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Chamber 2017 Directors Announced

Posted by: Dan Lindblade, CAE on Thursday, December 1, 2016
At its November 22 Board of Directors' meeting the Nominating Committee brought forth its slate of candidates for the 2017 Board of Directors. Keith Costello, First Green ...

Critical Conversations on Healthcare Nov. 17

Posted by: LI: Executive PW:Chamber512 on Monday, November 14, 2016
On Thursday, November 17, the Chamber is convening a high level meeting to discuss healthcare issues for our country and region. I want you to attend and here is why. Never ...

October 2016 Hero of the Month - Maria Medina, Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors

Posted by: Website Admin on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Maria Medina
Minuteman Press
of Wilton Manors

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.

December 2016 Member of the Month - Andy Perrott

Posted by: Website Admin on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Andy Perrot

Lightship Media

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.

September 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Jonathan Keith
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.

September 2016 Hero of the Month

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, September 1, 2016

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.

August 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bill Holland
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.

Hero of the Month - Alison Avayu, Piccolo Ristorante

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Alison Avayu
Piccolo RIstorante

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, 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.

July 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, July 1, 2016

David Black
Berger Singerman, LLP

David has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2013, and has helped a number of Chamber members with their Business Law matters.

As a member of the Board of Directors, David has the role of shaping the policies and direction of the Chamber. He also assists the Chamber in interpreting the bylaws and ensuring it operates within the parameters of its bylaws. David served as the Curriculum Chair of Leadership Fort Lauderdale in 2015 and was responsible for setting the curriculum of the program and implementing each program day. David continues to assist Leadership Fort Lauderdale in 2016 as a member of the Advisory Committee.

Having completed his B.A., summa cum laude at Rutgers University, David continued his educational career at Boston University School of Law, being awarded J.D., magna cum laude. David’s first job was in the Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP followed by working in the Legal Department of Staples, Inc. David is now a partner at Berger Singerman, LLP – a company who has been a Chamber member since 1989. Berger Singerman, with 80 attorneys, is Florida's business law firm. They are a talented team of forward-thinking attorneys who are passionate, creative problem-solvers who leverage a collaborative approach to give clients a competitive edge. Their attorneys are widely respected and recognized for their exceptional work both in the courtroom and the boardroom.

David has actively participated with non-profit organizations since 2009. He is an Advisory Board Member of The Posse Foundation, and a Board Member of The Underwater Bar Association and Hope House, Inc.

During his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and scuba diving. David also enjoys exercising and golfing.

June 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Teresita Garcia-Mendoza

Teresita has been a member of the Lunch Bunch Leads group since October of 2014, and has worked with multiple Chamber business owners to provide their employees additional benefits that provide a financial safety net in case of illness or injury. She has also been a leader in referring and connecting her Lunch Bunch group members with other businesses in order to help grow their respective businesses.

Teresita graduated from FIU in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and International Business. After managing the financial departments for three global companies, she changed careers and became a Specialty Pharmaceutical Representative for Bristol-Myers Squibb and later with Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she earned multiple sales and leadership awards. Always wanting to own her own business, Teresita took a risk and started her own business in October of 2012 representing Aflac as an Independent Agent. She has made her business a success and has again won multiple awards and recognition for her sales and leadership. Teresita attributes her success to her honesty and customer service. Business owners and policyholders alike can always count on her.

As a Cuban American, Teresita is involved in the organization M.A.R. Por Cuba (Mothers and Women Against Repression for Cuba). This organization works worldwide in bringing to light, and trying to bring about change, regarding the human rights violations that occur on a daily basis under the dictatorship of the Castro Regime in Cuba. In addition, Teresita currently serves as the President of her Condominium Board here in Fort Lauderdale, and is proud of previously being the first female Rear Commodore of the Seabird Yacht Club.

During her free time, Teresita is an avid golfer and skier. She also enjoys boating, traveling, theatre, and sporting events. You may see Teresita at many of the Chamber and Tower Club networking events.