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CCESS A February 2009

A Publication of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce


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February 2009 Volume 41, Number 2 Access (ISSN 1057-4468) (USPS 272-340) is published monthly by the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 3 Independent Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32202.


Message from the President


Message from the Chair

Periodical postage paid in Jacksonville, FL Mike Hightower, Chair Walter M. Lee, III, President

Cover Story

Marketing and Communications Dept: Cheryl Munn, Director Gabrielle Bryan, Manager

Cross-Country Leadership Trip Brings Ideas of Change to Jacksonville

Writing contributed by Clockwork Marketing Layout and design by Principle Creative POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Access Attn: Membership 3 Independent Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202 SUBSCRIPTIONS Access is mailed to Chamber members as a benefit of membership. Members can contact the Membership Department at (904) 366-6628 or to be added to the distribution list. ADVERTISING INFORMATION Tina Robbins: (904) 366.6659 Access is printed by Lee Printing. VISION Our Chamber is the business membership organization of influence whose actions contribute to responsible economic growth and a better quality of life for all people on the First Coast. MISSION We lead regional economic development by supporting the growth of area businesses, helping to attract and establish new businesses and fostering a healthy and inclusive business


From Seattle, With Love

Janelle Behr, Senior Manager


News & Notes


Bucking the Trends




5 Questions with... Derrick Smith


Photo Gallery


Grand Openings / Ground Breakings


Member News


New Members, Trustees and Anniversaries

environment. Moreover, we improve quality of life through responsible, sustained leadership on community and regional issues of relevance to our members. DECLARATION OF COMMUNITY VALUES We believe in the dignity and goodness of all people. Prejudice has no place in our community. As one of America’s finest cities, we can tolerate no less. The citizens of Jacksonville have the courage and the conviction to affect a positive difference. To be successful everyone must have a chance to succeed. This is our pledge. This is our hope. This is our future.



Message from the President

Leadership investors Founders

In times of economic contraction, it is natural instinct to do

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Fidelity National Financial LandMar Group, LLC Wachovia Bank Winn-Dixie Stores

the same ourselves. We may be tempted to pull away, close our wallets and take an every-man-for-himself stance to protect ourselves. We must resist this approach because it is times like these when we must seek out those ties that bind us together as one community.

Platinum Bank of America Citi CSX Corporation Enterprise Integration JEA SunTrust Bank North Florida

Gold AT&T Baptist Health Barcelo & Company Gateway Center Economic Development Partnership, Ltd. Jacksonville Transportation Authority Mayo Clinic Memorial Health PRI Productions St. Vincent’s Healthcare University of North Florida – Continuing Education Washington Mutual

Silver Aetna, Inc. Amelia Island Plantation Bergman Communication Broker Comcast Crowley Maritime Corporation Davislowell Media Group, LLC Fidelity Investments The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville Jaguars, Ltd. Jacksonville Landing Investments, LLC Landstar System, Inc. Medtronic, Inc. Merrill Lynch Miller Electric Company Mussallem Galleries Regions Sandler Sales Institute North Florida Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Swisher International Group, Inc. Tama Broadcasting Total Office Solutions VISTAKON, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care VyStar Credit Union 2

Here at the Chamber, we are all interconnected. We conduct business with one another, seek leads for one another and invite others into the fold. Our staff is more committed than ever to better serve you by connecting with you directly; connecting you to others through events and programs; and advocating on your behalf locally and statewide. For example we encourage you to attend our program, “Unique Times...Practical Solutions,” in partnership with the Jacksonville Business Journal, Tuesday, March 3. For more information see page 15 These are no doubt difficult times, but I invite those of you who have not attended a meeting of your local area council to attend at least one meeting this year. There you will see how we are all customers and buyers, past and future co-workers, mentors and mentees. You will see first-hand how, by reaching out through our Chamber networks, you will be both giving and receiving. Outside of this interconnected business community is the broader one in which we all live. We must not contract from this one, either. The needs are tremendous and growing daily. The United Way of Northeast Florida, with whom we have partnered for many years, is a vital asset to the community and is an organization our employees are proud to support. In November, our employee giving campaign occurred in the midst of our own restructuring. Rather than contract, they collectively dug deeper into their pockets and raised the highest amount to date. I could not have been more proud. United Way recognizes and supports the work we do, particularly serving high school students—our future workforce. Students, who may be underperforming, have no college or career goals or who are at risk of dropping out benefit from the in-school programs and workplace experiences we are able to provide. Without the support of United Way, WorkSource and the participation of our members, many of these students would not be inspired to reach for bigger and better career and education goals. When the economy rebounds, we need to be ready to respond with a growing workforce of educated, healthy and productive Jacksonville citizens. Now is not a time to contract. Now is a time to reach out, meet more people, give of your time when possible and know that we will never stop working to make Jacksonville the ideal community to work, live and play. Sincerely,

Walter M. Lee, III President



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Message from the Chair Dear Chamber Member, In an effort to more accurately reflect our goals and our commitment to you, we have changed the name of our Government Affairs Committee to Business Advocacy. As business issues arise, we will determine the will of our more than 4,200 members and speak out. This is exactly what we did January 16 at the Florida Senate Select Committee meeting. The committee asked communities across the state to give their input into things we can do to jump-start the economy. The Chamber addressed the committee on three specific questions. Following are the questions with a summary of the answers given. 1. What are the barriers impending economic recovery and growth in Florida? We believe the four main impediments that are within our control are: (a) the burdensome financial regulatory requirements; (b) the extensive regulatory processes for business; and (c) the decreasing financial investment into the State’s coffers for new business and existing business to take advantage; and (d) the inability of businesses to access lines of credit. 2. Can you identify redundant or over-lapping regulatory processes? A streamlined restructuring of the State government agencies to work more in-step on projects with a target date for approval among the agencies involved would be a move in the right direction. The current length of time it takes to approve a project can extend 150 days. We are requesting the State make a conscious effort to approve projects within a 60 day period. 3. What incentives best encourage business development to make Florida more competitive? What is working, what is not and what are we missing? Continued funding of Florida’s Economic Tool Kit, used to appropriate incentives for eligible businesses to relocate or expand in Florida are vital during these economic times in bringing jobs to Florida. Re-evaluating financial barriers, such as the transportation concurrency fees and impact fees will encourage new growth and expansion of existing business. As will the streamlining of governmental processes so that businesses do not incur additional expenses due to a delay in approval from government entities. We have heard from many of our small businesses that are having problems securing loans for expansion due to tight credit in the commercial market. As a result, the state approved a program that will lend eligible small businesses (10-50 employees); looking to expand their business and add new jobs, low interest loans from the state. Our current financial situation as a State may not allow us to invest as much money in business development as our competitors in other states, but increasing the coffers to the extent that we can, combined with streamlining our processes, reducing business costs, providing investment capital and continuing to showcase the great quality of life we have in Florida will go a long way in getting our economy moving forward in the right direction. We are advocates for business in Northeast Florida. When lawmakers meet in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, or Washington, D.C., your Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce will be looking out for your interests. As Vice President of Government and Legislative Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, I have seen first-hand the power of positive relationships with your legislators. Now more than ever, the voice of more than 42,000 small businesses in the Jacksonville area must be heard. Sincerely,

Board of Directors 2009 Officers

Chair, Michael R. Hightower, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Chair-Elect, Kelly Madden, Wachovia Bank Treasurer, Cindy Stover, Mercantile Bank – Gate Parkway Vice Treasurer, Rick Cox, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. General Counsel, Hon. John Thrasher, Southern Strategy Group Immediate Past Chair, Ronald Autrey, Miller Electric Company President, Walter M. Lee, III, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce


Beaches – Anna Marie Burke, Jacksonville Magazine

Beaches Vice Chair – Thomas Van Berkel, Main Street America Group Business Recruitment - Derrick Smith, CSX Corporation Business Recruitment Vice Chair – Ali Korman, Stellar Community Development – Dwaine Stevens, Publix Supermarkets, Inc. Community Development Vice Chair – Dr. Pat Cummings, VISTAKON, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Cornerstone/Economic Development – Greg Smith, Bank of America Cornerstone/Economic Development Vice Chair – Keith Tickell, Flagler Development Group Chamber Councils – John Bryan, Improv! Corporate Workshop Education/Workforce Development – Bruce Ferguson, WorkSource Education/Workforce Development Vice Chair – Frank Crocetti, Fidelity Investments Existing Business – Scott Keith, BB&T/Branch Banking & Trust Company Existing Business Vice Chair – Rick Morales, Morales Construction, Inc. Business Advocacy – Bruce Barcelo, Barcelo & Company Business Advocacy Vice Chair – Edward E. Burr, GreenPointe Holdings, LLC International – George Gabel, Holland & Knight International Vice Chair – John Lafond, Deutsche Bank Marketing & Communications – Maxine McBride, Clockwork Marketing Services Marketing & Communications Vice Chair – Heather Duncan, AT&T Member Relations – Mike Guyette, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Member Relations Vice Chair – Paul Tyler, Haskell Military Issues – John Meserve, Fleet Landing Small Business – Suzi Lemen, Dynamic Corporate Solutions Small Business Vice Chair – David Sillick, The Business Journal

At-Large Members

Rusty Bozman, St. Joe Company Bennett Brown, American Enterprise Bank Dr. Jarik Conrad, Conrad Consulting Group LLC Randy Goodwin, PRI Productions Michael Munz, The Dalton Agency David Robertson, Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. Dr. Kerry Romesburg, Jacksonville University Michael Stewart, Jacksonville Aviation Authority Lee Thomas, Rayonier Dr. Steven R. Wallace, Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Ex-Officio Members

The Honorable Ronnie Fussell, Jacksonville City Council President

The Honorable Tommy Hazouri, Duval County School Board Chair

Mike Hightower, Chamber Chair



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f you’ve ever wondered what the Chamber does on its annual

Vice President of Market Development at Bank of America Martha

leadership trip, here is a brief, but enlightening glimpse. The

Barrett, who has attended every Chamber leadership trip since the

2008 Seattle trip, which took place in mid-November, marked the

first in 1980, has witnessed many of the changes Mayor Peyton

29th such trip the Chamber has coordinated for its members, local

noted as a result of the trips. In fact, she was there when then-Mayor

business leaders and city employees. Since 1980, the Chamber has

Jake Godbold first decided to bring a harbor-style entertainment

planned trips like this to the country’s top cities with the explicit goal

area (The Landing) to Jacksonville. She was also there when Godbold

of learning about each city and bringing the best it has to offer to

spoke of the first plans to build the Southbank Riverwalk while in

the First Coast.

San Antonio.

“For 2008, we chose Seattle because of its resilience to bounce back

“I’ve seen so many changes in this city as a result of these leadership

after busts and booms in the economy, including the Boeing Bust

trips. They have really moved the city in the right direction,” Barrett

of 1970, the Energy Crisis of 1975 and the Dot-com bust of 2001,”

said. “I think it’s very important for the city’s leaders and business

said Chamber of Commerce Chair Mike Hightower, who selected the

leaders to go on these trips. They need to take a couple of days,

destination for this year’s trip. “Seattle also found a way to revitalize

enjoy it, learn, bring back a lot of ideas and implement them.”

and reuse various areas of the city, including Pike Place Market, which seemed all-too destined for disaster. We thought if Seattle could bounce back from such rough times and create a vibrant cityscape like it has, then Jacksonville and our business leaders could certainly take some useful information away from this trip.” Previous Chamber leadership trips have inspired development of Jacksonville’s finest landmarks and institutions. The Southbank Riverwalk is a result of the 1981 trip to San Antonio. Refurbishing the Florida Theatre hails from the 1980 Minneapolis trip, and the 1982 Pittsburgh trip resulted in the Prime Osborn Convention Center. More recently, the trips have prompted improved hurricane planning from a post Hurricane Katrina trip to New Orleans and increased downtown living opportunities from trips to Nashville and Austin. According to Mayor John Peyton, who was one of the Seattle trip attendees, the leadership retreats are vital to Jacksonville’s growth and development as a destination city.

So what did attendees bring back from this year’s trip to Seattle? While Jacksonville probably won’t be getting its own Space Needle, the city may see changes in downtown revitalization efforts, an emphasis on small business development and new programs to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of the city’s young professionals.

Downtown Revitalization Perhaps the most noticeable change Jacksonville residents may see in the future is from the leadership’s trip to Pike Place Market, which has been touted as America’s premier famers’ market and is home to commercial businesses, craftsmen, farmers, street performers and city residents. The market attracts approximately 10 million visitors a year. Many who went on the trip compared the market to a larger version of The Jacksonville Landing, including trip attendee Toney Sleiman, owner of Sleiman Enterprises and The Jacksonville Landing. Sleiman, who was attending the leadership trip for the first time, said the tour of the market sparked new ideas he would like to implement at The Landing.

“In visiting other communities, we learn about best practices, see the impact of significant public investments and meet with the subject matter experts across a broad spectrum of issues,” Mayor Peyton said. “In many cases, we export those ideas and implement them in Jacksonville. In other instances, we come back even more proud of our city, recognizing that we have much to be grateful for. Either way, however, we are better off having taken the time to

“The market brings in small mom-and-pop type retailers who make everything at home or home-grow their products,” he said. “They use day tents, which are rented out for about $20 or $30 a day, and bring local craftsman to the market. Now granted, there are four to five million people in Seattle and they have a bigger market, but I would like to start doing something similar at The Landing and draw more people downtown.”

learn more.”



Another item Sleiman believes would draw traffic and tourists to downtown Jacksonville is a riverfront aquarium similar to the Seattle Aquarium the group toured. He said the Seattle Aquarium was built to host conventions, weddings and parties, and has brought an increase in tourism and traffic to the city’s downtown area. Along with Sleiman, Mayor Peyton also was impressed with Seattle’s downtown scene, noting, “Seattle’s commitment to downtown, from the draw of Pikes Place to the public investment necessary to attract private investment, was a model I hope to apply to our city.” The Jacksonville Public Library and The Main Library may be another downtown destination that will benefit from the Seattle leadership trip. According to Maggie Hightower, executive director of the Jacksonville Library Foundation, the trip provided the foundation with new ideas to raise money for the city’s libraries. “We had a chance to visit our counterpart, the Seattle Public Library Foundation, during the trip and it really opened our eyes by showing us how successful they were with fundraising to mass numbers Seattle skyline from left: Jepp Walter and Jim Love

of people who donated small amounts. This is a similar strategy the Obama campaign used and it was clearly successful,” Maggie Hightower said. “As a result of this, we will work on expanding our database and actively soliciting individuals through telephone and direct mail in 2009.” While the library visit was Maggie Hightower’s main highlight during the trip, she also believes Jacksonville will begin to look into more sustainable living practices because of the group’s trip to South Lake Union, a once devastated neighborhood now undergoing revitalization. Roger Postlethwaite, senior vice president of the newly formed GreenPointe Communities, agrees. “Given my profession, the visit to South Lake Union was the highlight of my visit,” he said. “Redeveloping a blighted area using

“In visiting other communities, we learn about best practices, see the impact of significant public investments and meet with the subject matter experts across a broad spectrum of issues,” Mayor Peyton said. 8


Past Leadership Trips 2008 – Seattle

1999 – Denver

1989 – Minneapolis

2007 – Charleston

1998 – Phoenix

1988 – Indianapolis

2006 – New Orleans

1997 – St. Louis

1987 – Seattle

2005 – Boston

1996 – Philadelphia

1986 – San Diego

2004 – San Diego

1995 – Chicago

1985 – Boston

2003 – Dallas

1994 – Baltimore

1984 – Cincinnati

2002 – San Francisco and

1993 – Toronto, Canada

1983 – Baltimore

1992 – Cleveland

1982 – Pittsburgh

2001 – Nashville

1991 – Jacksonville, Fla.

1981 - San Antonio

2000 – Austin

1990 – Portland

1980 - Minneapolis


Pike Place Market

sustainable planning and development practices, green technology

Jacksonville has been

and mass transit, was an inspiration for me and helped reinforce the

successful with, resulting in a strong

mission we have at GreenPointe Communities.”

economy of small, medium and nationally headquartered

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurial Emphasis

businesses on the First Coast. “I am proud of the way Jacksonville has diversified its businesses

It was evident from the trip that Seattle and its business leaders

– we have a strong economy because of that success,” Hightower

have placed a strong emphasis on mentoring young professionals to

said. “It is important moving forward that we maintain our emphasis

develop their entrepreneurial spirit, according to Mike Hightower.

on small businesses while still attracting the large corporations who

The results of this mentoring have kept young business leaders in

want to move their headquarters to our city.”

the city where they are creating small, thriving businesses. This is

What They Took Home

something Hightower would like to see more of in Jacksonville.

While it may be too early to measure the relationships, networking

“Seattle companies and business leaders truly nurture their young

opportunities and ideas elicited during the Chamber’s leadership

professionals into leaders because they understand the importance

trip to Seattle, these areas topped attendees’ list of most valuable

of keeping them in the city,” Hightower said. “I want to see the

aspects of the retreat.

same spirit of mentoring and education here in Jacksonville for our young leaders. I have personally had business mentors throughout my life and they prove to be lasting, beneficial relationships. It is so important to have that here in our city.”

“This trip really opened my eyes and I will go on every Chamber trip from now on,” said first-time attendee Sleiman. “I think it is important for business leaders to go on this trip, see how others are doing business and get some really good ideas. You can learn from

Another interesting business aspect Hightower noticed in Seattle

other retailers and businesses about what you are doing here in

was the city’s need to diversify its businesses in order to maintain


a balance of national headquarters and small businesses. Over the years, Seattle has been hurt by national companies that have laid off large percentages of its workforce and moved its national headquarters out of the city, like Boeing did in 1970. While the

Greg Smith, Jacksonville and Northeast Florida president of Bank of America, agreed with Sleiman and believes the trips are invaluable to local business leaders.

city still has several national corporations based in Seattle such

“The Chamber leadership trips have real, positive, tangible

as Starbucks, Whole Foods, Costco, Microsoft and Amazon, it is

benefits,” Smith said. “There is a heavy business agenda on the trip

now placing a strong emphasis on small to mid-sized business

and participants come away knowing each other better and return

development. Hightower said business diversification is something

with good ideas that will help the city of Jacksonville. I think these



trips are absolutely worthwhile and the Chamber is forward-thinking and strategic with supporting and planning these trips.” Some attendees have already begun to foster the relationships they formed on the Seattle trip, including Paul Tyler, president of the

“It is important moving forward that we maintain our emphasis on small businesses

Commercial Group at Haskell. “I have already had lunch with a couple of people from the trip and Seattle also brought me closer to those I already had a relationship with,” Tyler said. “Going forward, some of my business practices will change based on the people I met on the trip and their plans for building real estate development.” Given the economic climate at the time of the Seattle leadership trip, Mike Hightower was grateful to those who joined the Chamber on the retreat. He said it was a large investment for local leaders

while still attracting the large corporations who want to move their headquarters to our city.” - Hightower

to commit to and shows the attendees’ dedication to growth, leadership and education. “I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for those who attended the Seattle leadership trip and it says a lot about their commitment to the Chamber and the city,” Hightower said. “I have a new-found personal and professional appreciation for this year’s attendees and hope to see even more leaders on the 2009 trip.” The 2009 leadership trip will be announced in late spring and, as customary, will be selected by incoming Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Kelly Madden. She said many factors come into play when determining the new site, including considering locations that have similarities to Jacksonville and the region as well as those that have differences. Madden noted that the goal is to learn how the city has capitalized on its strengths and overcome its challenges. “Several cities under consideration include Charlotte, Norfolk, Atlanta and Chicago,” Madden said. “All have appeal, but for different reasons. Regardless of which city is chosen, my goal is to focus on economic growth, business development and job retention.” -Photos By: Jim Love un Having F



News & Notes First Coast to Get Reality Check on Growth Reality Check First Coast is a visioning exercise designed to discuss, analyze and develop alternative growth scenarios for our region through the year 2060. The exercise is designed to raise awareness of projected levels of region-wide growth and to lay the foundation

By placing Lego® building blocks on large-scale regional maps, participants will construct their scenarios and be able to determine the impact of their collective vision. The results of each team’s map will be tabulated and the collective results presented at an afternoon session with a wider group of regional leaders and interested parties. This program is open to the public and will feature keynote speakers on growth issues from around the world. The afternoon session will also include the results and an analysis of the different growth scenarios.

for the development of a concrete list of next steps to meet the

To create a regional consensus that includes a variety of viewpoints,

region’s future job, housing, transportation, infrastructure and

participants must reflect both the geography and diversity of the

recreation needs.

First Coast. Participants will be selected from open nominations

It is estimated that by the year 2060, 1.6 million additional people will be living in Northeast Florida, requiring the addition of new jobs and housing to accommodate this growth. As a region, we have choices to make. Where will development occur? How will we maintain open spaces and our natural resources? What will our transportation

and invited to participate in the visioning exercise. They will represent business, economic development, government, academia, environmental and social services, professional and trade organizations, neighborhood and civic groups, and nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

and infrastructure needs be? Those questions will be considered at

Initiated through the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Reality Check

Reality Check First Coast on May 21, 2009 at the St. Johns County

First Coast is a partnership of the Regional Community Institute

Convention Center at World Golf Village.

of Northeast Florida, Inc., the not-for-profit arm of the Northeast

At the Reality Check event, regional leaders will be challenged to rethink where and how to grow the First Coast in a way that adds value to the local economy, while preserving our environment and quality of life. Participants, divided into groups of eight to 10, will

Florida Regional Council, ULI North Florida District Council, the Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership, UNF, St. Johns River Water Management District, North Florida TPO, and The St. Johns River Alliance.

discuss and allocate housing and job growth throughout the First

For information on sponsorship opportunities, to nominate

Coast. The First Coast consists of seven counties, including Baker,

yourself or others for the morning exercise, to attend the luncheon

Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns — and their 27

and afternoon session, or to get on the mailing list visit www.


Small Business Center Re-Opens Downtown The Small Business Center (SBC), a department of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Division, has re-opened its doors at its new location, on the first floor of the Chamber’s downtown headquarters. The move, part of the Chamber’s 2009 strategic plan, will increase Chamber-member access to small business support and will facilitate the expansion of small business services throughout the community. SBC programs and services will also be available at the Chamber’s Beaches location at Marsh Landing, Beaver Street Enterprise Center and other locations throughout the community.



News & Notes, Continued

“This is an opportunity to demonstrate how, in concert with our

than 250 businesses and helped clients create and retain 1,500

partners, we are uniquely poised to meet the evolving needs of

jobs, which resulted in client contributions of $673 million in Gross

small business owners and entrepreneurs in our region,” said Sandy

Regional Product (GRP) to the community in 2006.

Bartow, SBC executive director.

“Since 1993, the Chamber’s Small Business Center, in cooperation

In its new location, the SBC will integrate valuable resources

with numerous public and private partners, has been helping small

including professional business counselors, computer workstations,

business owners connect to resources, find business-building

and training space. The move also includes SBC Partners:

solutions and adapt to change,” said Mike Hightower, chair of the

• Jacksonville Women’s Business Center; • Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (FPTAC); • S.C.O.R.E.; and • The Green Team Project. Additionally, the UNF Small Business Development Center will provide business counseling services by appointment at the downtown Chamber location. Kevin Monahan, special programs director, and Paul Arrington, director of micro enterprise development, are now available at the Small Business Center to provide assistance and counseling. To make an appointment, please call (904) 620-2476. For additional information, please contact Shirley

Chamber of Commerce. “With the demand for business development assistance on the rise from every corner of our area, the Center and its partners are changing, too; changing to a new location while making improvements to provide essential programs and services. We’re confident the Center’s new central location will make these critical services more accessible to meet the increased demand.” The SBC and its partners will continue to provide the necessary tools, resources and access to capital to grow businesses locally. Programs and services are available effective immediately and renovations of the center will be completed by early spring. To contact the SBC, call Executive Director, Sandy Bartow, at (904) 366-6634 or e-mail

Moore, SBC and PTAC senior coordinator, at (904) 366-6618. or Shirley Moore, SBC and PTAC

The SBC’s purpose is to assist business growth and development

senior coordinator at (904) 366-6618 or e-mail Shirley.Moore@

by assessing needs, collaborating with service providers, offering technical procurement assistance and enhancing access to capital. Over the last four years the SBC has assisted in the start-up of more



Maximize Your Membership Facebook the Chamber To stay up-to-date with Chamber news and events, join the Chamber’s facebook group. As a member of this group you will be kept up-to-date on what is happening at the Chamber and how the Chamber is getting involved in the community. You will be reminded of important events you can attend and will receive updates in case a date changes or there is a change in venue. Use this tool to your advantage and you will stay plugged-in to the Chamber. To visit the Web site and join the Chamber’s group, go to


Connect with other professionals. As a member, you will be able to connect with other business professionals and stay in constant contact with them.


Get event information. Through facebook, you will be able to stay current with all the events happening at or through the Chamber. If a meeting time or place changes, you will be notified immediately.


Be seen online. As a member of the Chamber’s facebook group, this will be one more opportunity to advertise you and your business to other Chamber members throughout the region.

Notes New Staff Announcements The Chamber and Small Business Center would like to welcome

the Chartrand Foundation, Weaver Family Foundation, Jaguars Foundation and the Community Foundation use the tagline as well.

Barbara English as the new PTAC Manager. Barbara has 32 years of

All Jacksonville businesses and individuals are encouraged to use

contracting experience with the Department of Defense and she

the tagline to support the foundations efforts. There is no charge to

looks forward to helping PTAC clients and Chamber members with

use the tagline and you can download the link at

contracting opportunities. She can be reached at Barbara.English@

QEA. The Community Foundation is in the process of designing a Additionally, Shirley Moore is now SBC and

Quality Education for All Web site that will contain information and

PTAC Senior Coordinator. She can be reached at Shirley.Moore@

resources on issues such as the achievement gap, volunteerism, the

drop-out crisis and how businesses can partner with the district in

Quality Education for All – Key to Jacksonville’s Future

support of quality education.

Since 2005, the Community Foundation in Jacksonville has been

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter has signed the

closely examining public education in Duval County. Comprised

document designating Naval Station Mayport as a homeport for a

of 27 community leaders, the forum’s goal has been to promote

nuclear powered aircraft carrier. With the Navy’s backing, the next

action that will change and improve the level of education students

step will be to secure the resources necessary to upgrade Mayport

receive. One visible result has been the attraction of Teach for

to accommodate a nuclear carrier. These improvements include


dredging, infrastructure and wharf improvements and construction

Additionally, through the efforts of Delores Barr Weaver and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the tagline Quality Education for All – The Key to Jacksonville’s Future, is receiving high visibility on all Jaguars promotional material. Other community partners including Duval

Secretary of the Navy Signs Homeport Designation

of CVN nuclear propulsion plant maintenance facilities. U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez has requested the funding for these improvements be included in the FY 2010 federal budget. The federal budget is scheduled to be delivered to Congress in early February.

County Public Schools, The Alliance for World Class Education,



Bucking the Trends

Company Name: Collins Builders

on the company’s books. Collins Builders also markets to first-

Industry: Homebuilding

time homebuyers with homes prices starting from the $118,000’s

Bucking the Trend: “Company Experiences Real Estate

– a price that fits within the budget of many in this target

Success” was a rare headline in 2008. But locally owned and


operated Collins Builders bucked the trend when it reported that sales were up and the company had expanded its

Customer service is another integral part of the company’s

communities throughout the year.

success. For new homebuyers who want to check the building status of their home, Collins Builders offers a Web site login that

According to Chief Operating Officer Wayland Wiseman, Collins

tracks the construction progress of the home. The builder also

Builders sold 147 homes in 2008 compared to 132 homes in 2007,

meets one-on-one with each customer nearly a dozen times

an increase of more than 10 percent. The builder also increased

during the homebuilding process to ensure the home is built

the number of communities that it sold from eight to 11.

correctly and to the buyer’s expectations.

“Given the current economic climate, we are blessed to report

As for 2009, the company has started off in similar footsteps

that our company experienced growth and continues to expand

by announcing the addition of another new community to

throughout Northeast Florida – there is no better testament to

its portfolio. Adams Way, a single-family home community in

the product we build and the customer service we provide,”

Mandarin, was recently opened by Collins Builders offering

Wiseman said.

homes from the $190,000’s. This is a company you’ll want to keep

Wiseman attributes the success to the company’s outstanding staff, its strong faith and the unique ways in which it conducts business. For instance, Collins Builders typically will only begin building a home that already has a down payment from a homebuyer as opposed to building an inventory or spec home that has no immediate buyer. This results in less homes sitting



an eye out for in 2009.

Company Information Web site: Phone: (904) 268-2511 Address: 3840 Crown Point Road, Suite C Jacksonville, FL 32257 Access


Featured Events

December Sponsors:

“Unique Times …Practical Solutions”

Beaches Coffee Holiday Inn Express – Jacksonville Beach

a partnership with the Jacksonville Business Journal We know that our members have similar business challenges. Many are facing unexpected, large drops in revenue and are looking for new markets and other ways to replace that revenue. Between fluctuating gas prices and rising health care costs, doing business is more expensive. Yet despite all of the challenges, there’s a strong sense of optimism. Our members recognize the problems and are looking for answers.

Beaches Luncheon AT&T The Real Yellow Pages Beaches Mixer Dr. Randolph’s Ageless and Wellness Center Council Sponsors Avistele Jacksonville Aviation Authority tw telecom

Through our program, “Unique Times …Practical Solutions,” we hope to provide some of those answers. With the help of Barcelo & Company we plan to launch a survey of local businesses the first week in February. It will be linked from our Web site, and the Business Journal Web site http://jacksonville. We will ask the business community about its needs and questions…then we will respond with an event featuring a panel of experts for answers and solutions. We anticipate that some of the area business leaders want to know about how to obtain credit, health care insurance and sales and marketing. Details of the event are still being worked out, but we anticipate it happening in early March, most likely March the 3rd from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Fourth Quarter Cornerstone Luncheon Brooks Health System Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Haskell Health Care Symposium Batson-Cook Company, Inc. GreenPointe Holdings, LLC Haskell Jaguars Foundation Miller Electric Company

Check our Web site and the Business Journal for details soon.

Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley (retired) to Speak at First Quarter Cornerstone Luncheon

Public Relations Bonanza!

Mark your calendar for the first Cornerstone luncheon of the year, March 24 at the

Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Small

Hyatt Riverfront. We are excited to announce that Margaret Black, immediate-past

Business Leader of the Year nominee,

vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, will be the keynote speaker for this luncheon.

knows first-hand the value of good public

She will be discussing current economic issues we face and where the economy is

relations. His company Web site http://www.

going. Look for more information in upcoming issues of Access. is mentioned in the

Jepp Walter, the Jacksonville Regional

February Playboy Advisor column as the place to buy olive juice for dirty martinis. Walter says he has already broken his one day sales records, and on January 21, his Web site got more than 10,000 hits. Walter and his wife, Mary, own Oliver’s Twist a martini juice Web site.




questions with... Derrick Smith

Vice President – Emerging Markets CSX Transportation Chamber of Commerce Chair of Business Recruitment

Derrick Smith, Vice President-Emerging Markets for CSX Transportation, serves as Chair of Business Recruitment for the Cornerstone division of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Pittsburgh native, hired by CSX in Baltimore in 1986 and transferred to Jacksonville in 1993, is the highest-ranking African-American at CSX. We spent some time with Smith to learn more about his vision for increasing business growth and development in Jacksonville.


You earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University. How did you end up working in sales and marketing for CSX Transportation?

A: It turned out to be my path of opportunity. I was working for another company in business-to-business marketing in New Jersey and looking to relocate. An opportunity presented itself for a market research position with supervisory experience that sounded very attractive. My career with CSX started in Baltimore and I subsequently transferred to Jacksonville in 1993.


The work I did with the Otis Smith Foundation exposed me to many children aged 6- to 12-years-old that were in very difficult situations and exposed to negative role models. It’s important to show youth that life offers many opportunities for success if they stay focused, remain positive and apply themselves. If they do those things, they will attract people who will guide them in a positive way.


Why is Jacksonville and Northeast Florida such a positive location for business growth and development?


This area offers numerous opportunities and it hasn’t realized its full potential. The city’s population continues to grow, the workforce is relatively young with the median age in the mid-30s, and the city’s economy is more balanced than other parts of the state. The Chamber has played a great role in unifying the business community here. There is a large spirit of cooperation throughout the region that makes the First Coast a desirable location for business.

Q: You are the highest ranking African-American at CSX. Who are your role models and what inspired you to pursue leadership responsibilities in your profession and at the Chamber? A:

It all started at home. My parents stressed the importance of education to myself as well as my older brother and sister. Those who surrounded our family, and that we were exposed to, shared a similar viewpoint. Over the years, there have also been many people at CSX, as well as people outside of the company, who have inspired me to excel in leadership positions in my career and in my community. I got involved with the Chamber immediately after moving to Jacksonville. It was the first place I did volunteer work which helped facilitate a transition into this community. It also helped me gain an appreciation for the excellent work the Chamber does. It is truly the nexus for the business and public policy decisions that greatly affect Jacksonville.

Q: You have been active in many business, civic and professional organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors of the Jacksonville Urban League and the Otis Smith Foundation. What is your hope and message for at-risk youth in our community?


Q: These are challenging economic times for everyone. What is the key business recruitment challenge currently facing the Chamber and the City of Jacksonville? A:

There are many concerns about the availability of working capital to fund business and I don’t know how many major corporations will be relocating their headquarters here in the near future due to economic uncertainties, but Jacksonville is very well positioned for the long term as conditions improve. Much of that growth will likely be among small- and mediumsized businesses along with the established larger businesses and corporations that are already here. Jacksonville is poised to weather the storm. We have the infrastructure with Interstates 10 and 95 along with an active port that’s undergoing expansion. Our centralized location, talented workforce and willingness of the business community to see it prosper make this an extremely attractive location. Therefore, I am proud to be working for a company such as CSX that has established its corporate headquarters in Jacksonville.


Photo Gallery 1






Beaches December Luncheon: 1. Guests of the December Beaches Luncheon listened intently to the biographies of the four nominees for the

products and services including hormone health, gynecological services, weight management, and De-tox therapy. 5. Mike Wilson of Environmental

2008 Walter Murr service award. This

Services, Inc., President Wally Lee of

award is given annually to the Beaches

the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of

Division Chamber member who exhibits

Commerce, Raquel Crummitt of National

outstanding community service above and

Premium, guest Sandy Wilson, Bonnie

beyond their business altruism.

Barnes of North Florida Land Trust, 2008

2. Chamber staff joined luncheon sponsor Carolyn Ward of AT&T Real Yellow Pages in welcoming guests to the Beaches Holiday Luncheon in December. Pictured are: Misty Galeani, Lelia Duncan, Carolyn Ward, Jill Sprowell, Dana McIntyre and Jennifer Strickland. 3. Kurtis Loftus of The Kurtis Group and Beaches 2009 Small Business Leader of the Year, 2009 Beaches Chair Anna Marie Burke of Jacksonville Magazine, and

Electric, Kevin Delaney of Delaney and Associates, Suzanne McLeod with Nuvox Communications and Pat Delaney.

Habijax: 6. Mary Kay O’Rourke, President and CEO of HabiJax, accepts the Regional Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing from Commissioner Mike Boyle, Northeast Florida Regional Council President.


Plaza and recipient of the 2008 Walter

7. The Arlington Council held its annual

Beaches Mixer: 4. Dr. Randolph’s Ageless and Wellness Center proudly sponsored the December Beaches Mixer. Specialists Jennifer Hobbs and Dyanne Dawson provided guests with information about their



Chamber Chair Ron Autrey of Miller

Christine Wier of Chick-Fil-A at Pablo Creek Murr service award.


holiday luncheon Dec. 17 at Carrabba’s. Members were entertained by the

8. Students from Arlington Heights Elementary School entertained the Arlington Council during its annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 17 at Carrabba’s. Arlington Heights is the council’s “adopted” school. The council holds various fund-raising events and a book drive for the school.

Arlington Heights Elementary “Chamber Choir,” pictured with President Leigh Forrester and Board Member Rebekah Mills. Arlington Heights is the council’s “adopted” school. The council also held a fun gift exchange.


Grand Openings

3. Isis Cosmetics, a medical spa located at 5150 Belfort Rd., Bldg.


400, Jacksonville, Florida 32216, celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new facility. Pictured are Jennifer Moseley, Patient Care Coordinator; Danielle Rodriguez, Receptionist; Tonya Richter, LPN; Bill Palin, Board Certified Attending Surgeon; Gerald Cotton, Surgical Technician. Chamber Ambassadors Jo Swallow and Tom Dyszkiewicz proudly supported this event.


1. Chamber Ambassador Randy Thomas proudly supported 21st Century Oncology of Jacksonville, located at 7751 Baymeadows Rd. E, Jacksonville, FL 32256, at the grand opening of its health care services facility. Pictured are (front) Shawn Spencer; Dr. Joanne Dragu; Dr. Sadir Alwar, Joe Repole (back) David Hung; Ron Dobson; Dr. Matthew Luke; Dr. Carlos Castillo; Dr. Joseph Mignone; Dr. Dimitrios Agaliotis.


4. Marine Lance Corporals James Bivins, Craig Cochran and Kyle Wronkowski receive Toys donated by the Chuck Petruska, secretary of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce West Council, at Holiday Inn on Commonwealth Avenue on Dec.19. Those who could not bring toys pitched in with a generous cash donation. The three Marines stationed now at Blount Island are scheduled to deploy to Iraq in March 2009.

4 2. Heart to Heart Christian Academy proudly announces the opening of its private school at 8247 Ramona Blvd. W, Jacksonville Florida 32221. Pictured are Michelle Warlick, Executive Assistant; Juanite White, Founder/Director; April Roberson, Principal. Supporting this event are Chamber Ambassadors Tom Dyszkiewicz of Art Photo, Inc. and Randy Thomas of Principal Financial Group Inc.



Member News Appointments and Promotions

Fountain, Top Producer; Mandarin/St. Johns – Lisa Mordecai, Listings; Bob McMeekin, Sales, Transaction and Top Producer; Beaches

Isabelle Lopez, attorney with Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., was

– Edward Robinson, Listings; Al Kekec, Sales and Transactions;

appointed to serve on Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission…

Maggie Haynes, Top Producer; Ponte Vedra – Cici Anderson, Listings

Melissa Gross-Arnold, shareholder with Lewis, Longman & Walker,

and Transactions; Nancy Massengill, Sales; Elizabeth Hudgins, Top

P.A., was elected to serve as the 2009 President of the North Florida

Producer; Fleming Island/Orange Park – Kat Wetmore, Listings; Judy

Land and Trust…Michael Cavendish, shareholder and litigation

Fields, Sales and Transactions; Lauren Cole, Top Producer; Arlington/

attorney with Gunster Yoakley, was elected Vice Chairman of the

Southside – John Schmidt, Listings and Transactions; Margie Rasey,

Jacksonville Transportation Authority for 2009…Michael E. Demont,

Sales; Jennifer Tomasovic, Top Producer; St. Augustine – Ann King,

former president of Suddath Relocations Systems, has joined Smith

Listings, Sales, Transactions and Top Producer…Atkinson Realty

Hulsey & Busey in the firms commercial litigation and insolvency

Group, Inc announced its top agents for December 2008: Historical

practice…Marsha A. McCoy joined the law firm of Gunster Yoakley

District – Beth King, Top Lister and Top Producer; Franklin McDaniel,

as an associate in the firm’s Jacksonville office…Melissa Gross-

Top Lister; Ortega – Tom Daley, Top Lister; Dave Cedel, To Producer…

Arnold was named the 2009 President-Elect for the Jacksonville

Gunster received the Gold Award from The Marcom Awards for their

Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women…Adrienne L. DeSantis,

Landmark Holiday card…

Ph.D., joined Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics as Assistant Clinical Director…Bradford S. Hoppe, M.D., joined the University of Florida

Business News

Proton Therapy Institute’s premiere team of physicians…Harden &

Pro Exhibits USA has been acquired by Impact Advertising Group,

Associates added two new account managers, Diane Ackerson and

LLC…Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart announced its new brand,

Maria Mack…Mishiel Paterno joined the Prudential Network Realty

“Gunster” and grew to eight Florida offices…WRH Realty Services,

sales team at its San Marco office…Kathleen Floryan of Prudential

Inc. has been hired to manage the Chelsea Courtyards Apartments…

Network Realty has been recognized by the prestigious Institute

The Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast is now open and welcomed its

for Luxury Home Marketing for her recent performance in the

first guests at the end of December…RailAmerica, Inc. has launched

million-dollar and above luxury home market within Jacksonville…

a new Web site, County Public Schools

Tony Tadros joined Prudential Network Realty’s Atlantic Beach sales

hosted the 19th annual Magnet Mania & More to give area youth the

team…Lynn Williams has been appointed the Jacksonville Humane

opportunity to explore their future hopes and dreams…The Blue

Society’s new volunteer services manager…

Foundation for a Healthy Florida, the philanthropic affiliate of Blue

Awards and Accomplishments Dave Josephson was honored as The Growth Coach of the Year – Best New Market…The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented an award to Enterprise Florida Inc.

Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, has approved $761,000 in grants to be awarded this winter to 11 nonprofit Florida organizations providing health-related services to in-need Floridians…

Community Involvement

for its promotional Web site…IEDC awarded Enterprise Florida

Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. & Affiliates donated $5,700

Honorable Mention for its new media initiative…IEDC awarded

worth of Christmas gifts to St. Augustine families supported by the

Workforce Florida with a 2008 Excellence Award for partnership

Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County…TRC Staffing Services,

with educational institutions…ERA Davis & Linn announced Andrew

Inc. awarded a community service grant to Dreams Come True…

Linn as the Top Producer, Cheryl Horace as the Top Agent, Clara

The Jacksonville Sections of the American Society of Landscape

Watkins at the Top Lister and Cheryl Horace as the Top Sales…

Architects raised money for the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the

Prudential Network Realty announced its top agent award winners

Homeless at its annual event…

for December 2008: San Marco/San Jose - Eddie Zahn, Listing, Sales and Transactions; Anita Vining, Top Producer; Avondale/Ortega – Barbara Lanier, Listings; Debra Warren, Sales and Transactions; Reggie



New Members, Trustees and anniversaries Premier Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home (904) 346-3808

Entreprenuer ValleyCrest Companies (904) 725-2552 Ponte Vedra Beach Capital, LLC (904) 373-0832 Commercial Services Inc (904) 642-3606 Buffet Crampon, USA, Inc. (904) 821-0234

Basic Who’z Next Barbershop (904) 742-8599 Veterans Law Center of Jacksonville, Inc. (904) 280-2167 UF Center for Entrepreneurship-MSE (352) 273-0330 Translations (904) 589-1731 Tatum, LLC (904) 277-8023 Special Project Partners (904) 637-1962 SNS Logistics, LLC (904) 220-8444 Pro Realty Consultants-Joe Myers (904) 254-6472 Premier System & Training (PST, Inc.) (800) 955-1752 Positive Dynamic - Corporate Wellness Program (904) 446-6746 Port Consolidated (904) 425-4730 Owner 1st Inc. (904) 284-7569 Ocean Yoga (904) 742-4582 Northwestern Mutual - Alex Thorpe (904) 234-6855 Magnolia Village Apartments (904) 727-9830 JRN - Jax Referral Network (904) 982-9318 Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport (904) 421-2992 Holiday Inn Express (904) 652-2782 Hewitt-Bialek Visionary Studio (904) 213-9492

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Green Team Project (904) 366-6644 Employee Identity Protection, Inc. (904) 384-7711 Alan H. Elwell (904) 654-7309 Eleven July, Incorporated (904) 483-3837 Dry Clean Mart (904) 992-0097 Deakins Logistic Group (904) 223-3546 D. Brad Hughes, P.A. (904) 436-6054 Cusick Communications, Inc. (904) 646-2627 Ext:305 CR Smalls & Associates, Inc. (904) 612-3813 Converse Business Consulting, Inc. (904) 534-6141 Colleyco (904) 288-8108 City Kidz Ice Cream Cafe (904) 598-5115 Centerpoint Tax Services (904) 322-7453 Buchanan & Co., Inc. (904) 332-8000 Blue Haven Pools & Spas (904) 620-0090 AVI - SPL (904) 281-2714 A’Propos Boutique (904) 273-8857 Anthony J. Interlandi (904) 771-7869 Alliance Business Consultants, Inc. (904) 385-4013 Ext:203 All Purpose Printing & Graphics, Inc. (904) 346-0999 Ron Albert (334) 233-8455 Access Termite Pest Control (904) 722-3355 access e* Realty (904) 710-5340

Additional Location Sticky Fingers Ribhouse (904) 309-7427 Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (904) 694-0240 Ext:13 Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home - Main St (904) 356-6585 Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home - Hendricks (904) 346-3808

Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home - Edgewood (904) 388-2711 Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home - Blanding (904) 777-5727 Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home (904) 288-0025

Individual Nia Bradberry (954) 817-6708 Dave Bennett (904) 548-7554

Sea Star Line LLC Small Business Group, Inc.

5 years Above All Ceilings, Inc. Barbes Publishing Brennan, Manna & Diamond, P.L. Florida Service Dogs, Inc. HMT, Inc-Women of Strength Sign-A-Rama The Party Shop

New Trustees Greg Burghardt ValleyCrest Companies Mitchell W. Hunt, Jr. FirstAtlantic Bank Don Kartzmark, Haskell Bethany Kline Daily Billboards, Inc. Buzz Thomas, Luxe J. Paul Tyler, Haskell

Bronze Mary E. Goldsmith, PBS&J

Anniversaries 20 years or More American Cancer Society AT&T Real Yellow Pages Crowley Maritime Corporation Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union Horizon Health-EAPBehavioral Services Orrin D. Mitchell, Orthodontist Wachovia Insurance Services

15 years Cornerstone Management & Leasing First Guaranty Bank & Trust

10 years A-B Properties Inc. Adams Homes Davis Development & Investment Co. Duval County Health Department

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