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Posted: 2014 Jul 25 - 06:20

Chamber's 26th Annual Business Champion of the Year Awards

The Business Resource Council of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the 26th Annual Business Champion of the Year Awards Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral.

The headline event sponsor is Waste Management, Inc. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. An elegant dinner and the awards program starts at 6:30 p.m.

This event helps recognize the dedication that businesses have to improving the community.

Categories for Business Champion of the Year include: Emerging Business, Non-Profit Industry, Professional Service Industry, Service Industry Champion and Hospitality Industry.

General admission to the Business Champion of the Year Awards is $45 per person. A $125 sponsorship provides two reserved seats and recognition in the event program.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber at (321) 459-2200 or visit CocoaBeachChamber.com.

August Wednesday Friendsday to be hosted by Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly networking event, Wednesday Friendsday, on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, 610 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral.

This event is held on the first Wednesday of the month at various locations. Admission is $10 for chamber partners. The event is open to the business community to attend.

Wednesday Friendsday is the largest monthly networking event on the Space Coast, bringing in 200-400 people every month. Each month the event is held at a different location. Admission includes hot and cold hors d'oeurves and two complimentary beverages with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 card draw, sponsored by Club 52 in Melbourne. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

For more information or to register, please contact the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at (321) 459-2200 or www.cocoabeachchamber.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 gebert.hillary@principal.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, rzollo@metlife.com 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

Legal Shield

Space Coast Connect

Vapor Fumes

RE/MAX Elite - John Murphy

Dunkin' Donuts

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 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.

Cocoa Beach Chamber's new/renewed partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce new and renewed member partners are:

Penny's pristine Cleaning Services Plus LLC, Books for Students International Inc., The Cocoa Bridge Work Release, Crossfit Cocoa Beach, Team Bamford, Cocoa Tigers Youth Football & Cheerleading Association, Bennett Roofing & Construction LLC, Fish Lips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Gadabout Travel, WMEL-1300 Radio Station, CBHS Merritt Island Adoption Center, Ken Harris & Associates P.A., BRIDGES, Merritt Island Air & Heat Inc., Military Officers Association, Wasdin Associates Inc., East Coast Fence, Price Termite & Pets Control, City of Cape Canaveral, YP, StoreSmart Self-Storage, Waste Pro USA and J. Bell Electric Inc.

For information about the Chamber or how to join, call (321) 459-2200.

More Cocoa Beach Chamber new/renewed partners

More Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce new and renewed member partners are:

Kabran Air Conditioning & Heating Inc., The Tiny Turtle, Skyden Contractors Inc., Secrets of Cocoa Beach, Homes for heroes, Basix Behavioral Health, O'Reilly Auto Parts - Melbourne, Pampered Parents 2, Ordered Chaos Dance Studio LLC, U.S. Health Advisors - Army Miller, Parker Brothers, Cruise Planners, Simpkins Real Estate, Tropical Realty of Suntree Inc., CHHS Molly Mutt IV Thrift Shop, Cocoa Main Street Program, Digital Fusion Group, Get Skinny With Donna, Indian River Colony Club, Margot Trafford Hester, Merritt island Air & Heat Inc., Merry Maids, Outback Steakhouse, Richard's Paint Mfg. Co. Inc., Ron Jon Surf Grill, Royal mansions Resort, Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Sales Motivation solutions, Sam's Club, Space Coast Orthopaedic Center, Suntree Insurance, SunWard Tours Inc., The Resort on Cocoa Beach,

Viera Realty Inc. and Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

For information about the Chamber or how to join, call (321) 459-2200.

Florida Super Lawyers named

John Kancilia and Erik Shuman have been named Super Lawyers out of the Melbourne office of GrayRobinson.

GrayRobinson, P.A., has announced that Super Lawyers has named 58 attorneys as "Florida Super Lawyers" and another 18 as "Rising Stars." Super Lawyers are considered the top attorneys in the state with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 and younger and have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Only as many as 5 percent of lawyers in the state of Florida can be recognized as Super Lawyers, while less than three percent are named Rising Stars. Both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are selected based on a patented selection process, which includes nominations by clients or firm, extensive research on the candidates and peer reviews.

Founded in 1970, GrayRobinson is a full-service law firm providing legal assistance across the state of Florida. With nearly 300 attorneys and 12 offices throughout Florida, GrayRobinson provides legal assistance for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals. GrayRobinson has continued to stay ahead of the curve with a firm commitment to creativity and innovation.

For more information, visit www.gray-robinson.com.

Appointment to Founders Forum Board

Joshua Adams of the Melbourne web agency Rock Paper Simple was welcomed to the Founders Forum Board of Directors during a regular meeting of the organization on June 5.

The Founders Forum board is comprised of business and community leaders from across the Space Coast, representing the interests and best practices of a wide range of industries.

The group's mission is to "inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs in Brevard County."

Board appointee Joshua Adams began Rock Paper Simple in 2013. His full-service web agency, based in Melbourne, provides web design, web development and website maintenance on a WordPress platform.

For more information about Rock Paper Simple, visit the company website at www.RockPaperSimple.com or call (321) 474-7513.

FirstWave Financial welcomes another highly skilled professional

Troy Lerche has joined FirstWave Financial of Satellite Beach as a trader/analyst.

In his new role, MR. Lerche will execute trades and update client financial plans, as part of the wealth management firm's WealthCare SolutionTM process.

He comes to FirstWave Financial with recent experience as the investment supervisor for the Orange County Comptroller's office. Prior to that, he worked for ICC Capital Management as the equity trader.

His responsibilities included analyzing monthly performance data, reviewing daily cash positions and building financial models.

The graduate of the University of Central Florida has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit the company website at www.FirstWaveFinancial.com.

Brevard Achievement Center goes to Washington, D.C.

The Brevard Achievement Center's president and CEO, Amar Patel, along with Patrick Air Force Base commissary associate, Joel T. and his mother, Jean, traveled to Washington, D.C. recently to take part in a grassroots advocacy campaign.

The BAC team met with key members of Congress to advocate for people with disabilities, in terms of employment opportunities and fair wages.

FirstWave Financial team member accredited as wealth management advisor

Robert DeVries, a WealthCoachTM with FirstWave Financial in Satellite Beach, has earned the professional designation of Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM or AWMA.

Individuals, who hold the AWMA designation, have completed a course of study, encompassing wealth strategies, estate planning techniques, tax reduction alternatives and asset protection vehicles.

Additionally, individuals must pass an end-of-course examination that tests his or her ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.

For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit the company website at www.FirstWaveFinancial.com

Victoria Northrup appointed to Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced that president and CEO Victoria Northrup has been appointed to the Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency.

Ms. Northrup, president of the Palm Bay Chamber since 2009, was appointed by Palm Bay Councilwoman Kristine Isnardi during the May City Council meeting. The six-member board is under the direction of Tim Ford, director for the agency.

Florida Statutes, Chapter 163, Part III, provides for each city and county to create a community redevelopment agency for the purpose of eliminating and preventing the development of slum and blighted areas or for the provision of affordable housing. There are currently 178 CRA's in the state of Florida.

For more information about joining the Chamber, or for reservations for any event, call (321) 951-9998, email marketing@greaterpalmbaychamber.com or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.

'Super Lawyer' named

Edward J. Kinberg of Kinberg & Associates, LLC, in Melbourne, has been named to th3 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list published by Super Lawyers magazine.

Only 5 percent of Florida attorneys are inducted into the Super Lawyers category, which represents professionals in more than 70 areas of practice.

Mr. Kinberg practices in the areas of government contracts, commercial law and litigation, and construction law and litigation.

Prior to opening his practice in 1996, Mr. Kinberg served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corp. His assignments included the Office of the Chief Trial Attorney for the Army, in which he represented the Army in complex disputes and bid protests. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Contract Law and Procurement Fraud Coordinator for the U.S. Army Europe and as a senior attorney with the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command.

For questions, contact Doris Keck, Kinberg & Associates, LLC, at dkeck@kblegal.com or call (321) 259-1910.

Floyd White joins Dale Sorensen Real Estate Brevard

Floyd White has joined the Dale Sorensen Real Estate team of real estate professionals.

Mr. White has been a licensed real estate broker for more than 35 years and has worked in commercial sales, property management, leasing and residential sales.

DSRE has four offices in Indian River and Brevard counties, a sales team of more than 100-plus agents and recently posted more than $221 million in sales year-to-date. It posted 1,600 transactions, with more than $458 million in sales in 2013.

Mr. White can be contacted at Dale Sorensen Real Estate of Brevard, 436 Fifth Ave., Indialantic, by email at fwhite@sorensenrealestate.com or by phone at (321) 723-9990.

Visit Dale Sorensen Real Estate on the web at www.SorensenRealEstate.com or at any of these locations: North A1A Office, 5065 North A1A; Commercial Group, 5065 North A1A; Cardinal Drive Office, 3206 Cardinal Drive; Ocean Park Office, 1020 Easter Lily Lane; Downtown Office, 1961 14th Avenue; or by telephone: (772) 231-4712.

In Brevard County, the office is located at 436 Fifth Ave., Indialantic. The phone number is (321) 723-9990.

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Brevard names marketing director

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Brevard has named local real estate marketing specialist Laura Clark as the company's director of marketing for Brevard County.

Ms. Clark will assist with the firm's marketing operations, including social media, websites, SEO and graphic design.

DSRE has four offices in Indian River and Brevard counties, a sales team of more than 100-plus agents and recently posted more than $221 million in sales year-to-date. It posted 1,600 transactions with more than $458 million in sales in 2013.

Ms. Clark can be contacted at Dale Sorensen Real Estate of Brevard, 436 Fifth Ave., Indialantic, by email at lclark@sorensenrealestate.com or by phone at (321) 723-9990.

Visit Dale Sorensen Real Estate at www.SorensenRealEstate.com.

State-of-the-art creative marketing program

Joy Communications, a leader in unified communications, has announced that it has launched an educational marketing program for its customers in order to create constant connection and keep customers up to date with the latest technology.

While the overwhelming majority of today's businesses seem to avoid directly interacting with customers at all costs, Joy Communications has taken the complete opposite approach.

The goal of the program is to create the most proactive, productive, ongoing dialogue with customers ever.

This key differentiator in this program is that its goal is to foster two-way conversation, centered on a customer's need.

This approach to educational, content-based marketing is revolutionary because it reverts back to common sense.

Businesspeople want to have relationships with experts who can explain complex concepts simply, who are consistent in their communication and who want to actually speak to one another directly.

Joy Communications is a leading telecom services provider throughout South Florida with a large installed base of private, nonprofit and governmental customers.

For more information about Joy Communications, call (800) 432-3638 or visit www.joycomm.com or call (772) 283-2000.

New vice president of outpatient and wellness services

Health First welcomes Aaron Robinson as its new vice president of outpatient and wellness services.

Mr. Robinson will oversee the many specialized services of Health First's Outpatient & Wellness Division, including Health First Diagnostic Services, Health First Durable Medical Equipment, Health First Home Care and Hospice of Health First. Mr. Robinson will also be responsible for Health First Medical Rehabilitation, Health First Private Duty, Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers, Health First Sleep Center, Health First Wound Management & Hyperbarics Center, Health First Pain Management and the Health First Family Pharmacy.

Mr. Robinson has 17 years of experience in healthcare and began his career as a physical therapist. Most recently, he served as vice president of hospital operations of a 410-bed acute care facility. He had oversight of all operations, including strategy and development of the oncology service line and physician practices.

Mr. Robinson received an MBA from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor's of Health Science, Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri. He has also received CQI Plus - Project Team Leader Training.

Visit www.myHEALTHFIRST.org for more information.

'On the Level' with R.C. Stevens Construction Company

It was not too long ago that runners were used to locate a superintendent at the work site, and filing paperwork was part of office life. Today, we may have some paperwork in the office to file, but technology has streamlined the way a general contractor office handles that paperwork.

IT integration has given us digital document management to stay organized and maintain high productivity.

The company's success in achieving organized productivity is because we use the project management software consistently. The entire team at R.C. Stevens Construction Company is behind using Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, Sage Act, and the newest addition, hh2. Having the team buy in to the company's IT integration plan has led to higher productivity company wide.

Regardless of the future of the construction industry, IT integration will be a big player in company productivity.

Keeping up with technology does not mean using the latest, but embracing what is relevant and implementing successfully.

The team will always be the heart of R.C. Stevens Construction Company, and giving them the tools to achieve efficiency will support success for all.

For more information, call (407) 299-3800, email info@rcstevens.com, visit LinkedInw.rcstevens.com and like them on Facebook.

Sasha Byers and Casey Gilbert join Britton Group

The Britton Group is happy to welcome Casey Gilbert and Sasha Byers to our offices at 476 Highway A1A, Suite 3B, in Satellite Beach.

Casey Gilbert has a long history with real estate. She is the third generation in her family's property management business, Gilbert Apartments, in Laconia, New Hampshire. Frequent visitors to Melbourne Beach, the Gilbert family acquired and renovated the Sea View Motel in Melbourne Beach, where it quickly became the No. 1 rated area hotel on Trip Advisor under Casey's management. Ms. Gilbert has a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's (Degree) in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont. She has lived in Australia and loves to travel, cook, play golf and tennis and spend time with loved ones. Ms. Gilbert is very active in the Space Coast community. She is the Executive Director of Melbourne Main Street, a member of the Melbourne Regional Chamber and a Board member for her church.

Sasha Byers has always been passionate about helping people. Whether as a Brevard County Realtor with a successful record, a former county public school educator, or community volunteer, Sasha is always evolving and challenging herself. She is currently completing her MBA through the University of Florida and is using her education to expand her professional skill set to better serve her customers' investment needs. She is enthusiastic about providing experiences for each customer that exceed expectation and seeing her customers through each transaction's close and beyond. Sasha is a supporter of Brevard Rescue Mission, public education and community outreach through her church. She has been married for 25 years, has two daughters and enjoys living an active and healthy lifestyle in our beach community.

For more information, call (321) 622-4814, Ext. 201, for visit www.BrittonGroup.us.

Laura Chiesman elected president of Brevard ABWA

Laura Chiesman, Certified Financial Planner at FirstWave Financial in Satellite Beach, has been elected to another term as president of the American Business Women's Association, Oceanside Charter Chapter.

Previously, Ms. Chiesman served as president, vice-president and secretary for the organization and was honored as Oceanside's Top Ten Business Woman Candidate.

The graduate of the University of Central Florida holds a bachelor's degree in Finance and earned her certification in financial planning from UCF's CFP Professional Education certificate program. She is also a member of the Financial Planning Association.

As president of the ABWA Oceanside Chapter, Ms. Chiesman will lead the organization of professional women, presiding over monthly membership meetings, as well as board meetings.

The Chapter's membership has increased 100 percent in the last 18 months, and the group has been recognized nationally for "Best Practices in Group Management" based on ABWA criteria, putting them in the top 15 percent of all leagues.

For information about the ABWA Oceanside Chapter, visit its website at www.abwaoceanside.com.

The ABWA chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of every month to network and provide professional growth opportunities for its members.

FirstWave Financial is an independent, fee-based wealth management company, located at 1300 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach.

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