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Business notes
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Posted: 2013 Jan 18 - 06:00

Local law firm welcomes familiar name as partner

The Port Orange-based law firm of Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell recently promoted a familiar name and face by naming Attorney Edward S. Rue, the nephew of co-founder John D. Rue, a partner in the firm.

A lawyer who is devoted to his clients, Mr. Rue joined the firm in 2006 and focuses on personal-injury and Social Security disability litigation.

Before joining Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell, Mr. Rue practiced criminal and insurance defense, which enabled him to understand how insurance companies and defense attorneys evaluate and defend cases.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Mr. Rue graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2002. A top student, he won the Wisconsin State Bar Law School Award for Highest Achievement in Torts, and the William Herbert Page Award for the best Wisconsin Law Review article.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, the Florida Bar, Florida Justice Association, the Wisconsin Bar, Volusia County Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. He is eligible to practice in all Florida courts, all Wisconsin courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Victoria Park under new management

Evergreen Lifestyles Management is the new association management company for all of Victoria Park.

Evergreen Lifestyles Management priority is to ensure quality service and to provide enhanced efficiency and lifestyle options to the Victoria Park Community, 1475 E. Taylor Road, DeLand.

For more information, call (386) 738-2112.

Sparton gets domestic and foreign contracts

Sparton Corp. and Ultra Electronics have been awarded $71.2 million in subcontracts for their ERAPSCO joint venture to build sonobuoys for the U.S. Navy as well as $4 million from foreign buyers who will be doing training exercises with the U.S. Navy.

Production on the underwater detection devices will take place at Sparton's DeLeon Springs facility as well as USSI's Columbia City, Ind., facility. The Navy work is expected to be completed by January 2015 while the foreign contracts will be completed by June 2013.

Grand opening planned

The Center for Business Excellence, the regional workforce board that oversees the One-Stop Employment Centers of Flagler & Volusia Counties, recently opened the doors of its permanent Orange City One-Stop Employment Center location.

A grand opening celebration will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at 846 Saxon Blvd., in the Orange City Market Place Shopping Center.

New controller at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial named Danny Mihalic as controller.

Mr. Mihalic will be responsible for maintaining the accuracy of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial's financial statements, managing the annual budget process and providing decision support to administration.

He previously was senior financial analyst at Fish Memorial and was responsible for monthly variance analysis, department budgeting, financial statement analysis and pro forma creation.

The Winter Park resident received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Central Florida and a master's of business administration from Rollins College.

Financial Services Corporation opens in South Deltona

The Deltona Economic Development Department welcomed Focus 9 Enterprises to the city at 601 Deltona Blvd., Suite 102.

To mark the event, the city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 15 at the site of the new offices in south Deltona.

Focus 9 Enterprises handles personal and business financial services, including tax preparation, payroll and accounting services and financial management services. The company has been in business for 11 years in central Florida and has operated in the financial industry for more than 35 years.

For more information, call (386) 878-8619.

DIS Track Services and Fire Rescue Team honored

The Daytona International Speedway Track Services and Fire Rescue Team was honored with the Track Services Teamwork Award at the annual NASCAR Track Services Summit in Concord, N.C.

Each year the Track Services Teamwork Award is granted by NASCAR to a Track Services Team that has exemplified strong teamwork during an unexpected or adverse event at a NASCAR function.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Speedway was Senior Director of Track Operations Pete D'Agresta, Director of Emergency Services Troy Willrick and Speedway Fire Chief Mike Cordle.

On Lap 160 of the 2012 Daytona 500, under caution, a car lost control and struck a jet dryer resulting in a fuel spill and fire. The Track Services and Fire Rescue Team responded immediately, ensured the safety of both drivers and suppressed and extinguished the fire. The crew then removed the damaged vehicles, cleaned up the remaining fuel and repaired the track surface.

The incident required EMS, fire rescue, cleanup, track services and engineering teams to work together efficiently and effectively to make certain the track was in condition for drivers to complete the race.

Hall Of Fame inductees named

The 2013 Inductees for "Stock Car Racing Hall Of Fame" Sponsored by Daytona Beach West Rotary Club have been named.

Inductees are Alan Kulwicki, one of NASCAR'S 50 Greatest Drivers and 1992 Winston Cup Champion; Sterling Marlin, 1994 and 1995 Daytona 500 Winner; and Barney Hall, race radio broadcaster for more than 50 years and the first announcer hired by Bill France for Motor Racing Network.

The 24th annual dinner and induction ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at the Shores Resort and Spa. Funds raised from the event benefit local and international charities.

For more information, visit stockcarhalloffame.org. For sponsorship opportunities, packages available and tickets sales call (386) 453-3352.

Shark Tank star will address annual chamber gathering

The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce's 93rd Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and will feature the star of ABC's series "Shark Tank," Daymond John.

From humble beginnings to a self-made multimillionaire with more than $6 billion to date in global product sales, Mr. John is the personification of the American Dream.

Mr. John is the founder, president and CEO of the clothing line FUBU, which began in 1992 when he sewed wool hats with his next-door neighbor because he believed retail pricing was too expensive. The two sold their products for $10 apiece in front of the New York Coliseum, making $800 a day. This motivated him to start his own line -- FUBU (For Us, By Us). FUBU can now be found at Macy's and JCPenney.

The chamber's annual meeting is open to the public. Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner. Reserved tables of 10 are available for $950. Non-member prices are $150 per person and reservations are required. For additional information or reservations, call (386) 523-3675.

Chamber to host home show and business expo

The third annual Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce Home Show and Business Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach.

Canal Street will be lined with 200 business professionals from all over Central Florida, showcasing their products and services for business and everyday needs.

There will be live entertainment and demonstrations all day, a free Kid's Zone with bounce houses, face painting, games and activities, and food vendors.

For more information, call (386) 428-2449.

Boston Whaler unveils new dauntless model

Edgewater-based Boston Whaler has expanded its Dauntless line with the addition of the brand-new 270 Dauntless.

As Whaler's largest Dauntless yet, the 270 joins a family of boats that includes the top-selling 230 Dauntless. The 270 maintains the bold style and impeccable comfort that are Dauntless hallmarks, with enhancements to make this well-appointed boat even bigger and better.

"The 270 Dauntless builds upon the comfort and aesthetically appealing nature of the entire Dauntless family," said Jeff Vaughn, Boston Whaler's vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. "With this boat, you'll get more space, more storage, upgraded helm seating and leaning post, and you can cruise farther thanks to its size and larger fuel capacity. In true Dauntless spirit, the 270 is equipped for everything from offshore fishing runs to entertaining to watersports-and looks stylish doing it all."

Venetian Bay has new director of sales and marketing

Local sales and marketing professional Kate Minnock has joined the management team at Venetian Bay Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach.

Venetian Bay Golf Club, at the intersection of State Route 44 and Airport Road, was purchased in September by Geosam Capital, an international real estate investment fund. The club is managed and maintained by Kitson & Partners Clubs, based in Palm Beach Gardens.

As director of sales and marketing, Ms. Minnock will be responsible for booking and planning all events at the club, including golf tournaments, weddings and private parties. One of her first priorities, she said, is correcting the mistaken impression that only members are allowed to enjoy Venetian Bay's championship golf course and attractive clubhouse facilities.

"We are committed to providing outstanding facilities and services to all of our members, both at the golf club and at the swim club," Ms. Minnock said, "But everyone is welcome to play our great golf course and enjoy the clubhouse dining experience, whether for a quiet meal or a large event."

Prior to joining Venetian Bay, Ms. Minnock was with nearby Cypress Head Golf Club. Her background in golf and hospitality also includes positions as Director of Retail Properties at Kapalua Golf Resort in Maui, Hawaii; Vice President of the C&C Restaurant Organization in California; and Executive Director of Safe Harbor, a Davis Love III foundation.

For more information, call (386) 299 5571.

Surf shop opening fifth outlet

Salty Dog Surf and Sportswear has leased 3,000 square feet at Granada Plaza at Atlantic Avenue and Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach.

Established in 1978, Salty Dog has four other locations -- three in Daytona Beach and one in Panama City. Salty Dog specializes in name-brand surf wear and T-shirts. The store also carries a wide range of accessories, including wetsuits, eyewear, surfboard, boogie board, paddleboards and rentals.

Emergency Communications Network Acquires Jacosoft

Ormond Beach-based Emergency Communications Network, the leading provider of high-speed, mass notification services, has acquired Houston-based Jacosoft, the provider of DeltAlert emergency and mass notification solutions.

As part of the agreement, ECN acquired all of Jacosoft's intellectual property and technical resources.

Jacosoft is the third acquisition in less than a year for ECN. In June, it acquired One Call Now's Government Emergency Center / 911 clients. In July, the company acquired CityWatch, a provider of integrated, interactive notification solutions.

Plant hits safety milestone

The Thomas & Betts Ormond Beach facility hit a huge safety milestone Dec. 5.

The plant made it to 1 million hours worked without a recorded OSHA 300 incident. Dec. 24 marked one and a half years without a recorded incident.

The Ormond Beach operation, formerly known as Homac, makes electrical connectors, light-lowering devices and cable accessories. It is at 12 Southland Road, off U.S. 1, and has about 250 workers.

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