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  • 1 Boca Chamber CONNECTION August - October 2011 www.bocaratonchamber.com

    The Official Publication of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commercewww.bocaratonchamber.com

    B o c a c h a m B e r August - October 2011

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    The Best of Business Large and Small

  • 2 Boca Chamber CONNECTION August - October 2011 www.bocaratonchamber.com

    COnTenTSGREATER BOCA RATON

    CHAMBER OF COMMERCEOFFiCERsJohn T. Mulhall III, Rutherford Mulhall, P.A., Chair

    Cheryl Budd, NCCI Holdings, Inc., Chair Elect

    Keith O'Donnell, Flagler Real Estate Services,Vice Chair

    Randy Nobles, Comerica Wealth & Institutional Management,

    Vice Chair

    Kevin Ross, Ed.D., Lynn University, Treasurer

    Forrest Heathcott, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. & JM&A

    Group, Immediate Past Chair

    Troy M. McLellan, CCE, President & CEO/Secretary

    DiRECTORsStephen Ast, Boca Raton Resort & Club

    Vic Beninate, AT&T

    Joe Cilia, Town Center at Boca Raton/Simon Property Group

    Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal

    Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

    Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center

    Peter Gallo, Ph. D., Saint Andrews School

    Michael Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction

    Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communications Inc.

    Rick Konsavage, Ocean Properties Ltd.

    Monica Luechtefeld, Office Depot

    Joseph Pores, Call 4 Health

    Burt Rapoport, Rapoports Restaurant Group

    Rocki Rockingham, Jarden Consumer Solutions

    Tim Snow, George Snow Scholarship Fund, Inc

    Chuck Stout, Meridian Insurance Group, LLC

    Ethel Isaacs Williams, Florida Power & Light Co.

    PROFEssiONAl TEAMTroy M. McLellan, CCE, President & CEO

    Beth Johnston, Executive Vice President Firdaus Dotiwala, V.P., Finance & Administration

    Sarah Pearson, V.P., Business Development

    Audra Hodges, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    Chasity J. Navarro, Events Coordinator

    Steven Bleier, Senior Sales Associate

    Sharon Ramsey, Sales Associate

    Kathy Sheridan, Member Service & Administrative Associate

    Message - Chamber President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Boca Festival Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5

    New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

    Ambassador Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    The Boca Chamber "Seen" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11

    Trustee Membership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Golden Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Business Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    Annual Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    Member News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    Young Entrepreneurs Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    Wine & All That Jazz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    A Moment With a Chamber Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

    Publisher: Troy McLellanEditor: Audra Hodges

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    1800 North Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, Fl 33432p: 561.395.4433 | f: 561.392.3780 | e: info@bocaratonchamber.com | w: www.bocaratonchamber.com

    A Message from your Chamber PresidentWhen I started in the Chamber business 14 years ago, someone told me that a Chamber membership is like a gym membership. When I remember who that person is, I'm going to call and respectfully disagree. As we know, when you stop going to the gym, you obviously stop getting results. However, with a Chamber membership, if you stop participating - or participate less - you will still continue to get results when it comes to the business

    community. Because no matter where you are located, how busy you are, or how many events you attend, your Chamber is working behind the scenes on a continual basis to provide your business with the best opportunity to succeed. Key factors that create and sustain a strong business environment, such as economic development, educational opportunities, and maintaining a pro-business environment and political climate are priorities for the Chamber. Fortunately, we live in an area that continually works to maximize each of these factors. Promoting economic development is crucial to building a sustainable community. The Chamber has a seat at the table whenever discussions are held that affect business at all levels of government and by numerous decision-making entities. We develop pro-business goals and initiatives through our partnerships with organizations, such as the county's Convention and Visitors Bureau, Workforce Alliance, and Business Development Board. Boca is home to large employers and community partners, such as nCCI Holdings, Inc., Office Depot, Tyco, and the brand new Garda World Security Corp., that contribute to a strong tax base and an excellent quality of life for our residents. Our work with County and City Government helps ensure we continue to enhance the economic development of Boca Raton and position ourselves to attract and retain new business, whether it is a small start-up or a Fortune 500 company. Boca Ratons school system, throughout the K-12 and college and university-level, shows why companies continue to relocate to our area. For the past 20 years, the Chambers Golden Bell education Foundation has provided supplemental funding for unique programs that elevate the curriculum at Bocas A-rated public schools. We are proud to announce that Golden Bell has officially donated more than $1 million to local public schools. The

    programs that are funded through Golden Bell help mold future employees, entrepreneurs and even employers. In addition to a strong business climate, robust local educational opportunities attract employers to open a new business in or relocate an existing business to Boca Raton. A new venture that we will be undertaking during our 60th year of operations is the Young entrepreneurs Academy (YeA!). YeA! is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students age 11 to 18 through the process of starting and running a real business or social movement over the course of a full academic year. Through YeA!, students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, educators and entrepreneurs, who use their personal experiences to walk students through the steps of creating their own business or social movement from the ground up. The Boca Chamber is the first Chamber in the state to implement this innovative program and we look forward to years of success with it. For the past 59 years, the Boca Chamber has operated independently of the City government - but with a common goal - namely, to create an unmatched quality of life in Boca Raton.

    And, as you read this, we are in process of producing our Annual Sourcebook and Relocation Guide, the pre-eminent Chamber publication in the country, which will be available in print and in a digital format, offering our members national exposure and serving as the official sourcebook for those looking to live, work, learn and play in Boca Raton. This year, the publication will be sent to Fortune 100 CeOs across the country, in specific industry clusters, providing our Members with an incredible opportunity for national recognition. The Chamber serves as the front lines for business. Typically, we are the first call people make when they are looking to do business in Boca. We provide needed information so that visitors and residents alike may utilize the best that Boca Raton has to offer our Membership. From the incredible cutting-edge production capabilities of Green Advertising, one of our newest Trustee Members, to the increasing buzz about Skin Apeel Day Spas luxurious and calming atmosphere, the Chamber is proud to be the best business resource for small and large business.

    In addition to our many events and programmatic opportunities, rest assured that your Chamber represents the best interests of the business community and will continue to do so for at least the next 60 years. As always, we thank you for your support!

    By Troy M. McLellan, CCEPresident & CEO, GBRCC

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  • 4 Boca Chamber CONNECTION August - October 2011 www.bocaratonchamber.com

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