Lunch Meeting (Candidates' Forum)
Aug
2
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting (Candidates' Forum)

This month we'll help get ourselves educated and prepared for the upcoming elections. Vote with POWER! Vote with confidence!

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WHAT TO EXPECT

As in years past, the PBBA will provide the opportunity for anyone running for a position that effects Palmetto Bay to come up and tell us about their platform and positions.

We've even expanded to cover judges in this election cycle so that you can be informed further down the ballot.

Depending on how many candidates confirm their participation, each will get between 2-3 minutes to make their pitch to you as a voter.

We are proud to help the business community become election aware and election smart. Please join us for this important lunch meeting.

We will also conduct an abbreviated version of our standard meeting agenda.

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Lunch Meeting with Dr. George M. Marakas
Jun
7
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Dr. George M. Marakas

This month we'll learn business from one of FIU's greats. With a focus on IT, digital and data, our speaker will help you bring your business into the future!

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SPEAKER BIO

Dr. George M. Marakas is a Full Professor of Information Systems and the Graduate Program Director for the FIU College of Business Doctoral Programs. His teaching expertise includes Digital Transformation, Systems Analysis and Design, Technology-Assisted Decision Making, Electronic Commerce, Management of IS Resources, Behavioral IS Research Methods, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, and Data Visualization and Decision Support. In addition, George is an active researcher in Systems Analysis Methods, Data Mining and Visualization, Creativity Enhancement, Conceptual Data Modeling, Technology Acceptance, and Computer Self-Efficacy.

Dr. Marakas received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from Florida International University and his MBA from Colorado State University. Prior to his position at FIU, he was a tenured member of senior faculty at University of Kansas and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, as well as an assistant professor at University of Maryland and adjunct faculty member at Helsinki School of Economics. Preceding his academic career, he enjoyed a highly successful career in the banking and real estate industries. His corporate experience includes senior management positions with Continental Illinois National Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, George served as the first President and CEO for CMC Group, Inc., a major real estate development firm in Miami, FL for three years.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Marakas has distinguished himself both through his research and in the classroom. He has received numerous national teaching awards and his research has appeared in the top journals in his field including Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Management Science. He is also the author of five best-selling textbooks in information systems: Decision Support Systems for the 21st Century, Systems Analysis and Design: An Active Approach, Data Warehousing, Mining, and Visualization: Core Concepts and Management Information Systems and Introduction to Information Systems with Professor James O’Brien.

Beyond his academic endeavors, George is also an active consultant and has served as an advisor to major organizations including the Central Intelligence Agency, British-American Tobacco, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense, Xavier University, Citibank Asia-Pacific, Nokia Corporation, Heineken International, Professional Records Storage, Inc., and United Information Systems, among many others. His consulting activities are concentrated primarily on digital transformation of processes, global IT strategy, design and deployment of global IT architectures, workflow reengineering, e-Business strategy, and ERP and CASE tool integration.

George is an active member of several professional IS organizations and is an avid golfer, a 2nd Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and IDC Staff Instructor, and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He is currently serving as Chair-elect for the South Dade Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as a board member for the Buy a Tree Change a Life Foundation. He is also an entrepreneur and owns several businesses including K and G Cycles and Little Angel Olive Oil.
 

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Lunch Meeting with Daniella Levine Cava
May
3
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Daniella Levine Cava

What's going on in our District 8 section of Miami-Dade County? Look no further, as our Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava gives us an update and an opportunity for discussion.

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SPEAKER BIO

Daniella Levine Cava was elected in late 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 Levine Cava came 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. She served first as consultant then as Manager of the Departments. She subsequently moved to Barry University School of Social Work where she taught public policy and co-founded the Academy for Better Communities.

In 1996, through her work with the League of Women Voters, Commissioner Levine Cava founded Catalyst Miami (formerly called Human Services Coalition), 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, which 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 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 Levine Cava 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, The CLEO Institute, Alliance for Aging, Dream in Green, the Urban Environment League, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party 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 currently serves on the executive board of the South Florida Regional Planning Council as a representative of the Board of County Commissioners. At the county level, Commissioner Levine Cava serves on the following committees: Housing & Social Services, Parks and Cultural Affairs (as Vice-Chair), Public Safety and Health, and the Chairman’s Policy Council. Commissioner Levine Cava is also a member of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO).

Since joining the Miami-Dade County Commission, she has championed a fair share for South Dade; worked to promote economic opportunity, defend our parks, environment and agricultural lands; and advanced transparency and accountability in government.

Commissioner Levine 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.

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Lunch Meeting with Networking Exercises
Apr
5
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Networking Exercises

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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Lunch Meeting with Irina Kim Sang
Mar
1
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Irina Kim Sang

This special PERSONAL BRANDING presentation is organized in recognition of the ever-growing need for marketing oneself and the unique challenges faced by professionals and business owners in differentiating themselves and their brands in today's fast-paced, technology-driven, competitive environment. Marketing knowledge and skills are needed more today than ever before.

You will discover a practical PERSONAL BRANDING BLUEPRINT geared toward providing specific marketing knowledge and skills needed to launch, develop or reposition brand on a fast, direct track for success by saving costly, time-consuming trial and error. Therefore, marketing becomes true investment rather than expense.

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SPEAKER BIO

Irina Kim Sang is an experienced marketer, business owner (entrepreneur) and book author.

Having two master's degrees-an MBA from the University of Colorado and an Master of Philosophy in marketing from the Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands-and being a professional marketer with sixteen years of corporate marketing experience in such brands as Pizza Hut and KFC among countries like Russia, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates, Irina has made successful transition to the real estate industry when she relocated to Miami.

Irina is a marketing trainer and is an author of the recently published book "REALTOR® BRANDING: Marketing Yourself For REAL ESTATE SUCCESS"; practicing Luxury Broker associate; million dollar producer of Coldwell Banker Florida 100 and International President's Elite 2014; passionate marketing Educator - Innovation in Education Award 2015 by Miami Association of Realtors; Miami YPN of the Year 2016.

In 2013 Irina launched Miami Vertical Garden Inc., company specializing on design, installation and maintenance of the green living walls.  She is currently managing partner.
Irina is positioning her personal brand as international luxury REALTOR®, experienced marketer, entrepreneur, passionate educator and marketing author.

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Lunch Meeting with University of Miami's Blake James
Feb
1
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with University of Miami's Blake James

It's all about the U! And this month we have the University of Miami's Athletics Director to tell us what it's all about!

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SPEAKER BIO

Since taking over as the University of Miami’s Director of Athletics in 2013, Blake James has transformed Miami Athletics, spearheading improvement in all aspects of the department, including postseason appearances, student-athlete support, facility upgrades, ticket sales and academic achievement.
 
Miami’s recent success has garnered James and UM national recognition. In March 2017, James was selected as one of four Division I recipients of the 2016-17 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award, an honor given  by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). In June 2017, James began a two-year term as Chair of the NCAA Division I Council, the group responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for all of Division I.
 
James has placed a strong emphasis on academics during his four-plus years at Miami. In the most recent Graduation Success Rate figures released by the NCAA, Miami student-athletes posted a GSR mark of 90%.  Ten Hurricane teams posted perfect 2015-16 scores on the latest Academic Progress Report (APR).  In addition, Miami’s football program received the 2016 AFCA Academic Achievement Award.  In 2016, Hurricane student-athletes also ranked among the nation’s best in time committed towards community service.

In the department’s continuing efforts to better support student-athletes and coaches, the Hurricane Club -- the fundraising arm of Miami Athletics -- completed a record-setting year in 2016-17. The Hurricane Club raised $49 million, an all-time record and an increase of more than 80 percent from the previous record of $26.5 million, set in 2010-11. The Hurricane Club's membership of more than 11,000 members represents an over 100-percent jump from its membership of 5,140 in 2010.
 
Prior to the 2016 football season, James led the university’s football coaching search which resulted in the hiring of Hurricane alum Mark Richt as the football program’s new head coach. Richt paid immediate dividends in 2016 as the Hurricanes posted a 9-4 record, won their first bowl game in 10 years and finished ranked #20 in the final Associated Press poll, their first season-ending ranking since 2009. 
 
During the 2015-16 academic year, Miami was the only school in NCAA Division I to have its football team play in a bowl game, its men’s and women’s basketball teams advance to the NCAA Tournament and its baseball team advance to the College World Series. Overall, Miami had 10 sports programs advance to postseason competition to secure its highest finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings in 13 years, an indication of broad-based athletic department success.
 
During James’ tenure, Miami has completed several facility enhancements, including the opening of the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence; the completion of the student-athlete training table, fueling station and dining hall; new artificial and natural playing surfaces and lights on the Greentree Practice Fields’ and a center-hung scoreboard inside the Watsco Center.

James has also led multiple, multi-million dollar capital renovation projects, including renovations of the Hecht Center and the men’s and women’s basketball offices. Over the past year, Miami Athletics has secured six leadership gifts of seven figures-or-more, including the largest donation in department history – a $14 million gift from the Soffer Family, which will serve as the lead gift for the Hurricanes’ $34 million Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility, which broke ground this year.
Ticket sales are also at an all-time high. In 2016, Miami sold a school-record 42,000 football season tickets and ranked first among Power 5 programs in attendance percentage increase (23 percent) over 2015 attendance. The Hurricanes have also sold out their men’s basketball season tickets in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.
In addition, Miami has transformed its broadcast, communications and marketing departments into one of the nation’s leaders in digital media and video production. In 2016, Miami aired more live events on ESPN3 than any other ACC institution. James was also instrumental in helping Miami strike one of the largest apparel deals in the country with adidas.

Prior to being named AD, James served Miami Athletics in the roles of Interim AD and Senior Associate AD for Development and Ticket Operations, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of development, ticket sales and ticket operations. He also was a member of the Hurricanes’ senior staff and provided sport supervision.
 
James came to UM after spending seven years at the University of Maine, where he first served as Senior Associate Athletic Director before serving as Director of Athletics from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure at Maine, athletics experienced tremendous success, including three trips to the Frozen Four for the men’s ice hockey program and NCAA playoff berths for football, baseball (two), women’s basketball and softball. James implemented a comprehensive $17 million facility improvement plan at Maine, which included an indoor practice facility and numerous other facility upgrades and renovations. Academically, the program flourished, earning the conference academic cup twice and student-athletes maintaining a 3.0 GPA or above.
 
Prior to his stint at Maine, James worked in athletic development at Providence College, where he established the “Friars Forever” campaign and the Friar Athletic Fund.
 
James is no stranger to South Florida, beginning his athletic career with the University of Miami, working in ticket sales, corporate sales and athletic development.  In 1995, he was hired as Miami’s Director of Ticket Sales, serving in that capacity until 1997, when he was named an athletic development officer at the University of Nebraska.  He returned to Miami in 1998 as the Director of Major Gifts and Corporate Sales and was promoted to the Director of Athletic Development at Miami in 2000 before moving on to Providence in 2002.
 
James graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1992 and later received his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in 1994. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children: daughter, Haley, and son, Ryan.

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Lunch Meeting with Michael Finney of The Beacon Council
Jan
4
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Michael Finney of The Beacon Council

Kick off the 2018 calendar year right! The PBBA scored with a big January speaker. The Beacon Council's President & CEO, Michael A. Finney.

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The Miami-Dade Beacon Council serves as the official economic development organization for Miami-Dade County.

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The not‐for-profit public‐private organization focuses on job creation and economic growth. Since 1985, the organization has assisted more than 980 businesses that have created more than 65,000 direct jobs and added more than $4 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami‐Dade as a world‐class business location, growing local companies and shaping the local economy's future. The Market-Grow-Shape strategy and One Community One Goal initiative are the pillars for economic growth and prosperity for all in Miami-Dade County

SPEAKER BIO

As President & CEO, Mr. Finney champions the County’s efforts to market Miami-Dade as a world class business destination, grow local companies and help shape the county’s economic future. He collaborates with key stakeholders, including Miami-Dade County, Career Source, the Miami-Dade Council of Chambers and private sector leaders throughout the community, to attract and retain businesses and the workforce needed to expand a growing and dynamic economy.

Prior to his current role, Mike served Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as Senior Advisor for Economic Growth and President & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). His responsibilities at MEDC included serving as Economic Growth Group Executive and as President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund. Under Mike’s leadership, the MEDC moved to the forefront of U.S. economic development organizations with innovative new initiatives, including Pure Michigan Business Connect, Community Ventures, and the revitalized “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign and Michigan Export programs.

Mike also previously served as President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester, New York; Vice President, Emerging Business Sectors, MEDC; Senior Vice President and General Manager, Thomson Saginaw Ball Screw Company; and Assistant City Manager, Saginaw, Michigan.

Volunteer Activity
Mike served on the Saginaw Valley State University Foundation Board, Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, the City of Flint Michigan-Receivership Transition Advisory Board, the State Science and Technology Institute, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and the Michigan Venture Capital Association Board.

Awards & Recognition
He has received numerous awards and recognition including the 2014 Michigan Venture Capital Association Lifetime Achievement Award; 2012 Michigan Chronicle Legacy in Motion Newsmakers; Named by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of the 2010 “Most Powerful People” in Michigan, 2008 Saginaw Valley State University Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Business and Management; named by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the 2007 Newsmakers of the Year; and the 2005 Minett Distinguished Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Education
Finney holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

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2017 Winter Social
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

2017 Winter Social

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

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Special thanks to Board members Courtney Reeder and Les Oppenheim for their tireless work to find us a new location for this wonderful annual event.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Besides our location change to the beautiful Deering Estate, please note after a member's first two invited guests, any additional attendees are a $10 fee.

For guests who would like to attend without an invitation, please be aware that the PBBA will be collecting a $10 event fee at the door. Of course, if you join the PBBA, your admission is free!

Don't forget to bring your 2018 membership application & your renewal check for a chance to win a free membership. One lucky member will win their 2018 dues in a drawing!

This year's Winter Wonderland entertainment sponsors are Grove Bank and Trust and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.

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Consider bringing a toy to the Winter Social to benefit kids in West Perrine. What we collect will be distributed December 9th at the event described here:

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Lunch Meeting with Actors Playhouse @ The Miracle Theater
Nov
2
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Actors Playhouse @ The Miracle Theater

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Evita is coming to Coral Gables and we get a sneak peek when Barbara Stein, Executive Producing Director brings some of the cast to perform for us!

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SPEAKER BIO

Founded by Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, and under the leadership of Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein and Artistic Director David Arisco, Actors’ Playhouse is an award-winning nonprofit regional professional theatre company celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017-2018. Located in the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables, Actors’ Playhouse is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. The company produces five Mainstage and four professional Children’s Theatre productions annually, a year round Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, educational arts outreach programs, and the Young Talent Big Dreams countywide youth talent contest in partnership with The Children’s Trust.  www.actorsplayhouse.org

The mission of Actors' Playhouse is to enrich South Florida's cultural vitality with the highest caliber classic and contemporary live theatre productions; to provide comprehensive educational and outreach programs to multi-cultural audiences; to provide a supportive and creative work environment for Florida-based theatre professionals; to encourage the creation and production of new works for adults and children; and to maintain the identity of its home venue, the historic Miracle Theatre.

Actors' Playhouse entered into a partnership with the City of Coral Gables to renovate the historic Miracle Theatre, transforming the Art Deco movie house into the company's new home in an $8 million capital project. Actors' Playhouse is the managing agent of the three-stage performance center; a 600-seat Mainstage, 300-seat Balcony Theatre, and a 100-seat multi-purpose Black Box space. This partnership was the catalyst for revitalizing downtown Coral Gables, enhancing the quality of life for the community, and adding to its economic prosperity with over 150,000 patrons attending events each year. The book Miracle on the Mile archives the role model private/public partnership and acknowledges its contributors. Actors' Playhouse has produced 156 Mainstage productions including Broadway and Off-Broadway style musicals, mystery/thrillers, comedies and new works, and140 Children's Theatre productions. The company has received 85 Carbonell Awards (the South Florida equivalent of the Tony Award) for artistic excellence and was also named South Florida's Theatre Company of the Year for overall season excellence and community outreach.

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Lunch Meeting with Victor Dover, Veteran Urban Engineer
Oct
5
11:30 AM11:30

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.

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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 Victor Dover, Veteran Urban Engineer
Sep
7
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch Meeting with Victor Dover, Veteran Urban Engineer

CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA

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
11:30 AM11:30

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! DON'T FORGET YOUR BUSINESS CARDS AND BROCHURES!

 

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Summer Social
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
5:30 PM17:30

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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