Business News - Suntree, Viera, Rockledge
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.
Cocoa Beach Main Street tracks multi-million dollar investments
Cocoa Beach Main Street, now in its third year, has been recognized as a “2017 Accredited Main Street America Program." Tracking the return on investment in the downtown area of the city of Cocoa Beach has been one of the primary measures of the Cocoa Beach Main Street program’s success and a requirement for accreditation.
Statistics are provided to the state of Florida on a quarterly basis. The return on investing in a Main Street community, according to the National Main Street Center, for every dollar invested in a Main Street community, nearly $40 is returned to the community.
Cocoa Beach Main Street is a 510 C-3 not-for-profit organization promoting and retaining economic vitality and while preserving the historic and cultural identity in downtown Cocoa Beach.
Black Hole Makers earns Angie’s List Super Service Award
Black Hole Makers, a computer repair and IT services business in Melbourne, has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Black Hole Makers is at 2752 Aurora Road. For more information, call (844) 432-7972.
Five-Star rating for Courtenay Springs
Courtenay Springs Village of Merritt Island has been awarded the Five-Star Rating on the Nursing Home Compare website. The five-star rating measures the Overall Quality, Health Inspection, Quality Measures, Staffing and RN Staffing, using data submitted through June 2017.
Courtenay Springs Village provides Skilled Nursing Care, Rehabilitation, Assisted Living and Residential Independent Living with amenities.
Courtenay Springs Village is at 1100 S. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
For more information, call (321) 452-1233.
Embraer flies first Legacy 500 assembled in Melbourne
Embraer has announced the maiden flight of its first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its industrial facilities in Melbourne, just eight months after the first Legacy 450 mid-light jet assembled in Melbourne took flight. The aircraft performed as expected, and all flight test procedures were successfully completed.
“We are very pleased with yet another milestone for the Legacy 500 and we look forward to delivering the aircraft in the third quarter,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “This flight also marks a key milestone for our Melbourne operations, where we expanded our production facility and doubled our footprint.”
The Legacy 500 is the fourth business jet model to be assembled at the Company’s Melbourne facility, where the Legacy 450 is also produced, alongside the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300. The Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are also manufactured at Embraer’s production facilities in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Brevard County's only sanctuary for domestic animals
Katherine Johnson has announced that Jacque Rivas and her associates at Doggy D'Tails in Melbourne raised $1,021 at a fundraiser and presented the check to Ms. Johnson to be used toward the construction of The Animal Sanctuary in Cocoa.
This, and all proceeds raised at events will go toward the purchase of 4,500 truckloads of fill dirt necessary to bring the property in rural Cocoa up to code, prior to construction of the 11 buildings that will be placed on the Judith & Don Moliter Sanctuary Campus.
The campus is situated on 17.6 acres of land and will have no-cage homes for small animals like rabbits and ferrets, as well as cats, dogs and farm animals. Part of the business plan includes not only an educational aspect, but the opportunity for Scouts to earn badges by working with the animals.
Volunteers currently work at the Thrift Shoppe, which generates funds for The Animal Sanctuary, and others work behind the scenes creating events.
For more information about The Animal Sanctuary, call (321) 417-4309. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to FFAS, 5000 N. Wickham Road, Suite 110, Melbourne, FL 32940.
Parrish Medical Group welcomes occupational medicine physician
Parrish Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group with offices in Titusville, Port St. John, Melbourne and now Port Canaveral, welcomes Nitin Haté, MD, DIM, a board-certified Occupational Medicine physician.
Dr. Haté serves as the medical director of the newest Parrish Healthcare Center at 390 Challenger Road in Port Canaveral.
Dr. Haté is board certified in both Occupational and Environmental Medicine and has more than 40 years’ experience in the field.
Dr. Haté received his medical degree from Grant Medical College at the University of Bombay, India. He earned a post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bombay, India, while serving as the medical director of the largest Indian shipping company. He is proficient in OSHA regulations and has helped businesses comply with their requirements, mandatory training and periodic medical surveillance.
The Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral offers a full-service occupational health program, including workers compensation care. The center also offers primary and walk-in medical care, diagnostic services and physical therapy. The center is accepting new patients and accepts most insurance.
Call (321) 633-8640 for more information.
Ada Reneau joins Fidelity Bank of Florida
Ada Reneau has joined Fidelity Bank of Florida, N.A., as a 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 both national and small community banks in the Central Florida area. She earned a bachelor's degree from City University of New York.
For more information, contact Ada Reneau at (407) 588-3205.
Fidelity Bank of Florida names Thomas P. Flavin to Board of Directors
Thomas P. Flavin CPA/PFS, CVA, was elected to the Fidelity Bank of Florida Board of Directors, Chairman Janson Davis said.
With more than 36 years of experience as a certified public accountant and financial adviser, Mr. Flavin provides a broad range of services to businesses, nonprofits, professionals and individuals.
He began his career with a national accounting firm in 1981 and moved to Brevard County in 1987.
He has extensive experience in auditing, accounting and financial reporting; developing financial projections, forecasts and budgets, business valuations and forensic auditing.
Fidelity Bank of Florida is a full-service, community bank that has served Brevard County and Central Florida since 1990.
Prestigious state transportation award, project of the year
Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) officials received two of the Florida Department of Transportation’s top awards in aviation.
William C. Potter’s 40-plus year career representing MLB as board chairman and airport attorney was honored with this year’s Distinguished Aviation Service Award.
MLB also won the state’s award for Airport Project of the Year for the Embraer Legacy expansion, sharing the accolade with project contractor The Austin Company and project architect BRPH.
Potter, a decorated retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has had a significant impact on the aviation industry. Throughout his career, he was an active member of Airports Council International’s Legal Committee, a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for Florida’s airports and economic development and led a group of international advisers and worked with organizations like International Civil Aviation Organization and North Atlantic Treaty Organization to reconstruct the civil aviation system in Bosnia and Herzegovina after years of war.
MLB’s Embraer Legacy Expansion Project was selected as Airport Project of the Year based on several factors, including its contribution to bringing jobs to the community, overcoming challenges from Hurricane Matthew, construction planning that allowed continued Phenom jet production to be uninterrupted, and its cost-effectiveness.
VNA Space Coast receives back-to-back 5-star rating in patient satisfaction
VNA Space Coast Home Health recently received its second 5-star rating this year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s ‘Home Health Compare’ in patient satisfaction.
Home Health Compare provides the public information about the quality of care and patient satisfaction provided by “Medicare-certified” home health agencies throughout the nation.
VNA also received a 4.5-star rating for quality of patient care, a category measured by nine criteria ranging from timely initiation of care to improvement of pain interfering with activity. The star-ratings were designed by CMS to empower patients to make educated and informed decisions when it comes to choosing a home health care provider.
VNA’s patient satisfaction survey results revealed the agency is rated above state and national averages for providing care in a professional way, communicating with patients; discussing medications, pain and home safety with patients, overall agency care, and how likely patients are to recommend the agency to friends and family.
VNA Space Coast has been providing nonprofit home healthcare in Brevard County since 2000.
To learn more, visit www.vnatc.com or call (321) 752-7550.
June Top Producers
The Melbourne Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty named the office’s “Good to Know” Excellence Award Winners for June 2017:
Top Sales Associate by Dollar Volume, Lynn Steffen; Top Sales Associate by Number Volume & Top Listing Associate by Dollar and Number Volume, Jeff Chancey.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 19 counties throughout Florida with more than 40 locations and about 1,800 sales professionals.
Visit www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com for more information.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is at 2000 State Road A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
Call (321) 308-0385 for more information.
Palm Bay welcomes new director of growth management
The city of Palm Bay has announced that city leadership has selected Ms. Derek C. S. Burr as the new director of growth management. The announcement comes after a two-month search, following the resignation of the previous director.
Ms. Burr has previously served as planning manager for the city of Cape Coral and as geographic information systems coordinator and senior planner for the city of Fort Myers. She also has considerable experience working with engineering firms in the roles of principal planner and environmental scientist. Most recently, Ms. Burr has also obtained her real estate license.
Ms. Burr began her new role with Palm Bay on July 24, with an informal meet-and-greet hosted by the City Manager's Office on July 31.
Gourmet restaurant sold
A local gourmet restaurant called Trend Kitchen was recently sold to French E2 Visa buyers Yvan and Isabelle Heraud of Saint Topez, France.
The husband and wife team previously owned a prestigious restaurant called Chez Madeleine, located on the French Riviera in St. Topez, France.
Their second restaurant, Pier 31, was an American bar restaurant with a European touch. They were also owners of a small hotel and brasserie restaurant in the French Alps mountains during ski season.
The restaurant will be at 1924 State Road A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, visit www.trendkitchena1a.com.
MC Assembly partners with KT Technical Sales
MC Assembly, a leading electronic manufacturing service provider, has partnered with KT Technical Sales, Inc., a vertical market representative, to expand the company’s sales presence in the Southwest region of the United States.
Under a recently finalized contract, KT Technical Sales will now offer MC Assembly services to Original Equipment Manufacturing customers. This will in effect open the door as in introduction to MC Assembly capabilities, which can support high-volume electronic manufacturing service operations.
MC Assembly (www.mcati.com) is based in Melbourne, with additional operations in Billerica, Massachusetts, and Zacatecas, Mexico.
For more information, contact Al Stevens at (480) 648-1770 or email@example.com.