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Business news - north Brevard
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Posted: 2013 Mar 01 - 06:21

New chamber members welcomed

The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new members: Reliance Insurance, Buffet Village, Disabled American Veterans and Seasons In The Sun.

To join the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 459-2200.

Chamber welcomes new partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new and renewed partners: Miche Bags, Rodan & Fields, Account Ability Bookkeeping, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Glowgolf, Hogan's Irish Pub, ClayZ - Merritt Island, Telecycle LLC, Rotary Club of Cocoa, Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, A Daughter's Heart, Matthew T. Burke, Re/Max Elite, Sutch & Associates, United Launch Alliance, ClayZ - Viera, Merritt Island Christian School, Country Inn & Suites, Brevard Accounting Group, A1A Optics, Island Motors and Double Eagle Real Estate.

To join the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 459-2200.

Sales professionals join firm

Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties, have introduced their newest sales professionals: Susan Ercolani and Randy Neuman.

For more information, contact Susan Ercolani at susanerc26@hotmail.com or call (321) 506-9375, and Randy Neuman at prudentialsp@gmail.com or (321) 652-7675.

Arrangements between chambers announced

Palm Bay Chamber members have been invited to attend any Titusville Chamber event.

Some events are free to attend and some have member and non-member rates, as in Palm Bay, but Palm Bay chamber members may attend with "member" rates at the events that charge.

For more information, call (321) 951-9998 and (321) 267-3036.

Chamber partners welcomed

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new and renewed members: Athens Gyro, Coldwell Banker, Women's Prosperity Network, Anytime Fitness, ndtArtemis, Duran Golf Club, Surf Studio Beach Resort, CAS Adaptive Solutions, Hayley's Jet Ski & Boat Rental, The Florida Health Insurance Exchange, Mac McLouth, Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Brevard Medical Equipment, Cold Stone Creamery and JC Pennys.

For more information about the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com or call (321) 459-2200.

Dentistry news

Jan Spagnoli, of Dr. Jan L. Spagnoli, D.D.S. General Dentistry, 55 N. Carpenter Road, Titusville, has announced that his son, Dr. Dan Spagnoli, has joined the practice and is now accepting patients.

For more information, call (321) 269-3802.

New chamber partners recognized

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest partners. They are: PRC BulkMail, Perrone Photography, Andrew Gardiner FL State Senate, Lindt Chocolate Advisor Jacki Tibbitts and Florida East Coast Electrical Contractor.

To join or contact the chamber for more information, call (321) 459-2200.

New chamber partners announced

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced new chamber partners.

They are: Minicus-Vavala Properties, Network Marketplace, Robbies At Your Service, Torsney Health Care, Tastefully Simple - Jenny Lucas, Oragami Owl and Southeast Flea & Farmers Market.

To join the chamber, call (321) 459-2200.

New and renewed Chamber partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its most recent new and renewed Chamber partners.

They are: Florida State Senator Andy Gardiner, Discovery Map, Franklin Special Event Productions, Sun Site Range, March of Dimes, SThorpe.com, Valiant Air Command and Variety Florida the Children Charity.

For more information about joining the Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 459-2200.

Governor appoints three to State commission


Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently announced the appointments of Jennifer H. Hobbs, James M. Kuzma and Eugene "Ken" Wolfe to the State Emergency Response Commission.

Ms. Hobbs, 48, of Orlando, is an environmental engineer with InoMedic Health Applications L.L.C.

She succeeds George Danz for a term that began Jan. 9.

Mr. Kuzma, 51, of Cocoa Beach, is the chief operating officer of Space Florida.

He fills a vacant seat for a term that began Jan. 9.

Mr. Wolfe, 55, of Fort Walton Beach, is the emergency management coordinator for Okaloosa County.

He fills a vacant seat for a term that began Jan. 9.

Association has new leadership

The Space Coast Association has installed new leadership for its 1,400-member association.

Realtor Jesse Parrish III of Pruitt Real Estate was installed as the association's 2013 president.

Also installed were:  president-elect Mitch Ribak; secretary Melissa Goldman, treasurer Lynn Jones and the following directors:  Lisa Durgin, Bill Thomas, Dan Barber, Lynnette Hendricks, Steve Romano, Kaz Cisowski and Bill Kehoe.

The Space Coast Association of Realtors is a professional trade association representing more than 1,400 Realtors and businesses.

New and renewed Chamber partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes its new and renewed Chamber members.

They are: Backwoods Steakhouse, Saigon Restaurant, Phab u'Lous Inc., Lia Sophia Jewelry, Hewett Services, Capital Choice Financial - Anthony Salorio, HTS Computers Inc., Courtyard by Marriott, Sierra Lobo Inc., Rodan & Fields - Donna Hamilton, University of Central Florida, Truly Nolen, iPay Payroll Solutions LLC, Clear Channel, Linda Dale & Company P.A., The Title Station Inc., Crosswinds Youth Services Inc. and Studio 7.

To join the Chamber, call (321) 459-2222.

New port authority board members announced

Cocoa Beach resident Tom Weinberg will serve as chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners for 2013.

The former chief of staff for former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez was elected unanimously to the position during the first meeting of the year for the board.

Also elected were Titusville attorney Jerry Allender as vice chairman and Cocoa citrus grower Frank Sullivan as secretary/treasurer.

Titusville attorney John H. Evans begins his first term on the board.

Also serving will be Merritt Island auto dealership owner Bruce Deardoff, the immediate past chairman of the board.

For more information, visit www.portcanaveral.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 info@sharedenlightenment.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.  

45th anniversary awards announced

Larry McIntyre, with Clear Channel Outdoor, received the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at the Chamber's 45th Annual Installation Banquet held recently at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront.

More than 200 Chamber partners and their guests attended the gala. The theme of this year's gala was focused around the Chamber's 45th Anniversary.

Mr. McIntyre has been a part of the community and Clear Channel Outdoor for 30 years.

His involvement with professional associations include the Brevard County Civilian Military Council, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Community Foundation, Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce (1995 Chair of the board), and the 2011 chair of Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, to name just a few. He was also a founding member of the Brevard Library Foundation.

Additional awards announced that evening were the Ambassador of the Year, presented to Brenda VanAntwerp, with Two Men & Truck; and the Council/Committee of the Year was presented to the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Capt. John P. Heatherington, Commanding Officer, NOTU, U.S. Navy, administered the oath of office to the new chairman, officers and board of directors.

The major sponsor of the event was AT&T & Florida Power & Light Company.

The additional sponsors of the event were Canaveral Port Authority, Clean Footprint, Craig Technologies, Community Bank of the South, Florida Today, Health First Inc., Intercoastal Insurance Inc., Porter World Trade Inc., PNC Bank, The Cocoa Beach Area Hotel and Lodging Association, Waste Management, Inc. and Wuesthoff Health System Inc.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1968 and serves the businesses and communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Patrick Air Force Base, Port St. John, Rockledge, Suntree and Viera.

For more information, call (321) 951-9998.

Local financial advisor to go to leaders conference

Ayad B. Saad, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Suntree/Viera, has qualified for the firm's 2013 Financial Advisor Leaders Conference.

This conference recognizes financial advisors who are among the leaders in the financial-services firm.

Mr. Saad was one of only 793 financial advisors who qualified out of the firm's more than 11,000 financial advisors.

The 2013 conference will be held in May at the firm's headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals - from college savings to retirement - and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy.

Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.

Service advisor rejoins wealth management firm


Robert DeVries is rejoining the independent wealth management company, FirstWave Financial, as a service advisor.

In this capacity, Mr. DeVries will serve clients by developing individualized financial plans and assisting in the implementation of their financial strategies.

Mr. DeVries has a Masters in Business Administration in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He recently passed his Series 65 exam, which enables him to serve as a registered investment advisory representative of FirstWave Financial.

For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit www.FirstWaveFinancial.com.

New director at animal services

Karla Torpy, formerly with the Melbourne law firm of Moletteire & Torpy, is the new director of Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement and recently received unanimous confirmation from the Brevard County Board of Commissioners.

Ms. Torpy, who spent 18 years practicing law in Brevard County, calls her new role an "essential mission to promote responsible pet ownership by promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of residents and animals in Brevard County."

Assistant department director Kathy Beatson served as the interim director of Animal Services and Enforcement since July 2011.

Chamber of Commerce partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the following new and renewed Chamber partners.

They are: Premiere Medical Aesthetics, Bruno's Beachside Pizza, Jump Right In Flyboarding, Scentsy Wickless Candles-Jill French, Performance Sail & Sport, Abbey Road Realty, L & M Technologies, Grills, Office of the State Attorney, CMIT Solutions of South Brevard, Rotary Club of Cocoa Beach, Gen-X Motors and Lubrication Specialist.

To join the Chamber of Commerce or for more information about the Chamber, call (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.

Titusville Chamber announces new members

The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its newest members.

They are: Titusville Discount Pharmacy, Dawn Faust-marketing, communications specialist and Space Coast Cancer Center and Aamco Transmissions.

To join the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 267-2026 or visit www.titusville.org.

New doctor at medical center

Parrish Medical Center in Titusville welcomes family practice physician Sandra Ogata, MD.

Ms. Ogata received her medical training at the University of Mogi das Cruzes in Brazil, and her Family Medicine residency was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

She did general surgery residencies at Lehigh Valley Hospital University of Pennsylvania in Allentown, and at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Dr. Ogata is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Along with English, she is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Most recently Dr. Ogata worked in family medicine in South Brevard County.

Dr. Ogata has joined the practice of Space Coast Medical Specialists, at 702 Country Club Drive, Titusville.

For more information, call (321) 268-1995.

Business hall of fame dinner program

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast will present the Space Coast Business Hall of Fame laureates Robin Fisher, Brevard County Dist. 1 Commissioner (and of Robin L. Fisher Insurance), and Catherine Ford, of Holy Trinity Episcopal School, Saturday, March 9 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place at 5:30 p.m.

This is a black-tie affair that will welcome an esteemed group of guests, including Business Hall of Fame laureates, distinguished members of the Space Coast community, Junior Achievement volunteers, exceptional students and supporters.

The Hilton Melbourne Rialto is at One Rialto Place, Melbourne.

For more information, to sponsor or to RSVP, email bhf@jaspacecoast.org or call (321) 751-4024.



Titusville Business Connection: Noon. Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce at the Titusville Public Library, 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville. For more information, call (321) 267-3036.


'Tuesday Twosday:' 5-7 p.m. Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce at Valiant Air Command, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville. For more information, call (321) 267-3036.


'Wednesday Friendsday:' 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Rockledge City Hall, 1600 Huntington Lane, Rockledge. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.


Education Committee meeting: 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 8. Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, 2000 S. Washington Ave., Titusville. For more information, call (321) 267-3036.

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