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 email@example.com or call (321) 751-4024.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 sales professional, top producers, associates
Prudential Sterling Properties recently introduced its newest sales professional, Sherry Oliver.
Top producers for January were: top sales associate Rae McCabe and top listing associates Jeff Chancey and Donna Sullivan.
Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.
Offices are located in both Indian Harbour Beach and Vero Beach.
For more information, call (321) 768-7600.
Business Growth Expo, media auction
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Business Growth Expo on March 28.
The event will be held at the Hilton Rialto from 6-9 pm 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 about how to get their companies 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 company images.
Among some of the planned vendors will be 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 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 person, and includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
Space is limited, and deadline to book a vendor table is March 15.
The Palm Bay Chamber's mission is to be the voice for the business community and to help guide new businesses in the early growth years. The Palm Bay Chamber assists businesses in locating resources, training, help guide staffing needs, and find solutions to avoid pitfalls that so often spell the end of the business.
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1989, has more than 900 active, courtesy and prospective members, and the only chamber in the United States aligned with an international "sister" chamber in Cashel, Ireland.
Regular chamber events include: ribbon cuttings, business after hours and the membership networking luncheon, which meets the first Wednesday of each month. The multicultural business after hours is typically held the last week of each month, and venues alternate throughout the county.
Interested companies wishing to participate in the Business Expo may call (321) 951-9998 or email email@example.com.
Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com or by calling (321) 951-9998.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Ribbon cutting ceremony: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Michael' Liquor, Suntree Plaza, 6979 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.