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 birdhouses, 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).
New sales professionals
Prudential Sterling Properties has announced its newest sales professionals, Carolyn Rocco Grande and Nancy Quinn.
Prudential Sterling Properties services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.
Its Brevard County office is located at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (3210 768-7600 or visit www.prudentialsterling.com.
Andy Ziegler Joins NdtArtemis
NdtArtemis has announced that 30-year IT veteran, Andy Ziegler, has joined the company as an account manager and Virtual CIO.
Mr. Ziegler is a longtime resident of Brevard County since graduating from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science.
He began his career as a software engineer for Harris Corporation, also working for Scientific System Services and Paravant.
He specialized in communication software development and enterprise system management until starting his own IT business with his wife, Patty.
He has earned a wide range of technology certifications, and his experience includes an in-depth knowledge of IT that spans legacy systems, enterprise architecture, local area networks, wide area communications and a variety of technology platforms.
NdtArtemis is a multifaceted, end-to-end IT solutions and managed services provider.
The company helps drive client success, productivity and profitability by solving business-critical challenges through proven processes and innovative uses of technology paired with comprehensive support.
Services include computer network design, installation, monitoring and support, computer product sales, hosted cloud solutions, website and software development, phone systems, structured cabling, fire and alarm systems and more.
The company is headquartered in Melbourne with customers throughout the United States.
For more information, visit www.ndtArtemis.com.
New board of directors' member at The Children's Hunger Project
Stephanie Franklin was recently elected to The Children's Hunger Project board of directors.
As a member of the board of directors, Ms. Franklin will be involved in strategic planning, while advising and helping to direct fundraising activities and implementation of the organization's goals. These goals are summed up in the local charity's nine-word business plan: See a hungry kid. Buy food. Feed the kid.
Ms. Franklin brings her shared passion and expertise to help address the problem of young children coming to school hungry.
Ms. Franklin, director of membership for the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce of East Central Florida, has been dedicated to helping the business community since moving to Brevard in 2004.
She is the co-chair on the Advisory Council for Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, is a 2010 Lead Brevard graduate and has served as the co-treasure for the Women's Center Guild of South Brevard and a board member for Friends for Animals Sanctuary.
The Children's Hunger Project is a Brevard County 501 (c) (3) charity that provides packages of food for hungry children so that they can get basic nourishment each weekend during the school year.
To date, the program includes 14 elementary schools in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Rockledge, Cocoa, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. Further expansion is planned in the near future.
Nutritious packages of food are discreetly slipped into the backpacks of children that teachers know are undernourished on the weekends.
For more information, visit http://.thechildrenshungerprojec.org, call (321) 373-7083 or email bob@thechildrenshunger project.org.
CONTEC of Japan to buy Melbourne company
The board of directors of DTx Inc. has announced that it has agreed to sell DTx to CONTEC Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. The acquisition is expected to close on Dec. 31.
DTx provides embedded systems to leading manufacturers of medical devices, industrial automation and defense applications. CONTEC is a leading provider of industrial control technology, testing and communication electronics.
DTx is headquartered in Melbourne, employs 72 people in the Melbourne area and has sales offices in California, Wisconsin and New Jersey.
The company has excelled in designing, manufacturing, maintaining and providing long-life logistics support for high reliability systems that are embedded into sensitive and regulated environments, such as medical devices.
For more information, email kevin.manuel@DTx.com or call (321) 821-7052.
Fine Homes International Specialist designation
JoAnne Infurna of Prudential Sterling Properties has earned the Fine Homes InternationalSM Specialist professional designation, conferred by Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services Inc., a Brookfield Residential Property Services company.
Ms. Infurna received the designation for meeting the professional standards set by Prudential Real Estate for sales professionals who successfully list, market and transact sales of fine homes.
Prudential Real Estate defines a Fine Home as a residence valued within the top 10 percent of its respective marketplace that is in top show-quality condition.
To qualify for the designation, Prudential Real Estate requires that a sales professional must have listed at least two fine homes or closed one fine homes transaction during the past year; earn five personal elective points based on criteria set by Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services; and meet standards for professional sales experience, including at least one year of full-time real estate sales.
Ms. Infurna has seven years of experience in real estate. During the last two years, she has worked at Prudential Sterling Properties, concentrating on upper-tier properties in Lansing Island and Tortoise Island.
Prudential Sterling Properties is at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 308-3259 or visit www.prudentialsterling.com.
FRIDAY, NOV. 2
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6
. Small Business Council meeting: 8-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call 724-5400.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8
. 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 (321) 750-3233.
. Women of Excellence Committee meeting: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Cost is free for members and $10 for potential members. RSVP at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com. For more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 231.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.