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

TABLE OF CONTENTS From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

BOCA CHAMBER OFFICERS Ethel Isaacs Williams, Kaufman Lynn Construction Chair Susan Saturday, Bluegreen Vacations Chair-Elect Michael Daszkal, Daszkal Bolton LLP Vice-Chair Jim Dunn, JM Lexus Treasurer Troy M. McLellan, Boca Chamber Secretary Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Immediate Past Chair DIRECTORS Mohamed Abdalla, Habitat for Humanity Michael Allison Michael Antonello, Lynn University Clara Bennett, Boca Raton Airport Authority Chris Chase, SunTrust Ian Cotner, AT&T Charles Deyo, Cendyn Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal Andrew Duffell, Research Park at FAU Sophia Eccleston, Florida Power and Light Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center Kevin Fernander, Palm Beach State College Larry Katz, Wells Fargo John W. Kelly, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University Ahnich Khalid, Maggiano's Little Italy Ken Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting Patty Maczko, Comerica Bank Michael Marshall, Gunster Mark Mileusnic, NCCI Michael Myers, CTCA Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital LLC Sal SaldaĂąa, Town Center at Boca Raton John Tolbert, Boca Raton Resort & Club Bob Tucker, ADT Corporation PROFESSIONAL TEAM Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO Sarah E. Pearson, IOM, Executive Vice President Firdaus Dotiwala, VP, Finance & Administration Chasity J. Navarro, Events Manager Karen Rocha, Events Administrator Alison Miuccio, Sales & Member Relations Manager Marilyn Bieber, Sales Associate Jenifer Marquart, Sales Associate Jordi Gerking, Marketing & Communications Manager Rob Halpern, Foundation Manager, Golden Bell Education Foundation & YEA! Rebecca Robin, Executive Assistant to the President Kathy Jones, Member Services & Administrative Associate 2 | Connection Magazine

Business Leaders United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Q & A with George Sigalos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Leadership Boca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Web & Social Analytics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Boca Chamber Festival Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Member Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Your Scene, You're Seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 New Member Orientation/Referring Partners . . . . . . . 15 Golden Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 YEA! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Official Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 New Member Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-22 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


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Protecting You Beyond Your Business Since 1952, the Boca Chamber has worked diligently and strategically to ensure a pro-business environment and ultimately protect your business in Boca Raton. From endorsing and supporting pro-business candidates for elected office through our Business Leaders United Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) to traveling to our state's capital to discuss our top business priorities, we are tirelessly working for you. This year, the impact of the Parkland Tragedy has swept through our community, our schools, our businesses and our Nation. We have expanded our pillar of Protecting Business and are committed to defending you beyond the professional realm. By leading the business community to seek meaningful, commonsense and immediate change, we are working toward a safer community for all. On February 28, we issued an official statement on the Parkland Tragedy. The statement outlined six recommendations for our law enforcement, educational agencies and business and community leaders with the hope of working together, holding each other accountable and ultimately, protecting our children. To read more about our statement, please see page 19.

President & CEO Troy McLellan

On March 13, Boca Raton voted to re-elect Deputy Mayor "We are leading the business Jeremy Rodgers in the city's municipal election. BLU-PAC community to seek meaningful, endorsed Jeremy after a thorough vetting and interview common-sense change." process and believes he is the right candidate to continue to move Boca forward based on his experienced public service and commitment to the business community. First-time candidate Monica Mayotte joined the ranks this year as Boca's newest Council Member. We congratulate both winners and are eager to work alongside them as they serve our great city. Coming up, you won't want to miss two of our signature events. On Thursday, May 24, join us at the Boca Raton Resort & Club as we honor top leaders at the 2018 Business Awards Luncheon. This year, we are thrilled to recognize Ami and Arnie Zak, owners of Unique Gifts and Premiums as our Small Business Leaders of the Year; John Tolbert, President and General Manager of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, as our Business Leader of the Year; and Bluegreen Vacations as the Business of the Year. Our community is so fortunate to have these impactful, global leaders based right here in Boca Raton. Looking for an excuse to get out of the office? Hit the links with us on Monday, June 4th at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club. Find your best foursome and spend the day golfing, networking and relaxing on the greens. We hope to see you there! From Connecting Members, to Advancing Commerce, to Protecting Business and Enhancing the Community, the Boca Chamber is your strongest business advocate. By working alongside city, county and state officials, we are able to create an atmosphere where your business can prosper. Beyond that, we are committed to protecting the students, who are the future leaders, doctors, CEO's and public servants of this city. We are committed to change. Thank you for trusting in us. Our Chamber is only as great as the members who belong to it. Moving Forward,

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WHAT'S THE POINT? 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 thoroughly 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.  

RESEARCH We research voter demographics, perform statistical analysis and select what candidates to review and what zip codes to target.



We review candidate legislative voting records and create and evaluate questionnaires to see where candidates stand on business issues.

We conduct extensive candidate interviews (in-person) in front of the BLU-PAC Board of Directors.

ENDORSE We endorse candidates who are in alignment with issues on our Legislative Agenda, and who will fight for them on our behalf.



BLU-PAC uses your contributions to distribute to their endorsed candidates for their campaigns. Donate today!

The best thing you can do for business, is have a voice! Vote for business to prosper. Vote for a better future for Boca Raton.

Paid for and sponsored by Business Leaders United for Boca Raton - CCE - Inc. Pursuant to section 106.087(2)(a), Florida Statutes. 1800 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Not approved by any candidate.

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George Sigalos

Managing Partner, Simon & Sigalos, LLP Committed & Engaged

Q: You have been immersed in the Boca Raton community for years. What does it mean for you to be involved in this community to ensure businesses can flourish? A: Yes, since 1991 actually. I think Boca Raton is a phenomenal place to live and make your livelihood. I have been fortunate to meet a lot of great people over the years and being involved in the Chamber for over 20 years has allowed me to get to know and interact with many of our top business and community leaders on a regular basis. As a business owner, commercial property owner and long-time resident, I have a vested interest in seeing this community flourish.

An Honor & Civic Duty Q: Why BLU-PAC?

"I have a vested interest in seeing this community flourish." -George Sigalos

A: I actually ran for City Council in 2003 against some very well-respected candidates, including Susan Haynie, Bill Hager and Emil Danciu. I have always been interested in politics at the local/state and national levels. When I was nominated to Chair BLU-PAC in 2013, just a few months after I joined the board, I accepted the role, because I considered it then and still consider it to be an honor and civic duty.

A Look Inside BLU-PAC

Q: What do you think differentiates BLU-PAC and its activities from other entities? A: BLU-PAC exists to further the goals of the business community, and particularly the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, in the political process at the local and state level. We emphasize pro-business and pro-growth public policies by supporting candidates for local and state office who support these objectives. That means we always stay positive in our activities. We promote our endorsed candidates, but do not attack candidates who may not necessarily share our views or whom we do not otherwise endorse.

Something to Remember

Q: What is your favorite memory within your law practice? How have you gotten where you are today? A: The memories that jump out at me are the couple of occasions when my children observed portions of some of the larger trials I have conducted over the years. I attribute my success as a lawyer to several factors: work hard, always pay attention to detail and prepare diligently. In the larger sense, providing excellent, diligent and zealous representation to clients and being heavily involved in the business and legal community are important.

Words to Live By

Q: What is a memorable quote that has impacted your life and career? A: There are two. Former President Ronald Reagan once famously said “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” That is my fundamental belief about the role of government in American society and the way we conduct our lives as Americans. In terms of my career as a business litigator, my favorite quote is from Sun Tzu in his Art of War, “every battle is won before it is fought.” Meaning, preparation and attention to detail are essential to success. George Louis Sigalos is the managing partner of Simon & Sigalos, LLP. After practicing briefly in Chicago, he established his law practice in the Boca Raton area over 20 years ago and has developed strong ties to the community through his legal, city government and business affiliations. Connection Magazine | 5



CLASS UPDATE This year's Leadership class is off to a roaring start! With 43 business professionals making up the class, there is never a dull moment on the bi-monthly field trips. Pictured to the left from top to bottom you will find (1) Leadership Boca class at the Solid Waste Authority (2) Utilizing the interactive screen at SWA (3) Testing out FAU Medical School's hands-on learning tools and (4) Riding the carousel at Sugar Sand Park!

A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR As the 2018 Chair, I am very excited to be on this incredible journey with new and talented leaders from our community. It has been such a privilege to dive into the people, places and organizations that make Palm Beach County so exceptional. We are well underway, having already participated in Economic Development Day, where we had the opportunity to visit with some of our amazing corporate headquarters right here in Boca Raton including: Office Depot, ADT, NCCI, Modernizing Medicine, the Research Park at FAU and 3CInteractive. We also had the pleasure of hearing from Gary Hines, Senior Vice President of Administration of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Our city is thriving with corporate excellence! During Environmental Awareness Day we visited Arthur Marshall Wildlife Refuge, Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority, Sugar Sand Park (where some of us grown men rode the carousel), Florida Power & Light, the Water Treatment Plant and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. This day left us all inspired to further explore the many cultural and natural assets that are unique to Boca Raton and surrounding communities. We are looking forward to our future sessions including: Human Services Day, Health Services Day, Media Day, Government Day, Education Day, Culture Day as well as Tourism Day. The Leadership Boca 2018 members will gain insight into the needs of our local community and likely find an organization that compels them to get involved and immersed in a local cause. I can't wait to fill you in again! Sincerely, Lloyd Comiter Leadership Boca Chair 2018 Of Counsel; Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC

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WHO ARE WE REACHING? The Boca Chamber is actively working to help your business! With a website that is strategically directing professionals to your business (via the online directory) and a social media presence that is growing by the day, we want to give you an inside look at some encouraging analytics that reveal our online usership.


7.5k People Searched Us On Google in February 2018

5k Weekly Unique

Page Views (March 15-21) Top Pages: Events and Directory Search

775+ People Called Us or Asked for Directions on Google in Jan-Feb 2018

9k Monthly

ACTIVE Website Users (2018)

What does this mean for you? People are calling us to refer you, searching for us on Google to find opportunities to meet you, and visiting our site to attend events and find local businesses like yours!

SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS: Did you know? One of your Free Marketing Benefits as a Chamber Member is to utilize our social media. Tag us in your posts or shoot us a direct message and we will share your content on our pages!

• 6k Page Likes




• 62% Female; 34% are 35 to 54 years old

• 21k impressions in March

• 63% Female; majority 25 to 34 years old

• 900 Views on Most Recent Post

• Our followers live in Boca, Delray and Ft. Lauderdale

• 850+ Clicks and 43 Likes on March Article

• Reach 900 accounts/wk.

• 400 Profile Views/week

• 2,038 live in Boca Raton

• 26% increase in mentions in March

• Reached over 3K people 3 times in March 2018

• 400 people visited our profile in March

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BCFD 2017 Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD) is the Boca Chamber’s outreach to the nonprofit community. Nonprofit Chamber Members join forces with forprofit Chamber Members to hold a fun-filled event during the month of August! 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, priority will be given to the first event to fill out and return the application with the $300 payment. Please note: all nonprofit event planners and sponsors must be members in good standing with the Boca Chamber. For more information, contact Alison Miuccio at

SPONSORS Special thanks to the Boca Chamber Festival Days sponsor: Allegiance Home Health & Rehab and to this year's Photography Sponsor who will be catching all of the events in-action, Debra Somerville Photography! Visit her work at

LET'S GET STARTED It's Not Too Early to Start Planning for BCFD! Here are a few helpful tips to get you started in planning your most successful BCFD event! • Secure multiple event sponsors • Keep it simple • Ask for help when needed. Need a different format or confused about your flyer? Email questions to jgerking@ • Set deadlines. Event press release is due: June 15th; Printed flyers are due July 2nd • Partner with a for-profit that complements your nonprofit

THE LOGO Each year, students from West Boca Raton Community High School's Graphic Design Academy submit their artwork to be featured as the upcoming Boca Chamber Festival Days logo! This year, Lindsey Goldstein was chosen as the winner! We love her fun and playful take on BCFD, symbolized by a Boca Chamber Ferris Wheel. Lindsey will be honored at the Chamber's April membership breakfast for her great design!

• Establish roles of responsibility up front for both organizations • Reach out to your Board of Directors to spread the word • Be creative! Visit our events calendar to see what members have done in the past:

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Simplitfy, a leading provider of IT solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses is proud to announce that it was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla, Simplitfy achieved a coveted spot on the Entrepreneur360™ List based on the results of a comprehensive study of independently owned companies that measured four metrics reflecting major pillars of entrepreneurship: innovation, growth, leadership and impact.

Following a spirited holiday-timed kick-off when local young professionals “mixed and mingled for meaningful mission”, the newly formed Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Habitat Young Professionals Club (HYPC) is poised for leadership and growth in 2018. The HYPC has grown its membership and is in active recruitment, and has appointed club committee leadership. The Club recently completed their first-ever Young Professionals Build on Saint Patrick's Day in Boynton Beach..

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized as one of America’s most innovative and impactful privately-owned companies,” said Simplitfy President Erick Solms. “We work hard to provide our clients with smart and affordable IT solutions that allow them to focus on growing their business, and this recognition by Entrepreneur magazine serves as a real testament to the quality of our work.”

For a membership donation of $25 - $100 per year, HYPC members will enjoy an array of social and networking events, two membersonly events and numerous HYPC Build fundraising and neighborhood revitalization volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Bill Shaw, President of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. added: “The Entrepreneur 360 List celebrates outstanding companies for the value they bring to the world, not just the worth of their company. The companies on this list exemplify growth, not just in top and bottom line, but in their ability to create a superior value for their customers, build adaptive learning cultures, and drive innovation in their marketplace.”

To learn more about joining HYPC or participating in a “Habitat Young Professionals Build” or community revitalization project, contact HFHSPBC Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs Mohamed Abdalla at or call (561) 819-6070.


Known for its stellar reputation within its industry, Simplitfy’s expert team helps companies evaluate and optimize IT infrastructure, ensuring its secure and reliable operation, and freeing companies to focus on their core business priorities. Simplitfy was also recently named to the prestigious 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 list for its excellence in the IT channel community.

BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL TO EXHIBIT IN INTERNATIONAL PLAZA Doing business in West Boca just got a little more beautiful thanks to a public/private partnership between Liberty Equities, which owns and operates International Plaza, and the Boca Raton Museum Art School. The public spaces of International Plaza, including the North and South buildings’ atria and hallways, will soon showcase more than 50 paintings and photographs made by the school’s advanced students, on view from March 6th through July 26th. Building tenants and members of the public can meet the artists during an opening reception on Wednesday, April 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. “This project gives the students an opportunity to display their artworks to an audience that may not be familiar with the talents of the art school students,” says Walter O’Neill, Director of the Art School. “What separates the animal kingdom from mankind is the ability to create art… We are very grateful to the Boca Raton Art Museum Art School and the generosity of the artists for sharing their creativity with us and the patrons of the building. Partnering with the Museum and School seemed like a fantastic way to get more involved with the community, brighten our surroundings, and encourage local artists to proudly display their talent.” says George Brock, President of Liberty Equities.

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The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, was presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts February 23rd – March 4th. The 10 days flew by in a blur of spectacular music, great entertainment and thoughtful speakers. The performances were exceptional. Stand out moments include: Kathleen Battle’s breathtaking encores; the incredible joy in which The Klezmer All Stars infused their performance, and the exuberance of the Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio. Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends presented an electrifying night of music, poetry & prose. Cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez accompanied Murray’s readings by Hemmingway, Twain and Thurber. Each musician was also featured as a soloist. Murray’s vocal stylings in selections such as Gershwin’s It Ain’t Necessarily So and Bernstein’s I Feel Pretty were skillfully acted and immensely charming. The Festival closed with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial with live orchestra. The entire audience cheered as E.T. and Elliott took to the sky while the Symphonia played John Williams’ flying theme (pictured above). Planning for the 13th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA are already underway. The Festival will take place March 1 – 10, 2019. Contact Joanna Marie Kaye at for sponsorhip.

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[1] Alex Oliveira and Ken Lebersfeld [2] Kids enjoyed on-field games and activities! [3] Chris Sapp, Troy McLellan and Ethel Isaacs Williams [4] Ken Lebersfeld, Troy McLellan, Robert Weinroth, Owlsley, Jon Sahn and Toni Nieves [5] Never a dull moment at the bounce houses [6] Mohamed Abdalla, Will Gates, John Barbar, Sarah Pearson and John Tolbert

PULSE Professionals Under 40



[1] Penny Morey and Nancy Walsh [2] Cathy Olsen and Michele Selecter [3] Dr. Mariaelena Caraballo and Patricia O'Meara 12| Connection Magazine





[1] John Olson, Ali Soule, Brandon Owens, Sarah Pearson, Mohamed Abdalla and Troy McLellan [2] Amanda Ellis and Philip Piedt [3] PULSE Chair, Mohamed Abdalla








[1] Troy McLellan, Skylar Mandell, Barbara Cambia and Ethel Isaacs Williams [2] Barbara Cambia [3] Skylar Mandell and Victoria Rixon [4] Mary Wong [5] Lynn University staff members excited to support Barbara Cambia [6] Mary Sol Gonzalez, Margaret Mary Shuff, Victoria Rixon, Skylar Mandell, Rocki Rockingham, Barbara Cambia, Cheryl Budd, Jackie Reeves, Mary Wong and Susan Saturday






[1] Patty Reed, Lisa Jensen, Tisha Jarquin and Roshell Walter [2] Gillian Moxey, Alicia Sable-Hunt and Yvonne Graber [3] Scott Lappin, Laureen Pannullo and Chris Cartenuto



[1] Jerry Fedele, Dick Schmidt, Christine E. Lynn and Troy McLellan [2] Troy McLellan and Commissioner Adam Putnam [3] Alex Oliveira and Susan Saturday Connection Magazine |13



Boca Raton Resort & Club

37 Years as Chamber Members!

Our Member Anniversaries

Thank You For Your Commitment! 60 Years As A Member Boca Raton Printing Co.

Kaye Communications, Inc. Lang Diversified Services Southwinds Golf Course Via Mizner Golf & City Club

Mercedes-Benz of Delray Spirit of Giving Network Third Level Web Results, Inc.

19 Years As A Member Gervais & Associates

8 Years As A Member Angel Care Nurse Registry Best Foot Forward Foundation, Inc. Dr. Richard M. Davidson / Integrated Health & Performance Systems, PA Hawk-Eye Management, Inc.

18 Years As A Member City of Boca Raton

32 Years As A Member Boca Raton Resort & Club Boca Raton Transportation, Inc. Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Inc. C. B. Schwaderer, Inc., Realtors CBIZ MHM, LLC & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Comerica Bank Dataman Group Direct Mail and Telemarketing Lists Embassy Suites by Hilton Florida Atlantic University Florida Power & Light Company Habilitation Center for the Handicapped Hardrives, Inc. 28 Years As A Member JKG Group 27 Years As A Member Rosemary and Ben Krieger 26 Years As A Member Plumbing Experts 24 Years As A Member Boca Pointe Community Association Fogel Law Group Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. 23 Years As A Member Avison Young The Salvation Army 22 Years As A Member Meyers Properties SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business Twisters Gymnastics Boca Raton, Inc. 21 Years As A Member CreditGUARD of America 14| Connection Magazine

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

7 Years As A Member BankUnited Congress Point Financial Corp. Mark's Moving & Storage, Inc. Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Pace RG Cosmetics Suncoast Marketing, Inc. 6 Years As A Member 4Voice LLC Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust) Broken Sound Club 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 5 Years As A Member AHA! Business Consulting American Diabetes Association AW Architects Boca Dance Studio BoomTech, Inc. C. Gonzalez Photography, LLC Gerrits Construction, Inc. Law Offices of Anne Dufour Zuckerman P.A. Palm Beach International Airport ProMarc, Inc. Regents Park Boca Raton Shade Software Solutions, LLC Stepping Out Florida Success Talk Inc. The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum *April to June Member Anniversaries


WELCOME New Members

To the Chamber Family

THANK YOU TO OUR REFERRING PARTNERS! Jennifer Alembik Wise Owl Coaching LLC Matt Blank Signarama Deerfield Beach Ted Brown Property Matters


Patricia Duch Duch Designs Lisa Elkan Alliance Association Bank Michael Jacobson Future Focus Financial, Inc. Bonnie Kaye Kaye Communications, Inc.


Michael Miller SoundHealth

R E F E R R A L R E WA R D S PROGRAM Win big by referring a new member to the Boca Chamber!



One FREE ticket to a membership breakfast One FREE spotlight ad in a Business Beat email blast Highlight in Connection Magazine as a referring partner Contact Alison Miuccio at Connection Magazine |15


The Golden Bell Education Foundation (Golden Bell) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that exists for the sole purpose of supporting the Boca Raton public school system and administering education programs that promote business skills and workforce readiness. Established in 1991, Golden Bell has granted $1.4 Million since its inception, and has impacted 700,000 students in grades K-12. Each year, we invite all Boca Raton public schools to submit applications for a Golden Bell grant. The grant cycle is open from January through April. Funds are awarded to deserving and innovative programs. We are pleased to announce that $85,000 was awarded to Boca Raton public schools and scholarship programs in 2017! The success of our organization is achieved through individual and corporate support. Give the gift of education by donating to Golden Bell. To learn more about how you can support the mission of Golden Bell, contact Robert Halpern at (561) 395-4433 or rhalpern@ 16| Connection Magazine

TESTIMONI A L "I love using the IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System in the classroom. Students have been more engaged during the lesson, and I have had more student participation, even from the ones who normally like to sit quietly!" Stephanie Palomo Third Grade Teacher J.C. Mitchell Elementary School The Golden Bell Education Foundation follows up with grantfunded schools each year, meeting with staff to see how they are putting their grant funds to use!


Anya Al-Salem, Terraku

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into entrepreneurs. Through the nine-month long curriculum, students in grades 6-12 develop life skills, generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, and launch their very own companies. The program culminates with a shark tank style event as students pitch their ideas to a panel of investors. YEA! is held every Wednesday from 4:30 -7:30 p.m. at Saint Andrews School, September 2017 through May 2018. Do you know someone who would like to join our YEA! class of 2019? Are you interested in becoming a business mentor or learning more about sponsorship opportunities? For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, contact Robert Halpern at (561) 395-4433 or

THANK Possible YOU TO by: YEA! is Made OUR PARTNERS! Our Generous Partners & Sponsors Aprogram of the Golden Bell Education Foundation


Aprogram of the Golden Bell Education Foundation

Anya, a senior at Olympic Heights High School, is an avid environmental activist. She is President of the Clim-ACTivists Club, a student club dedicated to promoting climate change awareness. TerraKu is firmly committed to reducing plastic pollution by producing highquality, reusable alternatives to singleuse plastic.

Garret Goodman, Taste Tags Garret, a junior at Western High School, has previous experience in the food industry as a restaurant worker and food blogger. During that time, he witnessed an extensive amount of food waste. Taste Tags sets out to prevent waste and enhance the consumer experience through time-temperature labels that accurately measure the shelf life of deli meats.


Jack Levine, Super Swing


Jack, a sixth grader at Pine Crest School, enjoys being physically active and playing competitive tennis. He was inspired to help beginner level tennis players learn how to properly swing their racquet. Super Swing is a Bluetooth enabled device that records a video of your swing for instant analysis and feedback in order to maintain proper technique.


Anaya Shintre, Air Charge


Anaya, a sixth grader at Pine Crest School, aspires to be a successful entrepreneur by introducing disruptive technologies to the marketplace. She is setting out to change the way people live by solving problems through technology and innovation. Air Charge offers a wireless charging device with Bluetooth capability. Connection Magazine |17


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Oliv Pit Athenian Grille 6006 SW 18th St - 6B

Duch Designs 709 E. Palmetto Park Rd.

Donna Pascoe Salon 124 S. Federal Hwy.

Beltone 3270 N. Federal Highway

So Sweet It Is 500 NE Spanish River Blvd. #22

Purgreens 9 Plaza Real S. Suite 108

Levis JCC Resale Boutique 141 NW 20th St., Suite F5-7

Lifegate Acupuncture 190 NW Spanish River Blvd., Suite 202


MoBu Fusion Cafe 1159 S. Federal Hwy.

Ultimate Cryotherapy 101 Plaza Real S., Suite B

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We are Committed to Change What was the Parkland Tragedy Statement? Under the leadership of the Boca Chamber's Board of Directors, President and CEO Troy McLellan issued a statement on February 28, 2018. The statement outlined six, comprehensive, multi-pronged strategies that are needed to affect meaningful change to ensure the safety of our children in schools.

What were the six recommendations?

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• An improved system to identify those with signs of mental illness including the appropriate recording of critical information to a central repository for access to all relevant law enforcement and health care agencies

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• Legislation that prohibits the sale of assault rifles as well as a definitive ban on bump stock and similar mechanisms that allow semi automatic weapons to perform as automatic weapons • More effective background checks on those wishing to purchase firearms including efficient and direct communication to and from the mental health central repository • Legislation that would increase the minimum age limit to purchase firearms to 21 years of age, with the only exception being active members of law enforcement and military

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• Enhanced security of school campuses that include the hardening and fortification of the facility, limited campus access including a single point of entry and implementation of current technology to assist security officials in their efforts to identify safety threats • Increased full-time, permanent, on campus, armed law enforcement officials protecting our children while they are attending school

How will this be carried out? The Boca Chamber’s leadership is committed to advancing the stated recommendations and leading efforts to meaningful, common-sense and immediate change. We will work with all applicable law enforcement and educational agencies, as well as business and community leaders so that no other lives are lost in the confines of a school. We will be counting on our state and national elected representatives to pass legislation that provides immediate solutions.

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