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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
And: Rocket City Retro, Brevard Achievement Center, TLC Engineering, GB Shelter Mortgage, Michael Howard Photography, Seacoast National Bank, Runaway Country Space Coast, Edwards Realty Inc., Triton Welding & Machine Shop, The Perfect Gift, Comfort Inn & Suites Resort, Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard, Space Coast Business Center, Jacobs Ladder Family and Brevard Technology Solutions.
New Realtors at Weichert-Hallmark
Hallmark Properties has announced that Realtor Jeff Doescher and Jack Murrell have joined the office's sales team.
Realtors Marcia Gelfand and Paul A. Bryan have joined the company's new Palm Bay office.
Weichert Realtors-Hallmark Properties is located at 7640 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, and 5201 Babcock St., Suite 2, Palm Bay.
For more information, call (321) 327-2993, (321) 821-4310 or visit www.weicherthallmark.com.
Prudential Sterling Properties' new sales professional
Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties, introduce their newest sales professional, Debbie Baird.
For more information, call (321) 289-6115 or email HomesByBaird@aol.com.
Bertram Yacht appoints new HR senior director
As part of the continued efforts to build an organization with some of the best talent in the boating industry, Bertram Yacht has appointed Doug Reed as senior director of human resources.
Mr. Reed brings more than 30 years of human resources experience and has a proven track record in the development and implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in marine manufacturing.
In his new role, he will lead the human resources organization for Bertram Yacht at the new facility in Merritt Island.
His mandate is to build an organization with some of the best talent the industry has available and develop a rigorous operating culture, based on lean manufacturing and continuous product improvement.
Mr. Reed will work directly with the key members of the Bertram management team, including the president of Bertram Yacht, Alton Herndon; the vice president of manufacturing, Ken Beauregard; and the new vice president of engineering, Robert Ullberg.
Bertram is a brand of Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive, prestigious brands in the nautical world: Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line.
For more information, call (305) 633-8011 or email Jessica.Cortada@Bertram.com.
Prudential Sterling Properties' top producers
Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties would like to congratulate their "Top Producers for July 2012:" top listing and sales associate Rae McCabe and top sales associate Lynn Raymond. Congratulations for all your success!
Prudential Sterling Properties is the top producing real estate office in Brevard County for 2011.
Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.
Its office is located in Indian Harbour Beach.
Agents may be reached at (321) 768-7600 for all of your real estate needs.
New development director at Brevard Zoo
Brevard Zoo has announced that Karen Davis has been hired as the director of development.
Ms. Davis will be responsible for Brevard Zoo's comprehensive development programs, including: capital campaigns, major donor fundraising, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving.
In her past association with the Zoo, she has chaired the JAZZOO and Safari Under the Stars committees and served on the board of directors.
Ms. Davis received a law degree from Boston University School of Law. She was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for five years and later served as the director of the Office of Consumer Participation for three years.
For the past five years, Davis has been the chief operating officer for Viera Realty Inc., overseeing operations for the sale and marketing of residential real estate in Viera.
For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236 or email Lheckerson@brevardzoo.org.
Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Council
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast has appointed Brian Lightle to the Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Council.
Functioning as an advisory body to the Brevard County Commissioners, council members meet on an ad hoc basis and serve four-year terms.
Lightle Beckner Robison Inc. is a full service real estate firm committed solely to the commercial segment of real estate.
With strict focus on commercial real estate, Lightle Beckner Robison's brokers individually specialize in office, retail, industrial and investment properties, as well as asset and property management.
LBR Inc. serves Brevard county extending across the entire state of Florida.
For more information, visit www.teamlbr.com.
Red Cross introduces regional chief executive officer
The American Red Cross has formally announced that Karen Hagan has been selected as the new regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region.
The American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region serves 13 counties: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia.
Ms. Hagan joined the Red Cross in 1985. Since then she has been the CEO of two Red Cross Chapters, served as the state relations representative in Florida, a disaster response planner for the southern United States, Florida's state disaster specialist and most recently as the state disaster officer for Florida and Georgia.
Requests for more information should be sent to Michele Jones at (407) 516-0890.
New and renewed Chamber partners
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes its new partners: DaVinci Teeth Whitening, Billboard Connection, Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley, Barbershop Harmony Society, Foosaner Art Museum, Essentials Spa Viera, RE/MAX Elite, SAIC, Lowe's, Cocoa Kennels, Alpha-Omega Training, Space Florida, Rockledge Christian School, Honeymoon Hill Constructors, Columbia College, Help 2 Insure and Central Brevard Computers.
Realtor joins Britton Group
Realtor Richard Hawkes has recently joined Britton Group Inc. The announcement was made by Jim Britton, owner/broker at Britton Group Inc., a full-service real estate firm servicing Central and South Brevard.
Mr. Hawkes has more than 30 years of combined experience in residential construction and real estate in the Melbourne area.
As past president/CEO of Holiday Builders, he has the knowledge and experience to provide a level of professional service that buyers and sellers can depend on.
Mr. Hawkes will concentrate his expertise in residential real estate sales and marketing.
For more information, call (321) 622-4815.
New sales associate
Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties, have announced their newest sales professional, Joette Davis.
Joining Prudential Sterling Properties with 23 years of real estate experience, Ms. Davis has a Graduate Realtor Institute designation. She was co-owner and branch office broker for First Choice Realty, Wailua, Kauai.
Licensed in Florida for eight years, she says this is as much like Hawaii as it gets!
Prudential Sterling Properties is the top producing real estate office in Brevard County for 2011.
Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties. The office is located in Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 308-3249, (321) 768-7600 or email email@example.com.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31
. New Partner Welcome Orientation: 8-9:30 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.
MONDAY, SEPT. 3
. Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce: Office is closed and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 4.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4
. 'HR & Tax Considerations:' 8-9 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. The is a presentation by the Business Resource Council. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. 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, SEPT. 5
. New Leads Club meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Café Unique Restaurant, 607 Florida Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. Rising Stars Leads Club 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.
. B 2 B 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.
. Money Makers Leads Club meeting: Noon. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Courtyard by Marriott, 2101 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call club president Tom Taranto at (321) 961-2871.
. September 'Wednesday Friendsday' Tabletop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. This is a monthly networking event. For more information, call (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
. Business Breakfast of Champions Annual Education Breakfast: 7 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at Holiday Inn Melbourne/Viera, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Cost for members is $18 and $25 after Tuesday, Sept. 4. Register online at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com. For more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 231.
. Network$ meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lazy Bean Café, Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.
. 'How To Have a Successful Ribon Cutting' seminar: Noon. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. For more information and to RSVP, call (321) 459-2200.
. Surfside Stars meeting: 6:15 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lobster Shanty, 2200 S. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (32) 459-2200.
. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.