JANUARY - MARCH 2017 JULY - SEPTEMBER 2016
BOCA CHAMBERâ€™S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE
ENHANCING COMMUNITY Connection Magazine | 1
CONNECTION MAGAZINE Publisher: Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP Editor: Jordi Gerking
TABLE OF CONTENTS From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Round Table Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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
Year in Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
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
Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19
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! Jonathan Holt, Events Administrator Janet Gross, Sales Associate Vicki Pearson, Executive Asst. to the President & CEO Kathy Jones, Member Services & Administrative Associate
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Gearing Up for BCFD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Office Depot, Buy Local . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Leadership Boca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 BLU-PAC Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Member Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Your Scene, Youâ€™re Seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Referring Partners & NMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 YEA! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Golden Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Mark Your Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Taking Off into a New Year of Commerce
FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
The Boca Chamber is launching into the New Year at full force after wrapping up an exciting and groundbreaking 2016. With the goal of continuing to advance the Chamber’s mission – to Promote and Sustain Economic Prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County – it is important that we not only reflect on the advancements that occurred this past year, but also to shift our focus to propelling toward our future goals for 2017. From engaging the Chamber's leadership in city matters, to launching a brand new program and even reporting recordattendance at notable annual events such as the Community Cookout and Wine & All That Jazz -- we are extremely proud of this past year's accomplishments. You can read more about our Top Five Memories on page five. After a year of extraordinary leadership by Chairman Jerry Fedele, we welcomed Ethel Isaacs Williams as our new Chair of the Boca Chamber Board of Directors on November 1. With Ethel at the helm, our future is in good hands. In the coming months, your Chamber will be working hard to ensure that the best candidates are elected in the March municipal election. We believe in policy over politics. Good policy makes for good commerce, and it is our goal to endorse and elect candidates who will help you prosper. By definition, commerce is the activity of buying and selling goods and services. We are working hard for you, behind the scenes, to create an environment in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County that will allow these activities to flourish. In November, the Chamber's Political Action Committee, Business Leaders United (BLU-PAC) endorsed 11 candidates in the primary and general elections, and nine were elected!
President & CEO Troy McLellan addresses the crowd at the 2016 Annual Celebration.
"We are working hard for you to create an environment that will allow commerce to flourish."
Looking ahead, you won't want to miss a few of our upcoming events. On February 24, we will recognize Susan Saturday of Bluegreen Vacations and BBX Capital Companies as the 2017 award recipient at the 11th Annual DIAMOND Award Luncheon. We will also recognize one of our former YEA! students and national award-winner, Rebecca Zerbo and her company, Positive Pockets. On Saturday, March 11, mark your calendars for our annual Community Cookout at the YMCA of South Palm Beach County. Bring your kids and spend the day playing games, enjoying grilled food prepared by the Chamber and YMCA's Boards of Directors, and having fun as we welcome your family into our Chamber family. From Connecting Members, to Advancing Commerce, to Protecting Business and Enhancing Community, the Boca Chamber is working for you! We understand the impact our work has on the community, and we want to keep moving, keep enhancing, and keep advancing Boca Raton's commerce to make this the best place to live, work, learn and play.
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One of the best ways to market your company is to become active in the various groups and committees that the Chamber has to offers. Connect with like-minded people in one, two, or all of our round table groups! PRIME Professionals Group The PRIME Professionals Group spotlights professionals over 40 on the first Friday each month. This breakfast discussion includes topics such as succession plans and managing millenials. Joe and Rosie Martin of Allegiance Home Health are the official sponsors of the program. International Business Alliance (IBA) IBA is designed to bring business professionals together to help them succeed in today's global economy. The first Tuesday of each month, 30 business professionals gather for lunch at Lynn University to disucss and share their experiences and challenges. The program is beneficial to all business leaders. Image360 is the official sponsor of IBA. Small Business Exchange (SBX) The Small Business Exchange takes place on the third Tuesday of each month at the Renaissance Hotel in Boca Raton. It is open to small business owners who are passionate about brainstorming new business tactics, gaining knowledge from other small business leaders, and finding success through small group discussions. FL-Accounting & Advisers is the official sponsor of SBX. Smart Talk for Women Each month businesswomen come together to discuss various topics such as marketing, effective selling, web presence, etc. Nancy Proffitt facilitates each meeting, but the focus is on you! Bring your challenges to the table and let others help you work out the issues and provide you with amazing feedback.
SAVE THE DATE! 6TH ANNUAL BOCA CHAMBER'S
COOKOUT YMCA OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY
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Phillip Kittell, SBX Sponsor Roxana Scaffidi, and Sarah Pearson, following the October SBX program.
YEAR IN REVIEW
W H AT A Y E A R I T H A S B E E N ! REMEMBERING THE BOCA CHAMBER’S
TOP 5 SUCCESSES OF 2016 OUR IDEAS CAME TO LIFE With a thriving entrepreneurial market and a member base
We exchanged ideas!
t h a t r e fl e c t s i t , w e l a u n c h e d o u r n e w e s t p r o g r a m , T h e S m a l l B u s i n e s s E xc h a n g e ( S B X ) i n S e p t e m b e r. E a c h m o n t h , 3 0
small business owners learn from an expert and brainstorm solutions to challenges faced in their own business.
B L U - PA C W O N B I G
BLU-PAC endorsed, YOU voted!
Nine out of the eleven candidates endorsed by the C h a m b e r ’s P o l i t i c a l A c t i o n C o m m i t t e e , B u s i n e s s L e a d e r s United, won their elections this fall! They are in
s u p p o r t o f t h e C h a m b e r ’s b u s i n e s s a g e n d a .
BIG FUNDS WERE RAISED FOR NONPROFITS In August, we celebrated Boca Chamber Festival
We helped raised 500k for nonprofits!
Days (BCFD). We facilitated nearly 30 events c o n n e c t i n g f o r - p r o fi t m e m b e r s w i t h t h e n o n p r o fi t community and raised over 500,000 dollars.
CO M M E R C E WA S A D VA N C E D More than 155 business professionals met
We celebrated 75 ribbon cuttings this year!
weekly in our leads groups, not only exchanging leads but also growing business in Boca. We celebrated 75 ribbon cuttings this year!
OUR LEADERSHIP SHINES Past Chair Jerr y Fedele helped us f u r t h e r o u r i n v o l v e m e n t a n d i n fl u e n c e
We moved forward through bold leadership!
in city matters. Chair Ethel Isaacs Williams will continue paving the way with bold leadership!
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GEARING UP FOR BCFD Boca
BCFD 2017 Boca Chamber Festival Days Annual Logo Contest with West Boca High School The Chamber is excited to continue our partnership with West Boca Raton Community High School's Draft and Design Academy for the 2017 Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD) logo creation. Through their innovative program, students study Photoshop and InDesign as well as expand their skills in the areas of photography, screen printing, embroidery and more. We are looking forward to seeing the entries for this coming year from talented students in our own backyard!
It's Not Too Early to Start Planning! It's never too early to start planning your BCFD event. Here are some helpful tips to help you plan a successful event: • • • • • • •
Start planning early 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!
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SAVE THE DATE!
Registration for Boca Chamber Festival Days 2017 opens on March 1, 2017. Be sure to get your registration in as soon as possible as the event days are given out on a first come, first served basis. The last day to register is June 15, 2017. If you have any questions or would like additional information about BCFD, contact Alison Miuccio at (561) 395-4433.
Previous BCFD logos designed by West Boca Raton Community High School Students.
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Office Depot Shop Local, Save Money!
The National Chamber Program’s partnership with the Boca Chamber is a shining example of leveraging a national presence to stimulate the local economy. Your participation in the Office Depot Affinity Program helps bolster Boca Raton's economic status while also saving you money! Boca Chamber members receive the industry’s deepest and most aggressive discounts on products that businesses purchase the most. That’s what an affinity program is meant to do -- to benefit local business and support you at the local level. The National Chamber Program is the largest affinity program for chambers in the country. Of the 1,500 chambers that participate in the National Chamber Program, the Boca Chamber ranks 22nd in total gross sales. Furthermore, the average chamber member saves 30% on their typical office supply purchases and pays back their membership investment in one month! Boca Chamber members should ensure they are properly signed up for an online account. To do so, simply visit: www.ncgaffinity.com/chamber_signup to get your account created. If you are visiting a local Office Depot/Max store to make a purchase, make sure you have the correct discount card. Text "BocaSPC" to 555888 to receive the digital card right to your phone. Have a question or concern? We have a local representative dedicated to helping Boca Chamber members. Contact James Ty at james.ty@officedepot. com or call (954) 937-7717. Save money and stimulate our local Boca economy. It’s a win-win!
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LEADERSHIP Leadership Boca Class Project By Laura Matthews, LB Class of '16
ANNOUNCING THE 2017 CLASS
The members of the Leadership Boca class of 2016 have continued to remain engaged as a group since their graduation, and have been keeping busy with their community give-back projects. In August, the members participated in two community service events with Boca Helping Hands by volunteering on Saturday mornings to distribute pantry bags of food to local families in need.
Traci Ackerman, Florida Atlantic University Casey Ademski, Boca Raton Marriott Tara Auclair, Modernizing Medicine Geri Boucard, West Boca Medical Center Ryan Brawner, Plastridge Insurance Agency Lisa Bravo, Memorial Healthcare Systems Nathan Brown, Proskauer Ariadna Camilo, Boca Raton Airport Authority Scott Cochrane, The Bold Mind Group Inc. Gwenesia Collins, Boca Raton Regional Hospital James Cullen, PNC David Eltringham, Eltringham Law Group P.A. Merritt Etner, Cushman & Wakefield Brianne Fearon, Fearon Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Lesley Fisher, Saint Andrew's School Theresa Garcia, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Mitchell Goldberg, Berger Singerman LLP Joshua Goldglantz, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart P.A. Dr. RT Good, Lynn University Sarah Griffin, The GEO Group Jason Hagensick, YMCA of South Palm Beach County Shaun Hembree, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Chip Jones, Polen Capital Melissa Keklik, Boca Helping Hands Ronn Kohlscheen, Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton Scott Kohut, Boca Raton Airport Authority Ryan Lee, West Boca Medical Center Stephen Markham, Seacoast Bank Darci McNally, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Evan Nierman, Red Banyan Group Kalyn O'Shea, Digital Media Arts College Michele Paredes, Florida Atlantic University Victoria Petrocelli, Sachs Media Group Martine Pierre-Paul, First Citzens Bank Ami Romanelli, Osborne & Associates Chris Rydell, SunTrust Bank Renata Sans De Negri, Junior League of Boca Raton Scott Schubert, Sklar Furnishings Meghan Shea, 3Cinteractive Erick Solms, Simplitfy Debra Tendrich, Eat Better Live Better Meaghan Troast, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Ann Marie Van Casteren, Lynn University Michael Walstrom, Morgan Stanley John Webb, BB&T Ann Wilssens, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Members of the class also collected funds to donate to the George Snow Scholarship Fund, in support of a classmate that participated in the Boca's Ballroom Battle in August. In addition, the class raised over $2,570 for Place of Hope, a local organization that provides familystyle foster care and services for children that are in state custody. The funds will be used to purchase supplies for the kitchen at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus of Place of Hope in Boca Raton. The class members also volunteered with Place of Hope on two different occasions in November, in which they cooked dinner and played games with the children, and also presented a check to the organization. The classâ€™s desire to give back to the community extends beyond these events, as the members of the 2016 class collectively and individually continue to support the many organizations that their fellow classmates work for and volunteer with through various fundraisers and service events year-round.
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POLITICAL ACTION Business Leaders United (BLU-PAC) 9 of 11 Endorsed Candidates Elected
As the political season has come to an end, we want to share the good news and successful outcomes of the Chamber's Business Leaders United Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC). We are proud to announce that nine of the 11 candidates endorsed by BLU-PAC in the primary and general elections were successful! Congratulations to our elected and re-elected officials: • • • • • • • • •
Joe Negron (R), State Senator, District 25 (re-elected) David Silvers (D), State Representative, District 87 Kevin Rader (D), Florida State Senate, District 29 Lori Berman (D), State Representative, District 90 (re-elected) George Moraitis (R), State Representative, District 93 (re-elected) Mary Lou Berger (D), County Commissioner, District 5 (re-elected) Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff (re-elected) Dorothy Jacks, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Craig Ehrnst, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Seat 1
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"BLU-PAC exists to endorse and fund candidates that are in alignment with the Boca Chamber's views and priorities regarding economic prosperity and quality of life. We believe that these nine elected officials will bring the right business experience, innovative thinking and passion for Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. More importantly, we are confident they will provide the leadership needed to keep our state, county and city moving forward. Our leadership looks forward to working with these elected officials." -Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO, Boca Chamber
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MEMBER PRESS RELEASES
Due to press deadlines these news releases are from March through May
MEMPHIS TO TAKE ON WESTERN KENTUCKY IN THE 2016 BOCA RATON BOWL
GUMBO LIMBO'S BOARDWALK REOPENS WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
The 2016 Boca Raton Bowl turned out to be exactly what many college football experts had predicted -- one of the highest-scoring and most entertaining games of the entire bowl season. The Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, from Conference-USA, defeated the University of Memphis Tigers, representing the American Athletic Conference, 51-31 in a game that featured crazy trick plays and two quarterbacks who combined to throw seven touchdown passes.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center celebrated the re-opening of the popular coastal hammock boardwalk with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Boca Raton Mayor, Susan Haynie, along with the City Council of Boca Raton; Robert K. Rollins Jr., Chairman of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District; and the Parks and Recreation Board were present to cut the ribbon and officially open the boardwalk to the public once again.
The game was played Tuesday, Dec. 20, on a beautiful evening that showcased FAU Stadium at its best to a national ESPN TV audience. It also was the second time the Hilltoppers came to FAU Stadium the 2016 season. Last October, they defeated the host FAU Owls in a regular-season game.
“We are excited to open this first phase of the boardwalk for the enjoyment of all of our guests,” commented Gumbo Limbo Manager, Leanne Welch. “The new boardwalk has a gentle slope and is compliant with current ADA regulations, and the pickets have been replaced with a mesh screen, which allows for better visibility. Durable, non-slip recycled plastic was utilized for the deck and railings.”
HYATT PLACE BOCA RATON OPENS ITS DOOR FOR BUSINESS IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN BOCA RATON Hyatt Place Boca Raton opened its doors for business on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. The new, 15-story, 200-room hotel will offer business and leisure travelers an open, intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food offerings and a 24-hour fitness center. “Boca Raton is a historic city with key business and leisure destination. Hyatt Place Boca Raton will add a wonderful new option for business and leisure travelers visiting the heart of the city’s business and financial district,” said General Manager Dave Cuadra. “We are so excited to open the doors of the Hyatt Place Boca Raton and show off what is going to be the coolest hotel in the city. We acquired the most coveted location in Boca and have built a stunning hotel located in the center of this booming downtown. Boca Raton is becoming a destination for global travelers and we are so thrilled to be a part,” said Scott Webb, President of Kolter Hospitality.
ALLEGIANCE HOME HEALTH AND REHAB INC NAMED AS A TOP AGENCY OF THE 2016 HOMECARE ELITE Allegiance Home Health is proud to announce that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the topperforming home health agencies in the United States. For six of the last eight years, Allegiance Home Health has been identified in the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and has been named a top 500 agency overall. HomeCare Elite is awarded to home health agencies that demonstrate a commitment to delivering the highest quality patient care at low costs. CEO Rosie Inguanzo-Martin says, “In using clinical best practices and data tracking, Allegiance Home Health has positioned itself for future success in today’s new healthcare arena. I am so proud of our team for not only achieving HomeCare Elite again but also for achieving a 5 out of 5 Medicare Star rating, the highest quality rating from Medicare.” Joe Martin, Vice-President and Director of Rehabilitation credits the leadership of the Allegiance Team in creating an outstanding patient experience. He states, “Our clinical outcomes combined with our legendary customer service are a reflection of the leadership displayed. I am very proud of our team and our achievements.” 10| Connection Magazine
According to Susan Elliott, environmental program coordinator, the education staff looks forward to using the expanded teaching stops along the boardwalk. “Areas were widened to allow for our school groups and tour groups to gather around their guide, improving their experience.” The second and third phases will include a full renovation of the western portion of the loop, and a refurbishing of the older section that connects to Red Reef West.
11TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA SET FOR MARCH 2-12 Festival of the Arts BOCA returns to the Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, presented by Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, March 2-12, 2017, with a diverse and exciting lineup to celebrate its 11th installation. “We are so excited to present the 2017 Festival of the Arts BOCA season and we think the audience will be too,” said Charlie Siemon, co-founder and co-producer. “We have stars from all over the world, from Brazil to Indonesia to Mexico and the United States, and famous music from the most beloved films and opera, by the world’s greatest composers. And three of the headliners have a combined age of 45!” “Our Authors & Ideas Program is extremely varied, exploring areas of politics, the arts, science and fiction,” added Siemon. The Author & Ideas Program welcomes Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad"; Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker; Jon Meacham, presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing editor at Time magazine; and Brian Greene, author of "The Elegant Universe," theoretical physicist and entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. Tickets for the 11th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA range from $9.99 to $125 per person and are available at www.festivalboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787). Multi-event and full Festival packages are also available. For details and ticket information visit: www.festivalboca.org.
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM | Boca Raton Resort & Club
Join Us as We Celebrate! Susan Saturday Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Bluegreen Vacations & BBX Capital Companies A DIAMOND is: a Dedicated, Inspiring, Accomplished, Motivated, Outstanding, Noble, and Driven businesswoman.
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YOUR SCENE, YOUâ€™RE SEEN MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST [1.]
 Roxana Scaffidi and Mohamed Abdalla  Mark Nowak and Bobra Bush  Pastor Bill Mitchell, Troy McLellan, Ethel Isaacs Williams, Doug Mosley and Tim Snow  Troy McLellan, Ethel Isaacs Williams, Kevin Ross, Senator Joseph Abruzzo, Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Robert Weinroth  Lucy and Jerry Spielman  Toni Nieves and Casey Ademski
PULSE Professionals Under 40
AFTER-HOURS NETWORK [1.]
 Robert Barnum, Angel Gonzalez and Rob Jager  Tom Jaffee and Margie Miranda  Michael Hellmer and Yvonne Graber 12| Connection Magazine
 Mariagnes Murray, Meredith Lisk, Debra Tendrich, Alexandra Diez and Danielle Brown  Kelsie Weeks and Amanda Ellis  PULSE Lunch at Ruth's Chris Steak House
YOUR SCENE, YOUâ€™RE SEEN THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION [1.]
 Ethel Isaacs Williams  Dance floor at the Annual Celebration  Jason and Jackie Reeves and Chuck and Alyssa Stout  Barbara Cambia and Sarah Pearson Rocki Rockingham and Chuck Stout  Ethel Isaacs Williams and Jerry Fedele
THE HOLIDAY AUCTION [1.]
 J. Jay Greene, Lucy Claudio and Nancy Hack  Troy McLellan and Ahnich Khalid  Joyce Hunter and Lana Rosenzweig
 Andrew Duffell, Randy Nobles, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Troy McLellan and George Sigalos  Joe Martin, Luanne Lenberg, Rosie Martin and Troy McLellan  Troy McLellan and Audra Durham Connection Magazine |13
37 Years as Chamber Members!
Our Member Anniversaries
Thank You For Your Commitment! 37 Years As A Member Beacon Group Inc. Insurance 30 Years As A Member American Equipment Company American Red Cross, Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast AT&T Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home Bank of America Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club Boca Raton Christian School Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton Police Department Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Carman Law Firm PA NCCI Ro Rabozzi/State Farm Insurance Agency The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens 29 Years As A Member Office Depot Inc. Toshiba Business Solutions Florida 28 Years As A Member Becker & Poliakoff P.A. Delray Medical Center Hilton Suites Boca Raton Merrill Lynch (Bank of America) Michael's Body Scenes Mutual of America One Park Place Penn-Florida Companies Residence Inn By Marriott The Sena Group Uncle Tai's 27 Years As A Member Boca Country Club RKB Architects Planners Inc. 26 Years As A Member Boca Raton Travel & Cruises 25 Years As A Member Boca Raton Mausoleum Inc. Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Inc. Hazen and Sawyer P.C. Philip R. Oranburg, M.D., P.A. 24 Years As A Member Aucamp, Dellenback & Whitney Delray Beach Marriott Delray Sands Resort JM Family Enterprises Inc. Wyndham Hotel - Boca Raton 23 Years As A Member Fairman & Associates Inc.
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21 Years As A Member AXA Advisors South Florida Florida Aquastore Holiday Inn Express West Boca Sign A Rama, USA, Boca/Delray 20 Years As A Member Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Ctr 19 Years As A Member Boca Raton Community Middle School Joe Bonnie & Son Moving & Storage Loggers' Run Middle School Oasis Outsourcing Inc. 18 Years As A Member Crown Trophy Promise Healthcare SLK Realty Inc. 17 Years As A Member Arnold-Hanafin Corporation Jarden Consumer Solutions Research Park at Florida Atlantic University SpringHill Suites by Marriott 16 Years As A Member Ellis, Ged & Bodden P.A. Greenspoon Marder MG Concepts, LLC Ocean Properties, Ltd. Hotels & Resorts Schoeppl Law P.A. Telcom / Telcare Corp. The Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine Transworld Business Brokers 15 Years as A Member Bloom & Freeling, Attorneys at Law 14 Years As A Member South Florida Business Journal 13 Years As A Member CareerSource Palm Beach County Elizabeth A. Dunn, C.P.A., P.A. Kaufman Lynn Construction Residence Inn Rosemurgy Properties 12 Years As A Member Cendyn The Boca Raton Observer Two Men and a Truck Ultimate Staffing Services West Boca Raton Community High School 11 Years As A Member 5-Spice Asian Street Market Commercial Florida Management Services LLC Republic Services of Palm Beach 10 Years As A Member Self Discovery Group LLC Mercantil Commercebank
9 Years As A Member Ameriprise Financial Boca Raton Charter School Inc. Heritage Investment Group Ocean Lodge Hotel PayDay PayRoll Services Raymond Lee Jewelers RemarkAbleHR Inc. The Shops at Boca Center 8 Years As A Member MBAF American Association of Caregiving Youth Bluegreen Vacations Cloud Computing Concepts LLC (C3) Extra Space Storage Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC Max's Grille Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Office Depot Foundation Tyco Retail Solutions 7 Years As A Member Blue Martini Capital Grille Compounding Docs Pharmacy Discover the Palm Beaches, The Official Tourism Marketing Corporation for Palm Beach County Economos Properties Jaycee Realty Inc. Malema Engineering Corporation Palm Air Air Conditioning Inc. The Ruhl Financial Group - Northwestern Mutual Vander Ploeg & Associates Inc. 6 Years As A Member Academy Mortgage Home Loan Corporation Campus Management Corp. Cutting Edge Recruiting Solutions Digital Media Arts College LLC image360 - Boca Raton Oceans 234 The Heritage at Boca Raton Apartments Universal Telecommunications Inc. 5 Years As A Member Ascendant Planned Giving Inc. Coastal Car Worldwide Coldwell Banker / Roy A. Jones Economic Computers Flagship Solutions Group LLC Gift of Life Marrow Registry Glick Family Funeral Home Greenberg & Strelitz P.A. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Police Athletic League SK Quality Roofing Inc. Sun Broadcast Group Inc. Superstein & Superstein, C.P.A. Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Top Shelf Marine Products Whelchel Partners Real Estate Services Inc.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
WELCOME New Members
To the Chamber Family OCTOBER
THANK YOU TO OUR REFERRING PARTNERS! J ohn McClask ie Leading Edge Mort gage Corp . Lisa Elkan A lliance A ssociat ion Bank Michael Miller S oundHealt h A lex Pool Wells Fargo Home Mort gage
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The Boca Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy About YEA!
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a nine-month program that walks students in grades 6-12 through the process of starting their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors, and actually launch their own business! All of the learning is real and experiential. Students leave the class as business owners, complete with their very own DBA. YEA! is held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Saint Andrew's School every Wednesday from September 2016 through May 2017. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or how you may become involved as a volunteer, sponsor, or supporting partner contact Christie Workman at (561) 395-4433 or at email@example.com.
Bobra S. Bush, President Telcom Corp. & Telcare Corp.
Thank You YEA! Sponsors
Bobra S. Bush is the President and owner of two successful small businesses based in Boca Raton, Florida. Telcom Corporation, founded in 1989, recently celebrated its 24th year in business, and audits telecommunications bills, finding huge errors and inefficiencies for public and large private organizations. Telcom works on a contingency basis, only sharing in the refunds and savings found on the bills for local telephone service, long distance, cellular, and internet, and takes no fees if they find nothing for their client. Clients include Broward County, multi-state Assisted Living Facilities, and large medical practices.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS! Aprogram of the Golden Bell Education Foundation
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Most Memorable Moment as a YEA! Instructor: " I've had so many memorable experiences, and these kids are so smart, that I truly can't choose one. The most rewarding moments were when I would ask them a question about a topic that I had covered on a previous day, and they were able to successfully translate that knowledge to what we were covering that day. They really get these business concepts, and they were immediately able to apply them to their business ideas. I call them the Aha-Moments." What Bobra Has Learned from the Experience: " I learned new ways of looking at problems and solutions that are directly tied to the students' having grown up in the age of the internet and smart phones. Although I eagerly embrace technology for my own business, having a fresh perspective of the power of that technology, has refreshed my own approach." Advice to You: " I encourage all Chamber members to get involved in this program, in any capacity they can. The energy, passion, and ideas coming from the students are aweinspiring."
GOLDEN BELL The Boca Chamber's Education Foundation
The Boca Chamber's Golden Bell Education Foundation (Golden Bell) is in its 26th year of operation. Golden Bell is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was created for the sole purpose of supporting the Boca Raton Public School System, grades K-12. Founded by the Chamber's Board of Directors, the Foundation funds educational programs that promote business skills. Each year, we invite all Boca Raton Public Schools to submit applications for a Golden Bell Grant. Funds are awarded to deserving and innovative programs. We are pleased to announce that nearly $60,000 was granted to Boca Raton public schools and scholarship programs in 2016! We ask that you consider donating to Golden Bell. The success of our organization is achieved through our community support. To donate, please contact Christie Workman at (561) 3954433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of YOU, we are helping to make young minds brighter, smarter and more creative. Right here. Right now!
Schools That Received Grants in 2016-17: Elementary: A.D. Henderson University School Addison Mizner Elementary School Boca Raton Charter School Coral Sunset Elementary School Del Prado Elementary School Hammock Pointe Community Elementary School J.C. Mitchell Elementary School Sandpiper Shores Elementary School Sunrise Park Elementary School Verde Elementary School Waters Edge Elementary School Whispering Pines Elementary School Middle: A. D. Henderson University School Boca Raton Community Middle School Eagles Landing Middle School Loggers' Run Middle School High: Boca Raton Community High School Olympic Heights Community High School Spanish River Community High School West Boca Raton Community High School
September Golden Bell Breakfast and students from Coral Sunset Elementary
SUPPORT EDUCATION Golden Bell Education Foundation Donation Card Name: __________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City: ________________ State: ____ Zip:______ Phone: _________________________________ Donation Amount: $_______________________ Credit Card #: ____________________________ Expiration: ___________________ CCV #: _____ Thank You For Your Support of Boca Raton Public Schools! Tax Number 65-0181758 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THE TOLL FREE NUMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT IS 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) - CALLING FROM WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, OR (850) 488-2221 - OUTSIDE THE STATE
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NEW MEMBERS TRUSTEE MEMBERS HSBC Bank USA (561) 953-1529 www.us.hsbc.com Luis Fernandez Boca Raton, FL 33432
GENERAL MEMBERS Adolfo Dominguez (561) 416-8919 www.adolfodominguez.com/en-us Gabriela Corominas Boca Raton, FL 33431 Adrienne Memmoli Inc. (561) 391-1071 www.adriennememmoli.com Adrienne Memmoli Boca Raton, FL 33433
(September 1 to November 30, 2016) Hyatt Place Boca Raton Downtown (561) 672-7819 www.bocaraton.place.hyatt.com Audra Durham Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Dori Saves Lives (561) 789-9494 Tara Applebaum Boca Raton, FL 33432
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C2 Education (561) 923-8730 www.c2educate.com Marlene Holmes Boca Raton, FL 33433
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Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC (561) 212-7247 www.investwithcip.com Nizan Mosery Boca Raton, FL 33487
Bernstein, Miller and Associates (561) 372-0345 www.ameripriseadvisors.com/team/ bernstein-miller-forzese/ Patrice Gary Boca Raton, FL 33431 BEX Realty (561) 544-3810 http://www.bexrealty.com Zev Freidus Boca Raton, FL 33431 Bolay (561) 623-1241 www.eatbolay.com Chris Gannon Boca Raton, FL 33496
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Corporate Benefit Partners (561) 245-5215 www.corporatebenefitpartners.com Lorraine DeGeorges Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Dell Anno (561) 430-3937 Andreia Canali Boca Raton, FL 33431
Hein Wealth & Tax Solutions (954) 683-0232 www.heinwealth.com Paul Maizes Jupiter, FL 33458
Derun Clinic (561) 609-9555 Xin Tong Boca Raton, FL 33432
Hope Kamstra, C.P.A, P.A. (561) 702-3215 Hope Kamstra Boca Raton, FL 33431
NEW MEMBERS Hot Works Boca Raton Fine Art Show (941) 755-3088 www.hotworks.org Patty Narozny Sarasota, FL 34230
Pereira & Associates, C.P.A's (561) 347-1844 www.pereiracpas.com Stephanie Pereira Boca Raton, FL 33432
The Bachrach Group LTD (561) 544-7103 www.bachrachgroup.com James Sammarco Boca Raton, FL 33432
K.E.M.P. Group & Associates LLC (786) 708-5558 http://kempgrowth.com Kurt Lucien Miami Gardens, FL 33169
PHS Advisors, Inc. (954) 540-6609 www.phsadvisors.com Paul Solomon Parkland, FL 33067
Mindworks (954) 204-9172 www.mindworksprep.com Andrea Catsicas Coral Springs, FL 33067
Pinot's Palette (561) 939-1057 www.pinotspalette.com Bill Quinn Boca Raton, FL 33487
The Flying Locksmiths, Palm Beach County (561) 202-1815 www.flyinglocksmiths.com/palmbeach Nick Pantazis Boca Raton, FL 33432
Nada's Italy Tours & Travel (704) 877-2003 www.nadasitaly.com Nada Vergili Delray Beach, FL 33444
Roots Italian Kitchen (561) 757-6581 www.rootscafekitchen.com Yuriy Kouzenkov Boca Raton, FL 33432
NESC Staffing Corp. (954) 871-0287 www.nesc.com Gregory Ball Boca Raton, FL 33431
SALT Academy (561) 235-5775 www.saltacademy.org Susy Boschetti Boca Raton, FL 33433
New York Life/Michael Savran (561) 325-2808 Michael Savran Sunrise, FL 33323
Securevest Financial Group (561) 948-6855 www.securevest.com Bob Pedretti Boca Raton, FL 33432
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (713) 446-3200 www.NGKF.com Thomas Havron Houston, TX 77056 One Lab (844) 452-2669 www.onelab.com Bridgette Greenwald Boca Raton, FL 33431 One Ocean Plaza Venture LLC (305) 760-6030 Iciar Urrutia Miami, FL 33731 Osborne & Associates Law Firm P.A. (561) 293-2600 www.oa-lawfirm.com Ami Romanelli Boca Raton, FL 33432 Paycor (954) 297-5933 www.paycor.com Andy Jones Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Stodzy Media (561) 699-0249 www.stodzymedia.com Tim Stoddart Boca Raton, FL 33432 Tendler Orthodontics (561) 826-7955 www.tendlerorthodontics.com Stephanie Cannata Boca Raton, FL 33432
The Hirsh Center for Arthritis & Sports Medicine (561) 819-3100 www.arcdelray.com Fern Cole Delray Beach, FL 33446 The Volen Center (561) 395-8920 www.volencenter.com Robin Goldberg Boca Raton, FL 33486 Trainerspace (561) 571-5392 www.trainerspace.com Cary Reichbach Boca Raton, FL 33483 URHealth Chiropractic (954) 825-8490 www.urhealth-clinic.com Jose Patino Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Wells Fargo Advisors / Daniel Tompkins 561 362 1059 https://home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/ daniel.tompkins Daniel Tompkins Boca Raton, FL 33486
The Agency Luxe (561) 347-9346 www.theagencyluxe.com Lawrence Weisberg Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Amster Kravitz Harris Group of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow (561) 650-1570 Michael Kravitz Palm Beach, FL 33480
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