Cocoa Beach Chamber events
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the follow events and meetings:
Ribbon cutting for Canaveral Squares: 5-6:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Elks Lodge, 315 Florida Ave., Cocoa.
Ribbon cutting for Remax Aerospace - The Shockey Team: 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 20, at 3230 Murrell Road, Rockledge.
Ribbon cutting for The Pink Pineapple, 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 543 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
CVB meeting: Wednesday, June 25, Chamber Boardroom.
CVB power lunch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location to be announced.
New partner orientation: 8 a.m. Friday, June 27, Chamber Boardroom.
Ribbon cutting for Mon Cheri Medi Spa: 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 27, 28 Oleander St., Cocoa Village.
Ambassador meeting: 5 p.m. Monday, June 30.
For more information, contact the Chamber at (321) 459-2200 or www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
'Business On The Beach'
The Women of Excellence Committee of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the "Business On The Beach" annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Ocean Grille Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, 3003 N. Highway A1A, Melbourne.
Cost is $24 in advance, and seating is limited.
Register under the events tab at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com.
For more information, contact Naomi Penney at Naomi@melbourneregionalchamber.com or (321) 724-5400, Ext. 238.
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the following seminars:
Crisis Communications Seminar: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24. The seminar is presented by Dick Baumbach, founder of Space Coast City Guide.
Chamber Webpage 101 Class: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1. Cheryl Clark and Darlene Montano will instruct you on how to set up your personal Chamber webpage on the Business Directory and provide information about the new features offered on the Chamber website. Bring your laptop or tablet and play along.
All seminars are located at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island.
Call (321) 459-2200 for more information.
Top performing restaurant
DeAngelo's By The Sea Italian Grill has announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.
The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses.
DeAngelo's By The Sea is at 5935 S. S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
For more information, call (321) 723-1967.
America's first Brazilian steakhouse
Rodizio Grill, America's first Brazilian steakhouse, is gearing up to open its second location in Florida, and the first Brazilian Steakhouse in Melbourne, on June 24 at Melbourne Square Mall. This popular Brazilian destination restaurant promises guests authentic Brazilian cuisine, along with endless perfectly seasoned grilled meats, carved tableside by Rodizio gauchos.
Rodizio Grill is America's first Brazilian steakhouse, originating in Colorado in 1995. Founder Ivan Utrera brought this popular Brazilian concept, along with cherished family recipes, from his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil.
Today, Rodizio Grill is a beloved and bustling restaurant that has won many prestigious Best of State awards in the Mountain West, where it has prominently operated for the past 17 years.
Rodizio Grill's menu features 3-foot meat skewers, perfectly seasoned and carved tableside by Brazilian gauchos; unlimited appetizers, more than 30 gourmet salads and a wide variety of homemade desserts, which makes for an unforgettable dining experience.
Rodizio Grill will be owned and operated by local restaurateurs, who wanted to bring something new to the Melbourne community.
Rodizio Grill is set to open June 24, and will start taking reservations starting June 14.
Melbourne Square Mall is at 1700 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, guests can visit www.RodizioGrill.com or call (321) 723-4745.
KSC Federal Credit Union announces name change
Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union has announced that it has officially changed its name to Launch FCU.
KSC Federal Credit Union was founded in 1963 to serve the financial needs of employees of Kennedy Space Center.
In 1993, the Credit Union merged with Halifax Teachers Credit Union, and membership was expanded to include anyone who lives, works or worships in Brevard or Volusia counties.
In 2013, KSCFCU began exploring a name change to better reflect its membership growth, while keeping its robust history of serving the Space Center, as well as the teachers in Volusia County.
Launch conveys the past, present and future of this credit union. The tagline, "go beyond" invites members and the community to experience a superior level of service and the logo reflects the history of space exploration.
A new website will be coming later in the year.
Launch Federal Credit Union is a full service community credit union with 12 branch locations throughout Brevard and Volusia counties.
Membership is open to all who live, work or worship in Brevard or Volusia counties. The credit union has almost 60,000 members and more than $650 million in assets.
For more information and frequently asked questions about the name change, visit www.kscfcu.org or call (321) 455-9400.
Dale Sorensen Real Estate's new sales agents
Dale Sorensen Real Estate welcomes sales agent Scott Schuetz.
He can be contacted at Dale Sorensen Real Estate of Brevard, 436 Fifth Ave., Indialantic, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (321) 723-9990 or online at wwwdalesorensenbrevard.com.
DSRE recently opened an office in the former Danish Interiors Building at 436 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic.
DSRE has announced that Anthony Scaramouche has joined its team of real estate professionals at the company's Indialantic office.
DSRE has recently welcomed sales agent Lisa Sim to its team of real estate professionals.
Ms. Sim can be reached at 436 Fifth Ave., by phone at (321) 723-9990 or by email at email@example.com.
DSRE has announced the addition of Lauren Merrell to its team of real estate agents. Ms. Merrell will be joining the company's Indialantic office.
DSRE has recently welcomed sales agent Debbie Harris Caldwell to its team of real estate professionals. Ms. Caldwell joins the company in its Indialantic office located in the former Danish Interiors Building at 436 Fifth Ave. She can be reached by phone at (321) 427-4497 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Dale Sorensen Real Estate at www.sorensenrealestate.com.
In Brevard County, the office is located at 436 Fifth Ave., Indialantic.
The phone number is (321) 723-9990.
New marketing director
Simon Property Group, Inc., has announced Elyse Berger as Melbourne Square's new director of marketing and business development.
Ms. Berger will work to create, develop and implement the overall strategic marketing direction of the shopping center, in order to meet corporate and property business and marketing objectives. She is also responsible for staff supervision of customer service, sponsorships and business development, budgeting and monthly marketing analysis, along with maintaining community, tenant and public relations.
No stranger to the Simon family, Ms. Berger has previously served as the assistant director of marketing and business development for Lenox Square - a high-traffic retail center. In this position, she was responsible for assisting with revenue generation through the sale of property and media assets at the property, in addition to the creation, development and implementation of overall strategic marketing initiatives.
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry. It currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America, Asia and Europe, comprising approximately 243 million square feet.
The Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., and employs approximately 5,500 people in the United States.
For more information, visit www.simon.com.
New team at Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living has announced that a new sales and marketing team is in place at its West Melbourne Campus on Greenboro Drive, home to assisted living communities Sterling House I, Sterling House II and memory care community, Clare Bridge.
Cynthia Cooler, sales and marketing manager for Sterling House I, began in October 2013. Ms. Cooler brings more than 20 years of customer service and leadership in operations and sales management.
She has acquired her assisted living directorship license to ensure an enhanced level of understanding and service. Her sense of compassion and driven dedication to find the best solution for each resident has made her an industry sales leader. Amongst much other recognition, she recently received the award for top performance in her region.
Danielle Sapienza, sales and marketing manager for Sterling House II, began in February 2014. Ms. Sapienza brings with her 10 years of sales and marketing experience. Before moving to Florida in 2008, she primarily served at marketing and public relations agencies, representing clients in various industries. Since then, she has worked for Melbourne-area health care organizations - most recently, TEPAS Healthcare and Home Instead Senior Care. Her proven track record for increasing organizational awareness through community relations and branding, as well as a solid sales record, will be assets to the position.
Kate Masi, sales and marketing director for Clare Bridge and the West Melbourne Campus, joined the team in March 2014, after serving in this role for more than two years at Wynwood at Forsgate, a Brookdale Senior Living community in Monroe Township, N.J. Here, she supervised the concierge staff and two sales managers, increasing residency and revenue. Prior to joining Brookdale Senior Living, she worked for more than 18 years as a community manager, responsible for operating the day-to-day business of associations for 55-plus communities, ranging in size from 400-1,500 units.
For more information about Sterling House I, II and Clare Bridge, visit brookdaleliving.com or schedule a visit to the community.
New vice president of growth and development
Bridget Mace has been named Vice President of Growth & Development at Health First.
In this role, Ms. Mace will lead the health services sales team and all service line development. This includes associates at the Health First community hospitals (Cape Canaveral Hospital, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital), the Health First tertiary hospital (Holmes Regional Medical Center), Health First Medical Group and Health First Health Plans.
She has an extensive background in healthcare sales and business development and most recently served as area vice president of Physician Sales & Business Development for HCA in Tampa.
She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. School of Medicine.
Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.
Supporting the troops
Many National Guard and Reserve members rely on the support of their employers to help balance their military service with their civilian careers.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected DEMACO, of West Melbourne, as one of 30 finalists for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
This award is the department's highest recognition for employers, who support National Guard and Reserve employees.
The top 30 employers were selected from a pool of 2,864 nominations, submitted earlier this year by National Guard and Reserve service members.
The employers, selected as Freedom Award finalists, distinguish themselves by supporting their National Guard and Reserve employees through policies and initiatives that go above and beyond in assisting and encouraging their military service.
DEMACO's nominator, a Marine Corps Reservist, highlighted the company's establishment of "Machines for Peace," a nonprofit company, whose mission is to donate food machines to deployed military units.
DEMACO provides gift certificates and personally calls and visits family members of deployed service members.
The company continues paid time off accrual and generous benefits when service members deploy and requires managers to receive training on service member reintegration policies and issues.
Senior DoD officials, business leaders and prior awardees will now select up to 15 Freedom Award recipients to be honored at the 19th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon in September.
A complete list of 2014 Freedom Award finalists is available at www.FreedomAward.mil under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section.
Local company awarded DoD study
The Department of Defense manages more than 300,000 buildings on hundreds of military installations, with an annual energy cost of more than $4 billion.
DoD is reducing its energy costs through its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative.
Advantek Consulting Engineering, Inc., a Melbourne-based firm, was awarded a funded study, demonstrating a low-cost innovative technology that provides significant cost savings by improving energy efficiency in roof- or ground-mounted heating and air conditioning systems used for small buildings of less than 100,000 square feet.
Tens of thousands of these buildings exist on military installations throughout the United States.
Advantek is currently working on demonstrating the companion microprocessor based control technology, called EER Optimizer (http://tinyurl.com/EER-Optimizer), at military bases.
To read more about Advantek Consulting and Climastat, visit www.advantekinc.com.
Magellan/Northrop Grumman luncheon
For those of you, who were at the recent Greater Palm Bay Chabmer of Commerce membership luncheon, you experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by attending the selected venue for the Project Magellan/Northrop Grumman announcement. As this all came down to the last 24 hours to plan and execute, we appreciated your patience and thank you for the shared excitement.
While they weren't able to make the announcement at that time, the media presence and anticipation made it very exciting.
The Economic Development Commission deserves the credit for pulling together clearly one of the most complicated, yet prominent, endeavors in the history of our county.
We wish to thank Lynda Weatherman, our designated speaker, and Florida Today for sponsoring the luncheon. It was a historic and memorable event that we will never forget.
'Ten Tips for Effective Workplace Communication'
Communication is something we do reflexively, like breathing. We talk to our spouses, kids and friends without giving much thought to how we're doing it.
Here are 10 tips management experts use to improve communication.
You'll also see how changing your communication strategy can lead to real improvements in employee motivation, productivity and profitability.
Handle Conflicts with Diplomacy
Revive the Great Lost Art of Conversation
Respect cultural differences
Give good feedback
Give employees what they want
Trust your people
Make employees feel like owners
Take your emotions out of the equation
Don't just hear - listen
Make work fun
Information from the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, 4100 Dixie Highway N.E., Palm Bay.
For more information, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
The Palm Bay Chamber has an alliance with the Cashel, Ireland, Chamber of Commerce
Ocean Potion on the Space Coast
Made in Brevard is a program that promotes and celebrates companies that create products right here on the Space Coast.
Ocean Potion sunscreen was born on the beach. Since it inception, it has delivered on its promise of quality sun protection, so everyone can enjoy a lifetime of fun in the sun!
It all started in 1989, when Gary DeAngelo launched the Ocean Potion brand, selling to beach stores and resort hotels.
Through the years, Ocean Potion pioneered ingredient innovation, including the addition of sea plant botanicals and antioxidants that replenish skin depleted by a day in the sun.
For more information, visit www.oceanpotion.com or call (321) 633-4644.
FirstWave Financial welcomes operations manager
Leslie Ventura has joined FirstWave Financial as operations manager.
In her new role, Ms. Ventura will manage daily activities within the operations department of the Satellite Beach wealth management firm, working closely with the wealth coaches to deliver seamless administration of client portfolios.
She is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Western Governor's University in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Before her arrival at FirstWave Financial, Ms. Ventura was a client relationship specialist with Charles Schwab & Company in Orlando.
For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit the company website at www.FirstWaveFinancial.com.
Sale of high identity location health club
The former Our Club Fitness Center, located at 2200 Highway A1A in Indian Harbour Beach, recently changed hands.
Brian Lightle negotiated the transaction on behalf of the seller. Michael Dreyer represented the buyer.
Lightle Beckner Robison Inc. is a full service real estate firm, specializing in office, retail, industrial, investment properties and asset/property management.
LBR, Inc. serves Brevard County, extending across the entire states of Florida and Georgia.
Its office is at 1398 S. Babcock St., Melbourne.
For additional information, visit www.TeamLBR.com or call (321) 722-0707.
Cruise Planners - American Express Travel
Debbie Smith has announced that she has joined Cruise Planners - American Express Travel, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry.
Affiliation means Ms. Smith can now offer vacationers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as cabin upgrades and special amenities, such as shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more. As a Cruise Planners travel advisor, Ms. Smith also provides specialized land and tour packages to the most sought-after destinations around the world.
As an American Express Travel Services Representative agency, Cruise Planners offers special programs for both American Express cardholders and non-card holders, offering even more added value to vacationers.
For more information, contact Debbie Smith of Cruise Planners at (321) 338-2953 or visit www.goodmemoriestravel.com.
Premier Club distinction
Barbara Bowman of the North Central Florida Business Center of the Principal Financial Group has qualified for the company's Premier Club.
The Principal Financial Group Premier Club is an exclusive level of distinction given by the company. Career producers with "The Principal" work with growing businesses, its executives and employees on identifying their financial needs
The Premier Club distinction recognizes producers for sales of these products and solutions. Producers who qualify for Premier Club represent the company's very best producers nationwide.
For more news and insights from The Principal, connect on Twitter at http://twitter.com/theprincipal or email email@example.com.
MetLife team established to serve
Zollo Financial Group, an office of MetLife, has recently been formed to better enable individuals and families to achieve financial security in the state of Florida.
With 39 years of combined experience in the financial services industry, the representatives of Zollo Financial Group will offer a holistic approach, and are committed to helping clients reach their financial goals through informed decision-making.
Zollo Financial Group team members include: Rick Zollo, with more than 34 years of experience in financial services with MetLife and a four-time qualifier for Platinum Conference, one of the company's most prestigious awards.
He has been a resident of Brevard County since 1986 and lives in Melbourne with his wife and grandson, a special needs child, who fuels his passion and involvement in the special needs community.
Mr. Zollo recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and is a proud supporter of Brevard Uncorked to Benefit Autism, Providing Autism Links and the Cancer Care Center Foundation.
John Newman is a financial services representative and a special needs planner.
He has been a resident of Brevard County for 16 years and lives with his wife and three sons in Melbourne.
Zollo Financial Group offers a broad array of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, mutual funds and investment products.
For more information about the services and products offered by Zollo Financial Group, contact Rick Zollo at (321) 610-9901, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.RickZollo.com.
New Chamber members recognized
The following businesses are new or renewed Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce members:
BCA Insurance Group Inc.
All About You Pool Service
Mad About Hue LLC
Space Coast Connect
RE/MAX Elite - John Murphy
The Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce is at 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island.
For more information about the Chamber or to join, call (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
New coordinator and assistant
Meredith Shade has joined FirstWave Financial as business development coordinator and assistant to the CEO.
In her new role, Ms. Shade will assist the CEO in executing business development initiatives, in addition to database management, meeting and event planning and reporting duties.
Most recently, Ms. Shade worked in the area of business development for the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, where she provided logistical support for all aspects of project management.
The graduate of Southern Methodist University holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with financial applications, as well as a 2012 Basic Economic Development certification.
For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit the company website at www.FirstWaveFinancial.com.
Four recently concluded leases at One Harbor Place
In six months, Rob Beckner increased occupancy by approximately 10 percent, brokering four leases in Melbourne's premier Class A office location, One Harbor Place.
Located at the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 192, the eight-story, 72,900-square-foot building, with impressive water views boasts favored amenities, including on-site covered parking and a private fitness center.
Lightle Beckner Robison Inc. is a full-service real estate firm. Specializing in office, retail, industrial, investment properties and asset/property management. LBR, Inc. serves Brevard County, extending across the entire states of Florida and Georgia.
For additional information, visit www.TeamLBR.com.
Rib City to expand to Grant-Valkaria
Grant-Valkaria will soon have the state's first Rib City franchise.
According to company president Craig Peden, Rib City's Grant-Valkaria franchise will be located at the new Grant Station and operated by Grant Station, Inc.
Located at 5390 U.S. Highway 1, the site was formerly the Grant Grocer and the town's original post office. Built in 1891, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The antique-themed Grant Station is planned to be an entertainment destination and will also host an ice-cream shop, open-air market and an entertainment barn. It already has a host of water-sport rentals, including paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. Guests can enjoy paddling, camping and hiking on the nearby island or Mullet Creek Preserve. This part of the Indian River Lagoon is a popular eco-destination.
Grant-Valkaria is located south of Melbourne, between Palm Bay and Sebastian. The town was incorporated in 2006 by joining the two previously unincorporated communities of Grant and Valkaria.
The new location will mark Rib City's 17th franchise. Plans call for the 70-seat restaurant to open in late 2014.
Rib City offers a menu of barbecued meats, specialized sauces and complementary side dishes, such as made-from-scratch baked beans and coleslaw.
Rib City's complete menu is available online at www.ribcity.com.
Council names best in leadership for 2014
Theresa Clifton, executive director of the Central Brevard Humane Society, has been selected as the 2014 Florida Space Coast Council Manager of the Year.
This award is presented annually during Management Week in America (first week in June), and is designed to publicize the positive impact that leadership, integrity and management skills can have on businesses and the community. Nominations are solicited from organizations in Brevard County.
In the nomination for Ms. Clifton, her employees and colleagues cited her as "a leading force behind the success of the Humane Society."
To learn more about the Central Brevard Humane Society, visit www.crittersavers.com or cbhumanesociety.com on Facebook and Twitter.
The Haven Lamb Shoppe expands facility
The Lamb Shoppe has expanded its facility to include the 1,200-square-foot building directly behind the shoppe. The Furniture Cottage is now open for business and able to accept donations of quality furniture and larger home goods.
Shoppers will also notice a new, larger sign along South Patrick Drive. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donations of infant and children's clothing, toys and accessories, women's clothing, housewares and collectibles, books, art and, now, furniture are appreciated and are tax deductible.
The Lamb Shoppe is also seeking volunteers to help man the store during the summer months. Volunteers sort donations, assist customers and organize inventory.
The Haven Lamb Shoppe was established in 1999 to supplement income to operate The Haven for Children Inc., a Florida licensed residential group home for infants and children, who have been removed from their family due to abuse or neglect.
All monies, less rent and utilities, are donated to support the three residential homes of The Haven.
To volunteer, donate items or for other information call (321) 777-6606, visit the store at 1767 S. Patrick Drive or visit www.thehavenforchildren.com/lambshoppe.php.
Outstanding Branch Professional of the Year
CrossleyShear Wealth Management has announced that Megan Miller, operations manager, recently received the Outstanding Branch Professional of the Year award at the Raymond James Financial Services annual conference. Ms. Miller was one of three branch professionals in the country to receive this distinguished award.
Advisors and branch managers from across the country nominated their branch professionals for the Outstanding Branch Professional of the Year Award. The Outstanding Branch Professional of 2014 Award is designed to recognize support professionals in branches, who contribute to the success of their advisors and teams.
For more information, call (321) 452-0061 or visit www.crossleyshear.com.
French aeronautics supplier will create jobs
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced the grand opening of Vision Systems new manufacturing facility in Melbourne.
Vision Systems is an aviation and aerospace tier-one supplier for aeronautics.
The project will create 40 jobs with a capital investment of approximately $1.2 million in Brevard County.
This announcement comes after Gov. Scott and Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope met with the CEO of Vision Systems during the TEAM Florida trade and business development mission to the 50th Paris International Air Show last year.
Based in France, Vision Systems is a leading company of first-tier systems supplier for the aeronautics industry.
The company has designed systems for business jets, helicopters, regional and commercial aircrafts for more than 20 years.
Vision Systems will bring engineering and manufacturing jobs, that will produce solutions for solar protection, cabin management and multimedia systems integrating connectivity and wireless audio distribution, as well as composite parts.
Vision Systems considered moving to Georgia, North Carolina and Texas before choosing Melbourne. Vision Systems' 12,000-square-foot facility will be its first-ever subsidiary and foreign direct investment in the United States.
Embraer Executive Jets reaches milestone of 500th Phenom family jet
Embraer Executive Jets recently celebrated the delivery of the 500th Phenom family jet, a significant achievement only five-and-a-half years after entry into service of the first aircraft.
Winners of various innovation and design awards, the Phenom 100E and the Phenom 300 are best-in-class jets, having redefined the entry-level and light jet segments with the latest generation technology, a new style concept, premium comfort, performance and reliability.
The commemorative aircraft, a Phenom 300, was delivered to Prime Fraction Club, a fractional ownership company that sells, manages, and coordinates the utilization of assets among its members in Brazil. Prime Fraction Club operates three other Phenom jets, in addition to helicopters, boats, and sports cars.
Phenom jets are flown in 37 countries by 400 customers, ranging from corporations, authorities, charter and fractional companies to aviation schools, medevac transportation, and owner pilots. The entire fleet in operation has accrued more than 370,000 flight hours.
For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, visit www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.