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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.

June 2016 Hero of the Month

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

Casey Seidman
Nova Southeastern University

Casey Seidman is the Public Sector Relations Liaison within the Huizenga Business College at Nova Southeastern University. Casey is active in the local non-profit community as a member of the Florida Association of Non-Profits and Leadership Broward (Emerge Broward). He began his volunteer work in 2005 by volunteering at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts followed by volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in the summer of 2008; where he assisted with putting together a mock political debate for the community. These experiences taught him the value of community service.

As the Public Sector Relations Liaison, Casey is responsible for building relationships with governments and non-profits for the purpose of student recruitment. Casey's other responsibilities include recruiting students for the MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Taxation, and the M.P.A. program. His belief in the power of social justice lead him to convince the Huizenga College at N.S.U. to offer 20% tuition awards to anyone who works in a non-profit. This is both his and N.S.U.'s way of saying "thank you" to the various community organizations that make our county a better place.

Casey received his Master's degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University in 2011 and his B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2009. Prior to his role at Nova Southeastern University, Casey previously served as a Campaign Associate with the United Way of Broward County and before that as a policy analyst on the state relations team at Arizona State University.

Plan to Succeed - And The Winners Are...

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, May 13, 2016


Friday, May 13, 2016


Plan to Succeed - And The Winners Are...   Upcoming Events
Over 150 community, governmental and business leaders gathered at Lenore's Table at the First Baptist Church yesterday as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honored 10 outstanding members at our 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards -- Presented by TD Bank.

"With 60,000 small businesses in Fort Lauderdale, small businesses account for about $13 billion in payroll and 25,000 new jobs. They have been a huge reason unemployment in Broward County is at a low of 4.4%." said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler,  highlighted the impact of small businesses and the instrumental role they play in the economic development of the city, county, region and state.

This year there were 27 Small Businesses vying for the honor of Small Business of the Year in three categories. After careful and difficult deliberation (the applications this year were outstanding!) three recipients were selected from each category. We also selected our Small Business Person of the Year, who will represent the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at the Broward County Small Business Person of the Year Awards on May 25th. Tickets are now available for the Broward County Council of Chamber's event and is open to all Chamber members. For more information, contact Doug Frens at 954.462.2570 or

Congratulations to all our honorees!

New Small Business
1-3 years

Small Business
4 +years

Non Profit

Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors  Wizard Creations  The Broward Partnership 
Piccolo Ristorante  Merchant Processing Solutions  Firewall Centers 
Circles Enterprises Inc.  Lightship Media  Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
Small Business Person of the Year

Yamilet Strauss
Merchant Processing Solutions

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. ” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Our monthly networking events are yet another way to EXPERIENCE. BETTER. BUSINESS. Pick one from one of the upcoming events  or visit us at and Plan to SUCCEED!

Board of Directors/ Trustee Luncheon
Date: May 18, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Business Afterhours
Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Biz Perks
No Biz Perks this month in lieu of the Small Business Awards on May 12th.
AN INSIDE LOOK: How Department of Homeland Security Protects Your Business
Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Downtown Council Breakfast
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 7:30 am - 9:15 am
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Leaders Luncheon
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Weston Power Lunch Date: June 3, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Non-Profit Business Breakfast
Date: June 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Trustee Reception
Date: June 8, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

CEO Cafe Orientation with Dan Lindblade
Date: June 10, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am




Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber-security and Communications Gregory J. Touhill as he shares how DHS is acting as your national neighborhood watch system in cyberspace.

This is a first-hand look at the governmental protections in place for your business, plus discussion of the current risks and threats looming on the horizon.  Bring your questions!

Day/Time: Monday, May 23, 2016 ~ 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce,512 NE  3rd Avenue, Ft Lauderdale

COST:  $15 (includes lunch)


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May 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Adrianna Fazzano
Broward College

Adriana Fazzano, Chief of Staff at Broward College, is our Hero of the Month. Adriana is a new board member at the Chamber of Commerce and has engaged many new Broward College employees in a variety of committees and councils. In addition to her leadership at the Chamber Adriana also recently chaired the Executive Director search committee at Rebuilding Together Broward ,where she is also a board member. Her diligent efforts led to the organization securing its new leader. Adriana’s leadership continues with organizations including Leadership Broward ,where she chaired their Fun Lunch event in 2015, and leads the Village Square community conversation. 

Adriana received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2015 and in 2008 received her BA in History with Distinction from Amherst College. . In 2009, she was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Catania, Italy. 

In her role at Broward College Adriana is responsible for a wide range of matters of institutional importance and for the coordination of designated functions of the Office of the President, including but not limited to: providing leadership and direction for strategic planning and change management initiatives; representing the President in selected internal and external interactions with the Board of Trustees, management, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and various external entities; managing and advising the President on day-to-day operations ensuring efficiency and effectiveness and optimizing the use of available resources; assisting the President in creating a high volume of executive-level communications including talks, speeches, and presentations; serving as the President's Office liaison; responding to inquiries and complaints using resourcefulness in seeking solutions to problems presented within the college or outside of college activities; ensuring the accurate, proper, and timely flow of information to and from the Office of the President in support of recurring and special projects; supporting the work of the senior management team in developing strategy for presidential communications and scheduling; and understand organizational policies and procedures necessary to ensure appropriate decision-making protocols.

May 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Regina Santoro

Since 2013 Regina has been a member of the Chamber’s Power Partners leads group. She has been able to help grow the group and the Chamber with new members. Regina is active with community volunteering opportunities: Rebuilding Together Broward 2015 & 2016, YMCA-LA Lee Center and the Broward Coalition to End Homelessness.

Regina started with BankUnited in August of 2010 as a Relationship Banker and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in August of 2014. With over 25 years in the Financial Service industry Regina has built long lasting relationships with her clients by offering the best customer service possible and because of her commitment to her clients most business is from referrals.


Plan to Succeed - Celebrating Success

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, April 1, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016 Plan to Succeed - Celebrating Success Downtowner of the Year - Courtney Callahan Crush Upcoming Events Join us and over 400 ...

April 2016

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

Adam Alvarado

Edward Jones

Adam has co-chaired the Lunch Bunch Leads group for the past 2 years and plans their monthly Wine & Unwind networking events. He has also contributed to the success of several members allowing them to achieve their financial goals to secure their future. He goes out of his way to create connections and assist those in the Chamber grow their businesses.

Adam Alvarado graduated from FIU in 2004 with a Bachelor in Finance and a Certificate in Banking Studies. After 10 years of supply chain work, he joined Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in 2012 and most enjoys working with & educating serious, long-term investors on reaching their retirement goals.

Adam is very much involved in our community. He sit on 3 boards, spearheaded and chairs a Young Professionals Group, is co-chair of the Lunch Bunch Leads Group and is an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Oakland Park. When he's not serving our community, he teaches at area gyms several times per week. In his (rare) free time, Adam enjoy cooking, riding bikes with his partner, and listening to all genres of music.

Plan to Succeed - Small Business BIG IMPACT

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, March 25, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016 Plan to Succeed - Small Business BIG IMPACT Upcoming Events The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce announces open ...

Plan to Succeed - ROI: Return On Involvement

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, March 11, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016 Plan to Succeed - ROI: Return On Involvement Upcoming Events Many business owners struggle to find promotional opportunities ...

March 2016

Posted by: Website Admin on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Charles Felix
South Florida Hospital News
and Healthcare Report

Charles Felix is the new chair person for Power Partners, serves on the Healthcare Committee of the Chamber and has been a chamber member for decades.  Charles is the go to person and completely unselfish about getting people to high level decision makers in the Hospital Industry.

In more than 4 decades of achievement, Mr. Felix has demonstrated a wide-ranging expertise that includes business strategy, corporate finance management, labor relations and negotiations, management development and leadership, commercial real estate management, brand and image development, and government and regulatory affairs.

Charles Felix is the owner and publisher of  South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report, a publication he founded in 2004. Within just one year of operation, the 40-page monthly newspaper quickly established itself as the premiere chronicle of the healthcare industry in South Florida. It now represents the only monthly healthcare newspaper available in South Florida.

A certified public accountant (CPA) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Mr. Felix earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in public accounting, from Bernard Baruch College in New York City. Mr. Felix’s early career focused on commercial real estate management, specializing in multi-family construction and management in the Southeast.

Mr. Felix then moved into sports management and franchise development, leading a growing and changing multiple-entity enterprise whose key business interests included three professional ice hockey clubs and three arenafootball2 teams with combined annual revenues of more than $8.2 million. During his tenure, Mr. Felix led the effort to bring the minor-league Atlanta Knights into the International Hockey League and, later, guided the franchise’s move to Quebec City. He also helped create the Xtreme Football League, which later became arenafootball2. His aggressive marketing programs for the Pensacola Professional Hockey Club boosted annual revenues a whopping 400 percent and led the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in sponsorships in its first year of operations.

Mr. Felix was voted ECHL Executive of the Year in 1998, and received the ECHL Team Marketing Award in 1997.

Active within both his profession and community, Mr. Felix has participated in numerous organizations and activities, and is presently on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association and the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale.