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Leverage return

I have a strong sense of urgency as it relates to accomplishment this year.  There has never been a more important time to provide value as investors and customers analyze spending habits and push for savings and value.

That is why your Chamber is moving forward with plans to expand palpable value-added programming in our centennial year, 2010.  Later this month, our 100th Chair, Robert Barron, Berger Singerman, will convene his leadership team to tackle the direction of our programming.  We already have several key thrusts identified.

We continue with upgrades to the Chamber physical plant, leading up to our reveal party, Amethyst, January 29.  Our Project 100 team has worked extremely hard to give us a fresh look with additional functionality—everything from flat panel interactive television to new landscaping.

Over 400 will attend the Chamber’s Centennial Annual Meeting Friday, February 12, where we will celebrate our history as we hear from US Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.  This special event is brought to you in part through support from our Chairman Circle members: The Wasie Foundation, Berger Singerman, Florida Power & Light, AutoNation, and PNC.  Register online for this event at ftlchamber.com. Sponsorship opportunities available by contacting cristina@ftlchamber.com.

Just after the annual meeting, our BusinessF1rst economic retention and expansion partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale hits the home stretch.  We anticipate new directional outcomes from this program.  The final report to elected officials will contain key points from over 1,000 stakeholders in our community.

As in most successful ventures, the proof will be in the execution.  I encourage you to be part of our next 100 years of doing business in South Florida by getting involved in any of our nearly 200 events or multitude of thought provoking committees and work groups.  The return for you will be threefold, the experience priceless.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

 

 


Helping each other

This year has been one that has brought out the best in most of us.  We have been up to the challenge and made difficult business decisions in order to maintain a positive cash flow. 

That is why it is critical you do business with other members of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  We must constantly seek business partners that invest in the Chamber and make sure we are referring business to each other—it is the cornerstone upon which the organization was built.

Use our web site and the directory under the membership navigation bar to get bids on projects or services.

Recently, I made some strategic partnership changes.  That’s not to say my partners weren’t performing.  It came down to making competent business decisions based on scope of service and price.  In one case I changed because the company dropped their membership.

Next time you are looking for a business partner make sure, to the greatest degree possible, it’s an active Chamber member - we're in this together.

Sincerely,

 

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


CALL TO ACTION

Critical vote on transportation

The Florida House of Representatives just passed legislation on an important bill that would give the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority an additional $25 million a year to maintain operations. 

Last Friday, your Executive Committee at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce sent all elected officials a resolution in support of a comprehensive rail transit policy with dedicated funding.

The State Senate is problematic and the business community needs to be heard.  Without passage it is clear that Tri-Rail is at risk and federal funding is out of the question. 

Our long-range transportation needs require we continue subsidizing the 72-mile transportation line running from Palm Beach to Miami.  Future high speed rail expansion and the Sun Rail from Orlando to Tampa is also at risk.

It is critical that you call your state senator today and ask him/her to vote in favor of this important transportation legislation.  I have provided the phone numbers for their Tallahassee office below.

Sincerely, 


Difference maker

With Christmas this Friday many of us are rushing to get everything done before the end of the year.  For most, 2009 will be remembered as a year of survival.  Flat is the new growth model according to some executives with whom I have talked recently.

Our field visits and survey of companies through the BusinessF1rst initiative suggests things aren’t as bad as the media has portrayed.  We’ll have the full report ready in February.  Generally, South Florida is in a better position than most of the state because of our service-based economy.  Sure, the numbers are down but we remain optimistic with many events during the first quarter.

With unemployment in November at 10.1 percent in Broward County (10.5% Miami-Dade, 11.7% Palm Beach), we have much to do before we get back to reasonable single-digit levels.  The tough part of post recession is the painful amount of time it takes to climb out.

I’m looking forward to 2010 and the Chamber’s Centennial year with some trepidation.  However, we made difficult decisions this year that places us in the best possible position.  We made cuts, identified our growth strategies and enabled our volunteer base to take ownership.

For those folks who stuck with us and rolled up their sleeves—a sincere “Thank You.”   You guidance and wisdom proved once again that the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has the metal to weather any situation.  Volunteers, an incredible staff, and a refusal to get lured astray by a toxic media have made all the difference.

Cheers!

 

 


Walking in Tall Cotton

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to announce the centennial slate for the 2010 Board of Directors.  Last week we notified members of the elected directors and the 2011 Chair-Elect as required by the Bylaws.  The entire Board for next year is as follows:

I want to especially thank the 2009 Board of Directors for going above and beyond during some very challenging economic times.  Finally, my sincere appreciation goes to Dr. Larry Calderon, Nova Southeastern University, Mason Jackson, WorkForce One, Orestes Porras, Citibank, Carlton Moore, McKinley Financial, Marty Shuham, Shuham & Shuham, and Peter Feldman (posthumously), New Phase Realty, for their dedication, commitment and service.

This year has required us to rethink our operations.  There were times when I needed help and the Board of Directors always stepped up when asked. I’ve always known successful organizations are the result of caring, intelligent professionals—both volunteers and staff.  This year I was fortunate enough to be associated with those individuals, walking in tall cotton.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


Co-opetition works

This year has been challenging for all of us.  Doing more with less has been the mantra.  We have down sized, right sized, wrong sized, re-sized, and unfortunately for some of us, capsized.

Being the Chamber president requires an optimistic psyche.   Every day I am asked, “What’s the outlook.”  Even at 6:30 am, while walking my dogs, a neighbor asks my opinion on the current state of our revival.

The fact is the worst is over but the recovery will be slower than any of us would like.  Most should remain conservative in expansion plans.  Continue to forge new relationships with competitors.  The state of co-opetition has never been more critical than today.

I suggest you check out Co-opetition, Adam Brandenburger and Barry Balebuff, (Doubleday 1996), to learn more clearly about this complementary business strategy.  Instead of trying to smash competition find synergies to make a bigger pie.

Good luck! 

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


 

 Commitment, Leadership, Vision

 

One of South Florida’s economic drivers, the marine industry, celebrates a half century of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week with over $3 billion worth of inventory spread over three million square feet of space on land and water.

You don’t have to be a boat owner or contemplating a purchase of water craft to attend this behemoth exhibition.  Look at it as an opportunity to learn and see how your business can plug into this industry. The show itself is estimated to drive $500 million in economic impact to the local economy.

There are other ways to expand your reach.  Your Chamber offers affordable venues to market your company either online, through sponsorships or by becoming a corporate partner.  Establishing your company’s brand is key to expansion.

In Broward County, more so than other locations, it is critical you are seen as a reliable and responsible company.  Your support of the Chamber or other organizations gives you credibility and will be the difference in a competitive marketplace. 

That’s why companies are stepping up with our efforts to reenergize the Chamber through Project 100, a program designed to give the Chamber a facelift with both exterior and interior upgrades.  Folks like Palm Tree of the Palm Beach, Runway Growers, Dau-son’s Tree Brokers, World Class Landscaping, and EDSA understand that the work they are doing free of charge will come back to them down the road.

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida understood this when they outfitted the Chart Room at the Chamber some 20 years ago and why The Wasie Foundation created the Non Profit Center.  These legacy contributions demonstrate commitment, leadership, and vision.  Do those terms represent your company?

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


 

Your Responsibility

With our 100th year quickly approaching, your Chamber leadership is working hard to prepare for 2010.  All the wheels are in motion to make the next 15 months remarkable.

This year marked the continuation of our focus to bring added value.  Chairman Sidney Calloway, Shutts and Bowen, the Board of Directors, Trustees, Councils, committees and staff have forged stronger relationships with you, elected officials and other business groups.

We have brought the Oakland Park Wilton Manors Chamber on board, created a business alliance called BusinessF1rst with the City of Fort Lauderdale, launched a Trustee dining card at first class restaurants, held over 100 events attracting over 7,000 attendees, screened candidates for public office, grown our gay and lesbian business exchange to over 200, testified on a variety of business issues on the local and state levels, embarked on a new level of membership—The Chairman’s Circle, launched the Chamber’s Non Profit Center with The Wasie Foundation, restructured the organization and reduced overhead by more than 30 percent, and created a new group called Project 100 to give our headquarters a badly needed facelift. 

Those are only a few of the myriad of programs, products and services your organization has developed and executed this year.  Robert Barron, Berger Singerman, our 2010 Chair, is busy putting his team together to lead us into the next 100 years.

What is clear to me is that the only way to be a truly outstanding organization is for you to become involved.  As Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

 

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


 

 

Fourth Quarter Press

There are so many positive things happening right now it is difficult to know where to start.

This Wednesday, October 14, marks the grand opening of the Chamber’s Non-Profit Center beginning at 5:30 pm.  Our Non-Profit Center, powered by The Wasie Foundation, gives this sector of our local business community tools in which to succeed.  Dignitaries like Mayor Jack Seiler and others will be on hand for this complimentary cocktail party sure to be the place to be Wednesday.

Some of you may have heard about Project 100, an organic committee created with the purpose of giving our 20  year-old Chamber building some badly needed renovation as we move into celebrating our 100th anniversary.  The mission of this group of thirty-something entrepreneurs is to grow the business community’s awareness of the strength and value of your Chamber.  All their work culminates with an extraordinary gathering at the Chamber in January 2010.

 In the middle of this is our Annual Salute to Business, November 5—the Chamber’s version of the Academy Awards.  This year’s honor roll is fantastic, including Hall of Fame Awardee Dr. Abraham  Fischler and Broward Business winner, Lago Mar Resort and Club owners Walter and Debbie Banks.

We are also working on the 2010 Board of Directors with the Nominating Committee, putting together next year’s budget, creating value-added partnerships with corporate partners like PayMaster, surveying just under 1,000 companies and meeting one-on-one with 50 executives through our BusinessFirst initiative, screening for two open political seats at the School Board and County Commission, and building our Chairman’s Circle program just to name a few. 

As always, I thank you for your continued investment in the future of your Chamber and appreciate you helping us with your membership referrals. 

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


 

 

Fourth quarter happenings

 

There are several events that round out the year for the Chamber that you will not want to miss, beginning with Jazz in the Hall, our small business expo at Headquarters, this Thursday, 5:30 pm.   Several hundred will attend the event with food, refreshments, music and table tops.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Next month we have our annual Salute to Business at the Hyatt Regency, Pier 66, 5:30 pm, brought to you by Bank of America, where we recognize eight special people and companies.  The zenith, the Hall of Fame award, will be presented to Dr. Abe Fischler, president emeritus, Nova Southeastern University.  There are still opportunities to differentiate your business at this event.  Contact Carolyn Michaels, IOM, Carolyn@ftlchamber.com.

We close out the year with our Annual Holiday Social at the Galleria Mall, December 3, 5:30 pm.  This is a fine affair, has great food and drink, music, and it’s early enough that Santa Claus makes an appearance.  We will continue with our tradition of bringing unwrapped gift donations for a local charity.  More information on that is forthcoming.

There are many other worthy events going on this time of year and we will probably bump into each other at some of them.   Make sure you stand out in the crowd.

 

 

 Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


 August 31, 2009
Growth in Leadership

 

Surrounding yourself with talented people leads to positive outcomes.  Sounds simple, but in practice this is one of the most difficult things to accomplish in business.

In order for the Chamber to succeed, we must have investors willing to give their time, talent and financial backing.  Not everyone is in this position.  To those who are, I ask you to consider taking on a leadership role within the Chamber—placing your name before the Nominating Committee for election to the Board of Directors.

As a Director, you will gain more in relationships with other Directors, Chairman Circle members, Trustees and general members.  In this leadership capacity, most Directors are well into their career and have the wherewithal to serve.

We typically meet once every month for an hour.  There is also a planning retreat that lasts for several hours.  Directors are expected to help recruit new members and attend monthly luncheons with Chairman’s Circle members and Trustees.  When we need support for our events, Directors are the first to step up.

Most importantly, Directors set Chamber policy and strategic direction.  While we are a $1.5 million non-profit operation, our impact can be felt in any number of directions—public policy, community outreach, support of our non-profit organizations, and education for businesses in need.

If you hear the calling to become a Director or would like to find out more, please contact me to discuss this in detail.

 Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

Chamber Briefs

Taste of Weston celebration attracts hundreds…don’t miss this event, Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 pm, Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Resort and Spa.  Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.  Contact heather@ftlchamber.com for more information.  Space available for restaurants and businesses to exhibit.

Mayor Seiler launches BusinessF1rst…Seiler to officially announce the launch of the BusinessF1rst partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, September 16, beginning at 11:30 am, Riverside Hotel.  Project is for business retention and expansion.  Email your reservation to Cristina Agnone, cristina@ftlchamber.com.

CBS leases 34,000 square feet in Fort Lauderdale…CBS Interactive inked the deal beginning in Jan. 2010, under terms negotiated by Ron Schagrin, of Commercial Property Group, and Jim Cahlin of Cushman & Wakefield.

NOVA names Fields Dean of B-School…Michael Fields, PhD, was recently appointed as head of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at NSU.  Fields was previously at Missouri State University and North Carolina.  He replaces Randolph Pohlman, who stepped down after 14 years.

BoardSource trains leaders…nationally acclaimed BoardSource will train organization’s directors/leaders, 9-5, Sept. 14, at Global Grill, $20/$30/$40 members, non-members and walk-ins respectively.  BoardSource is the nation’s leading source for non-profit governance.  Brought to you by the Wasie Foundation.  Contact cristina@ftlchamber.com.

 


 

August 31, 2009
Wasie Foundation First Chairman’s Circle Member

The Wasie Foundation has become the first member of our exclusive Chairman’s Circle investment category.  This premium level membership positions The Wasie Foundation at events throughout the year and provides them with a number of exclusive perks.

We have positioned the membership so that a minimum $10,000 investment gives a company at least $14,900 in direct return.  What we’ve found out is that there are a number of companies paying at this level and above, and they have requested a single payment plan membership, branding, participation in events, etc.

Trucking pioneer Stanley L. Wasie established The Wasie Foundation in 1966 to distribute tens of millions of dollars in grants in fulfillment of the charitable intentions of his family.  Gregg Sjoquist, president & CEO of the foundation and a rather unassuming chap, continues to be a guiding force for the entire non-profit community and the Chamber.

This year, Sjoquist and his associate Jen Klaassens, have created the Chamber’s Non-Profit Resource Center, which will have its grand opening in October.  Through Wasie and the Chamber, we have partnered to establish a new level of training, relationship building and support for this important sector. 

There are a handful of organizations that continue to step-up to the plate and understand the importance of a strong Chamber of Commerce.  The Wasie Foundation and Sjoquist understand that commitment and live it every day.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade
, CAE

President/CEO



August 24, 2009
Reasons for optimism


It’s hunting season—not pythons--leadership.  Right now Leadership Fort Lauderdale has open enrollment and we have 26 individuals who have heard the calling so far.  Class 16 begins with orientation on September 15 and runs through graduation in May 2010.

Last weekend I went to Orlando to move my daughter, Allie, back to the University of Central Florida for her sophomore year.  What struck me as interesting and exciting was that I was unable to buy a screwdriver at Target because they were sold out!  People were crashing retail outlets like a first platoon.  I hate to shop, but savored the activity and rejuvenation of commerce.

Money is beginning to flow again as consumers spending habits adjust.  We are tracking local economic indicators and it will take some time for the tourist industry to get up to speed.  Unemployment in Broward has leveled off and should ebb in the months ahead.  Existing single-family home and condo sales are brimming.

It’s a bit like a jump start for the rest of the year.  Just think of all the opportunities remaining as we move towards prime time—holiday sales, Winterfest Boat Parade and the envy of the those in the North as our seasonal vacationers return and spend.  Even federal stimulus money is beginning to show up in South Florida.

There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.  If you’re reading this, it means you are still a member of the Chamber and for that, I thank you.  Together we have weathered a CAT 4 economic storm.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


August 17, 2009
Distinction in leadership

We are also tracking folks who should be involved at the board level for Directors, on our councils and committees.  The Nominating Committee of the Chamber will begin its deliberations this month and 2010 Chair Robert Barron, Berger Singerman, is heading that hunting party.

There are varying degrees of leaders in our ranks and a place for everyone.  My definition may differ, but it has to do with influence and involvement.  I can’t palpate leadership.  It inspires me to do things I otherwise wouldn’t.  I admire leadership by example and often deploy it.

Some of the most successful business men and women I know are involved in things outside of work that require time, energy and talent.  They find a niche and grow within it.  This leads to success, recognition and distinction.  Plugging into a leadership role at the Chamber may be just the right fit for you!

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


August 10, 2009
Job well done, Peter

This week we celebrate the life of Peter Feldman, 54, New Phase Realty.  Peter was on our Board of Directors and served on the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority for many years, too.

Every day I look out of my office and marvel at his tenacity.  It took him over 20 years to put the Flagler Heights development in place, his redevelopment legacy.  Few had his vision, none his patience.  I still recall a time last year when he knew about his cancer, entered my office, rolled out site plans, describing what he had yet to accomplish.

He was able to visualize what could be and  the tenacity to persevere.  Sure he had his run of tough times, we all have, but he ended on a high note.  Although he was fighting cancer that ultimately took him, my sense is he was never happier.

So as we gather to pay homage for Peter’s job well done this week with visitation at Kraeer/Fairchild Funeral Home, 4601 North Federal Highway, 2-4 pm and 6-8pm on Tuesday, and for the celebration of his life at 11:00 am at the same location on Wednesday, please consider making contributions to Riverwalk Trust in his name, www.goriverwalk.com/Feldman.


Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


July 27, 2009

Head in the sand

Sometimes it seems that when things really get tough, at home or in business, you just want to escape the pressure by hoping that this will change without doing anything.  I used to deploy this technique with the same end result—varying degrees of failure.

Normally, for me, the build-up and anxiety is worse than actually confronting the issue.  For example, going in for my first endoscopy had me in such a tizzy that I actually got sick to my stomach.  It was over in no time, I didn’t choke and my doctor prescribed the necessary medication. 

In my early years as a lobbyist, I would get so worked up before I would testify that my voice would be shaking.  A past leader told me that everybody gets nervous, it’s just that some of us get the butterflies in better formation.

The point is that if there are issues that could impact you and you may be able to affect the outcome by some action, then do something.  The worst things that have happened to me in my life were because I delayed or never took action.

If you are having a tough time with cash flow right now address it and put a plan of action together.  Meet with your team, agree on a plan, execute it and have accountability.  Meet as often as you must to get the job done.  Make course adjustments and don’t bury your head in the sand.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


July 20, 2009

Health care reform heats up

Congress is pushing hard to pass some kind of health reform legislation this summer.  Things are starting to heat up and it is important for you and I to keep a close watch on this issue.  The main reason is that if and when something passes, it could hurt the business community and here is why.

A government-run plan would be an unfair competitor, with government acting as both the team owner and the referee.  Government programs shirt costs to the private sector.  The Lewin Group estimates 130 million people would move from the private to public insurance—this would be a disaster.  It’s a very short step to putting all Americans in a single-payer system.

Another aspect that is unpalatable is the employer mandate.  Punishing employers who cannot afford health insurance to provide coverage, including requirements to pay or play, is not the answer.  Employer mandates, by their nature limit flexibility and innovation—the cornerstones of American health care.

And then there is minimum coverage.  Proposing a huge Federal Employee Health benefits Program (FEHBP)-like minimum coverage package will bankrupt employers and workers.  Cadillac, a gold-plated coverage like this will not appeal to the young.  The minimum level of coverage should be more akin to a high-deductible health plan with coverage of preventative services.

With all of this stated, we cannot afford to simply dismiss health care reform by defeating legislation.  Health care costs continue to rise and remain a top priority for businesses and your Chamber.  We must find meaningful solutions that include tort reform.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

Chamber Briefs

Bahia Mar standoff…developers and Fort Lauderdale commissioners are in the proverbial standoff regarding the redevelopment of Bahia Mar.  It’s an economic thing at this point with the city wanting more than the 4.5% it is currently receiving.  The next discussions is slated for September.

Air Show April 24-25, 2010…the Air Lauderdale Beach Fest is now officially scheduled, will have paid admission and comes at the front end of the 50th Anniversary of Fleet Week next year.  All the usual suspects will be involved.

Expansion of beach amenities…Chamber leaders met with City of Fort Lauderdale staff last week to focus on expansion of services on the beach like wave runners.  The city has a contract to provide wave runners.  Two hoteliers, The Pelican Grand and the Sun Tower, would like to provide wave runners for their guests but are prohibited.

Lamberti continues to stand strong…Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti refuses to budge on his budget and indicated to the Weston Business Chamber at its quarterly breakfast that public safety funding must continue to be a priority.  About 75 business leaders and politicians attended the event held at Weston Hills Country Club.

Back to school savings…you and your employees should use the Chamber Office Depot discount program while purchasing your back to school products.  Click here to sign up and save up to 55%!

 


July 13, 2009
Measure for success

 

My mentor taught me that in order to be successful, you must step back and track measurements of your success.  The important part of the lesson was not to let too much time go by between measurements.  If you haven’t done so by now, take time to review how you are doing.

Pull out your business plan and assess your success.  Have you accomplished what you set out to do for the first half of the year?  Are you on budget?  Is your pipeline crowded?

We could all perform better if we adjusted our attack plan.  Maybe your referral network isn’t working as well as you anticipated.  My recommendation is that you modify your approach and establish a new direction.  Did you know that the Chamber’s Leads Groups are looking for new members?  You may want to investigate this.  The Chamber’s Concierge Program is also available to help grow your business and make introductions.

Another way to grow your business is to become a trusted referral source.  How many referrals did you make for the first half of the year?  If you made less than six (6), you‘ve messed up.  It is proven that people will be more likely to give you business if you send them some first.

Regardless of your business, routine measurement is a critical key to success.  Adjustments can and should be made in order to achieve goals. 

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

July 6, 2009
Underwriting Conundrum…No One Left Behind

Not a day goes by when I don’t hear from a business person about the difficulties they are having in obtaining capital.  Almost in the same breath, I hear from bankers who have money to lend.  So why is it so difficult to underwrite these loans?

 

One bank CEO indicated the businesses applying for funds don’t measure up to their underwriting standards.  He stated the companies they would approve for loans are “hunkering down” right now and weathering the economic tsunami, while those with a lackluster track record or other performance issues are too risky.

The basics of lending remain—good business plan, solid financials, collateral.  For those without some of the preceding there are options though less palatable.  There are entrepreneurs who are currently “all in” and I admire them for risking everything.  Yet others still search for assistance.

Your Chamber remains a beacon and wants to help.  We may be able to keep you off the rocks and navigate your company to safe harbor.  No one gets left behind.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

Chamber Briefs

BusinessF1rst set for final approval…City of Fort Lauderdale commissioners are set to approve a business retention and expansion program with the Chamber tomorrow night.  The public/private program has secured five corporate partners—FP&L, The Las Olas Company, Patriot Insurance, Broward General Hospital, and Midgard Management.  The top 50 businesses will be visited one-on-one while the top 300 will be surveyed.  Findings presented to commissioners in a report intended to improve Fort Lauderdale’s ability to retain, expand and attract companies. Contact dan@ftlchamber.com.

Looking for a few good business people…future leaders are groomed at the Chamber.  Leadership Fort Lauderdale currently accepting applications.  Contact  Irma@ftlchamber.com, to sign up or get more information.

Oakland Park/Wilton Manors toast new membership…Oakland Park/Wilton Manors business leaders join ranks with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  The chair is Bill Feinberg, Allied Kitchen and Bath.  For more info, contact Cristina@ftlchamber.com

Taste of Weston Sept. 23…showcase your company or restaurant at the annual Taste of Weston.  This culinary delight features wine, food, music and gives you an opportunity to expose your business to over 300 patrons at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure.  Contact Heather@ftlchamber.com.

Non-profit Resource Center open…research grants, meet others, and learn about making your non-profit more successful—all included in your Chamber membership, located on the second floor of Chamber Headquarters.  Contact Cristina@ftlchamber.com.

 

 If you have news about your company, please email dan@ftlchamber.com.

 

 

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Truluck’s restaurant at the Galleria Mall.  In the two years since my return to South Florida, I have been fortunate enough to be at many openings of new businesses but never a restaurant.  What made this even more interesting was Chamber Trustee member Bitner Goodman was handling marketing/public relations.

Truluck’s General Manager, Scott Gardiner, showed up at the Chamber earlier in the week and delivered me a small cooler full of stone crab claws.  The next evening, we were courted with champagne, live music and an endless meal that left diners truly impressed.  Crab in the mashed potatoes was a delightful first for me.

My point is that whether you are launching a new business, product or service, a lot of thought should go into how that is done.  Bitner Goodman and Truluck’s created a night to remember for VIP guests all weekend as we celebrated this landmark opening.  I will be talking about Truluck’s for some time and will return very soon.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


June 22, 2009
Pedestrian Concern

Most of us have made it through the majority of this economic downturn with dogged determination.  This is the longest tough stretch I can recall.  At 48, this one has hurt the worst.  Mostly because it affected so many, some close friends and colleagues.

We are fortunate to live in South Florida, where our service-based economy has a knack for rebounding quicker than most.  The one local area I have been watching closely has been the real estate market because of its impact on the gross state product.  We have had two quarters on strong growth this year in residential resales, a sure sign the rebound is clearly underway.

There is other good news locally.  Last month I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of The W Hotel.  This is a unique property which we are lucky to have—one of the finest I have ever seen.  This Friday marks the opening of Truluck’s restaurant as the newest addition to the Galleria Mall’s renovated front side.  I’m looking forward to more celebrations, but with some trepidation.

As we claw our way out of this downturn never forget those who didn’t make it.  While they may have lost their job or business, there are still part of our business world and may need our help.  Remind them of the resources we have in our community like WorkForce One., our wonderfully run employment solution provider.  Invite them as a guest to a Chamber function and make introductions.  This is not a time to be pedestrian in our concern.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


June 9, 2009

 

Making the grade

It was a celebration of over 200 graduates of Unionville High School just outside of Philly.  Tyler’s senior year was outstanding.  He was awarded Eagle Scout, won first place in the state with his drum section of the marching band, had the male lead in Hello Dolly, and received the Dean’s Scholarship from Susquehanna University, where he begins studies in August.  Tyler is my nephew.

A Chamber member has equally excelled.  She leads the number one community bank in South Florida as ranked by the Daily Business Review and was recently honored as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year.  Ginger Martin, president and CEO of American National Bank, is a superstar.

Her community activity includes: Leadership Broward, where she served as chair of Class XXVI, and currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Foundation; 2008 Woman of Distinction for her achievements and contributions as recognized by the March of Dimes; and is an avid foster care advocate with 4Kids of South Florida.  She will be honored this week at the Broward Council of Chamber’s Luncheon.

What makes these two exceptional individuals rise above the rest is directly related to their desire to participate and make a difference.  My youngest nephew, Hunter, said, “Everything Tyler did his senior year was a success.”  People, including me, who know Ginger, revel in her accomplishment.  They are approachable, unassuming, loving, caring, smart and honest.  Ginger has made her mark and continues to thrive while there is no limit to Tyler’s future. 

I’m ready to make a difference, too…care to join me?

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


June 1, 2009

 

Housing and leadership

Recently, the Broward Housing Partnership Community Land Trust (BHPCLT) had a major victory. Broward County government awarded the Trust $3.5 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to help with workforce housing issues. While this may not seem like much money, it is an important first step for the Land Trust. In all, $69.2 million was earmarked for affordable housing in Broward County.

For the first time since its inception, BHPCLT is in a position to affect the lives of workers. Through its partnership with the Broward Alliance for Neighborhood Development (BAND) the Broward Housing Partnership will also participate in the acquisition, rehabilitation and resale of 75 single-family homes. A total of $6.5 million has been earmarked for this process.

BHP was created by your Chamber and community leaders to pioneer new approaches, create new tools, and influence housing policy to improve production and sustainability of affordable housing. Up to this point the partnership has surveyed and identified that a significant gap remains in the ability of the working class to have affordable rental solutions or purchase options. The affordability factor has improved with falling real estate values but not enough.

It has also provided four educational sessions on affordable housing and worked closely with the Regional Business Alliance in conducting a housing needs assessment. That report, an update to a previous study, graded municipalities on their progress in this area in concert with Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

It is through leaders like Sid Spiro, Regent Bank, chairman of BHP, James Carras, Carras Community Investment, president of the BHPCLT, and Suzanne Weiss, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, along with countless others, that we are making substantive progress.  Thanks to focus, determination and leadership, BHP is making a difference.
For more information about Broward Housing Partnership, and how to get involved, please visit the website at www.browardhousingpartnership.org

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


May 26, 2009

 

Regroup, give and receive

Welcome back from the long weekend. Movies, home show, Church, the mall and all sorts of other commerce took place despite some tough weather conditions.

The end of the first half of 2009 is near and most of us have already made or are completing necessary course corrections. Now is the time to continue to go back to the basics and connect with other Chamber investors in order to achieve third and fourth quarter performance goals. For those of you who are doing well, congratulations. For the rest of you, it’s not too late to act—engage with your Chamber at a minimum.

Tonight, Trustees will meet and hear from Broward General Hospital’s CEO, Jamie Thaw. Healthcare is one of the sectors of our economy that has been performing better than most. On Wednesday, please join us for lunch at the Sheraton Suites, Cypress Creek, with Congressman Ron Klein, followed in the afternoon with our Board of Directors’ meeting.  We’ll end the day at the Downtown Development Authority’s Annual Meeting at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Next Tuesday, join the Women’s Business Council as it hosts our Circle of Excellence Awards beginning at 11:30 am, Signature Grand. We will be celebrating the achievements of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rita Wells of Laughing Matterz, BJ Buntrock and Penny Loughan of The Pantry of Broward, and Laurie Jennings of WPLG Local 10.

These events serve as more than just gathering points for investors. Use them to re-establish referral networks and expand your direction. Remember, you will receive so much more in return if you give freely and often.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


May 18, 2009

Working without a net

Not a day goes by without me being asked what I think about the economy.  Most of the time my comments are governed by the latest economic indicators—housing, unemployment, hotel occupancy rates, tax revenues, etc.

What I have neglected to confirm is that this recession has taken a huge human toll.  While it may appear easy to dismiss as understandable the first and second round of layoffs, the closing of auto dealerships, or the reduction of normal work week as signs of the times, what many forget to acknowledge is people are making huge sacrifices and in some cases even worse.

That is why it is critical for our business and non-profit communities to support each other.  Our network of public agencies is all we have at the end of the day.  Substance abuse, mental illness, depression, and bankruptcy are just four of many byproducts of an economic downturn and there is help if you just ask.

To that end we have partnered with our good friends at The Wasie Foundation to elevate our relationship with our non-profit organizations.  Our Non-Profit Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Chamber building, will open soon and allow for many of these helpful organizations to do research, learn, lead, grow and help.

I congratulate those members who have stepped up to the plate and continue to be active in our deep cultural traditions by giving unselfishly of themselves—time, talent and money.  Now more than ever we need to make sure our community safety net is strong.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 


May 11, 2009

Finishing Strong

If you watched the Kentucky Derby this month you witnessed patience and timing resulting in a blanket of roses and the Governor’s Cup.  Out of the countless horse races I have watched this one ranked the best.

How can Mine That Bird, a 50:1 shot, come from dead last to win the most exciting two minutes in sports?  Jockey Calvin Borel took what the race gave him and guided the three-year-old colt through a sloppy track and 18 other competitors.

Earlier this month, we had a field of 24 entries in our Small Business Awards program.  The nominees all had exceptional talent and service, making it difficult to grade.  Each year entries are more compelling.

American National Bank hit its stride as the overall winner.  Other winners were Pinnacle Constructors, LLC, 123 Your Web, Inc., E Sciences, and Artserve.

Other nominees were: 954 Network, E’Coleccion, Green Profit Solutions, Latin 2 Latin Marketing-Communications, Tamburrino Group, LLC, Ulltium Consulting, Chen & Associates, Downtown Events & Catering, Evolis, Jem Promotions, Mobile Chiropractic of Broward County, and Shuham & Shuham, PA.

Shutters by Proline, The Fischer Group, Tubs & More Decorative Plumbing Showroom, Virgin Graphics, Inc., Living Promises, Inc. and The Work-Life Balance Institute for Women.

Congratulations to our winners and nominee

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


May 4, 2009

O'Shea Downtowner of the Year

Join over 200 business professionals this Thursday at the 2009 Downtowner of the Year Luncheon, honoring Denny O’Shea, President of Stiles Development Company, 11:30 am, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Panorama Room.

As President of Stiles Development Co., O’Shea oversees a staff of project managers and support personnel for the development of office, industrial and retail projects. Stiles has more than four million square feet of product under development.  He is responsible for project conceptualization, financial analysis, governmental approvals, architectural and construction coordination, and tenant lease up.

O'Shea has been active in South Florida's development community for 24 years, beginning his career in construction and developmental law. He is a current member of the Chamber’s Downtown Council and has served as Chairman of both the Economic Development Council of Broward County and the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s Unsafe Structures Board. A Fort Lauderdale native, Denny studied economics at Harvard and is a graduate of the University Of Florida School Of Law.

Please help us honor this business icon.

 


Dan Lindblade, CAE

President/CEO


April 27, 2009

Musing to consider

This is the last week of the state legislative session which should prove interesting.  We are still pushing a $2 surcharge on rental cars to pay for Tri-Rail funding.  If that doesn’t make it into the final budget, we will see a significant drop in service.  Gambling (Seminole Compact) should pass in some form.  Just how much it will help is anyone’s guess.

Last week we had a good meeting the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission where they gave us the green light for a Chamber-City partnership for economic retention and expansion.  Mayor Jack Seiler and commissioners agreed our proposal has merit, setting the groundwork for the future.  Our goal is to make Fort Lauderdale a place where business thrives.

We are tracking our economic numbers in south Florida closely.  Here are a few--February 2009 occupancy rate in Broward’s hotels was down 4 percent (80% v 84.2%), according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.  March 2009 single-family existing home sales were up 19 percent compared to March 2008 (516 v. 434), while condo sales increased 5 percent (581 v. 553), according to the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale.  Lastly, unemployment in Broward County stood at 8.5 percent in March 2009 versus 4.3 percent during the same period one year earlier.

The bottom line is there is a lot of business taking place.  Throw into the mix stimulus money and neighborhood stabilization funds and things are positioned for a slow yet sustained recovery over the next 18 months in south Florida.  The question is are you?

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


April 20, 2009
Leadership Rewards

Last week I had the pleasure of spending some time with Leadership Fort Lauderdale (LFL) Class XV on its Government and Law Day. This was one of the best programs I have ever attended.

Thanks to AutoNation, Gunster Yoakley and Stewart, Law Office of Linda K. Davis and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, our sponsors for the day, attendees got an inside look at the Broward County jail, spent quality time in Honorable Eileen O’Connor’s courtroom where she deals with domestic violence, witnessed an outstanding panel with the Honorable Victor Tobin, Chief Judge, Howard Forman, Clerk of the Court, Howard Finkelstein, Broward County Public Defender, and Michael Satz, State Attorney.

The afternoon session was equally captivating. What struck me was how engaged everyone was during the sessions. Since its inception in 1994, over 400 business leaders have graduated from this significant program. The Chamber’s responsibility to our community requires us to take ownership in developing our next generation of leaders.

As we begin to take applications for Class XVI, I call on you to think of who might be qualified to begin the leadership journey. Granted, leadership is not for everyone but those who accept the challenge will be richly rewarded.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


April 13, 2009

Getting Involved

Perhaps the biggest mistake members make it is they don’t engage the power of involvement at the Chamber, creating new relationships.  The last few weeks several of you have asked me how you can get more involved in the Chamber. 

The by-product of involvement is referrals—giving and receiving.  That’s why I encourage you to sign up for one or more of our committees.  Most committees meet on a monthly basis at the same time.  Our action plan is driven by our volunteer groups which often make recommendations to the Board of Directors. 

By clicking here, you will be directed to a form with short committee descriptions.  Simply click on the box next to the committees on which you would like to serve, fill in your contact information, submit it and we will take care of the rest.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, 954.462.6000, ext. 8790.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


April 6, 2009

Don't be fooled by imitations

There has never been a more important time to engage in the business community by showing up at events and renewing your membership in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. 

Recently, I have been made aware by several investors that some of our competitors have been attempting to get you to join and are offering you services they don’t really possess.   The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has been around for 99 years and is a classic Chamber.  Our organization is a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

During April, we will have over 50 events in which you can participate, highlighted by our Director & Trustee Luncheon on April 15, our popular Golf Classic at Plantation Preserve on April 23, The Weston Business Chamber’s Breakfast at the Weston Hills Country Club on April 22, and our Trustee Reception at the Riverside Hotel on April 29, 5:30 pm.

We will be making presentations to the City of Fort Lauderdale on economic retention and expansion, meeting with executives from Nordstrom in an attempt to land the retail giant in Broward County, and tomorrow night The Downtown Council will be publicly supporting Riverwalk Trust’s Public Realm Plan.

These are just a few reasons it pays to be part of a classic Chamber.  Without your support and participation, we would not be able to continue our emphasis on businesses throughout South Florida.  Don’t be fooled by imitations or a slick sales pitch…you deserve more value for your investment!
 

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


March 30, 2009

Monday Team Meeting Success

Our first quarter update shows many signs of the economy attempting to right itself though few are sage enough to admit we are moving in the right direction.  Existing single-family home sales, usually the first sector to enter and pull out of downturns, has had two solid months.

Our unemployment rate in February stood at 8.3 percent in Broward County, with 82,423 individuals out of work.  Miami-Dade County’s unemployment was 7.5 percent, Palm Beach County 9.7 percent and the State of Florida stood at 9.4 percent.  However, what most forget is that statistics, while important, usually lag behind the actual start of the recovery.

It took Congress even longer to react, but the fact of the matter is that we have billions of dollars washing over the country. Regardless of how you feel about the funding, it will be a historical accelerant to recovery. 

So whether you are a small business or Fortune 500 company now is the time to step up and marshal your resources. Monday team meetings will never be more critical to our collective success.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


March 23, 2009

Tough Decisions and Leadership

Show Me The Money

Many of you have asked me to report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and more importantly, when the funding hit South Florida?  We know that Governor Crist has authorized dollars to flow into the state by month’s end.

Since the Act passed, I have been reading (and falling asleep) as much as I can about this bailout passed on March 6, 2009.  Currently it is impossible to track funds because Federal agencies have not yet made their process public…at least not that I can find.

Normally, and this is anything but normal, the federal government sends funds to states and local governments for their prioritized projects.  There are a couple of good online sites that are set up to deal with the information — www.recovery.gov and www.flrecovery.com

Outside of that, the Small Business Committee and I will be putting together a panel of experts to let you know what all this means and how you can best position your company.  In the meantime, I suggest you sign up to do business with the County and municipalities and stay tuned.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


March 16, 2009

Tough Decisions and Leadership

Last week I attended Broward Days in Tallahassee.  This political juggernaut for business and political leaders is intended to deliver a collective message to state leaders on a variety of issues.  It’s been over 12 years since my last trip.  This one was different.

Legislators were thankful for our presence but clearly stymied.  They are in a lose-lose position right now with little light at the end of the tunnel.  South Florida continues to be a “state” unto itself after previous decades of tall cotton.  Attendees were going through the paces and bending ears but I’m not sure their message will make a difference.

What struck me was the lack of substance in our dialogue.  This session, like none I attended before, is moving down a path of least resistance.  The burgeoning budget shortfall is forcing Republicans and Democrats to banter about sacred sales tax exemptions while looking at federal stimulus dollars like a kid in a candy shop. 

The one thing Governor Crist said during his rambling speech was that he “hoped the legislature would approve the (Seminole) Compact.”  You may have heard me say before that I like “Yes” and I like “No” but it is the “Hope” that kills me.

We need more than hope this session.  These times require tough decisions and leadership.  It also requires the business community to keep an eye on our elected officials and hold them accountable.  South Florida has too much to lose if they come back empty handed.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


March 9, 2009

Medical, Dental Programs

Great news for Chamber members!  I am excited to announce new solutions for both employers and employees who have had a difficult time getting medical and dental services.  Through our newly established partnership with Cundy Insurance and its Chairman, Tom Cundy, medical and dental coverage is easier than ever.

The unique part of this opportunity is administration is minimal.  All enrollments, premium payments and accounting is online.  Human resource professionals can arrange benefits through payroll deduction and  employees can pay directly with credit card or check draft.

Our medical option is a limited medical product with valuable protection and access to negotiated network discounts that can reduce the initial medical bill by a significant amount.  This can be used for the uninsured employee or to supplement a high deductible.

Our dental product offers access to over 30 networks built by Aetna, Cigna and others.  Cost can be as low as $9 per month with some including checkups and cleanings at no additional fee.  All have unlimited annual maximum benefits, no exclusions or waiting periods.

To take advantage of these products please go to the Chamber web site in Member Services or click here.

Sincerely,


Dan Lindblade, CAE

President/CEO


March 2, 2009

Build your road to success

Recognition is key to volunteer based organizations like the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  Without countless hours of unpaid work by our investors, we would not be able to put on the types of programs or make the necessary course corrections to our services.

That’s why Courtney Crush, Crush Law, was singled out at our Annual meeting, receiving the highest honor—the Chair’s Award.  Crush is a land use attorney who has contributed her time and legal knowledge to various groups throughout the City of Fort Lauderdale.   In 2005, she started her own practice and is immediate past chair of the Chamber's Downtown Council. For the past three years, she has co-chaired the Broward Partnership for the Homeless "Breakfast of Champions" and continues to volunteer as a celebrity waiter. Courtney sits on the Chamber's Board of Directors and was recognized last year by the City of Fort Lauderdale as its Citizen of the Year.

While Courtney is on the front lines right now, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention someone who has helped build Fort Lauderdale into what it is today—George W. “Bob” Gill.  We lost this hotel pioneer last week at the age of 93.  Gill was past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber in 1960-61, and was the first to bring travel agents from the north, selling our vacation brand.  Our upscale vacation destination is a product of his direction.  He will be missed.

In recognition of these past and present leaders, I ask you to consider volunteering with the Chamber.  Next week you will be alerted to multiple opportunities to plug into our structure.  Especially in South Florida, making an impact through your Chamber will result in dividends down the road.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO


February 23, 2009

Lifelong Relationships

I love an underdog.  Yes, the Arizona Cardinals, actor Mickey Rourke, small businesses in this economy, and Slumdog Millionaire—such optimism is truly American.

As the Chamber President and in general, I’m a glass is half full kinda guy.  I hate the alternative.  However, my optimism is coupled with a strong sense of accomplishment.  After all, proof is measurable, palpable and recognizable.

Take our 99th Annual Meeting last week.  There were 400 business people in attendance and most were totally engaged in the program.  Whether it was the vignette on non-profits produced by The Wasie Foundation, our presenting sponsor, or our keynote address by Brian O’Malley about overcoming challenges, the response has been phenomenal. 

The key is a lot of thought and planning went into that program.  That is what makes the difference between an unforgettable business transaction and an also ran.  You have the opportunity to build your brand every day, from emails you send to face-to-face presentations to your web site content and design.

How will you differentiate and make your business sizzle?  There are no short cuts to creativity and uniqueness.  Those who are remembered are the ones who go beyond the transaction, creating lasting relationships.  I’m optimistic you are up to the challenge…I’m counting on you!

 

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

Show up and be Counted

History is in the making for the City of Fort Lauderdale tomorrow as a new mayor could be selected.  Add to that all four district seats are in contention and it should be an exciting horse race.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors has deemed Jack Seiler and Dean Trantalis qualified for mayor on our business issues.  Last month, the Government Affairs Committee screened all four candidates, asking them individually a series of nine questions, ranging from economic development to the budget. 

During previous months, we held candidate forums for each district co-sponsored by the Beach and Downtown Councils.  If you were unable to attend, there are plenty of ways to gain information about candidates at most newspapers or the candidates’ web sites.

Once the dust has settled and the new council is in place, they have a difficult task ahead.  Another round of negotiations with police will be rough at best.  We also have significant economic development issues with little accomplishment of late. 

The Chamber is poised to be a partner with the newly elected body and we all need to roll up our sleeves in order to move Fort Lauderdale forward.  Casting your vote tomorrow is a great first step.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

This is the second take on this column.  The first was rejected by my assistant as being too melancholy.

My pessimism, however, is outweighed by a growing excitement for this week and what has yet to arrive.  Thanksgiving, the second most glorious holiday in my house, centered around football and food.  I have already begun reviewing the attack plan, reviewing the gravy-stained recipes from yesteryear.

 

City Manager update…City of Fort Lauderdale commissioners refused to renew George Gretsas’ contract for another three years.  Future direction reviewed during a work session. 

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Swindel gets nod at Alliance…Bob Swindell appointed interim CEO at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward Economic Development Alliance (Broward Alliance), replacing longtime CEO JT Tarlton who resigned abruptly last month.

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Senior Executive Orientation…we are accepting applications for our accelerated leadership program for senior executives.   This outstanding course, limited to 30, is completed in three days during February.  Participants are fully immersed into the business culture in South Florida.  This is a must for newly transplanted executives.  Contact Carolyn, Carolyn@ftlchamber.com.

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Open forum with commissioners hosted by Beach Council…addressing beach identity solutions, beach erosion, crime, etc., this Friday, Dec. 4, 9:00 am at the Chamber.  Contact Carolyn@ftlchamber.com.

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Holiday Gala this week…make plans Thursday to attend at the Galleria Mall, Palm Court, 5:30-7:30.  Set up for the holidays and bring your unwrapped gift for a teen in need, benefiting Children Diagnostic and Treatment Center.  Register online here. Contact Irma@ftlchamber.com.

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Project 100 in need of donations…new landscaping and irrigation are only part of the upgrades at the Chamber.  We are looking for new chairs, carpeting, and a number of interior upgrades to be ready for the 100th birthday of your Chamber.  Contact Brad Minto, Bradley@performancehdt.com.

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If you have news about your company, please email to dan@ftlchamber.com.

 

 

2010 Chair                                       Robert Barron, Berger Singerman

2011 Chair-Elect                              Christine Madsen, Mad4Marketing

Immediate Past Chair                       Sidney Calloway, Shutts & Bowen

Vice Chair, General Counsel             Suzanne Bogdan, Fisher Phillips

Vice Chair, Finance                          Dan Young, Young Consulting

Downtown Council Chair                   Dan McCawley, Greenberg Traurig

Beach Council Chair                         Melissa Milroy, The Galleria at
Fort Lauderdale                          

Weston Business  Council Chair       Chip Rowand, Keyes Realty

Oakland Park Wilton Manors             Bill Feinberg, Allied Kitchen & Bath
Council Chair

Women’s Council Chair                     Barbara Carballo, Citibank

 

Kathryn Frost, Suntrust Bank
Sandra Mayor, Bank of America
Charlene Bender, Regent Bank
Chuck Mohr, Bank Atlantic
Mike Walters, PNC Bank
Michael Fields, Nova Southeastern University
Carolyn Stewart, Florida Atlantic University
Nancy Botero, Broward College
Germaine Smith Bough, Urban League of Broward County
Joan Goodrich, Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward Economic Development Alliance
Frank Herhold, Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Robert Boo, Pride Center
Gregg Sjoquist, The Wasie Foundation
Linda Cooke, Habilitation Center
Tony Beall, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Kelley Shanley, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Irivin Lippman, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Nadine Floyd, Media Lab/Power Images
Mark Budwig, S.MARK Graphics of Florida
Jim Norton, Lifestyle Magazine
Chuck Malkus, Malkus Communications
Mel DiPietro, Resouce Benefits
Pat Du Mont, Manadu, Inc.
Karen Unger, American Document Management
Serge Mallat, Mass Mutual
Fred Johnson, Smith Barney Morgan Stanley
Paul Kissinger, EDSA
Courtney Crush, Crush Law
Jeff Rubinger, Holland & Knight
Anthony Brunson, Sharpton Brunson & Co.
Lynn Shatas, Florida Power & Light
James Thaw, Broward Health
Lynn Mandeville, Holy Cross Hospital
Andreas Ioannon, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Mark Corbett, New River Design Group
Gerard Andrews, TAG Events
Chuck Black, Signs by Tomorrow
Clifton Steele, Biztex Services

 

District 25, Senator Jeff Atwater, 850/487-5100

Dist. 29. Sen. Chris Smith, 850/487-5112

Dist. 30, Sen. Ted Deutch, 850/487-5091

Dist. 31, Sen. Eleanor Sobel, 850/487-5097

Dist. 32, Sen. Jeremy Ring, 850/487-5094

Dist. 34, Sen. Nan Rich, 850/487-5103

Dist. 35, Sen. Dan Gelber, 850/487-5121

Dist. 36, Sen. Larcenia Bullard, 850/487-5127

 

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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President/CEO

 

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

Leverage return

I have a strong sense of urgency as it relates to accomplishment this year.  There has never been a more important time to provide value as investors and customers analyze spending habits and push for savings and value.

That is why your Chamber is moving forward with plans to expand palpable value-added programming in our centennial year, 2010.  Later this month, our 100th Chair, Robert Barron, Berger Singerman, will convene his leadership team to tackle the direction of our programming.  We already have several key thrusts identified.

We continue with upgrades to the Chamber physical plant, leading up to our reveal party, Amethyst, January 29.  Our Project 100 team has worked extremely hard to give us a fresh look with additional functionality—everything from flat panel interactive television to new landscaping.

Over 400 will attend the Chamber’s Centennial Annual Meeting, presented by Berger Singerman, Friday, February 12, where we will celebrate our history as we hear from US Chamber President & CEO, Tom Donahue.  Register online for this event at ftlchamber.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting cristina@ftlchamber.com.

Just after the annual meeting, our BusinessF1rst economic retention and expansion partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale hits the home stretch.  We anticipate new directional outcomes from this program.  The final report to elected officials will contain key points from over 1,000 stakeholders in our community.

As in most successful ventures, the proof will be in the execution.  I encourage you to be part of our next 100 years of doing business in South Florida by getting involved in any of our nearly 200 events or multitude of thought provoking committees and work groups.  The return for you will be threefold, the experience priceless.

Sincerely,

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President/CEO

 

 

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