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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 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 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

By The Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Q & A with Jim Dunn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Leadership Boca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Government Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Member Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Your Scene, You're Seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 New Member Orientation/Referring Partners . . . . . . . 15 YEA! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Golden Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Meet Our New Board Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 New Member Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-22 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


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Advancing Commerce in the New Year


Looking back at a year of exciting progress, the Boca Chamber is committed to continued advancement in 2018. As the cover reflects, we have been moving forward both on and off the field this year. Florida Atlantic University football led by Head Coach Lane Kiffin has paved the way for unprecedented progress -- winning the Conference USA Championship and drawing fans to our very own Cheribundy Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. In this thriving environment, the Boca Chamber is more inspired than ever to deliver on our mission: to Promote and Sustain Economic Prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County. Let's take a look at a few key advancements from this past year, and more importantly, give you an inside look at what is to come. By definition, Advancing Commerce occurs as we increase the activity of buying and selling goods and services. Our Chamber works relentlessly to create and maintain an environment where business can flourish. In the past two years alone, we have helped the City of Boca Raton create and retain over 1500 jobs. The largest expansion to date was announced in 2017 when our loyal Chamber Member, Modernizing Medicine, publicized their plan to add 838 new jobs in our city. Just this year, the Chamber has welcomed 272 new businesses as members, celebrated 54 ribbon cuttings and hosted 169 events with the purpose of connecting members, instructing better business practices and ultimately advancing commerce! To read more about our 2017 highlights, please refer to page 4.

Chair Ethel Isaacs Williams and President & CEO Troy McLellan

"We deeply value our members and the businesses that make sustaining economic prosperity possible."

With continued advancement, it's critical that we keep our mission at the forefront and our members' best interests in mind. To ensure we are creating the best business environment possible, our professional team and Chamber committee members representing key business and community stakeholders, carefully assess issues the business community is facing. Based on this feedback, we develop our Legislative Agenda with insight from our members, partners in the community, local and state government and educational institutions. This agenda is our guide throughout the year as we advocate for your business here at home and in Tallahassee. To read more about our Legislative Agenda, please see page 9. Coming up, you won't want to miss two of our signature events. On Friday, February 23, we will recognize Barbara Cambia of Lynn University as the 2018 DIAMOND Award recipient at the 12th Annual recognition luncheon. We will also recognize one of our former YEA! students and growing local business owner, Skylar Mandell with the Florida Sea Turtle Company. On Saturday, March 10th, don't miss 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 unite our incredible community. From Connecting Members, to Advancing Commerce, to Protecting Business and Enhancing the Community, the Boca Chamber is your strongest business advocate. Whether we're hosting an event to connect your business to others or meeting with elected officials in Tallahassee -- we are working for you so that we can advance commerce together. Along with our leadership, the Chair of the Board, Ethel Isaacs Williams, we're excited for this new year ahead, and we look forward to growing business in the community where we live, work, learn and play. Moving Forward,

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2017 BY THE NUMBERS What a year! A new year is the perfect time to set new goals, but it's also a great time to stop and see how far we've come. We want to share a few of the amazing statistics that have us excited about the progress that has been made in the last 12 short months. Thank you for your continued support of our organization. We look forward to delivering on our four pillars of: Connecting Members, Advancing Commerce, Protecting Business and Enhancing the Community in 2018.

55,000 EMPLOYEES We are proud to serve 1400 members, totaling 55,000 employees.



In 2017 alone, we welcomed 272 businesses as new members to the Boca Chamber family.

In 2017, we raised a record-setting total of over $750k during Boca Chamber Festival Days.

169 CHAMBER EVENTS In 2017, we celebrated 54 ribbon cuttings and hosted 169 events!

26 RESTAURANTS Our Tourism Committee launched the first ever Boca Restaurant Month and had 26 restaurants participate in its first year.

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$85K GRANTED TO 22 PUBLIC SCHOOLS Our Golden Bell Education Foundation awarded a record-setting amount of $85K to 22 Boca Raton Public Schools.



Jim Dunn

Vice President & General Manager JM Lexus Committed & Engaged

Q: You have been immersed in the Boca Chamber community for some time. From sponsorship to serving on the Board of Directors and now a member of the Executive Committee – what keeps you engaged? A: It’s a great honor for me to be on the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's Executive Committee. The city of Boca Raton is one of the finest communities anywhere. I love serving on the Boca Chamber Board because of all the great people involved in this organization, not to mention, so many of the valued customers JM Lexus enjoys are from Boca Raton.

In His Nature

"If it's not broke, break it. Innovation is in our DNA." -Jim Dunn

Q: Why the automobile industry? Tell us how you’ve gotten to where you are today. A: Being a frustrated jock and a mediocre bass guitarist and singer, my next love was automobiles. Loving sports the way I do and being competitive, it’s in my nature to have a desire to be the best.

Surrounded by Talent

Q: How does the success keep coming? What’s your secret? A: I’ve been very fortunate in surrounding myself with the most talented people in the automotive industry, and following the direction and legacy of our founder, Mr. Jim Moran.

Something to Remember

Q: What is your favorite memory as Vice President & General Manager of JM Lexus? A: My favorite memory here at JM Lexus was two years ago when our team crossed the 10,000 new vehicle sales threshold for Lexus (an all-time record) and created so much pride for all of our associates at JM Lexus.

Innovation is in Our DNA

Q: What is a memorable quote that has impacted your life and career? A: “If it’s not broke, break it”. Innovation is in our DNA, and we continually challenge ourselves to make our processes and guest experiences world-class.

Jim Dunn serves as the Vice President and General Manager of JM Lexus, managing 428 employees and bringing 45 years of experience to the industry. JM Lexus has been the top Lexus dealer in the world for 25 straight years and celebrated a new sales record of more than 10,000 new cars sold in 2015 alone. Dunn joined the Boca Chamber's Executive Committee for the 2017-2018 year, serving as Treasurer.

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The 2018 Leadership Boca Class has been announced. Sessions will begin on February 1, 2018 with 10 themed day trips to follow. View details below.

Leadership Boca 2018 will begin with SIMSOC (Simulated Society). The class will be divided into teams, tested and prepared for the year.

Other sessions will include Economic Development, Health, Human Services, Education, Environemntal Awareness (pictured above).

Additional sessions will cover Media, Government, Culture and Tourism. The final date recognizes leadership participants at a Graduation Ceremony.

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ANNOUNCING THE 2018 CLASS Lori Beldowicz, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ronnie Bidder, Saint Andrew's School Sarah Biernbaum, Marriott Susan Bronstein, Lynn University Nathan Brown, Proskauer Travis Bryan, Boca Raton Airport Authority Brandon Campbell, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC Derek Carnicom, PNC Bank Jeffrey Carter, Bluegreen Vacations Trina Chin Cheong, Boca Helping Hands Amanda Ellis, Oceans 234 Farideh Farazmand, Lynn University Judy Farmer, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company R. Moyle Fritz, Jr., First National Bank Coastal Community Dr. Sheri Goldstein, Palm Beach State College Jim Green, The Nature's Bounty Co. Eric Handis, Comerica Wealth Management William Harders , Boca Raton Regional Hospital Gregory Hazle, Boca Helping Hands Diane Heard, Bluegreen Vacations Rashanna Henderson, I-Launched, Inc. Stephanie Hicks, Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel Michael Hoffer, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Anil Jaipersaud, First Citizens Bank Maureen Mann, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ross O'Connor, Morgan Stanley Alex Oliveira, Prediq Media Carolyn Pikuza, SunTrust Rita Pinder, Legal Shield Jason Reasor, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Sydnee Renard, Wells Fargo Victoria Rudd, Habilitation Center Jody Saffert, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Keely Sanders, Hyatt Place Boca Raton/Downtown Rachel Schrager, Esq., Shendell & Pollock, PL Eric Strauss, Beighley, Myrick Udell & Lynne Tina Scott Polsky, North Castle Mediation Diane Shawcross, Florence Fuller Child Development Center Jennifer Thomason, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister, The YMCA Mickey Zitzmann, A.D. Henderson & FAU High School

Join Us As We Celebrate!

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:30 AM Boca Raton Resort & Club

2018 DIAMOND Award Recipient

2018 Pearl Award Recipient

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THE AGENDA 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 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 facing our city 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. You will find our most recent Chamber Legislative Priority Agenda online at www.bocachamber.com under the "Advocacy" tab.

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The Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival is celebrating its “Sweet 16” this year on April 6-7, 2018, with an unforgettable weekend of food, wine and fun. The annual event is the signature fundraiser for the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum and features two-days of events beginning this year with exclusive Vintner Dinners and the community favorite – Bacchanalia.

70 top CEOs and C-Suite business leaders joined together to “climb a success ladder of a different kind” at Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s inaugural CEO Build. This time business powerhouses worked together as “Leadership In Action” to help construct a home for a hard-working, low-income family to leave a tremendous impact on the community and break the poverty cycle for Antonine family. The initiative both celebrated and harnessed the unstoppable power of corporate leaders to unite to help transform their community with an inspiring “hand-up, not a hand-out”. No building experience was required as these volunteer CEO Builders worked under the guidance of Habitat construction professionals.

THE MAIN EVENTS Quick to sell out, the VINTNER DINNERS start the weekend off with intimate, private dinners at grand estates and unique historical sites in Boca Raton. These dining experiences each feature a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a magnificent 5-course meal. Guests attending the Vintner Dinners will also have the opportunity to meet their chef and vintner and learn more about the wine and food pairings of the evening. Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 per person. April 6, 2018.

Jerry Fedele, President & CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital served as CEO Build Honorary Chair, CEO Builder, Paul Adkins and Chairman of Florida Peninsula Insurance Company represented his company that was the CEO Build presenting home sponsor.

The Community’s Party – BACCHANALIA - is known as the longest running, must-attend community wine and food event in Boca Raton, combining incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with worldclass vintners showcasing their wineries’ best – all for attendees to enjoy and sample, for one ticket price. With live entertainment, numerous vendors with interactive experiences, and a high-tech auction with incredible wine, food & experience lots, this is a night not to be missed! Tickets to Bacchanalia are $100 per person. April 8, 2018.

As stakeholders in the creation of the first Habitat “House That CEOs Built” by raising walls and more than $175,000 in funds for the construction materials, the executives built alongside Gevala Antonine’s family who will live in the home. Those who have dined at Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach, have most likely enjoyed a meal cooked by Antonine, a longtime Boston’s employee and the matriarch of the Antonine family who will earn and purchase the CEO Build home that is being built build.

All proceeds from the annual Boca Bacchanal weekend benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum and their mission to preserve, share and celebrate Boca Raton’s local history.


12TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA TO PRESENT STELLAR LINE-UP FEB 23 TO MARCH 4 The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, will bring an unprecedented parade of stars to Boca Raton from February 23 – March 4, 2018. Highlights include legendary soprano and five-time Grammy Award winner, Kathleen Battle; superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman’s In The Fiddler’s House; Grupo Compay Segundo, from Cuba and making its first U.S. appearance in nearly 20 years; the only South Florida appearance by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and friends, and the Academy Award winning film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, with John Williams’ popular score being played live by the Symphonia. The Authors & Ideas program welcomes Hannah Tinti, best-selling author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley; Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order; Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, Founder of the X Prize Foundation, and bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think; 13-time Grammy Award winner, T Bone Burnett, innovative artist, songwriter, performer, film and concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate and James Marshall, adventurer and documentary film producer. Tickets are available at www.festivalboca.org. 10| Connection Magazine

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has announced Cheribundi Tart Cherry as the new title sponsor for the Boca Raton Bowl, the annual college football postseason game played in Boca Raton, Florida. Beginning with this year’s game, the bowl will now be known as the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. Cheribundi will serve as the title sponsor through the 2019 season. Based in N.Y., Cheribundi produces tart cherry beverages that are all natural and 100 percent juice from U.S. grown cherries. Cheribundi’s mission is to make people’s lives easier by providing them with healthy, innovative tart cherry products that provide powerful health benefits. “We are thrilled to welcome Cheribundi Tart Cherry as our new title sponsor and believe this is an ideal fit for the bowl game and the surrounding community,” said Doug Mosley, executive director of the game. “Cheribundi is perfectly geared to the active, healthy lifestyles of the Boca Raton and Palm Beach County communities. We look forward to working together to further develop the bowl game and provide a memorable experience for the student-athlete.” “Cheribundi Tart Cherry has been part of a training regimen for muscle rest and recovery to over 200 collegiate and professional sports teams for the past eight years,” said Steve Pear, CEO of Cheribundi. “Given Cheribundi’s deep history with athletes, the association with ESPN and sponsoring the newly named Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl is a natural fit.

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[1] Nancy Walsh, Lisa Elkan, Mayor Susan Haynie [2] Troy McLellan [3] Sarah Pearson, Troy McLellan, Mohamed Abdalla, Rosie Martin [4] West Boca High School Encore Ensemble [5] Troy McLellan and Mickey Gomez [6] Doug Mosley, Ethel Isaacs Williams, John Tolbert and Troy McLellan

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[1] Kelly Boyle, Kelly McCormack, Shanine Dorta and Amanda Ellis [2] Dr. Kevin Wagner and Michael Williams [3] Michael Williams and Troy McLellan







[1] J. Jay Greene and Lucy Claudio [2] Phillip Lomenzo and Joyce Hunter [3] Bob Frare, Mike Wolfson and Chuck Stout [4] Karen Lustgarten and Alicia Menda [5] Troy McLellan and Ethel Isaacs Williams [6] Deby Goldfarb and Toni Nieves





[1] John McClaskie, Gregory Dalmotte, Randy Eubanks and Scott Lappin [2] Maria Camacho, Audra Simovitch and Patricia Burdett [3] Tracy Lautomne and Robert Barnum



[1] Jay Berkowitz, Jen Jager and Sarah Pearson [2] Rob Jager [3] Jackie Reeves

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Waterstone Resort & Marina

37 Years as Chamber Members!

Our Member Anniversaries

Thank You For Your Commitment! 38 Years As A Member Beacon Group, Inc. Insurance 31Years As A Member American Equipment Company American Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach and Martin County AT&T AT&T Yellow Pages Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home 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, P.A. NCCI Ro Rabozzi/State Farm Insurance Agency Waterstone Resort & Marina, Curio -A Collection by Hilton 30 Years As A Member Office Depot, Inc. Toshiba Business Solutions Florida 29 Years As A Member Becker & Poliakoff, PA Delray Medical Center George Snow Scholarship Fund, Inc. Hilton Suites Boca Raton Mutual of America One Park Place Penn-Florida Companies Residence Inn By Marriott The Sena Group Uncle Tai's 28 Years As A Member Boca Country Club 27 Years As A Member Boca Raton Travel & Cruises 26 Years As A Member Boca Raton Mausoleum, Inc. Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Hazen and Sawyer, PC Philip R. Oranburg, MD, PA 25 Years As A Member Aucamp, Dellenback & Whitney Delray Beach Marriott Delray Sands Resort JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Wyndham Hotel - Boca Raton 24 Years As A Member Fairman & Associates, Inc. 22 Years As A Member AXA Advisors South Florida Florida Aquastore Holiday Inn Express West Boca Sign A Rama, USA, Boca/Delray

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21 Years As A Member Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Ctr Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, Inc. (Golden Bell) 20 Years As A Member Boca Raton Community Middle School Joe Bonnie & Son Moving & Storage Loggers' Run Middle School Oasis Outsourcing, Inc. 19 Years As A Member Crown Trophy Promise Healthcare SLK Realty, Inc. 18 Years As A Member Arnold-Hanafin Corporation Jarden Consumer Solutions Research Park at Florida Atlantic University SpringHill and TownPlace Suites by Marriott 17 Years As A Member Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. Greenspoon Marder MG Concepts, LLC Ocean Properties Hotels, Resorts & Affiliates Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine Schoeppl Law PA Telcom / Telcare Corp. Transworld Business Brokers 16 Years As A Member Bloom & Freeling, Attorneys at Law 15 Years As A Member South Florida Business Journal 14 Years As A Member CareerSource Palm Beach County Elizabeth A. Dunn, CPA, PA Kaufman Lynn Construction Residence Inn Rosemurgy Properties 13 Years As A Member Cendyn The Boca Raton Observer Two Men and a Truck Ultimate Staffing Services West Boca Raton Community High School 12 Years As A Member 5-Spice Asian Street Market Republic Services of Palm Beach 11 Years As A Member Mercantil Bank Self Discovery Group LLC 10 Years As A Member Ameriprise Financial Heritage Investment Group Ocean Lodge Hotel PayDay PayRoll Services Raymond Lee Jewelers RemarkAbleHR, Inc. The Shops at Boca Center

9 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 8 Years As A Member Blue Martini Capital Grille Discover the Palm Beaches, The Official Tourism Marketing Corporation for Palm Beach County Economos Properties Jaycee Realty, Inc. Malema Engineering Corporation Northwestern Mutual Palm Air Air Conditioning, Inc. Vander Ploeg & Associates, Inc. 7 Years As A Member Academy Mortgage Home Loan Corporation Campus Management Corp. Cutting Edge Recruiting Solutions image360 - Boca Raton Oceans 234 The Heritage at Boca Raton Apartments Universal Telecommunications Inc. 6 Years As A Member Coastal Car Worldwide Coldwell Banker Boca Resort and Beach Offices/ Joseph Santini Flagship Solutions Group LLC Gift of Life Marrow Registry Glick Family Funeral Home 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 Whelchel Partners Real Estate Services, Inc. 5 Years As A Member 1st Street Deli American Traveler Staffing Professionals Diamonds East International Inc. Ethan Allen Retail, Inc. FREEDOMED Hoffman's Chocolate Shoppe iPic Entertainment NYY Steak Pine Crest School PiĂąon Grill Seminole Casino Coconut Creek SERVPRO of South Palm Beach Signature Flight Support Sorrisi The ADT Corporation The Max Group WM Printing *January to March Member Anniversaries


WELCOME New Members

To the Chamber Family

THANK YOU TO OUR REFERRING PARTNERS! Matt Blank Signarama Deerfield Beach Amanda Ellis Oceans 234 Joyce Hunter The Florida Printing Group, Inc. Amy Levin The Legal Group


Mike Liss Liss Legal Cares, P.A. Adrienne Mazzone TransMedia Group Imran Siddiqui Siddiqui Strategies LLC Erick Solms Simplitfy


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2017-18 Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into entrepreneurs. Through the nine-month long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. YEA! is held from 4:30-7:30pm at Saint Andrews School every Wednesday from September 2017 through May 2018. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or how you can become involved as a sponsor or volunteer, contact Robert Halpern at (561) 395-4433 or rhalpern@bocachamber.com.


Martand Agarwal, Puppy Packs Martand, a Don Estridge sixth grader, is a competitive tennis player, engineer, and loyal fan of Shark Tank. He is pursuing his dream job as an entrepreneur. Martand saw a need in the market for pre-packaged and customizable first-aid kits for dogs. His product line will expand to travel kits and will focus on the safety, health, and wellbeing of the dog.

Casey Hill, Piston Trainer Casey, a sophomore at Boca Raton Community High School, has always exhibited a passion for music. She began playing trumpet in fourth grade and now plays over twenty instruments and composes her own music. Casey is developing the Piston Trainer, a device that teaches proper technique on piston-valve brass instruments.


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Natalya Jewelewicz, Infinity Wings Natalya, a senior at Boca Raton Community High School, has a reputation for inspiring others through leading by example. Her love of dance has afforded her the opportunity to travel and train at world-class facilities from Moscow to New York. Natalya is creating a dance technology to help prevent injuries and teach proper technique.

Devin Willis, SlideMap Devin, a freshman at Florida Atlantic University High School, is regarded as a renaissance man – as an athlete, engineer, scientist and community advocate. His expertise in robotics and interest in biomedical engineering propelled him to develop a platform to increase the accuracy and speed of cancer diagnosis. SlideMap is a seed-stage company.


GOLDEN BELL The Boca Chamber's Education Foundation The Golden Bell Education Foundation (Golden Bell) is in its 27th year of operation. Golden Bell is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was created for the sole purpose of supporting the Boca Raton Public School System, grades K-12. Established 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. The grant cycle is open from January through April. Funds are awarded to deserving and innovative programs. We are pleased to announce that nearly $85,000 was awarded to Boca Raton public schools and scholarship programs in 2017! Since its inception in 1991, Golden Bell has granted $1.4 Million. The success of our organization is achieved through community support. Give the gift of education by donating to Golden Bell. To donate or learn more about Golden Bell, contact Robert Halpern at (561) 395-4433 or rhalpern@bocachamber.com

Mercedes Dybas and her class at Sandpiper Shores Elementary used their grant to build a classroom library.

Schools Who Received Grants in 2017-18 ELEMENTARY


A.D. Henderson University School

Boca Raton Middle School

Addison Mizner Elementary School

Don Estridge High Tech Middle

Boca Raton Elementary School

Eagles Landing Middle School

Calusa Elementary School

Loggers' Run Middle School

Coral Sunset Elementary School Del Prado Elementary School Hammock Pointe Elementary School

HIGH SCHOOLS A.D. Henderson / FAU High School

J.C. Mitchell Elementary School

Olympic Heights High School

Sandpiper Shores Elementary

Spanish River High School

Sunrise Park Elementary School

West Boca Raton High School

Verde Elementary School Waters Edge Elementary School Whispering Pines School

It's Not Too Early to Start Giving! Support Your Local Schools.



George Snow Scholarship Fund

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Burton's Grill 6030 SW 18th Street

Boca Dance Studio 6030 SW 18th Street

Orangetheory Fitness 2240 NW 19th Street

Boca Raton Museum Artists Guild 2910 N Federal HIghway 18| Connection Magazine

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe 6897 SW 18th Street

Seva Beauty 3260 N Federal Highway

Boca Expert Realty LLC 400 S Dixie Highway, Suite 320

Club Pilates 7050 W Palmetto Park Rd #49/50

LYMBR 2200 Glades Road, Suite 304



Meet the Chamber's New Additions to the Board of Directors

November marks the start of the Boca Chamber's new fiscal year, and with the new year comes exciting changes. This year, we welcomed seven members to the Boca Chamber's Board of Directors who officially began their term on November 1. These men and women - combined with our existing 20 board members - represent the best and brightest in our community. It is their combined knowledge and experience that enables us to strengthen our mission - to promote and sustain economic prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County. Their commitment and dedication continues to make Boca Raton the premiere location to do business - and the best place to live, work, learn and play. I am proud to announce this year's newest board members. Please see their photos and company affiliations listed to the right. 2017 marked an extremely successful year under the leadership of our Chair - Ethel Isaacs Williams, Senior Vice President, Development and Public Affairs at Kaufman Lynn Construction. We are fortunate and excited to have Ethel serve a second term as Chair this year. In addition, we welcome Jim Dunn (JM Lexus) onto the Executive Committee as the Treasurer. Mohamed Abdalla has joined the board to represent the Chamber's Professionals Under 40 (PULSE) Group. To view our complete list of Boca Chamber Officers and Directors, please visit our website at: www.bocachamber.com.

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(September 1 to November 30, 2017)

Anderson & Associates, LLC (561) 289-5022 www.andersonluxe.com Peg Anderson Boca Raton, FL 33432

J.A.R. Moeller, LLC (561) 362-0112 www.jarmoeller.com JoAnne Moeller Boca Raton, FL 33432

NextGen Management LLC (212) 967-1944 www.dx-web.com Lewis Stahl Boca Raton, FL 33486

Best Foot Forward Foundation, Inc. (561) 470-8300 www.bestfoot.org Donna Biase Boca Raton, FL 33434

LaRocca & Associates, Inc. (954) 938-9094 www.laains.com Phillip Kittell Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Prediq Media (561) 807-7663 www.prediqmedia.com Alex Oliveira Boca Raton, FL 33433

GENERAL MEMBERS AccuTour (954) 281-2137 www.accutour.com Eduardo Acevedo Margate, FL 33063 Alina Schwartz P.A. Nestler Poletto Sotheby's Int'l Realty (561) 789-1676 Alina Schwartz Boca Raton, FL 33487 Arctic Rush Fitness (561) 571-5346 www.arcticrushfitness.com Vincent Baumert Boca Raton, FL 33432 Avila Engineering & Construction (561) 931-7697 www.avila-ec.com William Avila Boca Raton, FL 33432 Awards by Academy (954) 427-8888 www.awardsbyacademy.com Joni Huntman Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 BH2o Med Spa & Laser Center (561) 338-3343 www.bh2omedspa.com Rhonda Mullins Boca Raton, FL 33432 Blue Sky Insurance® Inc. (561) 910-0030 http://www.blueskyinsure.com Toshiko Nakamura Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boca Chamber Radio (954) 482-1725 www.BocaChamberRadio.com Dean Miuccio Boca Raton, FL 33432

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Boca Expert Realty LLC (561) 347-6444 www.bocaexpert.com Gloria Singer Boca Raton, FL 33432

Corporate Interiors, Inc. - The CI Group (954) 354-1711 www.the-cigroup.com Julie Carr Boca Raton, FL 33487

Boca Raton Preschool (561) 465-5431 www.preschoolinboca.com Sarat Dayal Boca Raton, FL 33431

CoSuite LLC (305) 205-9377 www.cosuite.com Betsy Campo Boca Raton, FL 33431

Boca Stone Design, Inc. (561) 362-2085 www.bocastonedesign.com/ Bruna Corso Boca Raton, FL 33431

Coton Frais (561) 620-5888 www.cotonfraisfashion.com Christina Dowdle Boca Raton, FL 33486

Brazelia Med Spa (561) 353-2265 www.brazeliamedspa.com Brazelia Lazzari Boca Raton, FL 33432

Donna Pascoe Salon (561) 573-0006 www.donnapascoesalon.com Donna Pascoe Boca Raton, FL 33432

Champion Construction and Remodel (954) 594-0939 www.championremodel.com Ethan Dankwardt Margate, FL 33063

Dream Vacations (954) 227-7772 www.ycruise.com Cheryl Scavron Pompano Beach, FL 33073

Child Rescue Coalition, Inc. (561) 208-9000 www.childrescuecoalition.org Scott Smith Boca Raton, FL 33431

Fabulously 50 Magazine (561) 300-3878 www.fabulously50.com Ricki Black Boca Raton, FL 33432

City Lien Search, LLC (561) 992-5305 www.cityliensearch.com Craig Zeuner Boca Raton, FL 33487

Faces by Eskala (561) 755-5575 www.eskala.com Esther Steinberg

Cobalt Blueprint (561) 614-2583 www.cobaltblueprint.com Zachary Goodman Boca Raton, FL 33431 Comic Cure (786) 564-2291 www.comiccure.com Benjamin Leis Boca Raton, FL 33432

Fusion Academy (954) 560-1205 www.fusionacademy.com Jessica Rothschild Boca Raton, FL 33432 Gasparri & Associates Management (561) 998-7826 www.re-in-fla.com Angelo Gasparri Boca Raton, FL 33431

NEW MEMBERS Henri Bendel (561) 393-6408 www.henribendel.com Sydney Wollman Boca Raton, FL 33431 J. Alexander Interiors (954) 366-1817 www.jalexanderinteriors.com Jason Mugnano Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Jennifer Jones RN Inc. (561) 338-3322 www.breastfeedingboutique.com Jennifer Jones Boca Raton, FL 33486 Legacy Estate & Home Furnishings Consignment (561) 409-2126 www.legacyfurnitureconsignment. com Nancy Rosenthal Boca Raton, FL 33431 Liberty Moving & Storage, LLC (954) 876-4444 www.LibertyMovingFl.com Mieke Fox Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Looking Sharp Eyewear and Care (561) 479-4765 www.lookingsharpeyewearandcare. com David Camporeale Boca Raton, FL 33434 Luxury Partners Realty / Shelley Poss (561) 703-5603 www.shelleyposs.com Shelley Poss Delray Beach, FL 33446 Maddox Group Inc. (561) 425-6800 www.maddoxgc.com James Fox Boca Raton, FL 33431 Martella, Inc. (561) 716-7414 Mohammad (Waleed) Akhtar Boca Raton, FL 33432 MassMutual / Scott Rosen (954) 689-9427 www.massmutualbrokerage.com/ scott-rosen Scott Rosen Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

The Max Challenge (561) 948-0897 www.themaxchallenge.com Rosa DeLeon Boca Raton, FL 33483 Murphy Business & Financial Services (954) 900-2685 www.flabiz4sale.com Russell Cohen Boca Raton, FL 33431 The O'Boyle Law Firm (954) 570-3501 www.oboylelawfirm.com Jonathan O'Boyle Orangetheory Fitness West Boca (561) 488-1955 http://west-boca-raton.orangetheoryfitness.com Joesph Fox Boca Raton, FL 33434 Peace Love Med, LLC (561) 465-4812 www.peacelovemed.com Ilana Mechoullam Boca Raton, FL 33432 Continued on page 22


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 ncci.com or LinkedIn.com.

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NEW MEMBERS Pronti Enterprises LLC DBA Oliv Pit (561) 409-2049 www.olivpit.com Emmanuel Vlahos Boca Raton, FL 33433

Simplified by Jess (561) 299-6012 www.simplifiedbyjess.com Jessica Maxson Boca Raton, FL 33487

The Geringer Group (561) 302-8630 www.thegeringergroup.com Michael Geringer Boca Raton, FL 33433

Purgreens (561) 826-4300 www.purgreensdelray.com Danielle Monroy Boca Raton, FL 33432

Spanish River Concerts, Inc. (800) 716-6975 www.spanishriverconcerts.com Jeffrey Morgenstern Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Treo Brands LLC (914) 341-1850 www.drinktreo.com Jake Golden Harrison, NY 10528

Raw Fitness (561) 465-3745 www.rawboca.com Sterling Sargent Boca Raton, FL 33431

Spritz, P.A. (954) 612-2815 Matthew Spritz Boca Raton, FL 33432

Uncommon Philanthropy (917) 406-0100 www.pameladubin.com Pamela Dubin Boca Raton, FL 33431

Round the Town Rides (561) 303-9173 www.roundthetownrides.com Brandon Owens Boca Raton, FL 33431 Siddiqui Strategies LLC (561) 212-9127 Imran Siddiqui Boca Raton, FL 33498 The Siegel Law Group, P.A. (561) 955-8515 www.siegellawgroup.com Susan Wandersman Boca Raton, FL 33431

SR Construction Services, LLC (561) 290-0402 www.s-r-construction.com Eric Rogers Palm City, FL 34990 Synthesis FL LLC (561) 425-8787 www.synthesisfl.com Roxana Lang Temper Grille (561) 717-8081 www.temperboca.com Erick Guerra Boca Raton, FL 33496



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Experience Integrity Dedication

Waxing the City (561) 349-6761 www.waxingthecity.org Steve Mulder Boca Raton, FL 33431






Prime Professionals Group


PRIME Professionals Group


PRIME Professionals Group


New Member Orientation


International Business Alliance


International Business Alliance


International Business Alliance Evening Network


YEA! CEO Round Table


Membership Breakfast


South Palm Beach County Capitol Days


Membership Breakfast


Community Cookout


Government Affairs


New Member Orientation


Membership Breakfast


New Member Orientation




Small Business Exchange


Economic Development Committee




Successful Women in Business


Small Business Exchange


Small Business Exchange


PULSE Meets the Boca Chamber Trustees & Board of Directors


Economic Development


PULSE Luncheon


PULSE Evening Network





Successful Women in Business Network


Smart Talk for Women


After Hours Network

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Smart Talk for Women

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DIAMOND Award Luncheon


Economic Development Smart Talk for Women


After Hours Network

CHAMBER CONNECTION Exclusive discounts for Boca Raton chamber members! With this comprehensive program, you’ll receive: • Up to 55% off the officedepot.com 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

Visit www.ncgaffinity.com/chamber_signup to enroll and start saving today! Fast and Free delivery. Minimum purchase required after discounts and before taxes. Orders outside our local delivery area and most furniture, oversized and special order items do not qualify. Non-qualifying orders incur a delivery charge (minimum charge of $7.95). Many orders can be delivered next business day (between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM) if placed online or via phone by 5:00 PM or via fax by 3:00 PM, local time (In most locations). Other restrictions apply. See business.officedepot.com, call 888.2.OFFICE or ask your Account Manager for details. Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. ©2016 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved.

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