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Digital Domain Breakfast Get I.T.? Seminar
Calendar of Events
Marathon Kickoff Breakfast
ON THE COVER
Chamber Builds Leadership
Annual Dinner Installation of new Chair
Health Care Committee, Women in Business, Ambassador Committee
10 - 11
New Members & Renewals
Members In Motion
Chamber Salutes Firefighters
Board of Directors
Chair Don DeWoody WGCompass Realty Companies
Larry B. Alexander, Jr. Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A.
Chair-Elect Carey O’Donnell Carey O’Donnell PR Group
Jon Blunk Crocker Partners LLC
Treasurer David D. Brooks, CPA Secretary Charles Gerardi The Palm Beach Post General Counsel Michelle Diffenderfer Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. At-Large Member Harvey E. Oyer III Shutts & Bowen, LLP Past-Chair Mark Elhilow Blue Ocean Capital
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 Deborah Drotar Membership Development Bryan Baker Membership Development Sharon McIntosh Information Coordinator
Davide Carbone St. Mary’s Medical Center John Cassidy John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning, Inc. Dr. David Dorfman Mobile Chiropractic Bill Fleming Palm Beach Atlantic University Russell Greene Grand Bank & Trust of Florida Patti Webster Hamilton Southern Waste Systems LLC/ Sun Recycling Lynda Harris Carlton Fields, P.A. Richard Herman PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Beth Kigel KBS Strategies Diego Lezcano JP Morgan Chase Trish Lowry Florida’s Blood Centers
Daniel Martell Florida Crystals Daniel Miller Broad and Cassel Monica Manolas CEMEX
Catherine McKenzie AT&T Florida Frank Newman Wachovia | A Wells Fargo Company Nat Roberts Callery-Judge Grove Joe Santoro Gunster Nicole Scimone Akerman Senterfitt Mike Slade Callaway & Price, Inc. John Templeton Templeton & Company Ricky Wade “B”ing The Best, Inc. dba McDonald’s Steve Wasserman WPTV NewsChannel 5 Kathy Willoughby Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Learn more about the economic, businessrelated and educational opportunities that the Digital Domain/Florida State University project, just approved by the City of West Palm Beach, presents to this area. Digital Domain Holdings Chairman John Textor will be the November 18 breakfast speaker. It is sponsored by HSBC, the world’s local bank. Digital Domain is an Academy Award-winning digital production studio focused on visual effects for feature films and advertising production. Among the 60+ film credits are three feature films that were awarded the Oscar for special effects including Titanic, What Dreams May Come and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Register now at www.palmbeaches.org for the November 18 breakfast at 7:45 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For tabletop displays or additional information, contact Kelley Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 8333711 ext .231.
Weathering the Storm - Get I.T.? Seminar When lightening strikes & thunder rolls, will your business survive? Learn key points to weather the storm & keep your company live. Presented by Science & Technology committee members: Hollie Littlefield - ComRes, Colin Hendricks - CMIT Solutions, Rory Sanchez - SLPowers, and Ralph Jimenez - Original Impressions Join us Wednesday, November 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the Chamber boardroom for a fun & interactive session on Business Continuity. Learn simple key elements on designing &
evaluating a Business Continuity Plan to keep your business active during a disaster, outage, or network failure. Industry experts will share knowledge and experience on the importance of having a plan in place. RSVP includes refreshments. Attendees will have a chance to participate in a prize drawing, held at the session conclusion. Don’t miss your chance to win a Microsoft Office Premium Edition package! The session will last 1 hour and will include a “Q&A” round. Topics will target SMB as well as the Enterprise market. Register online at www.palmbeaches.org
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER
Science & Technology 3 Committee 8:00 a.m. Chamber Mixer - STORE Self Storage 5:30 p.m.
8 Power Networking @ Lunch Hilton PB Airport Club 10 at 11:30 a.m.
9 Open House Coffee 8:30 a.m.
Open House 16 Coffee 8:30 a.m. Health Care Committee 12:00 pm TBD
Money Maker 10 8:30 a.m. Tuscany 101 - 5:30pm YPOP HotSpot Omphoy Ocean Resort 5:30 p.m. 17 Get I.T.? Seminar 8:30 a.m.
12 Annual Dinner Harriet Himmel Theater 6:00 p.m.
18 Breakfast - 7:45 a.m. PBC Convention Center
Open House Coffee 9 8:30 a.m.
Women in Business Committee 11:45 a.m.
Ribbon Cuttings 8:30 a.m. By appointment only
8 Money Maker 8:30 a.m.
Marathon Kick-Off Breakfast - 7:45 a.m. Crowne Plaza
YPOP HotSpot Hilton PB Airport Club 10 5:30 p.m. 12
One on One 101 8:30 a.m.
Chamber Closed 26
28 Open House Coffee 8:30 a.m.
*All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change
31 Chamber Closed
401 N Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | Phone: 561.833.3711 Fax: 561.833.5582 | www.palmbeaches.org
Chamber Salutes Firefighters
October is Fire Prevention month and the Chamber once again paid tribute to Florida’s Bravest. This year, the firefighters who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany were honored at the October Chamber breakfast, sponsored by St. Mary’s Medical Center. CEO Davide Carbone premiered a short video depicting the first responders’ relationship with the hospital as well as the growth that the medical center has undergone in the last 10 years. (Click Here for Video). Palm Beach Atlantic University President Lu Hardin was the guest speaker and spoke about the importance of community service and the iconic image of firefighters making rescues during the September 11 terror attack..
Palm Beach County Fire Chief Steve Jerauld announced that this year, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was honoring all of its firefighters that have sacrificed for their country and Mayor Lois Frankel announced that Captain community and named them all firefighter of Diane Matty is the West Palm Beach Fire the year. Honorees included: Captain Tony Rescue Firefighter of the Year. Captain Matty Acosta, Navy/Chief Petty Officer; Firemedic is assigned to Station 2 and is being honored Manuel Beck, Air Force/Master Sergeant; for the accumulation of 16 years of dedicated Firemedic Mike Berger, Air Force/Tech service. She is the Captain of the Hazmat team Sergeant; Firemedic Joseph Cokusis, Air of her shift, a member of the award-winning Force Staff Sergeant; Fire Safety Specialist extrication team and with her stellar word John Farill, Army Sergeant; Firemedic Joseph record; she is one the department’s “Go To” Nelson, Air Force Tech Sergeant; Firemedic people. Captain Rick Taylor, a Chief Warrant Richard Nicoletta, Air Force Master Sergeant Officer with the United States Marines, was also and Captain Matt Willhite, Navy Corpsman. honored.
Health Care Committee Gets Tips for a Successful Life
Many thanks to MorseLife and Judy Gelpey for hosting and sponsoring the October Health Care Committee meeting. It was a well-attended event with over 50 committee members and guests. The speaker was Vesna Poirier, Director of Patient Care Services for MorseLife Home Care, a Medicare-certified skilled home care agency that provides nursing, physical therapy, and occupational and speech therapy.
In her presentation, Vesna shared her formula for a successful life:
The Health Care Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at various locations throughout the area. For more information on the Health Care Committee or to host a luncheon, contact Deborah Drotar, Membership Development at email@example.com or call (561-833-3711 (ext. 236). On Thursday, November 4 the Health Care Committee met for a Health Care Social at JFK Medical Center for prospective Chamber members. Special thanks to JFK Medical Center staff for hosting such a fantastic event.
L Learn from good books, read, try to improve daily I Involve yourself in your community, Volunteer and make a difference F Follow a code of ethics, be honest, responsible, fair, and last but not leastâ€Ś E Endure The Committee has some exciting plans for 2011, including sub-committees and a new Chairperson - Dayana Rooks, Business Development Coordinator at Hospice of Palm Beach County.
L to R: MaryJo McPhail, Sharlene Stoklosa, Nicole Baxter Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Gail Grasso, Diane Fitzgerald, Tim Cerullo - COO, Madeline Nava - VP, and Gina Melby - CEO.
Women in Business Shari Kaplan, LCSW, co-founder of the Canâ€™t Tell Foundation was the November speaker for the Women in Business Committee. She spoke about Breaking the Silence of sexual assault, physical abuse and bullying on women and children. She is with her mother, Sandra Kaplan, Bravo KB. For information about joining the committee, contact Kelley Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 8333711 (ext. 231).
Chamber Acknowledges the Ambassadors of the Month
Sue Jones Bright Ideas Marketing & Promotions, Inc.
It has been my privilege and an honor to serve the Chamber of the Palm Beaches as an Ambassador. January 2009 started my role as an ambassador, and needless to say my time has been spent wisely. I have had countless opportunities to network and connect with an extraordinary amount of local companies and chamber members. Attending events is always the most effective way to meet with many friendly faces and exceptional people. The Chamber of the Palm Beaches is truly the “best of the best” of the area chambers!
Being a member of the Ambassador Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches has allowed me to build relationships and increase support for my non-profit, Seagull Industries for the Disabled, Inc. The Chamber is a dynamic organization, offering many and varied opportunities to meet a range of business Anne Dichele wide people. Seagull is proud Seagull Industries to be their 2010 Nonfor the Disabled, Inc. Profit of the Year, and I am proud to represent the Chamber as an Ambassador.
July “Upon joining the chamber a few years ago, it has enhanced our business by establishing relationships in many business fields. The chamber offers many networking events, while promoting teamwork though-out the year.”
Michael Falzer Aquatron, Inc.
David Staples Connections for Business
The Chamber of the Palm Beaches is a dynamic organization that has allowed me to connect with Business Individuals in and around the Palm Beach Community. As a representative of Connections for Business, we pride ourselves on being an IT resource for the community, which in a way defines the word ambassador. I have seen the value of learning about each business from the many different kinds of events the Chamber has. We can all add value to each other when we sit down and see where it is. It may simply be, to be an encouragement.
Chamber Welcomes New Members Accounting, Insurance & Tax Services Sandra Clunie - Accountant Wellington (561) 460-4531 BOOKKEEPING SERVICE Advanced Maintenance Palm Beach Cathy Chiurato - V.P. West Palm Beach (561) 881-0313 TRUCK REPAIRING & SERVICE Advocare Elder Care Management Nora Janssen, RN - Regional Associate Director (561) 847-6202 HEALTH CARE CONSULTING & SERVICES Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service Toby Chabon-Berger - Director, Sachs Career Resource Center West Palm Beach (561) 684-1991 SOCIAL SERVICES & ORGANIZATIONS Audiology and Hearing Aids of the Palm Beaches Dr. Dana Luzon - Doctor of Audiology Palm Beach Gardens (561) 627-3552 AUDIOLOGISTS BocceNation.com Michelle Cavanaugh - VP Operations Palm Beach Gardens (561) 983-6990 SPORTS EVENTS Bright Ideas Marketing & Promotions, Inc. Jim Steiner - Exec. V. P. Jupiter (561) 748-2112 ADVERTISING - PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES Brilliant Technology Solutions Wade Anderson - President / Owner Lake Worth (561) 386-3768 COMPUTERS - IT MANAGED SERVICES Can’t Tell, Inc. Shari Kaplan - Co-Founder Boca Raton (561) 346-3169 COUNSELING Crowne Plaza West Palm Hotel Liz Williams - Director of Catering West Palm Beach (561) 689-6400 HOTELS
Cruise Arrangers - Soccer @ Sea & The Beach Steve Everitt - Owner North Palm Beach (561) 246-2763 CRUISES Decor Once More Dayle Muller West Palm Beach (561) 840-8858 FURNITURE Dina C’s Fab & Funky Consignment Boutique Dina Capehart - Owner West Palm Beach (561) 315-2315 CONSIGNMENT SERVICES DR Design & Associates Darren Robinson - Client Services & Art Director West Palm Beach (561) 704-2410 BUSINESS CONSULTANTS Eagle - SWS Gloria Lopez - Business Development Manager West Palm Beach (904) 545-1905 EMERGENCY / DISASTER RESPONSE Elhilow, Smith & Company LLC Mark Elhilow - Member West Palm Beach (561) 659-3308 ACCOUNTANTS - CERTIFIED PUBLIC Family Relocation Consultants, LLC Arnie Brownstein - President Lighthouse Point (954) 418-6467 RELOCATION SERVICES Fitness Strategies Betty Dietsch - Owner North Palm Beach (561) 626-4526 HEALTH / FITNESS Gilbert Sachs Group Fran Sachs - Principal Jupiter (561) 309-5980 CONSULTANTS GLG Pharma, LLC Hector Gomez - CEO Jupiter
(561) 847-4926 BIOTECHNOLOGY
HOODZ of Greater Pal Jeff Koc - Owner / Ope Lake Worth (561) 699-6620 RESTAURANT EQUIPM SERVICE & REPAIRS
I.J. Morris Funeral Dire Philip M. Weinstein - G West Palm Beach (561) 689-8700 FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Infinite Loop Photogra Jerry Cantave - Owner Royal Palm Beach (954) 665-6835 PHOTOGRAPHERS
Integrated Profession Paul Lykins - Senior Ac Pompano Beach (954) 984-4116 TELECOMMUNICATION
KangaRent Julie Phillips - Director Palm Beach Gardens (561) 803-7779 REAL ESTATE - RENTA
Kaufman Lynn Genera Thomas Benz - Directo Development Boca Raton (561) 361-6700 CONTRACTORS - GENE
Mad Science of Palm Ellen Maringione - Sal Director Jupiter (561) 747-3033 CHILDREN’S ENTERTA EDUCATION
Max Davis Associates Roger DiGregorio - Dis West Palm Beach (561) 640-4444 OFFICE EQUIPMENT
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Riviera Beach (561) 842-1493 ASSISTED LIVING Windstream Scott Costa - District Sales Director West Palm Beach (561) 721-2135 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Workscapes South, LLC Millie Blaakman Account Executive Fort Lauderdale (561) 613-3160 OFFICE FURNISHINGS Yeend Castaneda & Flynn, LLP John Yeend - Senior Partner West Palm Beach (561) 642-4200 TAX RETURN PREPARATION & FILING
500 Clearlake Executive Suites Accrisoft Corporation Anderson & Carr Inc. Anne M. Gannon Baterbys Art Auction Gallery Blue Ocean Capital TAB Greater Palm Beach Area Burkhardt Construction Inc. Alan Kessman - CEO Cafe’ Boulud Palm Beach Gardens Callaway & Price Inc. (561) 281-9002 Cantina Laredo BUSINESS CONSULTANTS Cardinal Newman High School The Foot & Ankle Group Cheney Brothers Inc. Dr. Karl Michel - D.P.M. Courtyard by Marriott West Palm Beach Dailey Janssen Architects, P.A. (561) 471-1178 Exit Realty, The Global Group PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS - PODIATRY Florida House of Representatives - District 88 Florida Power & Light Co. The Leading Edge Speakers Bureau Fritz Landscape Services Inc. Ilene Richman - Director Fuoco Group LLC Palm Beach Gardens HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (561) 630-7975 Kauff’s Signs / Tint & Vehicle Wraps SPEAKERS - PUBLIC Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC Weiser Security Services, Inc. LeTip International - West Palm Beach, Inc. Deborah Cioffi Johnson - Sales Coordinator Liberty Tax Service Palm Springs McDonald Law Firm (561) 641-4404 Michael S. Nason O.D. P.A. SECURITY GUARD & PATROL SERVICE MorseLife Morton’s The Steakhouse Weiss Handler Angelos & Cornwell, P.A. Nichols College William J. Berger - Partner Paddock Partnerships Boca Raton Palm Beach County Medical Society (561) 997-9995 Palm Beach Day Academy Lower Campus ATTORNEYS Palm Beach Day Academy Upper Campus Wilson Small Group Home, Inc. Palm Beach Media Group Audie B. Wilson, Sr. - House Manager Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club
Renewals Cont. Palm Beach Yacht Club & Marina Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of PBC, Inc. Quest Contracting Services - Autobuilders, Inc. Robert P. Leidy Robinson Sports, Inc. DBA: Fit2Run Roger Dean Stadium Scott-Roberts and Associates, LLC Solantic Walk-in Urgent Care SunFest of Palm Beach County Inc. The Law Office of Shane L. Stafford The PGA of America Total Design In Cabinetry Touchstone Webb Realty Company United Cerebral Palsy of Palm Beach West Palm Beach Marriott Yellow Book USA
Did You Know? The IRS allows business organization membership and marketing costs as expenses that may be reported when filing your year-end tax return. Membership dues are tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. What are you waiting for? Join the Chamber now, secure the deduction and arm your business with the tools it needs for a profitable and exciting 2011! Contact Kelly Fanelli, Membership Director, at (561) 833-3711, ext 235 or email@example.com.
321 N. Congress Ave. Suite 1 Delray Beach FL 33445 www.brilliantsupply.com 561-939-6296 Brilliant Supply is a local janitorial, ware washing and laundry chemical provider. We also distribute paper, can liners, and offer a competitive dish machine rental program. Our geographical area covers Port St. Lucie to Dania with plans to expand in the spring of 2011 to South Broward and MiamiDade County. We take pride in outstanding customer service, great products and pricing. Brilliant Supply is a woman owned, small business enterprise and we do a lot of business with the Federal & local government.
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Where the Chamber’s Been: Recent Events THRIVE: Health and Wellness Expo Attendees learned ideas and activities for leading a healthier, happier life at the THRIVE: Health and Wellness Expo held on October 14. Exhibitors provided screenings, demonstrations, chair yoga and informative lectures. Good Samaritan Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center sponsored “Ask the Doctor”, which featured: The Birthplace at St. Mary’s Medical Center; Imaging the Mature patient by Dr. Siddarth Pandya, Hearth Health by Dr. Edward Mostel; Robotic Knee Surgery by Dr. Gary Wexler; and Busting the Myths of Breast Cancer by Dr. Kathleen Minnick.
November Mixer The November Mixer was held at STORE Self Storage/Wine Storage - Extraordinary storage at ordinary prices. The U.S. Marines were onhand and collected new, unused toys for their Toys for Tots program from Chamber members. STORE is not your typical self-storage facility. It features all-climate controlled units, exclusive wine cellars, state-of the-art conference room, wine-tasting room, top-notch security, free movie-in truck and drive and it was designed to withstand “Cat 4” hurricanes. Franz and Cindy June and their staff also provide customer service and permit non-profit organizations to hold events in their complex. McCormick & Schmick’s Hosts MembersOnly Mixer Chamber members uncovered Florida’s finest in fresh seafood dining at a sold-out, members only mixer at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in CityPlace on Monday, October 18. Special thanks to Alan Lamoureux, Executive Chef, Chipp Lewis, General Manager and Julie Satisky, Private Dining Coordinator.
Whatâ€™s Up YPOP
The Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches, YPOP, held their October HotSpot at Mambo Italianos in West Palm Beach. Attendees mixed, mingled and networked while enjoying a sampling of Mambo Italianosâ€™ menu. Special thanks to host, Joe Derosa, and to the University of Miami for their sponsorship and raffle prize donations.
Omphoy Hosts November HotSpot
YPOP members crossed the bridge and ventured over to Palm Beach Island on Wednesday, November 10 to attend the HotSpot at the Omphoy Ocean Resort. Attendees enjoyed a sampling of appetizers and signature drinks all while taking in the gorgeous ocean view. Special thanks to Tito Rodriguez and the Omphoy staff for hosting this incredible event.
Members In Motion GUNSTER CHAIRMAN, H. WILLIAM PERRY, NAMED A KEY PARTNER BY THE SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL KEITH NILSSON NAMED CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT CLEVELAND CLINIC FLORIDA Cleveland Clinic Florida is pleased to announce that Keith Nilsson has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for all aspects of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s financial operations, including the multispecialty 200 physician group practice and hospital in Weston, the Cleveland Clinic Florida Family Health Center in Weston and the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health and Wellness Center in West Palm Beach. SEAGULL INDUSTRIES RECEIVES MAJOR DONATION Seagull Industries for the Disabled, Inc., a social service agency providing programs for the intellectually challenged, recently received a bequest from Harold and Wanda Braner in the amount of $208,000. GORDON & DONER ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Gordon & Doner is excited to announce the law firm will be granting four full in-state college scholarships to area high school seniors based on ability to maintain integrity while facing adverse situations and not on grade point average. HARVEY E. OYER III RECEIVES MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR CHILDREN’S BOOK Harvey E. Oyer III, an author and a partner in Shutts & Bowen’s West Palm Beach office, was awarded two gold medals by the Florida Publishers Association in the categories of
Children’s Fiction Book and Florida Children’s Book, for his book The American Jungle, sweeping the awards for children’s books in Florida in 2010. The American Jungle is part of Oyer’s Adventures of Charlie Pierce children’s book series that is widely used in schools throughout Florida. THREE ASSOCIATES JOIN GUNSTER WEST PALM BEACH OFFICE Gunster has added three new associates, Nicklaus Curley, Steven D. Muscatello and Roger Feicht to the firm’s West Palm Beach office. ECOPLEX AT CENTREPARK WEST WINS GALAVERDE LEEDERSHIP AWARD EcoPlex at Centrepark West, developed by Navarro Lowrey, Inc., and built by Hedrick Brothers Construction, received the 2010 GalaVerde LEEDership Award for Most Outstanding LEED for Core and Shell Project from the USGBC South Florida Chapter. A four-story, 100,000-square-foot Class “A”, high performance office building with adjacent five-level, 152,500 square-foot parking garage, EcoPlex achieved a LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) under the LEED for Core and Shell Rating System in 2009. EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE AWARDS St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Davide Carbone was awarded CEO of the year for the 2010 Excellence in Health Care Awards presented by The South Florida Business Journal at a luncheon on October 14th at the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Davide was in the same category as Paula Alderson from Hospice by the Sea.
STEVEN A. MAYANS ELECTED CHAIR OF WEST PALM BEACH PLANNING BOARD Steven A. Mayans, an attorney and mediator with the law firm of FitzGerald Mayans & Cook, P.A., has been elected Chair of the West Submit Press Releases to Alexandra Palm Beach Planning Board.
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Marathon Announces Olympian as Kick-Off Breakfast Speaker The Palm Beaches Marathon Festival, presented by Publix, kicks off Thursday morning, December 2 with a breakfast sponsored by WPBF TV 25. This year’s guest speaker, sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center, is Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic Medalist and the first swimmer from the United States to compete in 5 Olympics. Immediately following the breakfast she will sign her New York Times Bestseller “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program” book. The breakfast will be held at the Crowne Plaza West Palm Hotel, 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Tickets are $30 and available on-line at www.palmbeaches.org. Presented by
Thursday, December 9 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army will be on site collecting toys for the Angel Tree Program Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive a free drink!
YPOP Sponsored by
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Holiday or professional attire required.
Young professionals ages 21 -40 only, please Hors d’oeuvres Drink Specials
For more information contact Alexandra Guth at email@example.com or (561) 833-3711 ext. 234
Bow Wow Good Time at CityPlace It was four paws up at the Chamberâ€™s Yappy Hour at CityPlace. Canines in all shapes and sizes had a howling good time in the Plaza. A large grass area, which served as the Puppy Port-A-Lets, was donated by The Brickman Group. The event was co-sponsored by Keiser University and Woof Gang Bakery, Palm Beach. Tails were wagging for the contests, when dogs in four categories were given the chance to Sit and Stay in their Halloween costumes on the CityPlace stage. Everyone was drooling with anticipation when the winners were announced - Most Original: Buster Rhymes the Shitzu, who performed inside a Venetian gondola, parent K.K. Marmon; Murk the Pit Bull who was dressed as a skeleton, parent Lissette Diaz; Best Resemblance to Person: Lewie the Mixed Breed and 5 year-old Regan Baker, dressed as pirates; Best In Show: Shitzu Gang, a group of 6 dogs dressed in various costumes, parent, Mary Perez. They were all awarded gift bags from Woof Gang Bakery, Palm Beach. The contests were followed by a Treat Hunt in which hundreds of plastic eggs were hidden throughout CityPlace filled with treats for dogs and humans.
Chamber Participation Builds Leadership When most of us think of the most important benefit of membership in the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, we think of the networking and opportunities to grow our businesses and contact sphere. The Chamber also functions as a conduit for building leadership qualities in our business community and bringing together leaders and business needs. The Chamber offers its members many avenues to attain new leadership skills, implement their knowledge in our business community and have a positive impact on our local economy and quality of life. • Through seminars, workshops and special programs, the Chamber presents information for personal and professional growth and promotes successful and ethical business relationships. • Committee involvement allows Chamber members to contribute to the success of healthcare and hospitality industries and to be a voice for business development and ethical business practices. • With its Business Awards, the Chamber recognizes and rewards business and community local leaders who stand out as examples of excellence and achievement. The Athena Award recognizes companies and individuals that promote women in business and contribute to their success. • Each year, Leadership West Palm Beach forms a class of individuals interested in cultivating skills to develop programs that enrich and strengthen the fabric of our community. They are given insight into the infrastructure of our communities and the necessary merging of talent, resources and vision that ensure our continued growth. Each class graduates with an improved understanding of the needs of our unique business climate and the community that supports it.
• Area young professionals enjoy leadership opportunities through the Chamber Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches (YPOP). YPOP Hot Spots provide them with peer-to-peer networking opportunities, seminars provide educational opportunities, and social media outlets give them the communication avenues they are most comfortable in. YPOP activities also include community service and business showcases. When you consider your company’s or your personal participation in the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, please remember to include leadership development in your list of priorities. Whether you are cultivating professional development through seminar attendance, providing access to important programs through sponsorships or recognizing the accomplishments of a client, contact or co-worker through an awards nomination, you are supporting the growth of excellence of our leaders. Please join the Chamber as we accept the challenge to supply our communities with the business leaders needed to sustain and enhance our quality of life in Palm Beach County. “Being part of the 2010 West Palm Beach Leadership class was an overwhelming erudition of all that our community has to offer. I had the opportunity to meet the people who genuinely care about our community’s future. The historic background was impressive and I truly have a new heart felt appreciation for West Palm Beach. I have a new network of professionals from many different industries. I now have resources to assist my organization with doing its part in serving the community as well as to help West Palm Beach develop as the destination of choice for future businesses. I recommend this class to any professional in the community whether a native of West Palm Beach or a new resident seeking integration into the business community. ” Dena Felico Perez, MBA, SPHR Vice President Director of Human Resources Grand Bank & Trust of Florida
Chamber Welcomes New Trustees Pam Johnson
Pam Johnson was born and raised in North Texas, but has been a Florida resident since 1997 when she took over the position of General Manager with Ruth’s Chris in North Palm Beach. She transferred to the Ruth’s Chris in CityPlace two years ago. Pam has trained many Managers for Ruth’s Chris and continues to be an instructor of Florida ServSafe Food and Alcohol for the Florida region. She has won the DiRoNA award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) and is a Wine Sommelier with several awards from the Wine Spectator for their prestigious wine list. She has been married for 37 years and has one daughter that resides in Texas.
Don Kiselewski is area manager for Florida Power & Light Company, the principal subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), one of the country’s largest electricity-related services companies with annual revenues of more than $16 billion. Prior to joining FPL in May 2005, Mr. Kiselewski served as a Congressional Chief of Staff and was a 14-year employee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Don serves as Chair of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, Vice President of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, and is Chair-elect of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Don holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Emory University and an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University.
The Chamber would like to thank and acknowledge it’s executive level committee, the Trustees, for their continued support and leadership. Richard Abedon – Navarro Lowrey Properties, Inc. Humberto P. Alsonso, Jr. – PBS&J Mark Anderson – Merrill Lynch/LLH Group David Baker – Alley Maass Rogers & Lindsay P.A. Linda Barnette – Quest Contracting Services – Autobuilders, Inc. Ana Mercedes Barreto – Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep William Berger – Greenspoon Marder, P.A. Chrystal Bronson – McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
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Jill Burgess – Cleveland Clinic Florida Health and Wellness Center Davide Carbone – St. Mary’s Medical Center Michael Daley – Hi-Tech Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Donald DeWoody, Jr – WGCompass Realty Companies Robert Diffenderfer – Lewis Longman & Walker P.A. Patrick J. DiSalvo – DiSalvo’s Trattoria Dr. David Dorfman – Mobile Chiropractic of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Ray Dorsey – Insurance Office of America
Thomas A. Dye – Carlton Fields P.A. Mark Elhilow – Blue Ocean Capital Charles Gerardi – The Palm Beach Post Clinton Glass – Balfour Beatty Construction Hector Gomez – GLG Pharma LLC David Goodlett – Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida Tom Graney – Fidelity Investments LLC Craig Grant – PNC Bank Russell Greene – Grand Bank & Trust of Florida Brian D. Guralnick – Law Offices of Brian D. Guralnick P.A. Ryan Hallihan – CityPlace Christine D. Hanley – Christine D. Hanley & Associates P.A., Employment Law & Labor Relations Clifford Hertz – Broad and Cassel Charles Jamieson, Esq. – The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. Alan Kessman – TAB Greater Palm Beach Area Beth R. Kigel – KBS Strategies Group, LLC Donald Kiselewski – Florida Power & Light Co. Theo Kypreos – Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs P.A. Wendy Sartory Link – Ackerman Link & Sartory P.A. Trish Lowry – Florida’s Blood Centers Inc. Greg Main-Baillie – Suffolk Construction Company Inc. Danny Martell – Florida Crystals Corporation Catherine McKenzie – AT&T Florida Bradford Miller – BizzBrief.com Frank Newman – Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo Company Mark Nosacka – Good Samaritan Medical Center Harvey E. Oyer, III – Shutts & Bowen, LLP Gary Pyott – The Continental Group, Inc. Alex Ream – BB&T Richard R. Remirez – Chase Management, LLC
Patrick J. Rooney, Jr. – Palm Beach Kennel Club Jeff Rosenfeld – CBIZ MHM, LLC Greta Schulz – Schulz Training and Consulting Joseph B. Shearouse, III – First Bank of the Palm Beaches Thomas E. Streit – Akerman Senterfitt Steven Templeton – Templeton & Company, LLP Daniel A. Thomas, Esq. – Gunster Richard J. Vymlatil – South Florida Fair & PBC Expositions, Inc. Katherine Willoughby – Bank of America Merrill Lynch Justin B. Wright – INTECH Investment Management LLC
The Chamber Announces New Board Members for 2011 Scott Butler Butler Construction Co. Tom Dye Carlton Fields Clint Glass Balfour Beatty Construction Christine Hanley Christine D. Hanley & Associates, P.A. Don Kiselewski Florida Power & Light Co. Wes Lauer Akerman Senterfitt Mark Nosacka Good Samaritan Medical Center Kevin Probel Related Companies Keith Spina Glidden Spina & Partners Dan Thomas Gunster
2010 Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner and Installation was held at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace and catered by Ovations Catering on Friday, November 12. The evening began with a reception sponsored by Gunster, Champagne sponsored by AT&T, and a silent auction of fabulous prize packages. The Chamber thanks all of its members for their generous gift donations. The sounds of the Monique McCall Band, sponsored by Florida Blood Centers, lured the guests onto the dance floor after dinner. The tables were adorned with arrangements sponsored by Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company. The dinner’s wine was sponsored
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by Blue Ocean Capital. Carey O’Donnell was sworn in as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches by State Attorney Michael McAuliffe. Don DeWoody, Outgoing Chairman, was thanked for his service and presented with a digital photo frame of his term’s events. Chairman’s Circle sponsors included: Florida Crystals; Good Samaritan Medical Center; Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.; St. Mary’s Medical Center; and The Palm Beach Post. Special thanks to Love’s Flower Shop, Custom Signs Today, Infinite Loop Photography and Preferred Printing.
Carey O’Donnell Public Relations Group
Carey O’Donnell Public Relations Group
Lewis Longman and Walker PA
The Palm Beach Post
Good Samaritan Medical Center
WG Compass Realty Companies
Shutts & Bowen
St. Mary’s Medical Center
Photos by Infinite Loop Photography
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