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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 751-4024.
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
Brevard Police Testing
and Selection Center
Catering Two You
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.
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.
Top five producers for 2012
Prudential Sterling Properties congratulates its top producers for 2012: Rae McCabe, Deanna Davis, Shari Abbott, Lynn Raymond and Alicia Lozeau. Congratulations for all your success!
Ms. McCabe entered the real estate field in 2003 and joined Prudential Sterling Properties in 2004. Ms. Davis entered the real estate field in 1988 and joined Prudential Sterling Properties in 2010. Ms. Abbott entered the real estate field in 2004 and joined Prudential Sterling Properties in 2006. Ms. Raymond entered the real estate field in 1994 and joined Prudential Sterling Properties in 1995. Ms. Lozeau entered the real estate field in 2004 and joined Prudential Sterling Properties in 2005.
Prudential Sterling Properties, which is independently owned and operated, became a member of the Prudential Real Estate Network in 1992. Prudential Sterling Properties was founded in September 1982. Since that time, it has earned a host of honors. Prudential Sterling services all of Brevard and Indian River counties, with offices located in both Indian Harbour Beach and Vero Beach.
You can reach agents at (321) 768-7600 for all of your real estate needs.
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.
Local companies selected for new marketing efforts
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has selected two local companies that will create the new tourism marketing materials for 2013, according to Victoria Northrup, president and CEO.
Each year, the Tourist Development Commission of the Space Coast approves grant applications for qualifying chambers of commerce. The funds are to be used to attract and promote the Space Coast to visitors from outside the area.
Brandt Ronat Company of Merritt Island has been selected to create a brochure about the city of Palm Bay that showcases local hoteliers, attractions and other city amenities and information geared toward visitors and those new to the area. Brandt Ronat Company is also creating a flier to target golf weekend groups, showcasing the four county golf courses.
In addition, Brandt Ronat Company will create a one-of-a-kind eco-tourism book to contain information about the eco-tours that the Chamber developed specifically for the out-of-area customers of Embraer.
The Chamber has also announced that Melbourne-based ndtArtemis is the website company contracted to create new tourism pages on the chambers website. The new website pages will feature local attractions, hoteliers, restaurants and the parks and recreation activities that Palm Bay is becoming known for. They will also feature the new brochure, the golf package flier and promote eco-tourism.
The Palm Bay Chamber's mission is to be the voice for the business community and to help guide new businesses in their early growth years. The Palm Bay Chamber assists companies in locating resources and helps guide their staffing and marketing needs and find solutions to workplace issues.
For more information, call (321) 951-9998, email email@example.com or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.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.
New marketing director announced
FirstWave Financial has announced a staff addition to its Satellite Beach office.
The independent wealth management company welcomes long-time area marketing expert Dawn Clough as the new company marketing director.
Ms. Clough will develop marketing strategy and oversee branding, print, digital and social media, as well as manage the firm's business development process.
The former marketing consultant and creative director comes to FirstWave with a decade of executive experience as vice president of advertising for a top 20 national homebuilder.
For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit www.FirstWaveFinancial.com.
New members at the Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced the following new members.
They are: Mo-Bay Restaurant on U.S. Highway 1, Ocean Riders, Florida Air Academy, Brandt-Ronat, Gator Boosters, Space Coast Gator Club, Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center and Catering Two You Janitorial Services LLC.
For more information about joining the Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Chamber board of directors and officers
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2013 officers and board of directors.
Executive committee: Danny Timothy, chairman; Jeff MonteLeon, incoming chairman; Cindy Forstall, immediate past chair; Nancy Domonousky, treasurer; Tari Fazekas, secretary; George Geletko, vice chair; Javier Monlinares, vice chair; Puneet Kapur, vice chair; Joe Raley, vice chair; and Victoria Northrup, president and CEO.
Directors: Lynda Weatherman, Howard Tipton, Art Becker, Donn Miller-Kermani, Daniel Perez, Vaughn Holeman, Vicki Mays, Jennifer Crumpler and Olivia Walker.
Founders: Ray Grady and Skip Allgood.