Award winners announced
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced its award recipients, including the 2012 Businesses of the Year, at its recent installation and awards dinner.
The event, held at Capt. Hiram's Resort in Sebastian, also paid tribute to former Palm Bay Mayor John Mazziotti.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Linda Miedema, vice president for academic affairs for Brevard Community College, who spoke about the new four-year college to be named Eastern Florida State College and how the school's academic programs will be geared toward helping students enter the business world.
Following Dr. Miedema's presentation, Palm Bay city manager Sue Hann officiated the oath of office to the 2013 incoming officers and board of directors.
The winners of the 2012 Businesses of the Year included Brevard Workforce as Large Business of the Year. Accepting on behalf of CEO Lisa Rice was Denise Beasley, communications director. Small Business of the Year was presented to Nancy Domonousky and Gloria Robaina, senior partners of Peninsula Title, located in Palm Bay.
Distinguished Service was awarded to Tarilyn Fazekas of MIMA. Qualifications for this prestigious award include devotion to others and altruistic acts beyond that of everyday business. The recipient must be a proven leader in their industry and have the vision to see a better tomorrow.
Also each year, the Chamber awards the Winnie Jennings Volunteer of the Year Award. This year's award went to Tina Sheehan.
For the second year, the Palm Bay Chamber presented its Platinum Palm Award, which recognizes a company or individual who made great strides in their chamber participation and, without fail, offered their assistance. The 2012 winner in this category was presented to Puneet Kapur (PK) of Holiday Inn Express.
In addition, the Crystal Palm was awarded to the employee of the year, who brought their dedication, devotion and unique skill set to the organization. The award was presented to Cynthia Dale, Palm Bay Chamber marketing manager.
Also, for the second year, each winner received a special Congressional certificate signed by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey. Congressional aide Rob Medina was in attendance to present the certificates to each of the award recipients.
Outgoing chairwoman Cindy Forstall presented former Palm Bay Mayor John Mazziotti with a Special Recognition Award for his 17 years as a city leader and diligent ambassador for the chamber. Accepting the award to a standing ovation, Mayor Mazziotti spoke of his respect for the business community and while serving office, rarely left the city limits even for dinner, which was met with a robust round of applause. A pictorial video was also shown of Mayor Mazziotti over the years.
Outgoing chair for the board of directors Cindy Forstall formally turned over the gavel to incoming chairman, Danny Timothy, manager for El Chico's Mexican Restaurant, who addressed the audience about his plans for the year and thanked his incoming board, which includes Brevard County Manager Howard Tipton and Lynda Weatherman, CEO for the Space Coast Economic Development Commission.
Event sponsors included Platinum Sponsor TD Bank and awards sponsor Berman Hopkins Wright and LaHam, which both addressed the audience and congratulated the 2012 winners.
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1989, has more than 900 active, courtesy and prospective members and is the only chamber in the United States aligned with an international "sister" chamber in Cashel, Ireland.
Interested companies wishing to attend the event or join the chamber may contact the chamber at (321) 951-9998 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Chamber welcomes new members
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the following new members to their chamber.
They are: Hurricane Air and Home - in-home ventilation/duct cleaning; One Insurance Group - health care insurance; Florida Air Academy - private school; Ocean Riders - software developer, IT solutions for government; and Brandt Ronat and Company - full service advertising and marketing.
The Chamber holds its monthly networking luncheon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Life Care Center of Palm Bay, 175 Villa Nueva Ave. N.E., off Malabar Road, just west of Palm Bay Hospital.
Cost is $20 for members in advance and $25 for non-members or at the door.
For more information about joining or attending the chamber events, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Commodity trading advisor attains ranking
Shared Enlightenment Inc., a commodity trading advisor based in Melbourne, has entered the global CTA-managed futures indices and its CopulaMax NetCreditOps I program and has ranked in first place among all tracked CTA options traders worldwide by 12-month rate of return in 2012, according to the managed futures rankings at AutumnGold.com.
The program accomplished a 47.80 percent rate of return after all fees during 2012, according to the CTA.
An 86-page disclosure document specifying the CTA's background, strategies, trade & risk management methodolgies, performance results, risk disclosures and instructions for establishing speculative and retirement commodities investment accounts is available from the firm.
The CTA, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and National Futures Association, is providing insightful and enlightening consultations free-of-charge to prospective investors.
Steven T. Slatem, resident of Brevard County since 2005, holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, is qualified via the Series 3 National Commodity Futures Exam, has lived and worked more than 15 years overseas and is the founder of several world-class entrepreneurial ventures.
Shared Enlightenment Inc. can be reached at email@example.com and (850) 388-8737 or (321) 216-6676.
New vice president of managed care
Jeff Sterling has joined Health First as the vice president of managed care, reporting to Joe Felkner, chief financial officer for Health First.
In this newly created role, Mr. Sterling will direct and oversee the entire managed care function of the four Health First hospitals and the Health First Medical Group.
Mr. Sterling most recently served as Regional Director of Managed Care for Universal Health Services, a national, for-profit hospital system based in Pennsylvania. In that role, he was responsible for the Managed Care strategy for the UHS hospitals, physicians, and ancillaries in the Florida and South Carolina markets.
Mr. Sterling has 20 years of experience in the managed healthcare industry, with his experience equally split between hospital and health plan responsibilities.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Sterling and his wife, Tamara, have relocated to Brevard from Orlando.
Chamber welcomes new members, announces business of the month
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the following new members to their chamber:
Hurricane Air and Home
I & M Aviary
One Insurance Group
Florida Air Academy
Space Coast Gator Club
Brandt-Ronat & Company
Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center
Catering Two You Janitorial Services.
The Chamber also announced that the January 2013 Business of the Month winner was awarded to Community Credit Union for its continual support of the chamber, the business community and its Community Hero program that recognizes exceptional service of the first-responders in the police and fire departments in Brevard. This monthly award is sponsored by Joe Raley State Farm Insurance.
The Chamber holds its monthly networking luncheon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Life Care Center of Palm Bay, 175 Villa Nueva Ave. N.E., off Malabar Road, just west of Palm Bay Hospital. The February luncheon will welcome speakers Steve Englehart, the football coach at Florida Tech and Elia Twigg, director of public works for the city of Palm Bay. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members or at the door.
For more information about joining or attending the chamber events, call (321) 951-9998, email info@greaterpalmbaychamber or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Business growth expo
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Business Growth Expo on March 28, according to Cynthia Dale, marketing manager.
The event will be held at the Hilton Rialto from 6-9 p.m. and will also include a silent and live media auction where companies can purchase print, broadcast, outdoor, radio and online advertising at a fraction of the cost.
The event is designed to help business startups looking for information rapidly on how to get their company up and running quickly.
Vendors and speakers will be on hand to educate the small business owner on the latest trends, technologies and products to get their business rolling.
The event is also geared toward existing businesses that want to re-brand and refresh their company image.
Among some of the planned vendors include ad agencies, marketing agencies, business development, employment agencies, computer services, caterers, graphic designers, photographers, event planners, florists, hotels, local media, public relations, tax preparer/financial advisors, technology services, training/coaching services, commercial interior designers, internet marketing and social media strategists.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the exhibits and cocktail hour, followed by the silent and live auctions at 6:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will be held in adjoining rooms and feature prominent speakers from the area who will cover a number of subjects for new or struggling businesses.
The cost to host a booth is $50 for Palm Bay Chamber members, nonprofits and home-based businesses, and $75 for non-members.
Cost to attend is $15 per ticket and includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
Space is limited, and deadline to book a vendor table is March 15.
Interested companies wishing to participate in the Business Expo may contact Ms. Dale at (321) 951-9998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found on the website at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com or by calling (321) 951-9998.