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Posted: 2012 Aug 24 - 00:21

Account representative joins Ted Todd Insurance Agency

Emily Tyler has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency as a licensed insurance agent.

Ms. Tyler was formerly an account coordinator with Insurance Office of America in Longwood and earlier as an administrative assistant with York Risk Services Group Inc.

In her new role, Ms. Tyler assists clients with personal lines of property and casualty insurance and ensures that every customer's needs are well-met to protect them from unexpected financial losses.

Ted Todd formed The Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, and it is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country.

It has a total of seven locations throughout Lee, Collier, Brevard, Palm Beach and Sarasota Counties.

The agency provides home, auto, business, commercial, retirement and life insurance products.

For more information, visit www.TedToddInsurance.com or call (866) 760-3999.

Company changes name, moves to Satellite Beach

In addition to changing its name to FirstWave Financial, the company formerly known as CPA Wealth Management Services is also changing locations.

The transition will involve moving out of its current Melbourne office and opening a new client service center at 1300 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach.

FirstWave Financial will officially debut its new Brevard location with a grand opening celebration Thursday, June 28. The company also has an office in Orlando, which opened in 2009.

FirstWave Financial (formerly known as CPA Wealth Management Services) was founded in 1995 as an affiliate firm of Hoyman Dobson, CPA.

For more information, visit www.firstwavefinancial.com or call (321) 773-7773.

New vice president at Health First

Health First president and CEO Steven P. Johnson has announced that Randy Currin has been named vice president of growth and development reporting to the Health First executive vice president, chief strategy &and growth officer Drew Rector.

In this new role, Mr. Currin will oversee Health First's Outpatient & Wellness Division's many specialized services, including the Health First Aging Institute, Health First Diagnostic Services, Health First Durable Medical Equipment, Health First Home Care and Hospice of Health First.

He 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. He will also direct the Health First service lines of orthopedics, neurosurgery and spine.

Mr. Currin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration degree in health sector management and policy from the University of Miami.

New sales professional

Prudential Sterling Properties has announced its newest sales professional, Jeff C. Chancey to help in the buying or selling of homes.

For more information, email jchancey@cfl.rr.com or call (321) 698-4428.

Former Genesis Business Group joins CRI team

Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, ranked as the 29th largest accounting firm nationally and third largest in the South, has announced the creation of a licensed broker/dealer which will operate under the name Carr, Riggs & Ingram Transaction Advisors LLC.

While a separate entity, CRI Transaction Advisors is the formalization of transaction services offered through CRI that encompasses a broad spectrum of sell-side and buy-side offerings.

The firm is registered as a broker dealer with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is a member of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation.

Formerly with the Genesis Business Group, mergers and acquisitions specialists Darin Phillips, Joel Sikes and Ed Phillips spent many years developing and honing a process that maintains extreme focus on the elements that lead to successful results in a transaction.

The full benefit of their prior experience and success in assisting clients complete the sale or purchase of businesses is now the core of CRI Transaction Advisors.

For more information, please visit www.CRIcpa.com, the blog available from http://blog.CRIcpa.com, call (615) 457-0069 or email bharding@cricpa.com.

Employment screening services now available

Edge Information Management Inc., a provider of background and drug screening services, has announced that its employment screening solutions are now available on the Taleo Solution Exchange, one of the world's largest cloud communities for talent management.

Taleo Corporation, a global leader of SaaS-based Talent Management solutions, was recently acquired by Oracle.

The employment screening solutions will allow users to simplify the hiring process by providing access to paperless, turn-key screening solutions.

Customers will be able to increase efficiency during the overall hiring process.

Edge Information Management's employment screening solutions integrate with Taleo Enterprise.

Edge Information Management, Inc. is a national provider of numerous employment screening solutions, including: criminal background checks, drug screening services utilizing urine, hair, saliva or sweat, electronic I-9 management, employment, education and other credential verifications.

For more information, call (800) 725-3343, Ext. 603, or visit www.edgeinformation.com.

New regional vice president Life Care region

Life Care Centers of America recently appointed Eric McKinney as regional vice president of its Palmetto Region.

In this position, McKinney is responsible for overseeing seven skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Florida.

The Palmetto Region is one of four regions within Life Care's Southeast Division.

Prior to his time at Life Care Center of Melbourne, he was executive director at Life Care's Lakeside Health Care Center in West Palm Beach. He has eight years of experience in long-term care.

Originally from Cape Coral, Mr. McKinney earned his master's degree in hospital administration and his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Liz, live in Melbourne.

For more information, visit http://lcca.com.

Total ankle joint replacement comes to Brevard

Arthritis affects the ankle just as it does the hip and knee. Ankle trauma is most likely the result of an athletic injury, a slip and a fall or a motor vehicle accident and may happen early in life.

Until 20 years ago, ankle joint replacement was only experimental. The standard repair was ankle fusion.

Dr. Richard Koenig of Merritt Island has chosen and trained to perform the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement, which is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved ankle replacement with three components, and is the only joint replacement FDA-approved for non-cemented application.

Thanks to advances in the instrumentation, surgery is very precise and reproducible. The surgery takes a little more than 2 1/2 hours to perform, followed by a short hospital stay and six weeks in a cast.

Dr. Koenig is the inventor of the Total Toe System and has had 27 years of experience using joint implants.

For more information, Dr. Koenig can be reached at his office on Merritt Island at (321) 452-5133.

For more information, visit www.staranklereplacement.com or greattoe.com.

NASA selects contracts for environmental remediation services

NASA has selected three companies to provide architect and engineering professional environmental remediation services at Kennedy Space Center, the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and other NASA locations.

The combined maximum potential value for the three contracts is $91 million. Services will be performed during a five-year period beginning this year.

The companies selected are Geosyntec Consultants of Boca Raton, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Cape Canaveral and Tetra Tech of Pittsburgh.

Under the contract, the three companies will compete for fixed-price work orders to develop and implement contamination assessment and remediation requirements for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites and petroleum contamination for NASA at Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

For more information about NASA programs and missions, visit http://www.nasa.gov or call (321) 867-2468.

Rocket and aerospace technology company brings corporate headquarters to Space Coast

The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Enterprise Florida, city of Titusville, Space Florida, and Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority have announced that Rocket Crafters, a Utah-based corporation that holds licenses for advanced hybrid rocket and aerospace composite technologies, as well as proprietary hybrid rocket design and analysis software, will relocate to Titusville.

The company plans to develop and commercialize a new hybrid rocket propulsion technology and leverage an ultra-lightweight, advanced composite material to manufacture dual-propulsion sub-orbital space planes.

Rocket Crafters is focused on space flight training and commercializing the enabling technologies required for the future sub-orbital new space opportunities for both commercial and military applications.

Rocket Crafters will invest $72 million to support operations at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. At full employment, the company's total economic impact is estimated to be more than $48 million.

The company was awarded a State of Florida Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund and workforce incentives to offset the costs of location, production equipment and infrastructure.

The EDC and its project partners worked closely with the company to demonstrate the competitive advantages of locating in Brevard County and developed a competitive proposal outlining the tax advantages and skilled labor pool.

For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org and www.rocketcrafters.com.

March of Dimes Florida chapter names division director

March of Dimes has announced that Gregory C. Stephens has joined the Florida chapter as division director. He will be based out of the Space Coast Division Office in Melbourne.

Mr. Stephens' responsibilities will be to position the March of Dimes as the leader in maternal and child health with key decision makers throughout Brevard County.

His first priority will be to mobilize a team of volunteers to organize a division board that will effectively execute fundraising activities and implement educational programs.

Mr. Stephens has a wealth of nonprofit knowledge and seven years of experience as the area executive director for the American Cancer Society in Brevard.

In his role at the American Cancer Society, he successfully increased revenue by 72 percent and was a three-time recipient of the "Chairman's Cup," the highest area achievement award.

Mr. Stephens served in the United States Army as a medical specialist. He is a member with L.E.A.D Brevard Class of 2007.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/florida or www.nacersano.org.

Brevard Zoo hires new human resources director

Brevard Zoo has announced that Jacklin Fisher has been hired as the new human resources director for the Zoo. Ms. Fisher will be responsible for managing the Zoo's recruiting, compliance and employee relations.

Ms. Fisher's professional experience includes working in human resources for Mercedes Homes, Motive Learning, and most recently, Percepta.

She is a certified senior professional in human resources and a local and national member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also the immediate past president of the American Society for Training & Development's Space Coast Chapter.

Ms. Fisher has a Master of Arts degree in human resource management from Webster University. She lives in the Suntree area with her husband, two sons, and chihuahua, "Gizmo."

Brevard Zoo is home to 550 animals, representing more than 165 species located in Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia and is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.

For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236 or visit www.brevardzoo.org.

New brokerage team member

Kymberly Lietzow, Realtor and Owner-Groker of Lietzow Realty LLC has announced that Lisa M. Clough has joined the real estate brokerage team.

Ms. Clough brings years of business experience with her as a successful employment service provider through her state-certified, woman-owned firm, LMC Enterprises.

Lisa has supported local Space Coast clients, providing and enabling employment throughout Brevard County.

Her real estate background includes investment property purchases and buying and selling several of her own properties within Brevard County.

Doctor joins animal emergency specialty team

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard has announced that Dr. Paula Levine, with more than 20 years of veterinary internal medicine experience, has joined the center's veterinary specialty team.

Paula Levine, a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has special interests in endoscopy, immune-mediated diseases and endocrine diseases.

On July 12, the center hosted a meet-and-greet reception to introduce Dr. Levine to the Central Florida veterinarians. More than 30 veterinary colleagues attended.

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a veterinarian always on the premises.

For more information, call (321) 725-5365, email aecc@cfl.rr.com or visit www.centralfloridaanimaler.com.

Sotheby's International Realty welcomes new Brevard agent

Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty has announced the addition of Realtor Stormie Baker to its Brevard County Division.

The real estate professional will focus on waterfront properties, as well as real estate in the Grant, Valkaria and Malabar areas of South Brevard.

Ms. Baker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned a communications degree and completed relevant coursework in business management.

Her marketing approach for new clients of Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty will harness the global expertise of the luxury real estate firm, with a focus on social media and emerging technologies.

For more information, call (321) 557-7254 or visit www.treasurecoastsir.com.

Brevard Rescue Mission announces board member

The Brevard Rescue Mission has chosen Brian West for its board of directors.

As a Brevard County native of Rockledge, Mr. West has worked in the insurance and financial services field for more than 13 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Merritt Island and is married with two children. Mr. West is a State Farm Agent in West Melbourne where he has served the community for six years.

Brevard Rescue Mission is grateful for Brian West's experience and expertise that will help support the continued growth and development of the Brevard Rescue Mission.

Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness by providing women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills in a safe, Christ-centered residential setting.

For more information, call (321) 431-9190 or visit www.brevardrescuemission.org.

Nursing executive joins local Realtor firm

With more than 14 years of nursing experience, Realtor David Copley has joined the sales team of the Melbourne office of Weichert Realtors - Hallmark Properties.

A resident of the area for three years, he will assist homebuyers and sellers in Brevard County. He is a member of the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors and lives in Melbourne.

He holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing administration from The University of Akron in Ohio.

Weichert Realtors - Hallmark Properties is located at 7640 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.

For more information, call (321) 327-2993 or visit www.weicherthallmark.com.

New and renewed Chamber partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new and renewed members: Achieve Beautiful Skin, Advanced Books & Tax Inc., Bailey's Treasures, Camping World, CompuPay Inc., Earth Electric, Edward Jones Investments, JAG Window Tinting, Knights of Columbus, Kronic AM, Mary Kay Sales, Paul Davis Restoration, Scrubbs Quality Cleaning, Sovereign Realty Group Inc., Sun-Sational Salon & Spa, the Soup Shop Inc. and Tropic Custom Detailing.

And: Rocket City Retro, Brevard Achievement Center, TLC Engineering, GB Shelter Mortgage, Michael Howard Photography, Seacoast National Bank, Runaway Country Space Coast, Edwards Realty Inc., Triton Welding & Machine Shop, The Perfect Gift, Comfort Inn & Suites Resort, Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard, Space Coast Business Center, Jacobs Ladder Family and Brevard Technology Solutions.

New Realtors at Weichert-Hallmark

Hallmark Properties has announced that Realtor Jeff Doescher and Jack Murrell have joined the office's sales team.

Realtors Marcia Gelfand and Paul A. Bryan have joined the company's new Palm Bay office.

Weichert Realtors-Hallmark Properties is located at 7640 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, and 5201 Babcock St., Suite 2, Palm Bay.

For more information, call (321) 327-2993, (321) 821-4310 or visit www.weicherthallmark.com.

Prudential Sterling Properties' new sales professional

Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties, introduce their newest sales professional, Debbie Baird.

For more information, call (321) 289-6115 or email HomesByBaird@aol.com.

Bertram Yacht appoints new HR senior director

As part of the continued efforts to build an organization with some of the best talent in the boating industry, Bertram Yacht has appointed Doug Reed as senior director of human resources.

Mr. Reed brings more than 30 years of human resources experience and has a proven track record in the development and implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in marine manufacturing.

In his new role, he will lead the human resources organization for Bertram Yacht at the new facility in Merritt Island.

His mandate is to build an organization with some of the best talent the industry has available and develop a rigorous operating culture, based on lean manufacturing and continuous product improvement.

Mr. Reed will work directly with the key members of the Bertram management team, including the president of Bertram Yacht, Alton Herndon; the vice president of manufacturing, Ken Beauregard; and the new vice president of engineering, Robert Ullberg.

Bertram is a brand of Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive, prestigious brands in the nautical world: Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line.

For more information, call (305) 633-8011 or email Jessica.Cortada@Bertram.com.

Prudential Sterling Properties' top producers

Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties would like to congratulate their "Top Producers for July 2012:" top listing and sales associate Rae McCabe and top sales associate Lynn Raymond. Congratulations for all your success!

Prudential Sterling Properties is the top producing real estate office in Brevard County for 2011.

Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.

Its office is located in Indian Harbour Beach.

Agents may be reached at (321) 768-7600 for all of your real estate needs.

New development director at Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo has announced that Karen Davis has been hired as the director of development.

Ms. Davis will be responsible for Brevard Zoo's comprehensive development programs, including: capital campaigns, major donor fundraising, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving.

In her past association with the Zoo, she has chaired the JAZZOO and Safari Under the Stars committees and served on the board of directors.

Ms. Davis received a law degree from Boston University School of Law. She was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for five years and later served as the director of the Office of Consumer Participation for three years.

For the past five years, Davis has been the chief operating officer for Viera Realty Inc., overseeing operations for the sale and marketing of residential real estate in Viera.

For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236 or email Lheckerson@brevardzoo.org.

Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Council

The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast has appointed Brian Lightle to the Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Council.

Functioning as an advisory body to the Brevard County Commissioners, council members meet on an ad hoc basis and serve four-year terms.

Lightle Beckner Robison Inc. is a full service real estate firm committed solely to the commercial segment of real estate.

With strict focus on commercial real estate, Lightle Beckner Robison's brokers individually specialize in office, retail, industrial and investment properties, as well as asset and property management.

LBR Inc. serves Brevard county extending across the entire state of Florida.

For more information, visit www.teamlbr.com.

Red Cross introduces regional chief executive officer

The American Red Cross has formally announced that Karen Hagan has been selected as the new regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region.

The American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region serves 13 counties: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia.

Ms. Hagan joined the Red Cross in 1985. Since then she has been the CEO of two Red Cross Chapters, served as the state relations representative in Florida, a disaster response planner for the southern United States, Florida's state disaster specialist and most recently as the state disaster officer for Florida and Georgia.

Requests for more information should be sent to Michele Jones at (407) 516-0890.

New and renewed Chamber partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes its new partners: DaVinci Teeth Whitening, Billboard Connection, Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley, Barbershop Harmony Society, Foosaner Art Museum, Essentials Spa Viera, RE/MAX Elite, SAIC, Lowe's, Cocoa Kennels, Alpha-Omega Training, Space Florida, Rockledge Christian School, Honeymoon Hill Constructors, Columbia College, Help 2 Insure and Central Brevard Computers.



. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-3388.


. Ribbon cutting ceremony: Noon. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Empire Health Mart Pharmacy, 1451 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. Military Affairs Council's Annual Stars and Strikes Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser: 2-5 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Patrick Air Force Base Bowling Center. Cost is $50 per individual players and $200 for corporate teams. For more information, call (321) 459-2200 or contact Sand Owens at (321) 454-2026 or email sowens@cocoabeachchamber.com.


. Power Hour Leads Club meeting: 6 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cara Mia Riverside Grill, 11 Riverside Drive, Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. Ambassador meeting: 5 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.


. Government Affairs Committee meeting: 8 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.

. Leads R' Us Leads Club meeting: 11:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Brio Italiano, 2005 Vernon Place, Melbourne. For more information, call club president Glenda O'Coin at (321) 254-1687.

. You Got To Eat Leads Club meeting: Noon. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Red Lobster, 215 E. Merritt island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. Nonprofit meeting: 5:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. 'Explore Berlin and Prague' pre-tour briefing: 5:30 p.m. Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, 2000 S. Washington Ave., Titusville. This briefing is for all participants and prospective participants. For more information, call (321) 267-3036.


. Rising Stars meeting: 8:30 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. B2B meeting: 11 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Amici's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 7700 N. Wickham Road, Suite 120, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.


. Network$ meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lazy Bean Café, Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. Fourth Annual Public Safety Valor Awards Banquet: 6-9 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic. Cost is $45 per person and $750 for a corporate table of 8. RSVP online at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com. For information on available sponsorship opportunities, call Stephanie Franklin at (321) 724-5400.

. Surfside Stars meeting: 6:15 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lobster Shanty, 2200 S. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.


. New Partner Welcome Orientation: 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. SCORE Small Business Counseling (free): 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.

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