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Table of Contents From Our President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Buy Chamber! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Business Awards Luncheon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Committee Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Government: 2014 Legistlative Agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Chamber Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Member Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Boca’s “Seen” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Chamber Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Young Entrepenuers Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Leadership Boca 2014 & Trustee Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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You don’t need to go far to get a top-notch, accredited bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Right in your own backyard, Lynn University in Boca Raton offers graduate and bachelor’s degrees online and during the evening on campus. Time is money. And wherever you see yourself post-degree, we want you to get there. Sooner. Our accelerated eight-week terms mean you finish your degree faster, and our small class sizes ensure that you get the personalized attention you deserve from professors with real-world experience. So whether it’s fulfilling a lifelong dream or wanting to become a more valuable employee, you can do it with a degree from Lynn University. And we’ll be there to help you every step of the way. Make the first move and call us at 561-237-7566, or email us at It’s your time—and Lynn’s your place. Learn more at our Open House on Wednesday, June 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Lynn University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability and/or age in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and /or other school-administered programs. Lynn University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; phone number: 404-679-4500) for questions about the accreditation of Lynn University.


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CONNECTION Publisher: Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP Editor: Patricia Lammle Boca Chamber


As one of the most influential Chambers in South Florida, it is our obligation to protect our business community. As South Palm Beach County’s voice for business, we work diligently to make sure that the city of Boca Raton and its surrounding region have a sustainable business climate where businesses can grow and compete in a global environment. Your chamber also works hard to make sure that our community is represented at all levels of government from Boca Raton to Washington, D.C., so that your voice is heard by our elected officials, and that the issues that are important to you are included in our legislative agenda. In this edition of Connection, you can read some key issues published in our 2014 legislative agenda. This agenda is a blueprint to chart the course for DIRECTORS a strong and sustainable regional business community, and it is focused on the Anthony Barbar, Barbar & Associates, LLC business climate and lowering the cost of doing business. Vic Beninate, AT&T Ensuring a pro-business environment where your company has the opportunity Dennis Crudele, Florida Atlantic University to succeed and thrive is a priority for the Boca Chamber. It is critical that our Michael Daszkal, Daszkal Bolton LLP Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal elected officials understand the needs and demands of what it takes to operate a successful business. The Chamber’s advocacy arm, Business Leaders United for John Duffy, 3Cinteractive, LLC Boca Raton Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC), works vigorously to make Jim Dunn, JM Lexus sure that the business community is represented during elections by endorsing Mark Edoff, The ADT Corporation candidates that are in alignment with the Boca Chamber’s legislative priorities. Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center We are proud that two of our endorsed candidates will now have a seat on the Peter Gallo, Ph.D., Saint Andrew’s School dais and lead our city forward. We congratulate all of our City officials: Susan Elisa Garcia, Office Depot, Inc. Haynie, the new mayor of our City; Scott Singer, City Council Seat A; Michael Larry Katz, Wells Fargo Mullaugh, Seat B, Constance Scott, Seat C; and Robert Weinroth, Seat D. Mike Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction Because the Boca Chamber’s advocacy creates an environment that attracts Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communications and retains corporations, I would also like to mention the great news that Office John Maloney, Jr., Bluegreen Vacations Depot-Max decided to stay right here in our backyard! We are proud to say Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions that Boca Raton continues to be the leading destination for tourism activity and location for Corporate Headquarters. In the past months, our city has witnessed Kevin Ross, Ed.D., Lynn University the largest corporate relocation in five years when the Cancer Treatment Centers Tim Snow, George Snow Scholarship Fund of America announced its relocation to Boca Raton. Chuck Stout, CBIZ Meridian Insurance Group I have recently announced the 2014 Business Awards recipients, and I hope Philip M. Studer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch to see you on May 22nd at the luncheon showing your support to this year’s recipients. PROFESSIONAL TEAM As you can see, Boca Raton continues to move forward as your chamber Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO advocates for your business. We do this by working side-by-side with the city, Sarah Pearson, Senior V.P., External Relations Firdaus Dotiwala, V.P., Finance & Administration county and state entities to ensure economic prosperity. Moving forward, Patricia Lammle, Marketing & Comm. Coordinator Chasity J. Navarro, Events Coordinator Carolina Rush, Sales & Member Relations Manager Cynthia Capaccio, Membership Specialist Steven Bleier, Senior Sales Associate Sharon Ramsey, Sales Associate Troy M. McLellan CCE, FCCP, Kathy Sheridan, Member Service & Adm. Associate President & CEO Stacey Schacht, Executive Assistant to the Pres. & CEO 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

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Credit Card Processing National Transaction Corporation

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Financial Services / Consultants Popper, Kaufman and Katz Team at Morgan Stanley

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Bookkeeping Services / Quickbooks Boca Bookkeeping

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House Sitting & Home Service Boca Condo Care, Inc. (561) 289-7364

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Lighting Fixtures Capitol Lighting

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Limousine Services A1A Airport & Limousine Service (800) 330-4762

Public Relations / Marketing / Strategic Planning Kaye Communications (561) 392-5166

Printing Minuteman Press of Boca Raton (561) 392-8626

Roofing SK Quality Roofing, Inc (561) 276-8040

SEO / SEM / Website Services SEO Mavericks (561) 542-9606

Almighty Web Designs

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Schools St. Paul Lutheran School (561) 395-8548

Interior Design / Space Planning Meryl Deutsch & Associates

Signs / Lettering / Graphic Design image360 - Boca Raton

Jewelry Cristino Fine Jewelry

Tutors Tutor Doctor

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Business Leader of the Year

Richard Pollock, President and CEO, YMCA

SKLAR Furnishings, Rick and Pat Howard, Owners

Small Business Leaders of the Year

Business of the Year

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COMMITTEE BRIEFS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Sustainable Economic Development in Southern Palm Beach County

Written by Andrew Duffell President & CEO, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University The National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) has repeatedly shown that a company’s chances of surviving its first five years are improved by as much as 80% by participating in a formal incubator program. Greater Boca Raton has our region’s longest-standing incubator: the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. This year we have re-oriented how we interact with the entrepreneurs, and we are bringing them significantly more value by creating a high-impact Council of Advisors. These advisors are successful entrepreneurs in their own right, and they volunteer their time and expertise to help our startups. The advisors help the companies set their own milestones for success, working with them along the way. At the six-month mark, an assessment is made about whether the company is on track or not. If not, adjustments are made. Within two years, we anticipate that a company will progress to a point

where it is self-sufficient, creating revenues and is ready to graduate into the Research Park itself or the South Florida community at large. When these companies emerge into our cities, they need to know that the municipalities they work in are committed to their success. The Boca Chamber’s economic development committee, which I am privileged to lead, has begun a process of interaction with the City of Boca Raton to ensure that the right conditions exist for these TBI graduates and all businesses that call Boca Raton home. A sub-committee led by Dick Lee, of Boca Luxury Realty, has partnered with the City’s Development Services team to ensure the permitting process is not an impediment to doing business in this beautiful city. This partnership has revealed some areas that could be improved, and City staff has embraced many of these opportunities for improvement. For example, when a home owner contracts for home improvements, the City will now email the homeowner, reminding him/her how to follow the progress of permits online. This will reduce delay by illustrating which party has submitted paperwork and which has action steps to complete. The Economic Development Committee works on issues like this, along with the Government Affairs Committee and Chamber staff, on your behalf. Together, we make sure that it is as easy as possible to do business in Boca Raton.

ELECTION RESULTS Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officials The city’s election this past March was very unique. It was the first time this city has ever seen two colleagues within the council compete to earn the mayor’s seat. Former Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie and former Councilman Anthony Majhess ran for the seat of Mayor. This election also stood out over past elections in the last 17 years because four out of the five City Council seats were up for election or re-election. One of the priorities of the Boca Chamber is to ensure a pro-business environment where your company has the opportunity to succeed and thrive, so it is critical that our city’s elected officials understand and support the needs and demands of Boca’s business community. Therefore, the Business Leaders United for Boca Raton Political Action Committee (BLUPAC) endorsed Craig Ehrnst for Seat B, Robert Weinroth for Seat D on the council, and Susan Haynie for Mayor. 6

Susan Haynie served five terms on the Boca Raton City Council, and her experience has given her extensive knowledge of the city’s budget, public safety and growth concerns. As Deputy Mayor, Haynie has made it the city council’s priority to keep taxes low, improve our beaches, and ensure Boca is on a sustainable economic and environmental path. We are proud of her achievements, and we look forward to seeing her vision to enhance our community and sustain and promote its economic growth come to completion. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Robert Weinroth and Scott Singer on their new positions with the city, and we look forward to seeing their ideas put in practice as well. We look forward to working with these newly elected officials and with the entire Boca Raton City Council as we move our city forward.

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2014 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA Your Chamber; Your Watchdog

2014 Business Legislative Agenda

The Florida 2014 Legislative Session is in full swing. Members of the South Palm Beach County business community should advocate for pro-business decisions to be made by our legislators. The Boca Chamber, South Palm Beach County’s voice for business, has created its annual Legislative Agenda. It was developed based on input from 13 entities including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Palm Beach County Business Development Board and the Boca Chamber membership. The agenda is a blueprint to chart the course for a strong and sustainable regional business community, and it is focused on creating a positive business climate and lowering the cost of doing business. A snapshot of the agenda includes the following city and county priorities: • Support the stoppage of new mandatory leave initiatives that will increase costs for business and create an uncompetitive business environment in Florida. • Support amending Florida statues so that a referendum is prohibited in regard to local comprehensive plan amendments. • Support the reduction of sales tax charged on commercial real estate property. For a full agenda visit our website Protecting Business ( As you know, the Chamber uses the items outlined in the legislative agenda as a guideline to endorse pro-business candidates for city, county and state elections. This is done through our political action committee (BLU-PAC). Ensuring a pro-business environment where your company has the opportunity to succeed and thrive is a priority for the Chamber. In order to provide that environment, it is critical that our elected officials understand the needs and demands on what it takes to operate a successful business. Business Leaders United for Boca Raton Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) exists to endorse and fund candidates that are in alignment with the Boca Chamber’s views and priorities regarding business.

City Issues • Support the best use of city dedicated economic development dollars by creating an oversight advisory board to ensure that those funds are used for their original intent: to create jobs and foster economic prosperity. • Support annexation of areas that provide opportunity to enhance Boca Raton and increase revenue potential specifically in the area of economic development, to: 1.) create jobs 2.) support economic development 3.) broaden the tax base. • Support economic development in Boca Raton, inclusive of the downtown, the 20th Street Overlay District and the Planned Mobility Efforts that address multiple uses of property. • Support reform to sustain the city of Boca Raton retirement system and mitigate financial risk to the city.

• Support public policy that sustains Boca Raton’s quality for businesses and families. • Support and assist the city’s permitting procedures to more appropriately enhance the local economy through efficient and effective policy that encourages job creation. • Support an ordinance that allows a local preference positive adjustment in the bid process when the company holds a Business Tax Receipt issued by the City of Boca Raton. • Support the creation of an Independent Community Redevelopment Administration Director to enhance the CRA district and create a sense of place in downtown Boca Raton. • Encourage the City of Boca Raton to create additional parking opportunities that meet the demands of sustainable growth.

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Troy McLellan, Randy Nobles, Cheryl Budd, Jackie Reeves, Marta Rendon, Victoria Rixon and Rocki Rockingham

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Jan Savarick, Lana Rosenzweig, Marleen Forkas

2014 DIAMOND Award

Table settings had hats from around the world

Robert Weinroth and Douglas Heizer

Gloria Fuster, Cathi Dorn, Councilwoman Constance Scott

Lise Orr, Elizabeth Kelley Grace

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Jackie Reeves, Jerry Fedele

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Due to press deadlines these news releases are from Decemeber 2013 through February 2014 FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus to Offer Jupiter Summer Science Experience 2014

Gary S. Lesser named Attorney of the Month for Attorney at Law Magazine

Florida Atlantic University continues to expand its Life Science Initiative on the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter with the announcement of the Jupiter Summer Science Experience. The summer program is an opportunity for students to enhance their education in the life sciences and other academic disciplines, and a number of research-based experiences, including internships, will be available. The Jupiter Summer Science Experience offers students from FAU as well as other colleges a chance to become part of the MacArthur Campus’ innovative Life Science Initiative. Research collaborations have recently been launched between faculty at FAU and researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Florida Research Institute.

Lesser credits all the attorneys at the firm with its reputation for being prepared and willing to take cases to trial. That is an important factor when considering what Lesser says is the typical insurance company business model. “They take premiums, and they try to not pay claims in the sense that they pay as little as they can, and take as long to do so as possible, and that’s how they make a profit.” Despite Lesser’s role as managing partner, he still prefers to share the spotlight with the entire firm. “I don’t like to brag,” he says, “but the lawyers at this firm have collectively over 2,000 trials under their belt. We have some of the best trial lawyers in all of South Florida.” Th at reputation is instrumental in the firm’s continued success. Many cases are referred by current and former clients, some by people the firm’s attorneys know in the community, and a growing number of cases are referred by other lawyers. Lesser explains that those lawyers who bring in our firm’s lawyers is like “bringing in a teammate who can take the case to the next level to get the best result for the client.”

Vanderbilt University Foodservice Selects Upfront Foods NonGMO, Kosher Granola As A Healthy Grab-And-Go Snack Vanderbilt University campus cafes and markets are now offering students a healthy on-the-go alternative with Upfront Foods® single serving, grab-and-go granola. All three flavors of the kosher, non-GMO, and vegan certified granolas now are available at 11 outlets on Vanderbilt’s campus in Nashville, said Gigi Twist, Upfront Foods’ founder. The placement is being handled by Wildfire Sales of Glen Cove, N.Y. “Our single serving pouch was designed with the grab-and-go consumer in mind, and it has a great price point for student budgets,” Twist said. Upfront Foods granola has clean ingredients with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, she said. The granola also has Non-GMO Project Verification, and it is OK Kosher certified and certified vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation. All three granolas are designated 100 percent whole grain by the Whole Grains Council, and Straight Up Granola and Straight Up Granola with Cranberries meet USDA Smart Snack Standards for elementary, middle and high schools. Image360 Boca Raton Receives Women Business and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certifications Image360 Boca Raton, a local provider of sign and graphics products that help businesses grow revenue, build an image, and communicate, is excited to announce it has achieved National Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification from the Women’s Business Development Council (WBENC) of Florida and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification from the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) and National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). MBE Certification affirms that Image360 Boca Raton is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members, which are defined as Asian, Black, Hispanic and/or Native American. The WBE certification asserts Image360 Boca Raton is woman-owned, operated and controlled. In addition to the minority and women’s business certifications, Image360 Boca Raton has expanded its product line to include materials that meet the “Green and Environmentally Sustainable” standard required by many organizations. New products include 3M Envision Wrap, HP Recyclable Banners, PVC-free Wall Paper and Eco Boards.


FAU’s Executive M.B.A. Program Recognized in ‘Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Business Schools of 2013’ Report Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business has announced that its AACSB-accredited executive M.B.A. program has been recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best Business Schools of 2013” report. This report is unique in that it reflects student opinion and was based on a survey of more than 10,000 recent graduates at 138 business schools. This is the first year that FAU has been recognized, and is one of three Florida universities listed in the second tier, alongside Rice, Texas A&M and Michigan State universities. Bloomberg Businessweek has been ranking the world’s top business programs since 1991. “We are excited to be recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek. I believe the most important thing is to deliver high-quality programs. To be one of three executive M.B.A. programs recognized in the state of Florida speaks to the outstanding faculty and staff who teach and manage the program,” said Dan Gropper, Ph.D. dean of FAU’s College of Business. The Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach Completes After Renovations The Seagate Country Club has unveiled a full renovation of its 18-hole championship private golf course on November 20, 2013. The original home of the first Golf Digest School, the Club’s seven-month renovation began on May 1, 2013 and renovations preserved the original Joe Lee design while modernizing and enhancing its condition. The project was all-encompassing, with restoration focused on the course’s fairways, greens, bunkers and practice facilities as well as modifications to several holes. The Seagate has continued its commitment to recruit and retain Top PGA Professionals for its members. Darren Panks, Director of Golf and International PGA Professional, directs the 18-hole Joe Lee golf course while Head PGA Professional Andy Anderson is a PGA Professional who has been at the club for over 30 years. LGPA Professional Whitney Young leads the women’s golf and Jeff Sluman, PGA Championship Tour player and current club member, was instrumental in providing input on course enhancements to make sure the course met PGA standards.

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BOCA’S “SEEN” Due to press deadlines these photos are from December 2013 through February 2014

Mike Miller, Randy Nobles and Al Travasos

Toni Nieves, Michael Jacobson

Lisa Elkan and Hugo Vargas

Michael Church and Kris Carter


Chuck Stout, Ethel Isaacs Williams, Anthony Barbar and Kelly Smallridge

Troy McLellan, Randy Nobles, Rick Hayduk, Ed Gagliardi and John Maulhall.

Jayne Scala and Marylin Wilson


Kascey Frank and Alana Brean

Roxana Scaffidi, Cathi Dorn, Kim Jones and Michelle Laskowski

Alicia Watson, Lisa LaMay

Holly Kreisman, Rita Diamond and Sheri Sweeney

Scarlett Barsky, Roxana Scaffidi and Susan Weinblatt


Mayor Susan Whelchel

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Carolina and MarySol Gonzalez


Erica Reuter and Cory Roman

Constantina and Harry Mirabile

Mandy Bosley and Corey Weiner

Alex Bimonte and Tyler Baker

Thomas Harrington, Randy Nobles and Kristy Whelchel Hartofilis

Ian Bressler and Todd Goodhue



MarySol Gonzales, Nancy Proffit and Sarah Pearson

Elton Pride, Valentina Moretti, MarySol Gonzalez and Yonnyt Dalfonso

Arnie and Ami Zak

Lise and Mike Orr

Barbara Cambia

Michael Wolfson , Jackie Reeves, Dick Lee and Hugo Vargas

Randy Nobles, Alex Sanchez and Troy McLellan

Steven Rosenthal and Densel Raines


Health & Medical EXPO

Mike Kiwalski and Joan Joens

Health & Medical EXPO


Diane Katims, Jess Frank

Joyce Hunter, Patricia Burdett

Kris Carter and Hugo Vargas

Robert Barnam, Linda Weisberg

Valentina Moretti, Amy Zak

Rob Jager, Philip Peidt

Deby Goldfarb, Linda and Jay Weisberg

Dick Pollock, Marla Jaffe and Priscilla Speicher

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Cara and Eric Snyder


MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES THANK YOU FOR BEING MEMBERS OF THE BOCA CHAMBER April through June Anniversaries 56 Years As A Member Boca Raton Printing Co.

28 Years As A Member

Boca Raton Resort & Club Boca Raton Transportation, Inc. Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Inc. C. B. Schwaderer, Inc., Realtors CBIZ MHM, LLC & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Comerica Bank Dataman Group Direct Mail and Telemarketing Lists Embassy Suites Hotel Florida Atlantic University Florida Power & Light Company Habilitation Center for the Handicapped Hardrives, Inc.

24 Years As A Member JKG Group

23 Years As A Member

GrayRobinson, P.A. Rosemary and Ben Krieger

22 Years As A Member

17 Years As A Member CreditGUARD of America Kaye Communications, Inc. Lang Diversified Services Southwinds Golf Course Via Mizner Golf and Country Club

16 Years As A Member Applied Card Systems

15 Years As A Member Gervais & Associates

14 Years As A Member City of Boca Raton

13 Years As A Member

Academy Bus LLC Deer Creek Golf Club Tri County Humane Society

12 Years As A Member Boca Helping Hands JM Lexus Maggiano’s Little Italy

11 Years As A Member

Plumbing Experts

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail

20 Years As A Member

10 Years As A Member

American Heritage School of Boca/Delray Boca Pointe Community Association Fogel Law Group Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. Avison Young The Salvation Army The Shoppes at Village Pointe

Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas Dr. Gary Burns / Designer Body, Inc. Mizner Park Success Technologies Inc. The GEO Group, Inc. The Pension Company

18 Years As A Member

9 Years As A Member

19 Years As A Member

Meyers Properties SCORE - Counselors to America’s Small Business Twisters Gymnastics Boca Raton, Inc.

LF Stores Tripp Scott PA

8 Years As A Member

BB&T Center Frank, Weinberg & Black, P.L.

7 Years As A Member

Boomer Times & Senior Life Magazine Emerald Transportation Towing and Heavy Hauling Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Mootz’s Distribution, LLC

6 Years As A Member

Boca Raton Sleep Disorders Center Bonefish Grill Florida Public Utilities Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 7 Schulz Business Wilson Graphology

5 Years As A Member

4KIDS of South Florida, Inc. Accountemps/OfficeTeam Charter Marketing Group Child Group Wealth Management / Bob Child & David Lorber City Fish Market Fast-Teks On-Site Computer Services Future Focus Financial, Inc. Handyman Connection Harbor Financial Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Hollis Insurance Agency JARC JUICE PLUS / Chim Francisco LexisNexis Risk Solutions Lynn Insurance Group MAR-J Medical Supply, Inc. Mercedes-Benz of Delray Premium Building Inspections, Inc. Pride Global Management Seniors Helping Seniors Spirit of Giving Network Suffolk Construction Company Third Level Truluck’s Web Results, Inc. Zavee, LLC

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Carolina Rush

Stacey Schacht

Sales & Member Relations Manager

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Carolina Rush joined the Boca Chamber professional staff on February 17, 2014, as our new Sales and Member Relations Manager. Carolina worked as a successful Operating Partner at a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer for the last three years, which is when she was initially introduced to the Boca Chamber, and she joined the Chamber as a member. Carolina will oversee the sales team, and she will be involved with maintaining a close relationships with our businesses while increasing our reach and commitment to offer only the best educational services and events that promote and sustain the economic growth of our community.

Stacey Schacht, Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown University, is the new Executive Administrative Assistant to Troy McLellan. Stacey has lived in many parts of the U.S.—working in the legislative, political, and non-profit sectors—but South Florida called her back home to where her family resides. Stacey worked at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach as a Program Associate for the JCRC, and she has also had a position as Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator for the Women’s Executive Board. She is thrilled to be at the Boca Chamber, for it combines her love of politics and events, and she is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Contact Carolina: 561.395.4433 ext. 236 or

Contact Stacey: 561.395.4433 ext. 227 or

BUY CHAMBER! CARDS Support Your Fellow Chamber Members In an effort to make our loyalty to our members known and to encourage even more support within the Boca Chamber family, we created “BUY Chamber!” cards for you to share with fellow Chamber members when you are a customer of theirs.

member’s restaurant, beauty salon, law office, design center, nursing home, hotel, bank, etc., those Boca Chamber members will know that it is their membership with our esteemed organization that brought them your business. We have a saying in the Chamber world: Keep it in the family. Be sure to use other Boca Chamber members for all of your service and product needs. And remember to leave one of the “BUY Chamber!” cards, along with your business card, to let them know you were there. Spread the word. Support your fellow Chamber members, and BUY Chamber!

These “BUY Chamber!” cards are also an excellent way for you to introduce yourself and business. By leaving your business card along with the “BUY Chamber!” card, you are introducing yourself and showing support at the same time. Keep a few handy so the next time you are at a

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YEA! YEA! Program Past, Present and Future As this year’s YEA! program heads into the final stretch, we celebrate the accomplishments of our past students, the potential of our current students, and the promise of what the future brings. The final ten weeks of this year’s class brings to us Bonnie Kaye, Founder and President of Kaye Communications Inc., as the instructor. This is Bonnie’s second year as an instructor for the program, and Bonnie is guiding the students through the “launch of the business” sector of the class.

YEA! Instructor Feature

Bonnie Kaye

Bonnie S. Kaye, a Florida native and 32-year public relations and marketing veteran, is the Founder, President, and Chief Strategist of Kaye Communications, Inc. (KCOM), a Boca Raton, FL-based, full-service strategic integrated marketing and public relations firm serving a diversified list of regional and national clients. She currently serves as a director on the boards of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation and the Boca Chamber.

The YEA! graduating class of 2014 will present their businesses to 10 judges during this year’s Boca Chamber YEA! Business Plan Competition Track on April 9th. This year, the program is partnering with the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition to take the YEA! business presentations to the next level and secure further visibility. The applications for the 2015 class of YEA! will be available online April 15th.

YEA! PARTNER PROFILES NCCI is proud to support the YEA program where creativity, academic effort, enthusiasm, and determination to “make a job, not just take a job” are rewarded. As part of our culture, NCCI promotes an environment of good corporate citizenship in four key areas—Community, Practices, People, and Environment. We work closely with our area schools, charitable organizations, the Boca Chamber, and business groups to make our communities stronger. Our five core valuesIntegrity, Respect, Quality and Excellence, Responsibility and Commitment are woven into all of our activities in business and in the community. Based in Boca Raton, NCCI employs 900 employees, and is the nation’s most experienced source of workers’ compensation insurance information. We gather data, analyze industry trends, and prepare objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations for more than 900 insurance companies and approximately 40 state governments. These activities, together with our research, analytical services and tools, and overall commitment to excellence help foster a healthy workers’ compensation system. Visit for more information. 16

TouchSuite is one of America’s leading point of sale system vendors and has been honored five times on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies in America, ranking #105 in 2013. Its award-winning, point of sale systems are fully integrated with payment processing services catering to restaurants, salons, spas, retail establishments and pet services. The systems are designed to help small and medium-size merchants increase revenue by using the provided tools and solutions, such as payroll management, client database systems, marketing tools, inventory and accounting reports. Through TouchSuite, small business owners have access to the highly customized technologies of their fields, as well as access, on a smaller scale, to the same capital markets that large multinational companies have. TouchSuite’s infrastructure also provides merchants and agents with an unprecedented 24/7 support system and ensures a positive user experience.

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LEADERSHIP BOCA LEADERSHIP BOCA 2014 CLASS Message from the 2014 Leadership Boca Chair Written by Brian Altschuler, Executive Director of Human Resource Operations, Boca Raton Regional Hospital The 2014 Leadership Boca experience is now in full swing! The program kicked off on March 6, 2014, with new participants coming together to engage and discover what the next 6 weeks would be like as they learn about the communities in which we both live and work. The competitive application process discovered 30 talented community leaders representing all aspects of business. This invaluable experience is sure to add to the class of Leadership Boca Alumni who have gone on to doing amazing things both in their professional and personal lives. Thank you to all the applicants who applied in 2014. The program continues to receive a high level of demand. If you have not yet experienced the program, I personally encourage you to engage and elevate your skills by applying for the 2015 Leadership Boca Class. 2015 Leadership Boca applications will be available July of 2014.


TRUSTEE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Get to Know Pink Palm Properties How long have you been in business? Since 2005 in Florida. The Boca Raton office opened in 2011. What is the main goal of your business? Our reason for being [in business] is to raise the bar in the profession of real estate in Boca Raton. We serve a diverse clientele, but the bulk of our clients are international buyers/sellers and local business owners, executives, and professionals. Our two managing partners each have an MBA and a corporate background, thus bringing a wealth of understanding and experience to complex transactions. We find our background is most appreciated by business owners and executives who demand a higher level of professionalism and service than the norm. Who inspired you to go into business? We were both active real estate investors working in the corporate world prior to pursuing broker’s licenses. In every market we worked and invested in (Montreal, Toronto, Las Vegas, Southern California, Miami, and Boca Raton), we saw a huge opening in the field of real estate for high-performers

to provide high-caliber guidance to the most demanding clients. In some countries, obtaining a broker’s license is a two-year process requiring a thorough understanding of finance, land development, and construction. Not so in the US. We saw a huge opening to put our years of experience to work for the benefit of all. What are the two greatest advantages of doing business in Boca Raton and being a member of the Boca Chamber? Hands-down, relationships and connections. We recently assisted in relocating a company (along with 50 employees and their families) from Montreal. On their first visit (we later discovered), they were deciding between Austin and Boca Raton. We made introductions to attorneys, CPAs, local business owners, bankers, etc. across town and the warm welcome and connections really impressed them. The relationship with the Chamber was a key component of our success in this endeavor. Where should I go to find out more? 561-300-2647 or

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Flashback Diner 1450 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432

Cloud 10 Blowdry Bar & Makeup Salon 289 E. Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432


Premium Kitchens 7400 N. Federal Highway, Suite 34 Boca Raton, FL 33487

Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation 800 Yamato Road, Suite 101 Boca Raton, FL 33431

Car Qualifier 6001 Broken Sound Parkway, Suite 100 Boca Raton, FL 33487

Meza Mediterranean Grill 690 Yamato Road, Bay 7 Boca Raton, FL 33431

Sandler Training 1690 S. Congress Avenue, Suite 205-B Delray Beach, FL 33445


Bellagio Home 100 NE 6th Street, Suite 106 Boynton Beach FL 33435

Cloud Computing Concepts 110 East Atlantic Avenue, Suite 420 Delray Beach, FL 33444 18

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NEW MEMBERS TRUSTEE MEMBERS Gulfstream Business Bank (561) 665-4210 Jocelyn Lane Delray Beach, FL 33483 The Honda Classic (561) 601-9177 Clayton Idle North Palm Beach, FL 33408

John Hancock Financial Network / Ana Diaz (786) 385-1137 Ana Diaz Boca Raton, FL 33433 Juicy Results / Marketing Divaz (561) 449-5322 /

Kate Volman Boca Raton, FL 33432 Lifespace Communities, Inc. (561) 272-9600 Louise Petraitis Delray Beach, FL 33445

Tekno Books, LLC (561) 998-8000 David Silvers Boca Raton, FL 33431

GENERAL MEMBERS 1231 Club (561) 982-7800 Ian Berkowitz Boca Raton, FL 33431 3i Organic Vending (561) 322-8625 Nadav Regev Boca Raton, FL 33431 7F Words / Certified Sisters, Inc. (561) 999-0352 Deborah Bacarella Boca Raton, FL 33487 Alliance Processing (888) 444-7756 Jeremy Lambert Boca Raton, FL 33431 Amish S. Patel CPA PA (561) 417-5722 Amish Patel Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Ark (570) 991-5091 John Plucenik Delray Beach, FL 33483 Ashear Car Service (561) 703-2374 Morris Ashear Boca Raton, FL 33496 Bedeschi America, Inc. (954) 602-2175 Thomas Turano Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

The Black Rose Irish Pub (561) 392-3808 blackroseboca Mike Goshgarian Boca Raton, FL 33432 Bliss Construction LLC (561) 391-0212 Shawn Boyle Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boca Writers (561) 866-3596 Gitta Maggie Kocsis Boca Raton, FL 33486 Car Qualifier, LLC (561) 948-2770 Jonathan Edelman Boca Raton, FL 33487 Cezanne Professional Products, LLC (561) 994-2669 Lita Kaufman Boca Raton, FL 33487 Champagne & Parisi Real Estate (561) 715-8630 Ceasar Parisi Boca Raton, FL 33432 Cloud 10 Blowdry Bar & Makeup Salon (561) 303-3000 Jodi Dery Boca Raton, FL 33432 Cooper May Communications (561) 509-5919

Caroline Gould Lewittes Boca Raton, FL 33486

Exclusive Consulting, Inc. (888) 257-3015 Natalie DeGrace Estero, FL 33929

Corey Weiner B2B Editor I Troubleshooter (888) 913-1419 Food for the Poor, Inc. (954) 427-2222 Corey Weiner Boca Raton, FL 33431 Maura Brassil Dermatology Associates PA of the Coconut Creek, FL 33073 Palm Beaches GHT Institute (561) 862-5021 (561) 948-1948 Robert Sarro, MD Boca Raton, FL 33486 Mary Skeirik Boca Raton, FL 33431 Diamond Branding Solutions (561) 512-8895 Gold Coast Publishing Group, Inc. (561) 417-2969 Arlene Butler Lake Worth, FL 33467 Joseph Gaston Boca Raton, FL 33432 Diamonds By Eyal (561) 999-8878 Golden Spiral Design (561) 208-1179 Eyal Cohen Boca Raton, FL 33486 Julie Lundin Boca Raton, FL 33486 DTZ Americas, Inc. (561) 826-9010 Hilton Wiener PA (561) 750-6672 Bob Schneiderman Boca Raton, FL 33431 Hilton Wiener Boca Raton, FL 33496 Eagle Records Management (954) 971-7495 Holy Cross Hospital (954) 229-8510 Jimmy Napolitano Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Kari Oeltjen Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 e-Council (954) 801-9591 iOpening Marketing (561) 320-1880 Lauren Cohen Boca Raton, FL 33433 Kat McCall Delray Beach, FL 33482

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NEW MEMBERS Continued from Page 20 JD Comfort Care (561) 910-0952 Imogene Ricketts Boca Raton, FL 33431

Meza Mediterranean Grill (561) 998-7787 Massood Oskooei Boca Raton, FL 33431

Reserveage (561) 443-5301 Tricia Wansor Boca Raton, FL 33431

TouchSuite (800) 793-3250 Sam Zietz Boca Raton, FL 33487

JDRF (561) 686-7701 Esther Swann West Palm Beach, FL 33411

MorseLife (561) 471-5111 Judy Gelpey West Palm Beach, FL 33417

John Fumero / Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce, P.A. (561) 982-7114 John Fumero Boca Raton, FL 33487

Old Palm Title/Graner & Platzek Law Offices (561) 998-1889 Christopher Doherty Boca Raton, FL 33432

Rhonda Scott / Coldwell Banker (561) 994-8886 scott Rhonda Scott Boca Raton, FL 33431

UBS Financial Services / Priscilla Sabates, CRPC (561) 367-1828 Pricilla Sabates Boca Raton, FL 33431

Rx Care Pharmacy (561) 392-1515 Cynthia Hershkowitz Boca Raton, FL 33432

Wholesome Taste2go (561) 445-8030 David Baron Boca Raton, FL 33486

Jordan Woods Group, Inc. (561) 962-2734 Maurice Jackson Boca Raton, FL 33431

OMG Tech Help, LLC (561) 288-8150 Stephanie Lowenstern Delray Beach, FL 33445

Scott-Roberts and Associates, LLC (561) 253-6380 Andrew Scott Lake Worth, FL 33461

Palm Beach Senior Placement (561) 436-5501 Candy Cohn Delray Beach, FL 33484

Snyder & Liss, P.L. (561) 367-1581 Michael Liss Boca Raton, FL 33431

Women’s Business Development Center (305) 971-9473 Nancy Allen Miami, FL 33186

LA & Associates (561) 316-7079 Laurie-Ann Murabito West Palm Beach, FL 33413

Law Offices of Barry H. Gleen, P.A. Perla Lichi Design (866) 491-3266 (954) 726-0899 Barry Gleen Boca Raton, FL 33432 Leeann Berry Coral Springs, FL 33065 Louis DeLuca M.D (561) 998-3333 Polen Capital Management LLC (561) 241-2425 Christina DeLuca Boca Raton, FL 33496 Stan Moss Boca Raton, FL 33431 MagicPay Merchant Services (855) 891-2600 Premier College Advisors (954) 448-1624 Rami Levi Boca Raton, FL 33432 Scott Daigle Boca Raton, 33497 Maxima Precision, Inc. (316) 806-7117 Priority One Marketing Group, LLC (561) 637-4700 Ricardo Nunes Boca Raton, FL 33431 James Lynam Boca Raton, FL 33487 MDVIP, Inc. (561) 886-1470 Rehmann (561) 912-2300 Brian Rensing Boca Raton, FL 33431 Michael Kridel Boca Raton, FL 33487

SoBe Furniture (561) 221-6111 Sanjuro Kietlinski Boca Raton, FL 33487 Solaris, LLC (561) 955-1237 Allan German Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Symphonia Boca Raton (561) 376-3848 Annabel Russell Boca Raton, FL 33431 Telco Choice (305) 502-2730 Mike McRobert Palm City, FL 34990 Touch of Elegance Event Planning (901) 831-1808 William Pittman Boca Raton, FL

Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (561) 705-0901 Lisa Peterfreund Boca Raton, FL 33487 Women’s Wellness Center of Boca Raton (561) 826-3800 Terrence Harris Boca Raton, FL 33431 Yudit Design (561) 309-8275 Fred Eisinger Wellington, FL 33449

Due to press deadlines, members listed are those that joined from November 15, 2013 to February 15, 2014. Interested in joining the Boca Chamber? Please call 561.395.4433 to speak with a Sales Associate.

See an error? The Boca Chamber strives for accuracy in all of our information. If you see an error in your company’s information, please log in to your account at or email with the corrected details. Thank you!

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INSIDE OUR REBRANDING The Road to our New Logo and Website After more than 30 years, the professional team at the Boca Chamber decided it was time for a change. We have been helping our community for more than 60 years, and we are always moving forward and improving our brand to support our mission to promote and sustain economic prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County. Therefore, we wanted our image to reflect our current position and future goals within South Palm Beach County. WE ARE PROUD TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE NEW… Boca Chamber

This rebranding reflects our efforts to create a current look while embracing the core values of our organization. The fresh and current appearance of our new logo is a modern, relevant representation of who we are. The center design of the “o” in “Boca” represents our community with four intertwined lines to denote the connection among our chamber members. Those four lines also represent the four key components of our mission: Connecting Members, Advancing Commerce, Protecting Business and Enhancing Community (CAPE). These components make it possible for us to accomplish our mission. In addition, the circle symbolizes the global business environment that exists in Boca Raton. The lines around the “o” appear to be spinning because we are constantly moving forward, finding innovative ways to advance commerce and make Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County one of the best places in the country to live, work, learn and play. This vision is further developed through our new website, which embraces the sleek and modern look of our logo and uses the same colors not only to remain consistent but also because blue represents integrity, trust and strength, and green symbolizes growth, prosperity and commerce. This newly configured website will make it easier for you to navigate and find information to maximize your membership privileges. MEMBER BENEFITS We encourage you to log in to your Boca Chamber Business Profile as soon as possible to begin taking advantage of these opportunities. For instance, you can use your member login to link your social media platforms to our Business Directory. When your business is searched in the directory, these icons will be on display and will take visitors directly to your pages. In addition, you can: • Add member-to-member coupons. • Add your special events to our Community Calendar. • Review your referral report. • Place a “Help Wanted” ad on our Website! • Update and make changes to your contact information.

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International Business Alliance


New Member Orientation


Membership Breakfast


PULSE Network


Successful Women in Business


Smart Talk for Women Spring Business Expo


International Business Alliance


Membership Breakfast


New Member Orientation


Successful Women in Business


PULSE Network


Business Awards Luncheon



Smart Talk for Women Membership Network From How to Wow


International Business Alliance


Chamber Golf Classic


New Member Orientation


Membership Breakfast


PULSE Luncheon


Leadership Boca Graduation


Successful Women in Business


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