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Business news - northern Brevard
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Posted: 2013 Mar 22 - 06:18


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

New vice president at Aging Matters

Aging Matters in Brevard has announced that Jeanne Hakkila-Wills has been appointed vice president of mission advancement.

She comes with a broad background, having spent eight years in advancement services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of its network and in raising capital to expand the program's second campus.

A former Harris program manager, her background includes broad-based experience in all phases of telecommunications and network operations.

She has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the Lead Agency for senior services in Brevard County.

Aging Matters in Brevard services are funded by federal, state and local grants (eligibility requirements may apply). Private pay services are also available.

Aging Matters in Brevard offers a wide variety of services to enable seniors to live safely and independently in their own homes.

For more information, call (321) 806-3767 or email jhakkila@agingmattersbrevard.org.

Corporation to designate centers

Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced that the company is designating five centers of excellence across the country, two of which will be in Florida.

Northrop Grumman announced that it is creating these centers of excellence to improve its strategic alignment with its customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions.

It will establish a Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne, which will include work currently being done at other company locations. Northrop Grumman also announced that it will establish an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com.

Attorney board certification

In 1983, a modest number of Florida attorneys were granted board certification by The Florida Bar. This year, those legal certification pioneers are celebrating their 30-year anniversary.

The Nance Cacciatore Law Firm is proud to claim its founder, Jim Nance, and Sammy Cacciatore as members of this prestigious assemblage.

The Florida Supreme Court approved the Florida Bar's board certification program in 1982, and in 1983 Mr. Nance was among the first attorneys to be certified in civil trial law.

However, The Florida Bar was not the first legal organization to bestow the honor of certification upon him. One year earlier, in 1982, the National Board of Trial Advocacy granted Mr. Nance his first certification in civil trial law, and Sammy Cacciatore in 1983.

The NBTA was founded in 1977 by Theodore Koskoff of Bridgeport, Conn., who was a trailblazer in the field of legal specialization.

Mr. Koskoff's mission for founding the organization was to substantially advance public interest by establishing a genuine trial advocacy certification program. In Koskoff's view, the lack of such programs up until that point had caused the low estate of trial advocacy in the United States, and contributed to the overall diminished state of the justice system.

Therefore, the achievement of board certification is not only an extremely prestigious honor; it also serves as proof that an attorney has upheld the virtues of the legal profession for a significant amount of time. Attorneys must practice law for a minimum of five years, have substantial involvement in the specific field in which they are trying to obtain certification, tried 10 cases in which they are lead counsel, and pass a written examination for civil trial certification.

In Florida, an attorney cannot claim to be a specialist in any form of law without achieving board certification.

Only 6 percent of the Florida Bar eligible attorneys are board certified.

Mr. Nance recognizes that the board certification exam can be very beneficial to an attorney.

Since founding his Melbourne law firm in 1966, James Nance served as president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is an invitation-only national organization group of the top 100 plaintiff attorneys, who have obtained million-dollar verdicts in the United States.

Mr. Nance, along with his law partner, Sammy Cacciatore, are the only two personal injury attorneys listed in the 2013 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" for the Melbourne area.

The Nance Cacciatore firm is very active in various charities in Brevard County and Florida.

For more information about James Nance and the Nance Cacciatore Law Firm, visit NanceLaw.com.

New and renewed chamber partners

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

They are: Author Debra John, Canaveral Squares, ASEA, A Novel Cup, Home Lending Source, Rock Paper Simple, Florida Laser Engraving, Atlantic Business Systems, B.P. Davis Property Management Inc., Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church.

Also: LBS lawn Service, The Advocates Law Office PLLC, Valinda's Bags - Miche Bags, Wild Ocean Seafood Market - Cape Canaveral and Titusville, Government Contracting Resources, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Cocoa Beach Country Club/Community Pool, Aging Matters in Brevard, La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach, Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera and Sun State Strategy Inc.

To join the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, email dmontano@cocoabeachchamber.com or call (321) 459-2200.

New Titusville Chamber members

The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the following new members.

They are: Cupcakes on Main, Gas R Us, Worldwide Neon Tiki Tribe, Nadia Alvarez Adult Family Care Home and Grace Equine Rescue and Therapy for Humans.

For more information or to join the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.Titusville.org or call (321) 267-3036.



Women's networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

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