• June 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

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    June 23, 2015
    Help The Sonder Project with FuelMyClub Program
    The Sonder Project is partnering with Club Digi’s FuelMyClub program for its 2015 fundraising campaign. The FuelMyClub mobile app was developed by a team of industry experts to leverage mobile phone technology and social media to increase fundraising success. The app will feature high value digital coupons and deals from both local merchants and national brands. The inefficiency and cost of the traditional fundraising coupon book is eliminated with this convenient app. To offer a coupon, contact at sarah@thesonderproject.org or (850) 420-5845.
    Rotary Club of Destin Receives Top District Awards
    Bill Lindsley - Rotary Club of DestinAt the recent Rotary 6940 District Conference held in Callaway Gardens, the Rotary Club of Destin was honored with two prestigious awards of service recognition. Seen here, Club President Bill Lindsley (left) accepts the President’s Citation Award and the District Governor’s Certificate from David Rauch, District 6940 District Governor.  The Rotary Club of Destin also served as official hosts of the District Conference Hospitality Suite. District 6940 represents 51 clubs and nearly 2,500 Rotarians across 19 counties in Northwest Florida.


    Sacred Heart Welcomes Rice, Ob/Gyn
    Dr. Lucy Rice - Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastSacred Heart Medical Group welcomes Dr. Lucy Rice, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, to the Emerald Coast. Rice has special medical interests in women’s health and wellness through every phase of a woman’s life, including pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She enjoys helping her patients focus on their nutritional and fitness goals to lead healthy lifestyles.  Rice will be delivering babies exclusively at the Family Birth Place at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach. She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and continued her training at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

    County Renews Military Community Covenant
    In celebration of Okaloosa County’s 2015 Centennial Year, the Military Community Covenant has been renewed and signed by elected officials in Okaloosa County. The Military Community Covenant was originally written and signed in 2009 by 40 people in the community, including citizens, military families, and civic leaders, as well as federal, state, and local elected officials. The Covenant will be presented throughout the year to military installations in the county. To read the entire Military Community Covenant, visit http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/sites/default/files/MCC2-signed%202015.jpg.
    Salas Joins World Impact Real Estate
    Sylvia Salas - World Impact Real EstateAs a licensed realtor, Sylvia Salas is committed to ensuring that real estate investors, both sellers and buyers, get the most value possible when selling or purchasing real estate, be it a primary residence, vacation home, or income property. She grew up in south Florida and vacationed in Panama City Beach for more than three decades before settling in the panhandle. Prior to entering the dynamic real estate field, Salas had a professional career in private banking, as a charitable trust administrator and charitable organizations executive. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Economics from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., and graduate degrees in Communications Management and Business Administration from Simmons College in Boston. She is fluent in Spanish. Salas is now part of World Impact Real Estate’s  Panama City Beach office and may be reached at (339) 206-4498.
    Sacred Heart Welcomes Teitelbaum in Freeport
    Dr. Robert Teitelbaum - Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastSacred Heart is pleased to begin offering primary care services in Freeport, with the recent addition of Dr. Robert Teitelbaum, a family medicine physician who has been practicing in Walton County for 11 years. Teitelbaum received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his internship at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, Calif. Teitelbaum is fluent in English and Spanish, after having spent five years living in Mexico. He is a registered medical examiner with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and is certified to perform Department of Transportation physicals for truck and bus drivers. He is also certified through the American Academy of General Practice. Special medical interests include preventive medicine, sports medicine, and helping his patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (850) 835-1235.
    Community Foundation of NWF Donates to Children
    Children In CrisisThe Community Foundation of Northwest Florida showed its support to Children in Crisis (CIC) by donating $2,000 to help feed, clothe, and care for the more than 100 children each year that will call the CIC Neighborhood home. Seen here, Cathy Laird, executive director of the Community Foundation of Northwest Florida, presents a check for $2000 to Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, along with Tammy McGaughy, Community Foundation board member, and Allie Noah, CIC development director.
    Harper Joins World Impact Real Estate
    Carmen Harper - World Impact Real EstateCarmen Harper is a summa graduate of Dalton State College with a degree in administration. After graduating, she went to work for a small law firm as a legal sssistant and within six months became the office manager. She spent the next 13 years running the office and learning from some of the best legal minds in North Georgia. During her time at the law firm, she gained an extensive knowledge of contracts and real estate. After becoming a first-time mom, she spent the next three years at home raising her son. During that time, her family moved to beautiful Panama City Beach to be closer to extended family. Harper’s grandmother owned a real estate office and as a child she used to play in the office and pretend to be a real estate professional. She followed her grandmother around as she met clients and showed properties. Her love of matching people with their dream homes was born. After deciding to go back to work, Harper made her dream of being a real estate professional come to life and obtained her license. She now works out of World Impact Real Estate’s Panama City Beach office and may be reached at (706) 934-3592.
    Recreational Red Snapper Season Far From Over on Florida’s Emerald Coast
    The Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau wants you to know there is plenty of time remaining to enjoy the recreational red snapper season along the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently provided information on the 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters and The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) provided the latest on Federal recreational red snapper season.
    New State Regulations (from shore out to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf)
    The season in state waters will be 70 days in 2015 including:
    • the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23 this year) through July 12
    • Saturdays and Sundays in September and October
    • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
    • Since Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday in 2015, the last day of harvest will be Sunday, Nov. 1, with the season closing on Monday, Nov. 2.
    New Federal Regulations (beyond 9 nautical miles)
    The 2015 red snapper recreational season in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will be different for private recreational anglers and federally-permitted for-hire (charter) vessels:
    • Private anglers enjoy a 10-day federal season from June 1 through June 10
    • Federally-permitted for-hire (charter) vessels enjoy a 44-day federal season from June 1 through July 14
    For additional information pertaining to the 2015 recreational red snapper season and sector separation, visit www.myfwc.com.
    Gulfarium 's Stingray Bay Exhibit Resurfaces After Major Renovations
    The stingrays at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are experiencing a new and improved environment this summer with major Stingray Bay renovations taking place over the winter season. A new underwater coating inside the exhibit and a roof structure rated to 150 mph winds are just two of several structural and aesthetic modifications.
    "The permanent roof provides shade for our viewing guests and temperature control for the animals in the habitat," says Allen McDowell, Gulfarium's Curator of Fish and Invertebrates. "We also added ample amounts of substrate gravel in the bottom of the exhibit since a lot of these animals enjoy burying themselves in the sand."
    A newly landscaped deck area displaying unique dune vegetation surrounds the area designed for Stingray Bay Snorkel encounter guests. During the snorkel experience, participants enter the water with cownose rays, southern stingrays, bonnethead sharks, and white-spotted bamboo sharks. 
    Another exciting addition comes in the form of six baby cownose rays, all born within the last month. Currently residing in a smaller exhibit adjacent to Stingray Bay, these adorable baby rays can be viewed by participants in the Discover Stingray and Stingray Bay Snorkel encounters.
    Bluegrass at the Beach to be Held Sept. 12       
    Blue HighwayAs part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF)’s 20th Anniversary celebration, MKAF and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate will present the first Bluegrass at the Beach one-day music festival at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This family-friendly celebration of music and culture will feature seven award-winning bluegrass bands, youth crafts, and music in the Kid’s Art Village, with an interactive Pickin’ & Paintin’ area and a diverse array of food and beverage offerings. For details and ticket information, visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.

    Broad and Cassel Partner Honored as a Rising Star
    Ginger L. Barry Boyd - Broad and CasselBroad and Cassel announced Destin Partner Ginger L. Barry Boyd has been named a 2015 Florida Rising Star. In total, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, which publishes the list in July, recognized 30 of the firm’s attorneys from seven offices across the state. Fourteen of those honored are celebrating their 10th year on the list in 2015. Boyd’s primary focus is on business litigation.

    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Receives Overall Top Performer Award for Intensive Care Services
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received an Overall Top Performer Award for its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) services from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC), an independent research-marketing firm dedicated to the improvement of healthcare nationwide. PRC’s highest honor is given to healthcare facilities, providers, outpatient service lines, and inpatient units that scored at the 100th percentile for the Overall Quality of Care “Excellent” score in PRC’s national client database for the prior calendar year. 5-Star Awards are given to those scoring at or above the 90th percentile; and 4-Star Awards to the 75th-89th percentile.
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast also received the following Overall Quality of Care awards:
    • Inpatient Services, 5-Star Award
    • Inpatient OB/GYN Services, 5-Star Award
    • Inpatient ICU Services, 5-Star Award
    • Inpatient Medical/Surgical Services, 5-Star Award
    • Outpatient Surgery Services, 5-Star Award
    • Outpatient Radiology Services, 5-Star Award
    • Emergency Department Services, 4-Star Award
    • Outpatient Services, 4-Star Award
    WSRE Announces Local Lineup
    Thursday is the night to watch local TV shows on WSRE, and several new episodes of the PBS station’s original productions are premiering this summer. New editions of “Conversations with Jeff Weeks” and WSRE’s “StudioAmped” music series will air beginning June 18. “In Your Own Backyard,” which has been off WSRE’s regular schedule for more than a year, will return with all new episodes throughout July. “Conversations” looks into the lives and accomplishments of noteworthy people. New episodes will premiere Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., featuring interviews with filmmaker Rory Kennedy, actor and writer Thom Gossom, marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey, editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette, West Point professor Lt. Col. Daniel Gade, and NBA basketball player Reggie Evans. Debuting its seventh season on Thursdays at 9 p.m., “StudioAmped” broadcasts the original music of regional bands as performed live from the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio stage. Featured artists in order of appearance include The Rips, Lauren Kay, Noiseheads, Willie Sugarcapps, Continuum, Sway Jah Vu, and Jeff Glickman & The Panhandle All Stars. “In Your Own Backyard,” hosted by Sherri Hemminghaus Weeks, spotlights unique events and attractions. The program’s “Blue Angels Air Shows” episode recently won the bronze Telly Award for excellence and creativity in TV production. New episodes, including “Undersea Northwest Florida,” “Air Force Armament Museum,” “Pensacon” and “Festivals,” will air on Thursdays in July at 7 p.m. The regular schedule will be preempted from 7 - 8 p.m. on July 9, for “Legislative Review: Dialogue with the Delegation,” which airs at the start and end of each legislative session to address important issues with Northwest Florida lawmakers.
    Kiwanis of Niceville-Valparaiso Host CIC Workday
    Children In CrisisMembers of the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso donated their time, talents, and hard work during a recent workday to help make the Children in Crisis (CIC) Neighborhood look great. There were more than 50 volunteers, which included Kiwanis members, military members, and a large group from the faith community.  The volunteers pressure washed all the homes, completed normal grounds maintenance, and a variety of other tasks. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, thanks Vern McGraw, workday coordinator, and the membership for their hard work and continued awesome support.

    Lucy Buffett Opens Second LuLu’s Restaurant
    Lucy Buffett opened her second LuLu’s restaurant on Monday, June 15. The restaurant sits next to Legendary Marine at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge along the Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin. LuLu’s has been operating since 1999 – first on Weeks Bay in Fairhope, Ala., and since 2004 in Gulf Shores, Ala., where the family-friendly restaurant serves more than 750,000 guests a year. With its fun coastal charm and spirited atmosphere, the Destin 20,000-square-foot complex features 180’ of bayfront views and seats 350 in the main dining area with additional patio seating. The venue also features the Crazy Sista Bay Bar, with a spectacular view of the sunset.  LuLu’s Destin has ample parking and provides a convenient “Gumbo Train” to assist guests to and from the parking lots. For details, visit www.lulubuffett.com or call 850-710-LULU (5858).
    BBB Foundation Announces “Student Ethics Scholarship” Winners
    Better Business Bureau Foundation’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics Student Scholarship recognizes high school students for their commitment to ethical behavior and personal integrity. Each student selected receives a $1,000 scholarship payable to the college or university of their choice. The ninth annual Student Ethics Scholarship winners for District II – Okaloosa / Walton Counties are as follows:
    Trey Michael LaNasa – Ft. Walton Beach High School
    Emily Ngoc Quynh Nguyen – Niceville High School
    Jacqueline Marie Orcutt – Ft. Walton Beach High School
    CNBC Names Warren Averett Top Fee-Only Wealth Management Firm
    Warren Averett Asset Management, LLC, is ranked as one of the Top Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms in the country by CNBC. View the full article here. CNBC recognized Warren Averett Asset Management as the 47th firm among the Top 100 Fee-Only Firms in the nation. CNBC, along with Meridian-IQ, created the following ranking methodology for its Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms rankings. Scores were weighted according to a proprietary formula to arrive at a final total rank. Criteria included assets under management, staff with professional designations, such as a CFP or CFA, working with third-party professionals, such as attorneys or CPAs, average account size, client segmentation, growth of assets, years in business, number of advisory clients, and providing advice on insurance solutions.  
    Sons of Italy Presents Check to Covenant Hospice
    Covenant HospiceCovenant Hospice was the recent recipient of a $500 donation from the Sons of Italy Richard A. Capozzola Lodge #2865 in Crestview. Pictured from left to right are the Honorable Mayor David Cadle, City of Crestview; Martha Hughes; Tom Hughes, Lodge president; Rachel Mayew, Covenant Hospice development manager; Joy Browne; and Karen Boisjolie. Donations from groups, such as the Sons of Italy Richard A. Capozzola Lodge #2865, help fund Covenant Hospice’s special programs in Okaloosa and Walton counties. These programs include bereavement services, children’s support programs, spiritual support services, and charity care.
    Coins for a Cause Donates to Children in Crisis
    Destin Commons - Children In CrisisDestin Commons presented a $10,000 donation to Children in Crisis (CIC) from funds generated through its “Coins for a Cause” program.  All parking meter payments collected at Destin Commons are donated to community charities by this charitable giving program.  CIC will use the donation to feed, clothe, and provide a home to the children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Seen here, Heather Pike, Destin Commons marketing director, presents the donation to Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, and Laura Moore, CIC volunteer and events director. 

    Husband/Wife Team Join World Impact Real Estate
    Kim Bellville - World Impact Real EstateBrad Bellville - World Impact Real EstateBrad and Kim Bellville moved to “paradise” from Bainbridge, Ga.  Brad’s education is from Auburn University and BBA Marketing.  Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of West Georgia. They have two children Parker and Peyton. They are current owners/managers of Coastal Blue Vacation Rentals. They have 20+ years in management and have owned a rental real estate company since 1998.  Both are graduates of the Realtor Institute and members of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. You may reach the Bellvilles, now with World Impact Real Estate, at (850) 227-5110 or (850) 227-5178.  
    BOTE Board Creates Paddleboard to Benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation
    BOTE Board is proud to announce the ‘Made by the Military’ project. The Made by the Military project was created by BOTE as a way to raise money for an important cause, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). In May of 2015, BOTE invited four people together to participate in the construction of a special edition paddle board. This one-of-a-kind special edition paddle board is to be auctioned to the highest bidder and 100% of the funds raised will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Learn more about the project and its participants or bid on the board at www.boteboard.com/blog/post/made-by-the-military/. Auction ends on July 3, at noon.
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