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October - December 2016

BOCA CHAMBER’S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE

CONNECTING MEMBERS

ADVANCING COMMERCE

PROTECTING BUSINESS

ENHANCING COMMUNITY Connection Magazine | 1


CONNECTION MAGAZINE

Publisher: Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP Editor: Jordi Gerking 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, Secretary Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Immediate Past Chair DIRECTORS 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 Ahnich Khalid, Maggiano's Little Italy Larry Katz, Wells Fargo John W. Kelly, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University Ken Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital LLC Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions Sal Saldana, Town Center at Boca Raton/ Simon Property Group Keith Sonderling, Gunster John Tolbert, Boca Raton Resort & Club 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, Development Director, Golden Bell Education Foundation & YEA! Sharon Ramsey, Senior Sales Associate Vicki Pearson, Executive Asst. to the President & CEO Kathy Jones, Member Service & Administrative Associate 2 | Connection Magazine

TABLE OF CONTENTS From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Get Connected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Meet Your New Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 BLU-PAC Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Boca Chamber's Tech Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Boca Chamber Festival Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Outside-the-Box Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Vote No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Your Scene, You’re Seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Welcome New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Golden Bell and YEA! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Leadership Boca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Mark Your Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


Connecting Members to Bridge Boca's Gap

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT

I have been fortunate to serve as President and CEO of the Boca Chamber for 11 years, and it is with great confidence that I tell you the most rewarding outcome has been witnessing the development of impactful relationships built among members, community leaders and residents. In order to advance the Chamber's mission -- to Promote and Sustain Economic Prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County -- it is critical we understand that our members are also your neighbors. They are business professionals who are also your customers. They are mothers and fathers who care about their children's education and taxpayers who care about the quality of life of their community. The Boca Chamber not only strengthens the economy, but also works to enhance the community and create connections that go beyond business. Our Chamber is proud to offer hundreds of networks, annual events, membership breakfasts, after-hours events, leads groups and committee meetings each year. When we say there is something for everyone, we truly mean it. We are excited to have launched our newest program, The Small Business Exchange, on September 20th. This program brings small business owners together to discuss challenges they face and to brainstorm solutions, all with the end goal of assisting in the growth and success of their business. Where we see a need, we find a way to bridge the gap and connect members who share common goals. In August, we celebrated Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD). Throughout the month, the Chamber facilitated nearly 30 events that connected our for-profit members with the nonprofit community to raise funds and awareness for their charitable causes. We are very pleased to announce that a record-setting total of over half a million dollars was raised in just 31 days. For more information about BCFD, turn to page 8.

President & CEO Troy McLellan connects with students from Coral Sunset Elementary at the Golden Bell Breakfast.

"We're here to help you make connections that go beyond business."

With the start of our new fiscal year Nov. 1, we also welcome new leadership. Ethel Isaacs Williams, NextEra Energy Inc., will succeed Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital as the new Chair. We are grateful for the impactful leadership of Jerry Fedele, and we look forward to an exciting year ahead with Ethel Isaacs Williams at the helm. Join us on October 22 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club as we celebrate in style and honor the professionals who serve on our Board of Directors. From Connecting Members, to Advancing Commerce, to Protecting Business and Enhancing Community, the Boca Chamber could not positively impact our community without the support of our Chamber members. Whether we are business executives, parents, neighbors or friends, we are all members of this community, and it is the genuine connections that will keep us moving forward to enhance where we live, work, learn and play. Moving Forward,

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GET CONNECTED One of the best ways to market your company is to become active in the various groups and committees that the Chamber offers. Connect with like-minded people in one, two, or all of our groups! Ambassadors Committee Also known as the "Welcoming Committee", this group serves as the Chamber's PR arm and facilitates networking for new members. Leadership Boca This annual program is designed to educate civic-minded people on local issues through a ten session program.

GET INVOLVED TODAY! PULSE Professionals

Successful Women in Business This dynamic group provides women in business the opportunity to network and hear from female leaders in the community.

Leads Groups

PULSE Professionals Group This group provides professionals under the age of 40 the opportunity to network and learn from one another and industry speakers.

10.22.16 Boca Raton Resort & Club

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Leadership Boca

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Leads Groups There are five leads groups, each consisting of non-competitive businesses that allow participants to exchange leads and business advice in hopes of expanding business.

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MEET YOUR NEW CHAIR

Q&A

Ethel Isaacs Williams Chair, Boca Chamber Serving Her City

Q: What are you looking forward to most in serving as Chair? A: I look forward to building on the legacy of great leaders who have served as Chair of this great organization for the past 64 years. The Board of Directors’ primary role is that of governance and direction for the 1,500 member entities which constitute our membership, so it’s an honor to lead, but also to learn from them.

The Road to Success

Q: Tell us the story of what led to your current success...

"It's an honor to lead our membership, but also to learn from them."

A: My story is one of perseverance and optimism. As the youngest sibling of seven, I had high bars of expectation set before me, most of which were self-imposed. Regardless of the odds, no one can be better at being me but me!

Motivated by Design

Q: What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? A: I am motivated to get out of bed because it means I have another opportunity to do my best in all aspects of my life. I can be my best in my work, my family and my community.

The Power of Connections

Q: What can you say to be true about the power of connections? A: The power of connections is real, because it is from making a true connection that relationships are created, leveraged and nurtured. It is from those nurtured relationships, that networks are expanded and one's sphere of influence is enhanced. I was officially introduced to the Boca Chamber almost seven years ago, and since that time, I have been afforded the opportunity to share news about my company, support local organizations, and meet many amazing people who live, work, learn and play in Boca.

Looking Ahead

Q: What do you hope to achieve as Chair of the Boca Chamber? What do you hope we can achieve together? A: I hope that together we share more across industry sectors, neighborhood boundaries and organizational structures so that we can truly unite around our core mission of CAPE (Connecting Members, Advancing Commerce, Protecting Business and Enhancing Communities). In doing this, we support the three primary arms of our organization (business, government and education) through the Chamber of Commerce, BLU-PAC, and the Golden Bell Education Foundation. Ethel Isaacs Williams serves as the Director of Corporate Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion for NextEra Energy Inc. She is responsible for developing corporate strategies and initiatives for employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, that support talent growth and development enterprise-wide.

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TECH COMMITTEE Our Technology Committee functions as a collaborative forum, bringing together members of our chamber. Through these coordinated meetings, valuable new ideas and insights are generated to enhance our area’s growth as a technologycentered economy. Together, the Technology Committee and the Boca Chamber put the ideas into action, organizing events for business professionals so that they can stay ahead of the top advertising and marketing trends and interactive media. All of these events are entirely free for our members and for anyone in the community! If you attend these events you will hear from a variety of interesting speakers on relevant topics, and you will gain an opportunity to network. Haven’t made it to a previous Tech Forum? It’s OK, the next event in November will be a Tech-splosion! This event will feature technology experts in an interactive seminar about the hottest topics in technology from using LinkedIn effectively to mobile marketing. Jay Berkowitz, Owner of Ten Golden Rules, moderated the Aug. 25, Email Isn't Dead Tech Event.

Roxana Scaffidi, Ray Costa and Sheryl Cattell served as panelists at the Email Isn't Dead Tech Event.

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BLU-PAC

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8TH! For These Endorsed Candidates

WE TAKE CARE OF POLITICS, SO YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS Ensuring a pro-business environment where your company has the opportunity to succeed and thrive is a priority for the Boca Chamber. In order to provide that environment, it is critical that our elected officials understand the needs and demands on what it takes to operate a successful business. The Boca Chamber's Business Leaders United Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) exists to endorse and fund candidates that are in alignment with the Boca Chamber's views and priorities regarding business. After a very thorough vetting and interview process of candidates running for the upcoming General Election, BLU-PAC has made the following endorsements:

Joe Negron (R) State Senator Dist. 25

Lori Berman (D) State Representative Dist. 90

• Re-elect Joe Negron, State Senator, Dist. 25 • Re-elect Lori Berman, State Representative, Dist. 90 • Re-elect George Moraitis, State Representative, Dist. 93 • Re-elect Mary Lou Berger, County Commissioner, Dist. 5 • Re-elect Earl Starkoff, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Seat 3 • Elect Craig Ehrnst, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Seat 1

George Moraitis (R) Mary Lou Berger (D) State Representative Dist. 93

County Commissioner Dist. 5

BLU-PAC believes that these candidates will bring the right business experience, innovative thinking and passion for South Palm Beach County. More importantly, they will provide the leadership needed to keep our State, County and City moving forward. The General Election will take place on November 8th. With so much change in our political environment - it is critically important for you to vote. Not only do we encourage you to vote, but we ask that you encourage your employees to vote as well. Thank you for your support and for having a voice in the future of our great community and its continuing prosperity!

ABOUT BLU-PAC BLU-PAC (Business Leaders United for Boca Raton - PC, Inc.) was created in 2006 to help you, our Chamber member, support state and local candidates who reinforce pro-business initiatives.

Earl Starkoff

Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Seat 3

Craig Ehrnst

Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Seat 1

The most effective way to protect your economic rights is to elect those candidates who adhere to this philosophy. As a rule, strength in numbers is the guiding force behind the success of an organization like BLU-PAC. Only together can we make a difference. For more information on BLU-PAC or to get involved, please contact Sarah Pearson at 561.395.4433 Paid for and Sponsored by Business Leaders United for Boca Raton - CCE - Inc. Pursuant to section 106.087(2)(a), Florida Statutes. Not approved by any candidate Connection Magazine | 7


BOCA CHAMBER FESTIVAL DAYS

BCFD August 2016 Recap

This annual program is the Boca Chamber's outreach to the nonprofit community, and the goal was to raise awareness and funds for nonprofit philanthropic efforts. We're calling 2016 BCFD a success! After facilitating 28 events, we are excited to announce that we raised more than one-half million dollars in just 31 days to benefit the nonprofit community. We capped off the monthlong celebration with Wine & All That Jazz. This year a portion of the proceeds benefited our Golden Bell Education Foundation, which supports public schools and programming in Boca Raton. If you are interested in getting involved next year, please contact info@bocachamber.com.

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Boca Chamber Festival Days is facilitated and marketed by the Boca Chamber and sponsored by LifeSpace Communities.

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Yoga & Mental Health at the Faulk Center for Counseling

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The Boca Chamber highly values its 100+ nonprofit members; they are an integral, defining component of our community. Not only do our nonprofit organizations employ thousands of local professionals, they improve the overall quality of life in our city, and most importantly, they provide critical support to the underserved.


OUTSIDE-THE-BOX CONNECTIONS MEMBERS SHARE THEIR CONNECTION SUCCESS STORIES CONNECTING OUR FUTURE LEADERS Indira Fields, 2016 YEA! Graduate

The only thing sweeter than one of my pastry items is my experience of being a part of the 2015-16 YEA! Program. My name is Indira Fields and my online gourmet bakery business, Sweeter Things, an online gourmet bakery (SweeterThings.co), became a reality after completing the nine-month business development program offered by the Golden Bell Foundation through the Boca Chamber of Commerce. Through this opportunity, I was able to learn the skills needed to develop and operate a business from some of the best business minds who unselfishly volunteered their time and expertise. While it was challenging to complete the program during my sophomore year of high school, I learned valuable skills that I will be able to use throughout my life and career. All of the instructors were extremely helpful; however, I am extremely grateful to my personal mentor, Ms. Patricia Burdett. She shared helpful business insight and knowledge, advised me along the way, and has been one of my biggest supporters. She also introduced me to several influential business leaders including Mary Wong of the Office Depot Foundation. At the YEA! graduation, Ms. Wong offered me my first official catering event for her Wing Woman inaugural event. It turned out to be the biggest highlight I experienced through the YEA! Program. At the event, I was able to showcase my products and meet many successful businesswomen. Another major highlight was participating in the chamber’s Spring Business Expo, where community leaders and business owners had the opportunity to sample my products. This was great exposure for Sweeter Things.

President & CEO Troy McLellan with Indira Fields at the 2016 YEA! Graduation.

-Indira Fields

CONNECTING FOR THE GREATER GOOD Robert Weinroth, CEO of FREEDOMED

Over the past three years on the City Council, I have come to appreciate the synergy created between the chamber and the city. This takes the form of its leadership’s ongoing commitment to support the city as it works to build a vibrant downtown, creating economic vitality for our residents. The chamber’s Government Relations and Economic Development committees each focus on the ongoing need to advocate for issues important to the chamber, its members and the city as a whole. Through BLU-PAC (Business Leaders United for Boca Raton – PC Inc), created 10 years ago, the chamber augments the efforts of its leadership and committees by supporting state and local candidates who embrace the idea of allowing businesses to flourish and prosper without unwarranted governmental interference. It is this close working relationship between the City Council and Chamber that fosters economic development and makes it the venue of choice for a majority of the corporate headquarters located within Palm Beach County. -Robert Weinroth

Pamela and Robert Weinroth at the 2016 Wine & All That Jazz event.

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I F I T PA SS E S…

YOU WON’T EVEN BE ABLE TO BUY AN ICE CREAM CONE IN A WATERFRONT CITY PARK. NO RESTAURANTS NO KAYAK RENTALS NO GUMBO LIMBO GIFT SHOP NOT EVEN AN ICE CREAM TRUCK! BUT, WHAT WE DO GET IS A

$37,500,000 TAX BILL!

Paid political advertisement paid for in kind by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce,1800 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

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YOUR SCENE, YOU’RE SEEN MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST [1]

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PULSE Professionals Under 40

SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS [1]

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YOUR SCENE, YOU’RE SEEN WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ [1]

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[1]Lisa and Paul Metcalf [2] Meatball Joe serving up delicious meatballs to guests [3] Featured cupcakes from AllStar Cupcakery [4] Chuck Stout, Jim Dunn, Troy McLellan, Rose Faraone [5] Jen and Rob Jager [6] Susan and Jim Saturday

TRUSTEE EVENTS

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MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

THE BOCA CHAMBER W O U L D L I K E TO S AY:

THANK YOU MEMBERS!

51 Years As A Member Ross Realty & Appraisal Inc. 35 Years As A Member Osborne & Osborne P.A. 30 Years As A Member Morgan Stanley Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel Royal Palm Place Saint Andrew's School SunTrust Bank Tomasso's Pizza & Subs Town Center at Boca Raton Wells Fargo West Boca Medical Center YMCA of South Palm Beach County 29 Years As A Member CenterState Bank 27 Years As A Member Daszkal Bolton LLP La Boca Casa by the Ocean Resort 26 Years As A Member Sevell Realty Partners Inc. Thomas Workman & Associates CPAs 25 Years As A Member Bill T. Smith, Jr. PA Boca Raton Community High School 23 Years As A Member Palm Beach County Sports Commission 22 Years As A Member Boca Ballet Theatre 20 Years As A Member Evert Tennis Academy NAI Merin Hunter Codman 19 Years As Member Simon & Sigalos, LLP 18 Years As A Member Anthony J. Reitano, CPA, LLC Compson Associates, Inc. ISG Graphics

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17 Years As A Member Choice Mortgage Bankers Jewels In Time Redgrave & Rosenthal LLP 16 Years As A Member Boca Raton Children’s Museum 15 Years As A Member Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council Stratford Court 14 Years As A Member Bazua Enterprises LLC, dba Global Alliance Envirogreen Building Solutions Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services Sklar Furnishings 13 Years as A Member CBIZ Employee Services Organization TD Bank 12 Years As A Member Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club Schwartz Law Group The Ostroff Group Inc. 10 Years As A Member Allianz Championship Boston's on the Beach & 50 Ocean N Spa 9 Years As A Member EY Dubliner JPMorgan Chase Lexington International LLC Stoltz Realty Company of Florida Inc. 8 Years As A Member Bell Rock Capital LLC Dawn of Designs Graphic Studio Evershore Financial Group Keratin Complex Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

7 Years As A Member Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club Family Rentals and Guest Services Junior Achievement of South Florida, Inc. Metro Taxi Plum Productions Video Rocco's Tacos Sell-Ware Shendell & Pollock PL 6 Years As A Member AppleOne Employment Services Barbara Beznos RD, LD/N-Integrated Nutrition LLC BocaFertility Center Realty Associates/Boca Raton Properties Deck 84 EG Communications Group First Citizens Bank Florida Blue Incapital Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation NAIFA - Palm Beaches Inc. Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc. Prime Cigar & Wine Bar Shraiberg, Ferrara & Landau PA Ulysse Nardin Inc. 5 Years As A Member Aliant Payment Systems Inc. Alman & Katz, DMD PA Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Cynthia Spray Design & Architecture Financial Trust Asset Management FPL FiberNet Gulfstream Goodwill Industries JDL Technologies Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Level 5 Security Group LLC Managed Care Concepts Memorial Healthcare System Millennium International Development Corp. Omar Periu International Proffitt Management Solutions Inc. Susan J. Brotman, PA The Deltennium Group The Florida Printing Group Inc. Toll Brothers / Azura Town of Highland Beach U.S. Gold and Silver Inc.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

THANK YOU TO OUR REFERRING PARTNERS!

C O N G R AT U LAT I O N S !

NEW MEMBERS JULY

AUGUST

Cherie Benjoseph KidSafe Foundation

Vanessa Lvovsky Four Elements Wellness Spa

Jay Berkowitz Ten Golden Rules

John McClaskie Leading Edge Mortgage Corp.

Angela Blackburn Stanley Steamer

Penny Morey RemarkAble HR, Inc.

Jeff Bovarnick Bovarnick Law Group LLC

Cary Roman Potions in Motion Catering

Lisa Elkan Alliance Association Bank

Jon Sahn Ascendant Planned Giving Inc.

Richard & Michael Gibson Boca Resto Lounge

Lee Scher Jigsaw Planning

J. Jay Greene Ducerus, Your Total College Solution

Connie Siskowski American Association of Caregiving Youth

Nancy Hack Ascendant Planned Giving Inc.

Jerry Spielman City News/Boca's Best Magazine

Jon Kaye Kaye Communications Inc.

Susan Wandersman Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

Amy Levin The Legal Group

SEPTEMBER

N E W M E M B E R O R I E N TAT I O N I S S P O N S O R E D B Y:

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 spotlight ad in a Business Beat email blast Highlight in Connection Magazine as a referring partner Connection Magazine |15


GOLDEN BELL & YEA!

Golden Bell Education Foundation

Thank You YEA! Sponsors

The Golden Bell Education Foundation is changing the landscape of education in Boca Raton. The Boca Chamber’s Education Foundation, also known as Golden Bell, is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation 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. The Golden Bell Foundation’s Board of Directors convenes annually to review grant applications and select recipients. Recipients are notified during the summer and receive their grants at the Chamber’s September Membership Breakfast. With this newest round of funding, the Golden Bell Education Foundation is 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 The Golden Bell Education Foundation. With your generosity, it is our goal to continue to give the gift of supporting our children’s future. To donate, please use the donation form below and mail it to the Boca Chamber, or call (561) 395-4433. Because of YOU, we are helping to make young minds brighter, smarter, and more creative. Right here. Right now.

Donate Today!

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Golden Bell Education Foundation Donation Card

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students in grades 6 through 12 through the process of starting and launching a real business over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.

Name: __________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City: ________________ State: ____ Zip:______ Phone: _________________________________ Donation Amount: $_______________________ Credit Card #: ____________________________ Expiration: ___________________ CCV #: _____

YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, and develop their brand identity and much more!

Thank You For Your Support of Boca Raton Public Schools!

For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or how you may become involved as a volunteer, sponsor, or supporting partner, contact (561) 395-4433.

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LEADERSHIP BOCA

A Letter From The Chair As a graduate of Leadership Boca 2015, I felt honored to be given the opportunity to discover my personal leadership strengths and find new areas where I could make meaningful contributions. I went on to serve as Co-Chair for Leadership Boca 2016 and I am very thrilled to serve as Chair for Leadership Boca 2017.

Sabita Ramnarace

I have had the privilege to partner and create lasting relationships with so many exceptional leaders from all over our community. Together we were able to become involved in charitable causes, connect with like-minded people and learn how we can make a difference in our community. Along with my co-chair, Lloyd Comiter of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, we are looking forward to being a part of a growing network as we meet the participants of the Leadership Boca 2017 class. In addition, we will have the chance to meet with experts in the fields of government, health care, environment, education, social services, business, media, and much more. More important, we look forward to another year of providing unique opportunities to promote, expand and leverage the tremendous leadership resources of our community to bring about a stronger future for Boca Raton. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”-Helen Keller Sabita Ramnarace, Leadership Boca Chair 2017 Boca Raton Regional Hospital Chief Experience Officer

-Sabita

Leadership Boca Connection Story I met Jan Dymtrow of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital as a result of my participation in Leadership Boca Class of 2014. Jan knew my brother, Jeff, a doctor on the medical staff at the hospital quite well. When the earthquake struck in Haiti, she helped him coordinate the credentialing and travel arrangements for a team of BRRH doctors, nurses and ancillary medical staff to aid the Haitian community. After our Leadership Boca graduation in the spring of 2014, Jan offered my daughter, Romy, a 10th grade student at North Broward Preparatory School at the time, a summer internship. Romy helped create a menu of healthy meals for cancer patients. From this, Romy began to develop an interest in nutrition. Now a senior, Romy is spearheading the HopeGel initiative on behalf of the Food for the Poor Club at North Broward, for which she serves as president. Jan Dymtrow has been a role model to my daughter having taught her the value of giving back. Yet, despite my brother’s connection to her, I would have never known Jan without stepping out of my comfort zone and applying to Leadership Boca. Thanks

Jan!

-William C. Miller, Managing Member, Miller Wealth Advisors, LLC Connection Magazine |17


RIBBON CUTTINGS

July - September

The Little Chalet 485 S. Federal Highway

The Art of Dance 153 SE 1st Avenue

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(Print Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016)


STATE SENATOR

JOSEPH ABRUZZO DISTRICT 25 MINORITY WHIP

As your State Senate office, we provide constituents with assistance for a variety of needs, including the following: Medicaid, Food Assistance, Unemployment, Resources for the Elderly, Veterans’ Affairs, Financial Services, Insurance Policies, Healthcare Coverage, Housing Programs, Community Resources, HOA Issues, Fraud, Child Protection alongside many others. With our state agencies and federal liaisons, we are here to provide the most valuable services to you and your community! If you would like to sign up for our legislative and community updates please email:

Abruzzo.Joseph.Web@flsenate.gov

Sincerely, Shreya Kuntawala—Chief Legislative Assistant Email: Kuntawala.Shreya@flsenate.gov Legislative Assistants: Ben Durgan: Dur gan.Ben@flsenate.gov

Ambar Pimentel: Pimentel.Ambar @flsenate.gov Jasmine Govan: Govan.J asmine@flsenate.gov

Joseph Abruzzo 12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 200, Wellington, FL 33414 Phone: (561) 791- 4774 Abruzzo.Joseph.Web@flsenate.gov @AbruzzoArchive Connection Magazine |19


NEW MEMBERS TRUSTEE MEMBERS

(April 16, 2016 to August 31, 2016)

Akerman LLP (561) 862-4020 www.akerman.com David Gellen Boca Raton, FL 33431

Faulk Center for Counseling (561) 483-5300 www.faulkcenterforcounseling.org Vicki S. Katz, CFRE Boca Raton, FL 33433

Berger Singerman LLP (561) 241-9500 www.bergersingerman.com Jody Maier Boca Raton, FL 33486

ESPN West Palm (561) 697-8353 www.espn760.com Jordan Sherwood West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Boca Raton Marriott (561) 620-3710 www.marriott.com/pbibr Julie Chadwick Boca Raton, FL 33486

Flagship Solutions Group LLC (561) 289-2045 www.flagshipsg.com Mark Wyllie Boca Raton, FL 33432

GENERAL MEMBERS

Barrel of Monks Brewing (561) 510-1253 www.barrelofmonks.com William McFee Boca Raton, FL 33487

13 East 47th Street Corp. Real Estate investment co. (561) 961-5424 Gus Quattrone Boca Raton, FL 33431 A Child is Missing Inc. (954) 763-1288 www.achildismissing.org Sherry Friedlander Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Access Medical Labs (866) 720-8386 www.accessmedlab.com Leonel Rodriguez Boca Raton, FL 33486 Allegiance Orthopedic & Spine (561) 330-4358 www.allegianceorthopedic.com Rabia Ali Delray Beach, FL 33444 Alliant Title & Escrow (561) 912-0922 www.alliantfl.com Timothy Olenn Boca Raton, FL 33431 Allstar Gourmet Cupcakery (561) 395-1340 www.allstarcupcakes.com Jamie Hagen Boca Raton, FL 33432

BestShine Car Wash (561) 368-3333 www.bestshinecarwash.com Tisha Lallier Boca Raton, FL 33431 Boca Newspaper (561) 299-1430 Heather Mellman Delray Beach, FL 33444 Boca Voice LLC (561) 235-6202 www.thebocavoice.com Jennifer Ciccone Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boomers! Boca Raton (561) 347-1888 www.boomersparks.com Avery Bright Boca Raton, FL 33431 Bovarnick Law Group LLC (561) 634-0770 www.bovarnicklawgroup.com Jeffrey Bovarnick Boca Raton, FL 33431

Bryant & Bangsil Wealth Management Group - UBS Financial Services Inc. (561) 367-1889 Allstate / Greenberg, Weiss & Kaplan Inc. www.ubs.com/team/bryantandbangsil Meryll Bangsil (561) 241-0167 Boca Raton, FL 33431 www.allstateagencies.com/HGREENBERG/Welcome/ C.A.C. Custom Artisan Cabinetry Dustin Greenberg (561) 361-5111 Boca Raton, FL 33496 www.CustomArtisanCabinetry.com Jose Barni Alzheimer's Association Boca Raton, FL 33432 Southeast Florida Chapter (954) 786-1533 Cane Capital Group alz.org/seflorida (561) 361-4474 Corrie LeMay Greg Gerard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Boca Raton, FL 33432 Aqua Springs Water & Coffee Capricci - Italian Natural Gelato (561) 241-6404 (561) 923-9466 www.aquaspringswc.com www.capriccigelato.it Richard Albanese David Braido Boca Raton, FL 33487 Boca Raton, FL 33432 ASEL LLC Caron of Florida Inc. (561) 563-5423 (561) 241-7977 www.thebe.co www.caron.org Ary Selener Ariella Jonas Boca Raton, FL 33432 Boca Raton, FL 33487 20| Connection Magazine

Floridian Community Bank (561) 226-0730 www.floridiancommunitybank. com Margo Hall Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Polo Club of Boca Raton (561) 995-1120 www.poloclub.net Brett Morris Boca Raton, FL 33496

Maggiano's Little Italy (561) 361-2322 www.maggianos.com Lianna Bates Boca Raton, FL 33433 Richman Capital Management (561) 368-6400 www.richmancm.com Craig Richman Christie's 3 Natives (561) 717-8121 Michael Christie Boca Raton, FL 33431 Coastal Prestige Real Estate (561) 923-8104 www.coastalprestige.com Jared Kling West Palm Beach, FL 33409 Comcast Business (561) 718-8099 Ross Greenberg Boca Raton, FL 33487 Confident Bookkeeping Services (561) 609-4811 Laureen Pannullo Boca Raton, FL 33433 Congregation B'nai Israel (561) 241-8118 www.cbiboca.org Pam DiGiacomo Boca Raton, FL 33431 CopySource Inc./Konica Minolta/ Jenna Dugan (954) 840-1381 www.mycopysource.com Jenna Dugan West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Courtyard by Marriot Boca Raton (561) 241-7070 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ pbibc-courtyard-boca-raton/ Lennox McIntosh Boca Raton, FL 33431 Crown Roofing LLC (954) 649-6654 www.roofwithcrown.com Valerie Schreibman Cushman & Wakefield of Florida (561) 227-2020 www.cushmanwakefield.com Merritt Guistolisi West Palm Beach, FL 33401 DexaFit Boca LLC (561) 923-8833 www.DexaFit.com Jennie Demas Boca Raton, FL 33431 Earnworthy (844) 327-6967 www.earnworthy.com Nicholas Scalice Boca Raton, FL 33433

Eat Better Live Better (678) 428-3370 www.helpfamilieseat.org Deborah Tendrich Lake Worth, FL 33467 Elyce Gordon/Collins & Company (917) 922-5050 www.collinsandcompanyfl.com Elyce Gordon Boca Raton, FL 33486 Emily Gentile (631) 834-4015 www.EmilyGentile.com Emily Gentile Boca Raton, FL 33431 Fire Power Seminars/Karen Pfeffer (954) 232-4486 www.FirePowerSeminars.com Karen Pfeffer Coral Springs, FL 33076 FloridianCare (561) 542-8470 www.facebook.com/floridiancare Jeffrey Zito Boca Raton, FL 33431 focus4media (561) 659-6000 www.focus4media.com David Vance West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Gisele Camargo/Balistreri Realty (954) 789-9871 Gisele Camargo Boca Raton, FL 33432 Global Intelligence Consultants, Inc. (561) 990-9936 www.globalintelconsultants.com Efrat Cohen Boca Raton, FL 33433 Global Roofing Specialist Inc. (561) 914-6706 www.globeroofing.com Mike Reut Hollywood, FL 33022 Greenstein & Lubliner LLP (561) 222-2222 www.Greenstein-Law.com Richard Lubliner Boca Raton, FL 33432 GYMGUYZ Boca Raton (561) 708-5100 www.gymguyz.com/locations/boca-raton Patrick Pirozak Boca Raton, FL 33432


NEW MEMBERS Hodkin Law Group PA (561) 810-1600 www.hodkinlawgroup.com Adam Hodkin Boca Raton, FL 33432

Miami Grill (561) 245-7054 www.mymiamigrill.com Walner Decius Boca Raton, FL 33431

Hotwire Communications (954) 372-8411 www.hotwirecommunications.com Carl Lender Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Michele Bellisari/REMAX Services-The Bellisari Real Estate Group (561) 926-4643 www.thebellisarigroup.com Michele Bellisari Boca Raton, FL 33487

Injury and Spine Institute (954) 491-6969 www.injuryspineinstitute.com Inna Botelho Boca Raton, FL 33434 International Touch Soccer Academy (703) 855-6077 www.itouchsocceracademy.com Alex Teixeira Boca Raton, FL 33428 IV2You (561) 257-2968 www.iv2you.com Lena Edwards Boca Raton, FL 33432 JoBella Girls Boutique & Design Closet (561) 617-5334 www.jobellagirls.com Jo Ann Penkalski Boca Raton, FL 33496 Junior’s Restaurant & Bakery (718) 852-5257 www.juniorscheesecake.com Anna Poselenova Boca Raton, FL 33432 Keller Williams/Claudia Castrillon (561) 866-0079 Claudia Castrillon Boca Raton, FL 33431 La Paella Chef (954) 548-9272 www.lapaellachef.com Dana Bass Pompano Beach, FL 33069 Lauren's Kids Inc. (786) 288-5045 www.laurenskids.org Ivette Diaz Aventura, FL 33180 Liberty Title & Escrow Company (954) 832-3650 www.libtitle.com Ashley Prichard Plantation, FL 33324 Love My Puppy (561) 368-6767 www.lovemypuppy.com Brad Berg Boca Raton, FL 33432 Mazel Auto Repair (561) 756-8446 www.mazelautorepair.com Alex Simons Boca Raton, FL 33432 Meatball Revolution LLC (914) 469-9112 Joseph Paolercio Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Merrill Lynch/Michael F. Walstrom (561) 699-4463 Michael Walstrom Boca Raton, FL 33429

MosquitoNix (954) 482-1131 www.Mosquitonix.com Ian Whalen Davie, FL 33314 National Legal Staffing Support (877) 212-6920 www.nationallegalstaffsupport.com RJ Starr Boca Raton, FL 33432 North Broward Preparatory School (954) 247-0011 www.nbps.org Tonya Evans Coconut Creek, FL 33073 Orangetheory Fitness (561) 571-7740 www.orangetheoryfitness.com Chris Rodgers Boca Raton, FL 33432 Plastridge Insurance/Ryan Brawner (561) 808-6665 www.plastridge.com Ryan Brawner Delray Beach, FL 33483 Private Investors Forum (215) 880-5957 www.AngelVentureFair.com Richard Levin Delray Beach, FL 33446 PROPEL (561) 955-8553 www.propelyourfuture.org Gregg Francis Boca Raton, FL 33431 Pure Point Financial (818) 738-4616 www.purepoint.com Scott Van Wyngarden Boca Raton, FL 33432 Ramada Boca Raton Suites (561) 997-9500 www.guestsuitesboca.com Brenda Nila Boca Raton, FL 33487 Red Banyan Group (954) 379-2115 www.redbanyan.com Robbin Lubbehusen Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Red Reef Digital (561) 463-8438 www.redreefdigital.com Sean Tibor Boca Raton, FL 33431 Resource Title LLC (410) 456-6468 www.resourceres.com Gail Goldman-Berlin Delray Beach, FL 33446 Restoration 1 of Parkland (954) 592-3905 www.restoration1ofParkland.com Joseph Buchino Coral Springs, FL 33067

Sansom Pressure Cleaning & Pool Services Inc.

(561) 967-9912 www.sansompressurecleaningandpoolservice.com Elizabeth Sansom Boca Raton, FL 33432 Scan Design (561) 990-2521 www.scandesign.com Teresa Donaldson Boca Raton, FL 33487 Schmidt Family Foundation (561) 392-4717 www.schmidtfamilyfoundation.org Karen Krumholtz Boca Raton, FL 33432 Signarama Deerfield Beach (954) 428-7446 www.signaramadeerfield.com Susan Bogen Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Sizzle (561) 706-1920 www.GoSizzle.io Suzanne O'Connell Boca Raton, FL 33432 Smart Books International (239) 292-1316 www.smartbooksintl.com Celeste Cohen Boca Raton, FL 33431 Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R (561) 493-0072 www.wohlgemuthortho.com Mariagnes Murray Boca Raton, FL 33434 South Florida Events (954) 421-7699 www.southfloridaevents.com Claudine Cermak Coconut Creek, FL 33073 Southeast Florida Pest Control Inc. (561) 859-9531 www.barrybugs.com Valerie Schreibman Delray Beach, FL 33448 Southern Pond & Fountain (561) 948-4626 www.southernpond.com Chanin Holland Boca Raton, FL 33429 Stewart Title - Timeshare Division (954) 304-9202 www.stewart.com/en/vacation-ownership.html Jeanine Wells Boca Raton, FL 33487 Sunny Day Saunas Inc. (561) 303-4812 www.sunnydaysaunas.com Roy Corso Boca Raton, FL 33432 Sunset Grill (954) 935-6689 www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino. com/sunset-grill Brad Hudak Coconut Creek, FL 33073 Sunsure Insurance Solutions Inc. (954) 357-2727 www.sunsure.me Jodie Leung Tamarac, FL 33321

Superior Tint of Boca Raton (561) 338-7711 www.superiortint.net Jason Murtagh Boca Raton, FL 33431 Support for Students Growth Center (561) 990-7305 www.SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com Eric Nach Boca Raton, FL 33486 SWAN Wealth Management Group Inc. (561) 314-1842 Jason Forstot Boca Raton, FL 33431 swimRISE (561) 504-6691 www.swimRise.com Avery Laffey Highland Beach, FL 33487 The Art of Dance Boca (954) 993-5648 www.artofdanceboca.com Renata Rosa Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Keyes Company Realtors-Boca (561) 961-9100 www.bocabluelake.keyes.com Janet Boorin Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Kleiner Group (561) 419-2444 www.KleinerInsurance.com Chad Kleiner Boca Raton, FL 33432 The Olschansky Group LLC (561) 477-1567 www.OlschanskyGroup.com Curtis Olschansky Boca Raton, FL 33428 The SilverLogic (855) 557-4583 Christina Escalante Boca Raton, FL 33487 The Unicorn Children's Foundation, Inc. (561) 620-9377 www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org Brett Dean Boca Raton, FL 33428 The Wellbeing Space (561) 419-0400 thewellbeingspace.com Lissette Balbiers Boca Raton, FL 33432 Tint World (561) 408-0777 www.tintworld.com Patrick McNiven Boca Raton, FL 33431 Triumph Professional Staffing (954) 634-0777 www.triumphstaffing.com Walter Sabrin West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Two Degrees (917) 597-0307 www.twodegrees.io Steven Fleisher Delray Beach, FL 33445 United Realty Group/Nicole Marks (561) 445-8743 www.unitedrealtygroupbocaraton.com/ Home Nicole Marks Boca Raton, FL 33431 Washé (561) 251-9222 www.thewasheapp.com Jesse Lessing Boca Raton, FL 33432 You've Got Maids (561) 409-4773 www.youvegotmaids.com Patricia Porrata Boca Raton, FL 33431

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International Business Alliance

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PRIME Professionals Group

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PRIME Professionals Group

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Ambassadors

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Ambassadors

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New Member Orientation

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Small Business Exchange

18

Membership Breakfast

8

New Member Orientation

18

Small Business Exchange

10

Membership Breakfast

19

PULSE Network

15

Smart Talk for Women

19

S.H.A.N.

15

PULSE Luncheon

22

Successful Women in Business

15

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Annual Celebration

Membership After-Hours Network

25

Smart Talk for Women

17

Successful Women in Business

25

Fall Business Expo

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7

35th Annual Holiday Auction

13

New Member Orientation

13

Trustee Holiday Party

26

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October - December 2016 Connection Magazine  
October - December 2016 Connection Magazine  

The Boca Chamber's Quarterly Magazine. This issue focuses on Connecting Members.

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