Ribbon cutting, grand opening
The Victoria Landing ribbon cutting and grand opening will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at 1279 Houston St., Melbourne.
Victoria Landing is hosting an official ribbon cutting, in partnership with the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Come tour Brevard's only assisted living community directly on the Indian River Lagoon. Light refreshments will be provided.
To schedule a tour, contact Kathleen Cummins at Kathleen@victorialanding.com or Maxime Suchoski at Maxime@victorialanding.com.
For more information, call (321) 622-6730 or visit www.victorialanding.com.
Re-opening of bar and grill
A ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of Royal Oak Resort & Golf Club's Bar and Grill Room, 2150 Country Club Drive, Titusville, will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
A reception will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with complimentary refreshments, giveaways and tours of the new facility
For more information, call (321) 607-6836.
Grand opening in Melbourne
Rock Paper Simple, 1360 Sarno Road, Suite C, Melbourne, will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
For more information, visit www.rockpapersimple.com or call (321) 474-7513.
Philly Pretzel Factory comes to Melbourne
Historic Downtown Melbourne will now have access to a traditional Northeastern treat - soft pretzels.
Philly Pretzel Factory will be opening its doors in February, serving customers soft pretzel twists, cinnamon-sugar twists, pretzel dogs and more.
For Melbourne resident and franchise owner Ron Costanzo, the opening represents a new path from his previous work in construction and is truly a family affair, as Mr. Costanzo will be opening the location, alongside his sister and brother-in-law.
Located at 830 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, Mr. Costanzo's Philly Pretzel Factory will be connected to a Purple Cow Frozen yogurt to complement the "salty-sweet" combinations of each product.
Additionally, the location, which has an old-fashioned railroad theme, will include an espresso bar and candy shoppe and will be commonly known as STATION 830.
Philly Pretzel Factory was founded in 1988 by Dan DiZio and his college buddy, Len Lehman. After creating a unique soft pretzel recipe, the entrepreneurs began franchising and have since expanded to more than 100 franchised locations, primarily in the Northeast.
Realtors to merge
The Space Coast Realtors and the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors announced that their members have overwhelmingly voted to merge into one association, the only one in Brevard County.
The merger will combine Space Coast's nearly 2,000 members with Melbourne's nearly 1,000, offering the best of both associations.
Currently, the name for the merged associations will be Space Coast Realtors until a membership-wide vote will be taken to choose a new name for the merged association.
The new board of directors will be able to impact key policy decisions and important issues affecting the real estate industry in Brevard County.
Leah Selig will serve as the chief executive officer of the merged association.
New chief human resources officer
Health First has announced that Paula Just is its new chief human resources officer. Ms. Just has 27 years of experience in healthcare human resources.
Ms. Just most recently served as network vice president of human resource effectiveness at SSM Health Care Corporation in St. Louis.
Ms. Just earned a Master's in Business Administration, with a focus on human resources and has a Green Belt Certification in Continuous Quality Improvement. She is also a certified CQI coach and facilitator, and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Visit www.Health-First.org, call (321) 412-8810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New COO of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, a leading provider of stewardship and hospitality in special places, has named Therrin Protze chief operating officer (COO) of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Mr. Protze will oversee all aspects of Delaware North's operation of the Visitor Complex, which it has done on behalf of NASA since 1995.
The popular Florida destination welcomes visitors, who come to tour Kennedy Space Center, see rocket launches and experience such attractions as the new $100 million Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Shuttle Launch Experience and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Since joining Delaware North in 2006, Mr. Protze has helped oversee the company's successful and growing gaming and entertainment division, most recently serving as president and general manager of one of its largest gaming venues, Jumer's Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, Ill.
Mr. Protze said he looks forward to the challenge of guiding a unique destination, where guests can explore as if they're at a museum, learn as if they're at a science center, and have fun as if they're at a theme park.
Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.7 billion annually and 55,000 associates, serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
New CEO for Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne
Wuesthoff Health System has introduce Richard Frank as its new chief executive officer at Wuesthoff Medical Center - Melbourne, a fully acute 119-private room hospital, which opened in 2002.
Mr. Frank brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience to this position, serving most recently as chief operating officer for Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge.
In his new role, Mr. Frank will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the hospital and will work hand-in-hand with Wuesthoff Health System leadership and the board of directors to institute strategic planning for the medical center.
The Mission of Wuesthoff Health System is: Everyone doing everything to pursue the perfect patient experience.
Wuesthoff Health System includes Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne and Wuesthoff Health Services, a network of affiliates providing hospice, home-care, home medical equipment, skilled nursing care and assisted living services.
For more information about the Wuesthoff Health System, visit www.Wuesthoff.com.
Awards presented, officers, board sworn in
Leonard "Sandy" Sanderson of Florida Power & Light Company received the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at the Chamber's 46th Annual Installation Banquet, held recently at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. More than 150 Chamber partners and their guests attended the gala.
Mr. Sanderson joined Florida Power & Light Company in 1981, and since his move to Brevard County, he has donated much of his time volunteering in the community.
Additional awards announced that evening were the Ambassadors of the Year, presented to Robert New with Blue Sky Insurance Agency of Brevard and the Council/Committee of the Year, 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.
For more information, call (321) 454-2036, email email@example.com or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
Another good quarter for Embraer
Embraer S.A. delivered 32 commercial and 53 business jets during the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), thus closing out the year with 90 airplanes delivered to the airline market and 119 to executive aviation; that is, 90 light and 29 large jets.
Therefore, Embraer met the estimated aircraft delivery guidance proposed for 2013, for both commercial jets and executive jets from the light and large categories.
At the end of the year, the firm order backlog stood at USD $18.2 billion.
Ipanema agricultural airplane
The Ipanema agricultural airplane achieved a historic 1,300 units delivered recently. After more than 40 years of uninterrupted production, the aircraft continues being a best-seller: in 2012, 66 Ipanemas were sold to customers in Brazil and the Mercosur community, for an increase of 12 percent over the previous year (58 airplanes). The forecast for this year is that 70 aircraft will be delivered.
The commemorative aircraft is the eighth one delivered to Fort Aviação Agr'cola, since 2007, when the company was founded, with headquarters in the city of Rio Verde, in outstate Goiás.
The leader of the agricultural aviation market in Brazil, with a 65 percent share, is used mainly for spraying fertilizers and pesticides, thus avoiding losses, due to crushing the crops, while making operations more flexible.
It can also be used to spread crop seeds, fight fires, seed rivers and fight pests and larvae. The main crops that have demanded the use of the airplane are cotton, sugarcane, citrus fruits, eucalyptus, corn, soy and coffee.
Two new board of trustees members
Health First has announced Alan Prestwood and Jim Ridenour have been elected to its board of trustees. Their terms began Jan. 1.
Mr. Prestwood currently serves as senior vice president of investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in Melbourne.
A financial advisor since 1989, his practice focuses on financial planning and portfolio management, prior to and during retirement.
Mr. Ridenour currently serves as dual general manager for the Residence Inn by Marriott in Melbourne and the Courtyard by Marriott in West Melbourne.
He is the current vice chairman for advocacy of the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Chamber's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
For more information, call (321) 434-7650.
Ribbon cutting ceremony
Collins Realty Group, at 3880 S. Washington Ave., No. 232, Titusville, is having a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.
A reception will be from 4-6 p.m., with food, beverages, giveaways and tours of the new office.
For more information, call (321) 607-6743.