New vice president of sales and business development
Andrew Weintraub has been named vice president of sales and business development at Health First Health Plans.
Mr. Weintraub comes to Health First with more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in the health plan industry and an extensive background in account management, sales, customer service, enrollment, business development, underwriting and consulting.
In his new position, Mr. Weintraub will assume leadership of business development activities for Health First's commercial group plans, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap (Medicare Supplemental Insurance) and Medicare prescription drug plans. He will also lead business development efforts into new markets.
Outgoing vice president of sales and marketing, James E. Beermann Jr., has been appointed as vice president of finance of Health First Health Plans Operations.
He will report directly to Joseph "Joe" Felkner, who recently joined Health First's Executive Leadership Team as chief financial officer, after the recent retirement of Robert "Bob" Galloway, who had served as CFO since Health First's parent organization, Health First, was formed in 1995.
Centrally located in the Suntree area of Brevard, Health First Health Plans currently has nearly 66,000 members, including 23,000 Medicare members.
Serving residents of Brevard County and part of Sebastian in Indian River County for more than 15 years, Health First Health Plans was founded as part of Health First, a not-for-profit family of healthcare services that also includes Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Viera Hospital, and the Health First Physicians Group.
For more information, visit www.HealthFirstHealthPlans.org, or call (321) 434-5665.
Pirata Group LLC joins the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce
The company derives its name from the Latin "pirata," meaning pirate, which also underscores the founder's heritage as descendants of a notable pirate.
Pirata Group LLC was founded in 2010 and is owned by Dan Stevens and his daughter, Brittany Stevens.
Pirata Group is a creative organization with an intense focus on apparel, business finance, entertainment and event opportunities.
Today, Pirata offers high-quality swimwear and fashions through its online boutique at www.piratacouture.com, financial services at www.piratacapital.com and a developing action sports brand at www.pirataclothing.com.
With a vast array of products and services available to the Space Coast and surrounding communities, Pirata is positioned for rapid growth and expansion.
For more information, call (407) 377-6848, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.piratagroup.com.
Information technology company to locate on Space Coast
Governor Rick Scott recently joined the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast in announcing that BlueWare Inc., a Michigan-based information technology company, will be relocating its operations to Melbourne.
BlueWare software, now called BestBond, aggregates patient information from disparate systems and merges the information into a common, user-friendly view of the patient's entire health history.
BlueWare will be developing and writing software, document scanning and developing in the areas of robotics, nanotechnology and genomics, as it applies to a patient's medical records.
The company expects to hire 190 employees with an average wage of $69,000 over the next four years in a leased facility in downtown Melbourne.
The company will invest more than $1 million in tangible property and equipment to support operations.
At full employment, the company's total economic impact is estimated to be over $22.4 million.
The EDC worked closely with the company to demonstrate the competitive advantages of locating in Brevard County and developed a competitive proposal outlining the tax advantages and skilled labor pool.
The company plans to commence operations at its facility in the fourth quarter of 2012.
For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org and www.blueware.us.
Sunbrushed partners with World Skin Cancer Foundation efforts
With skin cancer as the fastest-growing form of cancer in the United States, carefree and indifferent high-school students are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of the sun.
So, Sunbrushed, a Melbourne-based manufacturer of sunscreen, and a safe and natural sunless tanner, has partnered with the World Skin Cancer Foundation to teach teens and families how to protect their skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Sunbrushed principals Brian Low and Britt Allen actively support skin cancer prevention at sporting events, special programs, and the Internet.
During World Skin Cancer Foundation's community service events, Sunbrushed now donates a portion of proceeds from event sales and contributes SPF-30-plus sunscreen and sunless tanning products to help support WSCF educational efforts.
For more information on sunless tanning and skin cancer, or the partnership between Sunbrushed and the WSCF, please contact Donna Anselmo, at (321) 622-4138.
$40 million settlement with Sketchers
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with 43 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a $40 million settlement with Sketchers USA, Inc., the makers of Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and the Sketchers Resistance Runner athletic shoes.
The settlement resolves allegations that the company made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering and selling of its line of rocker-bottom shoe products that were not adequately substantiated at the time the claims were made. Under the settlement, Sketchers will pay up to $40 million in restitution to consumers who purchased the shoes.
In addition to restitution, the settlement prohibits Sketchers from making these claims unless it has adequate substantiation to do so.
Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Sketchers Resistance Runner can visit www.ftc.gov/sketchers or call (866) 325-4186 for information about how to obtain a partial refund.
New sales professionals
Prudential Sterling Properties has introduced a new sales professionals, Jennifer Jacono, Toie Crespi and J. Carey Gleason.
Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.
The office is located in Indian Harbour Beach.
Call (321) 591-9854 for more information.
Surgeon joins Wuesthoff panel
Nowokere Esemuede, M.D., has joined the multi- disciplinary panel of physicians providing services at Wuesthoff Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in Melbourne
The vascular surgeon joins general surgeon Emran Imami, M.D., and family physician Lauren Romeo, M.D..
Dr. Esemuede provides diagnosis and management of disorders affecting all parts of the vascular system.
He is fellowship trained and board-certified in vascular surgery and is also board-certified in general surgery.
The Wuesthoff Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center specializes in the comprehensive management and treatment of problematic, non-healing surgical wounds.
The center places an emphasis on aggressive and early intervention to avoid limb amputation.
Commonly treated disorders include surgical wounds, diabetic ulcers, bone infections, vascular ulcers, venous stasis insufficiency and wounds associated with radiation therapy.
The center is open Monday through Friday for wound treatment and hyperbarics.
For more information about Wuesthoff Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, or to learn about weekly clinics, please call (321) 676-2012.
Edward Jones named 'Firm of the Year' by Money Management Institute
Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year by the Money Management Institute as the firm that most exemplified overall excellence and contributed to the long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry, according to Phillip Isan, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Melbourne Beach.
This award recognizes the features and benefits of both of the firm's advisory platforms.
Edward Jones Advisory Solutions is an asset allocation and advisory program that allows investors to select from research or custom models with an initial minimum investment of $50,000. The models use a combination of mutual funds, exchange traded funds and separately managed accounts in the construction of the portfolio and allow clients to delegate asset allocation, investment selection and portfolio rebalancing to Edward Jones.
This program now offers 62 fully discretionary research models, in addition to custom models, which allow investors to design a model to match their unique investment needs. With the program's custom models, clients retain discretion over the investment selection from the list of funds available in the program.
Advisory Solutions has proved popular with Edward Jones clients. The program has grown to more than $75 billion in asses under management since its introduction in August 2008. Advisory Solutions now ranks as the country's fourth-largest mutual fund advisory program, according to MMI/Dover Research.
In addition, Edward Jones offers a dual contract separately managed account program, with more than $2 billion in assets under management.
Account representative joins Ted Todd Insurance Agency
Emily Tyler has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency as a licensed insurance agent.
Ms. Tyler was formerly an account coordinator with Insurance Office of America in Longwood and earlier as an administrative assistant with York Risk Services Group Inc.
In her new role, Ms. Tyler assists clients with personal lines of property and casualty insurance and ensures that every customer's needs are well-met to protect them from unexpected financial losses.
Ted Todd formed The Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, and it is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country.
It has a total of seven locations throughout Lee, Collier, Brevard, Palm Beach and Sarasota Counties.
The agency provides home, auto, business, commercial, retirement and life insurance products.
For more information, visit www.TedToddInsurance.com or call (866) 760-3999.
Two Men and a Truck and La Petite Academy collect items
Two Men and a Truck franchisee Brenda VanAntwerp recently presented La Petite Academy director Terry Bagby with a certificate of appreciation for the school's participation in "Movers for Moms," a collection of essential items for women staying at the Space Coast Center for Mothers with Children on Mother's Day.
The moving company partnered with schools to collect more than 20,000 items for local shelters across Florida and more than 115,000 items nationwide.
Company changes name, moves to Satellite Beach
In addition to changing its name to FirstWave Financial, the company formerly known as CPA Wealth Management Services is also changing locations.
The transition will involve moving out of its current Melbourne office and opening a new client service center at 1300 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach.
FirstWave Financial will officially debut its new Brevard location with a grand opening celebration Thursday, June 28. The company also has an office in Orlando, which opened in 2009.
FirstWave Financial (formerly known as CPA Wealth Management Services) was founded in 1995 as an affiliate firm of Hoyman Dobson, CPA.
For more information, visit www.firstwavefinancial.com or call (321) 773-7773.
New vice president at Health First
Health First president and CEO Steven P. Johnson has announced that Randy Currin has been named vice president of growth and development reporting to the Health First executive vice president, chief strategy &and growth officer Drew Rector.
In this new role, Mr. Currin will oversee Health First's Outpatient & Wellness Division's many specialized services, including the Health First Aging Institute, Health First Diagnostic Services, Health First Durable Medical Equipment, Health First Home Care and Hospice of Health First.
He will also be responsible for Health First Medical Rehabilitation, Health First Private Duty, Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers, Health First Sleep Center, Health First Wound Management & Hyperbarics Center, Health First Pain Management, and the Health First Family Pharmacy. He will also direct the Health First service lines of orthopedics, neurosurgery and spine.
Mr. Currin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration degree in health sector management and policy from the University of Miami.
New sales professional
Prudential Sterling Properties has announced its newest sales professional, Jeff C. Chancey to help in the buying or selling of homes.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 698-4428.
Former Genesis Business Group joins CRI team
Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, ranked as the 29th largest accounting firm nationally and third largest in the South, has announced the creation of a licensed broker/dealer which will operate under the name Carr, Riggs & Ingram Transaction Advisors LLC.
While a separate entity, CRI Transaction Advisors is the formalization of transaction services offered through CRI that encompasses a broad spectrum of sell-side and buy-side offerings.
The firm is registered as a broker dealer with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is a member of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation.
Formerly with the Genesis Business Group, mergers and acquisitions specialists Darin Phillips, Joel Sikes and Ed Phillips spent many years developing and honing a process that maintains extreme focus on the elements that lead to successful results in a transaction.
The full benefit of their prior experience and success in assisting clients complete the sale or purchase of businesses is now the core of CRI Transaction Advisors.
For more information, please visit www.CRIcpa.com, the blog available from http://blog.CRIcpa.com, call (615) 457-0069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment screening services now available
Edge Information Management Inc., a provider of background and drug screening services, has announced that its employment screening solutions are now available on the Taleo Solution Exchange, one of the world's largest cloud communities for talent management.
Taleo Corporation, a global leader of SaaS-based Talent Management solutions, was recently acquired by Oracle.
The employment screening solutions will allow users to simplify the hiring process by providing access to paperless, turn-key screening solutions.
Customers will be able to increase efficiency during the overall hiring process.
Edge Information Management's employment screening solutions integrate with Taleo Enterprise.
Edge Information Management, Inc. is a national provider of numerous employment screening solutions, including: criminal background checks, drug screening services utilizing urine, hair, saliva or sweat, electronic I-9 management, employment, education and other credential verifications.
For more information, call (800) 725-3343, Ext. 603, or visit www.edgeinformation.com.
New regional vice president Life Care region
Life Care Centers of America recently appointed Eric McKinney as regional vice president of its Palmetto Region.
In this position, McKinney is responsible for overseeing seven skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Florida.
The Palmetto Region is one of four regions within Life Care's Southeast Division.
Prior to his time at Life Care Center of Melbourne, he was executive director at Life Care's Lakeside Health Care Center in West Palm Beach. He has eight years of experience in long-term care.
Originally from Cape Coral, Mr. McKinney earned his master's degree in hospital administration and his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Liz, live in Melbourne.
For more information, visit http://lcca.com.
Total ankle joint replacement comes to Brevard
Arthritis affects the ankle just as it does the hip and knee. Ankle trauma is most likely the result of an athletic injury, a slip and a fall or a motor vehicle accident and may happen early in life.
Until 20 years ago, ankle joint replacement was only experimental. The standard repair was ankle fusion.
Dr. Richard Koenig of Merritt Island has chosen and trained to perform the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement, which is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved ankle replacement with three components, and is the only joint replacement FDA-approved for non-cemented application.
Thanks to advances in the instrumentation, surgery is very precise and reproducible. The surgery takes a little more than 2 1/2 hours to perform, followed by a short hospital stay and six weeks in a cast.
Dr. Koenig is the inventor of the Total Toe System and has had 27 years of experience using joint implants.
For more information, Dr. Koenig can be reached at his office on Merritt Island at (321) 452-5133.
For more information, visit www.staranklereplacement.com or greattoe.com.
NASA selects contracts for environmental remediation services
NASA has selected three companies to provide architect and engineering professional environmental remediation services at Kennedy Space Center, the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and other NASA locations.
The combined maximum potential value for the three contracts is $91 million. Services will be performed during a five-year period beginning this year.
The companies selected are Geosyntec Consultants of Boca Raton, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Cape Canaveral and Tetra Tech of Pittsburgh.
Under the contract, the three companies will compete for fixed-price work orders to develop and implement contamination assessment and remediation requirements for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites and petroleum contamination for NASA at Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
For more information about NASA programs and missions, visit http://www.nasa.gov or call (321) 867-2468.
Rocket and aerospace technology company brings corporate headquarters to Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Enterprise Florida, city of Titusville, Space Florida, and Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority have announced that Rocket Crafters, a Utah-based corporation that holds licenses for advanced hybrid rocket and aerospace composite technologies, as well as proprietary hybrid rocket design and analysis software, will relocate to Titusville.
The company plans to develop and commercialize a new hybrid rocket propulsion technology and leverage an ultra-lightweight, advanced composite material to manufacture dual-propulsion sub-orbital space planes.
Rocket Crafters is focused on space flight training and commercializing the enabling technologies required for the future sub-orbital new space opportunities for both commercial and military applications.
Rocket Crafters will invest $72 million to support operations at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. At full employment, the company's total economic impact is estimated to be more than $48 million.
The company was awarded a State of Florida Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund and workforce incentives to offset the costs of location, production equipment and infrastructure.
The EDC and its project partners worked closely with the company to demonstrate the competitive advantages of locating in Brevard County and developed a competitive proposal outlining the tax advantages and skilled labor pool.
For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org and www.rocketcrafters.com.
March of Dimes Florida chapter names division director
March of Dimes has announced that Gregory C. Stephens has joined the Florida chapter as division director. He will be based out of the Space Coast Division Office in Melbourne.
Mr. Stephens' responsibilities will be to position the March of Dimes as the leader in maternal and child health with key decision makers throughout Brevard County.
His first priority will be to mobilize a team of volunteers to organize a division board that will effectively execute fundraising activities and implement educational programs.
Mr. Stephens has a wealth of nonprofit knowledge and seven years of experience as the area executive director for the American Cancer Society in Brevard.
In his role at the American Cancer Society, he successfully increased revenue by 72 percent and was a three-time recipient of the "Chairman's Cup," the highest area achievement award.
Mr. Stephens served in the United States Army as a medical specialist. He is a member with L.E.A.D Brevard Class of 2007.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/florida or www.nacersano.org.
Brevard Zoo hires new human resources director
Brevard Zoo has announced that Jacklin Fisher has been hired as the new human resources director for the Zoo. Ms. Fisher will be responsible for managing the Zoo's recruiting, compliance and employee relations.
Ms. Fisher's professional experience includes working in human resources for Mercedes Homes, Motive Learning, and most recently, Percepta.
She is a certified senior professional in human resources and a local and national member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also the immediate past president of the American Society for Training & Development's Space Coast Chapter.
Ms. Fisher has a Master of Arts degree in human resource management from Webster University. She lives in the Suntree area with her husband, two sons, and chihuahua, "Gizmo."
Brevard Zoo is home to 550 animals, representing more than 165 species located in Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia and is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236 or visit www.brevardzoo.org.
New brokerage team member
Kymberly Lietzow, Realtor and Owner-Groker of Lietzow Realty LLC has announced that Lisa M. Clough has joined the real estate brokerage team.
Ms. Clough brings years of business experience with her as a successful employment service provider through her state-certified, woman-owned firm, LMC Enterprises.
Lisa has supported local Space Coast clients, providing and enabling employment throughout Brevard County.
Her real estate background includes investment property purchases and buying and selling several of her own properties within Brevard County.
Doctor joins animal emergency specialty team
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard has announced that Dr. Paula Levine, with more than 20 years of veterinary internal medicine experience, has joined the center's veterinary specialty team.
Paula Levine, a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has special interests in endoscopy, immune-mediated diseases and endocrine diseases.
On July 12, the center hosted a meet-and-greet reception to introduce Dr. Levine to the Central Florida veterinarians. More than 30 veterinary colleagues attended.
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a veterinarian always on the premises.
For more information, call (321) 725-5365, email email@example.com or visit www.centralfloridaanimaler.com.
Sotheby's International Realty welcomes new Brevard agent
Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty has announced the addition of Realtor Stormie Baker to its Brevard County Division.
The real estate professional will focus on waterfront properties, as well as real estate in the Grant, Valkaria and Malabar areas of South Brevard.
Ms. Baker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned a communications degree and completed relevant coursework in business management.
Her marketing approach for new clients of Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty will harness the global expertise of the luxury real estate firm, with a focus on social media and emerging technologies.
For more information, call (321) 557-7254 or visit www.treasurecoastsir.com.
Brevard Rescue Mission announces board member
The Brevard Rescue Mission has chosen Brian West for its board of directors.
As a Brevard County native of Rockledge, Mr. West has worked in the insurance and financial services field for more than 13 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Merritt Island and is married with two children. Mr. West is a State Farm Agent in West Melbourne where he has served the community for six years.
Brevard Rescue Mission is grateful for Brian West's experience and expertise that will help support the continued growth and development of the Brevard Rescue Mission.
Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness by providing women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills in a safe, Christ-centered residential setting.
For more information, call (321) 431-9190 or visit www.brevardrescuemission.org.
Nursing executive joins local Realtor firm
With more than 14 years of nursing experience, Realtor David Copley has joined the sales team of the Melbourne office of Weichert Realtors - Hallmark Properties.
A resident of the area for three years, he will assist homebuyers and sellers in Brevard County. He is a member of the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors and lives in Melbourne.
He holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing administration from The University of Akron in Ohio.
Weichert Realtors - Hallmark Properties is located at 7640 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 327-2993 or visit www.weicherthallmark.com.
New and renewed Chamber partners
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new and renewed members: Achieve Beautiful Skin, Advanced Books & Tax Inc., Bailey's Treasures, Camping World, CompuPay Inc., Earth Electric, Edward Jones Investments, JAG Window Tinting, Knights of Columbus, Kronic AM, Mary Kay Sales, Paul Davis Restoration, Scrubbs Quality Cleaning, Sovereign Realty Group Inc., Sun-Sational Salon & Spa, the Soup Shop Inc. and Tropic Custom Detailing.
FRIDAY, AUG. 3
. SCORE Small Business Council meeting: 8-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.
MONDAY, AUG. 6
. Power Hour Leads Club meeting: 6 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cara Mia Riverside Grill, 11 Riverside Drive, Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
TUESDAY, AUG. 7
. Small Business Council meeting: 8-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.
. You Got To Eat Leads Club meeting: Noon. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Red Lobster, 215 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
. Rising Stars meeting: 8:30 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. B2B meeting: 11 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Amici's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 7700 N. Wickham Road, Suite 120, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. Palm Bay Power Club meeting: 11:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at The Knowledge Exchange, 5151 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay. For more information, call club president Darby Koller at (321) 473-8998.
. West Melbourne Business Association meeting: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Buena Vida Estates, 2129 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
. Network$ meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lazy Bean Café, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. Viera/Suntree Area Business Council Quarterly Social - Football Kickoff party: 5-7 p.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Tradewinds Restaurant, Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. RSVP is requested at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com
. Surfside Stars: 6:15 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lobster Shanty, 2200 S. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. Sam's Club Morning Mingle: 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at 450 Townsend Road, Cocoa. For more information or to RSVP for a table, call (321) 459-2200.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.