Jessica Rosales, Owner of Red Chair Catering
Having moved to South Florida in 2014 from London (UK), Maria was interested in getting involved with local businesses and the local community. In 2016, Maria has donated Printed Materials and Graphic Design Services to Urban League of Broward County, Firewall Centers and SunServe, amongst others. In September 2016, Maria provided heavily discounted printed materials for Artopia III as well as donated Graphic Design Services. Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors also offers a raffle item once a quarter at the monthly Non-Profit breakfast. In June 2016, Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors was a main sponsor for Hearts With Orlando, a local event that helped raise over $4,500 for people affected by the Pulse Orlando tragedy.
Maria is a City Director for the local chapter of Lesbians Who Tech, an organization that provides a platform to raise awareness of groups who are fighting for LGBT and Women rights, and connect these groups to queer women in the tech community. Lesbians Who Tech also creates a community, increases visibility and improves representation among women and lesbians in technology by partnering with initiatives such as the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship.
Maria Medina has been the owner of her Minuteman Press since September 2014 and was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award in 2016 by the Chamber as well as Best of Fort Lauderdale in 2016 for Design, Print and Promotional Services. Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors is a full service Print, Marketing and Design company that provides a variety of services from Business Cards, Brochures, Postcards, Banners, Signs, Window Graphics and Car Wraps to Pens, Shirts, Mugs, Koozies and other Promotional Items. It is their business to help your business grow, that’s why Maria’s Minuteman Press extends a 25% discount to all Non-Profit organizations as well as offers complimentary design services on a case by case basis to Non-Profits.
Andy has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2013. Andy earned a Bachelor of Arts at Williams College in 1990 and initially worked at WCVB-TV in Boston before being hired by Lifetime Television in New York. In 1997 Andy was recruited by Disney to work as a Producer in Orlando. He left Disney in 1999 to start his own production company, Lightship Entertainment. Lightship Media is a full service production company specializing in producing television shows, commercials and promotional videos of all kinds. Under Andy’s supervision, the company has produced more than a dozen prime time shows for Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, the Science Channel and Destination America on various subjects ranging from the thrill rides at Walt Disney World to the latest innovations in concept car design. Andy is actively involved in the Chamber through the GLBX Council and the GLBX Leads Group. He serves on the GLBX Board of Directors and has been appointed Chair Elect for 2017. Andy played a crucial part in planning the very successful Artopia event; one of the Chambers’ annual events held at the NSU Museum of Art in 2016. On his free time, Andy spends time with his dog Bella and enjoys spending time with friends on his boat.
Jonathan Keith, PA & Associates
Jonathan has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2014, and has helped a number of Chamber members with their Residential Real Estate Needs.
Jonathan Keith is a national, state and local award winning Realtor-Broker Associate, Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida and active community leader in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Jonathan formed and oversees Jonathan Keith, P.A. & Associates, a high-octane and top-producing real estate team of 10+ professionals, specializing in residential luxury, waterfront, commercial property, investing and appraising. Jonathan and his team have earned the 2014 Coldwell Banker’s International President’s Elite & the 2014 Broward County Champion Award from the Miami Realtors Association aligning him and his team as the top 1% nationally in 2015. For the past 15 years he has set the trend in serving both buyers and sellers with maximum representation and unparalleled personal service defining an impeccable reputation.
When not connecting the community to the homes of their dreams, Jonathan is active in Fort Lauderdale community leadership. Jonathan serves as a Trustee Co-Chair and runs the Leader’s Luncheon for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. He is also Vice President for the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, Board of Directors Advisor with the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Charitable Chair for the Broward Partnership of the Homeless, Chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Ford Mustang Challenge, Board of Director for Henderson Behavioral Health and Advisory Board with Winterfest. Supporting community is one of Jonathan’s strong personal values and enjoys instilling that culture within his sphere of influence and especially Team JK.
Those who meet Jonathan share that he is strategic, determined and decisive, yet supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring. This combination is the formula for his personal and professional success. Outside of business and philanthropy, Jonathan spends time with his wife Tracey and their 2 year old daughter, Phoebe.
Barry Max Levy, QKA
Levy & Associates
After his term as president of the national organization ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professions and Actuaries) and as local president of the ASPPA Benefit Council of South Florida Barry wanted to devote volunteer time to our local community. He is a founding director of the monthly Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep beach cleanup. The Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep is partners with the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Kids Ecology Corp. The Beach Sweep’s September 10th cleanup is its 1-year anniversary and is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Barry is a board member and Co-Chair of the not-for-profit Outre Theater Company. Outre produces shows that contain social messages relevant to our community. He is a member of Tobacco-Free Broward and on 2-1-1 Broward’s Corporate Partners committee. Barry Max Levy, QKA is a Pension Consultant and President of Levy & Associates, a TPA (third-part administrator) and consultant for 401(k) and other retirement plans. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been a guest on financial talk radio and a featured speaker on qualified retirement plans.
Mr. Levy earned and maintains a QKA (Qualified 401(k) Administrator) credential from ASPPA. He has been recognized in federal and state court as an expert in the area of qualified retirement plans. He joined the predecessor organization, Leo Levy & Associates, in 1989. In 2008, after serving on ASPPA’s (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries) Board of Directors for 5 years Mr. Levy became an officer and member of ASPPA’s Executive Committee. He was ASPPA’s President for the 2012-2013 year. Amongst a number of committees, he was on the Management Council and a member of the Government Affairs Steering Committee (GAC). As ASPPA’s President Mr. Levy periodically met with IRS and DOL officials and members of congress and their staff.
Edward Jones Investments
Bill has been heavily involved with the Chamber since the moment he joined in 2004 by helping organize and Chair the Biz-to-Biz Leads Group, as well as arrange the Biz Perks Events and Net at Noon Events. During his time with the Chamber Bill has also committed a lot of his time to Chairing the Small Business Committee and has taken a lead role with the Board of Directors.
Bill owned 2 paper routes in North Canton, Ohio at the age of 12, and has also worked with Health Card, Manufacturing and Banking firms throughout his career. His first degree is in the field of Computer Science and his second in Business and Systems Administration. Now a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, Bill’s role is to provide solutions that help individuals pursue their serious, long-term and financial objectives, including: Preparing for retirement, Living in retirement, Paying for Education, Preparing for the unexpected and Planning your estate or inheritance.
As Chair of Finance for the First Baptist Church and Chair of Community Services and Spiritual Aims for the Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale, Bill dedicates a lot of time to supporting charitable organizations. Bill is also involved with the First Baptist Church Media Team that broadcasts every Sunday morning, and has served as President and Secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale.
During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and their four grandchildren. Additionally, thirteen years ago his wife, not a big fan of removing her feet from the ground, reluctantly agreed to allow Bill to pursue his passion for aviation. They now spend most weekends flying around Florida to catch a ballgame in Tampa or get some breakfast in Key West.
When it came time to select our July/August Hero of the Month, one name was on everyone's lips and it's not so hard to figure out why. Alison Avayu is a true servant leader.
Alison has volunteered for Learning Ally and Special Olympics, and serves on the board of Unbound.org, an international sponsorship program which is headquartered near her hometown. Piccolo specifically sponsors a Philippine student through Unbound.
Piccolo has supported a multitude of non-profits locally including - Ann Storck Center, Junior Achievement, the Tortuga Music Festival, Sea Delight Ocean Fund, the Grid Iron Grill Off (which benefits multiple non profits) and has hosted events for REEF, Grace Place School, FANO, Broward Public Library and 48 Hour Film Festival.
Serving on the Chamber's Oakland Park/Wilton Manors/Uptown Council, Chairing the Lunch Bunch Leads group, and providing breakfast for the NonProfit Business Breakfast, Alison has supported the Chamber's programs and initiatives in many ways.
Born and raised in Kansas, Alison always felt a calling to sunny South Florida. After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Design, Spanish and Leadership, she spent a few years in Kansas City before making the big move. Just a few short months after moving, she and Chef Andres ended up working in the same restaurant together. And as they say, the rest is history.
With a background in leadership, it was an easy transition from the design world to the hospitality industry. Before opening up Piccolo, Alison spent a few years as assistant manager and bar manager of a couple of different local restaurants. Her experience in the "front of house" was critical in the creation of Piccolo since it was a match for the talents that Chef Andres brings to the kitchen.
Alison's love for authentic personalized service is evident and one of the driving forces behind Piccolo's "unique dining experience". You can feel her warmth and passion as she greets and takes care of each guest. "Ensuring everyone has the perfect dining experience is my ultimate goal" she says. Make your reservation now and get a taste of the mid-western charm and hospitality that she brings to the table.