PONTE Ponte VEDRA Vedra BEACH CHAMBER Chamber Chat CHAT January 2013 CALENDAR EVENTSEVENTS CALENDAR Volume 20 Issue 9 CHECK US OUT ON: OPEN HOUSE PONTE VEDRA FITNESS OPEN HOUSE ATAT PONTE VEDRA FITNESS - CANCELLED Monday, January 7th Monday, January 7th CHAMBER BEFORE CHAMBER BEFORE HOURS HOURS Wednesday, January 9th Wednesday, January 9th Sponsored by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Sponsored by Heritage-Giddens Funeral Home Home CHAMBER - Honoring our Ambassadors CHAMBER SOCIALSOCIAL - HONORING OUR AMBASSADORS Thursday, January 10th Thursday, January 10th STAFF POWER POWER LUNCH LUNCH Sandy Kavanaugh January January 15th Tuesday, Tuesday,15th Executive Director CHAMBER CHAMBER AT NOONAT NOON Melissa Landoll Membership Sales & Wednesday, January 16th Wednesday, January 16th Service Manager Sponsored by Florida Bank Sponsored by Florida Bank Speaker Speaker Michele McManamon Lucia Miller Chamber & Visitor Coordinator CHAMBER BUSINESS TOOLS WORKSHOP CHAMBER BUSINESS TOOLS WORKSHOP Wednesday, January 23rd Wednesday, January 23rd Adam Robinson Maria Maria Coppola Coppola Accountant Bryan Goode III CHAMBER AFTER CHAMBER AFTER HOURS HOURS Counsel Record Wednesday, January 23rd Wednesday, January 23rd Sponsored by Arthur Rutenburg Sponsored by Arthur Rutenburg Homes Homes Maria Coppolla Public Relations Consultant GRAND OPENING OF EXIT 1 STOP GRAND OPENING OF EXIT ONE STOP REALTYREALTY Thursday, January 31st Thursday, January 31st C h a m b e r C h a tt ber Cha Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 2 Volume 20 Issue 9 THE PLAYERS Exclusive Chamber Benefactor Tickets Now On Sale! May 6 – 12, 2013 Celebrating the 40th PLAYERS Championship The Double Eagle $600 Per Ticket Includes VIP Lot 5 parking (Monday – Sunday) Only 4 Double Eagle Tickets Available The Eagle $580 Per Ticket Includes Preferred Lot 9 parking (Monday-Sunday) Only 4 Eagle Tickets Available The Birdie $465 Per Ticket Includes Lot 11 parking (Thursday-Sunday) Only 24 Birdie Tickets Available The Par $100 Per Pass Packet Weeklong Grounds Ticket (Monday – Sunday) No Parking Included Only 10 Par Packets Available ALL tickets (excluding “The Par”) must be purchased in groups of TWO! ALL tickets (excluding “The Par”) provide access to The Benefactor Tent, TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, The Turn and Grounds For more information, please call the office at 285-2004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org C h a m b e r C h a tt ber Cha Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 3 Volume 20 Issue 9 The Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the St. Johns County TDC is calling all Ponte Vedra businesses to support the 26.2 with Donna National Breast Cancer Marathon by joining the Ponte Vedra in Pink campaign! Why: The official race start of the 6th Annual 26.2 with Donna is now 200 ATP Tour Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. The official race finish will remain at Mayo Clinic. The new course will guide runners and walkers through our beautiful beachside community. Ponte Vedra hotels and clubs are offering four-day weekend packages for race participants. As a local business you have the opportunity to support the race, its cause and generate new business. When: The 2013 26.2 with Donna will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2013 How to Get Involved: Decorate your business storefront in Pink! Partner with other businesses, if you are located in a shopping strip, and together decorate your entire strip in Pink! Add a retail component offering to race entrants such as dining discounts, premium offerings for shop- ping or dining, purchase discounts, etc. Once you have decided on your promotion, send a brief description of the promotion (350 char- acters or less, your logo or image in jpg format sized to 74x74 to email@example.com. We reserve the right to edit if necessary. Business Benefits: To be a contributor to this nationally recognized race where 100% of race proceeds are donated to breast cancer research and care. By offering a retail promotion to entrants, your company logo will be posted on the visitponte- vedra.com website with a link to your site for advertising your promotion, take reservations, etc. 12,000 (+ or -) runners will be in our area for you to capture new customers during the four-day event weekend. Your company promotion will have a presence in the participant’s race packet! Participants in this marathon are very passionate about the cause – “to eliminate Breast Cancer”. They support businesses who share the passion. We hope all Ponte Vedra businesses will join the Ponte Vedra in Pink campaign! Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 4 President’s Message Board of Directors Dear Members, Drum roll please..here they 9) Don’t make do; get a new Christine Adams Happy New Year! are! one. ~ Rogers Tower, P.A. The beginning of a New Year 1) Learn how to delegate and 10) Drop what’s not working ~ 473-1400 is the perfect time to reflect do more of it. for you and move on. Darby Brower on your business’s progress 2) Promote your business Achieving a healthy work-life ~Brower Financial Group over the past year and plan regularly and consistently. balance is like maintaining a ~ 280-1669 how you want your business 3) Make business planning a good relationship; you have to develop in the New Year. weekly event. to keep working on it! Felicia Cox Do you want increased suc- No matter what your New ~ Florida Bank 4) Learn something new. ~ 543-7055 cess in 2013 or the chance to Years resolutions maybe, I enjoy the success you’ve 5) Join a new business or- wish you Good Luck, Good achieved more? I suggest ganization or networking Fortune and I hope everyone Dan Danzieisen these top 10 New Year’s reso- group. has a rewarding 2013! ~ Clean Getaway Car Wash lutions which are designed to ~ 247-1011 6) Give something back to help you strike a better work- your community. life balance, so you can Dr. Erika Hamer achieve a truly satisfying suc- 7) Put time for you on your ~Ponte Vedra Wellness Center Felicia cess in the New Year. calendar. ~ 273-2691 8) Set realistic goals. Bill Hughes ~ TPC Sawgrass THANK YOU TO OUR CHAMBER RENEWALS ~ 273-7689 (as of January 2, 2012) Frances King DRS Lanier & Bowman PA Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens ~ King & Associates Insurance Agency Sawgrass Country Club Funeral Home ~ 273-9839 Atlantic Eye Institute, PA The Ferber Company, Inc. TPC Sawgrass Healthy Eye Family Vision Center Barry McDonald Morgan Stanley ~ Sawgrass Country Club Robert Baer ~ 273-3710 Krista Fracke Jacksonville Real Estate Youthful Medical Spa Eric W. Tibbetts - retired Dan Monk The Bolles School at Ponte Vedra Malcolm Anthony, P.A. ~ Pusser’s Bar & Grille Beach ~ 280-7766 Aurora Custom Remodeling Precision Turf, Inc Garcia Aesthetic and Welness Center Michele Smith Hampton Inn Del Mar Designs ~ RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate Corporate Investments International HM Workplace Resource C FL ~ 285-5640 Savelberg Cleaners Hilton Garden Inn Jared Rice The Parc Group Brower Financial Group ~ The PLAYERS Championship Harbor Chase Of Jacksonville CNL Bank ~280-3409 Re/Max Unlimited Queen’s Harbour Real Estate Santeiro Custom Homes, Inc Company, LLC Underwood Jewelers Corp. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society UPS Store Village Jeweler of Ponte Vedra, Inc. Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 5 OPEN HOUSE IN PONTE VEDRA FITNESS - CANCELLED Monday, January 7th Ponte Vedra Fitness carries an extremely wide range ~5:30 PM~ of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment in their 10,000 sq. ft. facility. The classes are designed to decompress and release accumulated mental stress and Ponte Vedra Fitness physical stiffness. ~ 830 A1A North ~ To RSVP please call 285-2004 or email us at FREE for members & guests firstname.lastname@example.org CHAMBER BEFORE HOURS Wednesday, January 9th ~ $8 for members, $10 for Guests ~ ~ 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM ~ Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens provides a high Player’s Cafe standard of service to families in Jacksonville Beach, ~262 Solana Rd~ Florida. A Dignity Memorial provider, we uphold our heritage and commitment to the community. Sponsored by To RSVP, pre-payment & registration, please call 285-2004 or visit www.pontevedrachamber.org/events/ CHAMBER SOCIAL—Honoring our Ambassadors Thursday, January 10th ~ 5:30 PM ~ Come out and enjoy the evening of comradery and honor our ambassadors ! Mulligan’s Pub ~ 45 PGA Tour Blvd. ~ FREE to all Ambassadors To RSVP, pre-payment & registration, please call $10 for members 285-2004 or visit www.pontevedrachamber.org/events/ POWER LUNCH Tuesday, January 15th In this small group setting, you will have the ~ 11:30 AM-1:00 PM ~ opportunity to connect, exchange contacts, trade busi- Pusser’s Caribbean Grille ness ideas and build strong relationships with other ~ 816 A1A North ~ members. Please plan to pay for your own lunch To RSVP please call 285-2004 or email us at ~ LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE ~ email@example.com Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 6 CHAMBER AT NOON Wednesday, January 16th Guest Speaker ~11:30 AM -1:00 PM~ Michele McManamon Co-Owner and Operator of Sandler Training Sawgrass Country Club Vice Chair (Blue Coat) of THE PLAYERS since 2010 ~ 10034 Golf Club Drive ~ Don’t Miss This Special Sponsored by 2013 PLAYERS Championship presentation To RSVP, pre-payment & registration, please call ~ $25 for Members ,$30 for Guests ~ 285-2004 or visit www.pontevedrachamber.org/events/ CHAMBER BUSINESS TOOLS WORKSHOP Wednesday, January 23rd ~ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ~ ~ Free for Members ~ Limited to 15 people ~ Chamber Office Maria Coppola, APR, owner of Coppola Public ~50 A1A North ~ Relations in Jacksonville Beach, will share her tips for small businesses concerned about their reputation. Bring a Brown Bag Lunch Dessert & Beverages will be provided To RSVP, please call 285-2004 or visit www.pontevedrachamber.org CHAMBER AFTER HOURS Wednesday, January 23rd Custom Home builder Arthur Rutenberg Homes ~ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM~ customizes and remodels quality homes and prod- ucts in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Sponsored By Carolina. It starts as our design, but it becomes your home. ~130 Senora Court, St. Augustine FL 32095.~ To RSVP, please call 285-2004 or visit FREE for members & guests www.pontevedrachamber.org GRAND OPENING OF EXIT 1 STOP REALTY Thursday, January 31st Exit 1 Stop Realty is an independent member broker ~5:30 PM~ and one of over 1,300 nationwide offices of Exit Realty Corporation, the fastest growing real estate company in Exit 1 Stop Realty history. ~ 166 A1A North, Suite 101 ~ To RSVP, please call 285-2004 or visit FREE for members & guests www.pontevedrachamber.org Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 7 CHAMBER BEFORE HOURS ~ Wednesday, December 5th ~ Sponsor : Florida Power and Light OPEN HOUSE AT MERIDIAN FITNESS ~ Thursday, December 6th ~ Chamber At Noon ~ Wednesday, December 12th Sponsor: Aflac Speakers: Donna Deegan & Glenn Hastings Open House & Holiday Party Hosted by JOI Beaches & Baptist Beaches ~ Wednesday, December 19th ~ Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 8 MIXER & MERRIMENT HOLIDAY PARTY Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 9 New Member Spotlight! Eugene Brin P. A. Business Networking Phone: (904) 285-6077 International Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BNI is the largest business networking organiza- tion in the world. They offer members the opportu- Publix - Sawgrass nity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals. Phone: 904-285-5767 600 Sawgrass Village Dr. Contact: John Gewitz Phone: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 CG Solutions of Jax Publix - Nocatee Accomplishing Enterprise Risk Phone: 904-825-1913 Management goals can seem impossible if you 120 Marketside Ave. don't have the right partner. CGSolutions is that partner! Nocatee, FL 32082 Contact : Kathy Garland Publix - Marsh Landing Phone: 863-370-3542 Phone: 904-273-7600 670 Marsh Landing Parkway Jacksonville Beach, FL 32082 Bank of America Contact: Dan Henessy Phone: 904-654-3023 Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 10 AMBASSADORS Kristin Pirris ~ Pirris Insurance & Financial Serv. ~904-997-3051 Ed Mercel ~ Queen's Harbor Real Estate Co. ~ 904-221-2605 Lori Adams ~ Ind. Fashion Consultant ~904-285-4278 Our sincere thanks go out to Kristin Pirris Bob Baer ~ Robert Baer Co. for her steadfast dedication as our ~ 904-386-1484 2012 Ambassador Chairperson. Brian Crooke ~ BB & T ~ 904-280-9390 Joe Flask ~ Brightlink Technology ~ 904-616-1966 Dana Merrill ~ John Merrill Realty ~ 904-383-5582 Heather Senterfitt ~ First Coast Focus ~ 904-610-3074 Kari Zerrahn ~ Aflac ~ 518-524-5864 April Biller ~ Hampton Inn ~ 904-373-3111 Mike Hardy ~ Action News Jax ~ 904-996-0482 Margaret Miele ~ BBVA Compass Bank ~ 904-564-8730 Jill Ketron ~The Bayat Foundation ~904-686-1470 Amanda Jones ~First Citizens Bank ~ 904-543-2685 Hamilton Horne ~ First Citizens Bank ~904-543-2680 Jennifer Ovedia ~ Keith Johnson CPA ~904-727-0077 Keith Johnson ~ Keith Johnson ,CPA PA ~904-727-0077 Patti Atwill ~ Watson Realty Corp. ~ (904) 864 -2200 C h a m b e r C h a tt ber Cha Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 11 Volume 20 Issue 9 Chamber Clips ~ A Chamber Clip is a brief announcement about your business; an employee highlight; a current event; or other special feature about your company. Chamber Clips is not meant to be an advertisement for your business, rather a short commentary on what is happening at your place of business. Guidelines for Chamber Clips submissions: No brochures Include logos No PDF formats Limit to 2 paragraphs Arthur Rutenberg Homes is The Friends of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Na- proud to host a special After tional Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR, or Hours Event for The Ponte GTM Reserve) host a State of The Reserve presentation Vedra Chamber of Commerce highlighting the year's outstanding research, education members on January 23, 2013 and stewardship efforts. This year's event features stu- at our new professionally- dent researchers and community partners demonstrating decorated Bermuda model how preserving healthy coastal ecosystems supports and home in Palencia. Tour this spacious great room home over- sustains healthy communities. Learn more! Join us: looking a secluded lake and nature preserve while enjoying evening refreshments with your fellow chamber members. Friday February 1, 2013 The builder will be on hand to answer questions about any of 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. our energy efficient designs and building in the Ponte Vedra GTM NERR Environmental Education Center 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082 area. Proceed through the north gate of Palencia and end at 130 Senora Court, St. Augustine FL 32095. (904) 880-5500 For details or to RSVP, please call GTM NERR at 904-823- Ext. 1 4500 or email Emily.Montgomery@dep.state.fl.us. Clients and friends joined the associ- ates of Ponte Vedra Beach Realty, Inc. support the Toys-for-Tots organi- zation as they celebrated the holiday season. Kim Davis, Broker/Owner of Ponte Vedra Beach Realty, and Lindsey Godfrey, Property Manager/Realtor, On December 6, 2012, Del Mar Designs was the proud hosted a holiday party at Steller’s Art Gallery where they recipient of two First Place awards from the First Coast Remodeler’s Council at a Red Carpet Gala event held at accepted donations for the Toys-for-Tots toy drive, along Deerwood Country Club. with toys being dropped off at their real estate office. Ponte The first award was for the " Planning and Design " of a Vedra Beach Realty, a full service Real Estate office, takes Master Bath for a private residence in The Plantation; the an active role in helping the community and donating time, second for " Craftsmanship and Detail of Specialty Mill- goods and more to local charities in the area as well as par- work " for a condominium bar cabinet at Serenata Beach. ticipating in activities that lend a hand to the less fortunate. This is the third consecutive year that Del Mar Designs has won First Place awards from the Council, and they consider it a high honor to have been recognized by such talented colleagues in the building industry. Del Mar Designs, an interior design company, has been in business in Ponte Vedra since 1992, and continues to pro- vide quality design that enhances people’s lives. Gator Office Furniture is moving! After 20 plus years at our Beach Blvd Location Gator Office Furniture is moving to our new and improved location at 4827 Phillips Highway as of January 2nd. Come and Enjoy the savings! Chamber Chat Volume 20 Issue 9 Page 12 Chamber Clips Early November, Butensky & Cohen held a seminar at the Del Webb Riverwood community for the Money and Investing Interest Club. The club is a newly established organization consisting of approximately 40 members with an interest in learning about different investment vehicles and how various environments have the poten- tial to affect the markets. With opening introductions given by Nina Robinson and the main topics for discussion pre- sented by Thomas Ellis, the club was able to observe common mistakes investors tend to make during volatile times, how the presidential election may affect existing portfolios and the role annuities play in a senior’s investment strategies. Jan Butensky closed the evening with a town hall format of open question and answers. B&C is glad to have had the opportunity to present to the Riverwood community and hopes to collaborate once again with the residents within the near future. Lifestyles Realty Web joined with First Coast No More Homeless Pets to help make sure that every furry friend was fed this holiday sea- son! Lifestyles hosted a holiday party and pet food drive on Tuesday, De- cember 18 and collected over 200 pounds of food and treats. Thank you for all the donations! It was a great party filled with lots of holiday cheer! To view agents, party pictures and stay up-to-date on real estate news, visit their Facebook page! For more information on Lifestyles Realty Web, contact them at 904.853.6386 or visit LifestylesRealtyWeb.com! Jon Awad, Head Coach JV FOOTBALL Ponte Vedra MARKS GRAY SHAREHOLDER, EDWARD L. BIRK HONORED FOR PRO BONO EF- High School and SRVP Portfolio Manager UBS Ponte FORTS Vedra is pleased to announce JV went 8 -0 and Varsity Marks Fray Shareholder, Edward L. Birk, re- went 9-2 and won the District Championship for the ceived the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Ba- second year in the row! rAssociation’s 2012 “Spirit of Giving” award on December 12. Association members and area fed- AURORA CUSTOM REMODELING was recently eral judiciary recognized the civil pro bono efforts of Mr. Birk and recognized for excellence at the First Coast Remodel- James H. Burke Jr. of the Federal Public Defender’s Office for his pro ers Awards banquet. A panel of judges awarded high bono efforts in criminal cases. marks for the beachside renovation of the Mr. Birk was recognized for his work in the Middle District of Florida Cook residence in Ponte Vedra. Aurora Custom Remodeling remains a leader in Jakcosnville Division Civil Pro Bono Panel in representing individu- home renovations, winning this prestig- als who lack the resources necessary to obtain ious award in 5 of the last 6 years. their own legal representation.
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