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.
Melbourne EXIT Realty office gives back to the community
In gratitude for the support shown to EXIT 1st Class Realty by the local community, the real estate brokerage recently surprised teacher Angie Striegal of Clearlake Middle School by donating a basket of school supplies.
EXIT Realty is a real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals.
EXIT's Mind-Set Training Systems offer the industry's best hands-on, interactive sales training.
EXIT is a by-invitation-only company focusing on the business of real estate.
EXIT 1st Class Realty is located at 4865 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 259-3990 or visit www.mybrevardfloridahomes.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.
A Healthy Pond on Merritt Island
A Healthy Pond of Orlando, which designs and installs custom ponds in Central Florida, has announced its new location on Merritt Island.
The business will be offering the same services it has in Orlando now here in Merritt Island, plus a retail boutique.
The boutique has more than 10 local artists for all of your outdoor beautification needs: from one-of-a-kind metal art, to custom bird houses, stained-glass pieces, furniture, custom tikis and indoor/outdoor fountains.
A Healthy Pond is at 1870 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.
For more information, call (321) 663-4628.
Take Stock in Children Council welcomes new leaders
Brevard's Take Stock in Children Leadership Council has announced the election of two new officers.
Ben Buchanan, a council member for 13 years, will assume the role of chairman. Mr. Buchanan is a vice president at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, with the Gear Buchanan Group, located in Melbourne.
Bill Zoby, who has served on the Council for seven years, is the new vice chairman. Mr. Zoby, a Melbourne resident, is a marketing and sales consultant for consumer products.
Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income, at-risk students in Brevard County to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, mentoring services and hope for a successful future.
Volunteer mentors meet with their students each week at school throughout the school year.
To learn more about Take Stock in Children, participating on the council, or to become a mentor or supporter, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 415 or visit www.takestockinchildren.org.
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 September:" top sales associate Rae McCabe and top-listing associates Carole Gonzalez and Toie Crespi.
Congratulations for all of your success!
Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.
The office is located at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information or to reach an agent, call (321) 768-7600.
Private Case Management has new guardian, manager and counselor
Barbara Whitley of Private Case Management has announced that Candice Kilbourne has joined the staff at Private Case Management as a registered guardian, case manager and counselor.
She has been employed as a social worker for more than six years in Brevard County, counseling various clients and populations. She is knowledgeable of resources and programs available in the community for those in need of services and offers conflict resolution for families.
Ms. Kilbourne can be reached at (321) 674-6070 for assistance or more information.
New associate attorney at Sigman Law Firm
Sigman Law Firm, P.A., has announced the addition of Sean Harnage as a new associate attorney with the Brevard and Indian River county-based practice.
Mr. Harnage will be expanding upon the firm's practice areas of foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, estate planning, family law and Home Owners Association disputes by handling general civil litigation cases, as well as criminal defense cases in Brevard County.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Harnage was a local law enforcement officer for 16 years and has earned various instructor certificates from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Sigman Law Firm, P.A., is at 1627 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 205, Sebastian.
For more information, call (772) 228.8696 or (321) 285-6582 (Brevard County office number).
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.
. Florida Companies to Watch awards gala: 6-10:30 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For registration, visit www.florida.companiestowatch.org, email email@example.com or call (321) 724-5400.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
. Defenders Car Show/FIT Aviation Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Florida Tech Aviation, 801 Harry Goode Way, Melbourne. The event is free to the public. For more information and vehicle registrations, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 230.
TUESDAY, OCT. 23
. 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.
. Chamber Alive @ 5: 5 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Janna Maria's Restaurant, 1906/1908 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach. For more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 231.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24
. Palm Bay Power Club meeting: 11:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at The Knowledge Exchange, 5151 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay. For more information, call club president Darby Koller at (321) 473-8998.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25
. Business Voice Election 2012 meeting: 7:45-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne. Guest speaker will be Congressman Bill Posey. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.
. Beach Referral Group Leads Club meeting: 7:45 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605 Highway A1A, Melbourne. For more information, call club president Alan Kershaw at (321) 750-3233.
. New Member Connection reception: 8:30-10 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Sam's Club, 4255 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. Cost is free for members. RSVP online at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.