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October 2014 Hero

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, October 2, 2014


Bridget DeSeno
Toshiba Business Solutions

Bridget DeSeno is a passionate, focused, and compassionate individual who looks to make a difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor. She believes, as does Toshiba Business Solutions, in changing tomorrow, today! When she visited Food For The Poor’s headquarters in Coconut Creek, her compassion and kindness surfaced immediately as she discovered the depth and magnitude of the poor that FFP serves.

Bridget  joined Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS) last December, as Program Manager of Public Relations and Community Affairs. In her current position with TBS she expands her reach in the nonprofit community by managing the company’s participation and involvement of events and programs that promote goodwill. In this effort to promote goodwill, make a difference in the lives of the poor, and participate in events, Bridget united Toshiba Business Solutions with our 9th Annual 5K Walk/ Run for Hunger, Saturday,  November 8th,  at TY Park in Hollywood, and has become our presenting sponsor! Furthermore Bridget will be participating in the race as well having formed a Toshiba team and a friends and family team. “I am so excited for the upcoming 5k!! I’m recruiting all of my friends to form a team – and Toshiba has already filled our ten allotted spots, we hope to recruit more!”

 “Food For The Poor would like to thank Toshiba for serving as Food For The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger’s presenting sponsor,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “Toshiba’s steadfast commitment to invest in the next generation is evident in their decision to organize a team to compete and raise money to feed starving and malnourished families in the Caribbean and Latin America.”

October 2014

Posted by: Website Admin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014


David Smith
Hospice by the Sea

David Smith has been selected as the October Member of the Month for his exemplary and tireless service to the Chamber. As the Chair of the Weston Leads Group and Co-Chair of the Diplomats, David is a welcoming smile and always available to new and existing members as a resource and connector.

David Smith has a broad background in healthcare having worked for hospital, pharmaceutical, rehabilitation and eldercare organizations. A degree in Social Gerontology from the State University of New York and a License as a Nursing Home Administrator enhance his understanding of the needs of today’s aging population. His knowledge and experience enable him to educate physicians, patients and families about services available for those facing a serious illness two trusted providers, Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Palm Beach Counties which have recently joined together as TrustBridge Health.

David’s sincerity and kindness make him and ideal Hospice Representative who can broach the difficult topic of end of life care with sensitivity and concern.  He approaches his responsibility with a strong sense of commitment and a genuine dedication to assisting others to improve the quality of life during life’s most challenging time. He is respected by his clients, colleagues and his peers.

He has actively participated in the FTL Chamber since 2009. And was a founding member of the Weston Leads group in 2010. David became a diplomat for the Chamber in 2012. In Jan 2013, he became the Chair of the Weston Leads group. In 2014, he became the Vice Chair for the Diplomats and in May of 2014 was asked to sit on the board of governors for the Weston Council of the Greater FTL Chamber.

David lives in Weston with his wife, Felicia and children, Daniel, Matthew and Rebecca. He is invested in his social, religious and school communities and active in a variety of organizations.  He exemplifies the type of life he wants others to be able to live- one of quality and dignity.

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September 2014

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, September 11, 2014


Charles Schwabe
Legacies In Ink, LLC

Chuck Schwabe is the Researcher and Genealogist, and Vice President of Legacies In Ink, LLC.  Working with Dr. Judith L. Kolva, personal historian, Legacies In Ink, LLC creates limited edition, heirloom books that preserve life stories and family histories for individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations.    He oversees the research, strategic planning, business development, and financial management business processes for his business.

Chuck is a master of relationships. His thirty-five year career as a senior executive served has honed his ability to provide human capital solutions to Legacies in Ink’s client families. Chuck developed Legacies in Ink’s proprietary C3 process (Compound Client Connections through Storytelling)—a simple, yet powerful, tool that teaches wealth managers and family office executives how to develop and sustain long-term client relationships through storytelling.

Chuck earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.  He is married, has three daughters and four grand children.

August 2014 Hero

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, August 7, 2014
Bill Feinberg Joe Feinberg
Allied Kitchen & Bath

Bill and Joe Feinberg, 2 dynamic businessmen and brothers are the co-founders and owners of Allied Kitchen and Bath.  Originally from Philadelphia, these self-made men live by the philosophy of "giving back and paying it forward" in the community they live and serve. Bill currently serves on several organizational boards including, the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Broward County and the Ft. Lauderdale Council of Economic Advisors.    For the past 30 years Bill and Joe have both been recognized in our community for their philanthropic activities, supporting many local non profits including Deliver the Dream, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Habitat for Humanity, and ARC Broward, among others.  Since the opening their new building, Bill and Joe have hosted and underwritten over 100 events at the showroom, allowing these charities to raise unprecedented donations, and developing valuable community partnerships. Knowing most of the money we raise stays right here in our own back yard makes it all so worthwhile.  Paying it Forward is a way of life for Bill, Joe and their extended family at Allied Kitchen & Bath.

Posted by: Dan Lindblade, CAE on Monday, July 7, 2014
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July Hero 2014

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, July 3, 2014


Cole Copertino
City of Fort Laudedrdale

Angel’s Pediatric Heart House is proud to nominate Cole Copertino as their Chamber Hero.  Since joining the board this year, Cole has been active in helping the organization make connections in the community and raising awareness by inviting colleagues and friends to the organization’s events.  We are excited to have Cole on our team as Angel’s Pediatric Heart House celebrates its 10th anniversary.  Mr. Copertino serves as in-house legal counsel for the City of Fort Lauderdale, focusing his practice primarily in the areas of transportation, housing and community development, employee pension, finance and Florida sunshine law.  His work includes the drafting and review of contracts for major transportation projects in Fort Lauderdale, as well as overseeing real estate transactions for the City’s Housing Department.   Cole is actively involved in the Broward community and an avid sports enthusiast and regularly participates in basketball and softball leagues in the West Broward area.  He earned his Bachelors’ degrees in Sociology and Political Science from the University of North Florida and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.



July 2014

Posted by: Website Admin on Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Marilyn Oliva
MPower Marketing Strategy

Marilyn Oliva is the founder and President of MPower Marketing Strategy and a specialist in marketing strategy planning, with a focus on online modern marketing solutions. Marilyn spent more than a decade in senior marketing management positions for large international corporations in the New Jersey and Florida markets prior to launching MPower.

Marilyn’s broad marketing experience working for billion dollar companies such as Citrix Systems, American Express, AT&T, and Research International helped her to understand the enormous need for a more customer focused and strategic approach to marketing. This knowledge, coupled with her natural creative skills, led Marilyn to develop an empowering approach that provides a combination of marketing assessment, research insight, strategic marketing planning, and marketing coaching appropriate for all types of organizations, regardless of size or budget.

Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Rutgers University. She also holds an Associate of Arts degree from the New York School of Interior Design.

Marilyn is very involved in her community serving as Board Chair on the Oakland Park/Wilton Manors Council of the Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Tower Forum, Committee Member of Hispanic Unity of Florida and graduating from the Senior Executive Program for the Leadership Broward Foundation.

Posted by: Dan Lindblade, CAE on Monday, June 30, 2014
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