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.
Mr. Nonprofit Consultancy
Sandra Veszi-Einhorn, co-chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce's nonprofit committee and board member proudly nominates Tony Beall, President/CEO of Mister Nonprofit Consultancy, Inc. as the March Chamber Not for Profit Hero of the Month. Tony was asked to serve as interim co-chair of the nonprofit committee and did so without hesitation from September 2015 through January 2016. Having been one of the founding members of the committee Tony displayed his unwavering commitment by ensuring, in partnership with Sandra and Chamber staff, that the nonprofit committee maintained its high level of participation and relevance. Tony made sure that speakers were confirmed for each monthly meeting, assisted in co-facilitating the meetings with Sandra and introduced new ideas to strengthen the educational value of the committee meetings.
During the course of his career, Tony has received numerous national and local awards; including a National Excellence Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, two time recipient of the American Express Chairman’s Award for Quality and the 2012 New Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Tony has an impressive portfolio of nonprofit organizations that have benefitted from his expertise and passion. Included in that portfolio are the William J. Clinton Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, American Foundation for AIDS Research, The World AIDS Institute, Humane Society, The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, City of Hallandale Beach, Kids Ecology Corps, ArtServe, Community Foundation of Broward, Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Children's Home Society, Partners In Education, Rebuilding Together, Morningday Community Solutions, Tomorrow's Rainbow and many more.
Tony continues to serve as a community connector and a champion of collective impact. Thank you Tony for your commitment to our nonprofit members and the communities they serve.
Jennifer Brin Kovach – Jim Moran Institute – Runs the Chamber small business workshops. Sits on the small business committee. Knows everyone and tries to help them get the max for their membership with the chamber.
Jennifer Brin Kovach is the Director of the South Florida Outreach Division for the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University. When hired, Kovach was tasked with establishing the South Florida Outreach Division from the ground up in order to advance the Jim Moran Institute’s mission to cultivate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial leaders. Within three short years Kovach created a full scale entrepreneur and non-profit leadership training division offering nearly 100 small to large events annually to 700 plus leaders. With Kovach at its helm, the division now serves the community through a Small Business Executive Program, Advice Straight Up Expert Speaker Series, CEO roundtables, and its annual Business & Leadership Conference.
In an effort to connect with small business leaders, Kovach is also a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Kovach serves on the chamber’s Small Business Committee and plans its Small Business Committee Breakfast Forums.
Kovach’s professional background includes extensive leadership roles in business development and the non-profit sector, with experience in management, finance, fundraising, event planning, educational programming, and marketing. Kovach, a native of South Florida, earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.