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1 â– Boca Chamber CONNECTION â–  November - December 2011

The Official Publication of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Publisher: Troy McLellan Editor: Audra Hodges GREATER BOCA RATON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Table of Contents Message - Chamber President ������������������������������������������������������������������������� . 3


New Members ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ . 4-6

Cheryl Budd, NCCI Holdings, Inc., Chair

Member Anniversaries �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 7

Keith O'Donnell, Flagler Real Estate Services,Chair-Elect Randy Nobles, Comerica Wealth & Institutional Management, Vice Chair

Marketing Opportunities ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 8-9 The Boca Chamber "Seen" ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 10-11

Kevin Ross, Ed.D., Lynn University, Vice Chair

Business Update ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� . 12

Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Treasurer

Holiday Auction With a Cause! ����������������������������������������������������������������������� 12

John T. Mulhall III, Rutherford Mulhall, P.A., Immediate Past Chair Troy M. McLellan, CCE, President & CEO/Secretary

Member News ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 14-15 Ribbon Cuttings �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 16-17 Shop Local ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 17

DIRECTORS Stephen Ast, Boca Raton Resort & Club Vic Beninate, AT&T Michael Daszkal, Daszkal Bolton, LLP Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center

Boca Chamber Annual Magazine ��������������������������������������������������������������������� 17 Annual Celebration Collage ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 18-19

The CONNECTION is changing its publication dates. Watch for our 60th Anniversary edition, coming in January 2012!

Peter Gallo, Ph. D., Saint Andrew’s School Michael Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communications Inc. Rick Konsavage, Ocean Properties Ltd. Monica Luechtefeld, Office Depot Joseph Pores, Call 4 Health Burt Rapoport, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group

Thank you to Investments Limited for providing the cover image for this edition of the CONNECTION. B o c a

Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital

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Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions

Tim Snow, George Snow Scholarship Fund, Inc Chuck Stout, Meridian Insurance Group, LLC Ethel Isaacs Williams, Florida Power & Light Co. Professional Team Troy M. McLellan, CCE, President & CEO Beth Johnston, Executive Vice President Firdaus Dotiwala, V.P., Finance & Administration Sarah Pearson, V.P., Business Development Audra Hodges, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Chasity J. Navarro, Events Coordinator Steven Bleier, Senior Sales Associate Sharon Ramsey, Sales Associate Kathy Sheridan, Member Service & Administrative Associate Lynn B. Grant, Executive Assistant

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The Official Publication of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber Starts New Year – Welcomes New Leadership A Message from your Chamber President Happy Chamber New Year! As you may know, November 1st marks the Chamber's new fiscal year. As we start our new operational year, we remember that business advocacy and enhancement are the keys to the economic By Troy M. McLellan, CCE success of Boca Raton. President & CEO, GBRCC On the cusp of our 60th Anniversary, the Boca Chamber is still striving to enhance the conditions that ensure the prosperity of our Membership and help maintain the superior quality of life that we enjoy in Boca Raton.

Fall is a great time of year because we celebrate the volunteer leadership of the Chamber and within the Chamber. At the October Membership Breakfast, we


We would also like to welcome Jackie Reeves, Managing Director of Bell Rock Capital and Michael Daszkal, CPA and Partner at Daszkal Bolton LLP – both esteemed professionals in their respective fields, and excellent examples of strong business leaders to the Board of Directors. And lastly, we thank Joe Cilia of Boca Town Center for his years of service to the Board of Directors.


During this, the holiday season, I encourage you to ‘Buy Chamber’. The Boca Chamber has more than 1,200 members, offering everything from auto detailing to catering, hospitality and jewelry. Our members range from west near 441 where s si n g of t h e C h a P l air you can find karate lessons for the c ia 's kids at East/West Karate or send i f Ga good wishes to a loved one from Of e Edible Arrangements — all the way to east Boca, where you could treat someone to a delicious dinner at Ovenella or help them with an interior design project at Floral & Hearty Designs and so much more. From Miami to Jupiter, Boca Chamber Members have all of the gift ideas you need for the holiday season.

Last month, we celebrated the transition of leadership of our Board of Directors at our Annual Celebration. John Mulhall of Rutherford Mulhall, P.A., has led the Chamber effectively for the past year. We now look forward to the leadership of Cheryl Budd of NCCI Holdings, Inc. as the new Chair of the Board for our 60th year of operation. We also welcomed Jerry Fedele of Boca Raton Regional Hospital to the Board’s Executive Committee, where he will serve as Treasurer. Another big thank you gets extended to our friend Forrest Heathcott of JM Family Enterprises, who has completed his term as Immediate Past Chair.


recognized and honored two Chamber members for their dedication to good business, leadership and involvement in the Chamber and the community. Michael Church of Elements Therapeutic Massage was named the Chamber Person of the Year and Eliot Popper of Levinsohn, Shide, Popper Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney was the recipient of the Chair’s Award.

On the topic of holiday shopping, on Wednesday, December 14th, we will be hosting our 30th Annual Holiday Auction With A Cause at Via Mizner Golf & Country Club. Every year, this event offers amazing gift ideas. As always, the proceeds will allow the Chamber to continue the many great programs and events events that you enjoy all year long. This year, the Chamber has decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to both the Golden Bell Education Foundation and one of our Non-Profit Member Organizations. The non-profit will be chosen after this magazine is published. Please come support Golden Bell and your fellow Non-Profit Chamber Member at this great event! Thank you for all of your support! Here’s to 60 years and still going strong!

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Welcome New Members!

*Due to press deadlines, members listed are those that joined from July 11, and October 15, 2011.

Green Advertising (561) 989-9550 Alman & Katz, DMD, PA (561) 470-0007 Phyllis Green Boca Raton, FL 33487 Steven R. Alman DMD Boca Raton, FL 33434 Hollander Home Fashions, LLC (561) 997-6900 B2B CFO (978) 502-8295 Michelle Eisner Boca Raton, FL 33487 Jean M. Evans Delray Beach, FL 33483 IBM Capital Asset Management (561) 862-2068 Partners, Inc. Humberto Freire (516) 456-8517 Boca Raton, FL 33487 Alan M. Kneller Regal Home Health / Regal Boca Raton, FL 33432 Care Management (561) 789-5623 Citibank, N.A. (561) 322-1047 Ferial Andre Delray Beach, FL 33484 Katherine Van Broklin Boca Raton, FL 33433 Southeastern Printing (772) 287-2141 Destination Events of the Palm Beaches/Karen Kaye Robert Vasquez Enterprises LLC Stuart, FL 34997 (561) 385-2683 Vidpop Productions Karen K. Carlisle (561) 989-9550 Delray Beach, FL 33445 Phyllis Green Fifth Third Bank Boca Raton, FL 33487 (561) 862-5109 Whelchel Partners Real Estate Bart Bishop Services Boca Raton, FL 33432 (561) 939-6635 The Florida Panthers Jay Whelchel (954) 835-7233 Boca Raton, FL 33431 Lowell Heit Sunrise, FL 33323 GENERAL MEMBERS A Alexander Events Catering Gitterman & Associates (561) 243-2539 Wealth Management, LLC/E- Squared Financial Felix Alexandrescu (561) 826-9341 Boca Raton, FL 33487 David Katz A & S Total Cleaning Boca Raton, FL 33432 (954) 719-6313 Robert Schwartz Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


Aliant Payment Systems Inc. Atlas Party Rental (954) 492-2530 (561) 767-7680 Eric R. Brown Tiffany Riordan Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 Boynton Beach, FL 33426 Allstate / Greenberg, Weiss & Kaplan, Inc. (561) 241-0167 HGREENBERG/ Wendy Osman Boca Raton, FL 33496 Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service (The Entrepreneurship Institute) (561) 684-1991 Jenny Madlof West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Becky Woodbridge & Company (561) 251-7059 Becky Woodbridge Boca Raton, FL 33481 Boca Acupuncture (561) 901-8637 Dr. Lenny Bloch Boca Raton, FL 33431

Boca Raton Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. The Altieri Group at Morgan (561) 300-0803 Stanley Smith Barney (561) 391-8282 Cynthia Edwards Lake Worth, FL 33467 thealtierigroupsb Stacey Palmer Boca Spine & Acupuncture Boca Raton, FL 33431 Centers (561) 393-0054 Ambassador Pest www.boca Management (561) 689-1411 Dr. Louis Klionsky Boca Raton, FL 33486 Blue Caniff West Palm Beach, FL 33405 Business Computer Associates, Inc. American Recruiting & (305) 477-9515 Consulting Group (954) 342-0550 Jeff Chamoff Doral, FL 33172 Maurice Dubuc Weston, FL 33326 Cheryl Clisby & Co. Event Design & Management, Inc. American Scientific (561) 910-1509 Resources, Inc. (305) 494-7817 Cheryl Clisby Boca Raton, FL 33433 Christopher F. Tirotta MD, MBA Boca Raton, FL 33432 Clearlyderm Ammunition (561) 353-3376 (561) 271-7142 Alexandra Nussbaumer Scott Blick Boca Raton, FL 33433 Boca Raton, FL 33433

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Coastal Construction Company (561) 659-5819 www.coastalconstruction. com John Bennett Miami, FL 33126

EmbroidMe (561) 279-0953 www.embroidme Len Cava Delray Beach, FL 33445

European Auto Service, Inc. College Planning PhD, Inc. / (561) 416-6099 Ducerus of South Florida (561) 995-1418 Steve Kranitz Boca Raton, FL 33432 J. Jay Greene Boca Raton, FL 33487 Evolve Publishing, LLC (561) 929-5727 Computer Care, Inc. www.evolvepublishingllc. (561) 477-9226 com Ginger Novak Mark Toor Boca Raton, FL 33428 Boca Raton, FL 33498 Fechner Factory, LLC The Computer Tailors, Inc. (561) 212-3794 (561) 852-6508 www.thecomputertailors. Ben Katz com Boca Raton, FL 33432 Louis Datz Boca Raton, FL 33498 Flooring World of Florida, LLC Corporate Benefit Advisors (561) 826-1515 (817) 319-8204 www.corpbenefitadvisors. Elizabeth Brumback com Boca Raton, FL 33487 Marilu Farahan Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561) 584-3871 East West Karate (561) 482-8220 Alex Damas Lake Worth, FL 33463 Joshua McMillon Boca Raton, FL 33498 Fortivida/Aflac Edible Arrangements (954) 862-3634 (561) 470-1414 www.ediblearrangements. Lesley Keenan com Lake Worth, FL 33467 Alexandra Avellaneda Boca Raton, FL 33498 Fruit Fresh Delivery (561) 703-8231 Elite EA's, LLC (561) 981-6384 Sharon Baker Boca Raton, FL 33431 Theresa Laurenzano Boca Raton, FL 33431 Fuoco Group Elythe Incorporated (561) 209-1101 (561) 809-5598 Mitchell Zachary Michael David Fanchon Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boca Raton, FL 33431

The Growth Coach (561) 322-0226 f.cardoso@ Flavio Cardoso Boca Raton, FL 33428 G.W. Bailey First Responders Charitable Fund, Inc. (561) 866-9441 www.gwbfirstresponders. org Holly M. Barba Boca Raton, FL 33486

Boca Raton, FL 33431 Law Offices of Jaimie R. Goodman (561) 833-6180 Jaimie Goodman West Palm Beach, FL 33401 The Law Offices of Mike Liss, Esq. (561) 302-8667 Michael Liss Boca Raton, FL 33481

The Heart Painter, Inc. (561) 544-8158 Evelyn Ballin Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Legal Group (954) 217-7484 Amy Levin Dania, FL 33004

Hurricane Coffee & Tea (954) 692-1350 www. Concetta Lupardo Boca Raton, FL 33431

Life Audit Professional, LLC (561) 948-2420 Jeremy Groom Boca Raton, FL 33431

InfoTech Advisors, LLC (561) 526-8463 Jeff Staley Delray Beach, FL 33483 Intranet Communications Group, Inc. (561) 367-7276 Kathi Blease Boca Raton, FL 33431 Jason's Deli (561) 252-0972 Diane Deppen Boynton Beach, FL 33426 Laure Nell (954) 465-1372 Laetitia Reino Boca Raton, FL 33432 Law Offices of Henry Portner (561) 601-2654 www.consumer Henry Portner

Lifestyle Martial Arts, LLC (561) 289-3656 Jeff Wilson Boca Raton, FL 33496 Managed Care Concepts (561) 750-2240 www.theemployee Melissa Fabrikant Boca Raton, FL 33428 Merrill Lynch / Audrey Snell (954) 537-3844 Audrey Snell Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 Michael J. DeMarie, CPA, P.A. (561) 989-9900 Michael J. DeMarie Boca Raton, FL 33431 Microbiology Associates (954) 771-8903 Lauren Arrington Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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Micros Systems, Inc. (954) 421-3184 Jonathan D. Bennett Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Paisiello SRL 011 39 06 853056 Annie Tasca Rome, Italy

Millennium International Development Corporation (800) 757-2990 Florence Segal Boca Raton, FL 33431

The Pap Corps (954) 425-8900 Sherrie Bieber Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Mimosa Restaurant (561) 866-4665 James Vineau Boca Raton, FL 33496 MSL Design Associates (561) 789-1163 www.msldesignassociates. com Mimi Laser Delray Beach, FL 33445 MYWELCOMEBASKET.COM (561) 789-4402 Susy Boschetti Boca Raton, FL 33433 New England Financial / Susan S. Weinblatt, CFP, MBA (561) 912-1335 Susan Weinblatt Boca Raton, FL 33431 New Epic Media (561) 282-0365 Schuyler Thompson West Palm Beach, FL 33409 Norris Consulting Group, LLC (561) 729-9135 James P. Stecki Boca Raton, FL 33432 Ovenella (561) 395-1455 Fernando Davila Boca Raton, FL 33432

Park's Taekwando Federation (561) 300-5666 Jose A Fernandez Boca Raton, FL 33433 Perfectly Imperfect Consignments (561) 756-9267 lisa.perfectlyimperfect@ Lisa Eisenberg Boca Raton, FL 33432 Peter Kramer's Fight Against MS (954) 729-4202 Peter Kramer Coral Springs, FL 33071 Philippe Chow Boca LLC (561) 393-4666 Clinton Stowe Boca Raton, FL 33432 Plan Ahead Events of Boca Delray (561) 308-6834 www.planaheadevents Marilyn Williams Delray Beach, FL 33483 Premier Insurance Agency (561) 291-5166 www.premier Shanna Bauman Boca Raton, FL 33431 Premier Property Services (561) 756-5900 John Franklin Boca Raton, FL 33432

Recycled Alternative Corporate Environments, Inc. (561) 347-7666 Kristin Sonntag Boca Raton, FL 33432

Stella & Dot Jewelry (561) 945-2818 blaircritch Blair Critch Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

René Segal Stern (561) 302-2725 René Segal Stern Boca Raton, FL 33488 Roth Agency, Inc. (561) 451-1900 Steve Roth, CIC Boca Raton, FL 33431 3331 RX of Boca (561) 999-2100 James Murphy Boca Raton, FL 33487

Success Through Enhanced Performance, Inc. (954) 376-3767 www.step Jan Wild Plantation, FL 33324 Sunshine State Property Management, LLC (561) 703-1129 www.sunshine statepropertymanagement. Valerie Schreibman Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 Toll Brothers / Azura (561) 989-7799 azura Machael Vanisacker Boca Raton, FL 33496

Scott Portugal Design (954) 916-7996 Scott Portugal Transentient Health and Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 Wellness (800) 590-6292 Showtime Entertainment (954) 474-8043 Maya Sarkisyan Boca Raton, FL 33487 Bob Curbelo Davie, FL 33330 Victoria Accardi & Associates Signature Bros Inc. (561) 395-9957 (561) 482-1166 Vicki Accardi Joseph Fried Boca Raton, FL 33431 VNA Of Florida (561) 799-3411 Sound Proof Design (561) 809-4611 Frankie Niedzialek Stuart, FL 34996 Jared Braverman Boca Raton, FL 33433 *Due to press deadlines, Southeastern Printing members listed joined from (772) 287-2141 July 11 - Oct. 15. If you Robert Vasquez Stuart, FL 34997 are interested in joining the Chamber, please call 561.395.4433 to speak with a Sales Associate.

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GBRCC Member Anniversaries Thank you to all of our Members for your continued support!


Years as a Chamber Member

●●Dataman Group Direct Mail and Telemarketing Lists ●●Morgan Stanley Smith Barney ●●SunTrust Bank ●●Temple Development Company ●●Tomasso's Pizza & Subs ●●Town Center at Boca Raton/Simon Property Group ●●Wells Fargo ●●West Boca Medical Center ●●YMCA of South Palm Beach County


●●Bill T. Smith, Jr. PA ●●Courtyard by Marriott - Boca Raton ●●Siemon & Larsen, PA


●●Evert Tennis Academy ●●Klein Chiropractic Center


●●Bryason Realty Corporation ●●Dent King, Inc. - Paintless Dent Removal ●●Sunrise Senior Living

Years as a Chamber Member

Years as a Chamber Member

Years as a Chamber Member


Years as a Chamber Member

●●Allianz Championship ●●Bogart's Bar & Grille ●●Boston's on the Beach & Upperdeck ●●CSL Plasma ●●Henry's ●●Michelle F. Tanzer, Partner ●●N Spa ●●Osborne & Osborne, P.A. ●●Rapoport's Restaurant Group ●●Success Technologies Inc.

In a previous issue, we incorrectly listed an anniversary of a different location of Rutherford Mulhall, P.A., which has actually been a member of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for more than 21 years. We apologize for the error and thank Rutherford Mulhalll, P.A. for their many years of support!

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE FINEST … Become a Trustee Member! The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce created this group of invited-senior level executives to have an exclusive forum in which to network, make contacts, and discuss major issues affecting the business community. The Trustee program offers a complete range of benefits and services geared to meet the challenges that CEO’s, COO’s and high powered-executives face today. As a Trustee Member, you have the opportunity to convene with South Florida’s leading executives and decision makers. You will be invited to attend various events and meetings, receive private direct emails and group newsletters, and have member benefits and exclusive offers put to you. Most importantly we will be working closely with each other so that all group members prosper and benefit from one another. Networking forums, VIP events, small group Trustee lunches and happy hours, and meetings with locally elected officials and community leaders are some of the benefits of a Trustee membership. Additionally, Trustee Members receive special recognition in the Chamber’s Annual Directory, web-site and at a variety of events. Your participation as a Trustee member allows you to be a part of our concerted effort to strengthen the economic vitality and quality of life for which Boca Raton is so well known. Trustee Annual Investment: $2,625 8 ■ Boca Chamber CONNECTION ■ November - December 2011

BE SEEN - Become a Corporate Partner As a Corporate Partner with the Boca Chamber, you will place your organization in a truly unique position. Not only will you make it obvious that as a business leader you recognize the importance of actively participating and being involved in your community, but your company’s major areas of interest will be identified and you will be able to successfully “humanize” your organization by reaching out and educating your community on your distinctive corporate values and philosophy. Whether you are looking to gain exposure, build relationships with other successful business leaders or simply become more active in our Chamber and our City, the Corporate Partnership opportunity will help you achieve your goals. START THE WORKDAY OFF RIGHT ~ Sponsor the Membership Breakfast The monthly Membership Breakfast is an exceptional program that attracts an attendance of more than 200 business leaders and community representatives. Each sell-out event provides members with the opportunity to connect with other local business professionals, while enjoying a delicious breakfast and educational program. During each breakfast, business professionals come together, enjoy each other’s company and strengthen our business community. The Membership Breakfast is a great way to learn businesshappenings, meet new clients and foster existing relationships. Sponsoring a breakfast is one of the most coveted opportunities the Chamber has to offer. Having the opportunity to give away promotional items to each attendee, receive microphone time to promote your business, choose the program / speaker are all included in this enticing sponsorship package. Total Investment: $5,000 SUPPORT BRILLIANCE ~ Become a DIAMOND Award Sponsor Dedicated, Inspiring, Accomplished, Motivated, Outstanding, Noble, Driven. The prestigious DIAMOND Award luncheon honors a woman who enjoys success in her field, while making a difference in the Boca Raton Community. For the sixth consecutive year, the award will be presented to a woman who inspires others and who helps maintain the high quality of life in Boca Raton. MARQUISE SPONSOR Investment: $5,000 PRINCESS SPONSOR Investment: $2,500 RADIANT SPONSOR Investment: $1,000

LEAD THE WAY ~ Sponsor the Business Awards Luncheon

Take advantage of the opportunity to play a role in honoring three deserving recipients and to position your business as a partner, leader and friend of the Chamber. BUSINESS LEADER SPONSOR Investment: $5,000 THREE EXCLUSIVE AWARD SPONSORSHIPS Investment: $2,500 each • BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR • SMALL BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR GRAND SPONSOR Investment: $2,500, PREMIER SPONSOR Investment: $1,000

CELEBRATE SUCCESSFUL WOMEN – Become A Swib Sponsor The Boca Chamber’s Successful Women In Business or "SWIB" program was created in 2003 to provide women the opportunity to network with other women business leaders on a regular basis. Today the average attendance at a luncheon is over 90 women. Each month we provide women the opportunity to network with one another in addition to hearing from a dynamic and successful woman Business leader. DIAMOND SPONSOR (Exclusive) Annual Investment: $10,000 EMERALD SPONSOR Annual Investment: $5,000 RUBY SPONSOR Annual Investment: $2,500 SAPPHIRE SPONSOR Annual Investment: $500

NOURISH NETWORKING at the MEET AND GREET The Chamber's monthly Membership After-Hours Networks are a fantastic way to increase your business. These monthly evening events are held at various sites throughout the area. Become an Exclusive Sponsor for the After-Hours Networking events ~ just $500 per event! Every quarter, we throw in a twist to our networks and host a Network PLUS which is a mini-trade show at which our members have the opportunity to purchase a table for $199 to showcase their goods and services. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to get their company instant exposure to over 200 attendees.

EVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR! CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC - Sponsorship Range: $250 - $5000 HOLIDAY AUCTION - Sponsorship Range: $1,000 - $3000 WINE AND ALL THAT JAZZ - Sponsorship Range: $500 - $3000 ANNUAL CELEBRATION - Sponsorship Range: $1,500 - $7,500 For details, visit or call 561.395.4433.

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Welcome to the Boca Chamber 'Seen'!










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Ro Rabozzi, Bart Bishop, and Michael Gora Constance Scott, Jan Dymtrow, and Beth Johnston Dick Lee and Melissa Whelchel John Mulhall, Eliot Popper, Michael Church and Troy McLellan Tracy Bastante and Ahnich Khalid Susan Haynie and Marsha Rimokh Thomas Cole and Kelly Boyle Lise Orr and Barbara Sageman Zoe Hayes, Hannah Rothstein and Principal Tammy Ferguson

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(See more on Page 18) Michael Daszkal, Azita and Firdaus Dotiwala Dr. Bernadette Russell and Eileen Robinson Judy Joffe and Cheryl Budd


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All lasting business is built on friendship. ~Alfred A. Montapert

Wine & All That Jazz

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John and Dee Sena James Gavrilos and Sally Wells Danielle Leitch and Tiffany Weimar













Jackie Reeves, Sarah Pearson, Cassandra Toroian and Beth Johnston Gari DeStefano, Laura Galindo, and Fern Cole Carmen Mayhall and Ginger Novak

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Andy Cohen, Glen Wilson, AJ Rodriguez and Josh Carelli Jessica Jackson and Carlos Barroso Jennifer Carroll and Marti Freund


Martin Krause, Jonathan Bennett, and Richard Karp Becky D'Amico and Melissa Jones Linda and Jay Weisberg, Jayne Scala and Joe Scala


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Business Update

Job Seeker Tips for the Hiring Season

With the fall holidays approaching, area employers are expected to hire additional staff to handle anticipated seasonal increases in business. Current on-line advertized openings in Palm Beach County indicate that employers are seeking retail salespersons and supervisors, maintenance and repair workers, cashiers, restaurant cooks, food preparation workers and servers. If you are considering seasonal employment, use the following tips to assist you with your search and help you land a suitable job: Tip # 1: Begin NOW! Looking for a job requires serious effort and daily persistence. Rededicate yourself and remain positive. Tip # 2: Register and Get Help! At home, school or the library, access a computer to visit Register and enter all the information required to build a resume. Tip# 3: Explore New Options! Have an open mind about temporary and part-time seasonal positions that could lead to year-round or full-time opportunities. Tip# 4: Network offline! Use fall football gatherings, holiday socials and other casual encounters as an opportunity to ask neighbors, friends, family, – everyone – for ideas and names of others that you can talk to about opportunities for short or long-term work. Tip #5: Be Gracious! If you learn of an opening or obtain an interview through a lead from a contact, be sure to call to thank the person for the information. Your contact may offer you additional tips and offer to help you further. After the interview or even a brief meeting in person, be sure to send a thank you letter to the person you met. Tip # 6: Become an expert! If you want to work for a specific employer or you are offered an interview, find out as much as possible about the business. Pick up brochures and flyers about the business or products, look online at their website. Your knowledge of the company, or products



and your genuine interest will make a positive impression. Tip # 7: Look Sharp! When searching for work, show that you know how to adjust your appearance to reflect a business setting. Your appearance is very important if the job you are seeking requires you to represent the image of the business to customers and clients. Tip #8: Be Prepared! There is a reason that professional actors rehearse and superstar athletes train. You will appear confident and relaxed if you spend time preparing your responses to interview questions. Look online for typical questions and ask a friend or family member to play the interviewer. Take time to get comfortable with your answers without looking at notes. If possible, video your “interview” and critique yourself. Tip #9: Volunteer! Don’t overlook the value of volunteer experience. More than any other time of year, you have many options to participate in food drives, religious, charitable or community activities, walk-a-thons etc. Ask the event chairs and any contacts you make to observe your skills and ask if you can use them for a reference. If possible, volunteer to learn new skills during your charity or community services work and add those new skills to your resume. Tip #10: Hired? Be Outstanding! You got the job! The journey has just begun, be sure you and your good work are noticed. Arrive at your work station early, pay close attention to instructions and remain positive. When you work hard and maintain a positive attitude throughout the stressful holiday season, you might be asked to stay on full-time. With the right attitude and hard work, your seasonal stint may be the first step toward a new career in the New Year. .

Written By Workforce Alliance. Contact Tom Veenstra; Director, Communications. Workforce Alliance holds year-round career and job preparation programs and workshops at its Career Centers in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Belle Glade. For information, visit



Wednesday, December 14 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Via Mizner Golf and Country Club (6200 Boca Del Mar Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433)

This year's auction proceeds will benefits the Chamber's events and programs throughout the year, PLUS two great charitable causes! 12 ■ Boca Chamber CONNECTION ■ November - December 2011

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Boca Chamber Member News

Deerfield Beach-based SIKON Construction completed the innovative new $7 million, 3-story, 104,000-squarefoot Publix at Riviera Beach super market and parking garage project slated for November 10 grand opening at 252 East Blue Heron Boulevard. Developed by Brandon Structures, Orlando, and designed by Fisher & Associates, LLC, Clearwater, the project consists of two levels of structured parking atop the 36,350-square-foot Publix store according to Dale E. Scott, CDP, Senior Executive Vice President of SIKON. In addition to Publix, SIKON’s many longtime clients include Best Buy, Fresh Market, Target Corporation, Whole Foods, and Winn-Dixie, among others. SIKON Construction is headquartered at 431 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33441. For more information, visit or contact Dale E. Scott at 954-354-8338. Cloud Computing Concepts, LLC has retained TransMedia Group to let businesses nationwide know that C3 is rapidly transforming the business landscape because it gives organizations on-demand access to the resources and applications they need without requiring a significant upfront capital expense or long term commitments. C3 brings enterprise grade cloud computing technologies, services, and support to small and medium sized businesses nationwide. C3 provides on-demand access to computing resources, flexible pay-as-you-go billing, and expert on site support. The C3 solution immediately drives down IT costs, increases stability, provides for employee mobility, is environmentally friendly, and ensures business continuity in the event of a disaster. Further information is available at www.c3office. com or by calling 561.939.4035. TransMedia Group is a full-service, multi-lingual firm serving clients worldwide since 1981 from offices in Boca Raton, Minneapolis, London, Paris and China. Rutherford Mulhall, P.A. is pleased to announce that Charles E. Rutherford, Founding Shareholder, Chairman and Managing Director, has been appointed to serve an additional 1-year term as a Board Member on the Business Development Board. Rutherford Mulhall, P.A. is a 16-lawyer firm providing quality legal services in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, visit Hospice by the Sea, Inc. is the recipient of a grant from the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. in support of Camp Good Grief, a weekend bereavement camp offered twice a year free of charge to children ages five to 15 from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. This grant will reduce the cost of camp operations. To learn more, or to register a child, please contact Hospice by the Sea’s Bereavement Department at (561) 416-5059 or The BRRH Foundation’s Community Outreach Grant Program promotes philanthropy and helps develop solid relationships that uphold the hospital’s mission of providing quality medical care. BRRH Foundation’s continuing support of Camp Good Grief is a prime example of an enduring partnership strengthening the community. Hospice by

the Sea, Inc. has provided hospice services, home health care, palliative care services, bereavement counseling, complementary therapies and caregiver support to more than 100,000 patients and families in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. For more information about Hospice by the Sea’s programs and services, please call (561) 395-5031, or visit Boca Habilitation Center, which will celebrate its 33rd year of service to persons with cognitive and emotional impairments on October 1, recently acquired ISO 9001: 2008 registration. What that means for the Center is that its quality management system was adjudged, through a series of rigorous independent audits, to be in compliance with the multifaceted standards pertaining to manufacturing, electrical and mechanical assemble set forth by the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland. This is a stellar achievement for the Center’s Manufacturing Services operation, which also has the distinction of being named Manufacture of the Year by the South Florida Manufacturers Association. Visit for details. The Facility For Personal Training, located in Boca Raton, has offered the gift of health to six Palm Beach county teens. The Facility for personal training in Boca Raton is creating an awareness of illness that affects the lives of obese children and teens. The teens were selected based on health and fitness levels, confidence, and overall drive to become more fit. The six teens will receive over four months of personal training with advice given by a board of health care professionals and fitness experts. The program design will ensure safe, proper, and productive methods of training for these teens. The training system will help provide the tools for these teens to become healthier and more physically fit. Visit www. for details. Meet Me On The Promenade: Downtown Boca, the inaugural two-night, one day free community festival, recently attracted more than 14,000 to share the new “sense of ‘walkable’ space and place” and showcase the eclectic live-work-play-stay features of Boca's new generation Downtown. Meet Me On The Promenade event programming was designed for discovering all there is along the newly paved Downtown Boca Pedestrian Promenade and the areas and businesses that it connects on East Palmetto Park Road, S.E. First Street, N.E. First Avenue, Boca Raton Road, from Mizner Park to Royal Palm Place. For more information on upcoming Downtown Boca events and activities, visit Lynn University has been selected as the site of the final 2012 Presidential Debate by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), to be held on October 22, 2012. The CPD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988. Lynn University was one of 12 sites nationwide, and the only institution in Florida, under consideration to host one of three presidential, or one vice presidential debates produced Continued on next page.

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by the CPD. Lynn University received overwhelming and nearly unilateral support for its application from government officials at all levels, including the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, the Florida Cabinet, the leadership of the Florida legislature, former Governor Jeb Bush, former Governor and Senator Bob Graham, Palm Beach County officials, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, and many others. For more information, visit www. PNC Bank has named Pejman Ghadimipour as manager of its new Green Branch® location at 1051 East Hillsboro Blvd. (across from LA Fitness). Ghadimipour joined PNC Bank in 2007, bringing with him more than 10 years of banking experience. Alix Alexis has been named assistant manager. He brings 10 years of experience to his new position, and has been with PNC Bank for nearly three years. PNC Bank is a member of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and assetbased lending; wealth management and asset management. Visit for details. First Citizens Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frank B. Holding, Jr. announced that its IronStone Bank division has completed its conversion to the First Citizens Bank name. Effective Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, all 58 former IronStone Bank branches in 12 states now operate under the First Citizens Bank name. First Citizens has received multiple national awards for customer satisfaction and overall stability and security, including a five-star superior ranking by independent banking rating firm BauerFinancial Inc. of Coral Gables, Fla. (Bauerfinancial. com), and Greenwich Excellence awards for business banking services. For details, visit Please send business news updates and press releases to Audra Hodges at NOTE: Due to space consideration, we may not be able to run ALL received updates.

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The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomes new Board Members

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The Boca Chamber Annual Celebration Oct. 22, 2011 ~ A Great Night For All

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Rutherford Mulhall, P.A. Congratulates and Thanks RM Founding Member John Mulhall for his leadership and Service to our Chamber and Community and offers Congratulations and Best Wishes to Cheryl Budd of NCCI Holdings, Inc. as the new Chair of the Board. 561-241-1600

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