May 24, 2013
Trustee Spotlight Archive
Green Advertising, Boca Raton
VidPop Productions, Boca Raton
Stalder/Green in Orlando
The media career of Phyllis Green, Chairman of Green Advertising , spans a long history of radio and network television before she opened Green Advertising in the mid 1980s. With a career start at a local New Jersey radio station, Phyllis found her passion in television, working at NBC-TV and ABC-TV affiliate stations in Miami, FL; Indianapolis, Indiana and Boston, MA. ABC-TV tapped her as WABC-TV’s first retail marketing manager, and she was next promoted to VP, Marketing and Sales Director for the ABC-TV Network. From its inception in 1986, Green quickly became one of South Florida’s fastest growing agencies. In 1999, Green was a prime acquisition for WPP Worldwide Group. Sharing resources with sister agencies JWT, Grey Advertising and Ogilvy & Mather, the Green Division also includes the Orlando agency of Stalder/Green, opened in 1993, and VidPop Productions, a video production and post-production facility, located at Green’s Boca Raton headquarters. VidPop Productions produces TV commercials, corporate videos and web video content for its clients as well as for other area agencies, public relations companies and marketing firms. In 2011, Green is celebrating its 25th year of delivering results to its impressive client roster.
Thomas J. Madden
Founder and Chairman
CAUTION: THE SPIN STARTS HERE WITH TOM MADDEN!
To tell Tom Madden to stop spinning and inventing is like telling the Federal Government to stop spending. He is the quintessential “Spin Man,” the title of his engaging memoir recounting his rise from a harrowing career as a newspaper reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer to the pinnacle of the PR world. One of his latest inventions, The Knife and Forklift™, is making the media rounds and gobbling up air time almost as fast as his drag racer client Alexis Dejoria drives her Alcohol Funny Car.
Kathy Lee Gifford was among the first to try his eating exercise combining dumbbells and utensils on The TODAY Show on NBC, the network where Madden was a programming whiz and VP under then CEO Fred Silverman. More recently, Ellen DeGeneres tried her hand at eating with his weighty invention behind a car steering wheel. “Anything wrong officer?”
To introduce a new anti-cellulite cream from client Rexall Sundown, he once persisted until store clerks at Duane Reade Drugstores in New York wore “Don’t Panic” buttons to assure female customers there would be enough of this fabulous substance to go around. Then a piece he arranged on NBC Dateline ran nearly eight minutes, setting off $50 million in media exposure and a retail stampede resulting in $54 million in sales.
When Rexall Sundown’s founder Carl DeSantis sold the company in 2000 for $1.8 billion he credited Madden’s publicity for much of the company’s successes, including making OsteoBi-Flex the $100 million-a-year arthritis champ.
Madden has reinvented himself several times. Starting as a newspaper reporter, he spun himself up to the top executive ranks in network television. As a reporter he’d do anything to get the story. Once he disguised himself as a waiter so he could interview quarantined passengers of a hijacked airliner. Next he tried his hand at speech writing and corporate titans like the Chairman of Kellogg’s Company sought out his talent as a wordsmith. So impressed to see one of the speeches Madden wrote for him reprinted in The New York Times, he flew in from Battle Creek, MI to treat Madden to a sumptuous breakfast at The Plaza Hotel starting with bowls of Raisin Bran. Nothing short of media meteoric have been Madden’s many reincarnations from reporter, to speech writer, to head of PR at ABC and to the #2-ranked executive at NBC before launching his own firm and writing best sellers like King of the Condo, a satiric novel based on his experiences as president of a Florida condo.
When he launched TransMedia Group in 1981, the boutique firm landed the largest company in America at the time, AT&T, as its first client. Madden helped Ma Bell through its tumultuous divestiture, guiding the then besieged chairman Charley Brown through the media underbrush up to a safe clearing where the company reinvented itself.
The City of New York also was quick to tap Madden’s magic with media and he was assigned to promote fair housing in the city. The brilliant PSA campaign he created earned Madden not only Mayor Koch’s gratitude, but a Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America.
Recently Madden’s illustrious PR firm in one year promoted the calorie-burning soft drink Celsius from a penny stock selling for three cents a share to a NASDAQ-listed company, where its stock soared to over $5 a share after TransMedia booked Celsius spokespersons and weight-loss testimonials on over 100 TV stations nationwide.
The Sena Group
After serving his country in the U.S Navy, John entered the insurance business in 1977 as an agent for Nationwide Insurance in Baltimore, Maryland. Quickly promoted in to management, he rose through the ranks at Nationwide serving in numerous positions until he realized that he truly missed the front line work of an agent and helping people get the best buy possible for their insurance dollar. In 1988 he moved his family from San Antonio, Texas to our slice of paradise we call Boca Raton. Since he didn’t know a soul in this city he decided one of the first things he should do is join the Chamber. By actively participating in the Ambassadors committee and various Chamber events, John was able to make new friends and gain new customers which greatly contributed to the growth of his company to what has now become one of the largest insurance agencies in South Florida. As an independent agent, John, and his team of 35 insurance professionals work on behalf of the customer, first by shopping for the best coverage at the best price from many of the best insurance companies available in South Florida, and then by providing follow up customer service that is second to none.
John and his wife Dolores have been married 32 years; they have two grown children and three beautiful grand children.
President, Everglades University
Kristi Mollis is an accomplished higher education professional that has over 17 years of experience with ACCSC-accredited institutions. Kristi currently serves as the President and CEO of Everglades University in Boca Raton, Florida where she is responsible for all areas of the University’s performance, operations, and compliance initiatives. Under Kristi’s leadership, Everglades University participated in ACCSC’s Master’s Degree Pilot Program which helped the Commission obtain recognition from the United States Department of Education at the graduate degree level. Kristi has served as an ACCSC Team Leader for over 6 years and in 2007 she was named as the ACCSC Team Leader of the Year. Kristi holds an MBA from Nova University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University.
John Radtke, CEO
John Radtke is CEO of Incapital LLC, an investment bank based in Boca Raton, Chicago and London*. Incapital is a leading underwriter and distributor of fixed income securities through a network of broker-dealers, banks, wealth managers and institutions.
John manages Incapital's U.S.-based operations and is also responsible for Incapital Europe's London-based European and Asian operations. He oversees all major divisions within Incapital including trading, sales, investment banking, technology and marketing. Prior to joining Incapital in 2005, John held senior management positions with First Tennessee Securities, Countrywide Securities, Banker's Trust and ABN AMRO/LaSalle National Bank.
Gary serves as Managing Partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC -- the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County – his grandfather founded in 1927 which remains headquartered in West Palm Beach with expansion of offices in Boca Raton and Stuart. Concentrating his practice in general personal injury matters, Gary has handled numerous high profile cases in automobile injury, wrongful/accidental death, premises liability, negligent security, and defective product injury cases. His zeal to balance business success with “give back” and “paying it forward” to the community is his hallmark; exceptional client service and advocacy is his promise.
An “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest level of legal ability and ethics, Gary was recognized this year by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite, he was also inducted into the magazine’s Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame (as one of only 56 Florida attorneys recognized as a Legal Elite for five years), and voted a Super Lawyer in Personal Injury by his peers. Gary served as Chair of The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee and is currently Chair of the Advertising Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Professionalism Committee and Chair of its Medical Legal Committee for many years, is an Eagle Member and Member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Academy of the Florida Justice Association, and served as Vice President for Student Recruitment and Placement and Executive Board Member of University of Miami Law School Alumni Association. Gary chaired the Attorneys Division and Business & Professions Division of the Jewish Federation of the Palm Beaches, and is a Member of the Executive Board, and served as Legal Vice President and Fundraising Vice President of the Meyer Jewish Academy.
Beyond legal circles, Gary has been appointed to the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and is a member of the PBC Business Development Board, and a Trustee of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce. Active with the Palm Beach Medical Society, he has made great strides in opening and enhancing positive and productive interactive dialogue between medical professionals and attorneys to better serve patients/clients. He and his firm support more than 50 vital charitable and business organizations. He is co-chairing the 2010 Lupus Foundation of America Models of Success event following his chairmanship of 2009 Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc. Shining Star Awards, which earned him their “Supporter of the Year” Award this year.
Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Gary earned his J.D. from University of Miami School of Law and B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Jennifer and three daughters Lillian, Josie and Rebecca.
Clinton C. Glass
Mr. Glass is responsible for all business development and commercial building operations across South Florida, including Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Mr. Glass and his team have completed numerous projects for many prestigious Palm Beach County clients such as the Marina Wing expansion at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the redevelopment of Rybovich Marina, a new headquarters for Office Depot and Intech Janus, Mizner Park for Crocker Partners, CityPlace Office Tower for the Related Urban Group, The Scripps Research Institute, Innovation Village Apartments and New Football Stadium for Florida Atlantic University, a Bio Science Center and Education & Training Center for Palm Beach State College, five new schools for the School District of Palm Beach County, a new office building for SFWMD, the expansion of the security checkpoints at Palm Beach International Airport, and the County Jail on Gun Club Road for Palm Beach County. Today, Mr. Glass and his team manage more $10 million of new construction each month across South Florida, the country's fifth largest MSA.
Mr. Glass also participates on the several boards of construction industry and business organizations. In 2008, Mr. Glass served as Chairman of Board of the Chamber of the Palm Beaches. Last year, Mr. Glass chaired a subcommittee created by the Mayor of West Palm Beach to make a recommendations to improve the City's approach to levying plan review and permit fees. Currently, Mr. Glass chairs the Governing Board at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Mr. Glass' educational degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Glass is a native Floridian, is married and has three children. The Glass family has made their home in Wellington, Florida, for the past decade.
For Sheryl Pattek, Vice President of Marketing Services for Océ North America's Production Printing Systems Division, driving marketing results and positioning Océ as an innovator and industry leader in the high-speed production printing market is about achieving the right balance of art and science. Sheryl believes successful marketing addresses the "art" side by fostering focused creativity that drives business results. It addresses the "science" side by setting metrics and benchmarks for measuring performance, putting sound database systems in place and strategically planning, sequencing, and deploying marketing initiatives in a way that delivers the best possible outcome.
Balancing art and science also means identifying and targeting the right mix of prospects and delivering the right mix of messages at the right time. In executing this vision, Sheryl plays an instrumental role in driving sales and marketing efforts for all aspects of the narrow-format digital document markets through integrated marketing, public relations, analyst relations and corporate communications. She is responsible for the executive customer visit program, increasing visibility across traditional and new channels such as email, social media, and the Web and managing the company's customer data infrastructure.
These efforts help create visibility for groundbreaking Océ hardware, software and professional services innovations that help customers in print shops, book manufacturing plants, direct mail facilities, service bureaus, corporate data centers and newspaper publishers produce the documents that keep the wheels of business turning - with higher productivity, lower costs, and a smaller carbon footprint. Sheryl's strategic marketing leadership has helped the Océ Boca Raton division accomplish its business objectives, growing revenues and market share as well as recognition in the local community. Key examples include coordinated demand generation programs, local and global Open House events, supporting field sales coverage and closer to home, the Océ Future Authors Project, a collaborative venture between the public and private sector now entering its fourth year. Emphasizing the rewards of social responsibility, the program has earned tremendously positive press, a plaque from the Palm Beach County School Board and an industry stewardship award.
Alev Ersoy is the managing partner of The Capital Grille in Boca Raton. Ersoy oversees the daily operations of the 250-seat fine-dining restaurant, ensuring that every guest enjoys an exceptional experience.
Ersoy credits his passion for food to his birthplace: Paris. Exposed to the culinary arts at a young age, one of his first jobs was working as a waiter in the then newly-opened EuroDisneyland restaurants, The Steakhouse and L.A. Bar & Grill. Prior to joining The Capital Grille, he served as a general manager of Dick & Harry's, New American Cuisine, in Roswell, GA. Since then, he has spent nearly five years working his way up at The Capital Grille locations in Atlanta and Orlando.
The Capital Grille, nationally known for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef selections and extensive, award-winning wine list, is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, among many others. In addition, The Capital Grille received the American Culinary Federation's "Achievement of Excellence Award." The restaurant prides itself on its professional, attentive service, in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.
Ersoy credits The Capital Grille's appeal to the restaurant's high standards and continuous employee training. He shares his love of wine with the knowledgeable Capital Grille wait staff, who excel at making the restaurant's comprehensive wine list accessible for guests. Ersoy works closely with the restaurant's executive chef to prepare signature wine dinners and obtain rare vintages for members of The Capital Grille's personal Wine Locker program, offered by annual lease.
Ersoy resides in Lake Worth, FL with his wife, Diana, and two sons, Nolan and Aiden. During his free time, he loves to go to the beach and explore national parks with his family. Ersoy also enjoys cooking at home with Diana, playing soccer with the kids, and is an avid wine collector.
Geraldine relocated to the United States from her native Ireland in 1993, where she worked for the Bank of Ireland for fourteen years. Geraldine, her husband of twenty years, Vince, and their daughter Rhea, a student at Pine Crest School, have called Boca home since 1999. Geraldine serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber.
Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to more than 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. For more information, please visit www.bankofamerica.com.
Since 1857, Northwestern Mutual has been helping people and business' protect against financial risk and helping them achieve their financial goals. The Ruhl Financial Group, located in Boca Raton, FL, is a District Network Office of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and is headed by John Ruhl. John has been a resident of South Florida since 1989 and has been a financial representative of Northwestern Mutual since 2000.
John and his team help clients become better educated, organized, and prepared for the inevitable financial decisions they are faced with. By listing your goals and objectives, identifying your assets and liabilities, and comparing what you have to what you want, we can provide you with the risk protection and wealth accumulation strategies that can help make your goals become a reality. We understand that financial security can mean different things to different people, so we customize our recommendations whether clients seek permanent or term life insurance, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, employee/ executive benefits, annuities, trust services, or mutual funds. Our team can provide the guidance that you can rely on when making the most important financial decisions of your life, especially is these complex and uncertain times. What this means to the people I work with is that it allows them to feel confident and secure with ongoing solutions pertaining specifically to their goals.
1 A.M Best Company, 2008, an insurance information source.
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Steve, a Certified Financial Planner™, has been serving clients in an investment advisory capacity since 1981. Steve worked for large Wall Street firms Morgan Stanley, Chase Manhattan and Merrill Lynch. In 1996, Steve decided to bring his own brand of Personal Wealth Management directly to clients by opening Pomeranz Financial Management Inc. as a way to bring more long-lasting value added to clients and the community.
Steve firmly believes that our service is built on three pillars: Competence, Caring and Conservatism. The element of Competence is crucial because, at a minimum, an advisor should know his business very well and be able to direct clients correctly. The element of Caring is crucial, because clients’ interests always come first for Steve and the element of Conservatism, because he understands that “slow and steady wins the race”. Steve’s commitment to help investors make the right decisions goes beyond only helping clients.
He educates the public through his weekly radio show “On The Money!” which airs from the studios of WXEL, 90.7 FM; the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate for South Florida. His show has aired since 2001 and features market commentaries and insights as well as interviews with many experienced and well known guests from all corners of the Investment world. Worth Magazine in 2007 selected Pomeranz Financial Management as a “Top 100 Wealth Advisor*” in America and Reuters also featured his firm as “Top Advisor*” in 2008. Steve frequently appears as an expert guest on CNBC’s financial TV shows.
Steve’s passion to help goes beyond assisting clients. He is active in the local community as well. He is Chairman Emeritus of Broward’s Financial Planning Association, an officer and former Board President of the Habilitation Center for Boca Raton and currently serves as a Trustee of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
*Third-party rankings or recognition by rating services or publications is no guarantee of future investment success. Working with a highly-ranked adviser does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a certain level of performance or result. Generally, rankings and recognition are based on information prepared and submitted by the adviser. A full discussion of the criteria used in making these rankings is available upon request or by visiting the ranking organization or publication’s website.
Whitehall Boca is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that offers both short-term and long-term care. Established in 1982, the facility was launched with a goal of consistently providing the highest level of care possible with a specially trained healthcare staff dedicated to exceptional care. Today, it is also widely regarded as one of the most advanced and community-oriented facilities of its kind in South Florida. Gilda Osborn, administrator of the 82,000-square-foot facility since 2008, brings to her role as primary leader of day-to-day operations more than 30 years of experience and a passion rooted in nursing care.
Gilda's administrative expertise and her previous 20-year position as Whitehall's director of nursing provides the facility a distinct advantage in staying focused on its core principle - providing the most progressive and compassionate recovery practices for the residents who fill Whitehall's 154 beds. She oversees staff fulfillment to make certain its nursing staff ratio surpasses Medicare requirements. As administrator, she likewise insists that therapists and other medical professionals are appropriately certified and trained to conduct patient interaction with thorough, thoughtful care consistent with Whitehall's motto, "There really is a difference."
However, Gilda also plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Whitehall's reputation as an innovator and active community partner goes beyond rhetoric. This year alone Whitehall became an active participant in two significant research projects in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University, and a sponsor of the George Snow Scholarship Fund. The facility additionally hosts weekly community support groups for the public and regular health fairs with free medical screenings.
Gilda received her nursing education in Massachusetts and subsequently a degree in Health Care Administration at Lynn University in Boca Raton. She also holds a Specialist in Aging Certificate from the College of Arts and Sciences at Lynn University.
Gilda has served on numerous professional boards and was a founding member of the National, Florida and Palm Beach County Directors of Nursing Associations, where she was recently recognized for excellence in leadership. She currently serves as the Florida Health Care Association District VII Vice President.
Richman AdvisorTM is an Independent Registered Investment Advisory firm in Boca Raton, dedicated to assisting our clients make the best decisions about their capital since 1982.
Craig's diverse clients include CEOs, senior executives and professionals in South Florida.
Encompassing a passion for excellence, we take a comprehensive approach to meeting client needs by using a highly consultative approach to construct integrated, personalized investment strategies utilizing core exchange traded funds (ETF) and alternative investments.
Craig is affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network, an independent broker dealer. We are now celebrating our eleventh year of working with Commonwealth Financial Network who has received nine broker-dealer of the year awards from Investment Advisor magazine.
From Connecticut originally, Craig graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BBA in Management. Craig received the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) certifications from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Craig received the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY (AIF®) certification from the Center of Fiduciary Studies and the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Craig is the only designee in Boca Raton as of January 2009.
Craig served as President of the Palm Beach Association of Life Underwriters and the Broward Chapter of the American Society of CLU & ChFC.
Craig proudly just completed his tenure as President of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. The club's primary focus is to award scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled at high school in the midst of economic challenges to pursue their dream of higher education.
Craig will serve as the President of the Boca Raton Fund, the club's foundation and has been appointed to serve on the board of the FAU Alumni Association.
Craig lives in Parkland, FL with his wife, Janice and son, Race. Race is a sophomore at North Broward Preparatory School. Their daughter, Jessica recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors and is pursuing medical school.
Craig enjoys golf and swimming. He also is a connoisseur of fine scotch and cigars.
Richard A. Murdoch
Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLP.
Richard A. Murdoch is a Partner at Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLP in the Boca Raton office, and focuses his practice in Real Estate and Business Transactions. As a member of the Florida Bar and practicing attorney in Boca Raton for more than 30 years, Rick has a multi-faceted transactional practice, with extensive experience in real estate and business law, institutional lending and financing. He has also represented numerous financial institutions and lenders in making Florida loans secured by real estate and other assets. Rick has a large commercial real estate practice, having represented numerous companies and governmental agencies in connection with the purchase, sale, and leasing of their properties. In addition, he has an extensive residential real estate practice specializing in the acquisition, sale and construction of high end luxury homes.
Rick and his wife, Kathy, have resided in Boca Raton s for more than 30 years and are the proud parents of four children. Rick earned his Bachelors of Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1969 and in 1974, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida School of Law.
Rick has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the George Snow Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation, and Vice Chairman of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Rick was named to Florida Trend's 2008 Legal Elite and was most recently featured and quoted in the Daily Business Review article, "Dealmakers: Attorney arranges $9 million sale of office building in Boca Raton" (January 28, 2009).
Marcos Lopez-Miro clients range from senior executives at organizations to medium size business owners that want to increase theirs and their team's performance and achieve specific business results.
For more information please visit www.humdev.net or call (561) 716-8952
Mitchell C. Fogel, Esq.
Fogel Law Group
Mitchell, with Fogel Law Group, in Boca Raton, has been a licensed attorney in Florida since 1987. Because of his extensive and varied experience, Mr. Fogel’s clients seek and rely on his legal counsel regarding their commercial and residential real estate matters, lending and banking transactions, and business and corporate opportunities and affairs. He is a Designated and Certified SBA 504 Loan Closing Counsel and has earned an excellent reputation nationwide for his expertise in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loan transactions. As a small business attorney, and a small business owner, Mitchell is very committed to the ideas and principles behind the SBA and its programs and is an active member of The National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) and The National Association of Development Companies (NADCO). Mr. Fogel is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S.B.A. in Finance, 1983, Highest Honors; Gold Key and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies) and George Washington University, National Law Center (J.D., 1987; Phi Alpha Delta). Mr. Fogel is also an instructor with various colleges and organization and teaches courses in Real Estate Closings, Mortgage and Finance Law, and The Law of Business Organizations. Raised in Miami and dedicated to improving his community, he is and has been active with many local and national governmental and charitable organizations and business associations, and is currently a candidate for the Boca Raton City Council. A longtime player and huge fan of soccer, he has been a Coach and Division Representative in the Soccer Association of Boca Raton (SABR) and has coached in Boca Hoops for many years as well as other local youth sports programs. Mitchell is a longstanding member and supporter of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, graduating of the Chamber’s Leadership Class of 1995, and joining the Trustee Program during its inaugural year. Mitchell resides in Boca Raton with his wife Debi and their daughters, Nicole and Carli.
Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A.
Marius J. "Marty" Ged is not the kind of a guy you are likely to find sitting on the sidelines. From the time he took to the field as a varsity football player at Muhlenberg College to the day he rolled up his sleeves and volunteered for the American Red Cross in New York in the wake of Sept. 11, Mr. Ged has generally been found somewhere near the heart of the action. "Life," he says, "is not a spectator sport."
Mr. Ged's philosophy of active involvement carries directly through to his professional life. As an attorney with Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A., he has used a hands-on approach to effectively build and expand the firm's corporate division. His practice focuses on entrepreneurs as well as small to middle-market public companies and Fortune 500 firms located throughout the United States and beyond. A can-do attitude and deeply ingrained sense of responsibility have earned him clients in a wide variety of industries, ranging from the life sciences, bio tech, banking, technology and manufacturing to restaurants, health care, pharmaceuticals, mortgage, real estate, construction and entertainment.
"If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to go the extra mile," Mr. Ged says in a lull between meetings. "I think it's important to look for opportunities to make a difference - in the lives of your clients and your community."
In addition to representing a broad spectrum of private and public companies, private equity funds, banks and investment banks, Mr. Ged leads his firm's Real Estate, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Corporate Business Transactional Department. He frequently provides complimentary estate planning seminars to community organizations and counsels groups on the importance of living wills, which he provides at no cost.
For more information, visit www.ellisandged.com or call (561) 995-1966.
Beginning in the Florida Keys over three decades ago, Orion Bank is now one of the largest privately held banks in the nation. Excellence is not just an ideal at Orion, its part of our corporate DNA. It's a family trait that has appeared consistently throughout our 30-year heritage, and is still a defining characteristic you'll see at any one of our multiple locations. Our success is a result of the continued loyalty of our customers and employees. Why do customers prefer Orion? The answers have a common thread, which is the refreshing nature of how Orion approaches banking - different than the rest. While other banks offer banking, Orion offers a banking relationship. It's our commitment to form long-term committed relationships with our clients, where we demonstrate our willingness and ability to go above and beyond for them in everything we do. Embodying the same core ideals and possessing the knowledge of Florida's east coast market, Lori Dean was a natural fit as Orion Bank's Regional Sales Leader. She oversees relationship management for our east coast branches, while forging new partnerships through her involvement within the community. As a member of the Boca Raton Junior League, Lori Dean works closely with the local NFP's in the community. She is a 2006 Boca Raton leadership alumni and is active with March of Dimes and the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Jon Kaye and Bonnie Kaye
Kaye Communications, Inc.
What is considered traditional communications today, may no longer be traditional within even a matter of weeks. It is in looking ahead-not just at today's agenda-that Trustees Bonnie and Jon Kaye effectively prepare their clients for tomorrow, and tomorrow's tomorrow.
Bonnie Kaye founded Kaye Communications, Inc., (KCOM) in 1996 to fill a void in the marketplace for an integrated marketing public relations and marketing services to support, develop and implement local, regional and national broad-based communications programs for corporations, healthcare providers, financial services firms, commercial and residential real estate development firms, hotels/resorts/private clubs and restaurants, purveyors and retailers of consumer products and services, professional service firms, entertainment companies, and cultural arts venues.
The firm specializes in business re-visioning and related strategic planning, consumer and business-to-business marketing, brand development and management, public relations, media relations, strategic alliance building, community relations, and full-service graphic design. Seasoned management and creative teams reflect a broad professional history demonstrating first-hand understanding of both in-house corporate communications and public relations/marketing agency counsel.
Bonnie - recently appointed to the Chamber Board - draws on her 28-year career in public relations and marketing communications, that has included a five-year tenure in the corporate communications for Home Box Office (HBO) in New York City, and a decade of PR agency experience that included serving as vice president of the largest independent PR firm in the state of Florida. A Miami native, she holds a BS degree in Journalism (major in Public Relations) from the University of Florida.
Jon - a native New Yorker and graduate of Northwood University in Michigan (Bachelor of Business Administration with major in marketing) - draws on his 20-year track record in operations, sales, marketing, and public relations for the hotel, resort, and private club industry, in addition to 12 years serving KCOM clients in a myriad of industries.
Experts in initiating public-private partnerships, the Kayes have made successful matches and developed programs for a variety of local and national companies and area nonprofits. Recently serving as Co-chairs of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event and Boys Scouts Distinguished Citizen Luncheon, they have served on various nonprofit boards, were recognized as Pillars of the Community by LEAH, and individually have been nominated for various awards for their on-going commitment to community.
Partners in work, life, and family, Bonnie and Jon have been married for 22 years and are proud parents of two sons, Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16.
Baseline Engineering and Land Surveying, Inc. was founded in March of 1993, by Roxanna Trinka, President/CEO. Baseline's staff of Professional Land Surveyors & Civil Engineers have over 40 years experience in the industry in South Florida area.
As a broad overview, the experience of the Professionals of this firm encompasses construction layout, highway layout for the Florida Department of Transportation, airport runway design for several airports in South Florida, boundary surveys for the Federal Government in the Florida Keys, subdivision construction layout for builder-developers, boundary, ALTA, cross section and topographic surveys, canal convergence projects for South Florida Water Management, Platting, Zoning Consulting, Civil Engineering including paving, drainage and water distribution plans, layout of utilities, parking lots and roads for commercial construction, and writing of legal descriptions.
Baseline Engineering and Land Surveying, Inc. is actively involved on community boards and in local charities such as Children's Place at Home Safe, PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership), The Haven, March of Dimes, George Snow Scholarship Fund and Boys and Girls Club.
Roxanna Trinka, President/CEO was named 2007 Ultimate CEO of the Year for Palm Beach County and 2005 Small Business Leader of the Year, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Palm Beach County Chair of Floridians for Smarter Growth to defeat the Hometown Democracy bill from getting on the ballot.
Al was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Florida in 1981 and joined Centex (now Balfour Beatty Construction) in 1983. A resident of Central Florida from 1986 until 2000, he then moved to South Florida to serve as President of the Florida Division. He is currently transitioning to the CEO position for the Southeast Region of the US for Balfour Beatty. In this position he will be CEO over the Florida and Southeast Divisions of the Company which consist of Florida, the Carolinas, Georgia and Military Housing sectors of the company. 2009 and the beginning of 2010 will be a transition period for Al as he relocates to Atlanta. In addition to his role as he served at the division level, he has been and will continue to be a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team, serving to guide and direct the strategies, future growth, and direction of the entire company.
Al and his family worship at Church by the Glades and he is actively involved in the community. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida; the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board of Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board of 4 Kids of South Florida and the George Snow Scholarship Fund; the Board of Trustees of Give Kids the World; . . . . and he is an avid sportsman – hunting, fishing and airboating!
He and his wife Toni currently live in Parkland, Florida, with their children Danielle, Derek, AJ and Rylie.