Profiles

Junior Achievement 2019 Laureate | Lynda Weatherman

President & CEO Space Coast EDC For 25 years, Lynda L. Weatherman has served as the president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast. A Florida native, who, as much as anyone in the county, has...

Barbara Nooney, CPA/PFS | Women in Business

Barbara Nooney is a certified public accountant, personal financial specialist and a partner of Flavin Nooney & Person, CPAs and Advisors. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts....

Susan Morse | UBS Financial Services Inc.

Susan Morse, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Services Inc., with over 35 years of financial services experience in Brevard County, works each day to guide her clients through the complications of market cycles and corrections. Her client dedication...

Tiffany Gray | Blinds of All Kinds

Tiffany Gray, a second-generation owner of Blinds of All Kinds, has joined the company’s team. Although she started just under a year ago, in May of 2018, she has lived the Blinds of All Kinds’ life since she was born....

Pat Shankle | Brevard Health Advantage

Pat Shankle is the owner/agency manager of Brevard Health Advantage, a boutique health insurance agency. The company specializes in health insurance and Medicare solutions for individuals, families and retirees. Shankle and her team provide personalized service and client-based outcomes that...

Jennifer Parkerson | Welsh Construction

As vice president of operations at Welsh Construction, Jennifer Parkerson wears a lot of hats throughout her day. Her many years of working in the IT industry and the construction industry as a property manager has trained her well for...

Jen Rogers | W + J Construction

Growing up on the Space Coast, Jen Rogers was fascinated by the aerospace industry – its missions as well as its impact on her hometown -- and knew she wanted to make it a career. She attended St. Mary ’s...

Pamela Reed | Kindred Hospital

Pamela R. Reed is chief executive officer at Kindred Hospital Melbourne.  She has been with the hospital since 2009, and has served successfully in various roles including chief clinical officer, director of quality management/risk management, infection control preventionist and as...

Meili Viera | Women in Business

Meili Viera is a multi-faceted, bilingual professional with 13 years of experience in all sectors of the real estate industry including residential and commercial sales, investment properties, commercial retail shopping center leasing and management, and luxury residential property management. Born...

Andrea Beyel | Rockledge Country Club

Andrea Beyel is the general manager and CEO of Rockledge Country Club. Beyel is an entrepreneur, mother of six and grandmother of four. Born and raised in Brevard County, she is the owner of Andrea’s Salon and co-owner of The...

Jennifer Johnson | Cinchshare

It is rare for someone to scale a start-up from an idea to global usage, in just four years. But that is what Jennifer Johnson and her husband and partner, Joel, did, when they launched their subscription based Cinchshare app. ...

Changing with the Times | Barbara Schluraff is Reimagining Real Estate

It was the premise of the Academy Award winning film Jerry McGuire: Is there a better way to do our business? It is also what taxi companies and Sears Roebuck, who invented the catalogue industry, never asked. Therefore, they stood...

Construction Executive Profile | Mark Flickinger | G & G Roofing

Mark Flickinger Chief Estimator Education: ITT Technical Institute Years in Area: 30 Years at Company: 3 website:  www.cflroofing.com Mark Flickinger has been an active force in the roofing business in Brevard County for 30 years. He began his career in…

Commercial Real Estate Profile | The Ullian Realty Corporation

EXECUTIVES:  Mike Ullian, President, CCIM, SIOR Adam Rathbun, CCIM Rob Solito Bryan Ridgley Founded:  2000 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.ullianrealty.com The Ullian Realty Corporation specializes in commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, specifically in the Brevard County marketplace, and has…

Company Profile | Creative Network Innovations Evolved IT Solutions

EXECUTIVES: Corey Johnson, Founder and CEO Louise Jordan, Chief Financial Officer John Cowan, Chief Information Officer FOUNDED:  1997 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL Additional Data Centers in Atlanta, GA and Toronto, Canada WEBSITE: www.CNIweb.net As the first purpose-built data center in Brevard,…

Company Profile | UBS Financial Services Inc.

EXECUTIVES: Timothy L. Nunno, CFP, Branch Manager FOUNDED:  1862 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL PHONE:  (321) 729-6770 WEBSITE: www.financialservicesinc.ubs.com/branch/melbournebb/ Building on its history of over 150 years, UBS Financial Services Inc. is committed to bringing its global resources to bear on client…

Dominique Gentile | FIT Athlete Spotlight

Sport: Cheerleading Hometown: South Yarmouth, Mass. Hudson, New Hampshire Major: Computer Engineering Dominique Gentile, better known as Dom, is a freshman on the cheerleading team. She has been involved in competitive cheerleading for seven years, and was a member of…

Skattum Community Award | Dr. Katherine Cobb

Katherine Cobb, President, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy  When Katherine Cobb, J.D., was named president of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (HTEA) by the school’s board of trustees in April 2017, it was the culmination of a lengthy process of identifying the…

weVENTURE Women in Business Award | Wendy Romeu

Wendy Romeu, Founder/President, Alluvionic Wendy Romeu, founder and CEO of Alluvionic, did not follow an easy path to success. Born into a family where challenges, not support, reigned, she learned from an early age not only to be a survivor,…

Florida Institute of Technology | Kelly Germain

Sport: Volleyball Hometown: Lakeland, Florida Major: Forensic Accounting A senior outside hitter on the volleyball team at Florida Tech, Kelly Germain actually graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Accounting last year. She took advantage of the FastTrack program and will be…

Keller Williams and Shelter Mortgage | Executive Profile

Executives:  Stefanie Lattner, Broker Associate, Lattner Global Group at Keller Williams TEAM:  Michelle Treat, Director of Client Care Shannon Humphrey, Director of Client Care FOUNDED:  2013 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL WEBSITE:  www.LattnerGlobalGroup.com Keller Williams Broker Associate Stefanie Lattner and her team,…

Richard Brown | Holiday Builders

COMPANY:  Holiday Builders TITLE:  Regional President of Florida Divisions When he describes the partnership between Holiday Builders and Shelter Mortgage, which dates back to 1997, Richard Brown’s words indicate a history full of both victories and challenges. All have been…

Scott Bures | Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc.

Company:  Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. Title:  Business Development Representative Education:  Auburn University, BEE, Electrical Engineering Florida Institute of Technology, Macroeconomics Years in Area: 38 Years in Industry: 38 Website: www.universalengineering.com Scott Bures describes his approach to his current role as…

Raul Quintero | FIT Athlete Profile

Sport: Baseball Hometown: Weston, FL Major: Accounting Raul Quintero, a junior infielder playing baseball at Florida Institute of Technology, attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla., where, as a sophomore, he helped his school team win its first district…

CrossleyShear Wealth Management

EXECUTIVES:  W. Dale Crossley, Financial Advisor Evan Shear, CFP® Founded:  1998 LOCATION:  Merritt Island, FL Website:  www.crossleyshear.com Since 1998, CrossleyShear Wealth Management has served as a premier financial planning team dedicated to helping provide clients and families with innovative financial…

Ken New | Pinnacle Financial

Title:  Owner/Founder Company:  Pinnacle Financial Wealth Management Education:  The American College of Financial Services Holds FINRA Series 6, 7 & 24 License & series 66 License Years in Area:  23 Years at Company:  13 Website:  www.pinnaclefinancialwealthmgmt.com For Pinnacle Financial Wealth…

Raymond Wasser | Financial Profile

Title:  Principal Company:  Raymond E. Wasser, CPA, PA Education:  Bachelor of the Arts in Accounting, University of South Florida Years in Area:  33 Years at Company:  27 Website:  www.raywassercpa.com Great heights are the goal for certified public accountant Raymond Wasser…

Thomas P. Flavin | Flavin Nooney & Person

Flavin, Nooney & Person, CPAs and Advisors Partners:  Thomas P. Flavin, Managing Partner & Founder Barbara Nooney, Partner Chuck Ellefson, Partner Founded:  1989 LOCATION:  2200 South Babcock Street, Melbourne FL 32901 Website:  www.flavincpa.com For nearly 30 years, the team of...

Connors Wealth Management

EXECUTIVES:  Justin Connors, MBA, Founder and CEO, Wealth Advisor Olivia Covey, Client Service Manager Founded:  2002 LOCATION:  Cocoa Beach, FL Website:  www.connorswealth.com For Connors Wealth Management founder and CEO Justin Connors, client and community service are both paramount to professional…

Marine Bank & Trust

EXECUTIVES:  William J. Penney, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board Malak Hammad, Vice President Founded:  1997 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.marinebankandtrust.com At Marine Bank & Trust, a commitment to community and a focus on service have produced lasting partnerships…

Indian River Wealth Management Group

Team:  Indian River Wealth Management Group Financial advisors:  Susan Morse, Sr. Vice President – Wealth Management Dan Levy, Director Team experience:  Combined 80+ years Location:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.ubs.com/team/indianriverwmg The Indian River Wealth Management Group focuses on helping Space Coast…

Mick Graham | Financial Profile

Title:  401k FL President // RJFS Branch Manager Company:  401k FL // Raymond James Education:  Certified Portfolio Manager, Investments and Securities from Columbia University in the City of New York International Diploma, Financial Planning & Services from FINSIA Diploma in…

Young Professionals | Derek Chenet |

Company Name: Dental Excellence Melbourne Cedric C Chenet, DDS, PA Title: Doctor of Dental Surgery, MA Location: Melbourne, FL Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Duke University, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, M.A. From Teachers College at…

Young Professionals | Blake & Desiré Stewart

Company Name: Stewart Law / The Paper Clinic title: Blake – Stewart Law, Practicing Attorney; The Paper Clinic, Co-Owner/Co-Founder Desiré – Stewart Law, Operations Manager; The Paper Clinic, Co-Owner/Co-Founder Education: Blake – B.S. in Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida,…

Young Professionals | Ryan Wilkins

Company Name: Beacon Roof & Exterior Cleaning Title: Owner Location: Rockledge, FL Education: B.S. in Business, University of Pittsburgh Years in area: 12 Years in Industry: 10 Ryan Wilkins began his career in Brevard County as a golf professional. However,…

Young Professionals | Meili Viera

Company Name: Waterman Real Estate title: Broker Associate, Realtor Location: Melbourne, FL Education: Masters In Business Administration & Management Years in area: 7 Years in Industry: 13 Meili Viera is a multi-faceted, bilingual professional with 13 years of experience in…

Young Professionals | Aaron Stitzel

Company Name: Flavin Nooney & Person, CPAs and Advisors title: Certified Public Accountant and Tax Manager Location: Melbourne, FL Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Master of Business Administration: Finance and Master of Accountancy,…

Young Professional | Ray Smith

Company Name: G&G Roofing, Inc. title: President Location: Rockledge, FL Years in area: 18 Years at company: 11 As the founder and owner of G & G Roofing Inc., Ray Smith aims to cover it all when it comes to…

Young Professionals | Lisa D. Fitz-Coy

COMPANY NAME: Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) TITLE: Communications Manager LOCATION: Melbourne, FL EDUCATION: B.A. Communication, Public Relations; Minors: Art History and Creative Writing, Flagler College YEARS at company: 4 months Lisa D. Fitz-Coy’s aspiration in college was to work for…

Young Professionals | Kit Fisher

COMPANY NAME: Prime-One Insurance Corp. Title: Executive Vice President location: Melbourne, FL Education: University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration Years in area: 6 Years in industry: 2 At the age of 13, Kit Fisher chose to go into…

Young Professionals | Lory Milton

Company Name: Fidelity Bank of Florida Title: Commercial Loan Officer Location: Merritt Island, FL Education: University of Central Florida Bachelor’s Degree. College of Financial Planning Registered Financial Planner Certification Years in area: 24 Years in Industry: 18 Lory Milton joined…

Company Profile | Borde & Associates, P.A.

EXECUTIVES: Corrie Borde, Founder and CEO FOUNDED: 2017 LOCATION: Melbourne, FL WEBSITE:  www.baapa.us For Corrie Borde, founder and CEO of Borde & Associates, helping folks in the community truly comes first. After years of working for a major national insurance…

Company Profile | Hippo Roofing

EXECUTIVES: Brian Stillwell, Sales Manager Mona Stillwell, Manager FOUNDED: 2008 LOCATION: Melbourne, FL WEBSITE: www.HippoRoof.com Your home’s roof can be an investment that pays for itself over and over again as time passes. A permanent, energy efficient roofing solution backed…

Florida Tech Athlete | Laura Dunn

Sport: Women’s Lacrosse Hometown: Arnold, Maryland Major: Biomedical Science major, Psychology minor Leah Dunn has been playing organized sports, including lacrosse, swimming, gymnastics and cheerleading, most of her life. From an early age, Dunn wanted to be a doctor, specifically…

SD Data Center | Frank Huston

A Division of Satcom Direct EXECUTIVES: James Jensen, CEO and founder of Satcom Direct David Greenhill, President of Satcom Direct Frank Huston, Director of Global Data Services for Satcom Direct FOUNDED: Satcom Direct ,1997 SD Data Center, 2011 LOCATION: Headquartered…

Fidelity Bank of Florida | Helen Barnabei

COMPANY: Fidelity Bank of Florida TITLE: Vice President – Retail Manager and Security Officer EDUCATION: Hospitality Management Certificate, Mid Florida Technical Institute; AA degree courses, Valencia Community College Currently enrolled at Seminole State College of Florida to obtain a Human…

BSS Exteriors | Colleen and Robert Barneman

EXECUTIVES: Colleen Barneman, President Robert Barneman, Vice President FOUNDED: 1985 LOCATION: Malabar, FL WEBSITE: www.BSSExteriors.com BSS Exteriors is a family-owned home exterior company that has provided quality work and exceptional customer service for over 30 years in Central Florida. Working…

Rossway Swan | Ryan O’Connor

EXECUTIVE: Ryan O’Connor TITLE: Associate EDUCATION: J.D. Cum Laude – Florida State University College of Law B.A. – University of Central Florida YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 5 The Members and Partners of Rossway Swan are pleased to announce Ryan O’Connor has…

Florida Tech Athlete | Keira McCarthy

Sport: Women’s Soccer Hometown: Melbourne, FL Major: Biomedical Engineering Keira McCarthy was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and moved to Melbourne when she was two years old. She began playing soccer as a young girl, but then took up gymnastics….

weVENTURE & MYDOGSWAG, Inc.

A Success Story The goal of weVENTURE at the Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech is to provide small business owners or potential small business owners the tools needed to assist in achieving the American dream of owning a…

Lifestyle Homes & Shelter Mortgage | Jordan Luhn & Natasha Cartagena Spencer

COMPANY: Lifestyle Homes / Shelter Mortgage TITLE: CEO / Senior Vice President Nothing cements a union quite like weathering a storm together, and the financial crisis of 2008 was one of the most formidable in recent memory for the housing…

Rossway Swan | Jason Slater

EXECUTIVE: Jason Slater TITLE: Partner EDUCATION: Reading University, L.L.D. & Georgetown University, J.D. YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 The Members and Partners of Rossway Swan are pleased to announce Jason Slater as partner. For Jason Slater, working as part of a…

SpaceCoast Living | Alyssa Anelli

COMPANY: SpaceCoast Living TITLE: Production Coordinator EDUCATION: University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication, 2017 YEARS IN AREA: 23 YEARS AT COMPANY: 1 When SpaceCoast Living Production Coordinator Alyssa Anelli initially joined the company as an intern…

Founders Forum | Scott Lewit | Structural Composites

Scott Lewit Company Name: Structural Composites Inc. and COMPSYS After Scott Lewit and Ron Reichard began their partnership in the 1980s, they quickly discovered opportunity in translating materials once used in the aerospace sector to the marine sector. Their strides…

Founders Forum | Kurt Wilson | Hyperform, Inc.

Kurt Wilson Company Name: Hyperform, Inc. In 1983, Kurt Wilson and his brother borrowed $1,000 from their parents, rented out a little spot on Merritt Island, and set out to build better surfboard “fins” with Hyperform, Inc. They soon outgrew…

Founders Forum | Joe Penovich | Grills Restaurant

Joe Penovich Company Name: Grills Restaurant For Grills owner Joe Penovich, it all began with a knack for cooking freshly caught fish in simple and flavorful ways. “I wanted to take the vibe of the islands in the Bahamas –…

Founders Forum | Randy May | Ambassador Services, Inc.

    Randy May Company Name: Ambassador Services, Inc. When Randy May moved to the Space Coast in 1974, he arrived with an instinct for business and a willingness to try new things. “Just getting familiar with the area, I…

Matthew Lawrence Kraska | Florida Institute of Technology

  Matthew Lawrence Kraska Sport: Cross Country/Track and Field Hometown: Marietta, GA Major: Systems & Biomedical Engineering Matthew Lawrence Kraska is a second year master’s student pursuing a degree in both systems and biomedical engineering. On top of competing in…

Florida Institute of Technology | Becca Bower

      Becca Bower Sport: Volleyball Hometown: Merritt Island, Fla. Major: MBA   Becca Bower recently graduated from Florida Tech with a BS in Mathematical Sciences and a BS in STEM Education. She is currently a master’s student in…

WeVenture | Val Williams

    TITLE: Women’s Business Center Associate Program Director, weVENTURE at Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business EDUCATION: Bachelor of Administration at Barry University YEARS IN AREA: Over 40 EXPERIENCE: 22 years of entrepreneurship, training and business service expertise weVENTURE…

Thomas Flavin | Fidelity Bank | Flavin Nooney & Person

Thomas P. Flavin is a certified public accountant, a member of the board of directors of Fidelity Bank of Florida, and the managing partner of Flavin Nooney & Person, CPAs and Advisors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in…

Rossway Swan | Clifford Raymond Repperger

  EXECUTIVE: Clifford Raymond Repperger, Jr. TITLE: Lawyer EDUCATION: University of Florida University of Miami School of Law YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 22   Clifford Raymond Repperger, Jr. focuses his practice on land use and development, real estate transactions and local…

Andrew Pickett Law | Andrew Pickett

Andrew Pickett Law, PLLC is headquartered in the Flatiron Building in Historic Downtown Melbourne.  Pickett has been a trial attorney for his entire career, with extensive jury trial experience in both criminal and civil law. He served four years as…

ATHENA PowerLink | Angela Alban

Angela Alban | SIMETRI, Inc. FOUNDED: 2009 ADDRESS: 7005 University Boulevard LOCATION: Winter Park, Florida Phone Number: (321) 972-9980 Email: angela@simetri.us WEBSITE: www.simetri.us SIMETRI, Inc. is a woman-owned small business delivering innovative training technology to improve human performance. Founded in…

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida | Todd Smith

EXECUTIVE: Todd Smith, Senior Director of IT FOUNDED: 1959 LOCATION: Headquartered in Orlando, FL WEBSITE: www.goodwillcfl.org Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently named Todd Smith as Senior Director of IT. In this role, Smith oversees technology at 60 facilities across…

Adonis Davis | Florida Tech Athlete Profile

Adonis Davis Sport:  Football Hometown:  Columbus, Ohio Major:  Business Administration For Adonis Davis, senior outside linebacker at Florida Tech, coming to the Space Coast has been one of the best things to ever happen to him. Coming from Columbus, Ohio,…

Pamela Holz | Educator Profile

Pamela Holz Owner of Puzzle Box Academy and Kaleidoscope Intervention EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Licensed Insurance Adjuster in 49 States YEARS IN AREA:  9 YEARS AT COMPANY:  4 Pamela Holz, co-founder of Puzzle Box Academy (PBA), has brought comprehensive,…

St. Mark’s Episcopal Academy

TEACHERS:  Daune Ellis, (Left to Right) Sherry Bergeron, Alison Olivieri FOUNDED:  1956 LOCATION:  Cocoa Village, FL WEBSITE:  www.stmarksacademy.org At St. Mark’s Episcopal Academy, students receive not only an exceptional learning experience, but also a unique interaction that provides them with…

Rapid Prototyping Services

EXECUTIVE: Ken Brace, Owner FOUNDED: 2004 LOCATION: Satellite Beach, FL WEBSITE: www.rapidps.com RPS is a 3D printing service that makes parts using large industrial 3D printers. Starting in 2004 with only one used, $20,000 3D printer, the company now has…

Brian Spencer & Dana Saunders | Shelter Mortgage

The greatest teams, no matter how they come together, are made only through a combination of hard work, understanding and a bit of luck. It was fortune that found Shelter Mortgage’s Brian Spencer and Dana Saunders of Keller Williams together…

Dr. Katherine M. Cobb | Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

April marked one year since Dr. Katherine M. Cobb took the helm as the first-ever president of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, but even on her first day, she was no stranger to the school. Her two children, Alex and Ali,…

Stephanie Stuart | Florida Institute of Technology

Stephanie Stuart is a senior goalkeeper on the women’s lacrosse team and is pursuing a degree in forensic psychology. Stuart has played lacrosse since 8th grade, getting into the sport after wanting to stop horseback riding and participate in a…

Elaine Larsen | weVenture Women Who Rock Awards

Excellence in Mentorship Award: Elaine Larsen Most people know Elaine Larsen as the jet dragster driver for Florida Tech and president of Larsen Motorsports. Many young women and girls know her as a mentor. Larsen has taken young women and…

Pamela Holz | weVenture Women Who Rock Awards

Female Small Business Owner of the Year: Pamela holz Pamela Holz, a parent of a child with Autism, started Puzzle Box Academy, a private school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, in 2014 after a career…

Dr. Liliana Marshall | weVenture Women Who Rock Awards

River Oak Dental is focused on leadership and professional skills training for its almost entirely female team. In a field traditionally male-dominated, the leadership of River Oak Dental works to change both language and perception within the industry. Despite great…

Zonta Yellow Rose for Excellence in Community Service | weVenture Women Who Rock Awards

Jim Ridenour Jim Ridenour is passionate about the wellbeing of our community and has focused his talents on strengthening education, business, tourism, healthcare and the arts. He uses his relationships to collaborate with other community leaders to develop smart solutions….

The Mortgage Firm

In an industry where many lenders are trying to perfect the home lending experience through automation, The Mortgage Firm has worked hard to strike a balance that sets them apart. Ranked by social survey for being in the top 10…

Roman Ortega-Cowan | Rossway Swan

The Members and Partners of Rossway Swan are pleased to announce Román Ortega-Cowan has joined the Firm. Ortega-Cowan focuses his practice on dispute resolution with an emphasis on complex commercial, construction, probate, trust, and estate litigation. He leverages his broad…

Brent Peoples | Melbourne Regional Chamber

With more than 30 years of experience in the financial services arena, Brent Peoples and his group, Peoples Financial Planning, bring their expertise and specialized knowledge to each client with a focus on estate planning, retirement planning, financial planning, insurance…

Michael Ayers | Melbourne Regional Chamber

Michael Ayers is a strategic leader in the community with a proven track record of managing government agencies, political campaigns and community-based organizations. Ayers has spent more than 17 years in government relations, management and political marketing throughout Washington, D.C.,…

A Helping Hand

The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce is helping local business owners make valuable contacts and supporting their efforts to grow and succeed. By Jarin Eisenberg Do you remember the first meaningful connection you made when you started your business or…

Kevin Capella-Valle | Florida Institute of Technology Athletic Spotlight

Kevin Capella-Valle moved to Florida when he was 15 years old to pursue his dream of playing college baseball. He attended and graduated from Lake Mary High School in Orlando, and during his senior year, he was scouted by Matt…

Lynda Weatherman | EDC of the Space Coast

Going Green Saves Green The Economics of Environmentalism In today’s business climate, the word “green” immediately brings to mind an entire movement to design and build more sustainable buildings that have a smaller environmental footprint. Phrases like “LEED” (Leadership in…

Alex R. Simser | Simser Law

The Perils of Partnership The importance of written agreements with business “partners” “Partnership” and “joint venture” are terms often thrown around casually in business relationships, but they have very serious legal ramifications business executives frequently overlook. Under Florida Statue §…

Joy Winslow | Fidelity Bank of Florida

Local Banker Vs. Online Lender One of the top benefits of using a community bank is personal, face-to-face contact. Today there are many options when applying for a mortgage loan. As Central Florida has expanded, so have the options of…

Dina Reider-Hicks | Waste Management

“The waste services industry is highly competitive, and that’s the part of my role I enjoy most.” “Women, I believe, are naturally intuitive and pay close attention not only to what is being said, but also how it’s being said,…

Kari Tesenair | Christian Care Ministry

Kari Tesenair has quietly risen through the ranks of Christian Care Ministry, a healthcare sharing organization headquartered in Melbourne. She joined the organization as an IT project manager overseeing such projects as the implementation of Electronic Data Exchange (EDI) for…

Alexandrea Simser | The Law Office of Alexandrea R. Simser

Alexandrea “Alex” R. Simser is a well-rounded business attorney whose practice focuses on all aspects of business law, from new business formations and intellectual property protection to growth through hiring and firing, mergers and acquisitions, business dissolutions and everything in…

Martha Scholz, Carla Casey, Colette Wood | CBRE

MARTHA SCHOLZ Following a 25-year career in higher education at three national universities, Scholz began a second career as the founder and owner of Golf USA, a successful franchise retail golf store. Eleven years later, the business was sold and…

Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki | K9 Kampus

Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki is the CEO and owner of K9 Kampus, a luxury dog daycare and boarding facility located in Melbourne. K9 Kampus offers 21,000 sq. ft. of indoor playgrounds, luxury boarding suites, full-services grooming and a 3,300-sq.-ft. fully matted and…

Cindy Kane | SCB Marketing

Before coming on board with SCB Marketing as chief financial officer, Cindy Kane put her financial skillsets to work in a variety of different industries including manufacturing, healthcare and casinos. As a CPA with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting,…

Joy Winslow | Fidelity Bank of Florida

Joy Winslow joined Fidelity Bank of Florida in May 2013 as vice president of residential mortgage loans. She is responsible for developing relationships with prospective borrowers in the area, specifically within the real estate community. She provides consumers with personalized,…

Celeste Notardonato | The Integration Factory & Archangel Engineering

Celeste Notardonato CPA, MBA is the president and CFO of The Integration Factory, a premier systems integration firm with more than 160 years of combined experience in all aspects of low-voltage systems design and installation with a specialization in Audio/Visual,…

Mary Sharpe | Lifelong Scholar Society at Florida Institute of Technology

Mary Sharpe moved to Brevard County from Oklahoma 25 years ago. Her future husband was on a special assignment at Tinker Air Force Base with The Boeing Company and convinced her to move to Florida. Sharpe was part of the…

Jennifer Sugarman | Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber

After graduating from Kennesaw State University in her home state of Georgia with a degree in communication, Jennifer Sugarman was drawn to the Space Coast by her love of the beach and the opportunities in the area. Looking to utilize…

Marcia Gaedcke | Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce

With a degree in architecture and physics from the University of Florida, Marcia Gaedcke brings a unique perspective to her position as president of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce. “I pursued architecture because there were rules and guidelines, but…

Nancy Peltonen | The Greater Palm Bay Chamber

Nancy Peltonen’s career roots are planted in a marketing savvy she was able to nurture in her time as merchandise manager at Shoppers Drug Mart. It was there, after earning her degree, she worked her way to managing a $7…

Laura Chiesman | FirstWave Financial

When Laura Chiesman was named president of FirstWave Financial in January 2016, she had already spent 14 years helping the company grow and develop alongside founder Tom Kirk. She credits Kirk as a mentor and role model, citing his inspiring…

Erica Lemp | weVENTURE

After earning her degree in communications and public relations, Erica Lemp knew her love for working with people would be a major factor when deciding on a career path. Once settling on the Space Coast, she went to work with…

Kathleen Register | weVENTURE

Kathleen Register is the associate director for the IGNITE 360 Business Mentoring Program at weVENTURE at Florida Tech’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The program facilitates mentor relationships between businesses and qualified local professionals, and provides a great deal…

Thomas W. Weinberg | Canaveral Port Authority

COMPANY:  Canaveral Port Authority TITLE:  District 5 Commissioner EDUCATION:  Graduate studies in Criminal Justice and Social Work, Florida State University and Rollins College Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Florida State University, 1971 Associate of Arts, Brevard Community College, 1969 YEARS…

Florida Tech Athletic Spotlight | Evan Enders

Evan Enders Sport:  Soccer Hometown:  Melbourne, FL Major:  Electrical Engineering Originally from Melbourne, Evan Enders always had two constants in his life: soccer and school. He grew up surrounded by a hard-working family. His father was moving up the ladder…

G.I. Tax

Glenn S. Sandler Title:  Owner and Founder Company:  G.I. Tax Founded:  2012 LOCATION:  Melbourne Website:  www.gitax.com GI Tax, “America’s Finest Tax Service,” was formed in 2012 as necessary competition for the American Middle Class tax service business. There are tax…

Welsh Construction

EXECUTIVES:  Ken Welsh, President / CEO Jennifer Welsh Parkerson, Vice President of Operations Founded:  2003 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.welshci.com Welsh Construction, LLC of Melbourne was founded in 2003 by Ken Welsh, owner and president. Backed by Welsh’s decades of…

John Newton

John Newton Title:  President Company:  Newton Land Development, Newton Real Estate Group, LLC Founded:  2004 location:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.NewtonRealEstateFL.com John Newton is the president of both Newton Land Development, Inc. and Newton Real Estate Group, LLC. Over the past…

CBRE

CBRE EXECUTIVES:  Carla Casey, RPA, Senior Real Estate Manager Colette Wood, Sales Associate Martha Scholz, Sales Associate Founded:  2016 LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.cbre.com The Melbourne team has been servicing the Brevard County and South Florida markets for over 18…

Florida Tech Athletic Spotlight

Sam Daniel Sport:  Men’s Basketball Hometown:  Kingsland, GA Major:  Sports Management Sam Daniel was born in a small town in Georgia that boasted only one high school. He has two sisters and lives in a single-parent household with his mother….

A Native Son

Bruce Moia and MBV Some people live their whole lives in the same community where they were born and eventually feel they should have ventured out more. But not Bruce Moia, who grew up in Melbourne Beach, went to Gemini…

Florida Tech Athletic Spotlight | Amanda Kahn

Amanda Kahn has had a strong softball career at Florida Tech, assisting the team in major victories along the way.

Company & Executive Profile | American Heart Association

Andy Romine COMPANY:  Rockledge Regional Medical Center TITLE:  President EDUCATION:  Master of Health Services Administration, Xavier University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati YEARS IN AREA:  2 YEARS IN INDUSTRY:  22 Andy Romine has been a longtime…

Executive Profile | Angie Taylor

Angie Taylor, owner of Speech Path of Brevard (SPB), has taken the road less traveled. After enjoying time as a special education teacher and then a stay-at-home mom, she returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders.

Financial Professionals | Ken New

Title:  Financial Advisor Company:  Pinnacle Financial Wealth Management Education:  The American College. Hold Series 6, 7 and 24 License and series 66 License Years in Area:  22 Years at Company:  12 Website:  www.pinnaclefinancialwealthmgmt.com Pinnacle Financial Wealth Management is a firm…

Company & Executive Profiles | American Heart Association

Buffy McKinney COMPANY:  American Heart Association TITLE:  Regional Director EDUCATION: United States Navy YEARS IN AREA:  3 YEARS AT COMPANY:  11 Buffy McKinney has been with the American Heart Association for 11 years, and during that time she has served…

Financial Professionals | Glenn Sandler

Title:  Owner and Founder Company:  G.I. Tax LOCATION:  Melbourne, FL Website:  www.gitax.com G.I. Tax began its mission in 2011. Being a CPA, Glenn Sandler, owner and founder, was not convinced the current tax companies provided the service that American taxpayers…

Financial Professionals | FirstWave Financial

EXECUTIVES:  Laura Chiesman Tom Kirk Robert DeVries Jamie Ostrander LOCATION:  Satellite Beach, FL Website:  www.firstwavefinancial.com Regardless of what stage of life you are at, or what income bracket you might fall into, having confidence about your wealth and financial future…

Financial Professionals | Rolando Garcia

Title:  Senior Loan Officer Company:  Shelter Mortgage Years AT COMPANY:  1 Years IN INDUSTRY:  7 Website:  www.sheltermortgage.com As a Senior Loan Officer with Shelter Mortgage Company, Rolando Garcia is well-versed in a company culture that emphasizes integrity, honesty and collaboration….

One on One | Kent Winkelseth of Shelter Mortgage

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Young Professional | Ashley Campisi

Ashley Campisi Office Manager Company Name: Fidelity Bank of Florida Location: Merritt Island, FL Education: Brevard Community College, Associates in Arts (A.A.) Years in area: 30 Years in Industry: 8 Ashley Campisi is one of the newest members at Fidelity…

Young Professional | Matt Suchoski

Matt Suchoski COMPANY NAME: MAI Design Build TITLE: Project Manager LOCATION: Melbourne, FL EDUCATION: University of Florida, B.S. Business Administration & Finance YEARS IN AREA: 20 YEARS at company: 2 Matt Suchoski has lived in Brevard County for nearly 20…

Young Professional | Ryan Randall

Ryan Randall COMPANY NAME: SCB Marketing location: Melbourne, FL Education: BS in Telecommunications, University of Florida, 2014 Years in area: 26 Years in industry: 4 Ryan Randall is a young professional making an impact in Central Florida’s communication field. As…

Young Professional | Ryan Wilkins

Ryan Wilkins President COMPANY NAME: Beacon Roof & Exterior Cleaning LOCATION: Rockledge, FL EDUCATION: BS in Business, University of Pittsburgh YEARS IN AREA: 13 Years in industry: 9 Ryan Wilkins began his career in Brevard County as a  .golf professional….

Executive Profile | SIMSER LAW

COMPANY:  The Law Office of Alexandrea R. Simser, P.A. TITLE:  Attorney EDUCATION:  Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science; Stetson University, Juris Doctorate YEARS IN AREA:  6 YEARS IN INDUSTRY:  4 Alexandrea “Alex” R. Simser is…

Company & Executive Profiles | Welsh Construction, LLC

EXECUTIVES: Ken Welsh, President/CEO FOUNDED: 2003 LOCATION: Melbourne, FL WEBSITE: www.welshci.com Welsh Construction, LLC of Melbourne was founded by owner and president, Ken Welsh, in 2003. Welsh and his executive team each have decades of commercial construction experience. The company…

Legal Professionals | Laura D. Wisoker

Attorney Laura Wisoker prides herself on spending time with her clients and explaining everything to them. “The experience of consulting with an attorney can be intimidating,” she said, “and I go out of my way to explain everything in detail…

Legal Professionals | Volk Law

VolkLaw Means Business VolkLaw is a business and real estate law firm that has been serving Brevard County clients for over 22 years. At VolkLaw, results matter. Positive legal results most often occur when dealing with knowledgeable, experienced legal professionals…

Company & Executive Profiles | Holz Foundation

The Holz Foundation EXECUTIVES: James Holz Pamela Holz FOUNDED: 2015 LOCATION: Melbourne, FL WEBSITE: www.holzfoundation.org In 2012, James and Pamela Holz needed help for their son, Loki Xavier, who was six years old at the time. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum…

Legal Professionals | High Stack Gordon Kirby

Founded in 1962, the High Stack Law Firm is one of Florida’s oldest personal injury law rms. Several years ago, David Gordon and Mike Kirby took over management of the firm, which is now in its 55th year of helping…

Legal Professionals | Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden, Kelley, LLC

Our firm was established in 1976. With over 130 years of combined experience our attorneys have the knowledge of the law and of the legal system to assist you with your legal matter. Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley has…

Legal Professionals | Joan Berry Nassar

Joan Berry Nassar graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990. A er practicing with several local attorneys, she established…

Legal Professionals | Alpizar Law

The Local Firm that gets results! It’s not a catchy phrase, but rather a statement of our commitment. For nearly four decades, Alpizar Law has been dedicated to serving our local community in Brevard County. Whether it’s fighting for the…

Company & Executive Profiles | Robert Good, Fidelity Bank of Florida

COMPANY: Fidelity Bank of Florida TITLE: Chief Lending Officer EDUCATION: B.S. in Finance from University of Central Florida and MBA from Webster University YEARS IN AREA: 30 YEARS AT COMPANY: 4 Robert Good has been a Brevard County banker for over…

Winning the Talent Pipeline or Losing Everything Else

In his bestseller, “The Coming Jobs War,” Jim Clifton, the former chairman of Gallup, describes the competition for global job creation as a war. Before you start conjuring images of an international apocalypse, consider that the modern world economy is…

One on One | Lynda Weatherman of EDC Space Coast

By: Eric Wright There is a wave of young professionals being sought and being brought to the Space Coast like no time in recent history. That new demographic could well alter the physical and the economic landscape of the county. What…

Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Promotes Sustainability

By Jack Roth BRIDG is creating strategic alliances that will help facilitate the Green Economy by “Bridging the Innovation Development Gap” through smart sensors and other breakthrough technologies. When regional business, educational and government leaders launched the International Consortium for…

One on One | Chris Castro as the Orlando City Sustainability Director

Orlando City Sustainability Director By Eric Wright Cities, both large and small, are no longer viewed as urban deserts or where sustainability ends and concrete sprawl begins. Instead, they are seen as the hubs of some of the most innovative…

360 Hospitality

COMPANY: 360 Hospitality, LLC TITLE: Samir Patel, President/CEO Dilesh Patidar, Chief Operating Officer LOCATION: Cocoa Beach, FL PHONE: (321) 360-7771 The founders of 360 Hospitality, LLC, Samir Patel and Dilesh Patidar, were raised within the dynamic world of the hospitality…

Women in Business: Pamela Reed

Highly competent and well-experienced, Pamela Reed, CEO of Kindred Hospital in Melbourne, began her nursing career in 2009. Over the span of 26 years, Reed successfully has served in various roles including Critical Care Unit staff nurse, Infection Control Prevention…

Women in Business: Paula Just

Paula Just is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Health First. Health First is an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), which means their hospitals, robust Medical Group, health insurance plans and outpatient and wellness services work together…

Women in Business: Lory Milton

Lory Milton joined Fidelity Bank of Florida in April of 2016 as a Commercial Loan Officer. Her role includes developing relationships with business clients and prospects in an effort to help them grow and prosper their companies. Fidelity Bank of…

Women in Business: Martha Scholz

Following a 25-year career in higher education at three national universities, Scholz began a second career as the founder and owner of Golf USA, a successful franchise retail golf store. Eleven years later, that business was sold and continues to…

Women in Business: Carla F. Casey

Carla Casey has been with Brenner Real Estate Group (BREG) for nearly twenty years and is currently the Regional Manager responsible for handling property management and day to day operations, construction management, development, leasing and land sales in Brevard County…

Women in Business: Colette Wood

Colette Wood began her career in commercial real estate in 2006 shortly after moving with her family to Melbourne for her husband’s final Air Force assignment. A few of the reasons she loves commercial real estate is that there are…

Women in Business: R. Lisa Smoak

R. Lisa Smoak spent much of her childhood overseas, thanks to her father’s career in the Air Force. She credits that upbringing with instilling self-discipline and personal responsibility, virtues that she has carried long beyond her childhood. Following graduation from…

Women in Business: Julia C. Dreyer

Julia C. Dreyer is a Florida Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Dreyer & Associates Real Estate Group. She holds the coveted CRB designation: Certified Residential Broker Manager. Dreyer has personally trained under the well respected and renowned sports psychologist…

Women in Business: Bobbie Dyer

Bobbie Dyer, division president of Dyer Mortgage, loves being able to help her clients with their financial goals and in creating the right financing program for them. Dyer says, “I chose the mortgage industry as a long term career after…

Women in Business: Pamela Holz

Pamela Holz is the co-founder of Puzzle Box Academy and Kaleidoscope Interventions. Puzzle Box Academy is a comprehensive facility offering a private school environment to children with learning disabilities with a 5:1 student to teacher ratio and a range of…

Featured Businesswoman: Laura Chiesman

FirstWave Financial A major milestone in any relational setting, last year Laura Chiesman celebrated 15 years with FirstWave Financial, one of Central Florida’s most innovative and trusted names in wealth management and financial planning. This anniversary was even more significant…

Raising the Bar

Women Advancing in the Marketplace ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Women are expected to account for 51 percent of the increase in labor force growth for the period 2008 to 2018. Unemployment rates are lower for women than…

Featured Businesswoman: NASA’s Stellar Women Leaders

As movie goers and critics are discussing the inspiring film “Hidden Figures,” based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly which chronicles “the untold story of black women mathematicians who helped win the space race,” another group of equally- remarkable…

Featured Businesswoman: Elaine Larsen

Larsen Motorsports None of this is just me! It’s all of us, together, working towards the same goals,” said Elaine Larsen, pointing around the cavernous, hallowed out complex that has evolved into Larsen Motorsports, part of Florida Tech’s Research and…

Featured Businesswoman: Pat McMahon

Northrop Grumman Leading one of the most talented teams in the country in supplying products to one of the world’s most discriminating customers, Pat McMahon is the sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Military Aircraft Systems Division,…

Featured Businesswoman: Michelle L. Naberhouse

Brevard County Judge Brevard County Judge Michelle Naberhaus practiced law for 16 years before being appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the judiciary. Locally, she practiced with the law firms of Gray Robinson, P.A. and Dean Mead, P.A., in addition…

Featured Businesswoman: Rita Pritchett

District 1 County Commissioner One of the world’s greatest boxers, arguably the greatest heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for room here on Earth.” It is a principle echoed by many and…

Are you Board Ready?

Honors and Liabilities of Non-Profit Oversight W. Dale Crossley,JD, Financial Planner, RJFS and Evan M. Shear, CFP®, Certified Financial PlannerTM, lead the team at CrossleyShear Wealth Management. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. CrossleyShear Wealth Management is independent…

Social Entrepreneur | Bryton Up

Finding a Way to Bryton Up Hospital Stays By Shawna S. Kelsch When Amber Saxon pulls into the hospitals she visits each month in Orlando and Gainesville, she also travels back in time. Back to when her daughter Bryton was…

Foodpreneurs | Sweet as Pie

Joan’s Perfect Pie: A Sweet Retreat in Downtown Eau Gallie By Craig Chapman Nothing beats the smell of fresh baked goods, especially pie! In a small courtyard in downtown Eau Gallie, you can smell this very scent several yards outside…

Up Close | M. Catherine Wright of Harris Corporation

By Shawna Serig Kelcsh In the years immediately before and after her birth, women’s rights were challenging and transforming our culture. The signs of the times were plastered onto slogans (You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby) and played out in…

One on One | Gloria Wiens, Ph.D. of FloridaMakes Director of Advance Manufacturing

Gloria Wiens, Ph.D., FloridaMakes Director of Advance Manufacturing We are living in the midst of what might be described as a second Industrial Revolution. It is a complete reset on what manufacturing looks like, what it can produce and how…

One on One | Gloria Wiens Ph.D of FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes Director of Advanced Manufacturing Gloria Wiens Ph.D – BRIDG We are living in the midst of what might be described as a second Industrial Revolution. It is a complete reset on what manufacturing looks like, what it can produce…

Women in Business 2017

SPECIAL SECTION Meet Some of the Women Leading Brevard County Business Community Pamela Reed | Kindred Hospital Paula Just | Health First Lory Milton | Fidelity Bank of Florida Martha Scholz | Brenner Real Estate Group Carla F. Casey | Brenner…

Women in Business – Tessa Cleveland

Tessa Cleveland is the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Gen X Motors in Merritt Island, a pre-owned car dealership specializing in luxury vehicles. The Merritt Island store, one of two locations, was established in the late 1990s….

Understanding the Opportunities, Carla Casey

Real estate investment has been a sound way to invest money into an asset that maintains and, hopefully, increases in value over time. With the historical performance of the market, low interest rates and uncertainty, real estate investment properties have…

Ken Welsh

COMPANY: Welsh Construction TITLE: President/CEO LOCATION: Melbourne, FL FOUNDED: 2003 WEBSITE: www.Welshci.com Welsh Construction, LLC of Melbourne was founded in 2003 by owner and president, Ken Welsh, who has decades of commercial construction experience. The company provides construction and design/build…

Going For The Win-Win

Bill Dymond of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed By Eric Wright We live in a culture, especially lately, where much is defined in terms of “winners and losers” It’s one reason for the furor around professional sports. Similarly, when…

Executive Profile – Jack Parker

Eastern State Florida College Jack Parker Company Name: Eastern Florida State College Executive Title: Vice President, External Affairs Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Public Administration, University of Central Florida; Associate’s Degree and Corrections Academy, Brevard Community College; Law Enforcement Academy and Firefighting…

Up Close | Bruce Douglas author

Bruce Douglas By Eric Wright “Sage” is a word that is used far too loosely today, but Bruce Douglas would certainly fit the definition in nearly anyone’s dictionary. A highly successful entrepreneur who established his name and fortune in the…

Business Leaders of the Year 2016 – Rick Matthews

It was like a steady rain after a lengthy drought or perhaps similar to the elation Cubs’ fans felt after winning the World Series and breaking their 108-year “curse.”  That is how the news of Northrop Grumman’s decision to locate…

Erchonia

Impacts The Area & The Industry [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”1″ gal_title=”Erchonia”] Its low-level laser therapy products can be found all over the world and have been featured on TV shows like Dr. Oz, Nightline, Good Morning America, Rachel Ray and The Doctors.  They…

Business Leader of the Year 2016 – Misty Marot

Misty Marot’s zealous attitude and extensive experience as a board certified behavior analyst has positioned her as a successful woman business leader, serving as CEO, owner, co-founder and chairwoman of Novel Engineering. Marot earned her B.S. in Psychology at Florida…

Business Leaders of the Year 2016 – Mike Shah

Though the Space Coast boasts many remarkable entrepreneurs, few match the achievements of Southeast Petro’s Founder and President Mahesh “Mike” Shah.  Though his corporate offices sit atop one of the highest geographical sites in Brevard County, he is a grassroots-type…

Business Leaders of the Year 2016 – Steve Barber

In a world where consumers want the newest product at the cheapest price, they may not end up with the quality they deserve. American technological manufacturing is largely outsourced. But, Steve Barber of Oakridge Global Energy Solutions is doing his…

Business Leaders of the Year 2016 – Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki

It was Sherry. She did it. She let the dogs out. And everyone who drove the north/south stretch of US1 between the Melbourne and Eau Gallie Causeways began to notice: big ones, spotted ones, old dogs, puppies, even one with…

Business Leaders of the Year 2016 – Rob Rains

Founded in 1887 to address the city of Denver’s welfare problems, United Way now touches in excess of 50 million lives around the globe. In Brevard, the not-for-profit has been helping residents in need since 1957. Recognized as one of…

Business Leaders of the Year 2016 – Cliff Hirsch

For over 30 years, Cliff Hirsch has been in search of the world’s highest quality tile and, time after time, he’s found it. From modest beginnings as a bathroom remodeling business that began in 1984, Island Tile has evolved into…

Executive Profile – Wes Naylor

Coe & Naylor Group Wes Naylor, President Company Name: Coe & Naylor Group Executive Title: President and Managing Partner location: Winter Park, FL Website: coenaylor.com When you meet Captain Frank “Wes” Naylor III for the first time, you may be…

Up Close | Diana LaTour of Minneapolis based LFE Capital

She once described the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Florida as, “The Wild, Wild East.” A vivid description coming from a true Silicon Valley veteran whose resume for founding, building and exiting one successful technology, healthcare or communications company after another…

Creating Startup Synergy

Groundswell Launches on the Space Coast [By: Felicia Solazzo] The Space Coast boasts more engineering talent per capita than Silicon Valley or any other region in the United States. With this vast potential, how can we create more high tech…

A Team Built on Innovation

Novel Engineering Starting something new can be a scary journey, especially when it’s your own business. Creating a business plan, obtaining funding, recruiting talent, the list goes on. Very quickly it can become overwhelming and clouds of hazy uncertainty can…

Creative Design with a High Tech Touch

DETAILS Flowers Rollins Venture Pitch Winner [By Shantel Hanna] When planning your special wedding day, countless items can accumulate which soon become a small book rather than a simple, short checklist. To do’s like writing and sending out a guest…

Executive Profile – Justin Mark Schanck

Company Name: CERTON Executive Name and Title: Corporate Project Manager Years in area: 9 Years at company: 8 Website: www.certon.com Justin Schanck was hired in June, 2008 as a Quality Engineer. He knew right away that CERTON was the company where he wanted to…

The New Salt of the Earth

The New Salt of the Earth [By Eric Wright] There was a time in history when salt was the commodity that drove empires. Believe it or not our word “salary” comes from salt’s Latin root. This mineral was essential to…

Company Profile – Brandon Development

Executive Name & Title: Tom Brandon, President and Linda Brandon, CFO Founded: 1996 Location: Melbourne, FL Website: brandondevelopment.com Brandon Commercial Development is founded on the simple belief that “Quality builds its own reputation.” This guiding principle has earned them a solid…

Droning On

The Legal Issues of Drone Aircraft [BY EdKinberg & KellySwartz ] The introduction of affordable, easy to operate drones with sophisticated imaging and sensing capabilities opens up worlds of possibilities for entrepreneurs. New and established businesses are successfully using drone technology in…

EXECUTIVE PROFILE – MICHAEL ZAHARIOS III

Name: Michael Zaharios III Title: Director Company: Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center Education: MBA–UCF 2013; BA–Business Administration and Organizational Communication, UCF, 2009; AA–Political and Economic, Daytona State College, 2007 Years in area: 29 Years with organization: 10 Website: fvec.com DESCRIPTION: You…

COMPANY PROFILE – G & G Roofing

Company Name: G & G Roofing Construction Inc. Executive Name and Title: Raymond Smith II, President Founded: 2007 Location: 456 Gus Hipp Blvd. Rockledge FL 32955 Website: cflroofing.com   DESCRIPTION: G & G Roofing is a family owned commercial and residential roofing contractor…

COMPANY PROFILE – Business Acceleration Summit

Company Name: Business Acceleration Summit Executive Name and Title: Shannon Burnett-Gronich, CEO Founded: 2015 Location: Brevard Website: ShannonGronich.com DESCRIPTION: Shannon Burnett-Gronich has come a long way since her days as a single mother of two, struggling to make ends meet. Making a…

The Last Bat Boy

By Mitch and Charlotte Varnes Few things say “summer” like baseball, and for Florida’s tourist and entertainment industry, baseball is a grand slam. Florida hosts spring training for 15 Major League teams, which usually means it also is the home…

FINFROCK

Name: Allen R. Finfrock, P.E. Title: CEO Company: FINFROCK Education: Masters, Business Administration, Crummer Graduate School of Business, 1997; Bachelor of Engineering, Structural, Vanderbilt University, 1990 Years at the Company: 26 Years in the Area: 48 Website: Finfrock.com Description: When Allen started at FINFROCK full time in…

Orion Technologies

Company Name: Orion Technologies Executive Name and Title: Nirav Pandya, President and CEO Years at the Company: 6 Website: OrionTechnologies.com Education: B.S. Chemistry, Ursinus College, B.S. Computer Engineering, UCF Description: Nirav Pandya’s entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and customer-centric focus have helped grow several successful businesses. He…

Tourism in Cuba | Jim Johnson

So Near And Yet So Far The recent thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments and President Barack Obama’s ground-breaking visit to Havana in March this year have led to speculation that throngs of American tourists will soon…

Publisher’s Feature

Living and Working in Paradise When my wife Susan and I are taking a walk on the beach, dining at a river front restaurant or even taking the grandkids to one of the theme parks, we almost always look at…

Up Close | Flavio de Silva of Orlando City Soccer

A few years back other parents on his sons’ soccer team thought he was just another young father, driving his sons to their local matches. Few even knew of his business success in his native Brazil. Yet, last year, the…

One on One | Steve Hogan of Florida Citrus Sports

Steve Hogan: Florida Citrus Sports Chief Executive Officer The completely rebuilt Florida Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando, now dubbed Camping World Stadium, was part of the trifecta that helped land the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts and provided a…

Social Entrepreneur | Credo Coffee

CREDO Coffee: A Cause Based Charity What happens when a person insists on ensuring their life counts, whether they are in the public, private or independent sector? That is where Ben Hoyer began, not to open coffee shops, but to…

Foodpreneur | Southern Contemporary (Soco)

Chef Greg Richie: SOCO Before they were buzzwords in the culinary community, Chef Greg Richie was serving “farm to table” and “locally sourced” foods directly from the many prestigious restaurants he worked at in the South. This award-winning chef began his professional…

Expressing a Community’s Authentic Identity | Neil Levine

New Approach To The Arts And Tourism You probably know that innovative cultural offerings can attract tourists. But perhaps you didn’t realize that a new approach to creating cultural destination is currently underway in Central Florida. Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) has…

Driving Innovation

Pegasus Transportation Garners Recognition by Felicia Solazzo  How does a bus company build a reputation as an innovator? At first glance, it doesn’t seem to make sense. A chip manufacturer; absolutely. A software company; easily. A California social media startup;…

Legal Professionals: Alpizar Law

The local firm that gets results! It’s not a catchy phrase, but rather a statement of our commitment. For nearly four decades, Alpizar Law has been dedicated to serving our local community in Brevard County. Whether it’s fighting for the…

Legal Professionals: Dean Mead

Claudia Haines Jones had a career in business before she embarked on a career as a lawyer, and that has made all the difference in her approach to serving business clients in her law practice. Claudia recently assumed leadership of…

Legal Professionals: High Stack Gordon Kirby

Founded in 1962, the High Stack Law Firm is one of Florida’s oldest personal injury law firms. Several years ago, law partners David Gordon and Mike Kirby took over the operation of the firm; which is now in its 54th…

Legal Professionals: Trader Legal

Pursuing a career in the legal field was an easy decision for Kimberli Trader—it runs in the family! Kimberli is a lifetime resident of Brevard County and a third-generation attorney at Trader Legal in Downtown Melbourne. Deeply rooted in the…

Legal Professionals: Michael P. Sapourn

“When your insurance company doesn’t play fair, call Michael Sapourn.” Sapourn spent 23 years running a large, privately-held insurance brokerage in the Washington D.C. area. He moved to Florida in 2002, and held the public adjuster license for seven years….

Legal Professionals: Robert Moletteire

Robert “Bob” Moletteire is the managing partner of Moletteire Injury Law Firm, a personal injury law firm founded in 1995 with his partner, Andy Graham. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Florida…

Growing an Entrepreneurial Economy

TOM O’NEAL, RANDY BERRIDGE & STEVE QUELLO By Eric Wright “The Diffusion Process” or “The Technology Adoption Cycle,” though often sighted today was originally developed in the late 1950’s to track the purchase pattern of hybrid seed corn by farmers….

Blaire Martin of Florida Angel NEXUS & FAN Fund

The whole of the southeast, not just Florida in particular, accounts for only 10 percent of the Angel investment in the United States. This is especially surprising considering Florida has more accredited investors (investors who meet criteria as defined by the SEC) than almost any other state….

Processes and Efficiencies| The Feedback Loop: Dan Helmick

How Internal Efficiencies Deliver External Benefits FINFROCK is unique in the design-build world. We only work as a “Single Source of Responsibility.” In other words, compared to typical design-build teams that bring architecture and construction functions together for a single…

Company Profile – Spherion Staffing

Connecting Skilled Talent to Rewarding Careers Marj Bartok started her business, a Spherion Staffing Franchise, in 1994. This year she is proud to be celebrating 22 successful years of business in Brevard County. Spherion Staffing has, since its inception, achieved outstanding results by…

Executive Profile – Ron Oats Boy Scout

Farewell To A Difference Maker: Ron Oats, CEO Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America Since moving to Orlando in 2006, Ron Oats, Chief Executive Officer at the Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, has become a fixture in…

Executive Profile – CORT

Company Name: CORT Executive Name: Joni Luce Location: Melbourne, FL Years in the Area: 3 Years at the Company: 3 Website: CORT.com Description: Joni Luce is a 25-year sales veteran with extensive experience in project coordination, budgeting, marketing and networking in the local community. Since joining…

Executive Profile – Picton Warlow Rollins/Crummer

Name: Picton Warlow Title: Business Development and External Relations Company: Moss Construction Managers Location: Orlando, FL Founded: 2004 Years in the Area: 48 (whole life) Website: Mosscm.com Description: Picton Warlow wears many hats. In addition to his work at Moss Construction Managers, he has a deep passion…

One on One | Anthony Parkes of World Chambers Federation

Anthony Parkes, Director, International Chamber of Commerce and World Chambers Federation By Eric Wright Nothing inspires innovation like international commerce. Our English word “phonics” is a tribute to the inventors of the phonetic alphabet, the Phoenicians. They developed this quantum…

Up Close | Rob Panepinto as Board Chair of Florentine Strategies & Orlando Inc.

Florentine Strategies & Orlando Inc. Board Chair By Eric Wright There is a growing conviction that entrepreneurs who start, scale and ultimately have successful exits in a particular region are often the most passionate and committed to investing back into…

Social Entrepreneur | The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem since 1913. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country…

A Regional Vision

 A Regional Vision As we celebrate the 4th of July, usually with friends and family, afternoon picnics and evening fireworks, one can’t help but wonder if the founders, even in their wildest dreams, could foresee the nation that would arise…

Healthcare Innovation | Healthcare Market Discruptors: Chris Hiller

GuideWell: Building Partners On The Innovation Journey The world is going crazy for entrepreneurship and innovation right now. Without these two vital ingredients for growth our economies will stagnate and much needed new industries and subsequent jobs will not be created. So, we are seeing innovation centers,…

Foodpreneur | Chef Kevin Fonzo

K Restaurant and More by Kristine Thomas Though not a native of Orlando, Florida (who is these days?), Chef Kevin Fonzo is a well-known, and highly regarded name in the Central Florida community and beyond (but we’ll get to that later). Kevin…

The Renaissance in Women’s Healthcare

Major trends often start unheralded on the global stage. Few took notice of the Wright brothers’ inaugural flight and how many grasped the impact of the extracurricular project a student named Zuckerberg would have, as he worked in his Harvard dorm room inventing the social network?

The Titusville Rebirth Continues

Like great movie stars who team up to create blockbuster hit after blockbuster hit, RUSH Construction, Inc. and Parrish Medical Center are working together again on a project that is sure to have a big impact on the city of Titusville and the northern Brevard County community.

Company Profile — Jonathan Joël Neptune

Jonathan Neptune joined the CERTON team in mid-2010 while he was pursuing his Masters Degree in Engineering Management. During his career at CERTON, he has grown professionally and has served in many roles.

Executive Profile — Debbie Pavlakos

Debbie Pavlakos was born in Rockledge, Florida and grew up in Eau Gallie. Married to John for 42 years, they raised two daughters, Stephanie and Cortney. After graduation from the University of Florida, Stephanie moved to Tampa but Cortney still lives with mom and dad and attends Brevard Achievement Center in Rockledge.

Executive Profile — Robert Good

Robert Good has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lender with banks in Brevard County. He received his finance degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Webster University.

Personal Finance | The Power of Auto: Robert DeVries

The Power of Automating Your Retirement (Auto5) is the title of Part Two of my recent book The Brighter Future 401(k), where I describe in detail the five features your 401(k) should have to help improve the retirement lives of your employees.

Health Innovation | A Med/Tech Expert Epicenter: Colin Forward

Mark Wilson likes to say that this will be the Floridian century. Wilson, CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, claims that if New York defined the 19th, and California the 20th centuries (economically speaking), the 21st century will be Florida’s.

Workforce Wellness | A Changing Philosophy: Dr. Joseph Mignogna

The title of Yvon Chouinard’s memoir “Let My People Go Surfing,” refers to his unique and highly successful philosophy institutionalized at Patagonia, his outdoor products company. With a company culture that is committed to sustainable environmental practices, Patagonia also encourages their employees to take a break and be active, preferably outdoors.

Inspiring Innovation

We are witnessing a period in history where medicine is advancing almost as fast as mobile phone technology. Though sometimes particular cures seem to come far too slow, contemporary breakthroughs and applications are astounding.

One on One | David Strong of Orlando Health

With almost 100 years of history in Central Florida, Orlando Health is one of the oldest continually operating organizations in the region. In addition, it is the area’s fifth largest employer with over 15,000 employees and more than 2,000 affiliated physicians.

Brevard Health Alliance

In 1992, Holmes Regional Medical Center created project HOPE (Health Outreach Prevention and Education) to provide follow-up services to uninsured patients following emergency department visits. The first clinic, at University Park Elementary School in Melbourne, opened in 1994 with a group of volunteer physicians and nurse practitioners from HRMC.

Foodpreneur | The Rusty Spoon

How often do we duck into a local restaurant for lunch or dinner with only the thought of food and proximity in mind? We may have read a rave review or two, but in Orlando, we as locals (even visitors) can get overwhelmed by the advertising abilities of those larger national restaurants.

Up Close | Dana Nicholson Bledsoe of Nemours Children’s Hospital

When I was preparing to go back to graduate school, I felt I could impact more children and families if I went into the administrative side of healthcare, especially with my clinical background.

Company Profiles | Shelter Mortgage and Sorensen Real Estate

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Brevard and Shelter Mortgage Form a Partnership Dale Sorensen Real Estate Brevard (DSRE Brevard), the number one real estate firm in Brevard County, recently confirmed a new partnership with Melbourne based private and direct lender Shelter Mortgage Company. The partnership is part of…

Employment | Talent Mining: Pam Nabors

Getting the Right People On Your Bus In the first week of March alone, there were 605 jobs posted and 33 new businesses in Central Florida registered in the Employ Florida Marketplace – Florida’s statewide jobs database. This, and an unemployment rate of…

One on One | Dr. Deborah F. Crown of Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business

Dr. Deborah F. Crown has been named Dean-elect and professor of management at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business By Eric Wright Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business’ recent honor as the No. 1 master’s program in the country for…

Social Entrepreneur | Children’s Home Society

A Deserving Highlight of the Loving Sponsors and Volunteers Behind the Organization By Marissa Pietrobono In 1902, a glimmer of hope arrived for orphans who were alone, malnourished and desperate for families with the creation of the first Children’s Home…

Best Practices: Finance

Optimizing Your Retirement Plan USING YOUR 401(K) AS A TOOL TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT Do you know what factor has been shown to be key in growing profits up to three times faster than competitors? Engaged employees! So what exactly…

Connors Wealth Creating Sustainable Retirements

DESCRIPTION: Father, husband, brother, fitness advocate, bacon lover, and Cocoa Beach native are all descriptions you could use to describe Justin Connors. Born and raised in Cocoa Beach Florida, Connors attended Freedom 7 Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, and Cocoa Beach…

Moss Construction

INNOVATIONS Make Them AN INDUSTRY LEADER By: Carl Kotala It all started, as Executive Vice President Mike Little said, because they simply “answered the phone.” In 2009, Little got a call from a client who asked for Moss Construction’s help…

Up Close | Dr. Duane DeFreese with the Indian River Lagoon Council

UP CLOSE WITH DR. DUANE DEFREESE Director of the Indian River Lagoon Council By: Eric Wright There is an often repeated joke and even a game that everyone is connected to actor Kevin Bacon by six degrees of separation. In…

Kalli Kamholz-Ecker

Kalli Kamholz-Ecker is an experienced Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, with a more than 10 year track record of success centered on Brevard’s incredible luxury, waterfront and beach properties. Born and raised in the Melbourne area, Kalli earned a full soccer…

Karen J. Gregory

Karen J. Gregory has a visionary ability to identify the potential in people and organizations, and turn that into action that creates far-reaching, transformational results. Her gift and vision to motivate and inspire others to make workplaces better places is…

Pamela Furr-Holz

Pamela Furr-Holz is the co-founder of Puzzle Box Academy (PBA) and Kaleidoscope Interventions (KI). As a mother of a child diagnosed on the spectrum, she is attempting to bring resources and support for families and their children that were not…

Heidi Hughes

Heidi Hughes began Spatial Technologies, LLC, a woman-owned small business, as a sole proprietor in 2003. Spatial became a competitive player in the geospatial mapping industry while its gross annual revenues increased nearly 100 percent each year since the inception…

Elaina Friesel Garvin, AAMS®

Elaina Garvin, of the Garvin Wealth Management Group of Stifel, is a long-time resident of Brevard County, having graduated from Eau Gallie High School. She enjoys serving in the community by volunteering her time participating with various non-profit organizations and…

Candi Neuweiler – Blue Jasmine Boutique

Candi Neuweiler is the owner of Blue Jasmine Boutique. Since 2002, the business has grown from its first location in the Oviedo Mall, to three sites in Central Florida. The two newest locations in Brevard County are in Titusville and…

Linda Brandon – Brandon Development Enterprises

Brandon Development Enterprises is a Florida state certified general contracting company founded in 1996. Brandon Development has been successfully building retail, institutional, industrial, aviation, medical, food service, communications infrastructure and custom residential facilities for more than 19 years. Linda Brandon…

Maureen Roche – Brevard Property Management & Realty Group, LLC

Simple cornerstones of hard work, integrity and good customer service are what Maureen Roche strives for every day. “It’s not hard; it’s having a strong work ethic, using common sense approaches and educating your customers on real estate matters that…

Maria Dockery – Femme Fatale ARMS

The sign on Maria Dockery’s Femme Fatale ARMS states, “Guns and Accessories for Women,” and is catching the attention of both women and men who enter the Melbourne, Florida store. Femme Fatale ARMS provides the knowledge, understanding and training to…

Dean Mead – Women in Business Profile

Dean Mead, one of Brevard County’s full-service business law firms, is committed to gender diversity and the important role that women leaders play in delivering client-centered service. There are four female attorneys in the firm’s seven-lawyer Viera office. All of…

Platt Hopwood Attorneys – Women in Business Profile

Both Billie Jo Hopwood and Tiffani Bishop of Platt Hopwood Attorneys at Law PLLC offer aggressive, passionate, successful representation, and specialize in the field of Family Law. They share with the rest of their team at Platt Hopwood extensive knowledge…

Kathryn Rudloff – Business Voice PAC

Kathryn Rudloff holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University. She spent eight years working in Republican politics in Washington D.C., California and Florida…

Leasha Flammio-Watson – Flammio Financial Group

Leasha Flammio-Watson is as passionate about financial planning as she is about the community in which she lives. As a second-generation financial advisor, she graduated from Florida State University and began her career in the financial services industry 20 years…

Jamie Forrest

Jamie Forrest serves as vice president at Health First Health Plans. She’s responsible for strategic planning, product development, fiscal management and overall performance of Florida Hospital Care Advantage (FHCA) membership and the operational partnership with Florida Hospital. Health First Health…

Anne Conroy-Baiter – Junior Achievement of the Space Coast

Anne Conroy-Baiter joined Junior Achievement (JA) of the Space Coast in July 2014 as its new president. With more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management, entrepreneurship, and marketing, her most recent prior position was as executive director of…

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC (CRI) is a southeast regional accounting firm with 49 offices in nine states. Accounting Today magazine’s “2015 Top 100 Accounting Firm Survey” ranks CRI as the 23rd largest and fastest growing accounting firm in the…

Jessica Nicolette – Shelter Mortgage

A native of New York, Jessica Nicolette relocated to Brevard County 15 years ago with her family. With family and friends in the business, it was only natural that Nicolette found herself intrigued by the mortgage industry and the many…

The Viera Company – Women in Business

Lauri Duda was appointed as corporate vice president and officer of real estate for A. Duda & Sons, Inc., and vice president, marketing for The Viera Company in 2009. In this position, she is responsible for marketing, promotional and advertising…

Carole M. Hoover – Atlantic Coast Painting

Carole Hoover is a licensed and insured painting contractor. Originally from Metro Detroit, Hoover has been in Florida since 2003 and is a resident of Viera. After marrying her husband, the two opened their first painting company in Michigan and…

Frank Christopian

For Dr. Frank Christopian, nothing is more important than helping students succeed. Among the best ways to accomplish that goal is through the new bachelor’s degrees in Business at Eastern Florida State College. The Assistant Professor of Business is helping…

Leasha Flammio-Watson | Flammio Financial Group

“Building relationships with my clients is the most important part of my job,” said Leasha Flammio-Watson, owner of the Flammio Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

The Melbourne branch of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. was established in February of 2013 by mother-daughter, Betsy and Dawn Dickson with their team. Soon after, Tom and Lauren Bedor working as father-daughter team joined and recently, the branch welcomed…

Connors Wealth Management

Connors Wealth Management’s founder and CEO Justin Connors believes in hiring the best human capital he can find to deliver an exceptional client experience investors could not find elsewhere in Central Florida.

Gina Rall | Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

Gina Rall makes estate administration enjoyable, as she makes most things fun and interesting. With 20 years of public accounting experience, she focuses on simplifying the complex nature of trust and estate taxation for CRI clients in Central Florida.

Bison Financial Group

Bison Financial Group is an independent practice of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network with offices in Indiana, Michigan and Melbourne, Florida.

Connors Wealth Management

In his relentless commitment to delivering the most exceptional client experience in Central Florida, Justin Connors of Connors Wealth Management continues to partner with the most experienced professionals in the financial services industry.

FirstWave Financial

For the past 20 years, Tom Kirk and the team at FirstWave Financial have been privileged to serve the Space Coast with a single mission: Helping the people they care about create the life they dream about.

Glenn S. Sandler | G.I. Tax Service

G.I. Tax has become the premier tax preparation service company in the State of Florida. Glenn Sandler has not only found a way for G.I. Tax to offer tax payers the much needed service of preparing accurate tax returns.

Heron Financial Partners

Utilizing the experience gained over nearly 40 years in the financial services industry, including several years as a professional equities trader, Gerald Fasanella, President of Heron Financial Partners, created a program designed to actively manage clients’ assets.

CrossleyShear Wealth Management

Since 1998, CrossleyShear Wealth Management continues to take care of all the small elements that collectively make up a life, retirement plan and portfolio.

SunTrust Private Wealth Management

For many years, families have counted on SunTrust Private Wealth Management in Brevard County and across the Southeast to help manage, protect, and transfer their legacies.

Sterling Wealth Management Group | UBS Financial Services

Pat Picornell and Ed Hecker of the Sterling Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services offer advice that’s relevant and targeted to helping you make your life better.

Whittaker Cooper Financial Group

Many people simply meander toward retirement with no set course. Yet, they hope to one day enjoy the things that they have always dreamed of in retirement.

David Ryan | JD Bowen Financial Group

David Ryan of JD Bowen Financial Group in Indialantic realizes that every family’s situation is unique, which is why he builds a relationship with each client so that he can better understand their needs and financial goals.

Staci Gosnell | Viera Tax Consulting, LLC

As owner of Viera Tax Consulting, Stacie Gosnell believes that accurate tax preparation is about so much more than crunching numbers.

Up Close | Robert Cabana of Kennedy Space Center

It was a challenge that could have withered the stoutest heart. After three decades and 135 flights the Space Shuttle program was being retired.

Paul Weber

A Brevard native, Weber began his insurance career 30 years ago with his father, Gene Weber, providing student athletic accident insurance to school systems in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

Up Close | Dr. T. Dwayne McCay of FIT

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, an engineer and science pioneer himself, will be helping write the next chapter in the university’s development, as FIT President Anthony Catanese retires in 2016 and he takes the helm.

Timothy Stockton

After graduating from UCF with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Timothy Stockton was introduced to the world of “Safety-Critical” engineering.

Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service

A true family business, Gatto’s Tire & Auto Service was started by Mike Gatto and is now run by his daughter Pam, along with her sons Mike McHenry, Scott McHenry and son-in-law Mike Nevin.

One on One | José Fajardo of Orlando, Inc.

A regional economy thrives in opportunistic times, and survives in challenging times, because of its connectedness.

Dr. Cedric Chenet

Dr. Cedric Chenet’s professional philosophy is simple – education, experience and technology that come together for excellence in dental care. He should know; he’s been doing it for 33 years. The technology component is one that particularly excites Dr. Chenet and his staff. His office in Viera is fully digital and he and his staff are continuously educated on the latest tools and technology available for improving oral health.

Q&A with Sean Stanton

Compass Research was founded in 2006 by my business partner Craig T. Curtis, MD and me.

Alpizar Law, LLC

O. John Alpizar began his legal career in 1978 with a simple desire: to help people in the community. David M. Alpizar joined Alpizar Law in 2007, making the firm two generations strong, and it continues to grow with Andrew Pickett joining in 2013.

Dean Mead

Dean Mead, one of Florida’s full-service business law firms, has 48 attorneys and a statewide footprint with five offices: Viera, Orlando, Gainesville, Fort Pierce and Tallahassee. The firm’s Brevard presence was established in 1989 when Mason Blake and other firm…

One on One | Sherrick (Rick) T. Wassel of IQ Orlando & Florida Hospital

IQ Orlando & Florida Hospital Guided by mission, economics and opportunity, healthcare is one of the most innovation-driven industries in the world and one ripe for disruption. Every day, breakthrough technologies are brought to market as well as processes that…

Christopher E. Broome, Esq.

Owner of The Broome Law Firm, P.A., Christopher E. Broome, Esq. provides legal representation to individual and business clients in Brevard County and throughout the state of Florida. With offices in Titusville and Viera, Broome represents clients in matters of…

inkID Biometric Password Manager

COMPANY: inkID Biometric Password Manager LOCATION: Melbourne NAMES: Boyd Mark and Jeff Lammers, founders of inkIDtm WEBSITE: myinkID.com (Search “inkID” on Indiegogo.com) Melbourne entrepreneurs are using Indiegogo.com to raise funds for completion of the inkID password management software. We challenge you to catch the wave of…

Mark S. Peters

Mark S. Peters has been an attorney in Brevard County since 1981. He is admitted to practice in state courts in Florida and the Federal District and Circuit Courts. His peers recognize Peters with an A.V. rating from Martindale Hubble,…

James M. Holz, Esq.

James M. Holz, Esq. is the founder of the Holz Law Group in Rockledge Fla. Mr. Holz graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. in 1999 with a degree in general studies with an emphasis in finance. He is a…

Stephen J. Lacey

Elder Law Attorney Stephen J. Lacey concentrates his practice in the areas of Medicaid and VA planning, asset protection, tax and estate planning, probate, guardianship, and real estate and business transaction law.  He is committed to helping clients navigate the…

Michael P. Sapourn

Michael P. Sapourn spent 23 years running a large, privately-held insurance brokerage in the Washington D.C. area. He moved to Florida in 2002, and held the public adjuster license for seven years.

Moore Eavenson Baughan, PLC

Moore Eavenson Baughan, PLC was born from two relationships. The first was a long friendship between the partners. The second was a unique blend of personal and professional strengths on the part of the lawyers. These relationships allowed for the…

Shane M. Smith, P.A. Law

Modern Approach. Traditional Work Ethic. Attorney Shane M. Smith is your local consumer and small business advocate. His passion is helping consumers and small businesses who are injured physically or financially by wrongdoers, insurance companies, corporations and banks. He also helps…

Rossway Swan Tierney Barry, P.L.

Rossway Swan Tierney Barry is an AV Preeminent* rated law firm that brings a comprehensive, team-oriented approach to the practice of law, in an effort to meet each of their clients’ unique needs. The firm originated in 1999 with the…

Wendy Romeu

With over twenty years of Project Management and Process Improvement experience, Wendy Romeu has successfully built her business by right sizing solutions for her clients. She founded Alluvionic in 2013 to help businesses achieve their process and system implementation goals…

Leasha Flammio-Watson

Leasha Flammio-Watson is as passionate about financial planning as she is about the community in which she lives.

Christina Dalton

Christina Dalton is a Florida native and has been the CFO and comptroller of CERTON since 2008. She is an accounting professional with over 20 years of experience in the finance field.

Wendy Handy

Employers everywhere are striving to be on the cutting edge of employee benefits and understand that financial wellness and education programs are a valuable benefit to their employees.

Dr. Linda Miedema

Dr. Linda Miedema, vice president for academic affairs and chief learning officer at Eastern Florida State College, is playing a central role in the college’s continuing expansion.

Laura Chiesman

Laura Chiesman, Vice President of Client Services and WealthCoach™ at FirstWave Financial™, is dedicated to helping her clients with the complexities that wealth brings so that they can focus on enjoying their lives.

Wanda Lipscomb-Vásquez

Wanda Lipscomb-Vásquez, director of the Melbourne office of weVENTURE powered by Florida Institute of Technology (formally Women’s Business Center), is an example of that kind of leader.

Pamela Furr

Pamela Furr is the founder of Puzzle Box Academy and Kaleidoscope Interventions.

Terri Burdine

In his book Living Proof, Lucas Boyce summarizes an exceptional leader as someone who does for others without seeking anything in return. As this definition stands, there is no doubting the servant leadership style of Terri Burdine, partner of McGladrey

Natasha Cartagena Spencer

Natasha Cartagena Spencer runs Shelter Mortgage Company locally. Although she covers multiple states, she and her team proudly call the Space Coast home.

Tina Norman

Space Coast Cancer Center (SCCC) has been providing cancer care to Brevard County since 1983. With locations in Titusville, Merritt Island and Viera, SCCC offers comprehensive infusion therapy (chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immune therapy, biologic, etc) radiation therapy, laboratory services, CAT scan and Pet/CT.

Pat Picornell

Pat Picornell, a 26-year financial services veteran, is a leading Financial Advisor in Sterling Wealth Management Group at UBS in Melbourne.

Dawn and Betsy Dickson

As business partners, Dawn and Betsy Dickson of the Dickson Wealth Management Team at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. begin each workday by embracing the ‘Golden Rule’. They anchored the 28th branch opened for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. on…

Kim Brown

Helping entrepreneurs become successful while supporting a growing group of profitable businesses as the CFO for the past 20 years has led Kim Brown to her own opportunity as managing partner and president of Boys Electrical Contractors.

Pam Gatto

“We’re not in the tire business,” says Pam Gatto, president of Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service, ”We’re in the business of making cars safe. That’s something my Dad taught me.”

Jocelyn Bronson

House of Lights and Home Accents has been Central Florida’s premier supplier of quality, affordable and stylish home décor since 1963. As an executive vice president of sales, marketing and operations, Jocelyn Bronson’s main focus is mainly in the purchasing…

Ella Crow

Ella Crow has dedicated more than 26 years to the property and casualty field, currently serving as vice president and partner of Insurance Office of America (IOA), the ninth largest privately owned insurance broker in the United States.

Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki

Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki is president/owner of K9 Kampus a luxury dog daycare and boarding facility located in Melbourne.

Prudential Sterling Properties

Prudential Sterling Properties originated in 1982. Barbara C. Wall & Nancy R. Taylor have one of the few, great success stories in real estate with over 30 years of experience.

Andrea Beyel

Brevard native, Andrea Beyel, is a mother, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Rockledge Country Club.

Carla Casey

Carla Casey represents Brenner Real Estate Group in their Melbourne office as the regional manager for property management.

Christine Danielson

Christine Danielson is the branch manager and senior loan officer at The Mortgage Firm Melbourne. She leads an all-star team of experienced lending professionals responsible for millions of dollars in monthly real estate closings.

Cyndi Paulsen

Cyndi Paulsen is a full-time licensed real estate professional. Since 2008, her business has continued to grow and she accredits her success to integrity, tenacity, discipline and perseverance.

Deborah Tomczak

Utilizing her 27 years of corporate marketing experience, Deborah develops strategies for her customers to help them fulfill their real estate needs. Her credentials include a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Florida, and certifications as a Graduate of Real Estate Institute (GRI), Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

Jacob Schweich

Jacob Schweich is a man on a mission: to be an innovator and leader in business and use his experience as a model that others can follow.

Kindred Hospital Melbourne

Kindred Hospital Melbourne offers a full range of services for medically complex patients needing an extended stay in an acute care hospital.

Health First STEMing the Tide

At Health First, one of the county’s largest employers, the chief human resources officer and the chief nursing officer are both female.

Debbie Goode

Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPA’s and Advisors It’s not uncommon for individuals to doubt whether or not they chose the right profession. When graduating college, most at the young age of 22, it can be difficult to forecast what your…

Kristen Kohl

Imperial Salon & Spa It all started with a part-time job at her mother’s salon. Kristen Kohl was at home with her two young boys when her mother, who was a salon owner and stylist, asked if she wanted to buy…

Diane Koenig

Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. It’s been a 30-year journey and a life of residing in seven different countries to bring Diane Koenig to where she is today – building homes, community and hope as executive director of…

Mary Demetree

Demetree Real Estate Services, Inc. A native Floridian, Mary Demetree grew up watching her father work on residential job sites, retail shopping centers and apartments. In case you didn’t already know, much of the Magic Kingdom Park, as well as a…

Kelly Cohen

Southern Strategy Group If you know her, you can probably get to know anyone you want to in Central Florida or Tallahassee. Or, if you want to get something done, from a downtown redevelopment like Creative Village, to a smart…

Sandy Hostetter

CNLBank Sometimes we find our careers and sometimes our careers find us. But whichever way it happens, it is the passionate pursuit of that discovery that positions us for our future. What drew Sandy Hostetter to banking? “Well, to be honest,…

Angela Alban

SIMETRI, Inc. encontrar nuestra versión española en línea en: i4biz.com/alban How do you train someone to insert a catheter for I.V. fluids in someone’s shoulder (what people in the industry describe as “an intraosseous insertion at the humeral head”)? Ask for…

Jeanetta Lawrence

Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic Some know they want to follow a certain career track from the time they are children, while others start in the pursuit of one objective and end up discovering a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities. …

Linda Landman Gonzalez

Orlando Magic encontrar nuestra versión española en línea en: i4biz.com/gonzalez Sports have a way of conferring an identity and uniting a community like no other regional institution. It is a brand people emblazon on their cars and their person; it crosses…

Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming has worked in the biotech medical field for nearly a quarter of a century.

One on One | Pamela Nabors with CareerSource Central Florida

CareerSource Central Florida President and CEO Few organizations serve both the supply side as well as the demand side of the economic equation like CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF). Everyone agrees that the “Talent Pipeline” is one of the most significant…

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…

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…

House of Lights

Craig Bronson The House of Lights in Melbourne, Fla., founded in 1963 and bought by Phil and Jocelyn Bronson in 1968, has positioned itself as a national leader among lighting showrooms for over 50 years. The longstanding family business has…

Cocoa & Coastal Hyundai

Tracey Latshaw & Michelle Russell When you ask Michelle Russell and Tracey Latshaw of Cocoa & Coastal Hyundai why they have been so successful here in Brevard County, their answer comes easily: Family. They have continued their father’s, Bruce Nelson Sr.’s, focus on…

Kyle Smith – Brevard County Manatees

TITLE: General Manager COMPANY: Brevard County Manatees YEARS at company: 10 YEARS IN Brevard: 10 DESCRIPTION: General Manager Kyle Smith knows the “Three Bs”: Brevard, Business and Baseball. Celebrating his 10th year with the Brevard County Manatees, a Class-A Advanced…

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,…

Interventions Unlimited

Helping Those Needing Help The Most In 1990, Jing Zhou came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in behavior analysis and therapy at Southern Illinois University. Driven by a passion to help children with autism or other…

PIRTEK Space Coast

Making Connections In Challenging Times Morgan Arundel saw the potential for a franchise business that specialized in on-site repair of hydraulic hoses and pipes, a service that saved customers countless hours of equipment downtime, therefore keeping projects on schedule and…

O’Dang Hummus

The “Ben & Jerry’s” of Hummus Entrepreneurs are usually born out of a spark of inspiration and motivation that sets someone on a no-return adventure of turning a clever idea into a profitable company. For Jesse Wolfe, a 27-year-old student…

Julie Moore – FIT

TITLE: Assistant Professor of Aviation Science UNDERGRADUATE: United States Air Force Academy, Human Factors GRADUATE: M.S. – Green Mountain College, Environmental Studies OTHER: Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base YEARS AT FIT: 2 It was…

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…

Up Close | Joseph Duda of A. Duda & Sons

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…

Certified General Contractors

Certified General Contractors (CGC) was founded in 1992 on the core values of providing professional construction services, high quality cost efficient buildings, and on-time delivery.

W&J Construction Corporation

W&J Construction Corp. was formed and incorporated in 1965 through a partnership between Ed Wike and Goody Jensen.

RUSH Construction

General Contractor, RUSH Construction Inc., has built their fair share of projects across the state in their 30-year history, taking them as far south as Key West.

Noble Structural Group

Noble Structural Group (NSG) is a structural engineering firm located in Brevard County that specializes in the design of industrial plant facilities and civil infrastructure.

Tricon Development

Located in Merritt Island, Tricon Development was established in 1979 by founder Maurice Kodsi and functions as a full service real estate development and investment firm.

Doug Wilson Enterprises

Doug Wilson Enterprises was founded in 1983 with goal of providing quality construction services to Brevard County.

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast’s Business Hall of Fame 2015

The Junior Achievement of the Space Coast’s (JASC) Business Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to free enterprise and society.

Michelle Pawling

Michelle Pawling began her career in the financial services industry with a small employee leasing firm.

Q&A with Greg Donovan

Melbourne International Airport is a 24/7/365 operation that requires the highest levels of safety and security – priorities that get unwavering focus on a daily basis.

Treasure Hunting at Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe

The majority of society has the opportunity to find a job, but career options for those with special needs are limited. For Betsy Farmer, this realization became clear when her son, Luke, who has Down syndrome, came to an age…

One on One | John Lewis with Lynx

John Lewis CEO of LYNX Jobs in a region depend on the ability of the workforce to get from their place of origin to their place of business, economically and efficiently. It is true from the entry-level position to those…

Black Tie Digital Marketing

Black Tie Digital Marketing is a full-service, boutique digital marketing agency providing website design, blogging, social media, logo design, search engine optimization, web advertising, video production, video animation, e-mail automation, and graphic design.

Lucas Vandenberg

Lucas Vandenberg is the founder and CEO of Fifty & Five, an award-winning social media marketing agency with offices in Los Angeles and Orlando.

TWsquared

Lorri Shaban and Kim Isemann are the driving force behind the growth, innovation and success of Orlando-based marketing and communications firm TWsquared. They met when Isemann hired Shaban and her firm to launch LEGOLAND® Florida. Following the launch’s record-smashing success,…

Sean Martin

Generating extraordinary results for clients is what motivates Sean Martin, vice president at CBR Strategic Communications. Martin’s reputation for delivering dazzling media coverage, for clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to important local organizations, was earned through top level experience….

María Sanquírico

If you are seeking to broaden your market reach by tapping into Hispanic consumers, María Isabel Sanquírico can help you succeed. María Isabel is the founder of Eleven 11 Communications, an Orlando-based marketing and PR firm with Hispanics at heart….

Alexandra “Page” Heyward

When it comes to bringing a “brand” to the forefront, in the minds of the right audience, no one has a unique marketing approach quite like Page Heyward. As a proud native Floridian, who has experience in niche marketing, business…

Pete Barr, Jr.

Pete Barr, Jr. has been in the ad business for over 30 years, starting out at The Orlando Sentinel in advertising space sales. In 1987, he joined his dad at Fry Hammond Barr, Inc. as an account executive. From that…

Jackie Kelvington

Jackie Kelvington is a master at strategy and storytelling which, in the world of marketing and public relations, are the keys to connecting to people and motivating action. She’s been a go-to source for clients wanting greater awareness and new and…

Pamela Rogan

For 31-plus years, Pamela Rogan has been recognized for her natural leadership ability, team-building skills and commitment to “Blue Sky” thinking, where ideas can be shared collaboratively without fear of being judged. This approach to business is best evidenced by…

Nancy Port Schwalb

Nancy Port Schwalb founded Schwalb Public Relations 20 years ago on the principles of excellence and commitment to personal management of each client’s public relations and marketing objectives. Specializing in business development, strategic planning, media strategies, and community engagement, Schwalb…

Michael Young

With over 20 years combined marketing, advertising and branding experience, Michael J. Young possesses a deep commitment to his client’s success. As founder and principal of SIX°_The Agency, a boutique collective specializing in marketing, advertising, branding and web design, he…

Grace Anderson

Developing a successful advertising strategy is an art as much as it is a science in today’s super-trendy, ultra-nuanced marketplace. Customers have never been more sophisticated and had so many buying options to choose from. Now, with the emergence of…

Kimbra Hennessy

In today’s evolving media environment, solid content development is a must. Public relations professionals strategically produce and deliver this critical content in various forms: press releases, blogs, websites, and social media. A former television reporter with a degree in journalism,…

One on One | Pete Barr Jr. of Fry Hammond Barr

President/CEO of Fry Hammond Barr On the wall in Pete Barr’s office is a print ad dating back to the early 1960s showing a toddler.  The baby is Pete Barr Jr.  When you talk about someone growing up in a…

Connecting With Clients and the Community

Connors Wealth Management Bringing Value to Brevard Many high school students in New England dream of attending a college where the campus is bathed in sunshine, shaded by palm trees and students walk to class in shorts and sandals, instead…

House of Lights

EXECUTIVE NAMES AND TITLES: Craig Bronson, Vice President of Business Development and IT (pictured); Phil Bronson, President and CEO; Jocelyn Bronson, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations FOUNDED: 1963 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: TheHouseofLights.com DESCRIPTION: Melbourne-based House of Lights has…

MBV Engineering, Inc.

EXECUTIVE NAMES AND TITLES: Bruce A. Moia, P.E., President; Rodolfo A. Villamizar, P.E., S.I., Vice President; Aaron J. Bowles, P.E., Vice President; FOUNDED: 1983 LOCATION: Melbourne, Vero Beach and Fort Pierce WEBSITE: MBVEng.com DESCRIPTION: MBV Engineering, Inc. started as a…

Q&A with Ahmed Reza

TrepHub is a startup in it’s own right, so every day is interesting. It can be as calm as helping a few startups out, connecting some people and I’m out by 8 p.m

Filling the Gap

Hidden Potentials Starts CONNECT Program There’s a new alternative coming for middle and high school students in Brevard County to fill the after-school gap between the last bell and dinnertime. When that time rolls around, students are left with few…

Q & A with Leasha Flammio-Watson

I’m a second-generation financial planner and started in the business almost 20 years ago alongside my father, Joseph Flammio.

One on One | Jerry Ross of the National Entrepreneur Center Jerry Ross

There is a growing awareness that entrepreneurialism can be “caught” and “taught.” The National Entrepreneur Center, under Jerry Ross’ leadership, has become internationally recognized for its work in bringing skills and support to those who have caught the entrepreneurial spirit.

Leasha Flammio-Watson CFP®

Private Wealth Advisor Flammio Financial Group An Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice “Building relationships with my clients is the most important part of my job,” said Leasha Flammio-Watson, owner of the Flammio Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of…

Jeffrey Small

President, Arbor Financial Services of Florida, Inc. R. Jeffrey Small, President of Arbor Financial, Teaches Retirees the Art of Financial Self-Defense. Having presented over 500 public seminars educating the local retirement and pre-retirement community on a range of monetary issues, Mr….

Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

Tom Bedor, CFP, Branch Manager, Senior Vice President – Investments Betsy Dickson, CFP, Managing Director – Investments Dawn Dickson, Associate Vice President – Investments Lauren Bedor, Financial Consultant Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. branch of Melbourne has been in business since February 2013. Working as…

Connors Wealth Management

Justin Connors, Founder & CEO, Financial Advisor James Caldwell, Relationship Manager, Financial Advisor Bill Penn, Chairman & CEO of Marine Bank Born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Justin Connors has called Brevard County home for over 40 years and has been advising investors…

Ralph Betancourt

Market President, Florida Bank of Commerce With over 25 years of commercial banking experience, Ralph Betancourt is a banking veteran. As the Orlando Market President of Florida Bank of Commerce, Betancourt is responsible for managing the bank’s Commercial Banking team. “We…

FirstWave Financial

Thomas L. Kirk CPA / PFS, WealthCoachTM, President and Founder Ryan Lees, Financial Planner Laura Chiesman CFP® WealthCoachTM Robert DeVries MBA, AWMA® WealthCoachTM A coach is different than an instructor or teacher. While they may also do some of both of these things,…

Glenn S. Sandler

CPA, MAC, CVA, CFE, CFF, President, G.I. Tax Service Glenn Sandler has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1982, graduating from Florida International University. Since, he has obtained certifications as a Certified Valuation Analyst, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified…

Heron Financial Partners, Inc.

Gerald Fasanella, President, Registered Principal, OSJ Branch Manager, Registered Representative, Investment Adviser Representative Maureen Fasanella, Vice President Brian Spatola, A.A.M.S., Registered Representative, Investment Adviser Representative Phillip Isan, Registered Representative, Investment Adviser Representative Heron Financial Partners believes the “old template” for investing must be updated and take into…

Zollo Financial Group

An office of MetLife Enrico “Rick” Zollo LUTCF, Financial Services Representative, Investment Advisor Representative, Special Needs Planner John Newman, Financial Services Representative, Special Needs Planner Tony DeBellis, Financial Planning Director Sean Winner, Advanced Markets Specialist Zollo Financial Group, an office of MetLife, offers a broad…

CrossleyShear Wealth Management

Raymond James Financial Services Dale Crossley, JD, Financial Planner Evan Shear CFP® Certified Financial Planner™ Since 1998, CrossleyShear Wealth Management continues to take care of all the small elements that collectively make up a life, retirement plan and portfolio. The result is an…

Whittaker Cooper Financial Group

Kenneth A. Whittaker, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CLU/ChFC, Branch Manager, RJFS Norman C. Hayde, MSFS, CFP®, CLU/ChFC, Financial Advisor, RJFS Many people simply meander toward retirement with no set course. Yet, they hope to one day enjoy the things that they have always dreamed…

Binhan Li

Research Assistant, Connors Wealth Management As Research Assistant with Connors Wealth Management, Binhan Li assists the advisors with the company’s multiple investment strategies that offer both strategic and tactical management disciplines to manage a client’s individual investment needs. Li is…

Rhett Wilson

Wealth Plan Design Specialist, Connors Wealth Management Rhett Wilson of Connors Wealth Management is the firm’s Wealth Plan Design Specialist, helping the advisors create customized financial plans for every client’s household, including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare analysis and recommendations….

Neal Johnson

Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, EverBank Home Lending For the past 48 years, Neal E. Johnson has lived in Brevard County and watched it grow, and he’s made significant professional and personal contributions to that growth. As a senior mortgage loan…

David Ryan

Investment Consultant, JD Bowen Financial Group For David Ryan of JD Bowen Financial Group in Indialantic, comprehensive planning for his clients’ financial futures begins with building strong relationships with them. In developing these relationships, Ryan is able to coach clients…

Todd J. Starkey

CFP, CRPC, CIMA  Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Starkey Wealth Management Group Everyone needs an experienced Financial Planner to help them navigate into and throughout their retirement. “I cannot imagine working and saving my whole life without a written…

Elaina Friesel Garvin

AAMS® First Vice President/Investments, Stifel Elaina Garvin, of the Garvin Savage Wealth Management Group of Stifel, is a long-time resident of Brevard County, having graduated from Eau Gallie High School. She enjoys serving in the community by volunteering her time…

Sterling Wealth Management Group

UBS Financial Services Ed Hecker, Director, CFP® Pat Picornell, Vice President – Wealth Management, CFP® As an experienced team, Pat Picornell and Ed Hecker of Sterling Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services offer advice that’s relevant and targeted to making your…

David Melnyk

Financial Planner, Verus Wealth Management, LLC Cancer has a way of changing lives forever. For David Melnyk, it led him to his career as a financial planner and gave him a perspective beyond his years. As an advisor and a…

Dr. Marco Carvalho

TITLE: Associate Professor, Computer Sciences and Director, Harris Institute for Assured Information UNDERGRADUATE: Mechanical Engineering Federal University of Brasilia GRADUATE: M.S. – University of West Florida, Computer Science   |  M.S. – Federal University of Brasilia, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. – Tulane University, Computer…

One on One | Scott Faris with Nanozyme, Inc. and AeroSonix, Inc.

CEO of Nanozyme, Inc. and AeroSonix, Inc. The breadth of Scott Faris’ entrepreneurial experience ranges from the latest innovations, like nanotechnology, to managing venture capital funds. This breadth of capability may explain why Bright House Networks sought him out as…

Q&A with Alex Karapetian

NAME: Alex Karapetian TITLE/COMPANY: Director of Sales & Marketing, Acopian Power Supplies  MARRIED: Yes, to Leslie for three years CHILDREN: Theodore “Teddy” YEARS AT COMPANY: 8 On a typical day, what types of tasks and responsibilities do you tackle? My typical day…

Moriah Corporation

EXECUTIVE NAMES AND TITLES: Ruth Randall, CEO (not pictured); Marcella Randall, President; Marshall Randall, Administrative Director; Jake Schweich, Director of Business Development; Alexis Bass, Executive Assistant FOUNDED: 1998 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: MoriahCorp.com DESCRIPTION: Moriah Corporation, part of the United Services family,…

Baer Air, Inc.

EXECUTIVE: Joseph P. Stein, President FOUNDED: 2003 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: FlyBaerAir.com DESCRIPTION: Since owning a Seneca I aircraft, Baer Air, Inc. founder Bill Baer always had a vision of owning an airline charter company. The vision became reality in 2003, when…

One on One | Tim Kuck of Regal Marine Industries

Executive VP and COO of Regal Marine Industries Paul and Carol Kuck founded Regal Marine Industries in 1969. Forty-five years later the company, whose name was picked out of a dictionary, has grown into a world class standard in nautical…

Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh

TITLE: Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, Department Head, and Distinguished Professor UNDERGRADUATE: University of Bombay, Mechanical Engineering GRADUATE: M.S. – Kansas State University, Industrial Engineering, Ph.D. – University of Illinois, Industrial Engineering YEARS AT FIT: 29+   Dr. Muzaffar A. Shaikh’s interest in…

Q&A with Julie Song

NAME:  Julie K. Song TITLE/COMPANY: FL Business & Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. MARRIED:  Yes, to Si for 13 years CHILDREN: Conner, 20 YEARS IN BREVARD: 15 On a typical day, what types of tasks and responsibilities do you tackle? Every day…

One Insurance Group

EXECUTIVES: Chris Robinson, president; Maggie Robinson, vice president, account management FOUNDED: April 1, 2011 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: OneInsuranceGroupInc.info With a total of 22 years in the health insurance industry, Chris Robinson has seen significant changes in the way healthcare is delivered. Using…

Mike Shah: Entrepreneur of the Year

Living the American Dream By Josh Field The headquarters of Southeast Petro Distributors sits atop one of the highest geographical sites in Brevard County – appropriately named, “High Point Drive,” in Cocoa – as if the elevation provides a vantage…

Josh Green

For the last five and a half years, Josh Green has been in the moving business, helping residents and businesses manage one of the most exciting and unnerving life experiences: moving to a new home or workspace. But in June…

Edward J. Hecker

As a lifelong resident of Brevard County, Edward J. Hecker feels a deep responsibility to its people and his community, believing that it’s a great place to live, raise a family, and retire. For 30 years, he has been in…

Q & A with William (Bill) Taylor

NAME: William T. Taylor (Bill) TITLE/COMPANY: President/Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank of the South CHILDREN: Ryan, 25 YEARS IN BREVARD: 47 Why did you build and create Community Bank of the South? I worked for Barnett Bank for many…

Abram Walton, Ph.D.

TITLE: Associate Professor of Management UNDERGRADUATE: Northwest Nazarene University, Business and Computer Science GRADUATE: M.S. – Purdue University, Technology Leadership & Innovation, Ph.D. – Purdue University, Organizational Development and Engineering Management YEARS AT FIT: 2   As an associate professor of management in the…

Black Tie Digital Marketing

Scott Brazdo, MBA and Steve Buck are the co-founders and owners of Black Tie Digital Marketing. Brazdo and Buck met while working at RideNow Powersports in 2006. They quickly became best friends after many lunch-break motorcycle rides to Tijuana Flats…

Cat DeCecco, CMP

Market Affairs Specialist, Florida Blue Cat DeCecco, market affairs specialist for Florida Blue, serves as chair of the Central Florida Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC)—a group of more than 50 young professionals under the age of 32 that come together…

Adam Facciobene

Project Manager, Don Facciobene Inc. Adam Facciobene is a Melbourne native with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. Since 2001, he has been with Don Facciobene – General…

Greg Ellingson

Licensed Real Estate Broker, Ellingson Properties Greg Ellingson graduated at the top of his class from the Air Force Academy in 1997 and spent the next eight years as an Air Force officer gaining program management and engineering experience. He…

Mollie Krell

Volunteer Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. Mollie Krell has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. for over four years. She serves as the volunteer coordinator, as well as assisting with family services for the affiliate. In…

Cullen Mariacher

Owner, JATO Cullen Mariacher was raised in a small town outside of Buffalo, N.Y., and permanently migrated to Central Florida after graduating high school. At age 19, he founded his first company with $200. By the time he turned 23,…

Karen Hufford

Marketing Director, LifeStyle Homes, Inc. Karen Hufford is a Brevard County native, having been raised in Palm Bay. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida, as well as a master’s degree in publishing…

Michael Williams Jr.

Project Manager, M.H. Williams Construction Group, Inc. Michael Williams Jr. has been around the construction industry most of his life and spent his teenage years working summers in the field learning various skilled trades. He attended the University of Florida and received…

Rossway Swan Tierney Barry, P.L.

Brooke M. Benzio practices in the areas of health law, elder law/long-term care planning, estate planning, and estate administration along with Partner Michael J. Swan. She grew up in Illinois and her family moved to the Treasure Coast in 2001….

Anthony R. Jicha, P.E.

RUSH Construction, Project Manager Anthony “Bobby” Jicha began his professional career at RUSH Construction, Inc. (RUSH) in May 2009. He has been a part of the RUSH team since November 2006, working as a project intern while finishing classes for…

Brian Hawkins

Shelter Mortgage, Licensed Mortgage Specialist Brian Hawkins is a licensed mortgage specialist with Shelter Mortgage in Viera. A graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Hawkins has been a resident of Brevard for over 20 years…

Jason Stanley

Stanley Homes, President Jason Stanley founded Stanley Homes, Inc. in 2003 after working for a well-respected local builder/developer along with the experience he inherited from watching both his father and grandfather work as home builders. Stanley graduated from Satellite High…

Christina Brown

Stina Bee Marketing, Founder Christina Brown, founder of Stina Bee Marketing, is daring, dedicated, and driven to bring corporate visions to life through distinctive “beyond the box” marketing and event strategies. A UCF graduate, she started on her entrepreneurial journey…

Cross, Fernandez & Riley

Originally from South Carolina, James Barfield made the move to the sunshine state as a high school student and attended the University of Central Florida before settling in Polk County. As a tax manager at Cross, Fernandez & Riley he…

Florida Eye Associates

Dr. Payman Haft is a cornea specialist with Florida Eye Associates. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine, followed by an ophthalmology residence and a fellowship in corneal disease at the renowned…

Jamie Forrest

Health First Health Plans, Vice President At the age of 32, Jamie Forrest serves as a Vice President of Health First Health Plans. She’s responsible for strategic planning, product development, fiscal management, project management and the overall performance of Florida…

Jennifer Yoli

Merritt Square Mall, Marketing Director Jennifer Yoli joined the Merritt Square Mall team in 2010 as marketing director. She is currently representing the mall as a board member of the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau. She…

Mike Acosta

Viera Pizza, CEO / Operating Partner Pizza is what Mike Acosta knows best. Growing up in Brevard County in the pizza industry, coupled with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCF, Acosta continues to perfect the company known as Viera…

Theresa Grant

Webster University, Community Relations Coordinator Theresa Grant was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She taught middle…

Jeff Garcia

TITLE: Director of Business Development COMPANY: Infinity Provisions, Inc. (an authorized distributor of Boar’s Head Brand) PHONE: (407) 914-5630 YEARS IN ORLANDO: 25 YEARS AT COMPANY: First year   Jeff Garcia has called Central Florida home since moving from San Bernardino, Calif. in 1989. A…

Change This World

EXECUTIVE: Marcus Mennenga, executive director FOUNDED: 2009 LOCATION: Orlando WEBSITE: ChangeThisWorld.com   Change This World was founded in 2009 with the realization that food changes everything. The organization provides meals to children and families in developing countries as a tool to bring hope and…

Q & A with Ella Crow

NAME: Ella Crow TITLE/COMPANY: Vice President of Insurance Office of America MARRIED: Yes, to Jay for 32 years CHILDREN: Grown daughter, Elisha Marie; son, Brad; and grandson, Alexander   On a typical day, what types of tasks and responsibilities do you tackle? I meet…

CEO Nexus Award Winner: Amjad Shamim

AAJ Technologies Amjad Shamim, CEO and managing partner Founded in 1997 AAJTech.com   ABOUT THE COMPANY: Amjad Shamim is the CEO and managing partner of AAJ Technologies, a privately held IT solutions provider headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. In his role,…

Travis Mack

TITLE: President and CEO COMPANY: Saalex Solutions, Inc. YEARS AT COMPANY: 15   DESCRIPTION: Since 1999, Travis Mack has provided overall leadership and direction for Saalex, an engineering and information technology solutions company with a focus on range operations and maintenance, information technology,…

Morse Communications

EXECUTIVES: Mike and Annette Costello FOUNDED: February 14, 1994 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: MorseCom.com   DESCRIPTION: Morse Communications was founded as a cable infrastructure company and has expanded into communications technologies including voice technologies, data networking, peripheral application and security. Starting in Melbourne, it has…

YMCA of Central Florida

More Than Just a Place Obesity is on the rise; 97 percent of Americans don’t exercise regularly, and 10 percent of adults in Central Florida are diagnosed with diabetes. Though this sets the country and region up for a great…

Asher Joseph

7-Year-Old Golf Prodigy On Father’s Day 2012, Asher Joseph and his father took a trip to Spessard Holland Golf Course in Melbourne Beach to use a father-son deal on a round of golf. Little did they know they would get…

Katie Stengel

Local Soccer Star Eyes World Cup and Olympics Growing up in Melbourne, 22-year-old Katie Stengel has never had to take a break from soccer because of winter weather, or even had to play on cold turf. Since she was 4…

Melbourne Terrace

EXECUTIVE: Jason Canlas, chief administrator FOUNDED: 2007 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: MelbourneTerraceRehab.com   DESCRIPTION: As a skilled nursing facility, Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center couples a resort-style atmosphere with healing and recovery. The facility challenges the status quo with a question: How many times have you…

Flavio Augusto da Silva

TITLE: Owner and chairman COMPANY: Orlando City Soccer Club YEARS IN ORLANDO: 3 YEARS AT COMPANY: 1   DESCRIPTION: Flávio Augusto da Silva (above, right) could be described as the consummate entrepreneur. With a $10,000 loan, at age 21, he founded a school called…

Sports Medicine

Maximizing Function and Minimizing Injuries Whatever sport is your favorite, staying healthy and on top of your game takes time and dedication, and the unfortunate truth is injuries are a common part of almost every sport. Even if you’re not…

Q & A with Adam Broadway

Q & A with Adam Broadway

Space Coast Lighting LLC

EXECUTIVE:  Jennifer Nifakos, president & CEO FOUNDED: 2013 LOCATION: Melbourne WEBSITE: DIYLEDStore.com   Space Coast Lighting LLC is the parent company of DIYLEDStore.com and represents the commercial side of this woman-owned LED lighting business. They engage with businesses of all…

Up Close | Dr. Cecil Wilson of World Medical Association

From his beginning at Emory University in Atlanta to his inauguration as president of the World Medical Association (WMA) in Bangkok, Thailand, Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., MACP, has had the opportunity to experience more than most in his field could…

A Conversation with Deborah C. German, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of UCF College of Medicine

Tom Waldron

An attorney for 20 years and a real estate broker for 35 years, Tom Waldron has diverse and extended experience. In addition to that, he has years of experience in banking prior to law school, service experience as a certified…

Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) has one mission: to be the best real estate company around. Staying true to that mission means having the most success-driven agents combined with the strongest marketing programs and utilizing the most innovative real estate…

JM Real Estate

JM Real Estate, Inc., is one of the largest and most respected commercial real estate companies on the central east coast of Florida. It is a full-service commercial property management, leasing and sales company specializing in multi-tenant office, retail, medical,…

Maureen Roche and Billie E. Simmons

Brevard Property Management & Realty Group is a full-service real estate brokerage firm that specializes in sales, rentals and property management. Billie E. Simmons and Maureen Roche, the firm’s brokers and partners, represent a total of more than a quarter-century…

Kalli Kamholz-Ecker

Kalli Kamholz-Ecker is an experienced accredited luxury home specialist, with a focus on luxury, waterfront and beach properties. Born and raised in the Melbourne area, Kalli earned a full soccer scholarship to the University of North Carolina where she excelled…

Rusty Melle

Rusty and Kelly Melle specialize in providing residential, commercial and investment real estate services to companies and individuals in Brevard County and throughout Florida. Rusty has been a licensed realtor for eight years and is the broker for ITG Realty,…

Matthew Jehs

Tuttle-Armfield-Wagner Appraisals & Research, Inc. is excited to introduce Matthew W. Jehs as the new managing director. Matthew is both a certified general real estate appraiser and a designated member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). Outside of the firm, he…

Mitch Ribak

It’s been an amazing past year for real estate in Brevard County. January home sales are on the rise (up 11.4 percent over last year) and inventory is starting to creep up a little. In 2011 Space Coast Association of…

Andy Waterman

Andy Waterman began his career in real estate in 1997. He was Rookie of The Year as well as the top producing company agent, among more than 100 agents, for nine years in a row. In 2010, he opened his…

Dominick Tosta

Home buyers and sellers on the Space Coast have come to know Dominick Tosta as the real estate broker of choice when it comes to making one of the most important decisions of their lives. Not only does his knowledge,…

Steve Vitani

Steve Vitani has been a resident of Brevard County (Viera) since 2002. He has been recognized as a MULTI-Million Dollar Producer each of the past 5 years and received numerous awards with RE/MAX. Steve is a very familiar face in…

Prudential Sterling Properties

Barbara C. Wall & Nancy R.Taylor have one of the few, great success stories in real estate with over 30 years of owning Prudential Sterling Properties. Nancy and Barbara are “working Brokers” with 62 successful agents and a history of…

Viera Realty, Inc.

Mary Ann Thompson maintains solid relationships with her clients and addresses their concerns in a proactive and professional manner. With her enthusiasm, friendliness, knowledge and experience, she is the one to call for all your real estate needs. With Mary…

Britton Group, Inc.

Determined, hard-working and experienced professionals, Lori Hurwitz and Michelle McKinney pride themselves on providing extraordinary real estate service to Brevard County. Their “white glove service” is designed to make both your real estate transaction and move a breeze. Lori, who…

One on One | Samuel Graham of GreenPath Energy Solutions

President and CEO of GreenPath Energy Solutions The most intriguing green initiatives are those that not only reduce consumption, but also enhance a business’s bottom line. It is an unbeatable combination – saving money while you save the planet. It…

Samantha Bailey Brackett

COMPANY: Ripple Effect Advertising, Inc. TITLE: Owner YEARS IN BREVARD: 20 YEARS AT COMPANY: 8   For more than 20 years, Samantha Bailey Brackett has worked with clients to create successful marketing strategies. She opened Ripple Effect Advertising in 2008…

Doug Connor Inc.

EXECUTIVES:  Dana Connor, CEO Doug Connor, founder/owner FOUNDED:  1985 LOCATION:  Melbourne WEBSITE:  DCIonsite.com   For 29 years, Doug Connor Inc. (DCI) has ensured the quality, timely and cost effective completion of a wide range of commercial and residential projects. Today,…

One on One | Jason Rottenberg of Arsenal Venture Partners

Whether it is entrepreneurs or business academics, when the subject turns to venture capital, one name is almost always in the conversation in central Florida. That one individual, who is considered the expert by the experts, is Jason Rottenberg, managing…

Alpizar Law

O. John Alpizar began his legal career over 35 years ago with a simple desire: to help people in the community. David M. Alpizar joined Alpizar Law in 2007, making the firm two generations strong, and it continues to grow…

Nance Cacciatore

For over 50 years, Nance Cacciatore has represented thousands of clients seeking justice for themselves or their loved ones. Since 1963, the attorneys at Nance Cacciatore have handled personal injury and wrongful death cases including automobile accidents, commercial trucking accidents,…

McClelland Jones, LLC

Elder Law Attorney Stephen J. Lacey concentrates his practice in the areas of Medicaid and VA planning, asset protection, tax and estate planning, probate, guardianship, and real estate and business transaction law.  He is committed to helping clients navigate the…

Smith & Associates

Geoff and Susan Smith are not only law partners, but life partners as well.  This husband and wife team left a well-established Tallahassee law firm and founded Smith & Associates in 2006 with the goal of “doing things differently.” They…

Christina Sanchez

Christina Sanchez is an accomplished trial attorney focusing her practice in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense and family law. Prior to forming Sanchez Law Firm, she acquired extensive court experience at the 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office,…

Brooke Deratany Goldfarb

Since graduating from Harvard Law School 18 years ago, Brevard County native, Brooke Deratany Goldfarb, has practiced in multiple areas of law. In 1996, she started her career in Miami as an international business, corporate and immigration attorney. In 1998,…

Rossway Swan Tierney Barry

Deeply invested in the seaside community of Vero Beach, widely referred to as the Palm Beach of the Treasure Coast, Rossway Swan Tierney Barry is a comprehensive law firm serving the legal needs of businesses and individuals from Brevard to…

Carole Suzanne Bess

Carole Suzanne Bess has been practicing law in Brevard County, in the area of bankruptcy and helping people manage their debts for 24 years. She and her firm have been instrumental in pioneering a successful mortgage modification program and recently…

Michael P. Sapourn

“When your insurance company doesn’t play fair, call Michael Sapourn.” Sapourn spent 23 years running a large, privately-held insurance brokerage in the Washington D.C. area. He moved to Florida in 2002, and held the public adjuster license for seven years….

Thomas F. Shine

Thomas F. Shine is an Investor Rights Protection Attorney who represents consumers who have been harmed by bad investment advice and bad investment/insurance products.  He has more than 27 years of experience with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial…

Laurel A. Nugent

Laurel Nugent has a practice focusing on business law and corporate transactions. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Eckerd College, a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, and both a Masters I and a Masters II in business law…

Diana Figueroa

Diana Figueroa, Esquire was born and raised in South Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 from Florida State University and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1985 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California. Diana began working…

Health Care is All About “Improving Quality of Life”

New Health First Health Plans CEO Ready to Serve Recognized within the health care insurance community as a skilled strategist with exceptional business acumen, Ed Griese is using his expertise and unique perspective to improve quality of life for every…

Natasha Cartagena Spencer

  For many people the saying, “Home is where the heart is,” could not be truer. And while we find comfort inside its walls, it is what is at the center that one can find true purpose and warmth. But…

Natalie Sellers

For more than 50 years, Parrish Medical Center has been serving the Brevard County community. In that time it has been nationally recognized as one of the top hospitals not only in the region but also throughout the nation. Natalie…

Kim Rezanka

For some, change is not sought out but rather avoided; while others would simply state that it is inevitable. And for a few, well, they spend their whole lives driven by the passion that comes from the ability to effectuate…

Laura Chiesman

Why is it that the more successful you are the less time you have for taking care of what’s most important to you? Making financial decisions can be overwhelming and often gets pushed to the back burner of your “To…

Dean Mead

  Dean Mead Dean Mead, one of Brevard County’s premier full-service business law firms, is celebrating its 25th anniversary serving Florida’s Space Coast. Dean Mead has a culture of strong corporate citizenship. The firm supports charitable and civic organizations in…

Samantha Bailey Brackett

Samantha Bailey Brackett For more than 20 years, Samantha Bailey Brackett has worked with clients to create successful marketing strategies. She opened Ripple Effect Advertising, Inc. in 2008 to help businesses understand the media outlets and how each could be…

Dickson Wealth Management

Dickson Wealth Management As business partners, Dawn and Betsy Dickson of the Dickson Wealth Management Team at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. begin each work day by embracing the ‘Golden Rule’, which is to treat people the way you want to…

Grace Han

Grace Han Throughout her childhood, Grace Han dreamed of becoming a doctor or lawyer to help people in their need; however, after attending a hospitality school in China, she dreamed of owning her own restaurant one day. “The art of…

Nancy Payne

Nancy Payne Nancy Payne has been managing and directing oncology practices for over 30 years. Her decision to follow this career path was charted early by a mother who was director of nursing, and her first job as an ER…

Leasha Flammio-Watson, CFP®

As a second-generation financial advisor and a lifelong Brevard County resident, Leasha Flammio-Watson is as passionate about financial planning as she is about the community in which she lives.

Kitty Shaw

Kitty Shaw Kitty Shaw is a driven entrepreneur with a keen sense of creativity, commitment and tenacity. She is a marketing and business development expert with years of success. Most recently, Kitty built the foundation and developed a cosmetic surgery…

Karen Hufford

Karen Hufford Karen Hufford is a Brevard County native, having been raised in Palm Bay. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida, as well as a master’s degree in publishing from New York…

Deborah Kemps

Deborah Kemps For as long as Deborah can remember, she has had the desire and talent to experiment and create tasty works of art for her family, friends and clients. Her favorite Christmas gift was her Easy-Bake Oven at age…

Shannon Justice

Shannon Justice Life is full of surprises and unexpected adventures that can offer great blessings. Shannon Justice’s adventure at Merle Norman Cosmetics began with a family member and a client informing her of an open position at the Melbourne Square…

Kim Jones

Kim Jones A graduate from High Point University in North Carolina, Kim Jones has been a resident of Brevard County for over 35 years. After graduating from college she returned home to pursue the family business of insurance. She founded…

Carla Casey

Carla Casey Carla Casey represents Brenner Real Estate Group in their Melbourne office as the regional manager for property management. She is responsible for the daily oversight, administration and management of a portfolio of properties, construction management, budget preparation and…

Jacqui McPhillips

Jacqui McPhillips As a real estate developer for 23 years, Jacqui McPhillips and her brother embarked on a new adventure and purchased the oceanfront Tuckaway Shores Resort in Indialantic in 2006 for a condo-hotel conversion. Shortly thereafter, she assumed the…

Kelly Breedlove

Kelly Breedlove Kelly Breedlove has dedicated more than 30 years to the health field and currently serves as vice president of nursing at Health First, Holmes Regional Medical Center. In this position she has oversight responsibility for all nursing practice…

Dana Connor

Dana Connor Dana Connor is a construction and development contractor operating the family business, Doug Connor, Inc. (DCI). Her father, Doug Connor, founded DCI in 1985. She grew up around the construction industry and began working for the company in…

Janice Kelly

Janice Kelly Janice Kelly, owner of Kelly’s Kustom Kurtains in Cocoa Beach for over 37 years, provides exceptional service for window treatments, bedding and upholstery services to commercial and residential clients in Brevard County. She has worked with many of…

Julie A. Cady, Ed. D.

Julie A. Cady, Ed. D. Dr. Julie Cady is the principal of Viera Charter School. For the last 16 years she has served as an educator in the Brevard County School District. Her educational experiences include media specialist, gifted teacher,…

Elisa S. Wagers

Elisa S. Wagers A native New Yorker, Elisa S. Wagers has loved calling Melbourne her home since 1988. She has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, and in 2004 she opened her own agency, Better Insurance Group….

Jewel McDonald

Jewel McDonald For the past 26 years, Jewel McDonald, CPM®, CCIM, has worked in the commercial real estate field managing, leasing, selling and representing buyers. She is president and broker of JM Real Estate, Inc., and is the only woman…

Nancy Brower

Nancy Brower Nancy Brower has over 20 years of banking experience and possesses extensive knowledge of commercial and residential lending. Recently, she was promoted to senior vice president of Community Bank of the South, a premier financial institution whose mission…

Anita Saluja

Anita Saluja Originally from Sault St. Marie, Michigan, Dr. Anita Saluja completed her college education as a 15-year-old with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Dr. Saluja earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan and spent three additional years…

Pat Picornell

Pat Picornell, CFP® As a Certified Financial Planner, wealth manager and avid pilot, Pat realizes that a safe journey begins with planning. Whether a client’s journey is getting to retirement or through retirement, or making sure their family is taken…

Tara C. Couture

Tara C. Couture Tara C. Couture is the founding attorney of Couture Law P.A. Couture served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles prior to starting her own law firm. She is a member of the…

Cherise Czaban

Cherise Czaban Helping businesses grow by providing a suite of marketing services that help them stand out in the Central Florida marketplace, as well as fostering connections in the community, is what drives Cherise Czaban, director of business development at…

Kathy Thomas-Beck

Some have friends that are close like a brother. But for Kathy Thomas-Beck, she has the best of both worlds – a brother who is close like a friend. “In high school, my brother encouraged me to consider the field…

Nicole Decker

Beyond the brand that might be most recognized for plastic storage containers found in most kitchens is a movement that is transforming the lives of women in its sales force worldwide. In fact, this “Tupperware Effect” has nearly 3 million…

Leslie Hielema

Sometimes life is funny and takes you full circle. For Leslie Hielema, that could not be truer – her profession has taken her on a circuitous and interesting path. After graduating from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) with a degree…

Sherry Magee

Having grown up in Orlando, as a senior Sherry Magee was known as the “friendliest person” at Colonial High School. Her infectious, high-energy personality would be a driving force in her flourishing career. With a genuine love of meeting people,…

Roseann Harrington

It is rare that someone goes to college and is fortunate enough to get to do exactly what they prepared for. But that is the case with Roseann Harrington, vice president of marketing, communications and community relations for Orlando Utilities…

Lori Booker

Whether your company is unknown or well known (which, under some circumstances, can make the stoutest heart run for cover) Lori Booker is one of the area’s “go to” individuals for turning public opinion in your favor. She founded CBR…

One on One | Cari Coats of Rollins College

Cari Coats serves as the executive director of the nationally-ranked Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College. This latest venture is one in a long line of successes that has characterized her career, which included joining the Orlando Magic NBA…

One on One | Todd Stansbury the UCF Athletic Director

College athletics are one of the primary branding vehicles a university can have; it also unites students and alumni, draws people to the campus and produces graduates who are trained to deal with the pressures and challenges of the business…

FirstWave Financial

While other firms may offer general financial advice about investments, insurance and retirement to large numbers of clients, FirstWave Financial delivers customized strategies and solutions to a select clientele who want a financial advocate who can champion their goals.

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Over his 18 years’ experience as an Financial Advisor, Rich Martinson with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC has developed a reputation for outstanding customer service.

Flammio Financial Group

A second-generation financier, Leasha Flammio-Watson, CFP® says she was “born into” the industry.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Morgan Stanley, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and