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From Our President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Hurricane Preparedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Committee Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Chamber Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Member Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Leadership Boca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Boca’s “Seen” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Young Entrepenuers Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Golden Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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CONNECTION Publisher: Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP Editor: Patricia Lammle Boca Chamber OFFICERS Randy B. Nobles, Croskey Lanni P.C., Chair Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Chair-Elect Ethel Isaacs Williams, Florida Power & Light, Vice Chair Rick Hayduk, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Treasurer Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO Secretary Keith O’Donnell, Avison Young, Immediate Past Chair DIRECTORS Anthony Barbar, Barbar & Associates, LLC Vic Beninate, AT&T Eric Brown, Aliant Payment Systems Inc. Michael Daszkal, Daszkal Bolton LLP Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal Jim Dunn, JM Lexus Mark Edoff, The ADT Corporation Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center Peter Gallo, Ph.D., Saint Andrew’s School Elisa Garcia, Office Depot, Inc. Larry Katz, Wells Fargo Mike Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communications John W. Kelly, Ph. D., Florida Atlantic University Richard Pollock, YMCA of South Palm Beach County Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions Kevin Ross, Ed.D., Lynn University Susan Saturday, Bluegreen Vacations Chuck Stout, CBIZ Meridian Insurance Group PROFESSIONAL TEAM Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO Sarah Pearson, Senior V.P., External Relations Firdaus Dotiwala, V.P., Finance & Administration Patricia Lammle, Marketing & Comm. Coordinator Chasity J. Navarro, Events Coordinator Carolina Rush, Sales & Member Relations Manager Sharon Ramsey, Senior Sales Associate Anna Rosenthal, Sales Associate Kathy Jones, Member Service & Adm. Associate Vicki Pearson, Executive Assistant to the Pres. & CEO Sonya D. Deros, Program Manager, Golden Bell & YEA!

FROM OUR PRESIDENT STRONG BUSINESS EQUALS A STRONG COMMUNITY For over 63 years, the Boca Chamber has played a role in enhancing the community of Boca Raton and its surrounding areas. We work hard to ensure that local commerce is advancing, that South Palm Beach County’s charitable needs are met, and that our city has a thriving economy that allows for low taxes, award-winning parks and beaches, and A-rated public schools. Last month, we graduated the next generation of community minded leaders, our Leadership Boca class of 2015. A number of these recent graduates are volunteering at many non-profits, and in some cases sitting on their boards, and helping raise awareness about different causes. On page 11, you will read a special message from Leadership Boca’s Chair, Jennifer Jager, which will give you a glimpse into the impact that Leadership Boca has on the community. During the month of August, non-profit Chamber Members join forces with for-profit Chamber Members to hold fun-filled communitywide events, known as Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD). BCFD is the Boca Chamber’s outreach and support to the non-profit community with the goal of raising awareness and funds for the non-profit member’s philanthropic efforts. On page 7, you can read more about BCFD and learn about how you can get involved and make a difference. This May, we hosted the 7th Annual YEA! Southeast Region Saunders Scholars Competition, where hundreds of business and educational leaders, students and parents gathered to hear America’s top young entrepreneurs, ages 11 to 18, pitch their business plans. The winner, our very own Jordan Zeitz, was flown to Washington, DC to compete in the Finals round at America’s Small Business Summit. Jordan competed to win a fifty-thousand dollar college scholarship and the opportunity to appear on ABC Television’s hit show Shark Tank. We are proud to announce that Jordan received third place in the nation! You can read more about the YEA! program on page 16. Lastly, I invite you to two of our upcoming signature events. Wine & all that Jazz, one of Boca Raton’s largest wine tasting parties, on August 22nd and the Annual Celebration on October 24th, where we will pass the gavel from Chairman Randy Nobles to Chair Elect Jerry Fedele. Both of these events are held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and bring business and community leaders together in celebration of economic prosperity. There are both “not-to-miss” events! Moving Forward,

Troy M. McLellan, FCCE, FCCP President & CEO

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STORM TIPS TO BE HURRICANE-READY Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business Businesses today must plan for more than just supply and demand. Hurricanes, floods, fires and other potential hazards pose serious threats to businesses everywhere. The tools and information and links provided below are designed to help you stay prepared and to ensure the continued health of South Florida’s economy. Hurricanes generate a series of threats to lives and property. The most obvious is the threat posed to buildings, equipment, and people by the high winds which characterize such storms. Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation. FPL is one of the companies that knows the impact that a major storm can have on your business, in fact they have a plan and urge you to prepare so you and your employees can get back to business safely and as quickly as possible. Below is a guide they provided that they hope will help get you started:

Plan ahead: • Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to-date and that you have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes. • Determine if your business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site. • Identify what you need to secure your building or office. • Review your insurance coverage; photograph or videotape your building or office – inside and out. Before a storm: • Gather supplies to secure the exterior of your office and protect interior furniture. 4

• Fully charge all portable electronics. • Make multiple back-ups of computer files and data, and store records off premises. • Record a special voice message informing employees and customers the status of company operations. • Close your offices with sufficient time to allow employees to secure their own homes; inform clients that you’re closing early and when you plan to reopen. After a storm: • Watch for downed power lines. Call 911 or FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE to report fallen power lines that present a clear and imminent danger to you or others. Do not attempt to touch any power lines. Always assume that every power line is energized. • Stay connected with us, report an outage and get updates at , which is also accessible on mobile devices. • In case of interior water damage, immediately turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off all wall switches. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device. • If you use a portable generator, read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines. For more storm and safety tips from FPL go to www. You should also refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.

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Inside Scoop of the Ambassador Group

An Update From The Tourism Committee Chair

By Michael Church, 2015 Ambassador Chair and Lise Orr, 2015 Ambassador Co-Chair

By Ellen Korelitz, Tourism Committee Chair

The Boca Chamber Ambassadors are a select, motivated and informed group of Chamber members who take great pride in representing the Chamber. Ambassadors are committed to expanding their knowledge of Chamber affairs and are reputed as very reliable sources of information. They serve as the backbone of the Chamber’s membership and marketing outreach efforts. These efforts include: staffing regularly scheduled Chamber functions, attending ribbon cuttings, meeting and welcoming every new Chamber member at the New Member Orientation meetings and obtaining possible new member leads for the Chamber’s Membership Department. Every year, the Boca Chamber Ambassador group selects a non-profit organization to sponsor during Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD), which is the Boca Chamber’s outreach to the non-profit community. This year, we are proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation during BCFD! The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is a public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Gift of Life facilitates transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma, other cancers and genetic diseases. Ambassadors meets once a month at the Chamber. If you are interested in learning more or becoming an Ambassador, please contact Chasity Navarro at for more information.

I am Ellen Korelitz, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Town Center At Boca Raton. I am thrilled to be the chair of The Boca Chamber’s Tourism Committee and want to thank the wonderful, dedicated and committed professionals who serve on this committee and work towards building and promoting our world class, fun and experiential tourist destination. This committee has an ambitious agenda. The threefold strategic plan for 2015 is to work with Discover The Palm Beaches (our county-wide Tourism Agency), work with the City of Boca Raton and work with each other to further build and communicate all opportunities that drive tourism. The first initiative is for Discover The Palm Beaches to provide statistics, resources and information to committee members. This information enables the group to make educated decisions when marketing to leisure and corporate travelers. The second initiative is in its beginning stages of working with the City of Boca Raton on branding and signage concepts in hopes to incur more visits from the drive-traffic from Miami or Orlando. And the third initiative is for the committee, represented by key iconic businesses, to work with each other to bring people to our city and create positive, memorable experiences while they are in Boca Raton. The intent is to execute the 2015 tourism as a true contributory committee and make a notable impact on Boca tourism altogether.

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COMMITTEE BRIEFS BOCA CHAMBER FESTIVAL DAYS Boca Chamber Festival Days is a true example of community partnership!

Boca Chamber Festival Days is the Boca Chamber’s outreach to the non-profit community. Non-profit Chamber Members join forces with for-profit Chamber Members to hold a fun-filled event during the month of August! The goal is to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit member’s philanthropic efforts. All month long, residents of South Palm Beach County will travel from event to event, participating in everything that is great about Boca Raton - from the smaller events to the grand!

The Chamber helps to facilitate these events that are created and run by a pairing of non-profit members with for-profit members to raise funds and awareness for the non-profit organizations during their specific Boca Chamber Festival Days event. The Boca Chamber Festival Days events are held at various locations in the greater Boca Raton area throughout the entire month of August. Everyone is welcome to attend – Support a great cause and have fun doing it! Boca Chamber Festival Days is facilitated and marketed by the Boca Chamber and sponsored by Lifespace Communities. ALL for-profit members, non-profit members and non-members are welcome to participate in this fun-filled month. NOTE: Companies must be members of the Boca Chamber to be a ‘named’ event sponsor in Boca Chamber Festival Days. Thank you to our members who pitch in to support these great events!

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Sarah Pearson and Jeremy Rodgers

Troy McLellan, Ken Lebersfeld, Naren Gurshaney, Steve Klingel and Randy Nobles

Eric Lebersfeld and Sianne Chona

Firdaus Dotiwala, Ethel Isaacs Williams and Randy Nobles

Robert Weinroth, Susan Haynie and Ken Lebersfeld

Steve Klingel and Troy McLellan

Randy Nobles, Jerry Fedele and Michael Wolfson

Herman, Adele and Ken Lebersfeld

Lissette Crescimone and Patricia Dutch

Megan Keenan, Susan Kaplan and Nancy Proffitt

Lai Truong and Danielle Bryant


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Steve Owens, Bill Smith, David Aucamp, and Randy Nobles

Morgan Hill, Brad Mitchell, Jack Kropornicki and Jeff Schnars


Dan Sacco, Tom Chakurda, Jerry Fedele and Ryan Dillon

Ivan Gregory, Mike Ellis, Robert Giaquinto and John Terwilliger

Fred Ariola, Troy McLellan, Doug Mclain and Peter Gallo

Chris Welling, John Ruhl, Clayton Idle and Brad Gastwirth

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Richard Pollock, Tim Devlin, Chris Warren and Gary Flaks


Due to press deadlines these news releases are from March through May

Kaufman Lynn Construction Selected as one of the South Florida’s Broken Sound Club’s Moonstone Spa and Fitness Center Awarded LEED Certification from USGBC Top Workplaces for 2015 The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Building on its history of an employee-focused workplace Kaufman Lynn Construction has implemented several programs as part of a larger “Culture of Engagement” initiative, aimed at helping all company employees (referred to as associates) excel in their careers. Specific components of this initiative include a formalized career path, performance alignment, management through mentoring and leadership training. Individualized performance evaluations address both company and personal growth goals, providing associates with a clear understanding of career advancement opportunities and the knowledge, skills and experiences required to take advantage of these opportunities. These initiatives along with a continued focus on building esprit de corps among all associates have helped establish Kaufman Lynn Construction as a top workplace, attracting new and retaining existing top talent. Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC Celebrates 88th Anniversary In celebration of its founding by Joseph H. Lesser, the Law Firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) puts good work for clients and the community front and center at its 88th anniversary. “We are one of the oldest firms in Palm Beach County,” noted Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser. “I really think that this is due to balancing diligent work for our clients with a strong engagement in community service — as inspired by founder Joseph Lesser, his grandfather — continues to serve as the firm’s key cornerstone value.” The firm has obtained multiple million dollar verdicts for our clients and their families. As LLL&S Celebrates it’s 88th Anniversary, they are also renewing a commitment to their clients and community. In the past 12 months, the boutique-size firm contributed more than $300,000 in donations and sponsorships to support vital charity and business missions of South Florida, including health, medical research, education, special needs, humanitarian/human rights, veterans, arts and culture, economic development, legal aid organizations, and other causes. The Firm also provided more than 2,500+ hours of pro bono legal services and community service. SKLAR Furnishings Announces Winners In Its Inaugural Great Pet Bed Design Competition In ramp-up to Love Your Dog Day and the recent free and open-to-thepublic Great Doggie Dine-Out & Paws Fest (GDD&PF) in Downtown Boca, Sklar Furnishings sponsored the inaugural Great Pet Bed Design Competition with ‘Designer Choice’ Awards presented at a private preview party at Sklar’s 22,000-square-foot contemporary furniture showroom in Boca Raton. After being displayed at the GDD&PF where event-goers voted for their ‘fav’ entry for a ‘People’s Choice’ Award, all entries were featured in the Couture Section of the silent auction at the Bone-Nanza pre-party at 13th Annual Tri-County Animal Rescue Doggie Ball at Boca West Country. The Inaugural Great Pet Bed Design Competition was presented to increase awareness of TriCounty Animal Rescue (TCAR), the region’s largest 501c (3) 100% NO KILL animal rescue and adoption nonprofit organization and to raise monies for its Medical Care Fund for all levels of veterinary evaluation, surgical, preventative and well-being.

Broken Sound Club -- a 5-Star Platinum Club of America -- is pleased to announce that its Moonstone Spa and Fitness Center has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its 2013 total transformation and reorientation at the Club’s 38,000-square-foot Spa and Fitness Center. Developed by the USGBC, LEED® Green Building Rating System is the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. To achieve a high standard of excellence in green building Broken Sound Club collaborated with an award-winning, credentialed team throughout the design, construction and operation development phases of the $7 million transformation and expansion of the spa and fitness center. Supervised by Broken Sound Club leadership, the team included Peacock + Lewis Architects, RGD & Associates (Engineers), Weitz Construction, Land Design South, Caulfield & Wheeler, The Spinnaker Group and American Leisure Modernizing Medicine Latest Technology Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) system, will showcase its new products, cognitive computing clinical decision support and readiness for the future of quality of care to the healthcare technology community at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference, booth 4975 . Having developed its flagship product from the ground up as a cloud EHR system for mobile technology, Modernizing Medicine continued expanding mobile capabilities since last year’s event with the introduction of PocketEMA™, the smartphone version of EMA that gives providers even more convenience and access to patient information while on the go. Additionally, the telemedicine application debuting at HIMSS2015 enables medical advice for remote patients using mobile devices while potentially decreasing their medical treatment waiting time. Fuoco Group Completes Third Merger of 2015 Fuoco Group is proud to announce the merger of MCG Financial Services, Approved Accounting Associates and NHC Hospitality Consultants, a trilogy of accounting and consulting firms (“MCG”) based in Boca Raton, FL founded and operated by Joel Mason, CPA. In addition to providing traditional accounting and tax services, Joel Mason’s vast experience in the Hotel & Hospitality sector, as well as other industries, provides added diverse knowledge and capabilities to the Fuoco Group. “We are very pleased with this latest merger and welcome Joel Mason and his staff into our firm.“ said Lou Fuoco, Chairman & CEO of Fuoco Group. “I am excited that our M&A strategy is off to a robust start in 2015 with our third merger. Not only does this merger increase our market share and overall capabilities in Southeast Florida, but it adds a hotel and hospitality niche to our organization that was otherwise a general service.” This merger is part of Fuoco Group’s Florida strategic growth plan. The firm is also looking to continue with growth opportunities in new areas such as Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New Jersey and Boston. Since January 2015, Fuoco Group has added over 22 professionals to its staff, offering clients additional capabilities and expertise, to better serve their needs.

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Save theDate Boca Chamber’s Annual Celebration Celebrating Outgoing Chairman

Randy Nobles Croskey Lanni

Welcoming Incoming Chairman

Jerry Fedele

Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Saturday,October 24, 2015

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LEADERSHIP BOCA LEADERSHIP BOCA 2015 A Message From the 2015 Leadership Boca Chair By Jennifer Seremetis Jager, Leadership Boca Chair 2015 Leadership Boca 2015 was, as always, an amazing experience. This year’s participants joined us from a number of industries, each bringing with them distinct perspectives and areas of expertise. They were exposed to the great assets unique to our community, as well as the great needs of our neighbors. From our first day visiting some of Boca’s impressive corporations, to our last day discovering the cultural treasures nestled within our community, these emerging leaders got a comprehensive understanding of all that Boca Raton has to offer. They met with legislators and had a chance to voice their concerns, visited the news set at WPTV and even got a behind the scenes glimpse at Palm Beach International Airport. They discovered new passions, and were inspired to volunteer for a number of impactful local non profits. They also made connections that will serve them personally and professionally for years to come. If you’re interested in developing your leadership abilities, networking with prominent members of the Boca Raton business community, getting more involved in the non profit community and unearthing cultural and environmental attractions you never knew were in your backyard, I encourage you to enroll in Leadership Boca 2016. Applications for Leadership Boca 2016 are now available! For more information please contact Chasity J. Navarro at

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Due to press deadlines these photos are from March through May events

Randy Nobles, Patricia Burdett, John Mulhall, Mary Wong and Troy McLellan

Ashley Sherman, Carolina Rush and Amanda Ellis

Paul Zulkoski and Patricia Dutch

Elton Pride, Karen Delany and Philip Pearlman

Denis Feldman and Gayle Elliott

Monika Amar and Julianna Corso


Cheryl Minsky and Anne Erdman

Jodi Jones and Laura Golden

Roxanna Scaffidi and Ami Zak


Laura Ruben and Tatum Mesorio

Brian Rensing and Jess Frank


Anna Morra and Ramon Palmero

Mike Kowalski, John Ruhl and Clayton Idle

Donna Failla and Dawn Burke

Sarah Pearson and Officer Fritters

Randy Nobles and Jim Constantine

Michael Sorrell, Jackie DeGroat, Gianna Truitt and Brittni Ralston

Joanna Stark and Jarel Stark

Jenna LaMendola and Alexis Kornblau

Garrett Astler and Jeremy Rodgers

Lauren McCauley and Debbie DeMarco

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Michael Campbell and Ed Gagliardi

Jerry Fedele, Randy Nobles and JoAnn and Dick Lee

Robert Frare, Jennifer Jager and Ami Zak

Lisa Jensen and Julie Bricker

Andrea Garcia and Randy Nobles

Nancy Proffitt, Abilio Gonzalez, Andrew Leonard, Mary Sol Gonzalez and Mike Wolfson

Julie Clairmont-Shide and Stephen Barnett

Randy Nobles and Ed Gagliardi



Eliott Popper and Elaine Zamora

Paul Miller

Lisa Elkin, Michael Wolfson and Roxana Scaffidi

Lewis Greenberg, Joan Freedman and Patricia Lammle

Christopher Bram, Andres Campo, Salomon Wancier, Lewis Fogel, Sarah Pearson and Jay Berkowitz

Jay Berkowitz

Jordan Knowles and Ramon Palmero

Patricia Burdett and Mohamed Abdallah

Susan Kaplan, Jon Sahn, John McClaskie and Jackie Grellinger

Susan Heimberg and Louise Petraitis

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Paulina Morales and Yvonne Graber

Guy Regalado, Linda Merkin, Yvonne Grober, Jim Constantine and Eliott Popper

Myrna Karp and Donna Addy

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BOCA RATON magazine - JES Publishing IBM Investments Limited John Hancock Financial Network-The Partners Network Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc. Landon & Associates, PA Lynn University Palm Beach State College Personalized Air Conditioning Plastridge Insurance Agency, Inc. Pope John Paul II High School Proskauer Rose LLP TrustBridge Health

15 Years As A Member

7 Years As A Member

14 Years As A Member

6 Years As A Member

Feldman Design Studio National Multiple Sclerosis Society Schnabel Learning Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, Inc. Danburg Properties of Boca Raton Hospice of Palm Beach County PNC Bank

13 Years As A Member

Boca Raton Dermatology, PA

12 Years As A Member

Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

Club Bow Wow N4L Strategy Consulting The Florida Panthers Unique Gifts & Premiums Valley National Bank Winner’s Award Group, Inc.

24 Years As A Member

11 Years As A Member

26 Years As A Member

Boca Raton Airport Authority

25 Years As A Member

Publix Supermarkets

23 Years As A Member

Garber & Garber CPAs, P.A. Lang Realty, Inc. Omni Middle School South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

22 Years As A Member

Happy & Healthy Products, Inc.

21 Years As A Member Greenfield Group Mary Kay, Inc.

20 Years As A Member

Capitol Lighting Minuteman Press Stanley Steemer of South Fla, Inc.

19 Years As A Member

Boca By Design Boca Nursing Services, Inc. Grandview Preparatory School Twin Palms Center for the Disabled

18 Years As A Member

All-Tag Security Americas Inc. Linda J. Ehrlich, PA

17 Years As A Member

All Points Limousine Bauman Medical Group, PA Fox’s


Computer Community Hospital Fred Astaire Dance Studios Nat Steinart and Associates, LLC

10 Years As A Member

ADT Security Services Blackstone Property Management Boca Raton Firefighters & Paramedics Benevolent Assoc, Inc Cartridge World Boynton Beach LFC Development, LLC Nature’s Best Weiner, Lynne & Thompson, P.A.

9 Years As A Member

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. (AVDA) Claire Sheres, P.A. Real Estate Copans Printing & Graphics, Inc. / Amy Charatan Global Corporation, Inc. Mattlin & Kovacs, PL Morton’s The Steakhouse, Boca Raton Ten Golden Rules Valerie Kolbert ARNP, PA

8 Years As A Member

All Global Solutions International Fairfield Inn & Suites Boca Grace A. Noethen, P.A. Intra-Lock System International Katz Baskies LLC Kiwanis of Boca Raton Konquest Inc., General Contractor Michael Gordon, AAI OneBlood, Inc. Stortec Systems Co. LLC The Palm Beach Pops, Inc.

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Carlos Aristizábal Five Star Painting MedExpress Urgent Care Chapin, Ballerano & Cheslack Chris Evert Charities Elements Therapeutic Massage - Boca Raton H & R Block Premium Inspirations for Youth and Family Kencos, LLC Loxahatchee Everglades Tours Mathnasium NFP - FDR Financial Group Rotary Club Of Boca Raton Town Center Executive Suites Travelpro International, Inc.

5 Years As A Member

3Cinteractive, L.L.C. Advent Square Senior Community With Assisted Living BarCharts Publishing, Inc. Beighley, Myrick and Udell, P.A. Defender Resorts dba Ventura at Boca Everglades University Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach Lakeside Terrace Mancuso Law, P.A. Regal Home Health/Regal Care Management Shutts & Bowen, LLP Sinclair Broadcasting Group - WTVX Spanish River Community High School / Deborah Stenner SuMa Partners, Ltd. (Inc.) The Boca Raton Tribune - Heizer Corp, Inc. The Buzz Agency of Florida, LLC The Coastal Star The Ticktin Law Group, P.A. TooJay’s Uncle Julio’s United Way of Palm Beach County US Foods Weblink International Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. WXEL-TV/PBS

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YMCA OF SOUTH PALM BEACH Which includes: The Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton & The DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach

How long have you been in business? The YMCA in Boca Raton opened its doors in 1972, so it has been 43 years that we’ve been delivering vital programs and services to help strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. What is something we might not know about the Y? Most people do not realize that we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Volunteer led and volunteer driven, we fundraise annually to help strengthen our communities. We do this so everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, is able to participate in life-changing programs such as swim lessons, sports, after school care, camp and many more.

Chamber works to create more opportunities and business connections that benefit everyone, and as trustee members we appreciate that! The Chamber truly champions creating business partnerships and is a nonprofit in which we are blessed to belong. What new plans do you have in mind? We are currently working on a new strategic plan for our Y. This means potential expansion into new service areas, expanding our current locations, or providing much-needed programs and services to underserved areas in our community. This process involves feedback from our members, the community at large, business partners, volunteers, staff and YMCA of the USA. We are poised to expand our world-class YMCA organization to our worldclass community. It’s truly exciting to be part of what’s happening at the Y.

What is the main goal of your business? The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. A Y is built to be a reflection of its community and to meet their needs. Our Y is a great example of how we are meeting the needs of our community through our many programs. Diabetes Prevention, Drowning Prevention, and our YBIKE program are just a few of the examples of programs that our Y delivers to help the South Palm Beach County community live healthier, happier lives. What’s makes your YMCA Association different from all other Y’s? Our members, volunteers and staff make our Y’s unique. Most people do not realize that they have some of the best YMCAs in the nation right here in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. That is due to our amazing volunteers and members. Our members share what they want and our volunteers work with the staff to deliver it to the community. What are the greatest advantages of doing business in South Palm Beach County and being a member of the Boca Chamber? The Boca Chamber is widely accepted as one of the most active and successful Chambers around. The

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YEA! FROM STUDENTS TO CEOs Congratulations to the 2015 YEA! Graduating Class Members of the Boca Chamber’s Board of Directors, mentors, family and friends of the 2015 YEA! students gathered at St. Andrew’s School to honor the YEA! Class of 2015! The Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy graduated 21 students, with 13 new viable businesses on April 22, 2015. The young entrepreneurs ranged in ages from 11 to 18! After close to nine months of hard work and much support from local volunteer mentors, corporate partners, including FAU’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship. Sonya Deros, Program Manager for this year’s class, alongside of this year’s super-star team of instructors; Elton Pride, of Pride Global Management, Karen O’Byrne, of Modernizing Medicine and Ken Lebersfeld of Capitol Lighting awarded the well-deserved diplomas!

2015 Graduating Class


This year’s graduating class included the following students:

Nathan Berman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish River Community High Nicholas Bourdon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cardinal Gibbons High Daniel Brassloff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic Community Jennifer Cerna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G Star School of the Arts Paola Cerna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palm Springs Middle School Brooke Dodrill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Broward Prep Andres Gamboa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boca Prep Julian Gamboa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Broward Prep Ibiyemi Jolaoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish River Yining Li. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Andrews Asia McClave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FAU High John Mulhall IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boca High Paul Oppenheimer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boca Prep Erick Palmero-Sigal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Omni Middle School Stefano Paz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boca Prep Ophir Rahimi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish River Dylan Rosenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Broward Prep Stephen Stephenson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Paul Lutheran School Scott Wiener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish River Donavan Woller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Home School Jordan Zietz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pine Crest School


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2015 YEA! Winner: Jordan Zeitz 10th Grade, Boca Chamber YEA! Student Graduating Class of 2015 Jordan decided to come up with a business that would make kids happier about their gaming experience so he founded GameReef, a video game and console rental business. Jordan is a 7th grader at Pine Crest School. He has recently been nominated for the People to People Leadership Summit, and recently competed in the Regional Math Counts Competition. Jordan excelled in the YEA! Program – coming in FIRST PLACE at the YEA! Investor Panel Competition at FAU and representing the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation at the YEA! South East Regional Competition on May 29th, where he won and advanced to the YEA! National Finals in D.C., where he placed in third in the competition.

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Influence the Future Sponsor Premier Partners

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Do you know what the Golden Bell Education Foundation is? The Boca Chamber’s Education Foundation, known as Golden Bell, is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that was created by the Chamber’s Board of Directors as a separate operating entity for the sole purpose of supporting the Boca Raton Public School System and administrating educational programs that promote business skills. 100% of funds given back are raised through donations, fundraising events and corporate partnerships. How are Golden Bell Education Foundation Funds Used? Who better to tell you than the teachers themselves… Over the past decade Boca Raton Elementary has been fortunate enough to receive grants from the Golden Bell Foundation, which have afforded us to fund programs to enhance literacy, math and technology programs. Golden Bell Funds have also been able to equip our classrooms with an array of books of various genres. “The students, teachers and faculty of Boca Raton Elementary are forever grateful for the support we have received from the Golden Bell Foundation. As a Title I School with approximately 80% of students on free or reduced lunch, our needs are immense, and increase yearly as education budgets decrease. We have the greatest needs of any school in Boca Raton and appreciate the support of the Golden Bell Foundation.” Boca Raton Elementary / Mary Jo Braisted

“The Golden Bell Grant program has been a true blessing to our school. Worm composting bins purchased from Golden Bell Grants over five years ago are still being used in the STEAM Lab for a vermicomposting project for students in grades K5. Books and supplies all over the building are helping our teachers and students achieve success through innovative programs. Thank you for your continued support.” AD Henderson University School / Jennifer O’Sullivan “Because of your generosity, students have had access to quality books that have helped them increase their reading levels and close the reading gap between them and their typical peers. This school year, I have seen two particular students in Response to Intervention in first grade go from not being able to read, to reading on grade level! Your organization has provided the groundwork we need to equip our beloved children to achieve college readiness and success in their future.” Sandpiper Shores Elementary / Mercedes Dybas If you would like to give back… Please contact Sonya Deros at or SAVE THE DATE for one of the up-coming Golden Bell Education Foundation fund raisers!

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Fairfield Inn 3400 Airport Road Boca Raton, FL 33431

Blaze Pizza 2146 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33431

Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza 851 S. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432

Executive Concierge Services 6270 Gauntlet Hall Lane Boca Raton, FL 33432

Kristen Bomas, P.A. 398 Camino Gardens Blvd., Suite 104 Boca Raton, FL 33432


Fit Food Fresh, Inc. 129 NW 13th Street, Suite 33 Boca Raton, FL 33432


Sign Partners 1021 S. Rogers Circle, Suite 12 Boca Raton, FL 33487

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NEW MEMBERS TRUSTEE MEMBERS Bauman Medical Group, PA (561) 394-0024 Dr. Alan J. Bauman Boca Raton, FL 33432

Robert E. Frare Associates (914) 525-9967 Robert Frare Boca Raton, FL 33496

TouchSuite (800) 793-3250 ext. 1755 Ed Gagliardi Boca Raton, FL 33487

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company (561) 994-8366 Paul Adkins Boca Raton, FL 33487

Taxi Taxi of Palm Beach (704) 287-4717 Andrew Morton West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Tripp Scott P.A. (561) 910-7500 Seth Ellis Boca Raton, FL 33431

Bright ‘N Shine LLC (407) 259-7897 Luis Santos Boca Raton, FL 33432

Expedia Cruiseship Centers / Paul Zulkoski - Agent (954) 256-9061 paulzulkoski Paul Zulkoski Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308


4 Green Golf LLC (480) 459-0691 Bob Wikes Delray Beach, FL 33483

Build Your Life By Design (561) 923-8879 Molly Medvecky Boca Raton, FL 33431

Biscayne Risk Group Inc. (561) 571-1001 Howard Brod Coral Springs, FL 33076

Cable Network Asociates Inc. (954) 312-1200 Marcela Gutierrez Boca Raton, FL 33431

Boca Joe’s (561) 362-8225 Joseph Ronding Boca Raton, FL 33431

Ceasar’s Catering & More (561) 577-7561 Bill Ceasar Delray Beach, FL 33445

Boca Raton Life (561) 866-4880 Alexis Kornblau Boca Raton, FL 33432

Century Risk Advisors (561) 409-2420 Nick Tunno Boca Raton, FL 33431

The Bold Mind Group, Inc. (561) 395-3095 Maria Del Moral Boca Raton, FL 33486

Chalik & Chalik Law Offices (561) 826-4000 Jason Chalik Boca Raton, FL 33431

Brenner Real Estate Group (954) 596-5555 Ken Silberling Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

D & H Jewelry Appraisals (561) 955-0438 Duane Hutchison Boca Raton, FL 33434

The Brew Bus South Florida (954) 256-7979 Aaron Caplan Oakland Park, FL 33334

Deborah James (561) 347-6015 Harli Rozental Boca Raton, FL 33432


Eyes in the Sky LLC (561) 419-3928 Nick Gullman Boca Raton, FL 33431 Fiat Custom Design Framing (561) 368-3428 Lex Foster Boca Raton, FL 33432 Florida Launch-Major League Lacrosse (561) 923-9067 Brian Clinton Boca Raton, FL 33431 French American School of Boca Raton (561) 479-8266 Celine Von May Boca Raton, FL 33431 Gishoor LLC (561) 410-5767 Efrat Almog Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Global Food Properties, Inc. (312) 589-8844 Jeffrey Counsell Delray Beach, FL 33446

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Weinstein Wealth Management (732) 407-8063 Bruce Weinstein Boca Raton, FL 33498

Gloss Salon (561) 988-9391 Dror Kraft Boca Raton, FL 33431 The Harid Conservatory (561) 997-2677 Angela Bierman Boca Raton, FL 33431 Heartland of Boca Raton (561) 362-9644 Elisa Dansky Boca Raton, FL 33433 Henry Bleier Life Coach, Inc. (561) 922-9989 Hank Bleier Boca Raton, FL 33428 HGI Technologies (561) 350-0576 Jim Satterley West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Horton Law Group, P.A. (561) 299-0018 Sommer Horton Boca Raton, FL 33432 J. Hilburn Men’s Custom Clothier (561) 465-5800 Theresa Valinotti Boca Raton, FL 33487

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NEW MEMBERS Key To Beauty Salon (561) 235-5857 Kiwi Remy Boca Raton, FL 33432 Kindness Shared Happiness Squared (561) 870-1982 Jen Altieri Boca Raton, FL 33488

Michelle Weatherman Fine Jewelry (561) 929-1318 Michelle Weatherman Boca Raton, FL 33432 Miller & Sons Office Furniture (561) 922-9726 John Miller Boca Raton, FL 33487

Lance J. Wogalter, P.A. (561) 995-0822 Lance Wogalter Boca Raton, FL 33486

Mizner Grande Realty/Jon Fiorentino (561) 289-6780 Jon Fiorentino Boca Raton, FL 33431

Lawless, Edwards & Warren Wealth Management (561) 361-8140 Ryan Malfitano Boca Raton, FL 33432

Nutrimost Boca Raton- Weight Loss (561) 500-8446 Annette Martensson Boca Raton, FL 33431

Legal Translations Center, LLC (917) 446-5898 Martha Araujo Boca Raton, FL 33431 Levy & Associates, Inc. (888) 411-5389 Randy Otis Delray Beach, FL 33483 The Mazmanian Team (561) 628-8982 Albert Mazmanian Boynton Beach, FL 33426 Merit Mile (561) 362-8888 John Sternal Boca Raton, FL 33432 Merlino’s Italian Supper Club (561) 756-8437 Donnie Petrola Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Performance Edge (305) 202-0518 Don Stanley Boca Raton, FL 33428 Preferred Care at Home (561) 404-2300 Chad Farmer Delray Beach, FL 33444 Premier Eye Care (561) 455-9002 Shari Basye Delray Beach, FL 33445 Prime Reserve Partners (561) 267-9192 Jordan Garcia Lake Worth, FL 33466 Protravel International (914) 992-5513 Nathan Devore Harrison, NY 10528

Rami Negri/Prudential (561) 206-5388 Rami Negri Boca Raton, FL 33486 Royal Designs (888) 515-5237 Cheryl Bullard Boca Raton, FL 33432 Salon 120 (561) 372-9955 Antonio Barone Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Scene Agency (863) 289-0511 Katie Mixon Delray Beach, FL 33444 Simplitfy (888) 554-1222 Roberto Leon West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Spark Creative Group (561) 314-1355 Saul Darville Boca Raton, FL 33487 Superior Commercial Funding (561) 626-3420 Diana Ambrose North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Sweet Heaven LLC (954) 871-9676 Paulina Morales Boca Raton, FL 33428 Tricycle Fish (561) 447-7383 Yale Roth Delray Beach, FL 33445 Wayside House (561) 278-0055 Ann Weinwurm Delray Beach, FL 33483 We Build It LLC (954) 798-7656 Rashad Henderson Boca Raton, FL 33431 We Sell Restaurants (561) 325-6400 Ken Eisenband Boca Raton, FL 33434 WP Radius (561) 703-4748 Todd Schwartzfarb Boca Raton, FL 33487

Supporting Strategies-SF (561) 210-4694 Richard Abedon Boca Raton, FL 33433 Susan Heimberg/Seaside National Bank and Trust (561) 537-4059 Susan Heimberg Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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FEATURE CULTURE IS COMMUNITY Get out and get involved this August!

The Cultural Consortium and its members are proud to partner with the City of Boca Raton to promote the exciting cultural opportunities that are available in our community. The Consortium started as an ad-hoc group 17 years ago, and nearly two decades later, has grown into a formalized nonprofit organization comprised of artistic leaders who are dedicated to creating synergy while demonstrating that Boca Raton is truly a vibrant cultural destination. The Consortium recently developed a new website with a unified, searchable arts calendar - www.artsinboca. org - to promote arts and culture in the Greater Boca Raton area, as well to facilitate artistic collaborations. The idea is to drive both residents and tourists to the site, providing a fundamental resource for local arts events, including performances, exhibits, theater, lectures, classes, concerts and dance workshops presented by the 15 member organizations of the Consortium. As President and driving force behind the resurgence of the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium, I expresses that with the right facilities and venues, the performing arts and other cultural entities can be the cornerstone of Boca Raton’s economy, especially considering its ideal location between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. I believe that we are close enough to draw audiences if we have the right facilities, but there is a vital need for more than a performing space; we need offices, rehearsal

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spaces; and a solid infrastructure to allow art and artists to survive in South County. Along with the Consortium, I am devoted to assuring that arts and cultural organizations remain an important part of the agendas of the City Council, the County, State, as well as local organizations like the Chamber of Commerce. Along with this effort, the Consortium is researching the facility and venue needs of the community’s collection of nonprofit cultural organizations. The members of the Cultural Consortium account for myriad of cultural establishments, including museums, exhibits and performing arts centers. • Boca Ballet Theatre • Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum • Boca Raton Museum of Art • City of Boca Raton (Sugar Sand Park, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Willow Theatre) • Countess de Hoernle Singers • FAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center • HARID Conservatory (dance) • Lynn University • Schmidt Family Center for the Arts • Sol Children Theatre & Evening Star Productions • The Symphonia, Boca Raton • Wick Theatre and Costume Museum • For more information, visit or contact


By Dan Guin, President, Boca Raton Cultural Consortium Executive Director, Boca Ballet Theatre

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EDITORIAL FREE MARKETING Did you Know About All the Things you get for FREE? Your Chamber Membership comes with a lot of benefits, one of which is having the opportunity to advertise your company, product or services for FREE! For instance, did you know that your business is listed in our Connection magazine and our Annual Directory, which have an outreach circulation of more than 20,000+? And that a “New Member Alert” is sent through our social media platforms with a link to your company’s website? ...But that’s only the beginning! These are merely just a few of the immediate marketing benefits that are included with your membership. •Your membership includes a FREE direct link from our website (, which gets over 20,000 unique visits per week, to yours! •Submit your press releases with company news and have them in our home page’s “news” section and on social media. They might also be included in the Connection magazine. •If you have a knack for writing, you can write an informative piece on your company’s specialty for our website’s blog section. •Like our Facebook page and post your events, promos, discounts, news, etc. to it! We will share that information in our status updates! •Active on Twitter? Be sure to tag us @bocachamber (or include #bocachamber) on all of your business related tweets. We will retweet your posts! •We encourage you to log in to your Boca Chamber Business Profile as soon as possible to begin taking advantage of these opportunities. You can do things like adding member-to-member coupons, add special events to our Community Calendar, review your referral report, place a “Help Wanted” ad on our Website and update and make changes to your contact information. •Our marquis publication, the Annual Directory is distributed to all members, as well as local banks, airports, restaurants, etc. Members receive complimentary copies of this publication upon request. As part of being a member, you get to be listed on the directory by both category and business name!




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Connection is a quarterly magazine and the official publication of the Boca Chamber. It has an outreach of 4000+.