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.
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.
Realtor joins Britton Group
Realtor Richard Hawkes has recently joined Britton Group Inc. The announcement was made by Jim Britton, owner/broker at Britton Group Inc., a full-service real estate firm servicing Central and South Brevard.
Mr. Hawkes has more than 30 years of combined experience in residential construction and real estate in the Melbourne area.
As past president/CEO of Holiday Builders, he has the knowledge and experience to provide a level of professional service that buyers and sellers can depend on.
Mr. Hawkes will concentrate his expertise in residential real estate sales and marketing.
For more information, call (321) 622-4815.
New sales associate
Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties, have announced their newest sales professional, Joette Davis.
Joining Prudential Sterling Properties with 23 years of real estate experience, Ms. Davis has a Graduate Realtor Institute designation. She was co-owner and branch office broker for First Choice Realty, Wailua, Kauai.
Licensed in Florida for eight years, she says this is as much like Hawaii as it gets!
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. The office is located in Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 308-3249, (321) 768-7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New and renewed Cocoa Beach Chamber partners
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes the following new and renewed Chamber 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, Central Brevard Computers, Palm Tree Café, Twin Rivers Communications, UBS Financial Services - Laughlin McCarthy Group, and Books N Billing LLC, U.S. 1 Golf Center, Casino Party Planner, Porter World Trade Inc., Craig Technologies, Wal-Mart, Florida Memorial Gardens, Island Therapeutic Massage, Florida Air Academy, AAA Auto Club Group, QuikDat, Rodan & Fields Dermatologist Independent Consultant, Send Out Cards, Sabe Spa and Wellness, Sea Esta Villas, Boston Beef & Seafood, Beyond Organic, Rapid Prototyping Services, Chicks for Flicks, PNC Bank, Beach Happenings.com, Suntree Internal Medicine, Oceanbreeze family Chiropractic, Rubber Duckees Pool, Florida Weekly and Outdoor Fitness Florida.
To join the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
Melbourne Regional Chamber Better Business of the Month
The Melbourne Regional Chamber and its Better Business Council has recognized Heron Financial Partners as the September recipient of its Better Business of the Month Award.
The firm was awarded this recognition at the Chamber's recent monthly Business Breakfast of Champions event at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera hotel.
The award, sponsored monthly by Chamber Trustee Member Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn Marriott, was presented to Brian Spatola and Maureen Fasanella of Heron Financial Partners by Julie Braga of the Residence Inn Marriott.
Heron Financial Partners is a comprehensive wealth management and multi-generational estate and retirement planning firm. They are a full-service stock and bond broker with access to institutional and independent research utilizing active investment management for hands on clients.
Heron is also a full service provider of life insurance, including variable, fixed and long-term care insurance solutions and investment advisory services featuring mutual funds, alternative investment products, unified managed accounts and qualified plan designs for businesses and corporations.
For more information, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com.
Ribbon cutting ceremony in Cocoa Beach
Designing Premier Events, in conjunction with The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, has announced that it will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mambo's in International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public.
Designing Premier Events has been in business for three years. It offers a full array of event planning, from corporate, private, fundraisers (large, small and everything in between).
Enjoy appetizers, complimentary mini-massages, glitter tattoos, live entertainment, many chances to win door prizes, cash bar and more.
There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit We Care 2. See www.facebook.com/WeCare2Women.
To RSVP and for more information, contact Designing Premier Events at (321) 537-5500.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12
. Sam's Club Morning Mingle: 8 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Sam's Club Cocoa, 450 Townsend Road, Cocoa. This is a free networking event. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.
MONDAY, OCT. 15
. 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.
TUESDAY, OCT. 16
. Facebook 101 & 201: 11 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. 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) 459d-2200.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17
. Unique Opportunities Leads Club meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Café Unique Restaurant, 607 Florida Ave., Cocoa Village. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. 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.
. Viera Leads Club meeting: 8:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Melbourne Regional Chamber/Viera, 7720 Wickham Road, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 242-4575.
. Convention & Visitors Bureau meeting: 9 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. 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.
. Financial Luncheon Series - 'Problems Facing Investors Today:' 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Melbourne Regional Chamber/Viera, 7720 N. Wickham Road, Suite 113, Melbourne. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com or call (321) 622-8998.
. Money Makers Leads Club meeting: Noon. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 961-2871.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
. Network$ meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lazy Bean Café, 777 E. Merritt island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. 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.
. Small Business Breakfast Club: 7:45-9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce. Guest speaker will be Steve Englehart, Florida Tech's head football coach. This monthly breakfast is open to the public. RSVP is required at (321) 459-2200.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288
. Fourth Annual Council's Golf Tournament: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Manatee Cove Golf Course, Patrick Air Force Base. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber's Military Affairs Council, Business Resource Council and the Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information, call (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.ocm.