Lunch Meeting with Victor Dover, Veteran Urban Engineer
Sep
7
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Victor Dover, Veteran Urban Engineer

As Palmetto Bay continues to develop its plan for a Downtown transformation, the Village has hired a town planning firm called Dover, Kohl & Partners to give guidance.

We are honored to have the lead partner at our PBBA lunch where he will present urban ideas in ways you never thought imaginable. This is the guy everyone should listen to to better understand modern town planning.

SPEAKER BIO

For more than 25 years, urban designer Victor Dover, cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning, has been designing plans for livable, walkable and sustainable communities in 22 states and across five continents.

Victor Dover serves as principal-in-charge for many of the firm's design and planning projects. He has led more than 150 charrettes. Victor lectures widely around the nation on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development, and was national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) from 2010 to 2012. He recently coauthored, with John Massengale, the bestselling book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley 2014). Victor has been awarded the John Nolen Medal for contributions to urbanism, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami.

He is the coauthor of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley, January 2014). His work spans five continents and ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. His projects include Plan El Paso, hailed as “America’s Best Smart Growth Plan,” Glenwood Park in Atlanta, and, locally, the dramatic makeover of downtown South Miami.

Victor is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Victor is a board member of Friends of the Ludlum Trail. He’s also a regular bike commuter, veteran marathoner and four-time Ironman triathlete.

Here he is speaking at a TEDx talk in 2015 about why he loves street trees.
https://youtu.be/t-VANKtbLko

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Lunch Meeting with Networking Exercise
Aug
3
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Networking Exercise

Join us for a special lunch meeting headed by our Vice Chairwoman Pam Mayers. This entire meeting will focus on networking and can help you get more business.

Pick up a new customer or meet a new vendor. Time will be allotted to Introduce yourself to the group and to spend time finding customers that need your service.  

Please bring an idea to share about your industry that can benefit everyone at your table. Have a friend that is looking for more business?  Bring them too!

 

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Summer Social
Jul
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Summer Social

Lift your Summer into high gear with the PBBA Summer Social BBQ!

Join us as we celebrate the endless days of summer.  Enjoy BBQ food, drink and lively conversation.   Please invite your friends, business partners and co-workers for an evening of fun, meeting new people and learning about new networking opportunities. 

This is an "adult" event, so no children, please. 

Note: Unlike prior years, NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for this event. Please bring people who may be interested in joining our group.

Cutler Stew is our live musical entertainment for the evening! The lead singer, Dan Levine, is one of our PBBA Members!

they are sponsored by...

Established in 1926 as COCONUT GROVE BANK and now GROVE BANK & TRUST is the longest-running bank in Miami-Dade County offering boutique banking, commercial and wealth management services to clients desiring high tech solutions and a sophisticated level of personalized service. Locations in AVENTURA | COCONUT GROVE | CORAL GABLES | PALMETTO BAY | SOUTH MIAMI

PLEASE NOTE: NEW LOCATION!!!
We are holding this event at St. Andrew's Church (Old Cutler Road just north of SW 144 Street)

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Lunch Meeting with Village Attorney Dexter Lehtinen
Jun
1
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Village Attorney Dexter Lehtinen

Mr. Dexter Lehtinen of Lehtinen, Schultz, Riedi, Catalano, de la Fuente, LLC was appointed by the Mayor & Council on March 19, 2014 to serve as the Village Attorney.  Mr. Lehtinen is a well-recognized and respected attorney, having formerly served in the Florida House of Representatives representing District 116 and as Interim United States Attorney for South Florida.  He has been a law professor for the law schools at the University of Miami and the Florida International University, as reported by the Palmetto Bay News (March 18-31, 2014.)

The Village Attorney is a Charter Officer, as recognized by the Village Charter, and is responsible for providing legal guidance to the Village and the Village Council and consults with the Council on legislative, quasi-judicial, administrative, proprietary, employment and all other governmental matters.  The Village Attorney also renders legal opinions, prosecutes and defends for and on behalf of the Village and assists in securing revenues from taxes, fees, fines and forfeitures.

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Lunch Meeting with Dr. Leonard Kalman, Miami Cancer Institute of Baptist Health
May
4
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Dr. Leonard Kalman, Miami Cancer Institute of Baptist Health

Leonard Kalman, M.D. is currently the Deputy Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of Miami Cancer Institute of Baptist Health South Florida, an evolving and expanding comprehensive “clinical/academic” cancer program housed in a spectacular new 395,000 square foot free-standing cancer center on the campus of Baptist Hospital of Miami.

As a key member of the leadership of the Institute, he has worked on creating the overall mission and vision of the Institute, including defining its component parts. His current efforts focus on the recruitment of faculty and staff, re-engineering the Institute’s medical oncology division and working with its operational team to create a multi-disciplinary model of care combined with an unsurpassed patient experience.

Dr. Kalman, though now limiting his clinical efforts, has been since 1982, after completing his fellowship in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a practicing medical oncologist, and from the early 1990’s, the Chairman of the Board of Managers of Advanced Medical Specialties (AMS), a large diversified oncology practice in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida. As of December 1, 2014, all the physicians and employees of AMS joined Baptist Health in an employment model.

Dr. Kalman led the practice’s strategic planning, quality, payment reform, and growth initiatives. He now also serves on the Board of the Baptist Health Quality Network, a large population health Clinically Integrated Network being formed by Baptist Health and its physicians, and chairs the Oncology Medication Management Subcommittee of the Cancer Institute. In collaboration with Baptist Health and Florida Blue, he also formed and leads the nation’s first “oncology-specific” ACO, as well as directing a similar program with AvMed Health Plans.

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Lunch Meeting with Maurice Gray, Director of Business Support Services,  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses @ Miami Dade College
Apr
6
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Maurice Gray, Director of Business Support Services, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses @ Miami Dade College

Special guest speaker Travis Kendall, Palmetto Bay's new Director of Planning and Zoning will give us a short overview of the DUV code and what's going on with development in the Village.


Our main speaker is... Maurice Gray, Director of Business Support Services, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses @ Miami Dade College.

Maurice has served as a Lender and Relationship Manager in the banking industry for the past fifteen years, while working in both Middle Market and Business Banking.

He has managed loan portfolios with $50 million of outstanding loans to businesses with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to $80 million, while consisting of working capital and real estate loans. Maurice has worked with businesses across a variety of industries inclusive of manufacturers, wholesalers and service companies. His experiences as a lender have encompassed loan underwriting, monitoring, remediation, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan structuring. He has also worked as a consultant to small businesses while creating business plans, identifying opportunities, and streamlining operations.

Maurice’s past and present civic involvement has includes serving as a Board Member with Goodwill of South Florida, a Leadership Council member and Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the Take Stock In Children mentoring program.

He received a B.A. degree in Sociology from Davidson and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Maurice enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.Mr. Gray will provide an overview of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

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Mr. Gray will present and overview of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business support services. The 10,000 Small Businesses program currently operates in 19 markets in the U.S. through a network of more than 100 academic and community partners, and the program continues to expand on a city-by-city basis.

Designed by Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school, the 10,000 Small Businesses curriculum focuses on practical business skills that can immediately be applied by small business owners, including negotiation, marketing and employee management. 

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After-Hours Networking Event
Mar
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

After-Hours Networking Event

Long-time PBBA member Abe Levy is rolling out the red carpet (he sells the stuff!) at his store, All Star Flooring, so that the PBBA can network!

Beverages & light hors d'oeuvres will be served. This is a free event. Invite others you think would enjoy and benefit. Spread the word about the PBBA and the good things we are doing together!

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Lunch Meeting with James R. Haj President & CEO, The Children’s Trust
Mar
2
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with James R. Haj President & CEO, The Children’s Trust

Mr. James R. Haj joined The Children’s Trust as president and CEO in April 2016.

A career educator and longtime advocate for children with special needs, Mr. Haj came to The Trust after a lauded career serving children and families in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system, as both a teacher and an administrator. A former principal at Paul W. Bell Middle School and Southwest Miami High School (his own alma mater), he took the latter from a “C” to an “A” and significantly improved overall academic achievement, boosting graduation rates and championing inclusion for the school’s special needs population, the largest mainstreamed group of students with disabilities in any Miami-Dade high school.

Mr. Haj later served as administrative director for M-DCPS’ south and central regions, during which time he collectively oversaw 170 schools and nearly 200,000 students. In that capacity, he provided one-on-one support and guidance to principals and assistant principals with regard to curriculum and instruction; state accountability and school improvement; teacher evaluations and professional standards; and crisis response plans and student safety. His final role at M-DCPS, that of an assistant superintendent, saw him acting as its chief negotiator with five labor unions representing more than 31,000 full-time employees.

Mr. Haj is a lifelong Miami resident who received an MBA in business management from the University of Miami and a BS in education from Florida State University. He and his wife, Karen, are parents to three young children.

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Feb
2
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney - Southern District of Florida

Wifredo A. Ferrer was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on April 22, 2010 to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

As United States Attorney, Mr. Ferrer is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District. In January 2014, Mr. Ferrer was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve a two-year term on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC). Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Mr. Ferrer held the position of Chief of the Federal Litigation Section at the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office.
Mr. Ferrer has a long career in public service. After graduating law school in 1990, Mr. Ferrer clerked for then-District (now 11th Circuit) Judge Stanley Marcus. Upon completing his clerkship, Mr. Ferrer joined the Miami law firm of Steel Hector& Davis in the fall of 1991. After three years in private practice, Mr. Ferrer returned to public service, first as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and later as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to then Attorney General Janet Reno.

After five years at the Department of Justice, Mr. Ferrer returned to Miami in 2000 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, he served in the Public Integrity and National Security Section, the Economic Crimes Section, the Major Crimes Section, and the Appellate Division of the Office. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Ferrer handled and tried numerous high profile matters, including international money laundering, health care fraud, narcotics, international human rights abuses, immigration, and firearms offenses.

During his career, Mr. Ferrer has been recognized as one of the Top Government Attorneys by both South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Legal Elite. In addition, he received the Attorney General's Medal in 2000, and Superior Performance and Special Merit Awards for his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In September 2014, Mr. Ferrer was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Ferrer, a Miami native, received his undergraduate degree in Economics (1987) from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, graduating first in his class. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review, President of his class, and graduated cum laude in 1990. Mr. Ferrer attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School, in Hialeah, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. 

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Lunch Meeting with Franklin Sirmans - Director, Perez Museum
Jan
5
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Franklin Sirmans - Director, Perez Museum

Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Prior to his recent appointment, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until fall 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, which travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts in January 2016. He also curated Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation, and coorganized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper, Maurizio Cattelan: Is Their Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. He is the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize Winner and he was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014. He is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Toba Khedoori.

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Winter Social
Dec
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Winter Social

  • Palmetto Bay Village Center (Palm Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As we head into the holidays, its time to celebrate with our business friends and partners. We will have adult beverages (as this is an adult-only event), music and more.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Don't forget to bring your 2017 membership application & your renewal check for a chance to win a free membership. One lucky member will win their 2017 dues in a drawing!

This year's Winter Wonderland entertainment sponsor is Coconut Grove Bank.

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Lunch Meeting with Daniella Levine Cava
Nov
3
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Daniella Levine Cava

Daniella Levine Cava was elected in 2014 to serve as the Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 8, which includes Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, and unincorporated areas of South Dade including Redland, Falls, Princeton, Naranja, Leisure City and parts of West Kendall.

Commissioner Cava comes to elected office after having served as an advocate for South Florida residents and communities for over 30 years. She served special needs children and immigrants at Legal Services of Greater Miami, and then represented children in the child welfare system as Associate and Legal Director for the Guardian Ad Litem Program.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, Commissioner Cava was recruited to create a new intake system for child abuse cases with the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Her efforts were concentrated on the neighborhoods of County Commission District 8 where she helped restore the lives and homes of those devastated by the storm. Due to her success with this special assignment, she was promoted to Manager for Foster Care, Adoptions and Child Welfare Legal Services.

In 1996 Commissioner Cava founded Catalyst Miami (former called Human Services Coalition of Dade County, to help low- and middle-income families through education and advocacy. Catalyst is an innovator in health and human services and an incubator for new approaches to community and economic development.

At Catalyst Miami, she launched the Prosperity Campaign in alliance with the business community, Chambers of Commerce, United Way, and local banks. The Prosperity Campaign helps people increase their income and savings, and has brought in hundreds of millions in income tax credits and other programs, money reinvested in the local economy. Catalyst helps approximately 5,000 people each year to become more self-sufficient. Catalyst is also a leader in civic engagement, training and supporting thousands of local residents to play a more active role in local government and community life.

Commissioner Cava has helped thousands improve their standard of living and enter the middle class. She has created hundreds of jobs through programs such as Public Allies, ReServe, and internships throughout the nonprofit and government sectors. Hundreds of new civic leaders have graduated from Catalyst’s programs, including new immigrant leaders in Homestead. These graduates are now active members of school, community and civic life.

She has served on the Florida Bar Committee on Legal Needs of Children; the boards of League of Women Voters, Orange Bowl Foundation, North Dade Medical Foundation and the South Florida Health Information Initiative, and several national boards. She’s won awards from the Commission on Ethics, Red Cross, American Society for Public Administration, ACLU, FIU, National Council of Jewish Women, League of Women Voters, People for the American Way and American Association of University Women, among others. She graduated from Leadership Florida and was selected as one of 11 “leadership fellows” by the International Women’s Forum in 1999.

She has been a trustee-level member of the Greater Miami Chamber for over a decade and a member of the Steering Committee for One Community One Goal. She also serves on two economic development advisory boards at Florida International University and the community healthcare advisory board at University of Miami.

Born in New York City, and raised across North and South America, her family stressed giving back and working to create equal opportunity. Commissioner Cava received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from Yale University and graduate degrees in law and social work from Columbia University. She came to South Florida in 1980 to join her husband, Dr. Robert Cava, a Miami native, who returned home to join his father in medical practice.

Daniella and Robert raised two children, Eliza and Edward Cava, in Miami-Dade, supported by strong networks of friends, families and co-workers. They welcomed Fanny, Daniella’s beloved mother-in-law, and countless interns, family and friends to live in their home.

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Lunch Meeting with Wifredo A. Ferrer
Oct
6
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Wifredo A. Ferrer

Wifredo A. Ferrer was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on April 22, 2010 to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

As United States Attorney, Mr. Ferrer is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District. In January 2014, Mr. Ferrer was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Mr. Ferrer held the position of Chief of the Federal Litigation Section at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Ferrer has a long career in public service. After graduating law school in 1990, Mr. Ferrer clerked for then-District (now 11th Circuit) Judge Stanley Marcus. Upon completing his clerkship, Mr. Ferrer joined the Miami law firm of Steel Hector& Davis in the fall of 1991. After three years in private practice, Mr. Ferrer returned to public service, first as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and later as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to then Attorney General Janet Reno.

After five years at the Department of Justice, Mr. Ferrer returned to Miami in 2000 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served in the Public Integrity and National Security Section, the Economic Crimes Section, the Major Crimes Section, and the Appellate Division of the Office. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Ferrer handled and tried numerous high profile matters, including international money laundering, health care fraud, narcotics, international human rights abuses, immigration, and firearms offenses.

During his career, Mr. Ferrer has been recognized as one of the Top Government Attorneys by both South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Legal Elite. In addition, he received the Attorney General’s Medal in 2000, and Superior Performance and Special Merit Awards for his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In September 2014, Mr. Ferrer was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Ferrer, a Miami native, received his undergraduate degree in Economics (1987) from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, graduating first in his class. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review, President of his class, and graduated cum laude in 1990. Mr. Ferrer attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School, in Hialeah, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.

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After-Hours Networking Event
Sep
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

After-Hours Networking Event

Our Vice Chairman, Howard Tendrich, is rolling out the networking red carpet at his store, Heritage House, so that the PBBA can network!

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Beverages & light hors d'oeuvres will be served. This is a free event. Invite others you think would enjoy and benefit. Spread the word about the PBBA and the good things we are doing together!

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Lunch Meeting with Barry Johnson
Sep
1
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Barry Johnson

Barry E. Johnson is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida’s first and the longest sustaining business development organization and one of the largest chambers in the southeastern U.S. He directs a team of 25 Chamber professionals, supporting more than 400,000 employees of chamber member companies in South Florida.

Barry E. Johnson - President/CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Barry E. Johnson - President/CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Barry joined the Greater Miami Chamber in 2004 following 25 years in corporate communications leadership at AT&T, wrapping up his career as vice president-corporate affairs for the company’s Florida operations. He directed corporate brand programs, guided public policy initiatives affecting local issues, state and federal legislation, served as corporate spokesman and orchestrated philanthropic investment of the AT&T Foundation.

His prior positions at AT&T included progressive management assignments across a wide range of corporate communications elements, including business advertising, relationship management, business representation, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, speech writing and constituency relations. Previous to joining AT&T, Barry anchored, reported and produced radio and television news for several ABC and Mutual Broadcasting affiliated stations.

He has been active in the south Florida community for over 25 years. In addition to serving as chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber during his AT&T career, he has been chairman of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade County and co-chairman with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County of the first community’s long-term economic development plan, One Community, One Goal.

Currently, he is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Mayor’s International Council and Past Chairman of the Miami-Dade Advisory Board of the Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also an advisor to the School of Business at Miami-Dade College and a member of the Executive Committee of the South Florida Regional Business Alliance and the Advisory Board of the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Take Stock In Children, SER Jobs for Progress, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, the Homestead-Miami Speedway Society, National Federation for Advancement in Arts, Citizen’s Board of the University of Miami, Concert Association of Florida, Council of 100 of Florida International University, Florida International University Center for Leadership, Florida Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Miami-Dade County, Zoological Society of Florida, the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys and the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee. In addition, he is a lifetime member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Missouri State University and former chapter president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Barry is a five time AT&T PRO Award winner (Public Relations Excellence), recipient of the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League and the Silver Beaver from the Boy Scouts of America. He was chosen as Up and Comer of the Year by Miami Magazine and Price Waterhouse Coopers and was among the 2010 inaugural class of Miami Shining Stars recipients by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida Chapter. In 2012, he recently received the Heart of Haiti Award from the Haitian Government and the Haitian Parliament. In 2013, Barry received the Outstanding Alumni Award by his alma mater, Missouri State University. And, he received the 2014 Royal Palm Award from the Miami Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. And in 2015 was honored by the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund in South Florida for his support of Hispanic Entrepreneurship.

Barry and his wife, Catherine, have two children.

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Lunch Meeting - Candidates' Forum
Aug
4
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting - Candidates' Forum

Be an informed Miami-Dade and Palmetto Bay voter! Each election year, the Palmetto Bay Business Association invites local candidates in a wide range of races to introduce themselves.

This year, Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner will moderate this informative forum.

Although the lineup may change, we expect to present candidates in the following races:

  • Miami Mayor

  • Miami-Dade Property Appraiser

  • Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 9 Seat

  • Miami-Dade County Clerk

  • Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor

  • Palmetto Bay Council Seat 2

  • State Representative

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Summer Social
Jul
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Summer Social

  • Palmetto Bay Village Center (Palm Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Unwind with your PBBA friends while summer is in high gear!

Join us as we celebrate the endless days of summer.  Enjoy food, drink and lively conversation.   Please invite your friends, business partners and co-workers for an evening of fun, meeting new people and learning about new networking opportunities. 

This is an "adult" event, so no children, please. 

Note: Unlike prior years, NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for this event. Please bring people who may be interested in joining our group.

 

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Lunch Meeting with Charles Scurr
Jun
2
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Charles Scurr

Charles Scurr currently serves as the Executive Director of the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust.

The Transportation Trust is responsible for the oversight of the Peoples Transportation Plan and the 1⁄2 penny sales tax approved by the voters of Miami-Dade County in 2002. The Trust administers approximately $180,000,000 in funding annually and is financing major transportation investments such as the $506,000,000 extension of the Metrorail System to Miami International Airport. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Florida International University.

Mr. Scurr has had an extensive and distinguished career in the public sector. He served as the first City Manager of the Village of Palmetto Bay, Florida. Palmetto Bay, the “Village of Parks”, was incorporated in late 2001 and has become one of the finest municipalities in Miami-Dade County. Mr. Scurr also served as City Manager of the City of South Miami, Florida, which received the “All-America City” award from the National Civic League in 2001. This award is one of the highest and most prestigious honors a city can receive.

He served as Executive Assistant (Chief of Staff) for Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami. He also served with the Urban Mass Transportation Administration in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia, with the Miami-Dade Transportation Administration and as an Associate Vice President at Florida International University.

He has been active in civic, charitable, business and sports in South Florida for over 25 years. He is currently President-Elect of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He has served as President of the South Florida Super Bowl XXIII (1989) and Super Bowl XXIX (1995) Host Committees, Managing Director of the National Football League Youth Education Town, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Lipton Championships. He has served as a Board Member of Chamber South, ASPIRA of Florida and Treasurer of Coral Gables Congregational Church.

Mr. Scurr has been featured in Miami Today, MVP Magazine and other publications. He has been recognized with a number of awards including the Bronze Medal Award for Superior Achievement from the US Department of Transportation and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the United Way.

Mr. Scurr received a Bachelors Degree from Indiana University and a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Barry University.

He is married to Barbara Ibarra and has three sons - Adam, Brian and Daniel. Barbara is Executive Director of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless. Adam is graduate of Piedmont College and is now a teacher in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Brian served in the United States Navy and is currently a Chief in the Naval Reserve and is a Police Officer in the Atlanta area. Daniel is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors Degree from the Blair School of Music and a Masters Degree from the Peabody School of Education. He served as the Director of Bands at Coral Gables Senior High School and is currently the Director of Bands at Centennial High School in the Nashville area.

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Lunch Meeting with Fred Galan & Rosemarie Twinam, Africa Travelers/Explorers
May
5
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Fred Galan & Rosemarie Twinam, Africa Travelers/Explorers

Over the past five and a half years, Rosemarie and Fred have participated in six 24-hour Game Censuses (Counts) for Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ) in Hwange National Park. For the census, teams are assigned a specific pan (waterhole). They sit in their vehicles and count all mammals that come to the pan from noon one day until 11:59 the next.

During these counts, teams record species, gender, age, whether or not the animal drinks, unusual behavior, or any snares or other wounds. They are also asked to report species such as cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion and certain birds, such as raptors, to other local organizations. WEZ Game Census records go back to 1972.

Each trip across southern Africa begins in Johannesburg.  Instead of taking the shortest and fastest route from Johannesburg to Hwange National Park, Rosemarie and Fred work backward from the Census dates to plan theirextended safaris.  On their latest trip, in August-September-October 2015, they were traveling for ten weeks! They do this not only to explore different areas and environments, but also to gather educational information to share with others on their return.

As a boy in Cuba, Fred spearfished and explored the ocean near his home. He found two cannons on an old shipwreck, pulled them ashore, and gave them to a local museum. This was just the beginning of his explorations.  Fred is a boat Captain and Dive Master. For 10 years he owned a SCUBA diving operation in the Florida Keys. He is a pilot and a Skydiving Instructor, had his own plane and a Skydiving operation in South Florida, and helped develop the square parachute in the 1970s. Fred is an NRA Shotgun Instructor, and Sporting Clays Instructor.  For 17 years he was Head Electrician and consultant on projects at Zoo Miami (Miami Metrozoo).  Fred is a Member of The Explorers Club and The Southern Florida Chapter since 2014.

Rosemarie is a former high school biology teacher, and a Flight Attendant with National Airlines and Pan Am.  On her first safari to Kenya in 1970, she fell in love with Africa.  Her first trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana was in 1974, and she has returned to East and Southern Africa at every opportunity.  This last safari was her 35th.  She has been a Member of The Explorer Club since 1990, and is former Education Committee Chair, Vice Chair, Chair, and now Chapter Treasurer of The Southern Florida Chapter of The Explorers Club, Inc.  Rosemarie is also a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers.  She has just received her 35-year pin as a Volunteer / Docent for Zoo Miami.

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Lunch Meeting with Delaney Reynolds, The Sink or Swim Project
Apr
7
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Delaney Reynolds, The Sink or Swim Project

This month's speaker is Delaney Reynolds, a Junior at Palmer Trinity School and founder of The Sink or Swim Project

Delaney Reynolds splits her time between Miami’s vibrant, cosmopolitan area and No Name Key, a 1,000 acre island filled with nature and 43 solar powered homes in the Florida Keys. She is founder of The Sink or Swim Project (www.miamisearise.com).

Delaney earned a Certificate in Marine Biology from the University of Miami’s Summer Scholar’s Program, and is a graduate of Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training. She sits on The Cleo Institute’s Youth Task Force, is a Dream in Green Youth Ambassador, and on February 26, 2016 gave a TEDx talk here in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center about her work on sea level rise. In school Delaney is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, the Marine Conservation Club, The Wilderness Club and The Eco Club. She is also the manager of her school’s renowned Coral Lab, is a Peer Counselor, a member of the Diversity Leadership Committee and a shooting guard on the varsity women’s basketball team.

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After-Hours Networking Event
Mar
10
5:30pm 5:30pm

After-Hours Networking Event

Drinks, food and good people. What more could you want? Oh, and we're throwing this after-hour networking event at the beautiful Deering Estate.

This is a free event. Invite others you think would enjoy and benefit. Spread the word about the PBBA and the good things we are doing together!

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Lunch Meeting with Brenda McClymonds, Trust for Public Land
Mar
3
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Brenda McClymonds, Trust for Public Land

This month's speaker is Brenda McClymonds, Senior Program Director of the Trust for Public Land.

Brenda McClymonds joined The Trust for Public Land in 1991, and has worked on manyof South Florida’s signature conservation efforts, including preserving Snake Warrior’s Island, the first Seminole settlement in South Florida, which is now a 53-acre park in Broward County, and leading the effort to save the Miami Circle, a 2000-year-old archaeological site at the mouth of the Miami River in downtown Miami.  She launched the planning of the Miami River Greenway project in 1999, secured a $2.5 million grant from the Knight Foundation for the project, and used the private funds to leverage over $7 million in public funds for the construction of the greenway.

The Trust for Public Land has helped to protect over 50,000 acres in Miami-Dade, including large additions to Everglades National Park.  In 2000, working with community leaders, The Trust for Public Land helped to add 10 critical acres to the Deering Estate, the Powers Property, which is helping to restore the natural water flow into the estuary.  In 2004, The Trust for Public Land, working with the Village of Palmetto Bay and the State of Florida, helped to acquire the Hass property, now known as the Thalatta Estate, protecting 4 acres between Old Cutler and Biscayne Bay.

Representing the Conservation Finance Program of TPL, Brenda spearheaded the passage of a $200 million bond referendum for parks in Miami-Dade County in 1996 and a successful $400 million parks and land preservation bond measure in Broward County, Florida in 2000.  Brenda worked on additional successful measures in South Florida, including West Palm Beach and St. Lucie County.

Beginning in 2004, Brenda served as the Director of Philanthropy for the South Division of The Trust for Public Land, leading the effort to restore 50 acres of City Park in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina by raising $2.5 million in private funds. Since 2012, she is re-focusing on South Florida as a Senior Urban Program Director.  Brenda has a Juris Doctorate Degree from Nova University School of Law.

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Lunch Meeting with Dr. Barry Katzen, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Feb
4
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Dr. Barry Katzen, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

This month's speaker is Dr. Barry Katzen of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

Barry T. Katzen is the founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida. He is clinical professor of radiology and surgery, Associate Dean Clinical Affairs Baptist Health, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University; and holder of similar appointments at University of Miami, School of Medicine and University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. Since the Institute was founded in 1987 under Dr. Katzen's leadership, it has served as a national model of success in multidisciplinary cooperation.

Dr. Katzen graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in 1970.  He completed an internship in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital and a residency in diagnostic radiology at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. He was awarded a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Rome. 

He established the interventional radiology program, cardiac catheterization laboratory and noninvasive vascular laboratory at Alexandria Hospital in Virginia in 1976, where he pioneered the use of sophisticated video and audio technology to enhance the process of education for practitioners. He is credited with being the first to use “live patient demonstrations” in the United States, which became the benchmark for procedural education in endovascular therapy and many other procedural areas of medicine.

Dr. Katzen has had a longstanding interest in clinical research and been a national site principal investigator for many clinical trials in the study of aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral vascular disease and has been involved in the development of numerous devices for less invasive vascular therapy. He is considered one of the pioneers of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and peripheral thrombolysis for less invasive treatment of vascular disease and was part of the investigative team that lead to the approval of the first intravascular stent. He performed the first renal angioplasty in the United States and is considered one of the founders of interventional radiology as a specialty of medicine.

Dr. Katzen has authored/co-authored four textbooks, numerous book chapters and more than 175 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals. Dr. Katzen is the founding editor of Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology and is currently a Chief Medical Editor of Endovascular Today. He has presented lectures throughout the world and has assisted with the development of innovative procedures in Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Korea. Dr. Katzen with his colleagues created the Endovascular Forum, one of the first interactive websites for physicians about circulatory disease. He is the co-founder of ICSciences, a Boston-based company, which utilizes the web to improve communication and education for patients.

Dr. Katzen has received numerous awards, including: the Society of Interventional Radiology's Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement; the Gold Medal of the University of Miami Alumni Association and entered into the “Hall of Fame” at the UM Medical School, only the fourth such honoree in medical school history at that time; the first American to receive the annual Gold Medal award from the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) for his distinguished achievements in the field of interventional radiology, both in the United States and worldwide; the Career Achievement Award presented at the 2007 Transcatheter Therapeutics Conference for his worldwide leadership in endovascular medicine; and in 2007 the establishment of the “Barry T. Katzen Medical Directorship” at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute by Cook Medical.

Networking 11:30a - 12:00p
Luncheon 12:00p - 1:15p

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Lunch Meeting with Palmetto Bay Police Commander Gady Serralta
Jan
7
11:30am11:30am

Lunch Meeting with Palmetto Bay Police Commander Gady Serralta

This month's speaker is Palmetto Bay's new Police Commander, Major Gady Serralta. He will discuss the partnership between his police department and local businesses, as well as talk about general safety and crime in our Village.

During this luncheon, our Secretary, Hal Feldman, will introduce our brand new PBBA website and go over some of its features.

Shake off the New Year's haze and get back in the swing of things with a great luncheon with like-minded businesses!

Networking 11:30a - 12:00p
Luncheon 12:00p - 1:15p

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Holiday Social
Dec
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Holiday Social

  • Palmetto Bay Village Center (PALM ROOM) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As we head into the holidays, its time to celebrate with our business friends and partners. We will have adult beverages (as this is an adult-only event), music and more.

Members typically pay their next year membership dues and invite new people to this social event. One lucky member will win their 2016 dues in a drawing!

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