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ON THE COVER
6 Annual Dinner & Silent Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches 401 N. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401
8-9 Trustee Happenings
Phone: (561) 833-3711 Fax: (561) 833-5582
10 New Members and
Visit us online at: www.palmbeaches.org
16 Members in Motion
Staff Dennis Grady
Chief Executive Officer Sandy Pullens Director of Administrative Services Kelley Burke Director of Sponsorships and Special Events Donald Burgess Operations Coordinator Alexandra Guth Communications Coordinator/Webmaster Kelly Fanelli Membership Director Lisa Minns Membership Development
Sharon McIntosh Information Coordinator
Chair Michelle Diffenderfer Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Chair-Elect Harvey E. Oyer III Shutts & Bowen, LLP Treasurer David D. Brooks, CPA Secretary Danny Martell Florida Crystals Corporation General Counsel Paul Krasker Trident Title, LLC Past-Chair Carey O’Donnell O’Donnell Agency At-Large Member Don DeWoody WGCompass Realty Companies www.palmbeaches.org
Board of Directors
Larry B. Alexander - Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. Scott Atherton - Akerman Senterfitt Doug Augeri - CEMEX Christopher Benvenuto - Gunster David Brooks - D. Brooks and Associates CPA’s, P.A. Scott Butler - Butler Construction Co. Don DeWoody - WGCompass Realty Companies Michelle Diffenderfer - Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Dr. David Dorfman - Mobile Chiropractic of the Palm Beaches Tom Dye - Carlton Fields Charles Gerardi - The Palm Beach Post Clint Glass - Balfour Beatty Construction Christine Hanley - Christine D. Hanley & Associates, P.A. Patti Hamilton - Southern Waste Systems LLC/Sun Recycling Rick Herman - PNC Bank Matthew Hoffman - Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida Beth Kigel - KBS Strategies Group, LLC Don Kiselewski - Florida Power & Light Co. Patrick Koenig - Flagler Realty & Development, Inc. Paul Krasker - Trident Title, LLC Scott Lampert - Broad and Cassel Danny Martell - Florida Crystals Corporation Frank Newman - WACHOVIA, A Wells Fargo Company Mark Nosacka - Good Samaritan Medical Center Carey O’Donnell - O’Donnell Agency Harvey E. Oyer, III - Shutts & Bowen, LLP Kevin Probel - Jones Lang LaSalle Jay Shearouse - First Bank of the Palm Beaches Keith Spina - Glidden Spina & Partners Jonathan Teaford - Digital Domain Media Group John Templeton - Templeton & Company, LLP John Vander Wagen - Rybovich Boat Company, LLC Ricky Wade - McDonald’s/”B”ing the Best, Inc. Steve Wasserman - WPTV NewsChannel 5 William S. Williams - Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
Upcoming Chamber Events Power January Mixer Networking at 25 Lunch
Power Networking @ LUNCH Same location - New name! Tuesday, January 10 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Embassy Suites West Palm Beach Airport (formerly the Crowne Plaza West Palm Beach) 1601 Belvedere Rd West Palm Beach FL 33406 It’s like Speed Dating but with business cards. • Lunch buffet included! • Bring at least 75 business cards and be prepared for a quick round of networking at each table of 10 • Self-introductions and card exchanges before you move on to new group. • Receive a copy of all attendees’ business cards • Limit of 2 people from the same company can participate. “The Chamber of the Palm Beaches has been a valued addition to our company’s marketing strategy. The variety of different events and committees offered throughout the day and night has made it easy for us to fit them into our schedule. The Power Networking event is one of our favorites because it provides us with the opportunity to speak with 50+ people in approximately an hour. We are pleased with the amazing turn outs we see at each of their events.” Jennifer Fortin Sales and Marketing Director Nexxen Technologies, Inc.
Wednesday, January 25 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. National Croquet Center 700 Florida Mango Rd (at Summit Blvd.) West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Start your 2012 networking at the Chamber’s January Mixer on Wednesday, January 25 at the National Croquet Center, the largest dedicated croquet facility in the world. The beautifully- manicured croquet courts will be available for instruction and contests; otherwise, enjoy the view from the wraparound veranda of the 19,000 sq. foot clubhouse. SandyJames Fine Foods and Productions is the exclusive caterer to the National Croquet Center. By combining the elegance of the National Croquet Center and the professionalism of SandyJames Fine Foods and Productions, the center is the perfect place to host any affair. By mixing the fun game of croquet with great food, drinks and ambience, they offer corporate and social groups an unmatched entertainment package ideal for corporate outings, team building, charity fundraisers, incentive groups, client entertainment, V.I.P. functions and award ceremonies.
Annual Dinner & Silent Auction The Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, sponsored by Lewis, Longman & Walker, PA. was held at the National Croquet Center and catered by Sandy James Fine Foods on Friday, November 4.
The evening began with a silent auction featuring fabulous prize packages, a reception featuring Champagne sponsored by AT&T, and a Rum Bar sponsored by Sandy James Fine Foods. The Chamber thanks all of its members for their generous gift donations. The island sounds and steel drums, sponsored by FPL, lured the guests out to the veranda. Floral centerpieces were sponsored by Akerman, and the dinner’s wine sponsor was Blue Ocean Capital. Michelle Diffenderfer was sworn in as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches by her father, Tom Williams. Outgoing Chair, Carey O’Donnell, was thanked for her service in 2011.
Tom Williams swears in his daughter, Michelle Diffenderfer
Chairman’s Circle sponsors included Florida Crystals and The Palm Beach Post. Special thanks to our auctioneer, Curt Fonger, Infinite Loop Photography, and SWS/Sun Recycling for sponsoring the Sweet Dreams Dessert Bar.
Outgoing Board members Russell Greene - Grand Bank & Trust of Florida, Trish Lowry - Florida’s Blood Centers, Don DeWoody - WGCompass Realty Companies
Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
The Palm Beach Post
Chamber Welcomes New Trustees
Steven R. Harless, CPA, is Founder and Managing General Partner of Harless & Associates, CPAs. With locations in Atlanta, GA and West Palm Beach, FL, Harless & Associates is a full service tax accounting firm specializing in tax planning, consulting, regulatory representation and tax return preparation. He also co-founded its affiliated company, Peachtree Capital Corporation, a financial planning and investment services company with offices in Atlanta, GA and West Palm Beach, FL. As managing partner of Harless & Associates, he is responsible for business development, quality control and staff development. Steve is licensed as a CPA in Georgia and Florida, a licensed insurance agent in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia and Florida Societies of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association. In 1995, Steven and wife Caroline Harless co-developed Peachtree Resources Management, Inc., an agribusiness and hospitality company that owns the award winning Flat Creek Lodge (www.flatcreeklodge.com) in Swainsboro, GA. Steve enjoys boating and fishing. He is currently renovating a 1976 Bertram and is an active member of the Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Meg O’Grady began her career in New York at Hill Holliday advertising as an Account Coordinator working on the Dunn and Bradstreet, Priceline.com, Boar’s Head and Waterford accounts. After her promotion to Account Executive, Meg joined TBA Entertainment to focus on Entertainment Marketing and Sponsorships, working closely with artists and corporations such as Brooks and Dunn, Fuel and Nescafe. In 2009, Meg moved to Florida and joined The Breakers, Palm Beach as the Membership Sales Manager at the Phillips Point Club, the premier city club in West Palm Bach, FL. In this role she oversees sales efforts for the club’s three tiers of membership. Privileges range from exclusive access to the Club for breakfast and lunch, discounts at select restaurants in The Breakers Dining Collection, reciprocal access to 18 private golf and tennis clubs in South Florida, member only events and more. A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Meg achieved her B.A. in English at Rollins College, is a member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and is currently serving on the American Heart Association, Center for Creative Education, and Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival committees.
Carlos’ n Charlies Hosts the Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches
The Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches held their November HotSpot event at Carlos’ n Charlie’s at CityPlace. Close to 100 young professionals participated in this free networking event. Each month the Chamber’s Young Professionals group, which is open to anyone between the ages of 21-40, hosts a YPOP HotSpot event to encourage networking and business building. To learn more about this growing group, visit www.ypopconnect.org.
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Trustee Happenings The Trustee program was designed for top-level member executives to network with their peers and high profile speakers in a relaxed and informal forum. These networking opportunities create business alliances that contribute to the growth and development of member companies. They meet for presentations from local, state and national leaders regarding issues impacting the business community in the Palm Beaches. The program allows them to gain access to the speakers, build relationships and exchange ideas and information regarding those issues. If you are interested in learning more about the Trustee program, please contact Kelly Fanelli at email@example.com. Catherine Rampell, business writer for the New York Times, addressed a Trustee luncheon on October 3. Rampell was the founding editor of Economix Blog at the Times, which received national awards. Her comments and discussion focused on national business and political issues.
Congressman Tom Rooney addressed a meeting of the Chamber Trustees at a lunch held at Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House @ CityPlace. Rooney updated the business men and women in attendance regarding economic issues and recent developments in foreign affairs. www.palmbeaches.org
Craig Miller, former CEO of Ruthâ€™s Chris Steakhouse and Republican candidate for United States Senate, spoke to the Chamber Trustees recently. Miller touted his business experience as a strong asset in his campaign for the Senate. He also explained aspects of his program to create a fairer and flatter tax system.
Chamber Salutes Firefighters at October Breakfast
October is Fire Prevention month and the Chamber once again honored Florida’s Bravest. West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department Station #2 was selected because of the willingness of its crew members to go above and beyond on several major projects. The Firefighter of the Year for the City of West Palm Beach was Lieutenant John Frances Meskiel for consistently displaying a positive attitude and exemplifying what is best about the fire service. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue honored Station #23, which ran 5,500 emergency calls (more than any other station in Palm Beach County) and for its community outreach, including collecting the most donations for the past 12 years for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The breakfast was sponsored by St. Mary’s Medical Center. The guest speaker was former U.S. Senator George LeMieux.
Dr. Jeff Davis, Chief Medical Officer, St. Mary’s Medical Center; Dr. Michael Black, Medical Director of the Pediatric and Congenital Open Heart Surgery Program, Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s; Carey O’Donnell; Sen. LeMieux; Joey Bulfin, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Mary’s Medical Center; Mayor Muoio; Clint Glass, Chairman, St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Directors.
Rebecca van der Bogert, Head, Palm Beach Day Academy; Senator Negron, Chamber Chair Michelle Diffenderfer
Senator Negron Speaks at Chamber Breakfast The Chamber welcomed State Senator Joe Negron as its guest speaker at the November 9 breakfast, sponsored by Palm Beach Day Academy. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Palm Beach Day Academy is the oldest independent school in Florida. Serving students age 2 through grade 9, the school provides an academically challenging and compassion-rich environment, guiding each child toward personal excellence of mind, body and character. State Senator Joe Negron provided a 2012 Legislative Session Preview: What To Expect From Tallahassee. The 2012 Legislative Session is just around the corner, and decision-makers will be debating major issues such as Florida’s budget, gaming and Congressional seat redistricting. These decisions will impact South Florida residents and businesses.
October New Members Ability Commerce Susan Glannan - Division Manager - Sales 1300 Park of Commerce, Suite 200 Delray Beach, FL 33445 (561) 330-3151 www.abilitycommerce.com E-COMMERCE Alliance Francaise Palm Beach - Education & Cultural Center Natacha Koblova - Branch Manager 100 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 302 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 307-8773 www.afmiami.org CULTURE & THE ARTS Anushka Spa, Salon and Cosmedical Centre Ann Messina - General Manager 701 S. Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 820-0500 www.anushkaspa.com SPA SERVICES AXA Advisors’ South Florida Branch Felix Martinez - Marketing Director 9130 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1400 Miami, FL 33156 (305) 670-4400 www.southflorida.axa-advisors. com FINANCIAL SERVICES B.B. King’s Blues Club Kristyn Schebil - Sales & Marketing Manager 550 S. Rosemary Ave, Suite 236 CityPlace West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 420-8600 www.bbkingclubs.com NIGHTCLUBS & BARS
Beaulieu Law Group, P.A. Stacy Beaulieu-Fawcett - President 250 Worth Ave. Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561) 819-6208 www.BLGFL.com ATTORNEYS - MARITAL & FAMILY LAW Beauty Heals, Inc. Donna Kelly - President 139 N. County Rd., Suite 7 Palm Beach, FL 33480 (888) 807-7216 www.beautyheals.org NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Bulk Candy Store Ken Shenkman - Vice President 1985 10th Ave. North Lake Worth, FL 33461 (561) 540-1600 www.bulkcandystore.com CANDY & CONFECTIONERY Cal Landau Photography Cal Landau - Owner 139 N. County Rd., #8 Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561) 312-0010 www.callandau.com PHOTOGRAPHERS CFSKC Media Services Dan Moricoli - President 2064 Sunderland Ave. Wellington, FL 33414-7714 (561) 797-0060 www.cfskc.com VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES CMM Flooring Specialist, LLC Monica Mobley-McGraw - Vice- President / Marketing 1930 NW 1st St. Boynton Beach, FL 33435 (561) 733-9057 www.carpetandfloorcleaning.com CLEANING SERVICES
Continental Real Estate Companies - CREC Darla Hall - Leasing Associate 2540 Metrocentre Blvd., Suite 3 West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (561) 629-7469 www.crec.com REAL ESTATE - COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL Crown Dentistry of the Palm Beaches Beth Saitta - Owner / Manager 3472 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 3 West Palm Beach, FL 33406 (561) 964-2002 www.ThomasSaitta.com DENTISTS Digital Depo Services Maria E. Rodriguez - Vice President Sales & Marketing 200 Las Olas Circle, Suite 1250 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 (800) 427-3376 www.digitaldeposervices.com LEGAL SERVICES & PLANS Divorce Financial Analysis, Inc. Mary M. Elias, CDFA - President 500 S. Australian Ave., 6th Floor West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 932-1675 www.MaryMEliasCDFA.com LEGAL SERVICES & PLANS EcoPath Cities, Inc. Kurt Morrow - Director 651 85th St. Miami Beach, FL 33141 (305) 397-8964 www.EcoPathCitiesFlorida.org GREEN BUSINESS CERTIFIER
FirstLantic Healthcare Karen Gross - Director of Marketing 2605 W. Atlantic Ave., Bldg A, #202 Concord REI, LLC Delray Beach, FL 33445 Alexandra Wolfe - Owner-President (561) 243-7979 403 S. Sapodilla Ave., Suite 203 www.firstlantic.com West Palm Beach, FL 33401 HOME HEALTH SERVICES (561) 827-5007 REAL ESTATE - INVESTMENTS
GMJ Holdings / GeoGlobal Partners, LLC Janice Fowler - Corporate Administrator 1727 Old Okeechobee Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409 (561) 598-6044 FULFILLMENT SERVICES Habatat Coffee Company Sean Scott - Owner 539 Clematis St. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 832-8787 COFFEE HOUSES Harless & Associates, CPAs Steven R. Harless - Principal 222 Lakeview Ave., Suite 1750 Esperante Corporate Center West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 666-4200 www.harlessandassociates.com ACCOUNTANTS - CERTIFIED PUBLIC
IMC Creative Richard Youngman - Owner 950 Peninsula Corporate Cir., Suite 3002 Boca Raton, FL 33487 (561) 961-9666 www.imccreative.com ADVERTISING - AGENCIES & COUNSELORS Leading Edge Homes, Inc. Todd Perry - President - Owner 729 Cindy Dr. Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 795-2551 www.leadingedgehomes.com HOME REMODELING CONTRACTORS MyDailyDillio.com Maggie McLaughlin - Marketing Coordinator 433 Plaza Real, Suite 275 Boca Raton, FL 33432 (561) 237-5661 www.mydailydillio.com MARKETING CONSULTANTS
Heitman Law Firm, PL G.M. “Mike” Heitman, P.E. - Board Certified Construction Attorney 12765 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1315 Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 249-2879www. palmbeachconstructionlaw.org ATTORNEYS
New Epic Media Chris Kernstock - Director of Marketing & Promotions 2000 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 901 West Palm Beach, FL 33409 (561) 282-0365 www.newepicmedia.com INTERNET - MARKETING & ADVERTISING
Hicks, Motto & Ehrlich, P.A. Phyllis L. Shuster, Attorney - Partner 3399 PGA Blvd., Suite 300 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 683-2300 www.hmelawfirm.com ATTORNEYS
Nexus Design Group, LLC Gregory G. Hong - RA 2875 Jupiter Park Dr., Suite 500 Jupiter, FL 33458 (561) 748-7727 www.nexusdesigngroup.com ARCHITECTS
Hughes Music Productions, Inc. / Alverta Hall Hughes Foundation Dr. Elogene C. Hughes - President 140 East Hampton F West Palm Beach, FL 33417 (561) 683-7944 FOUNDATIONS
Palm Beach Ice Works, LLC Jackie Bennett - Customer Care Manager 1590 N. Florida Mango Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409 (561) 656-4046 www.pbiw.org SKATING RINKS - ICE
Palm Beach Spine & Diagnostic Institute Megan Arnett - Administrator 2290 10th Ave. North, Suite 600 Lake Worth, FL 33461-6618 (561) 649-8770 www.helpain.com PAIN MANAGEMENT Palm Beach Tots Jaana Moisio - Owner 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., #3107 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 366-7449 www.PalmBeachTots.com FURNITURE DEALERS RETAIL Peachtree Capital Corporation Caroline Harless - President 222 Lakeview Ave., Suite 1750 Esperante Corporate Center West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 666-4200 www.peachcap.com FINANCE - COMMERCIAL & INVESTMENTS ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings Kirk Wilstermann 7479 Central Industrial Dr. West Palm Beach, FL 33404 (561) 848-2221 www.prosourcefloors.com/ palmbeach FLOOR MATERIALS Shoes For Crews Matthew Smith - CEO 250 S. Australian. Ave., Suite 1700 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 683-5090 www.shoesforcrews.com SHOES Signature Business Solutions, LLC Susan Giddings - President 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31 Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 753-7296 ACCOUNTANTS - CERTIFIED PUBLIC
State Representative Jeff Clemens Evelyn DuPlecy - District Aide 508-C Lake Ave. Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 540-1140 GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, ENTITIES, CONSULTANTS & ORGANIZATIONS Stellar Signs & Graphics Steve Calhoun - Owner 10321 Medicis Place Wellington, FL 33449 (954) 729-6300 www.stellar-signs.com SIGNS Studio 6 Althea Bailey - General Manager 1535 Centrepark Drive North West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 640-3335 www.staystudio6.com HOTELS Sullivan Media Group, Inc. Patricia Sullivan - Owner 4365 Island Reef Dr. Wellington, FL 33449 (310) 210-9338 www.sullivanmediagroup.com VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES
Visiting Angels of the Palm Beaches Joe Duncan - CFO 8645 N. Military Trail, Suite 407 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 328-7611www. visitingangels.com/palmbeaches HOME HEALTH SERVICES
Eckerd Claudia Laos - Program Director 1100 45th St., Bldg. B West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (561) 840-4865 www.eckerd.org NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Whistle Marketing Ashley Emery - Marketing Specialist 155 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Suite 405 West Palm Beach, FL 33404 (561) 845-2361 www.whistlemarketing.com MARKETING CONSULTANTS
Engineered Facilities Management Donald J. Atkinson - President 78 Tall Oaks Circle Tequesta, FL 33469 (561) 313-2011 www.archetype-fl.com FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
November New Members 22 Boom, Inc. Allana Stroop - CEO 2425 Presidential Way, PH6 West Palm Beach, FL 33417 (561) 797-7283 www.22boom.com INTERNET - MARKETING & ADVERTISING Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Inc. Robert A. Kussner - RA & Board Member 5115 S. Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, FL 33405 (561) 586-2126 www.animalrescueforce.org ANIMAL SHELTERS
FAU Diabetes Education and Research Center Eugenia Millender - Clinical Director 5205 Greenwood Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (561) 803-8880 Ext:305 www.faudiabetescenter.com HEALTH CARE CONSULTING & SERVICES GPT Enterprises, LLC Pamela Toussaint - Career & Image Coach 538 Edgebrook Lane West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (561) 632-8679 www.ultimateimagecoach.com BUSINESS CONSULTANTS
THAT Agency Bill Teubner - President 410 Evernia St., Suite 118 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Gulfstream International Airlines (561) 832-6262 (Continental Connection) www.THATAgency.com Teresa Camejo - Station Manager INTERNET - MARKETING & Aramark Uniform Services 1000 PBIA Lisette Arias - Sr. Account ADVERTISING West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Executive (561) 615-5851 7513 Central Industrial Blvd. The President Country Club www.gulfstreamair.com Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Paul Makris - General Manager AIRLINES (800) 955-2839 2300 Presidential Way www.aramark-uniform.com West Palm Beach, FL 33401 HA Enterprises, LLC UNIFORMS & UNIFORM SERVICES Herb Ammons - Managing (561) 686-4700 www.presidentcc.com Member BUSINESS PLANNING ADVISORS 2505 S. Ocean Blvd., Suite 509 GOLF COURSES - PRIVATE - WE RETIRE Palm Beach, FL 33480 MILLIONAIRES Tomasello Pest Control, Inc. (561) 309-1326 Richard A. Zarzecki - BBA Acctg., www.herbammons.com Charles R. Doll - President MBA Fin., CPA 5311 Georgia Ave. SPEAKERS - MOTIVATIONAL 277 Royal Poinciana Way West Palm Beach, FL 33405 Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561) 585-2551 Hotel Biba (772) 285-0459 www.tomasellopestcontrol.com Nikki Dworak - Manager www.business-usa.net PEST MANAGEMENT SERVICES 320 Belvedere Rd. BUSINESS BROKERS West Palm Beach, FL 33405 www.palmbeaches.org
eBusiness Watch (561) 832-0094 www.hotelbiba.com HOTELS IT-ThatWorks, LLC Jim Studer - CEO 4001 S.E. Hammock Place Jupiter, FL 33478 (646) 594-8317 www.IT-THATWORKS.COM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Karen’s Equine Intervention, Inc. Nora Janssen, RN - President P.O. Box 72 Loxahatchee, FL 33470 (561) 847-6202 EQUINE ASSISTED EDUCATION / HORSE RESCUE & REHAB Keylingo Translations Jeff Geisler - Managing Director 2255 Glades Rd., Suite 324A Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 526-8489 TRANSLATORS & INTERPRETERS
Jupiter, FL 33469 (561) 714-5253 www.RoadToService.com BUSINESS CONSULTANTS St. Ann Catholic School Dr. Patrice Scheffler - Principal 324 N. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 832-3676 www.stannwpb.org/school SCHOOLS - PRIVATE Stable Solutions Gary Zimmerman - Owner 7336 Briella Dr. #1G Boynton Beach, FL 33437 (561) 536-6244 www.stablesolutions.biz MEDICAL EQUIPMENT-SERVICE, SALES & SUPPLIES
The Mailing Experts, Inc. William A. Kulok - Managing Director 3676 Collin Dr., #1 West Palm Beach, FL 33458 (561) 432-1700 MDPrevent Preventive Medicine www.mailingexpertsinc.com & Learning Centers MAILING SERVICES Steven Charlap, MD - Chief Service Officer The Weiss School 5130 Linton Blvd., Suite H1 Jim Welsh - Director of Delray Beach, FL 33484 Development (561) 807-2561 4176 Burns Rd. www.MDPrevent.net Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 HEALTH EDUCATION & (561) 627-0740 RESTORATION FACILITIES www.WeissSchool.org SCHOOLS - PRIVATE Mobil Martin, Inc. Roger S. Berry, Jr. - Operations Vocal Impact Production Manager Associates 2809 Florida Blvd. Robert Parlette - President Delray Beach, FL 33483 10334 Medicis Place (888) 981-1988 Wellington, FL 33449 www.mobilmartin.com (561) 790-6999 MEDICAL TRANSPORT www.vipadpros.com VOICE OVER ARTIST & Pet Groomerie - Village PRODUCTION Commons Tim Vogel - Owner Walker Property Services 771 Village Blvd., #209 Paul Walker - President West Palm Beach, FL 33409 7374 Central Industrial Dr. (561) 686-3630 Riviera Beach, FL 33404 www.petgroomerie.com (561) 848-0036 PET GROOMING www.wpsgc.com CONTRACTORS - GENERAL Road To Service Cindy Casady - President 200 Waterway Rd., Suite 305
500 Clearlake Executive Suites AAA - Auto Club South - Palm Beach Gardens Accrinet Corporation Achilles International South Florida Akerman Senterfitt American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter Anderson & Carr Inc. Arc Stone & Tile Artistic Doors, Inc. Artistic Doors, Inc. Blue Ocean Capital Brown Distributing Company Burkhardt Construction Inc. Burlington Self Storage of WPB, LLC Butler Construction Company Cafe’ Boulud Carlton Fields P.A. CEMEX, Inc. Chariots of Palm Beach Inc. Chen Moore and Associates City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill Commerce Consulting, Inc. Conley Design Studio Courtyard by Marriott Courtyard by Marriott Datura Auto Sales & Rentals Digital Domain Media Group Exit Realty, The Global Group Florida Crystals Corporation Florida Power & Light Company Fox Rothschild LLP Fuoco Group LLC GLG Pharma, LLC H F Borders, Co. REALTORS Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger, P.A. Hamilton Realty Havana Restaurant Hyatt Place West Palm Beach / Downtown
Renewals Cont. Illustrated Properties Real Estate Improv Comedy Club IronStone Bank Jacob Erecting & Construction Kaufman Lynn General Contractors Leeds Custom Design, LLC Leo A Daly Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC LF Stores Liberty Tax Service McDonald Law Firm Michael S. Nason O.D. P.A. Midnight Sun Tours Inc. Mr. Electric of the Palm Beaches Nancy Hanlon Associates, Inc. Northern Trust Global Investments O’Donnell Agency Okeechobee Steakhouse Olympusat, Inc. Olympusat, Inc. Options Home Health Paddock Partnerships Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach Daily News Palm Beach Gardens Marriott Palm Beach Glass Specialties, Inc. Palm Beach Kennel Club Palm Beach Staffing Home Health Palm Beach Yacht Club & Marina Palm Beach Zoo PBC Board of County Commissioner - District #3 Pioneer Linens Port of Palm Beach www.palmbeaches.org
Portside on the Inlet Preferred Printing & Graphics Publix Super Markets Inc. Store #848 at CityPlace Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Resolutions Medical Services, Inc. Robinson Sports, Inc. DBA: Fit2Run Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Roger Dean Stadium Ruth’s Chris Steak House - West Palm Beach Seacrest Services Inc. So. Florida Regional Transportation Authority Solantic Walk-in Urgent Care South University Star Ranch Enterprises Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. SunFest of Palm Beach County Inc. Tequesta Insurance The David Associates The Morganti Group Inc. The Palm Beach Post The Store Room Toshiba Business Solutions Touchstone Webb Realty Company Venue Marketing Group VIP Very Important Paws Vista Lago Apartment Homes Wedgworth Farms Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc. West Palm Beach VA Medical Center WPTV Newschannel 5 / E.W. Scripps, Inc.
Chamber Happenings Recent Events
The Health Care Committee holds its monthly meetings at various health-related locations and visited Trauma Hawk at the November meeting. After an informative presentation highlighting the many services provided by the organization, the members toured the facility and met many of the crew. The tour included viewing the helicopters and learning about care patients receive in them. For more information about the Health Care Committee, contact Lisa Minns, Membership Development, at (561) 833-3711 ext 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, Oct. 27 the Chamber’s Science & Technology Committee hosted a Happy Hour at Russell’s Blue Water Grille to greet prospective Chamber and committee members.
On Thursday, October 27 Kim Walsh-Philips of Inside Out Creative presented “Facebook = Money & Fame for Your Business.” This information-packed seminar gave Chamber members lots of great advice on how to attract and engage customers using Facebook Fan Pages. On Tuesday, October 18 Keiser University hosted the Chamber for the first in a series of Microsoft Seminars. This seminar was titled on Microsoft 365 and focused on remote access technology.
The Ambassador Committee, as the Chamber public relations committee, includes some of the Chamber’s most active members. They assist at Chamber events and help the Chamber recruit new members. Congratulations to David Staples (Connections for Business) Ambassador of the Month for June/July, Kim Casey (NPC/a Vantiv Company) for August and Jennifer Fortin (Nexxen Technologies) for September. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Kelly Fanelli, Membership Director, at (561) 833-3811 ext 235 or kfanelli@ palmbeaches.org.
October Health Care Committee Meeting The Health Care Committee held its October 18, 2011 meeting in the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches boardroom. Our lunch sponsor, Manero’s Restaurant and Catering, provided the attendees with a great lunch of their signature specialties. Lara Colton of The Palm Beach Post provided a timely and informative presentation on “The Market that Won’t Grow Old – Senior Health Care in Palm Beach County”. Lara provided the attendees with information from the 2011 Scarborough Report, looking at the similarities and differences between “Boomer Seniors” aged 55-69, and “Senior Seniors, aged 70 plus, starting with their general demographics, the concentration of population in south county but increasing growth in other portions of the county, and information on different forms of media consumption. Among the surprising information shared is that while “Boomer Seniors” share very similar internet usage patterns to the younger adult population at 78%, even “Senior Seniors” are engaged with the internet at 49%, and their usage of tools and sites are very similar. Of course, as the “Boomer Seniors” continue to age into “Senior Seniors” the latter’s usage will continue to grow. Also, the “Boomer Seniors” are making important decisions not only about their own care, but frequently their aging parents as well. Lara also shared information on how different mediums, including television, radio and print are consumed by these groups, and the effect it has on targeting advertising. Attendees were given a thumb drive with the entire presentation, along with other useful information from The Post, and a greater understanding of the future direction of marketing for the health care industry in our county.
Members In Motion GREENSPOON MARDER AND RUDEN MCCLOSKY IN DISCUSSIONS ON POTENTIAL AGREEMENT Greenspoon Marder and Ruden McClosky, two full-service business law firms serving Florida for 30 and 50 years, respectively, confirm that they are in discussions on an agreement that would combine the firms’ resources. HEDRICK BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCES NEW CFO Hedrick Brothers Construction announces that Eric Engstrom, CPA, MBA has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities will include financial management, accounting, human resources, and information technology. Mr. Engstrom has extensive experience in the accounting and construction industries in Palm Beach County and resides with his family in Jupiter, Florida. OXBRIDGE ACADEMY NAMES VP FOR EDUCATION AND CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER Carolyn Kost has been appointed vice president for education and chief academic officer at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, the new, independent college preparatory high school in West Palm Beach. In her new role, Kost will be responsible for all educational aspects of the Oxbridge Academy experience. She will also be taking over the responsibilities of former Academic Dean Yong Han, who is on leave due to a family medical emergency. Kost had previously served as the school’s director of information resources. DELEGATION FROM THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT TOURS MAX PLANCK FLORIDA INSTITUTE’S NEW FACILITY A six-member delegation from the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, received a guided tour on Oct. 6 of the new 100,000-sq.-ft. biomedical research facility that will be the permanent home to the Max Planck Florida Institute – the first U.S. institute of Germany’s world renowned Max Planck Society. Dr. Peter Gruss, president of the Max Planck Society, and Dr. David Fitzpatrick, MPFI’s CEO and scientific director, led the tour, which was also attended by German Consul General Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy. www.palmbeaches.org
NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR THE SOUTH FLORIDA AREA SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES The South Florida area seniors now have a new resource to help them age successfully. Sonya T. Long, CSA, with Smooth Transitions® of South Florida, recently completed a comprehensive course through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA) and earned the designation of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®. SCSA is an international organization that has trained more than 20,000 professionals to meet the changing needs of a growing senior population. NAVARRO LOWREY, INC. ANNOUNCES FLORIDA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMPANY AS ECOPLEX® TENANT Frank Navarro, co-founder and President of Navarro Lowrey, Inc., announced today that Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK), will relocate its West Palm Beach headquarters office to EcoPlex® at Centrepark West, 1641 Worthington Road, West Palm Beach, FL.
Local business men and women welcomed LINK UP 2011 participants at a reception held at the Lakeside Pavilion in West Palm Beach. The delegates introduced themselves and gave a brief description of their country import and export goals. The goal of LINK UP 2011 is to help all Palm Beach County businesses grow through international expansion and to create local jobs. By showcasing Palm Beach County as an international business destination, we encourage foreign companies to locate here, creating those local jobs.
eBusiness Watch MICHELLE DIFFENDERFER SELECTED AS RECIPIENT OF THE 2011 WOMEN EXTRAORDINAIRE AWARD BY BUSINESS LEADER MAGAZINE LLW Shareholder Michelle Diffenderfer was recently selected as a recipient of the 2011 Women Extraordinaire Award by Business Leader Magazine and will accept the award at a recognition luncheon on December 12, 2011 in Miami. TWENTY-SEVEN SOUTH FLORIDA GUNSTER ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2012 Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, is pleased to announce that 27 South Florida shareholders have been named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The amount of attorneys at the firm who have been named as Best Lawyers has increased by more than six percent in the last year. CHRISTINE D. HANLEY & ASSOCIATES, P.A. INCLUDED IN THE “BEST LAW FIRMS” 2011-2012 RANKINGS Christine D. Hanley & Associates, P.A. has been included in the 2011-2012 U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, and specifically ranked under Tier 2 in Employment Law — Management and Labor Law — Management and also ranked under Tier 3 in Litigation — Labor & Employment. These rankings are defined by practice area, both nationally and by metropolitan areas.
Akerman Senterfitt announced that U.S. News - Best Lawyers has recognized Akerman at a national level in 25 practice areas, including two tier 1 rankings: International Arbitration – Commercial and Litigation - Real Estate. As part of the publication’s annual “Best Law Firms” rankings Akerman also received 72 tier 1 rankings for a variety of practice areas in 10 U.S. metropolitan areas. Previously, Best Lawyers named 106 Akerman lawyers to this year’s annual The Best Lawyers in America list. Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Marvin Tanck, President and CEO, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc. and Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, Inc., to the Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities. Twelve other prominent Floridians throughout the state were also appointed. Mr. Tanck’s term began on October 31, 2011, and he serving at the pleasure of the Governor.
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U.S. NEWS - BEST LAWYERS RANKS AKERMAN SENTERFITT AMONG “BEST LAW FIRMS” NATIONALLY IN 25 PRACTICE AREAS Firm Recognized for National Leadership in International Arbitration and Real Estate Litigation
CMM Flooring Specialist, LLC Monica Mobley, Vice-President/Marketing 1930 NW 1st Street, Boynton Beach, FL 33435 561.733.9057 Cleaning Services Chris Mobley and Monica McGraw, owners of CMM Flooring Specialist, LLC, are joined by Mayor Muoio and Chamber Ambassadors at their recent Ribbon Cutting. CMM Flooring Specialist, LLC is residential and commercial floor care, tile and upholstery cleaning specialists serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Their mission is to improve your quality of life one floor at a time. Unlike franchises and chain cleaning services, CMM is owner-operated. This means every effort is made to assure prompt, reliable service, meticulous care and superlative results.
Muses and Visionaries 201 S. Narcissus Avenue, Suite 2 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Erin Rossitto and Lena Hyde, Co-Founders, and Nicole Merrill and Amy Lagae, Charter Members, are joined by Mayor Muoio and Chamber Ambassadors. Muses and Visionaries is a membership club for women that was designed as a modern day salon where women can work, relax, socialize, network and find enrichment through programs and special events. The intent of the club is to create an enlightened environment where dynamic and creative women can come together to draw inspiration for their work and lives. Members have access to designated workspaces, relaxed sitting areas, and a large conference room. The club is located in the Esplanade Grande building, near the beautiful downtown waterfront.
EcoPath Cities, Inc. Kuth Morrow, Director 651 85th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33141 305.397.8964 Green Business Certifier Kurt Morrow, Gail Pyle and Katia Logan of EcoPath Cities, Inc. are joined by Mayor Muoio and Chamber Ambassadors their recent Ribbon Cutting. EcoPath Cities is proud to help West Palm Beach “Go Green”. They will be talking to each of the thirty thousand plus business in West Palm Beach, offering them the opportunity to save money and grow their businesses while going green with their no-cost program.
Nexxen Technologies Nick Fortin, Owner 7144 Copperfield Circle, Lake Worth, FL 33467 561.718.1770 Computers - Consultants Nicholas and Jennifer Fortin, owners of Nexxen Technologies, Inc., are joined by Mayor Muoio and Chamber Ambassadors at their recent Ribbon Cutting. Nexxen Technologies is a leading provider of proactive IT support for small and medium sized business in Palm Beach and Broward County. Nexxen Technologies provides a full range of IT services to provide a “hassle free” work environment. Their service is designed to dramatically reduce or eliminate computer problems while maximizing network speed, performance and stability, without the expense of a full-time IT staff.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER
Science and Technology Committee 8:00 a.m.
To Sell is NOT to Sell 8:30 a.m.
One-on-One 101 8:30 a.m.
Holiday Mixer - WPB Marriott 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
23 Chamber Closed
5 Science and Technology Committee 8:00 a.m.
12 Women in Business 11:45 a.m.
18 State of Our City Address Breakfast PBC Convention Center 7:30 a.m.
QR Code Seminar 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Business Builder Seminar 8:30 a.m.
To Sell is NOT to 4 Sell 8:30 a.m.
Ambassador Committee 11:45 a.m. 8
10 Power Networking @ Lunch 11:30 a.m. Embassy Suites (formerly Crowne Plaza)
17 Health Care Committee Location TBA 12:00 p.m.
24 Simplify IT Seminar 8:30 - 10:00
Business Builder Seminar 8:30 a.m.
25 Chamber Mixer National Croquet Center 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Business Builder Seminar 8:30 a.m.
*All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change
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Out of the Blue Is Paradise The October Mixer was held at Out of the Blue overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Complete with dockside Tiki Bars and a veranda, it’s the newest waterfront venue in Jupiter. It is the only banquet facility offering waterfront views perfect for weddings, receptions, birthdays and corporate outings. They offer catering as well. It’s located at the Loggerhead Club and Marina, within Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter. Special thanks to Alan Cohen and Elisa Sciallo from Out of the Blue for the hospitality. Thanks to Chamber Ambassadors E.J. Matot, Jennifer Fortin, Gary Baja and Pam Hunt for their assistance.
McCormick & Schmick’s Hosts Members-Only Mixer Chamber members sampled Florida’s finest in fresh seafood dining at a members only mixer at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in CityPlace on November 1. With dozens of preparations available on their dinner and lunch menu each day - including fresh seafood, aged steaks, poultry, pastas and more - every guest, even the non-seafood lover, is sure to find something to satisfy their palate. Menus are printed DAILY featuring a “Fresh List” highlighting an impressive selection of seafood specialties available that day. The restaurant has been recognized for its culinary excellence as the “best seafood restaurant” in cities across the country. It also features a private dining room which is a great location for client meetings and seminars. Thanks to our Ambassadors for the evening, Dave DuHamel, Bob Wickwire and E.J. Matot.
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