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CCESS A April 2009

A Publication of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce



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April 2009 Volume 41, Number 4 Access (ISSN 1057-4468) (USPS 272-340) is published monthly by the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 3 Independent Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Periodical postage paid in Jacksonville, FL

Ride Along Matter Enclosed Mike Hightower, Chair Walter M. Lee, III, President Marketing Dept: Cheryl Munn, Director Janelle Behr, Senior Manager Gabrielle Bryan, Manager Meisha Werley, Coordinator Writing contributed by Clockwork Marketing Layout and design by Principle Creative

Jacksonville, FL 32202 SUBSCRIPTIONS Access is mailed to Chamber members as a benefit of membership. Members can contact the Membership Department at (904) 366-6628 or to be added to the distribution list. ADVERTISING INFORMATION Tina Robbins: (904) 366.6659 Access is printed by Lee Printing. VISION Our Chamber is the business membership organization of influence whose actions contribute to responsible economic growth and a better quality of life for all people on the First Coast. MISSION We lead regional economic development by supporting the growth of area businesses, helping to attract and establish new businesses and fostering a healthy and inclusive business environment. Moreover, we improve quality of life through responsible, sustained leadership on community and regional issues of relevance to our

Message from the Chair


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Message from the President

10 News & Notes 13 125 years in Jacksonville 15 Bucking the Trends 16 Featured Event - Career Expo 18 5 Questions with... Henry Hughes 19 Photo Gallery 20 Maximize Your Membership 21 Member News 23 Grand Openings 24 New Members, Trustees and Anniversaries

members. DECLARATION OF COMMUNITY VALUES We believe in the dignity and goodness of all people. Prejudice has no place in our community. As one of America’s finest cities, we can tolerate no less. The citizens of Jacksonville have the courage and the conviction to affect a positive difference. To be successful everyone must have a chance to succeed. This is our pledge. This is our hope. This is our future.



Message from the President

Leadership investors

Maneuvering Around our Economic Challenges

Founders Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Fidelity National Financial Wachovia Bank Winn-Dixie Stores

We at the Chamber are working hard to create networking and business opportunities for our more than 4,000 members. We know many of you are tackling the challenges of a contracting economy; therefore... we are increasing our

Platinum Bank of America Citi CSX Corporation Enterprise Integration JEA SunTrust Bank North Florida

efforts to provide you with the tools for success. On March 10, we co-hosted, with The Jacksonville Business Journal, the first in a series of “Unique Times …Practical Solutions” workshops. In prelude to this program, Barcelo & Company completed an online survey of business people through the Web sites of the Chamber and The Business Journal. Through the survey we learned that obtaining credit is a major concern. So we invited a panel of credit experts --John


Thompson from Main Street America, Bennett Brown from American Enterprise Bank

AT&T Baptist Health Barcelo & Company Flagler Development Group Insurance Office of America Jacksonville Transportation Authority Mayo Clinic Memorial Health PRI Productions Sandler Sales Institute North Florida St. Vincent’s HealthCare University of North Florida – Continuing Education Washington Mutual

and Jennifer Plotkin from Bank of America – to visit with the more than 150 attendees at the first “Practical Solutions” session noted above. Bankers explained the type of information they need from prospective borrowers in order to loan credit. Attendees also learned why and how a prospective borrower should develop a relationship with a banker before they actually need a loan. In conjunction with our annual Business EXPO, our second program in the “Unique Times...Practical Solutions” series is May 27, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Our topic is sales and marketing, featuring a panel of experts who will address leading-edge sales and marketing strategies. The Chamber is noted for creating opportunities for members to develop business relationships. Each month there are dozens of events ranging from workshops and seminars to Council meetings. However, we know that business leaders are frequently



time-challenged, especially in today’s environment. That is why we are migrating some

Aetna, Inc. Amelia Island Plantation Comcast Crowley Maritime Corporation Deutsche Bank Fidelity Investments The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville Jaguars, Ltd. Jacksonville Landing Investments, LLC Konesens Research Landstar System, Inc. Medtronic, Inc. Merrill Lynch Miller Electric Company Mussallem Galleries Regions Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Swisher International Group, Inc. VISTAKON, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care VyStar Credit Union Welcome Wagon

of our networking opportunities online. Yes, your 125-year old Chamber is embracing social networking. Like many of you…or your children. . .we have a Facebook page. There you can find out about upcoming events and link to other members. We also have a thriving LinkedIn Group with more than 300 participants. Key features include regular discussions about economic issues where members share best practices for doing business in the Jacksonville area. We invite you to become a part of this process, whether it is by personally attending events or by having dialogue with your fellow members on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages. I know that by working together we will successfully maneuver around our economic challenges. Sincerely,

Walter M. Lee, III President



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Message from the Chair Some of the most life-changing professional


Chair, Michael R. Hightower, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

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those who took the time to help me along the

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way. I am fortunate to have strong mentors in my life to guide me as a professional. In fact, I probably would not be the 2009 Chamber Chair if it was not for the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Miller Electric Company, Buck Autrey. When I attended my first Chamber meeting 28 years ago, I was told to sit on the sidelines. Fortunately, Buck Autrey, father of 2008 Chair Ron Autrey, spent time with me and helped me get involved. Many other men and women helped guide my career since then. That is why one of my top priorities for this year is the creation of the 2009 IMPACTjax professional mentoring program. IMPACTjax is the Chamber program focused on young professionals from ages 21 to 40. IMPACTjax has more than 600 members from businesses and industries throughout our region. These are the future leaders of our community. Unfortunately, many of our future leaders are leaving Jacksonville for cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh. We cannot afford to lose that energy and talent. With the help of IMPACTjax Manager Ashley Smith, 2009 Chair Kristen Nimnicht of Lat Purser & Associates and Chair-Elect Steve Kowkabany of Neptune Fire Protection Engineering, we designed a six-month mentor program. The idea is to pair an IMPACTjax member with current board of director or board of governor members. The mentors and their protégé meet a minimum of once a month to talk, share ideas and learn from each other. Response from IMPACTjax members is enthusiastic. Brian Baggs at the City Rescue Mission is one of them. “I’m pleasantly surprised that this opportunity is available to me and other young professionals in Jacksonville,” said Brian. “I’m very thankful that IMPACTjax, the Chamber and other members of our city are willing to spend time with people looking to grow professionally.” We have 20 high-caliber young professionals like Brian ready to begin. Now we are beginning the process of pairing them with mentors. We want to make sure we match the IMPACTjax members with our board members in similar industries. Our young professionals and our established leaders will learn so much from one another. I am looking forward to sharing their success stories.


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Vice Treasurer, Rick Cox, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. General Counsel, Hon. John Thrasher, Southern Strategy Group Immediate Past Chair, Ronald Autrey, Miller Electric Company President, Walter M. Lee, III, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce


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Beaches Vice Chair – Thomas Van Berkel, Main Street America Group Business Recruitment - Derrick Smith, CSX Corporation Business Recruitment Vice Chair – Ali Korman, Stellar Community Development – Dwaine Stevens, Publix Supermarkets, Inc. Community Development Vice Chair – Dr. Pat Cummings, VISTAKON, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Cornerstone/Economic Development – Greg Smith, Bank of America Cornerstone/Economic Development Vice Chair – Keith Tickell, Flagler Development Group Chamber Councils – John Bryan, Improv! Corporate Workshop Education/Workforce Development – Bruce Ferguson, WorkSource Education/Workforce Development Vice Chair – Frank Crocetti, Fidelity Investments Business Expansion – Scott Keith, BB&T/Branch Banking & Trust Company Business Expansion Vice Chair – Rick Morales, Morales Construction, Inc. Business Advocacy – Bruce Barcelo, Barcelo & Company Business Advocacy Vice Chair – Edward E. Burr, GreenPointe Holdings, LLC International – George Gabel, Holland & Knight International Vice Chair – John Lafond, Deutsche Bank Marketing – Maxine McBride, Clockwork Marketing Services Marketing – Heather Duncan, AT&T Member Relations – Mike Guyette, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Member Relations Vice Chair – Paul Tyler, Haskell Military Issues – John Meserve, Fleet Landing Small Business – Suzi Lemen, Dynamic Corporate Solutions Small Business Vice Chair – David Sillick, The Business Journal

At-Large Members

Rusty Bozman, St. Joe Company Bennett Brown, American Enterprise Bank Dr. Jarik Conrad, Conrad Consulting Group LLC Randy Goodwin, PRI Productions Michael Munz, The Dalton Agency David Robertson, Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. Dr. Kerry Romesburg, Jacksonville University Michael Stewart, Jacksonville Aviation Authority Lee Thomas, Rayonier Dr. Steven R. Wallace, Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Ex-Officio Members

Mike Hightower, Chamber Chair

The Honorable Ronnie Fussell, Jacksonville City Council President

The Honorable Tommy Hazouri, Duval County School Board Chair Lisa Vallien Moore, Blueprint For Prosperity, IBM Kristen Nimnicht, IMPACTjax, Lat Purser & Associates, Inc.




Jacksonville is a great city for many reasons, including being a veritable “candy store” for sports enthusiasts. On the First Coast, football is king. There is the National Football League Jacksonville Jaguars, the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and the annual FloridaGeorgia match-up. And when it comes to football, the city of Jacksonville certainly captured the spotlight in 2005 as host of Super Bowl XXXIX.



Besides football, Jacksonville is home to many sporting events, including the Double-A Jacksonville Suns minor league baseball, THE PLAYERS Championship and the MPS Group Women’s Tennis Championship. There also are several high profile collegiate sporting events, such as football’s ACC Championship Game and the NCAA Basketball Tournament regional competition, which the city will host again in March 2010. City leaders say these sporting events provide big benefits to the city and its economy. “Our sports industry adds to our quality of life and there are endless economic benefits,” said Mike Bouda, director of sports and entertainment for the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission. “Anytime we put on an event, it adds to the tax base. Most everything we do produces revenue in one way or another for the city.” On average, sporting events bring more than $120 million a year into

at Sawgrass, which is also home to the Professional Golf Association

the local economy, according to Visit Jacksonville, the official travel

(PGA) Tour headquarters. For 35 years, the tournament has provided

information resource for the Jacksonville area. While each event

a significant boost to the local economy while increasing the city and

provides a direct economic impact to the area, there are also many

region’s visibility.

secondary benefits, including the region’s future business growth and development.

“More than 22 hours of live television programming will be broadcast on The Golf Channel, NBC Sports and HD-TV to more than 600

“Major sporting events really say a lot about your city,” said John

million households in 213 countries,” said Jay Monahan, executive

Reyes, president and CEO of Visit Jacksonville. “I believe Jacksonville

director and vice president of THE PLAYERS Championship. “We see

is the best kept secret in Florida, and The Gator Bowl, THE PLAYERS

ourselves as a great asset to the community.”

Championship, the Jacksonville Jaguars and many other sporting events really raise awareness of Jacksonville as a destination.”

According to Monahan, THE PLAYERS Championship is at the high end of direct and indirect economic spending among PGA TOUR

Almost everyone agrees the addition of the Jacksonville Jaguars

events around the country. Additionally, the TOUR believes in giving

football team has brought many positive changes to the area since

back to the communities hosting its tournaments. Since its start

the NFL franchise arrived in 1995. Besides the direct economic

in 1974, THE PLAYERS Championship has raised $31 million for local

impact surrounding game days, excitement surrounding the team

charities. In 2008 alone, the event’s charitable contributions totaled

has helped boost the community’s image and resulted in increased

$3 million.

business growth for the region.

“What other event makes it possible to see the world’s best players

“The true measure of a sports franchise is what it means to the

on golf’s greatest stage while helping the community,” Monahan

community,” said William Prescott, chief financial officer and senior

said. “Every dollar that is spent at THE PLAYERS Championship also

vice president of stadium operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

impacts the less fortunate in the North Florida area.”

“There are only 32 teams in the NFL; the Jacksonville Jaguars have put us on the map.”

The MPS Group Women’s Professional Tennis Tournament will also boost the local economy when tennis fans and athletes arrive for this

In May, all eyes will be on Ponte Vedra Beach as people from around

year’s competition in Ponte Vedra Beach, which is also home to the

the world watch golf greats compete at THE PLAYERS Championship

Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) headquarters. Hosted by



the Sawgrass County Club, the event is part of the worldwide Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Association Tour. Formerly held on Amelia Island, the tournament will mark its inaugural debut in Ponte Vedra Beach as it celebrates its 30th anniversary April 6-12. It is one of only nine professional tennis competitions held in the United States.


According to Tournament Director John Arrix, organizers spend more than $1.5

South of Jacksonville off Interstate 95,

location, improvements totaling more than $350,000 were made to the facilities at

Daytona International Speedway has been

Sawgrass Country Club. Arrix says moving the MPS Group Championships to Ponte

an economic catalyst in the state of Florida.

Vedra Beach has been mutually beneficial for the tournament and the region.

million every year on the event. To prepare for this year’s tournament at its new

Since 1959, the venue has hosted some of the best racing in the world including NASCAR’s

“We are seeing more local sponsors to the tournament and we have received more

biggest, richest and most prestigious event –

local support than ever before,” Arrix said. “In addition to the money spent on the

The Daytona 500.

tournament, the event drives many people to local retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, bars, rental cars and shopping.”

The Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR season and draws more than 200,000 racing fans to

April also marks the 2009 season opening of the Jacksonville Suns and its debut as

the area. The event carries the largest purse

a Florida Marlins affiliate. The Double-A minor league baseball team plays 70 home

of any NASCAR Cup race and also provides an

games a year at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, which is known as one of the

economic engine for the local economy.

finest ballparks in the league. Successful sports towns are known for having great facilities for their events. The Suns play in a beautiful red brick Camden Yards-style

According to a report conducted by The

ballpark located downtown adjacent to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and Veterans

Washington Economics Group, Inc. and Chuck

Memorial Arena.

Yaros, Daytona International Speedway and Daytona 500 Experience boast a total

“A baseball team and a ball park are an essential part of a first-class city,” said

economic impact of $1.9 billion annually. The

Jacksonville Suns President and General Manager Peter Bragan Jr. “When our new

2007 study was conducted over a several

ballpark was built, it raised everyone’s awareness and pride.”

month period and analyzed both direct and indirect economic benefits.

The facility, which opened in 2003, was built by Jacksonville taxpayers as part of the Better Jacksonville Plan. The Suns welcomed a franchise-record 359,979 fans during

The report also noted Daytona International

the facility’s inaugural season and surpassed that mark in year two, drawing 420,495

Speedway and Daytona 500 Experience

people through the gates. The Suns welcomed the 1,000,000th fan to the Baseball

operations create nearly 32,000 jobs, provide

Grounds in 2006 and have led the Southern League in attendance each of those

more than $856 million in annual labor income


and generate $155.4 million annually in tax revenue to state and local governments.

Bragan is optimistic about the upcoming season even though 2009 ticket sales are currently down. During these challenging economic times, sporting events offer

The Daytona 500 and other racing events

a nice entertainment diversion and Bragan says his team offers the hottest deals

at Daytona International Speedway attract

in town. Jacksonville Suns tickets are priced starting at $6.50 with special group

millions of fans who spend money at area

rate discounts offered. Sporting events also create seasonal jobs for many local

businesses. Daytona is not only great for race


fans, but truly drives the local economy.



Traveling fans help the Gator Bowl Association pump plenty of

day’s drive to Jacksonville. He believes attendance this year will be

money into the local economy. The sixth oldest college bowl game

strong – and the economic impact greater – if fans can easily drive

has been a Northeast Florida tradition for more than 60 years.

instead of fly to Florida’s First Coast.

According to the association, the annual New Year’s Day bowl game generates more than $16 million in direct spending with an overall $50 million dollar economic impact on Northeast Florida.

The association’s charitable activities also provide many benefits to the community. The Gator Bowl’s primary charitable activities are focused on education and youth in Northeast Florida. Area schools

“Our goal is to bring about 30,000 people to Jacksonville and have

receive a portion of the ticket revenue to support school programs

them spend two to three nights during their stay,” said Rick Catlett,

and fund scholarships.

president of the Gator Bowl Association. “An important part of our mission is to bring a positive economic impact to the area.”

No matter which team wins, the annual Florida-Georgia matchup is another financial jackpot for the city. The game has been played

In light of the new economy and lessons learned from the 2009

in Jacksonville since 1933, except for the years the stadium was

contest between Nebraska and Clemson, Catlett says the Gator Bowl

renovated. While the current contract expires in 2010, organizers

Association will focus on reaching out to colleges located within a

are expected to work hard to keep the schools happy and the game downtown at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Although the city offers the universities a lucrative deal and may not make money on the game itself, the event provides an impressive financial boost to businesses around the area. In addition to parking and concessions, local hotels, restaurants and other businesses benefit. These college games bring visiting fans to Jacksonville and an annual economic impact of an estimated $20 million. While football reigns supreme in the college sports scene, Jacksonville’s appetite for basketball, baseball and rugby continue to grow. Russell Crow’s rugby team visited Jacksonville last year. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, in March 2006, attracted a full house to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena resulting in a hotel occupancy rate of more than 2,500 rooms. The NCAA tournament also secured more than 12 hours of national broadcast media exposure.

“Anytime we put on an

The amount of national television coverage these events receive is

event, it adds to the tax

offers regional and national exposure with positive results for the

base. Most everything we do

workforce, Jacksonville has become a premier sports town offering a

produces revenue in one way

region. And no matter which team wins, the real winner is the local

certainly more than the city or Visit Jacksonville could purchase and local economy. With exceptional facilities and a highly experienced great location for sporting events resulting in good business for the economy.

or another for the city.”



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Chamber legacy retires after more than 30 years service For the better part of a century, the Green family has provided unparalleled service to the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. At the end of 2008, Shedrick Green Jr. retired after more than 30 years of work at the Chamber. (seated) Angie Hughes, Ann Sabbag, Lyneé Harris, Elaine Anwander, (standing) Kathryn Christ, Kathryn Murphy, Debbie DeAngelo, Jennifer Holland, Marie Charlemange, Tammy Longley, Teresa Myers, Kim Knapp, Deborah Chaky, Shay Knight, Priscilla Whitcher, Veronica Whitaker.

Through the years, both father and son were in charge of building maintenance and janitorial services, among many, many other things. As Green says, “Well, I maintained the building and did

JWBC offers Financial Matters Program

mostly everything but sign checks.”

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center offers Financial

A lover of baseball and barbecue, he often brought both into

Matters, a mentoring program designed to link women business

his work at the Chamber; grilling for staff on several occasions

owners with a two-person mentoring team made up of an

and narrating stories about his life in the Negro Baseball League.

accountant and a financial expert or banker. Over a six-month

Green has been married to his high school sweetheart for 45

period, July through December, the mentor team will educate the

years. He has also served in the Army, and worked for the City

mentee on how to use financial and accounting information to

of Jacksonville for several decades, before committing to the

improve management decisions within a business.

Chamber. As he settles into retirement, he plans to do a little

To participate, women business owners must meet the following criteria: • Own 50 percent, or more, of the company and take an active role in the management

barbecuing and a lot of fishing, especially off the Nassau Sound, where, according to him, “You don’t got to worry about the cars zooming by.” His dedication and loyalty to the Chamber will be greatly missed.

• Have a minimum of six months in business • Have minimum annual revenues of $25,000 • Have an accounting system capable of producing financial statements such as cash flow, income statements and balance sheets This program is designed to help women business owners support existing relationships with accountants and bankers. Since launching the program in 2005, the graduating class has grown from 10 business women to 20. Most of the mentors return year after year because of the personal benefit they gain knowing they have assisted a woman entrepreneur continue the success of her company in our region. Applications open April 1 to 30 for the 2009 class. If you have questions, contact Pat Blanchard at (904) 366-6640 or


Shedrick Green and his family at a reception honoring his years of service to the Chamber.

TrainJax bands together to give companies more choices Recently, a group of entrepreneurs banded together to form TrainJax, a successful collaboration of nine training and professional development companies. The group pools their


talents and funds to maximize their marketing dollars and offer a

A cornerstone of TrainJax’s success has been onsite visits to major

range of services for the business community.

organizations such as UNF, Citigroup and Florida Coastal School

“TrainJax provides a shopping mall approach that gives more choices to local businesses when they are looking for a trainer

of Law. Not only do the clients benefit from the concept of a consortium, the members do too.

or consultant,” said Mike Plummer of Plummer & Associates,

“TrainJax has given me a great referral network,” said Diane

a founding member of the group organized by Gabe Hamda of

Elkins of Alcorn, Ward, & Partners. “If I get a request from a

ICATT Consulting. “We want businesses in Jacksonville to know

potential client that isn’t a good fit for me, I can refer them to

that they don’t have to go to the ‘big guys’ or to expensive out-of-

someone else in the group. As a result, my clients see me as

town consulting firms. There’s great training talent right here in

someone who can help them solve their problems, even if I can’t

Jacksonville, but sometimes we are hard to find.” TrainJax makes

do it myself.”

that easier.

The group also teams up to work on proposals, bid on

Their numbers give the collective group the needed capital for

government contracts and direct business to members. Providers

multiple marketing avenues that can be cost-prohibitive for small

like Elkins and Andy Harold of A. Harold and Associates have even

companies. They created a catalog listing each provider and

branched out beyond Jacksonville, finding business throughout

their services, launched a Web site (, became

the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard.

chamber members and exhibited at major trade shows. Once a month they meet to share leads, brainstorm ways to build their businesses and hear from speakers about the business climate in Northeast Florida.

For 2009, TrainJax is adding a new member to their invitation-only network, Rick Balog of The ARC Consulting Group. You can check out the members of TrainJax at

Notes Glitch Bill passes both houses A bill to fix a corporation income tax law glitch, which could have cost Florida businesses million, was the first measure to pass both houses in this year’s regular state legislative session Thursday, March 5. The measure corrects a law the Legislature annually passes to “piggyback” Florida’s corporate income tax to the federal tax

The glitch bill, sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, lets a corporation spread the bonus depreciation, which it can take all in one year on its federal tax return and across seven years on its Florida returns. The House voted 116-0. The Senate passed the bill 39-1 with Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, casting the only dissenting vote. At press time, Gov. Crist was expected to sign the bill into law soon.

stimulus provision that lets corporations speed up depreciation of

Downtown Council has new Web site

certain assets for the 2008 tax year.

The Downtown Council

code. Last year’s version, though, made an exception for a federal

The federal stimulus provision allows a corporation to take a 50 percent bonus depreciation. Under the flawed piggyback law passed last year, if a corporation took the federal bonus it would permanently lose half of its state depreciation deduction.


launched its new Web site, Thanks to Geer Services for the design and JeppTec for the hosting.


News Continued Gabrielle Bryan, Chamber Champ

made about me anytime soon we can rest easy. I say, let’s check back in five to 10 years, I think by then Hollywood will

In 2009, the Chamber introduced “Chamber Champs,” its

be begging!

employee recognition program. The “champs” are recognized in of our Marketing Department.

5. If you could invite any three people from history over for dinner, who would they be?

1. What was your first job?

Access magazine each month. This issue features Gabrielle Bryan

My first job was at Neiman Marcus. I was hired to be the bridal consultant. It’s actually quite comical that they hired me, I had no idea what I was doing. However, I quickly learned that brides will register for anything, including Versace china. I think the funniest day on the job was the day I broke a whole wall of china and my boss just shrugged it off

Marie Therese, daughter of Marie Antoinette; Dante Alighiere who wrote the Divine Comedy and ask him what made him write this (was it the bad pasta he ate the night before); and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, not only because we share the same name and she is a fashion icon, but also to ask her about how her fashions almost didn’t make it out of the 1950s.

and told me to go clean the crystal. At least I didn’t dump an

Gabrielle has been with the Chamber since April 28, 2008. She

entire load of Daum crystal on the floor like our coordinator.

works in the Marketing department with a focus on Cornerstone

All in all, I had a wonderful and eye-opening experience at

communications. Her activities with Cornerstone include drafting

Neiman’s and I bought some great jewelry!

Investor and Site Consultant newsletters, facilitating the redesign

2. One word adjective that describes you?

If I could invite three people from history over, I would invite

While I really don’t think there is one adjective that describes

of the Cornerstone Web site and participating in Cornerstone related events; among other things. She also supports Access and Work, Live and Play.

me, I’ll go ahead and take a stab at it. I think trendy and compassionate is great way to describe myself. While I love

Gabrielle graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts

styles and fashion, which most people know about me, I’m

in Communications. She also minored in Public Relations.

also a very compassionate person. I love helping people and care for others deeply.

3. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

If I were a crayon, I would be Tickle Me Pink. First of all, yes this really is a color, second I love the color pink and third I think this is a great name for a color! I want to know who

Gabrielle was nominated for this award because of her ability to meet and exceed timely deadlines. For the past few months the Marketing department consisted of two people. During this time it was necessary to work on many different projects at the same time. Gabrielle did her best to meet everyone’s needs and kept a positive attitude at the same time.

got the cool job of coming up with all these other crazy color names. Also in the running were Razzmattaz, Unmellow Yellow and Screamin’ Green.

4. Who would you want to star in a movie about your life?

I would want Sophia Loren to star in a movie about my life. I mean, who wouldn’t want Sophia to play them in a movie. I would also pick Sophia Bush. Perhaps I just secretly like the name Sophia, but since I don’t think a movie is going to be



Jacksonville Chamber Remembers 125 Years in Jacksonville

We hope you enjoyed our first story in the History Series of the

the largest military base in Jacksonville before it was shut down in

Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. The story took us

1999. Today, the area is known as Cecil Commerce Center. Naval

through the founding of the Chamber and its efforts to make

Station Mayport was created in December 1942 and is now the

Jacksonville the destination of the South for businesses and

third largest naval fleet concentration area in the U.S., employing

travelers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

approximately 14,000 people.

As we make our way closer to our 125th anniversary, we will continue to feature historical glimpses of the Chamber leading up to the landmark occasion. Our second story in the series looks at the next 50 years of Chamber history from the early 1930s to the 1980s, which saw the creation of NAS Jacksonville, the beginnings of what is now Cornerstone, the City of Jacksonville’s consolidated government and the nation’s first area chamber councils.

1937 The Navy comes to town…

In 1937 the Jacksonville Regional


Area councils become a Chamber first… In 1959, the Chamber became the first of its kind in the U.S. to create area councils. The councils were designed to serve as neighborhood extensions of the Chamber, reaching out to all areas of Duval County. Today, the eight area Chamber councils include: Arlington Council; Downtown Council; Jacksonville IT Council; Mandarin Council; North+Northwest Council; Professional Women’s Council; South Council; and West Council.

Chamber of Commerce formed

A revolutionary Chamber initiative, the councils

the Military Base Committee,

provide programs and activities to promote and

which led to the creation of Naval

improve the area’s business and civic climates.

Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax).

Members of the councils use the programs to expand

The group spearheaded efforts

their network of business contacts, stay abreast of

to create NAS Jax, which became

events and issues in Jacksonville and increase their

the first navy installation in the

leadership skills.

city on Oct. 15, 1940. The base served as a major training center for more than 20,000 pilots and air crew during World War II and became home to the Navy’s elite Blue Angels after the war. Today, NAS Jax occupies nearly 4,000 acres along the St. Johns River and is the third largest navy installation in the country. The base employs more than 23,000 civilian and active-duty personnel and services thousands of veterans and dependents.


The “Committee of 100” is formed… The year was 1961 and there was a need for Jacksonville to create a long-term economic development plan. To start a plan in motion, the Chamber formed the “Committee of 100,” which would later become part of the Cornerstone Regional Development

The Chamber’s participation in the creation of NAS Jax spurred

Partnership. The newly formed “Committee of 100” operated as a

the founding of additional naval facilities in Jacksonville, including

division of the Chamber with a particular interest on recruitment

NAS Cecil Field and Naval Station Mayport. In June 1941, NAS Cecil

of businesses and trained workforce in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Field was created on the Westside of Jacksonville. The base was



125 Years Continued


From corruption to consolidation… In the mid-1960s, Jacksonville’s government was in disarray. Corruption scandals were on the rise among city officials,


New jobs and big investments… In 1981, the Chamber embarked on a major fundraising drive called the Jacksonville Development Fund, which resulted in more than

schools were disaccredited, population was on the decline and

70,000 new jobs and $1.5 billion in capital investments through

economic growth was at a standstill. In 1965, Chamber President

the 1980s in the Jacksonville area. Proceeds from this effort were

Claude Yates called a lunch meeting at the Robert Meyer Hotel

used to build the Chamber’s new headquarters and undertake

and gathered the signatures of 23 businessmen for a document

an expanded regional marketing program. Both the Jacksonville

dubbed the Yates Manifesto. The document mandated a new,

Development Fund and the “Committee of 100” would later be

more effective form of government and a rebirth for Jacksonville.

replaced with the Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership.

This manifesto would serve as a catalyst for a consolidated city and county government system in Jacksonville. Three years later, Yates, who is now referred to as the Father of Jacksonville’s Consolidation, and the Chamber were still leading efforts to consolidate city and county governments. The idea of the consolidation was to lower taxes, increase economic development, unify the community, allow for better public spending and create effective administration under a more central authority. On Oct. 1, 1968, the governments merged to create the consolidated City of Jacksonville, which was dubbed the “Bold

Our final chapter of the History series will appear in May’s issue as we celebrate the Chamber’s 125th anniversary. Don’t miss it! Resources: 1. Journal: Jacksonville’s Consolidated Government, The Jacksonville Historical Society 2. Outline of the History of Consolidated Government in Jacksonville, Florida, James C. Rinaman, Jr., Esquire, July 2003

New City of the South.” After consolidation, Jacksonville’s city

3. Global Security Web site,

limits encompassed 841 square miles, making it 20 times larger

4. Navy photo from the CNIC website:

than its former size and the largest city in the continental U.S. The consolidation has since proven to be a national model for urban


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Bucking the Trends

Company Name: LandSouth Construction Industry: General Contractors Bucking the Trend: Increased revenues in construction, multi-family industry Record-breaking revenues and strong client

strong work ethic, dedication to their

relationships have catapulted LandSouth

vision and quality of construction,

Construction into success. Headquartered in

all of which makes them want

Jacksonville Beach and working with clients

to continue doing business with

throughout the Southeastern United States,

our company,” said Mike Taylor,

the general contracting company recently

director of business development at

reported its best revenue-generating year in

LandSouth Construction. “We believe

company history. Revenues in 2008 totaled

once a client works with us, they will

$77 million compared with $61 million in

continue to do so for years to come

2007, an increase of more than 26 percent.

because of the way they are treated

“Despite the economic downturn, 2008

and the quality of work we deliver.”

turned out to be a very successful year for

Further proving this relationship-

our company,” said James Pyle, president

based business philosophy is the

and CEO of LandSouth Construction, which

company’s long-lasting rapport

has specialized in multi-family construction

with Florida developer Integra

since it was founded in 1998. “We have

Land Company. In 2008, LandSouth

completed several high-profile projects

Construction completed two projects

and continue to work on additional

with the developer including the

3.) Valencia at South Beach located in South Jacksonville Beach

developments in Orlando, Kissimmee,

272-unit luxury apartment complex

2.) Atlantic Crossing at Deerwood Park located in Jacksonville’s

Daytona Beach and Palm Coast.”

of Integra Landings at Ivey’s Lake in

Pyle attributes the company’s success to its ability to work closely with established clients on multiple projects. For instance, in 2008 LandSouth Construction completed two local projects with Sierra Development including the $19 million apartment community of Atlantic Crossing at Deerwood

1.) The LandSouth Construction executive team. From left: Joseph Passkiewicz, James Pyle, Marc Carlson and Michael Taylor.

Southside area

Orange City, Fla., and the 304-unit luxury apartments at Integra Meadows at Stoneybrook in Davenport, Fla. Currently, LandSouth Construction is working with the developer on two additional Florida communities – Integra Woods in Palm Coast and Integra Shores in Daytona Beach.

Park in Jacksonville’s Southside and the

And while returning clients are the

$39 million condominium community of

foundation of the company, LandSouth

Valencia at South Beach located in South

Construction’s executives understand the

Jacksonville Beach. “Our success truly is

necessity of cultivating new clients. The

measured by the lasting relationships we

company currently has bids out for a hotel

have with our clients. They recognize our

project in Alabama and a multi-family project

in Central Florida that would be the largest multi-family development in the state of Florida utilizing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 221 (d) (4) program. “Times are certainly tough for our industry, but we continue to forge ahead,” Pyle said. “We believe in what we do, and we believe 2009 will be another successful year for our company.”

Address: 1680 The Greens Way, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 • Phone: (904) 273-6004 • Web site:



Featured Event

Chamber Councils host Business and Career EXPO

economic environment, the Business and Career EXPO will

Do not miss a great opportunity to network with more

This is the Chamber’s eighth annual Business and Career

than 1,500 area business professionals. Plan to attend

EXPO. From its humble beginnings at the Chamber office

the Chamber Councils’ Business and Career EXPO 2009 on

as a small trade show and open house, the event has grown

Wednesday, May 27, with workshops beginning as early as

into a one-stop mega event offering a variety of educational

9 a.m., at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in

seminars and networking opportunities.

downtown Jacksonville.

highlight relevant topics that are certain to be of interest to everyone in our community.”

As in the past, more than 250 exhibitors will showcase

Billed as “Your link to business and the community,” the

products and services during the Business and Career Expo.

Business and Career EXPO offers endless educational and

The exhibit hall is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Additionally, job

networking opportunities for business professionals. While

seekers have the chance to network with agencies and

the program is designed with Chamber members in mind,

search firms in different career fields, providing business

the general public is invited to attend the EXPO.

representatives and attendees a great environment

“It is our mission to offer many initiatives to foster a healthy and inclusive business environment that will benefit the community and its residents,” said Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce President Wally Lee. “In our current

to network and share information. All attendees are encouraged to speak with participating representatives who offer internships and volunteer opportunities.


all Business Owners, JOB seekers, POtential interns & VOlunteers!

Showcase your products and services Provide information on employment opportunities Network with employers in different career fields Speak with representatives who offer internship and volunteer opportunities

tO register as an exhiBitOr Visit: or Call: (904) 366-6646 FREE and OpEn tO thE public




There are several options available for companies that wish

Several free programs will be offered throughout the day

to participate. Businesses can sign up for exhibitor booth

and also require pre-registration. The Federal Contracting

space, which is offered to Chamber members at a reduced

Opportunities Forum will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and

rate. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, offering

feature representatives from Jacksonville area federal

a great way to increase the company’s visibility during

agencies who will discuss their mission and upcoming

the event.

contract opportunities.

While the Business and Career EXPO

The Small Business Center Orientation

will attract many participants, this

will run from 1 to 2 p.m. Designed for

year’s programs and Chamber

current and aspiring entrepreneurs, this

Councils Luncheon are also

complementary one-hour session will

expected to draw big crowds. The

detail the services offered by the Small

annual Chamber Councils Luncheon

Business Center, including expanding

will welcome Linda Bithell Oliver as

or starting a business, business library

its featured speaker. In January,

services, counseling sessions, business

Oliver was appointed acting

workshops, evaluating financing

director of the Department of

options, assistance contracting with the

Defense Office of Small Business

government, how to gain certification

Programs. For the past six years, she served as deputy director. Oliver is responsible for establishing and

from government agencies, building Linda Bithell Oliver will

speak at the Chamber Councils Luncheon.

mentor relationships, credit counseling and environmental impact savings.

enforcing Department of Defense policies that encourage

Jacksonville’s Women’s Business Center LaunchPadSM

the Department to provide opportunities for small

will be offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and feature a panel of

businesses to successfully compete for Defense contracts.

entrepreneurs who have taken different paths to business

She advises the Office of the Secretary of Defense on small

ownership. The panelists will share their experiences

business matters and she works with military departments

and highlight their successes, detailing lessons learned as

and the Defense agencies to ensure that the policies and

well as what did and did not work. The program will be

programs are properly carried out. She also works with

presented in an intimate setting and offer participants the

industry groups to improve contracting opportunities for

opportunity to ask tough questions and come away with

small businesses.

real-life answers.

The luncheon program, “Small Business: The Economic

The EXPO will include a Business After Hours hosted by

Engine of our Country,” runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IMPACTjax, the Chamber’s young professional group. The

Pre-registration is required and the cost is $25 for Chamber

two-hour networking event is free and open to the public.

Council members and $35 for non-members. Corporate

Business After Hours will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and offer

tables of 10 also are available.

everyone the opportunity to develop valuable business

Another program, “Unique Times – Practical Solutions,” will

relationships. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and feature a panel of sales and

Do not miss out on being a part of this important

marketing experts sharing business advice and strategies

business and career event! To register, learn more about

to help navigate and meet the challenges presented by

sponsorships or sign up as an exhibitor, contact the

the new economy. The cost to attend “Unique Times –

Chamber at (904) 366-6646.

Practical Solutions” is $15 and pre-registration is required.



five questions with... Henry Hughes CEO – THE PLAYERS

Henry Hughes is the chief executive officer of THE PLAYERS Championship. His responsibilities include the tournament’s long-term positioning and strategic management. For 25 years, his leadership and vision have made an indelible mark in every department he has led with the PGA TOUR. We recently spent some time with Hughes as he prepares for THE PLAYERS Championship 2009 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.


You have had the opportunity to witness significant growth

the 10th fairway, making it possible to watch golf from its patio.

and expansion of THE PLAYERS Championship over the course

We have also added additional amenities to the Island Club, so

of your career, including moving the tournament from March

that it has more of a sports bar feel. The new Island Club will

to May, a new clubhouse, upgrading the golf course and

be equipped with interactive games, pool tables and big screen

providing additional fan enhancements. Do you expect the

televisions. We believe the Island Club will continue to grow in

tournament’s growth and expansion to continue?

popularity because it always has been a great spot on the golf course. We have also made improvements to our Benefactors

A: We are always trying to make THE PLAYERS Championship

Pavilion behind the 17th green and the Stadium Village.

bigger and better. Following every tournament we survey the players, the fans, the television audience, our advertisers and

to conclude on Mother’s Day. What plans are in place to

could be improved upon. We set a mark for ourselves to be

celebrate and honor mothers attending the championship?



For the first time, children 16 and under are admitted free to THE PLAYERS all week with a properly ticketed adult. THE

As the PGA TOUR prepares for THE PLAYERS Championship

PLAYERS also has a new Family Plan package to make the

2009, what is the biggest challenge you and your team face?

tournament more accessible to families. We are thrilled our event ends on Mother’s Day and certainly hope to see many

A: The economy is affecting everyone in the country, but what

mothers celebrating with their families at the tournament.

concerns us the most is the potential negative impact to local charities and those who need it the most – the less fortunate in our community. Proceeds from THE PLAYERS Championship benefit Northeast Florida charities. Since 1977, more than $31 million has been contributed to Northeast Florida charities, including a record $3 million donation in 2008. Q: Is there anything new planned this year in connection with The PLAYERS Championship? A:

For the third year, THE PLAYERS Championship is scheduled

sponsors to find out what they liked and what they thought the best golf tournament in the world and we think we are very



Every year we improve the fan amenities and facilities. This

Q: What has the game of golf taught you about yourself? A:

The basics of the game – integrity, honesty and tradition. If you’re involved in the game of golf, you realize it is a sport unlike any other. It’s the only sport where players call penalties on themselves and it’s a sport that consistently gives back to its communities. The people who are involved in the game of golf work to make the world a better place, you can do that with golf.

year we have relocated the Island Club so that it is adjacent to 18


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Beaches 1. Beaches Division Executive Director Jill Sprowell and February Mixer sponsors Sonny Bhikha and Shawn LeNoble of Days Inn-Neptune Beach.




Mandarin Council Networking Night at Whole Foods Market



6. Bill Pipes of Breckenndge Pipes & Co., Allid Beckstrom of Williamsburg Travel and Rita Story of Junior Achievement.

2. More than 160 members came to network at the February Beaches Mixer. Pictured are Ali Kirby and Kenny Gosline of Panera Bread Jacksonville Beach, Anne Cowan of Don Bell Signs, Karen Bassham of Mai Oui! Gourmet Catering, Bruce Enyeart of Don Bell Signs, Lynn Thompson of Thompson Writing and Editing and CPA jobseeker Mary Scott. 3. Thomas McKay of National Financial Services Group

7. Jennifer Fay of Tidal Title and Graham Syfert of Affinity Law Firm. 8. Larry Levy of AAA and Attorney Mark Addington. 9. Rita Story of Junior Achievement, Larry Levy of AAA, Larry Marscheck of The Marscheck Group and Chuck Petruska of Innovative Business Solutions.

joined CPA jobseeker Mary Scott for coffee and

Power of Partnerships Kickoff

networking at the February Coffee on the Coast at

10. Heather Duncan of AT&T shared some of the great

Avante of Jacksonville Beach. 4. Avante of Jacksonville Beach, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, sponsored the February Coffee on the Coast. Pictured are Admissions

impacts that the Power of Partnerships Campaign had on Chamber programs and initiatives at the


Campaign Kick-off Luncheon in February. 11. Mayor John Peyton conveyed his support of the

Director Darcy Warren and Community Relations

Power of Partnerships Campaign to the many

Director Lindy Waters Brown.

corporate and civic leaders in attendance at the

5. Carolyn Ward of AT&T Real Yellow Pages sponsored



the February Beaches Luncheon, co-hosted with

Small Business Leader of the Year

the St. John’s County Chamber of Commerce.

12. Managing Partner Bill Koch (right) of Northwestern

Pictured are Carolyn Ward and Dave Ruscitto of

Mutual Financial Network’s Koch Group presented

BrightStar Healthcare.

the Quiet Achievers Award to the Downtown


Council and Chamber’s overall 2009 Small Business Leader of the Year Bonnie Arnold of Bonnie’s Floral Design.



Maximize Your Membership Power of Partnerships and UnCampaign Want a fun, exciting way to build new business relationships, gain visibility for your company and win great rewards? Get involved in Power of Partnerships and UnCampaign, which are volunteer-driven campaigns to help fund the Chamber’s programs and initiatives and generate new leads for Chamber members. Power of Partnerships V is off to a great start – it’s not too late to get involved and get results! “The campaign provides the opportunity to meet and network with interesting people that are a prominent part of the business community, while at the same time being of service to the Chamber in helping it reach its financial goals. It is great to be a part of such a successful campaign and to participate in the rewards associated with that success.” - Paul J. Tyler, Commercial Group, The Haskell Company and 2009 Member Relations Vice Chair for the Chamber


Register with the Member Relations Department. Getting involved is simple. Contact Jennifer Strickland in the Chamber’s Member Relations Department at (904) 366-6662. You can get involved as an individual or join a volunteer team. Generate revenue.

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Power of Partnerships volunteers help sell new Chamber memberships, membership upgrades, sponsorships, Cornerstone investments and advertising in Chamber publications. Get as involved as you’d like. You can turn over your leads to a Chamber account manager to sell or use your influence to further affect the join rate of your referrals. Generate leads through UnCampaign UnCampaign is the leads generation division of Power of Partnerships. Volunteers supply a list of potential Chamber members to an account manager. No selling is required. The account manager will work the sale and you’ll earn the credit.

Have fun and win great prizes.



Throughout the campaign, entertaining reward sessions are held at exciting venues to recognize volunteers with the most success. UnCampaign and Power of Partnerships volunteers earn dollar-for-dollar credit toward an incentive trip. Past trips have included cruises and great destination trips such as Bermuda, New York, Las Vegas and Costa Rica. This year’s victory trip is to the Grand Cayman Islands in the West Indies.

Have fun



February Sponsors:

Attend Small Business Week celebration

Beaches Division Sponsor Baptist Medical Center - Beaches

Plan to attend the 17th Annual Small Business Week Celebration honoring North Florida’s small

Beaches Luncheon AT&T Real Yellow Pages

business leaders, champions and top lenders. The keynote speaker is Tom Szaky, co-founder and CEO

Beaches Mixer Days Inn - Neptune Beach

of TerraCycle Inc., producer of the world’s first products made from, and packaged in, waste. At the ripe old age of 26, Szaky has been featured

Best Wishes Lunch for Shedrick Green Genesis Cafe

in virtually every major media outlet from “60 Minutes” to the Wall Street Journal (5 times) and

Chamber N’ Eggs Meyer’s Latin Flair

dubbed the “Coolest Startup In America” by Inc. magazine. Tom’s book, Revolution in a Bottle, was released in February. Szaky will deliver the luncheon

Coffee on the Coast Avante of Jacksonville Beach

keynote address on eco-capitalism in challenging economic times to an expected audience of 400.

Council Sponsors Avistele Jacksonville Aviation Authority tw telecom

This annual event culminates in the presentation of the prestigious SBA Small Business Week and Top Lender awards. The luncheon is April 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the University of North Florida University Center. Tables of eight or individual seating are available. For more information, visit or call (904) 620-2476.

Power of Partnerships Kick-Off Luncheon PRI Print Resources Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Mandarin Council hosts Networking Night Looking for an effective way to make new business contacts. All Chamber members are invited to join the Mandarin Council for Networking Night hosted by 3 Sisters’ Chocolate Company, located at 9965 San Jose Blvd. Expand your business network while enjoying great food and drink. In addition, the event includes door prizes and a silent auction to support the Mandarin Council’s education and scholarship initiatives. The cost is $5 at the door. For more information, contact Roger Kuder at (904) 737-8855.

Member News Appointments and Promotions LandSouth Construction announced Michael Taylor joined its team as director of business development and senior project manager... Community Hospice of Northeast Florida announced the addition of four members to its board of directors: Christopher Emans, The Honorable Marcia Morales Howard, Kelly Miles and Paula Ringhaver… Smith Hulsey & Busey elected attorney Leanne McKnight Prendergast as a new shareholder in the firm…Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex annouced the appointment of Vicky Morgan as the new director of skating...Burdette Ketchum, the Jacksonville-based marketing consulting and communications firm added two principals, Andy Dykstra and Patrick Golden…Taylor Morrison announced Kristin Vuckovic as its new marketing manager for its North Florida division…Wolfson Children’s Hospital Administrator Larry J. Freeman


was installed as president of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals on January 1, 2009, for a two-year term…Prudential Network Realty announced that Leane Ross and Joseph Romano joined its Mandarin office and Carol Zingone joined its Beaches office… Mayor John Peyton appointed Stephen D. Busey, chairman of Jacksonville law firm Smith Hulsey & Busey, to the Jacksonville Port Authority board of directors...U.S. Preventive Medicine Inc. announced the appointment of Arthur “Buster” Browning Jr., M.D. as associate medical director…Baptist Health Foundation announced the election of the following officers: Chairman Robin Bradbury, Vice Chairman Mac Holley, Secretary Kurt Mori, MD, and Treasurer Barbara G. Jaffe. These officers are joined on the Executive Committee by committee chairs William K. Hatcher, Kathy Barco Jossim, Dr. Mori, Shyam B. Paryani, MD, Joseph F. Thompson and ex-officio members A. Hugh Greene and Marlene M. Spalten. In addition, Shannon Miller and Unni C. Thomas, MD were added as new members.


Member News, continued Awards and Accomplishments Bill Kastela, an intern with The Koch Group recently included in The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s national “Top 100 Interns” list…Baptist Medical Center Downtown was awarded the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award and Baptist Medical Center Downtown and Baptist Medical Center South were recertified in January as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. The Baptist Stroke Centers once again received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval…Danis Construction employees Kyle Kovacs, Robert Schnock and Kevin Reilly recently passed exams to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals (AP)… Davidson Realty agents Laurette Martin and Beverly Morse were recently recognized for Internet marketing distinction…The First Coast Manufacturers Association announced the following winners of its Excellence in Manufacturing awards: Gerdau Ameristeel, Manufacturer of the Year; Swisher International, Founders Service Award; Golder Associates, Associate of the Year; WhiteWave Foods, Environmental Impact Award; Anheuser-Busch, Environmental Protection Award; and Fleet Readiness Center, Workforce Education Award… Congratulations to the following Chamber members who recently received ADDY awards: BrooksLacayo Advertising, Branding and Public Relations, The Robin Shepherd Group, St. John & Partners,

On Ideas, The Kurtis Group, BAE Systems Products and Burdette Ketchum…Looney Ricks Kiss Architects announced that Founding Principal J. Caron Looney was named one of the “30 Top Innovators of the Past 30 Years” by leading industry publication Builder Magazine…ERA Dan Jones & Associates announced the following top agents for February: Joy Arnold as top lister, Jeannie Creech as top seller and CJ Wright as top closer…Prudential Network Realty’s top agents for February include Anita Vining, Reggie Fountain, Liz Bobeck, Lisa Mordecai, Kimm Schumacker,Garry Adams, Melonie Erickson, Al Kekec, Tansy Moon, Elizabeth Hudgins, Rosemary Kristoff, Judy Fields, Connie Owen, Margie Rasey, Joy Gunter, Jennifer Tomasovic, Ann King, An Marshall and Kathleen Floryan…Stellar was honored with the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida Horizon Award of Distinction for the company’s design and construction of the Homestead-Miami Speedway Media Center… ERA Davis & Linn honored the following top agents for February: Mary Walker as top producer, Andrew Linn as top agent, Lockwood Holmes as top lister and Tom Custer as top seller...Gresham, Smith and Partners announced Bruce Pitre earned the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) professional accreditation…Landstar System Inc. was named among “America’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine…Availty president and CEO Julie Klapstein was nominated to serve on the HIT Policy Committee, representing information technology vendors.

Community Involvement Twisted Martini, a riverfront icon of Jacksonville’s nightlife recently celebrated its four year anniversary…Jacksonville University recently broke ground for its new $10 million Marine Science Research Institute. Perry-McCall Construction Inc. and Rink Design Partnership Inc. will teamed up to work on the project.

Business News Davidson Realty was presented a trophy for its support of the Sertoma for Kids program. Davidson collected hundreds of toys during its annual holiday drive...Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) honored First Guaranty Bank with a Neighborhood Friendly Business Award for the bank’s commitment to the organization over the years. First Guaranty has been a main sponsor of the Riverside Arts Festival since 1971…Greene-Hazel & Associates & Fireman’s Fund made a donation to the Jacksonville Beach Fire Department to purchase a new high-tech carbon monoxide detector…Stellar announced the establishment of the first annual Philip J. Kelly Superior Service Award to honor the memory of Phil Kelly, a vice president at Stellar who passed away suddenly at the age of 43 in late 2008... Fleet Landing, an Atlantic Beach-based retirement community, recently opened its new state-of-the-art community center, Windward Commons. The center offers lifestyle amenities such as an age-friendly fitness center, heated indoor pool, spa and salon service center, art studio, technology center and much more.



Grand Openings 1. AlphaGraphics, a printing and design company located at 7999 Philips Hwy., Ste. 309, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Pictured are Chamber Ambassadors Pamela Gerrish, Randy Thomas, Brad Raney, Snowden McFall, Productions Design Manager Mike VanHorn, Owner/Vice President Mark Hebert, Owner/President Tracey Hebert, Graphic Designer Brooke Smith, Sales Manager Ron Smith and Chamber Ambassadors Spencer Whiting and Karen Bassham. 2. The Flats at Kernan celebrated the opening of its apartmentstudent housing complex, located at 4850 First Coast Tech Pkwy., with a ribbon cutting. Pictured are Alice Johnson, community assistant; John Rood, chairman; Will Morgan, president; John Delaney, president – UNF; Kristen Land, property manager; and Kenneth Williams, community assistant. Visit them at Chamber Ambassador Chair Randy Thomas supported this event. 3. Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport, a full-service, mid-scale hotel chain located at 14565 Duval Rd., celebrated its grand opening. Pictured are Anke Brandenburge, John Parker, Marvin Bolinger, Sylvia Caldwell, Cathy Bolinger, Micajah Sturdivant and Donald Harris. Chamber Ambassadors Tom Dyszkiewicz of Art Photo Inc. and Rhonnie Brown of Shands Jacksonville proudly supported this successful event.





4. Owners Meyer and Claudia Pinchassow (center) along with staff and associates celebrated the grand opening of Meyer’s Latin Flair, located at 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 181. Our dedicated Chamber ambassadors proudly supported this successful event. 5. Chamber Ambassador Chair Randy Thomas along with fellow Ambassadors Thomas McKay and Karen Bassham proudly supported Venetian Dental, located at 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 7 at its grand opening celebration. Pictured are Cara Simone, Marybeth Duszynski, Tatyana Kravchenko, Mila Pringle, Dr. Angela Tursonoff, COO Tim Tursonoff, Michele Hopkins, Kim Hargis and Erin Williams. 6. Beaches Membership Task Force volunteers joined Vystar Credit Union executives and Board of Directors to celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 100 N. Third St. in Jacksonville Beach. Pictured are (front row) Volunteers Bruce Enyeart and Beverly Anderson, Michael Cascone, Esther Shultz, Susan Bingham and Terry West of VyStar, Jacksonville Beach City Councilwoman Penny Christian, Volunteers Lynn Thompson and Clyde Rader, (back row) Randy Swift and Rich Alfirevic of VyStar.




7. Beaches Membership Task Force volunteers helped to welcome our newest member, A’Propos Boutique, a designer clothing store conceptualized around one-on-one service. Pictured are Chere Cain of Renaissance Healing Center, Ken Smith of Kenneth L. Smith Insurance, Owner Cathy Bedor and Partner Faye Maddux, Tina Robbins of the Chamber and Thomas McKay of National Financial Services Group. A’propos Boutique is located in at 1750 Sawgrass Village Dr. in Ponte Vedra Beach.



New Members, Trustees and anniversaries Medallion GEC Trucking (904) 359-0404

Entreprenuer Fit for Life, Jax (904) 367-1581 Hillwood (972) 201-2800 Holmes & Brakel (904) 538-9883 lulu (904) 381-4843 Novelty Imports (904) 235-9465 Swimcraft Pools (904) 272-7946

Basic AIM Ads InLine Media (904) 565-2918 Best Western Cecil Field Inn & Suites (904) 265-7759 Carriage Club of Jacksonville (904) 646-1600 Chappell Schools Inc., DBA Chappell Child Development Centers (904) 739-1279 Commercial Unlimited, LLC (904) 537-2757 Create Some Memories (904) 728-4432 Rachael Deen (904) 400-0965 Edward’s of San Marco (904) 396-7990 Extended Stay Deluxe Deerwood Park (904) 620-9008 First Coast Chapter-IAAP (904) 858-7473 The Gathering Dinner Theatre (904) 638-8412 Romola “Mo” Griswold Heritage Design & Construction (904) 886-0990 Sarah Heximer (716) 228-7015 Hospitality Inn (904) 777-5700 Jacksonville Towne Shoppers (904) 210-3668 Jkeels Construction Company, LLC (904) 777-8654


Josie K. Aenis (904) 910-6424 KAE Apartments LLC (904) 249-5611 Kehl & Associates (904) 525-4008 Kidco Construction (904) 434-0860 Mary Scott (904) 221-4913 Matzen Construction (904) 610-9740 The Morgan Company Promotional Advertising (904) 373-0036 Musicians’ Association of Jacksonville (904) 398-9735 NCSPlus Incorporated (904) 838-0554 Noverhead Publishing (904) 755-6378 Oasis Outsourcing (904) 208-5400, Ext:2921 Omnitronics (904) 425-0336 PMasters, Inc. (904) 371-4455 Rels Title (904) 223-4290 Leif Rush (904) 652-5335 Senior Helpers of North Coast Florida (904) 371-3570 Signs of All Kinds (904) 707-6416 Small Business Works, LLC (904) 387-5822 Sugar Mama’s Florist (904) 714-1355 Truly Nolen Pest Control (904) 821-7615 USA Cares, Inc. (407) 416-4159 Vestcor Companies The Flats at Kernan (904) 998-2050 Works of Art (904) 737-9500

Individual Jon Cadieux (904) 343-7860 Kimberly L. Waterhouse (904) 742-8889 Patricio Bushong-Maupin (904) 543-0753 Robin Shelly (904) 384-3234

Anniversaries 20 years or More American Airlines, Inc. C Martin Taylor & Company Inc. Citadel Life & Health Insurance Company Sally Corporation THE PLAYERS Championship

15 years New Trustees

A-Jax Company, Inc.

10 years Mr. Benjamin D. Sharkey, ESQ. Jackson Lewis LLP Mr. Fred E. Lee, Jr. S. W. Register Cushman & Wakefield Travis Storey KPMG LLP Jill Tager The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Linda Lindenmoyer Prudential Network Realty-Relocation

Bronze Member Nelson Bradshaw Compass Bank

Barcelo & Company BAYWASH Carwash Brooks Rehabilitation Center GLE Associates, Inc. Publix Super Markets #589 Publix Super Markets #644 SignsPlus Digital Printing TAPESOUTH, Inc. The Blood Alliance-Mandarin Visual Solutions Your Community PhoneBook

5 years Cook Electrical Inc. ECS-Executive Coaching Solutions Everest University-Orange Park Fairman Consulting, Inc. Hemming Plaza Jewelers Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center LaVilla School of the Arts LightningCloud Technologies N.P. Construction of North Florida, Inc. Piccadilly Cafeteria Pine Estates Elementary

Additional Location Sam’s Club #8116 (904) 928-0017 Shear Wonders Hair Salon (904) 998-9099


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