAU continues to open the doors of educational opportunity to students of all ages and backgrounds. The university currently is serving 28,000 students on campuses and sites in Boca Raton, Davie, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce. FAU ranks as the most ethnically and culturally diverse institution in Florida's university system, with minorities and international students comprising almost 44 percent of the student body. In addition to its academic programs, FAU offers men and women of retirement age one of the country's most stimulating lifelong learning programs. For information about FAU's Lifelong Learning Society, go to fau.edu/divdept/lifelong/llshome.htm or call 561/297-3171. c ampus at l ynn u niversity This year marks the inaugural class of medical school students at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Renowned as a teaching university with a respected faculty, FAU is rapidly building a reputation as a research institution in areas as diverse as biomedicine, ocean engineering and climate change. Its partnerships with organizations such as Scripps Florida, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and the Max Planck Society have become building blocks for Florida's growing biotech sector. Outside the classroom, students take part in hundreds of activities designed to enrich the learning experience and nurture relationships that last a lifetime. While there is no substitute for the synergy created in the classroom, FAU faculty and students seek out real-world experiences that enhance learning, such as internships, hands-on research and study-abroad opportunities. In recent years, the university's national profile has received a boost from its athletic programs. FAU, which sponsors 18 NCAA Division I-A sports, has achieved 21 conference championships and two thrilling college football bowl victories. The Owls debuted a new on-campus football stadium this year, underscoring the school's emergence as a competitive gridiron power. Boca chamBer annual 2012 | 53 education People from all 50 states and more than 180 countries are studying, living and working at FAU. Degree-seeking students can choose from more than 170 undergraduate and graduate programs and work closely with faculty in specialized research centers. To learn more about Florida Atlantic University, go to fau. edu or call 561/297-3040. Boca Raton's Lynn University is an independent, nonprofit university that is home to five academic colleges (business, liberal education, international communication, hospitality and education), a Conservatory of Music, School of Aeronautics and the Institute for Achievement and Learning. It is dedicated to individualized learning, innovative approaches and an international focus. Lynn currently enrolls more Florida Atlantic University campus Boca education: at a Glance Three major ins TiTu Tions of higher learning: Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, and Palm Beach State College emerging higher educa Tion cen Ters: Everglades University and Digital Media Arts College Top-ranked F ca T public elementary, middle and high schools, some offering "academy" curriculums pres Tigious priv aTe schools: Pine Crest, Saint Andrew's and Pope John Paul II in Two public high schools Newsweek's 2011 Best High Schools in America than 2,100 students representing 44 U.S. states and more than 78 nations, and competes athletically in NCAA Division II. The university also touts the 750-seat, state-of-the-art Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, which features superb acoustics and a flexible space well-suited for dramatic productions, concerts and other cultural events. Lynn implemented the Dialogues of Learning in the fall of 2008, an innovative academic core curriculum with a focus on liberal education. It is a relevant, integrated and intensive four-year curriculum that recognizes students' distinct interests, engages them in conversations across disciplinary boundaries and fosters an understanding of both U.S. and global communities, no matter a student's major or degree. Lynn's student-to-faculty ratio (15:1) supports individualized attention. Carol Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national association concerned with the quality and vitality of undergraduate liberal education, has called Lynn's core curriculum "inspirational" and one that will "ensure that Lynn students graduate richly prepared for life, work and citizenship in this volatile global century." Lynn is committed to making its education affordable. In fall 2010, Lynn began offering a three-year degree program, called Lynn Degree 3.0, that saves eligible undergraduate students more than $45,000 on the cost of their degrees. In addition, Lynn Degree 3.0 students complete their undergraduate education in three years instead of the typical four, enabling them to embark upon their careers or graduate study a year sooner. Visit lynn.edu to learn about the university and its offerings. Palm Beach State College, the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, serves more than 50,000 students annually. In addition to associate degrees, professional certificates, career and customized training and lifelong learning, Palm Beach State is now offering its first baccalaureate degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, with concentration areas in general management, health management and public safety management. Upper-level courses toward this degree began in fall 2009. The college also recently received approval from the State Board of Education to offer two more bachelor's degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Management. The college currently offers more than 100 programs of study at campuses in Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade. 54 | Boca c chamBer annual 2012 er It's Never Too Late To Learn. Higher education is closer than you think. Lynn University presents a world of opportunities, conveniently located right around the corner. To advance your career or reach personal goals, the time is always right to get your college degree. Day, evening, online and graduate degrees available For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 561-237-7552, via e-mail at email@example.com or visit www.lynn.edu COLLEGES AERONAUTICS BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EDUCATION HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION LIBERAL EDUCATION 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton www.lynn.edu 561-237-7552 Lynn University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability and/or age in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs,