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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com or by calling (321) 951-9998.
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 email@example.com.
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.
New UPS store opens
The UPS Store in West Melbourne is one of a network of more than 4,500 independent centers throughout the United States. In only one short year since opening its first store in November 2011, under the leadership of Sean Ficke, store manager, and Edward Ellis, president, the store is one in the group that has reached the pinnacle "Bronze" level status based on sales results.
Most consumers are aware of what United Parcel Service typically does, which is pack and ship packages.
The UPS Store in West Melbourne does much more and is a virtual, "one-stop-shop" for the small business owner - including printing, mailbox rental, expert graphic design services, laminating and in-store customer self-service computer use,
UPS is expanding beachside and has opened its second full-service UPS Store in the Publix Shopping Center in Indian Harbour Beach.
Top producers for February named
Prudential Sterling Properties has named its top producers for February.
They are: Top sales associates Josie Rekab and Toie Crespi, and top listing associates Lynn Raymond and Alicia Lozeau.
Prudential Sterling Properties is at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 308-3259 or visit www.prucentialsterling.com.
Real estate agent keeps a community guessing
Joette Davis, of Prudential Sterling Properties, hits the ground running with a terrific campaign in the South Beaches!
Her "Where Am I?" promotion keeps residents guessing!
Postcards with glimpses of local landmarks have residents rushing to email the correct response to Ms. Davis in hopes of receiving a $100 gift card to a local restaurant!
The latest recipient, Bill Hogsed, received his $100 gift card to David's Steak and Seafood. Mr. Hogsed was the first to correctly identify the photograph of the whale skull at the Barrier Island Center in South Melbourne Beach, the image featured in Ms. Davis' January mail out.
You can reach Ms. Davis at (321) 961-4719.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 459-2200.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
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.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
Better Business Council meeting: 9-10 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 241.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Nonprofit Expo: 5-7:30 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Baer Air Inc., 150 S. Apollo Blvd., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.
Business Growth Expo and Media Auction: 6-9 p.m. Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce at Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 951-9998.