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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Relocation certifications earned
Randy Neuman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has received his Relocation Certification from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC.
Mr. Neuman earned the certification by successfully completing two of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' training modules, which focuses 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, Randy can now provide the specialized knowledge needed to effectively service relocation transferees and market relocation inventory properties.
He has been in the real estate business for five years and currently holds the position of Sales Professional and REALTOR for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.
For more information, call (321) 308-0385.
Product featured on concept vehicle
Always exploring new applications for its innovative EVA non-skid products, SeaDek is going to be a supplier for NASA's recently unveiled Mars Rover concept vehicle.
Designed and built by Parker Brothers Concepts - best known for its futuristic concept vehicles, such as the Tron Bike from "Tron: Legacy" and the Batmobile from "The Dark Knight," the rover is sleek and rugged, designed to tackle the harsh terrain of the martian environment.
At 28 feet long, 14 feet wide, and 11 feet tall, the Mars Rover features six off road air-less wheels with SeaDek nonskid on the spokes, as well as a laboratory in the rear of the vehicle to conduct research and experiments. SeaDek was utilized throughout the interior of the rover, providing traction in what would likely be hazardous conditions, as well as padding to protect astronauts inside the vehicle during turbulent passages.
While the concept vehicle won't be making a trip to the red planet, it will be touring the East Coast as part of NASA's "Summer of Mars" campaign. After its recent unveiling at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex, the rover currently resides on display before the tour.
Visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com to learn more about the exhibit.
SeaDek Marine Products is at 5440 Schenck Ave., Rockledge.
For more information, call (321) 632-4466.
Medical center named business of quarter
The Business Development Committee for the city of Rockledge has named Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge its Business of the Quarter.
Rockledge Mayor Tom Price presented the second-quarter award to Andy Romine, president of Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, during a recent meeting of the City Council.
The Business Development Committee presents the award each quarter to a Rockledge business that has demonstrated exceptional support for the city. Past recipients of the award include Delta Group Electronics, W & J Construction, Rockledge Country Club and Lowes Home Centers.
For more information about Wuesthoff Health System, visit www.wuesthoffrockledge.org.
New boutique opens
The Avenue Viera has announced the opening of Her Style His Way, the newest women’s boutique.
Her Style His Way is a local, women’s clothing store that started as an online business in August 2016.
The inspiration came from Feleisha Pollard’s significant other, who suggested that she open up an online business that sells classy, fashionable clothing on demand. This unique shop quickly grew which led to owner, Feleisha Pollard, opening up her first location at The Avenue Viera.
The Avenue Viera is located in Central Viera and offers 80 plus venues that provide a mix of dining, shopping and entertainment.
New loan officer at Fidelity Bank of Florida
Ada Reneau has joined Fidelity Bank of Florida, N.A. as Commercial Loan Officer. Ms. Reneau will be responsible for soliciting and servicing prospective business customers, providing a variety of commercial and real estate loans.
Ms. Reneau has more than 20 years banking and lending experience working with national and small community banks in Central Florida. She earned her bachelor's of degree from City University of New York.
Open since 1990, Fidelity Bank of Florida specializes in being “large enough to serve you and small enough to know you.” It serves Central Florida from locations in Brevard and Seminole counties.
For more information, contact Ada Reneau at (407) 588-3205.
Sorensen Moving and Storage named company named 'companies to watch' finalist
Sorensen Moving and Storage has been selected as a finalist for GrowFL’s 2017 Florida Companies to Watch. After two rounds of applications, a panel of judges selected 50 finalists, nine of which are from the Space Coast.
To be considered as a finalist for the annual award ceremony, the companies must produce an innovative product or service, be responsive to adversity, contribute to community projects, be current in financial reports, have an increase in sales generated, have a growth in number of employees and make an impact in the job market. Combined the finalists have generated more than $500 million in annual revenue and have employed more than 3,000 full-time employees.
For more information, visit www.sorensenmovingandstorage.com.
Florida Community Bank names new branch manager
Florida Community Bank has announced the appointment of Thomas Stampley as Branch Manager of the Merritt Island banking center.
In this role, Mr. Stampley will be responsible for leading daily operations of the banking center and expanding FCB’s market share in Merritt Island, by establishing and maintaining relationships with customers, business partners and members of the community.
He is a seasoned professional with 10 years of banking industry experience with a history of excellent customer service and exceeding quarterly sales goals.
Prior to joining FCB, he served as Assistant Branch Manager of Regions Bank, where he assisted the branch manager by ensuring all banking guidelines and regulations were followed and maintained providing high-quality service to potential and existing bank customers.
Mr. Stampley received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach.
FCB’s Merritt Island banking center is at 2105 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island. Stampley can be reached at (321) 266-1922.
For more information about FCB, visit FloridaCommunityBank.com.
Local dentist recognized
The Florida Dental Association has announced that Ms. Diana (Chris) Philips of Brevard County, was honored with the Public Service Award at the 2017 Florida Dental Convention in Orlando.
In 2005, Ms. Philips took over as the adult volunteer clinic director at the Brevard County Health Department, which has three different facilities in Titusville, Viera and Melbourne. In 11 years, she has visited nearly every office in the county, volunteered in numerous capacities and recruited volunteers to treat patients in the volunteer clinic.
In her role representing the BCHD and the volunteer clinic, Ms. Philips has established emergency department referral programs with two of the area’s largest hospitals. These programs have shown a significant reduction in dental emergency department visits, serving as a model for other counties and garnering recognition by the state and the governor.
Ms. Philips also volunteers extensively in the community. Her efforts include helping transport homebound patients to the volunteer clinic; attending volunteer dental events at the community college; helping the Brevard County Dental Society raise money for Give Kids A Smile events; and finding care in the dental community for patients who might not qualify for the clinic or Medicaid, or who might need services not available in those programs.
She also works with the National Veterans Homeless Support, which provides dental screenings and supplies to homeless veterans in Brevard County; and volunteers at the annual BCDS “Tooth Trot,” where she dresses as the Tooth Fairy and hands out gifts for children.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty news
Carolyn Canarelli of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has received her Relocation Certification from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC.
She earned the certification by successfully completing two of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ training modules, which focuses 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, Carolyn can now provide the specialized knowledge needed to effectively service relocation transferees and market relocation inventory properties.
Ms. Canarelli has been in the real estate business for 14 years, and currently holds the position of Sales Professional and Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.
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.
RUAG Space USA celebrates official opening of Titusville manufacturing site
As part of RUAG’s continued expansion into the United States, Europe’s leading supplier for satellites and launchers opens doors to the new 23,800-square-foot facility in Titusville. As an initial mandate, this factory will produce the composite structures for 900 OneWeb satellites.
RUAG Space CEO Peter Guggenbach, and OneWeb Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Wyler, along with other VIP industry guests and dignitaries, hosted a ceremonial event, marking the inauguration of production with the new, innovative manufacturing process for satellite panels and outlined the significance of automation for the space industry.
RUAG Space USA Port Canaveral Logistic Center is at 7700 U.S. 1, Titusville.
For more information, contact Chrystal Morgan at (256) 683-8100 or email RSVP.US.Space@RUAG.com.
Laural Brown celebrates 30 years with Whittaker Cooper
Operations Specialist Laural A. Brown recently celebrated 30 years of employment with Whittaker Cooper Financial Group. The Melbourne resident oversees customer accounts and daily in-house operations for Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, working closely with financial advisers to assist in planning, account services and proposal development.
Ms. Brown has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Central Florida, and is expected to complete her MBA studies at Liberty University in spring.
She is a 2016 graduate of the Space Coast leadership program, LEAD Brevard.
For more information about Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, call (321) 723-3352 or visit http://raymondjames.com/whittakercooper/.
Brevard Cooling and Heating receives Better Business of the Month award
Brevard Cooling and Heating, Inc., receives Better Business of the Month award for July from the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce of East Florida.
Family owned and operated, Brevard Cooling and Heating, Inc., has been serving Brevard since 2011.
The Chamber’s Better Business Council encourages high ethical business standards, informs and protects local consumers, assists businesses that adhere to the sound and fair business principals. BBC members receive priority referrals, are able to market themselves as BBC members, are offered free mediation services and are listed in the council’s annual consumer guide.
The Chamber, a five-star accredited chamber, serves the business communities of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Palm Shores, Patrick Air Force Base, Satellite Beach, Suntree, Viera, West Melbourne, Harmony and the unincorporated areas of south Brevard county.
'Homegrown Health & Wellness, Healthy Women, Healthy Community'
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and its partner Clevens Face & Body Specialists, will present "Homegrown Health & Wellness, Healthy Women, Healthy Community" expo on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Avenue Viera.
The Chamber is seeking health and wellness partners who want to reach nearly 2,000 residents, targeting women in particular.
The expo will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a "home base" and keynote speakers residing in the Chamber office in the Avenue Viera.
Courtyard activities will include giveaways, table tops, demonstrations and more. Chamber partners, especially those focuses on health and wellness, can secure a table for the event.
Companies interested in participating can call the Chamber at (321) 459-2200.