Contents – April 2015
To read the full digital edition of the April issue of SpaceCoast Business magazine, click here. FEATURES W&J Construction Celebrates 50 years Noble Structural Group Continues Expanding Mears Transportation: Past, Present & Future SPECIAL SECTION FL TREP LEGACY & EXECUTIVE PROFILES Cocoa Hyundai House of Lights Kyle Smith BEST PRACTICES Work-Life Balance Passing on a Legacy | Pat Williams Legal Protecting Your Intellectual Assets | Bill Harding Personal Development Where Does the Time Go? | Ann Brady Economic Development EDC’s Partnership with NASA | Lynda Weatherman Business Development On-the-Job Training | Lisa Rice DEPARTMENTS What’s GOIN’ On Publisher’s Note Plugged In Business Briefs People In the News WEB EXCLUSIVE: Up Close with Joseph Duda Q&A with Rhett Fischer Business Seen Giving Back Editor’s Note On the cover: Nick Witek, president of W&J Construction Photography by Jason Hook, Design by Marlene Viola
Noble Structural Group Continues Expanding
A Reputation of Success It may be a small firm, but Noble Structural Group (NSG) has built quite a big reputation over the years. Whether the firm is working in the municipal/institutional, commercial, military/aerospace or water treatment/infrastructure markets, or utilizing its vast experience to provide specialized engineering on a project, NSG can do everything the big boys can do, and typically at a lower cost to the client. On top of that, when you deal with NSG, you don’t have to worry about inexperience. NSG consists of two professional engineers and a structural designer with plenty of hands-on experience and a dedication to ...
W&J Construction Celebrates 50 Years
Building What Makes Brevard Great It is as large as the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and it shouldn’t be surprising that W&J Construction was chosen to build the $38 million, 100,000-sq.ft. Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. The company’s roots run deep within the soil of KSC, being birthed 50 years ago by “W” Ed Wike and “J” Goodie Jensen. They both came to the area to be a part of the mushrooming space program and moved from being workers to general contractors, and as the company grew, from landing contracts for pouring concrete sidewalks, to contracts to build ...
Mears Transportation: Past, Present & Future
Connecting People & Destinations Like the foundation of a building, the vision and values that a business is built on determines how large it can become and how long it will last. The entrepreneurial legacy that Paul Mears Sr. began in 1939 with just three taxi cabs, today has grown to a fleet of some 700 taxis serving the greater Orlando area along with hundreds of limos, shuttle vans and tour buses, along with a thriving destination management business. On the wall of one of their offices is his portrait, next to the patriarch’s favorite Socratic quote, “The way to gain ...
Up Close with Joseph Duda
Former CEO and Board Chairman of A. Duda & Sons Theirs is the story of a man who left his roots in Slovakia to follow the call he heard only in his heart and mind. He came to America to pursue the course of his faith, where his dreams were drawing him. It meant years of separation from his wife and three young sons and then homesteading on land few wanted. Trying, failing and succeeding, again and again, the legacy of Andrew Duda and his sons John, Andrew, Jr., and Ferdinand lives on in their many heirs, and the expanding agricultural ...
FL TREP Contents – Spring 2015
To view the full digital version of the Spring 2015 issue of FL TREP, click here. FEATURES Entrepreneurial Dream Makers: Eunice Choi & FSBDC at UCF Nurturing Tomorrow’s Innovators: UCF’s Dr. Cameron Ford Making an Impact: Florida TaxWatch Takes a Look at GrowFL FSBDC PROFILES Interventions Unlimited - Jing Zhou PIRTEK Space Coast - Morgan Arundel BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD PROFILE O’Dang Hummus - Jesse ...
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Embracing Children. Inspiring Lives. What does home mean to you? Whether young or old, living in the U.S. or on the other side of the world, most would say that it goes beyond the four walls of a house to a place where they feel accepted, loved and safe. Every 47 seconds, a child in the U.S. suffers from abuse or neglect, and every year, Florida’s Child Abuse Hotline receives more than 200,000 calls. To escape these issues at home, nearly 2.8 million U.S. children run away every year, and of those in foster care, one third of them will be homeless ...
Q&A with Rhett Fischer
NAME: Rhett Fischer COMPANY/Title: Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar YEARS IN BREVARD: 40 On a typical day, what types of tasks and responsibilities do you tackle at Rusty’s? I basically do anything to make our staff successful, from bartending, to bussing tables, to running food, to hosting, to washing dishes, as well as marketing and promotions and community relations. What do you enjoy most about working in the restaurant industry? I would have to say working with our employees; we are truly a family. Our employees love coming to work, and I believe that happy employees equal happy customers. What is the most challenging aspect of your ...
Eunice Choi and the Florida Small Business Development Center
Entrepreneurial Dream Makers It is impossible to put a price tag on the satisfaction that comes from helping others, especially when that help could mean facilitating someone’s dream. As that dream matures, it’s the countless dreams of others, when the ripple effect of a successful enterprise expands out geometrically. The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) hosted at UCF works to ensure the dream of business growth isn’t lost or stymied by providing strategic insight and coaching for all businesses, especially those that have the potential to scale. For Eunice Choi, that was the surprising discovery she made when she joined the ...
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