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.
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.
Chair, GLBX Council
Originally from his much beloved New Orleans and his relocation to South Florida ten years ago, Chad worked with non-profits in various positions writing trainings and working in fund development and strategic planning until he decided to take the leap into the culinary world. Ever since then Chad continues to volunteer and donate while pursuing his work building Whole Heap brands.
Chad’s decision to write his cookbook, Whole Heap Of Goodness, started with a trip home. While there, he and his mom began preparing various old family favorite recipes. They immediately started reminiscing about how certain recipes made family get togethers so special. It was then he decided to share those stories and recipes so other people might be touched by them and find ideas on how to make the time with their family and friends even more special as well.
Chad has appeared on Yahoo finance as well as Money Talks News for helping feed families on a budget. He has been a guest on Rolanda Watts’ radio show and has multiple upcoming television and radio appearances. Chad continues to be involved in the community he was most recently Dessert Host for Junior Achievement’s UnCorked event, cooked for a benefit for St. Jude, supported Hogs for the Cause in New Orleans and many others. He also serves on the Ft. Lauderdale Code Board, chairs the Chamber’s GLBX Board and volunteers and supports various civic and charitable organizations including the Pediatric Association Foundation. Chad has the second two cookbooks in the works and will be launching the boutique linen line in late fall.
Ambit Advertising and Public Relations
Kathy Koch is founder and president of Ambit Advertising and Public Relations, a full service marketing agency headquartered in South Florida since 1986.
Kathy recently joined the Henderson Behavioral Health Board of Directors, and has been an advocate for Henderson as well as other health and human services organizations.
She is a leader when it comes to collaboration between not-for-profits having served as the Chair of the Broward County Coordinating Council. In addition, Kathy serves on numerous community and business related boards
In recognition of the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Henderson Behavioral Health is grateful to acknowledge Kathy Koch for her leadership and service to our community and proudly recognizes her as our Chamber Hero.