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CONNECTION MAGAZINE Publisher: Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP Editor: Jordi Gerking

TABLE OF CONTENTS From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 BLU-PAC Weighs In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5

Boca Chamber OFFICERS Ethel Isaacs Williams, NextEra Energy Inc. Chair Michael Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction Chair-Elect Susan Saturday, Bluegreen Vacations Vice Chair Michael Daszkal, Daszkal Bolton LLP Treasurer Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO of the Boca Chamber Secretary Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Immediate Past Chair

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DIRECTORS Michael Allison, Office Depot Michael Antonello, Lynn University Victor Beninate, AT&T Clara Bennett, Boca Raton Airport Authority Charles Deyo, Cendyn Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal Andrew Duffell, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University Jim Dunn, JM Lexus Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center Peter J. Gallo, Ph.D., Saint Andrew's School Larry Katz, Wells Fargo John W. Kelly, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University Ahnich Khalid, Maggiano's Little Italy Ken Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital LLC Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions Sal Saldana, Town Center at Boca Raton Keith Sonderling, Gunster John Tolbert, Boca Raton Resort & Club Bob Tucker, ADT Corporation

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PROFESSIONAL TEAM Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO Sarah E. Pearson, IOM, Senior VP, External Relations Firdaus Dotiwala, VP, Finance & Administration Chasity J. Navarro, Events Manager Alison Miuccio, Sales & Member Relations Manager Jordi Gerking, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Christie Workman, Foundation Manager, Golden Bell Education Foundation & YEA! Janet Gross, Sales Associate Kathy Jones, Member Services & Administrative Associate

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Leadership Boca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Fly-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Member Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Your Scene, You’re Seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Referring Partners & NMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 YEA! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Saint Andrew's Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Mark Your Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Protecting Business, Prospering Boca


The Boca Chamber has been busy working to Protect business in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County. From endorsing and supporting the right candidates for elected office through our Business Leaders United Political Action Committee (BLUPAC) to traveling to our state's capital to discuss our top business priorities, we are tirelessly working for you. Just as we have always done since 1965, we continue to work for you so that business can thrive and Boca can remain the best place to live, work, learn and play. From March 5 through March 8, we brought together 17 CEOs, small business leaders, local elected officials, Chamber executives and legislators from across the county and the state to discuss top business priorities for the 2017 legislative session. We were able to promote vital issues with one voice, one mission, and as one united South Palm Beach County. One of our top priorities this year is to support the funding and mission of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida so that those organizations can continue to coordinate the economic development interests of our state; to market Florida as the ideal tourism destination; and to represent Florida's business community on a global spectrum. We met directly with the top leaders of our state, including Gov. Rick Scott, state Sen. Kevin Rader and state Rep. Bill Hager among others, so that our voice and our agenda could be heard. Read more about the Tallahassee Fly-In on Page 9.

President & CEO Troy McLellan

"Boca Raton thrives as one of the main commerce hubs in our state, and it's our job to keep it that way."

On March 14, Boca Raton voted to re-elect Mayor Susan Haynie and City Councilman Scott Singer in the city's municipal election. BLU-PAC endorsed these candidates after a thorough vetting and interview process. BLU-PAC believes they were the right candidates to keep Boca moving forward in job creation, parking solutions, public safety, and small business prosperity. First-time candidate Andrea O'Rourke joined the ranks this year as Boca's newest Council member. We congratulate all three winners and are eager to work alongside them as they move Boca forward. Looking ahead, you don't want to miss a few of our upcoming events. On Saturday, April 29, our Golden Bell Education Foundation will be hosting its inaugural teen fashion show at Town Center at Boca Raton. Proceeds from the event will support public education in Boca Raton. The show starts at 11 a.m. and will feature student-models from all four of the public high schools in Boca Raton. Please join us in our efforts to increase the already $1.3 million our foundation has given back to local schools. On Friday, May 19, join us at the Boca Raton Resort and Club as we honor top leaders at the 2017 Business Awards Luncheon. This year we are thrilled to recognize Jennifer and Rob Jager, owners of Plum Productions as our Small Business Leaders of the Year; Andrew Duffell, President & CEO of the Research Park at FAU, as our Business Leader of the Year; and SBA Communications Corp. as the 2017 Business of the Year. Our business community is so fortunate to have these impactful, global leaders based in our very own community. Boca Raton continues to thrive as one of the main commerce hubs in our state, and it's our job to keep it that way. By working alongside city, county and state officials, we are able to protect business so that yours can be successful.

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BLU-PAC WEIGHS IN The Agenda: Annually, the Chamber produces a detailed and extensive Legislative Agenda. The process for approving and executing the agenda includes: • Identifying issues important to business owners after members of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee extensively collaborate with Chamber staff, along with U.S. and Florida Chamber of Commerce experts.

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Business Leaders United for Boca Raton Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) and Chamber staff use this Legislative Agenda as a tool to advocate for pro-business legislation at the federal, state and local government levels. They advocate on your behalf in meetings with elected officials and their staff from Congress, our states’ Executive and Legislative branches, the Boca Raton City Council, and the Palm Beach County Commission.

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Unwarranted government interference and regulatory burdens could mean the difference between your business being profitable and your doors being closed. You rely on your Chamber to be active in the legislative and political process, identifying, tracking, and speaking out in support of pro-business issues, and even more importantly, against measures that might impede economic growth opportunity. The most effective way to protect your business is to elect those candidates who are not only in alignment with the issues in our Legislative Agenda, but will fight for those issues on your behalf. At the heart of this initiative is the Boca Chamber’s political action committee, BLU-PAC. BLU-PAC’s mission is to deeply vet each candidate and their intentions as they relate to the Legislative Agenda, something business owners like you don’t have the time or resources to do for yourself. BLU-PAC utilizes candidate questionnaires, extensive live interviews, as well as political and demographic research to select candidates for endorsement, contribute BLU-PAC funds to their campaigns, and assist them throughout the election cycle. You can be confident that a BLU-PAC endorsed candidate is one who will fight for issues which could directly impact your business’s prosperity. Although BLU-PAC operates independently of the Boca Chamber, it is incorporated as a legal body by the State of Florida, and has its own Board of Directors and By-laws, it is the political arm of the Chamber. As a rule, strength in numbers is the principle behind an organization like BLU-PAC. Together, we can have a greater impact!

Accountability: Ensuring Sound Policy Decisions With our Legislative Agenda in-hand, Chamber staff regularly attends City Council and County Commission meetings and workshops on the local level. In addition, they track our issues as they move through the State Legislature and meet with elected officials in both Tallahassee and their district offices locally. Your Chamber and its partnership with BLU-PAC makes lawmakers acutely aware of the needs of the business community and gives business owners a loud, collective voice in the affairs of government.

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BCFD 2017 Boca Chamber Festival Days Registration is Now Open! Thank You to Our Sponsor: Allegiance Home Health & Rehab Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD) is the Boca Chamber’s outreach to the nonprofit community. Nonprofit Chamber Members join forces with for-profit Chamber Members to hold a fun-filled event during the month of August!

2017 BCFD logo designed by Chadd Paradise of West Boca Raton Community High School.

The goal is to raise awareness and funds for our nonprofit member’s philanthropic efforts. All month long, residents of South Palm Beach County will travel from event to event, participating in everything that is great about Boca Raton - from the smaller events to the grand! Events are allotted on a first-come, first served basis. While we cannot stop a second event from being held in a timeslot that already has an event scheduled, we strongly discourage it as we try to help each event get the maximum amount of attendees. Therefore, all marketing priority will be given to the first event to fill out and return the application with the $300 payment.

Celebrate Summer BCFD Event at Oceans234

Please note: all nonprofit event planners and sponsors must be members in good standing with the Boca Chamber.

It's Not Too Early to Start Planning: Here are some helpful tips to help you plan a successful event: • • • • • •

Secure multiple event sponsors Keep it simple Ask for help when needed Set deadlines Partner with a for-profit that complements your nonprofit Establish roles of responsibility up front for both organizations • Reach out to your Board of Directors • Be creative! For more information about marketing your company through Boca Chamber Festival Days, or if you are a nonprofit and wish to plan your own event for 2017, please contact Alison Miuccio at or call 561.395.4433.

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Yoga & Mental Health BCFD Event at Faulk Center for Counseling

Cultural Trivia Night at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Small Business Leaders of the Year

Business Leader of the Year

Business of the Year

Rob & Jen Jager Plum Productions

Andrew Duffell Research Park at FAU

SBA Communications Corporation

Join Us Friday, May 19, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Boca Raton Resort & Club 501 East Camino Real | Boca Raton, FL 33432 Registration is required by May 17th 561-395-4433 | Connection Magazine | 7


LEADERSHIP NEWS A Letter From The Chair

By Sabita Ramnarace, LB Class of '15 As the 2017 Chair, I am very excited to be going through this journey with 43 new and talented leaders from South Palm Beach County that comprise our Leadership Boca Class of 2017. We are well underway and recently participated in Economic Development Day in Boca Raton, where we had the opportunity to visit with Office Depot, the Boca Raton Airport Authority, Modernizing Medicine, the Research Park at FAU and more. Additionally, we had the pleasure of hearing from Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. We were immersed in South Palm Beach County's environment initiatives on Environmental Awareness Day when we visited Arthur Marshall Wildlife Refuge, Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority, the Water Treatment Plant, and more.

The leadership team visited Modernizing Medicine on Economic Development Day.

We will continue to explore the many professional, cultural and natural assets that are unique to Boca Raton and surrounding communities. We are looking forward to our future sessions including: Health & Human Services, Media, Government, Education, and Culture & Tourism. Our Leadership Boca 2017 members will gain insight into the needs of our community and likely find a cause that compels them to get involved. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others�. -Mahatma Gandhi Sabita Ramnarace, Leadership Boca Chair 2017 Boca Raton Regional Hospital Chief Experience Officer

Leadership took a tour of the 625,000-square-foot corporate campus at the Office Depot Headquarters.

Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club


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2017 South Palm Beach County Capitol Days 17 Local Professionals Traveled to Tallahassee What Did They Do?

The fly-in is a unique opportunity to promote vital regional and local priorities and economic development projects with one voice, one mission, and as one united South Palm Beach County. This four-day experience brought together CEOs, small business leaders, local elected officials, Chamber executives and Legislators from across the County and the State to discuss Florida's transitioning economy and top business priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session.

Getting Down to Business at Representative Bill Hager's Office

The Team Met With Elected Officials Including: • • • • • • • •

Representative Bill Hager Senator Kevin Rader Governor Rick Scott Representative Joseph Abruzzo Senator Jeff Clemmens Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera Representative David Silvers Representative Lori Berman

The Team Discussed Business Killing Bills with Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.


Working Together At NCCI, we take pride in sharing our experience and strong values that make us an industry and community leader. We believe in working closely with area schools, charities, the chamber, and other economic development partners to build a strong community. Headquartered in Boca Raton, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is a recognized leader and trusted source for workers compensation information. For almost 100 years, NCCI has fostered a healthy workers compensation system and continues to integrate socially responsible principles into everything we do. For more information, please visit or

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



Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County (HFHSPBC) is seeking 100 empowered women leaders to join together to raise funds to build a safe, decent and affordable home for a local, hard-working, low income family that the 100 will actually help build. Collectively creating the “House that Women Built” in South Palm Beach County via the nonprofit’s 2017 “Women Build” fundraising event both harnesses and celebrates the unstoppable power of mission-driven women to come together to help transform their community with an inspiring “hand up, not a hand out”.

Beautiful, ethereal, magical – the superlatives used to describe glass artworks often reach epic and even otherworldly proportions, yet as an art form glass has long been relegated to the category of craft or mere decoration. In 2009 on the island of Murano, Adriano Berengo sought to challenge both notions. Through Fondazione Berengo, he invited artists from around the world who do not typically work in glass to create new works in Berengo Studio, working alongside the historic furnace’s master glassmakers. The resulting Glasstress exhibition, which presents dozens of experimental glass works that defy traditional labels, has been produced four times in conjunction with the Venice Biennale. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to present 42 works by 33 artists living or working in 23 countries. Glasstress Boca Raton will be on view January 31 through July 2, 2017.

The South Palm Beach County event set to raise $100,000 is part of the Habitat For Humanity National “Women Build” founded in 1991 that annually enlists and encourages women, across the country, to fundraise and build homes for families in their local communities. Together the Women Builders create a tremendous impact during the week leading up to Mother’s Day because Habitat for Humanity recognizes that women are uniquely positioned to nurture families and build communities.

PALM BEACH COUNTY'S FIRST DESTINATION FOR SALT THERAPY, THE SALT SUITE, COMES TO BOCA RATON Palm Beach County’s First Destination for Salt Therapy, The Salt Suite, Adds 5th Franchise Location In Boca Raton A growing trend in treating certain ailments in children and adults, the therapeutic benefits of nature’s most valuable element, salt, is becoming wildly popular. Now, Boca Raton visitors and residents don’t have to travel far to experience these benefits with The Salt Suite’s newest location at 6063 SW 18th Street, Suite 112 in Boca Raton. Scheduled to open in early April, the franchise’s newest location will feature both children and adult therapy rooms, and will offer clients a natural way to find relief from respiratory conditions, skin disorders and more. Inside the therapy room, an environment is created to mimic the salt mines of Eastern Europe, where in the mid-1800s, it was discovered that mine workers rarely suffered from any respiratory disorders. Unrefined rock salt, which is primarily sodium chloride (NACL) and other mineral salts, coats the walls and cover the floor in a thick sandy layer. Behind the scenes, a special machine, called a Halogenerator, circulates dry salt aerosol into the air. In microscopic form, the salt particles are almost undetectably absorbed and inhaled by clients as they doze and sleep or, in the children’s room, as they romp and play.

WORLD’S LARGEST ONE-DAY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TO BE SIMULCAST IN SOUTH FLORIDA ON MAY 5, 2017 Leadercast is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 5th, 2017. This year marks the 17th year of the annual leadership conference, and the 4th year that the event will be hosted at the Global Event Center: location/southflorida The theme of this year’s conference is, “Powered by Purpose”. Purpose is what defines us, drives us, and empowers us. It is the glue for an organization and the fuel for an individual. Today's organizations can’t rely on old practices. A new organization is emerging and at the center of its driving force is igniting the power of purpose.

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“Glasstress challenges our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourages us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium,” Curator of Contemporary Art Kathleen Goncharov says. Glasstress Boca Raton opened with a Carnevale di Venezia celebration at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The exhibition is complemented by a full schedule of educational programs and events. Details and tickets are available at www.

NAI GLOBAL RANKED AMONG TOP 5 COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate company and the Palm Beach County representative of NAI Global, is pleased to announce that NAI Global has earned a top four spot in the 2017 Lipsey Survey of Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. NAI Global provides commercial real estate services through a network of over 375 offices around the world. NAI Global, a leading, global commercial real estate firm, earned the top four spot in the 2017 Lipsey Survey of Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. The survey was conducted among 100,000 commercial real estate professionals using a combination of ballot voting, phone interviews and focus groups to identify the top global brands. NAI Global is the only commercial real estate network represented in the top five. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is a Member of NAI Global. “We are proud that the strength of the NAI Global network is reflected in the results of this year’s Lipsey survey,” said Jordan Paul, CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. “Our affiliation with NAI Global allows us to provide our clients with first class services in any market they do business in throughout the world.” The survey is conducted by The Lipsey Company, a leading training and consulting firm specializing in the commercial real estate industry to equip organizations and their practitioners with the skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive environment. The 2017 survey results can be found here:

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iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Lynn University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, disability or age in its programs and activities. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lynn University does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Inquiries concerning the application of the non-discrimination policy may be directed to the University Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431; via email at; by phone at +1 561-237-7727 or to the U.S. Dept. of Education OCR. Lynn University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call +1 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lynn University. © 2016 Lynn University

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[1] Lise Orr, Troy McLellan and Philip Piedt [2] Bounce House fun at the YMCA of South Palm Beach County [3] Mark Toor volunteering as grill master. [4]. Chair of the Board Ethel Isaacs Williams serving up hot dogs [5] Fun on-field races and games [6] Golden Bell Chairman Chuck Stout gets dunked.

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[1] Kelly McCormack, Kelsie Weekes, Tonya May and Rachel Belmont [2] Garry Madolid, Sean Carroll, Clayton Idle, Samir Changela, Kelsie Weekes, Paul Metcalf, Mohamed Abdalla, Philip Piedt and Jordan Sherwood







[1] Troy McLellan, Susan Saturday, Rebecca Zerbo and Ethel Isaacs Williams [2] Sarah Pearson and Rebecca Zerbo [3] Cheryl Budd, Jackie Reeves, Victoria Rixon, Ethel Isaacs Williams, Rebecca Zerbo, Susan Saturday, Yvonne Boice and Mary Wong [4] Yvonne Boice and Susan Saturday [5] Rebecca Zerbo and Ethel Isaacs Williams [6] Susan Saturday and Jim Saturday





[1] Mike Wolfson, Jackie Reeves, Michael Solomon and Mitch Feldman at March breakfast. [2] Andrew Duffell at February Breakfast [3] Jim Dunn at March Membership Breakfast



[1] Jerry Fedele and Jennifer Putnam [2] Trustee Luncheon at the Delray Beach Open [3] Former tennis pro James Blake speaking at the February Trustee Luncheon Connection Magazine |13



37 Years as Chamber Members!

Our Member Anniversaries

Thank You For Your Commitment! 59 Years As A Member Boca Raton Printing Co.

21 Years As A Member Meyers Properties SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business Twisters Gymnastics Boca Raton, Inc. 20 Years As A Member CreditGUARD of America Kaye Communications, Inc. Lang Diversified Services Southwinds Golf Course Via Mizner Golf and Country Club 18 Years As A Member Gervais & Associates

31 Years As A Member Boca Raton Resort & Club Boca Raton Transportation, Inc. Business Development Board of Palm Beach County C. B. Schwaderer, Inc., Realtors CBIZ MHM, LLC & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Comerica Bank Dataman Group Direct Mail and Telemarketing Lists Embassy Suites by Hilton Florida Atlantic University Florida Power & Light Company Habilitation Center for the Handicapped Hardrives, Inc. 27 Years As A Member JKG Group 26 Years As A Member GrayRobinson, P.A. Rosemary and Ben Krieger 25 Years As A Member Plumbing Experts 23 Years As A Member Boca Pointe Community Association Fogel Law Group Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. 22 Years As A Member Avison Young Shoppes on 18th Street Inc. The Salvation Army

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17 Years As A Member City of Boca Raton 16 Years As A Member Academy Bus LLC Deer Creek Golf Club Tri County Humane Society 15 Years As A Member Boca Helping Hands JM Lexus Maggiano's Little Italy 14 Years As A Member South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail 13 Years As A Member Delray Beach Open Mizner Park The GEO Group, Inc. The Pension Company 12 Years As A Member LF Stores 11 Years As A Member Carrabba's Italian Grill Comfort Inn Oceanside Frank, Weinberg & Black, P.L. 10 Years As A Member Emerald Transportation Towing & Heavy Hauling Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 9 Years As A Member Florida Public Utilities Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office - District 7 Schulz Business

8 Years As A Member 4KIDS of South Florida, Inc. Eliot Popper, Vice President - Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Future Focus Financial, Inc. Harbor Financial Group at Morgan Stanley JARC Lynn Insurance Group Mercedes-Benz of Delray Spirit of Giving Network Third Level Web Results, Inc. 7 Years As A Member A1A Airport & Limousine Service Angel Care Nurse Registry Best Foot Forward Foundation, Inc. Dr. Richard M. Davidson / Integrated Health & Performance Systems, PA Hawk-Eye Management, Inc. 6 Years As A Member Abe & Louie's Steakhouse BankUnited Congress Point Financial Corp. Green Advertising Mark's Moving & Storage, Inc. Multiple Sclerosis Foundation RG Cosmetics Suncoast Marketing, Inc. 5 Years As A Member 4Voice LLC Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust) Boca Life Magazine Broken Sound Club Corner Bakery Cafe Douglas Elliman ESPN West Palm Gunster Keith and Associates, Inc. KidSafe Foundation Modernizing Medicine, Inc. Pavilion Grille Potions in Motion Bar Catering Services Seasons 52 The Seagate Hotel & Spa Yard House *April to June Member Anniversaries


WELCOME New Members

To the Chamber Family

THANK YOU TO OUR REFERRING PARTNERS! J ames S ammarco, The Bachrach Group Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communicat ions, Inc. Chuck S tout , CBIZ Employee S er v ices


Maria Del Moral, The Bold Mind Group, Inc. Gloria Wank , Realt y A ssociates Erick S olms, S implit f y Larr y Warren, HGI Technologies


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YEA! Instructor Spotlight:

Applications are Now Open! 2017-18 Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Student Criteria for the YEA! Program

The Boca Chamber Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is for students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated creativity, innovative ideas, academic effort, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to communicate, and a commitment to their community and family. Students who apply to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) should be responsible individuals who pursue goals with tenacity. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a program of the Golden Bell Education Foundation. If you have any questions about the application process, please email or call Christie Workman at or 561-395-4433. Visit www. then click on Advocacy and YEA! to apply.

Thank You YEA! Sponsors THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS! Aprogram of the Golden Bell Education Foundation

Rob Jager has over 17 years of successful experience in retail and restaurant operations, management, profit and loss accountability, logistics, planning, driving top line sales growth, increasing the bottom line, reducing shrink, ensuring consistency in operations and maximizing profitability. His experience runs the gamut, from small startups to mid-size companies to large, nationally recognized corporations. His track record includes managing some of the largest big box retailers in the industry to launching a successful quick-serve restaurant chain in South Florida. Most Memorable Moment as a YEA! Instructor:

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Rob Jager Plum Productions

"My most memorable moment as a YEA! Instructor was when I first heard some of the ideas/plans each student was working on. I was amazed! Every one of them had ideas that were creative and innovative that solved real problems. There is no question all the students will be successful, even if they don’t execute every aspect of their plan." What Rob Has Learned from the Experience: "I learned from my experience as a YEA! Instructor that there are still plenty of fantastic ideas out there yet to be discovered. I also learned the importance of looking at the world through the lens of someone younger. When you look at the world without restrictions or limitations, anything is possible. Sometimes as adults, we forget that the world is ours…that the only thing holding us back, is us!" Advice to You: "The YEA! Program is incredible. If only I could rewind the clock and have the experiences these phenomenal students are having. They are learning life skills that many adults do not get to experience. When a student asks questions about their project, they expect you to have the answer…and sometimes the questions they ask are challenging. I would recommend getting involved in the YEA! program if you have strong business sense and want to invest in our future. You won’t be disappointed."

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Boca Chic Boutique 307 SE Mizner Blvd

Derun Clinic 144 S. Federal Highway

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Bolay 5030 Champion Blvd G1D

Four Corners Travel 1200 N. Federal Highway #200

The Fresh Market 5540 N. Military Trail

Hyatt Place 100 E Palmetto Park Rd

Jersey Mike's 21200 St Andrews Blvd Suite 13

Roots Italian Kitchen 212 S. Federal Highway


M A R C H Internet Sales Results 3013 Yamato Road

Junior's Restaurant & Cheesecake 409 Plaza Real

Saint Andrew's Our Premier YEA! Sponsor Providing Outstanding Education

A great education celebrates each child, embraces the support of family, delivers outstanding programs, and fosters meaningful relationships between students and teachers. To achieve that ideal, a school begins with a solid and well-articulated mission. At Saint Andrew's School, the mission is to develop every child in mind, body, and spirit. The school has developed one of the top college preparatory curriculum offerings in South Florida, which includes Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The school’s philosophy is that children need a balanced approach to education with arts, athletics, extra-curricular offerings, and experiences that build strong character. The school is part of a global network of 180 schools in 40 countries on 5 continents that recognizes the responsibility of shaping the way the next generation of leaders understand, prepare for and respond to the world. Connection Magazine |19

NEW MEMBERS TRUSTEE MEMBERS Atlas Restaurant Group Ouzo Bay (561) 575-0082 Derek Morrell Boca Raton, FL 33432 BDO USA, LLP (561) 207-3239 Traci Kratish Pumo West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Colliers International (561) 353-3636 Bob Schneiderman Boca Raton, FL 33431

GENERAL MEMBERS 32 Bubbles (855) 5-WAFFLE (592-3353) Andrew Whitman Boca Raton, FL 33432,LLC (954) 729-8455 Rachel Patterson Coral Springs, FL 33071 A Better Solution of Palm Beach (561) 571-2387 Rebecca Callahan Boca Raton, FL 33498 Adina Blech / Signature International Real Estate (917) 468-0363 Adina Blech Boca Raton, FL 33446 AllWays Printing LLC (561) 617-1938 Vitor Demartin Boca Raton, FL 33431 Altis Boca Raton (561) 237-1321 Max Stamos Boca Raton, FL 33431 Aramark Refreshment Services (954) 505-8800 James Walker Miramar, FL 33025 Asila Group, LLC (310) 403-0195 Angela Madison Slate Boca Raton, FL 33486 Atria at Villages of Windsor (561) 283-1115 Michael Brown Lake Worth, FL 33467

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(December 1 2016 to February 28 2017) Community Foundation For Palm Beach & Martin Counties (561) 659-6800 Bradley Hurlburt West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Duffy's Sports Grill (561) 869-0552 Jason Emmett Boca Raton, FL 33433 Northwestern Mutual: The Striano Financial Group (561) 997-7122 Ashely Krivoy Boca Raton, FL 33432

Rappy’s (561) 314-6840 Amber Clark Boca Raton, FL 33496 The Florida Printing Group, Inc. (954) 532-6369 Phillip Lomenzo Lauderdale By The Sea, FL 33062 Vistage Florida (561) 345-0735 Mark Miller Lake Worth, FL 33460

Bellon Law, P.A. (561) 419-2550 Jeanette Bellon Boca Raton, FL 33432

Bonito & Company LLC (888) 708-0863 Carlos Robles Boca Raton, FL 33433

Best Boca Raton Landscaping (561) 299-3439 Val Massar Boca Raton, FL 33487

Brilliant Home Care (561) 557-1996 Marie Holloman Boca Raton, FL 33487

B'nai Torah Congregation (561) 392-8566 Alan Silverberg Boca Raton, FL 33433

Clarity EPS, Inc. / Adam Moss (561) 338-4446 Adam Moss Boca Raton, FL 33431

Boca Chic Boutique (561) 808-6660 Alicia Pitchford Boca Raton, FL 33432

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate / Alex Nash (561) 465-9777 Alex Nash Delray Beach, FL 33483

Boca City Walk (561) 600-9579 Amber Budney Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boca Med Spa (561) 447-2240 Monica Tittsworth Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boca Raton Orthopaedic Group (561) 391-5515 Paul Pawloski Boca Raton, FL 33431 Boca Tutor (561) 705-1304 David Marcus Boca Raton, FL 33433 (561) 245-1387 Roy Barbu Boca Raton, FL 33487

Crestmark Bank (561) 509-3167 Robert Harbers Boynton Beach, FL 33426 Daniel A. Kirschner, PA - Of Counsel to Pike & Lustig, LLP (561) 855-7585 Daniel Kirschner West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Daniels Law Group (954) 629-2000 Lisa Daniels Boca Raton, FL 33431 Dr. Fuhrman's Health Oasis (855) 345-3334 Donna Hearn Boca Raton, FL 33432 Drug and Alcohol Attorneys (561) 419-6095 Mark Astor Boca Raton, FL 33432

NEW MEMBERS Eileen Fisher Company Store (561) 331-6114 Joseph Nebrotski Boca Raton, FL 33496 Ericsson Dental (561) 220-0047 Mark Ericsson Boca Raton, FL 33431 Escala Swim & Activewear (561) 400-7444 Denise Katz Boca Raton, FL 33431 Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel (561) 419-5855 Kelly LaForge Boca Raton, FL 33432 Formaster, LLC (561) 900-8474 Olena Furmanov Boca Raton, FL 33486 G4S Secure Solutions (561) 994-0358 Candice Bartoszek Boca Raton, FL 33487 Give Back Realty (954) 242-4314 www.GiveBackRealty.ORG Greg DeTullio Boca Raton, FL 33486

Madelyn Sierra (617) 680-9910 Madelyn Sierra Delray Beach, FL 33445 Mass Mutual Financial Group/Stacie Spielfogel (561) 962-2755 Stacie Spielfogel Boca Raton, FL 33431 Mizner Grande Realty/Jeff Wilson (561) 289-3656 Jeff Wilson Boca Raton, FL 33431 Morgan Stanley / Jared Strasser (561) 393-1588 Jared Strasser Boca Raton, FL 33432

Summit Electronic Corp. (561) 226-8500 Richard Rosenstein Boca Raton, FL 33431

Neurocore Brain Performance Center (561) 210-9064 Mark Murrison Boca Raton, FL 33431

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser (561) 355-3230 Dorothy Jacks West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Jennifer Giaquinto / Liberty Mutual (561) 299-1822 Jennifer Giaquinto Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Jersey Mike's Subs (561) 948-1065 Patti Roland Boca Raton, FL 33433

Smith and Partners (845) 920-6102 Jean Turcat Boca Raton, FL 33487

National Society of Arts & Letters (Florida East Coast Chapter) (561) 392-4796 Shari Upbin Boca Raton, FL 33433

HighTower Boca Raton (561) 409-1111 Alfredo Martinez Boca Raton, FL 33432

J Cohen Investigative Agency Inc. (954) 830-3116 Jeff Cohen Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Smart Savings Coupon Magazine (954) 609-1990 Sandy Liebowitz Coral Springs, FL 33067

Summers Private Investigations, Inc. (561) 499-2559 John Summers Boca Raton, FL 33431

Healthy Heart Vending (561) 445-2764 Mark Washam Boca Raton, FL 33432

ITOPIQ (561) 424-6153 Francois Bouchard Boca Raton, FL 33433

Scott's Tech Solutions (561) 245-7753 Scott Feinberg Boca Raton, FL 33496

Mr. Print (754) 227-5422 Karen Slosaski Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Pacific Union Financial LLC (561) 210-9604 Jason Esposito Boca Raton, FL 33486

Internet Sales Results (561) 414-5130 Erick Solms Boca Raton, FL 33434

Sack Lunch Marketing (561) 455-4155 Lisa Browne-Banic Delray Beach, FL 33445

Palm Beach Therapy Center, LLC (718) 916-7759 Lori Lundin-Fish Boca Raton, FL 33431 Pinkerton Consulting & Investigation (305) 525-1214 Jose Lopez Boca Raton, FL 33431 Planet Ballroom Boca Raton (561) 218-4198 Tamara Del Grosso Boca Raton, FL 33432 Plush Blow Dry Bar (561) 757-5443 Della Perel Boca Raton, FL 33431 Prosperity Home Finance (323) 620-6800 Ruby Teich Lake Worth, FL 33467

Surfhealth (561) 926-3006 Mark Sacks Boca Raton, FL 33431 The Addison (561) 372-0568 Melanie De Vito Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Fourmula (561) 617-1925 Robin Guterman-Perry Boca Raton, FL 33487 The Fresh Fork (561) 245-1908 Jamie Hagin Boca Raton, FL 33496 The Fresh Market (561) 305-5032 David Chimenti Boca Raton, FL 33496 The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (203) 652-0231 Caroline Webel Norwalk, CT 06851 The Salt Suite Boca Raton (561) 213-1370 Amanda Bowie Boca Raton, FL 33433 Tide Dry Cleaners (561) 346-0138 Edward Glatzmayer Boca Raton, FL 33487 Willis Law, P.A. (561) 417-7033 John Willis, P.A. Boca Raton, FL 33486 Connection Magazine |21



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

Legislative Agenda 2017 Boca Raton Issues

The mission of the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda is to ensure local, state, and federal legislation is conducive to a strong regional business climate and that community decisions adequately support quality economic growth. Through The Boca Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee – a representative group of different businesses and industries around Palm Beach County – members meet monthly to discuss and actively monitor all levels of government. Each year, staff and Chamber committee members carefully assess issues our city is facing and develop our Legislative Agenda based on feedback from our members, partners in the community, local/state government and educational institutions. Through interviews, research, discussion and debate, we develop positions and advocate at all levels of government and throughout the business community. After careful review of the issues, the Boca Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee creates and finalizes the Legislative Agenda which is approved by the board of directors. Below, you will find our most recent Chamber Legislative Priority Agenda for the City of Boca Raton.

City Issues • Create 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. • Streamline Boca Raton’s building permit issuance procedures, Individual Development Approvals and fully implement the pattern book/IDG. Fully implement all Planned-Mobility (“PM”) districts in the City. • Support Florida Atlantic University’s efforts to work in collaboration with the City of Boca Raton on the reinvention of the 20th St. district and the development of an ongoing comprehensive “Town and Gown” relationship. In addition, the Chamber supports the University as it seeks to achieve these goals by creating a steering committee of partners, which include representatives from the University’s administration, student body, faculty, and police and fire departments; representatives from the City of Boca Raton’s leadership; and community representation, including Chamber leaders, local business owners, and residents. • Create an Independent CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) Director to enhance the CRA district and create a sense of place in Downtown Boca Raton. • Support targeted and timely annexation of those areas that provide opportunity to enhance the City of Boca Raton and increase its tax base tax and revenue, create jobs and support economic development.

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• Support the BID (Business Improvement District) Steering Committee and its activities to provide a funding mechanism to enhance and improve the Downtown infrastructure, parking, and transportation - to include the construction of a parking garage, and an establishment of a Downtown and FAU circulator. • Support the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University’s efforts to further integrate its activities with those of the wider business community and Florida Atlantic University in order to ensure a viable environment for technology entrepreneurs to develop and grow successful companies that create jobs and improve the quality of place in Boca Raton. • Support a Foreign Trade Zone (“FTZ”) encompassing the airport, the Research Park at FAU and adjoining commercial areas. • Advocate for the use of public/private partnerships to deliver capital and infrastructure improvements in the City of Boca Raton. • Invest the revenue generated by the one cent sales-tax in areas of economic development, including necessary infrastructure needs in the city of Boca Raton.






International Business Alliance


International Business Alliance


PRIME Professionals Group


YEA! Investor Panel Competition


PRIME Professionals Group


Ambassadors Meeting


PRIME Professionals Group


Ambassadors Meeting


Boca Chamber Golf Classic


Ambassadors Meeting


New Member Orientation


International Business Alliance


New Member Orientation


May Membership Breakfast


June Membership Breakfast


April Membership Breakfast



Government Affairs Committee

Government Affairs Committee


Government Affairs


Small Business Exchange


Small Business Exchange


New Member Orientation


Economic Development Com.


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Leadership Boca Graduation


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Successful Women in Business


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South Healthcare Advocacy Network Exclusive Trustee Luncheon



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Business Awards Luncheon


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Spring Business Expo


Exclusive Trustee Luncheon


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PULSE Luncheon Economic Development Committee South Healthcare Advocacy


Exclusive Trustee Luncheon


Golden Bell Auction Hosted by Inner Circle Executive Club


Smart Talk for Women

CHAMBER CONNECTION Exclusive discounts for Boca Raton chamber members! With this comprehensive program, you’ll receive: • Up to 55% off the regular price on a 350 item office supply core list • Aggressive pricing on top Technology items • Special pricing on Copy and Print Services • Fast and Free delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more. Within our local delivery areas See below for details. And use the National Chamber’s Text To Save program to get your digital Store Purchasing Card. Simply text “BocaSPC” to 555-888 and present the Store Purchasing Card image at checkout at any of our retail stores. BSD111.16

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April - June 2017 Connection Magazine  
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The Boca Chamber's Quarterly Magazine. This issue focuses on Protecting Business.