Local broker-owner congratulated

The Space Coast Association of Realtors would like to congratulate past president Lynnette Hendricks on her installation as district vice president of Florida's largest professional association, Florida Realtors.

Ms. Hendricks is a broker-owner with Florida East Coast Real Estate, Inc., on Merritt Island.

For more information, contact Christine Edwards at (321) 242-2211 or via email at Christine.edwards@space321.com.

Board of Trustees announces new board officers, members

The Health First Foundation Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining and enhancing the role of Health First as a not-for-profit healthcare system providing the highest quality care and medical services to families and individuals across Brevard County.

The Health First Foundation has announced new officers and members to its Board of Trustees.

Health First Foundation Board of Trustees – Officers

Becky Dukes, Chairperson

Rob Perers, Vice Chair

Bill Troner, Immediate Past Chair

Michael Seeley, President

Patricia Pruitt, Secretary

David Mathias, Esq., Assistant Secretary

Jessica André, Treasurer

Health First Foundation Board of Trustees – Members

Gobivenkata Balaji, Richard C. Beagley, Wendy Brandon, Stephanie Brown, Carl D. Coddington Jr., Shelly Cooper, Dale A. Dettmer, Bobbie Dyer, Evelyn Foster, Christina Goins, Danielle Greenspoon, Steven Johnson, Stephen J. Lacey, Christine Lance, Polly Molnar, Rita Moreno, Barry Richardson, Nancy Taylor and Kenneth Tieu.

For more information about the Health First Foundation, visit HFgive.org.

SeaDek commits to trailer safety with NATM membership

With a steadily growing presence in the automotive and transportation industry, SeaDek Marine Products has joined the fight to improve safety on America's roads by joining the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers.

Founded in 1987, the NATM has been dedicated to improving trailer safety and performance, and represents more than 410 trailer manufacturers and 350 supplier companies.

SeaDek has been manufacturing EVA non-skid products for OEM boat builders and the aftermarket for more than a decade, including trailer pads for some of the world's largest boat trailer manufacturers. By offering durable and functional traction products that are designed to stand up to the rigors of the marine and automotive environments, SeaDek brings a new level of safety to trailers with its exceptional non-skid properties that eliminate slips and falls, while also providing unique stylistic and branding options.

With safety and high-quality materials a top priority for both SeaDek and the NATM, the partnership will create new opportunities for both trailer manufacturers and end users alike.

SeaDek Marine Products is at 5440 Schenck Ave., Rockledge.

Learn more about the NATM at www.NATM.com.

For more information, call (321) 632-4466 and toll-free at (888) 964-6860, email customerservice@seadek.com or visit www.seadek.com.

Traci Reed joins Berkshire Hathaway

Traci Reed has recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty as a sales professional and Realtor.

The announcement was made by Caprice Atwell, managing broker for the Melbourne Branch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.

Ms. Reed has recently relocated with her family to the Melbourne area from Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, she was a Realtor for Alexander Chandler Realty for two years and proved to be a valuable asset.

Known for regularly exceeding expectations, excellent negotiating and sales skills and transaction management, Traci is sure to hit the ground running in her new hometown.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 19 counties throughout Florida with more than 40 locations and approximately 1,800 sales professionals.

Visit www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com for more information.

RUSH Constructions receives safety awards

Recently, general contractor RUSH Construction has received three separate awards in safety: one from Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., and two from the United Safety Council.

Safety is a core value at RUSH, and the company believes that these new awards help show both RUSH's continuing commitment to safety on the job, and a strong dedication to providing quality, on-time delivery of work to clients.

For more information about RUSH Construction, Inc., visit www.rushinc.com or contact William Chivers at (321) 267-8100.

New vice president of supply chain management

MC Assembly, a leading mid-tier electronics manufacturing services provider, has hired veteran supply-chain professional Richard Kelly as the company’s new vice president of supply chain.

Mr. Kelly will be responsible for providing leadership in expanding MC Assembly’s network of partners and improving supply chain tools to increase value to customers.

He is an accomplished supply professional with more than 37 years of total experience in strategic leadership within leading tier 1, multi-billion-dollar technology manufacturing companies, including Plexus Corporation, Foxconn and Jabil. Prior to entering the EMS industry, Mr. Kelly spent 14 years working in the defense and aerospace industry.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Columbus State University, is certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society and is a native Floridian.

For more information about MC Assembly, visit www.mcati.com.

Launch FCU announces new vice president of HR

Launch FCU has announced Val Poole as its new vice president of Human Resources. Ms. Poole most recently worked as an independent human resources consultant. Prior to this, she was the regional human resources adviser for more than 13 years for a major space coast defense contractor. She was responsible for the transition of a $200 million contract and directing business unit activities, including payroll and HRIS transitions. She has been a Human Resources professional for more than 30 years, having also worked for the Education and Healthcare industries.

Ms. Poole earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman University in Management, and earned a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University. She grew up in Daytona Beach and is a long-time Merritt Island resident who enjoys being involved in her community.

Launch Federal Credit Union is a full-service, community credit union, rated 5-stars on Bauerfinancial.com, with 12 branches throughout Brevard and Volusia counties. Membership is open to all who live, work, worship or attend school in Brevard or Volusia.

For more information about Launch Federal Credit Union, visit Launchfcu.com or call (321) 455-9400.

Certification reinforces commitment to quality manufacturing

In keeping with its dedication to constant improvement and customer satisfaction, SeaDek Marine Products, the leading manufacturer of EVA non-skid products for the marine industry, has announced its upgraded re-certification to ISO 9001:2015 standards. SeaDek is one of the first businesses in the country to achieve certification to the new standard.

After their initial ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013, SeaDek has used the ISO processes to streamline manufacturing, minimize waste and errors, increase productivity and efficiency and make evidence-based decisions to better grow the company and provide exceptional customer service.

With its new ISO 9001:2015 certification, SeaDek is well equipped to continue their expansion into new international markets, bringing their innovative non-skid products to boat builders and end-users across the globe.

Learn more at http://www.seadek.com.

Learn more about ISO at iso.org.

SeaDek Marine Products is at 5440 Schenck Ave., Rockledge.

Call (321) 632-4466.

Welcoming new team member

Steven T. Wilmarth, CEP, WMS, Principal and Managing Director of Wilmarth Private Wealth Management Group of Raymond James and Associates, Inc., welcomes Megan Miller to the team at 202 N. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 200, Melbourne.

Ms. Miller has been a Raymond James Associate for nine years, earned her Series 7 in 2011 and is currently studying for her Series 66.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and holds a certificate in court reporting from the Brevard School of Legal Professions. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

Raymond James & Associates, which has built a national reputation during the past 47 years as a leader in financial planning for individuals, corporations and municipalities, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF), a financial services holding company.

Raymond James Financial provides financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies. Through its four principal broker/dealer subsidiaries Raymond James Financial has more than 6,200 financial advisors, serving more than 2.5 million accounts in more than 2,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $479 billion.

For more information, contact Victoria Wilmarth at (321) 253-7911.

Steward Health Care completes acquisition of three hospitals in Florida

Steward Health Care System has completed a previously announced acquisition of eight community hospitals formerly affiliated with Community Health Systems, including three hospitals in Florida. Steward Health Care System’s network now includes 18 community hospitals across Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. The three acquired Florida hospitals are:

- Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne

- Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge

- Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian

Over the past seven years, Steward has established a nationally recognized track record of quality and safety through its physician-led, community-based delivery system that provides high quality local health care to patients.

The acquisition of the eight facilities formerly owned by CHS increases Steward’s footprint to 18 hospitals nationally, with 23,000 employees and more than 3,000 physicians. The transaction complied with normal regulatory approvals and adherence to closing conditions.

Additional information is available at www.steward.org.

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Florida Realty's Melbourne office

Julie Palladino, Anne Kodash and Denise Stonecipher have recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty as sales professionals and Realtors.

The announcement was made by Caprice Atwell, managing broker for the Melbourne branch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 19 counties throughout Florida with more than 40 locations and approximately 1,800 sales professionals.

The full-service brokerage company, founded in 1999, is a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and is a franchise member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ network, one of the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name.

The company is the overall No. 1 fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, having generated more than $3.15 million since 2001. Visit www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.

Call (321) 308-0385 for more information.

Axiom Bank expands with new Melbourne location

Axiom Bank, a community bank headquartered in Central Florida, recently celebrated the opening of its newest branch in Melbourne. The location, which features the bank’s new open-concept design, is located in the Walmart Supercenter at 1000 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.

Currently, Axiom has 21 branches, including 11 in Central Florida. The bank plans to open two additional in-store branches (Tampa and Plant City) and one traditional branch in West Orange County, in the remainder of 2017.

For more information about Axiom, visit www.AxiomBanking.com.

Homeservices Florida Realty celebrates first anniversary

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s Melbourne branch is celebrating its first anniversary with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, a franchise of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC.

This announcement was made by Caprice Atwell, managing broker for the Melbourne Branch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty acquired Prudential Sterling Properties on May 2, 2016. The branch, founded originally in 1982, has grown to more than 63 sales professionals since its creation and continues to serve as a leader in the Brevard County real estate community.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, a real estate firm, joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network in 2013.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 19 counties throughout Florida with more than 40 locations and approximately 1,800 sales professionals.

Visit www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com for more information.

Babcock Square I & II purchased

Rob Solito of Ullian Realty has announced that his client has recently purchased the two retail buildings known as Babcock Square I & II.

These retail/office buildings are located at 249 and 293 N. Babcock St., Melbourne.

The new owner plans to make upgrades and cosmetic improvements to the property. The new owner has engaged Rob Solito of Ullian Realty to market and lease the available spaces in the two buildings. Aggressive lease rates and move-in specials will be offered to fill the buildings. Nick Farinella of Coldwell Banker represented the sellers.

The Ullian Realty Corporation, located in Melbourne, is a full-service real estate firm specializing in office, commercial, industrial, retail and investment brokerage.

For information about Ullian Realty, visit www.UllianRealty.com or email Rob@UllianRealty.com.

U.S. 192 land sale

Michael S. Ullian, CCIM, SIOR, President of The Ullian Realty Corporation represented the seller, Florida Air Academy Melbourne, Inc., in the sale of 1.14± acres of surplus vacant commercial land on New Haven Avenue in Melbourne. The site is being developed for an O’Reilly Auto Parts Store.

The Ullian Realty Corporation, located in Melbourne, is a full-service real estate firm specializing in office, commercial, industrial, retail and investment brokerage in the Brevard County Melbourne/Palm Bay area.

For information about Ullian Realty, visit www.ullianrealty.com, email Mike@UllianRealty.com or call Mike at (321) 258-7556.

Vision exercises

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 11.4 million people will develop diabetic retinopathy, 4.2 million will develop glaucoma and 3.7 million will develop age-related macular degeneration by 2030. Each of these eye-related illnesses can cause visual impairment or even blindness; and many times don’t present symptoms.

MyEyeDr. shares six skills you need to sharpen for optimal eye performance.

Just like practice can enhance your skill and coordination in sports, there are exercises you can do for your eyes to improve coordination and function.

- Eye-Muscle Movements.

- Focusing.

- Peripheral Awareness.

- Zooming.

- Eye-Hand-Body Coordination.

- Visual Memory.

There are several healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to improve eye health; similar to overall health and wellness, nutrition and exercise play a key role.

MyEyeDr. is a network of more than 300 local optometry practices in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia. Each MyEyeDr. office offers comprehensive eye care services, a wide selection of designer and value prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses and standard and specialty prescription contact lenses.

For more information about MyEyeDr., visit www.myeyedr.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

RUSH Construction's breaking news

RUSH Construction’s Al Forbes has been promoted from vice president to executive vice president. This change in Mr. Forbes' title is in recognition of the increasing level of duties that he has recently been undertaking.

In his expanded role, Mr. Forbes will be overseeing estimating, project management, field operations, as well as other overall company responsibilities. He will also maintain his role in business development and marketing efforts for healthcare and commercial related projects with RUSH.

For more information about RUSH Construction, Inc., visit www.rushinc.com or contact William Chivers at (321) 267-8100.

Jason Engle joins Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Dale Sorensen Real Estate has announced that Jason Engle has joined the company’s team of real estate professionals.

As a native Floridian, Mr. Engle has a unique knowledge of the area and its history and has great perspective into the future of real estate trends in Brevard County.

Within his first month, he reached a top-producer status within the company.

Engle’s passions are golfing, fishing, watching football and spending time with his family. When he isn’t showing property, he volunteers to coach the Melbourne Ducks with his youngest son, plays trivia with his wife and enjoys creating culinary cuisine with his oldest son for friends and family. Jason lives with his family, including a hound dog, near the Indian River.

Contact Mr. Engle at jengle@sorensenrealestate.com; at his office, located at 7730 N Wickham Road, Suite 105, Melbourne; or by phone at (321) 473-6001 or (321) 501-1335. Follow Mr. Engle on Facebook.com/CallBrevardHome.

LinktoEXPERT (LtE) congratulates its affiliate partner

LtE and HCC connect executives and entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place to live, work and play. The collaborations create powerful ripple effects in communities throughout North America.

To amplify its connections and collaborations, the HCC became an affiliate with LtE.

The HCC is designed to make it easier for consumers to find holistic and natural health and wellness options. All HCC members are reference-checked for quality and professionalism.

Along with that is a network of live, local chapters providing networking and business-building education to holistically-minded entrepreneurs of all types. HCC has three thriving chapters in Florida – Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, as well as one new chapter in Brandon.

Since 2007, LinktoEXPERT makes it easy to be seen consistently online, on stage, on social media and be heard frequently on radio and podcast interviews, which results in being known as the expert worldwide. Imagine the empowerment you feel when you focus on what you do best and let the LinktoEXPERT community do the rest. You elevate your status by allowing decision makers to regularly assess your talents; review your education, experience and achievements, making it easy to hire you in minutes. Together we save time, money and our reputations.

Eastern Florida State College helps the 50-plus get back to work

Eastern Florida State College, a sub-grantee of the Social Innovation Fund program under a grant provided from the Corporation for National and Community Service to AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP, is partnering once again with CareerSource Brevard, welcoming more participants to trainings for women 50-plus that teach new job skills and can help them find jobs.

The BACK TO WORK 50+ Women’s Economic Stability Initiative will hold a Smart Strategies Workshop on Wednesday, July 12 from 9-11 a.m. on the EFSC Melbourne campus in the Building 4 auditorium. The Melbourne Campus is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road.

Those interested in learning more can register for the upcoming BACK TO WORK 50+ at Eastern Florida State College Information Session by calling (855) 850-2525 or visiting www.aarp.org/backtowork50plus.

For more information, contact Dr. Cathy Cady, Director of Career Planning and Development, at (321) 433-7324 or cadyc@easternflorida.edu.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty news

Traci Reed of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has received her Relocation Certification from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC. Ms. Reed earned the certification by successfully completing two of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ training modules, which focus on Destination Services and Performance Expectations. In addition to Destination Services, certification is also available in Marketing Assistance and Relocation Inventory. With a Relocation Certification, she can now provide the specialized knowledge needed to effectively service relocation transferees and market relocation inventory properties.

Ms. Reed has been in the real estate business for three years and currently holds the position of Sales Professional and REALTOR for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. She joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty in 2017.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, which is independently owned and operated, became a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network in 2013. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s Melbourne Branch was founded in 1982. Since that time it has earned a host of honors, including the Brookfield Sprit of Partnership Award and multiple service awards from AIReS Relocation.

Visit www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com for more information.

More than $30 million settlement reached with Johnson & Johnson

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and 42 other attorneys general have announced a multimillion-dollar settlement with Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. resolving allegations that the company unlawfully promoted over-the-counter drugs.

According to the complaint filed simultaneously with the states’ consent judgment, the defendants misled consumers into believing they were purchasing drugs manufactured in an FDA-compliant facility. As part of the settlement, Florida will receive more than $1.6 million.

The consent judgment requires McNeil-PPC, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., that manufactures and distributes OTC drugs, to ensure that its marketing and promotional practices do not unlawfully promote OTC drug products. According to the multi-state investigation, the defendants acted through McNeil to promote OTC drugs as compliant with federally mandated current Good Manufacturing Practices. The Food and Drug Administration, however, found that, between 2009 and 2011, some McNeil manufacturing facilities did not comply with the mandated practices. McNeil has changed from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson to a division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

As part of the settlement, the defendants are required to conform to the following terms:

- Provide information to participating attorneys general within 60 days of a written request regarding the identity of wholesalers or warehouses where any recalled OTC drugs were distributed in their state;

- Ensure not to represent on its websites that McNeil’s OTC Drug Product facilities meet cGMP as outlined by the FDA if McNeil has had a Class I or Class II Recall of OTC drug products within the prior 12 months; and

- Follow internal standard operating polices regarding whether to open a Corrective Action and Preventive Action plan during the manufacture of an OTC drug.

This settlement is pending judicial approval.

For more information, email kylie.mason@myfloridalegal.com.

Boeing Employees Community Fund presents $5,000 donation

Brevard County Legal Aid recruits, trains and manages more than 150 volunteer attorneys in Brevard County who provide quality legal services to economically disadvantaged residents of Brevard County, including many children in foster care who are part of BCLA’s Children’s Legal Advocacy Project. Through CLAP, BCLA attorneys provide critical legal representation to children as they transition from foster care to independent living.

The free legal assistance that BCLA provides to Brevard County children in foster care is critically important for their chance of success as they age out of the system. BCLA attorneys help them obtain safe and affordable housing, tuition fee waivers, healthcare coverage and treatment, basic financial planning skills and more. Additional efforts assist children with acquiring employment and becoming productive members of the Brevard County community.

The Boeing Employees Community Fund supports Brevard County Legal Aid in its efforts to advocate for children in need through the Children’s Legal Advocacy Project.

To make a donation or for more information about Brevard County Legal Aid, visit www.brevardcountylegalaid.org OR call (321) 631-2500.

RUSH Construction celebrates 33 years in business

In May, employee-owned RUSH Construction, Inc. celebrated 33 years in business. Founder, Eduardo Rabel, has said that one of his greatest strengths has been "hiring good people." The leadership at RUSH acknowledges the material role of its people in the company’s success.

Evidence of RUSH's commitment to its people can be seen through its Employee Ownership Program.

In addition to celebrating RUSH’s 33rd anniversary, three members of RUSH’s Employee Ownership Program are also celebrating milestone anniversaries with the company. RUSH recognizes the following three staff members for their exceptional service, loyalty and dedication: Karen Stevens, Contract Administrator and HR Coordinator (celebrating 20 years); Robert Gandolfi, Lead Field Superintendent (celebrating 15 years); and Shawn Lucas, Director of Safety and Quality (celebrating 10 years).

The team at RUSH Construction, Inc., is incredibly proud of its reputation for "Building with Integrity Since 1984,"and looks forward to many more prosperous years ahead.

For more information about RUSH Construction, Inc., visit www.rushinc.com or contact William Chivers at (321) 267-8100.

Melbourne Regional Chamber announces new director of membership

The Melbourne Regional Chamber has announced Allison Felice as its new director of membership. Ms. Felice will oversee all aspects of membership, including trustee and sponsorship solicitation, as well as supervision of the Chamber’s Membership Services staff.

With more than 15 years of experience in sales and management, she most recently was sales director for software companies Accent Technologies and Claritysoft CRM, managing sales, tech support, staff training and marketing. She has a proven ability to consistently produce top sales and deliver solid retention rates.

Born in Ohio, Ms. Felice graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Franklin University in Columbus and also has an Associate of Applied Arts degree from Columbus State Community College.

The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, recognized in the region as The Business Chamber, is a 5-star accredited Chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber serves the business community of East Central Florida.

For more information, visit www.MelbourneRegionalChamber.com.

Space Coast Association of Realtors visit Washington and Capitol Hill

On behalf of current and future home and property owners throughout the country, more than 9,600 Realtors traveled to Washington, D.C., in late May to advance key real estate issues during the 2017 Realtor Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

Lynn Jones, 2017 president of the Space Coast Association of Realtors, joined fellow realtors from Florida and across the nation to attend meetings and informational sessions, as well as meet with regulatory agency staff and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss and advocate real estate issues affecting their businesses, communities and clients.

While in Washington, Space Coast Association of Realtors members met with U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, (R-Rockledge), on Capitol Hill to discuss and influence public policy decisions that directly affect consumers' ability to own, buy, rent and sell residential and commercial real estate.

In addition to the informational legislative sessions and meetings with legislators, Space Coast representatives had the opportunity to explore the latest industry innovations and receive up-to-date information on the newest products and services from more than 100 industry-leading companies that participated during the trade expo.

For more information, contact Christine Edwards at (321) 242-2211, Ext. 105, or via email at Christine.edwards@space321.com.

Steward Health Care launches 'I Am A Steward' ad campaign

Steward Health Care has launched a radio, print and television advertising campaign in the Spacecoast titled “I Am A Steward,” featuring Dr. Daniel Lai of Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne and and Dr. Drexel Dobson of Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge. The ad campaign will feature steward employees from various aspects of patient care, including a number of doctors in Florida.

Wuesthoff-Melbourne and Wuesthoff-Rockledge were recently acquired by Steward Health Care, as part of the purchase of eight hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, including Sebastian River Medical Center.

The “I Am A Steward” campaign includes a series of radio and television spots and will run in select Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida markets serving the communities of Steward hospitals.

Steward Health Care is a fully-integrated national health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of care in the communities where the patients live. Steward owns and operates 18 community hospitals across four states, serves more than 800 communities and has more than 23,000 employees.

For more information, visit www.steward.org.

Spherion Staffing receives spirit award

The annual Spherion Spirit Award recognizes the franchise owner who maintains a positive and uplifting attitude while reflecting the company’s core values of hard work, community service and innovative leadership. This year, Spherion decided to rename the award in honor of Carol Peters, a multi-location Florida franchise co-owner who died in 2016 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Given annually, the Spherion Spirit Award recognizes the franchise owner who maintains a positive and uplifting attitude while reflecting the company’s core values of hard work, community service and innovative leadership.

This year, the award was given to Spherion Melbourne Franchise Owner Marj Bartok .

To learn more about one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, visit spherion.com/franchise and explore how Spherion is actively expanding into new territories, with more than 75 franchise markets available.

Chamber announces Business of the Month

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced that Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront is its Business of the Month for June.

The Business of the Month Award for June is awarded on behalf of the board of directors to a business that is in good standing with the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.

Council members appointed to serve on Florida League of Cities

The Florida League of Cities has appointed Cocoa District 2 Councilperson Brenda Warner and City Manager John A. Titkanich, Jr., AICP, ICMA-CM, to serve on the 2017-18 Land Use & Economic Development Legislative Policy Committee and District 4 Councilperson Jeri Blanco to serve on the 2017-18 Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Legislative Policy Committee.

Councilperson Warner has been committed to building a solid foundation for Cocoa’s future for almost two decades when she was first elected to the Cocoa City Council in 1999. She has chaired the Titusville Chamber Government Affairs Committee and been a member of the Cocoa Police Advisory Board, Cocoa Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Downtown Redevelopment Agency. She currently serves on the Brevard County Affordable Housing Council, the County Affordable Housing Task Force, the Cocoa U.S. 1 Corridor Redevelopment Agency and the Cocoa Police Athletic League Board of Directors.

Councilperson Blanco was appointed to City Council in 2016. She has served on the U.S. 1 CRA for the city for approximately 10 years, as well as on the Brevard County CDBG Board since 2014. As a local Realtor she has also served on several committees for the Board of Realtors. She currently serves on the MLS Committee, the Brevard Children in Need Committee and the Government Affairs Committee.

City Manager John A. Titkanich, Jr., AICP, ICMA-CM, has been with the city of Cocoa for more than a decade now. Prior to being appointed city manager in February 2013, he served as the city’s Community Development Director for more than eight years. He previously served as a planner in both Land Development and Economic Development for the city of Orlando. He created the Office of Economic Development for the city of Cocoa in 2002 and is a member of the International City/County Management Association where he is recognized as a Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM).

Legislative Policy Committee chairs, vice-chairs and members are appointed annually by the League president. Any city official is eligible to serve on a Policy Committee, and appointments are typically based upon a city official’s support and advocacy of the League’s adopted Legislative Action Agenda, participation at meetings, Legislative Action Day and other legislative-related activities.

For more information about the Florida League of Cities’ Legislative Policy Development Process, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com/advocacy/policy-committees.

Hotel receives Chamber award

The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida recognized Courtyard by Marriott as the better business of the month for June.

Courtyard by Marriott and its staff exemplify all that the Better Business Council represent: quality, truth and professionalism. The hotel chain is a leader in the lodging industry, providing comfortable, clean, stylish accommodations and great service at a fair price.

Located off State Road 192, the Courtyard by Marriott is convenient to area shopping, dining and entertainment. Business travelers and local residents alike can take advantage of meeting space, as well as the hotel’s in-house bistro, featuring breakfast, dinner and dessert selections.

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