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Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe for Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share the ingredients that make them successful. The show is hosted by Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Florida.
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Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! When he started his career in 1991, Jeremy Torisk was near homeless and digging pits for the local cable company, but through persistence, a positive mindset, and a lot of failing, he rose through the company ranks to build a $40 million business.  Jeremy also assists in two family-owned small businesses and mentors others in Goal setting, ‘solopreneurship’ & Leadership Coaching.  He recently wrote and published his first book available now on Amazon. In Labor To Leadership, Jeremy shares many personal struggles through life and business from lessons learned the hard way, the impact of the power of perspective, and he explains how to build disciplined habits that will allow you and your team to evolve from acceptable to exceptional. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Seth Wise is Executive Vice President of BBX Capital and serves on its Board of Directors.  He is also President of BBX Capital Real Estate, and is Co-CEO of The Altman Companies which since 1968 has built over 26,000 rental apartments.  The Altman Companies is 50% owned by BBX Capital Real Estate.  He is also on the board of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG).  Seth has more than 25 years of experience in many facets of real estate finance, management, investment, restructuring and development.  Throughout his career, Seth has been responsible for managing approximately $3 billion of real estate assets in various classes including industrial, retail, and a focus in housing that includes single family, master-planned communities and multifamily. He has managed an acquired portfolio of nearly $600 million of performing and non-performing loans and real estate.  This portfolio has successfully monetized since 2012 thru development, sale, restructuring, and loan payoffs well over $750 million.  Seth’s real estate development experience includes in excess of 1.5 million-square-feet of industrial space. He has also been involved in the development, ownership, and asset management of nearly 12,000 rental apartment units and single-family homes. Seth also has expertise in equity investment, lending, and debt restructuring, including the management of a commercial real estate workout portfolio of over $1 billion. Seth is an active member of organizations in his field and community. He is a member of the Ambassadors Board of Nova Southeastern University. Seth has served as an Executive Board Member of the Real Estate Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida, and the Southeast Florida/Caribbean Council of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and serves is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services of Broward County, a non-profit human services organization and Jewish Family Home Care, a nonprofit home health agency primarily serving Holocaust survivors.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the David Posnack Jewish Day School, a member of the National Council of AIPAC, and a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council. Seth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Laurie Rich Levinson was elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2014 and 2018, as the District 6 Broward County School Board Member. Born and raised in South Florida, she has three children, all of whom attended Broward County Public Schools. Laurie Rich Levinson graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brandeis University. She has been in the business world for over 35 years, and was a parent activist for over 20 years at the school, area, and district levels. Mrs. Levinson presently represents the School Board on the Board of Directors of the Council of the Great City Schools, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, and the Early Childhood Learning Coalition. Additionally, she sits on the State Board of Take Stock in Children, and is a Jafco Children’s Ability Center Board Member. Broward County Public Schools is at: https://www.browardschools.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Jennifer Starkey is a Senior Vice President/Regional Vice President at TD Bank serving Broward, Southern Palm Beach and Collier Counties in South Florida. She has over 25 years of banking experience, in the north and southeast geographies, in multiple areas of banking, 18 of which are with TD. Jennifer has managed teams in deposit operations, credit, and bank merger and acquisitions.  In her current role, Jennifer and her team of experienced Relationship Managers provide financing solutions, including working capital, start-up/acquisition, equipment leasing, mortgages, and lines of credit; whether conventional or SBA. They have multiple solutions for companies to improve cash flow and profit margins with credit and noncredit solutions. Along with their partners, including retail, treasury management, leasing, healthcare, restaurant, real estate, and merchant services, her dedicated Relationship Managers serve as valued partners to companies to achieve their strategic goals.  Jennifer and her team are also passionate about enhancing the lives of their colleagues, customers and community through financial education, volunteerism, and supporting diversity and inclusion. Jennifer is Co-Leader of TD Bank's Business/Employee Resource Group for Women in Leadership for the State of Florida. She is a member of L.E.A.D. community, an initiative aligned with TD’s goal  of supporting select emerging talent women leaders in the Commercial Bank.  She is a mentor to participants of TD's Career Relaunch program which offers additional support and guidance to new colleagues that may have been out of the workforce for a couple of years.   Jennifer is an active leader in her community. She is currently a member of the United Way of Broward County Tocqueville Society. She served as President and founding member of the local MOMS Club offering activities and support to new mothers and their children. She has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). With her husband Bill, and daughter Samantha, Jennifer actively supports the arts, and particularly Mainstage Center for the Arts. Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, and completed two formal management training programs in bank operations and commercial credit including graduate level work in business, finance and accounting. Jennifer and her family live in South Florida. For more information about TD Bank, visit https://www.td.com/us/en/personal-banking/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Ms. Debra Vasilopoulos is the Market President of IBERIABANK, a Division of First Horizon Bank. She is responsible for directing the Private Client, Commercial Banking, Retail/Small Business Banking segments within the South Florida region. A recognized leader with over 30 years of experience in Private Wealth management; Debra is known for her exceptional business acumen and passion for building high performing teams that deliver profitable results. Prior to joining IBERIABANK, she was the Regional President of Sabadell Bank & Trust where she led Private and Commercial Banking services for South Florida. Prior to Sabadell Bank & Trust, she was a founding member of Lydian Bank & Trust, a boutique wealth management firm located on the Island of Palm Beach. In her leadership role at Lydian, Debra led the performance and strategic delivery of the bank’s unique services, achieving market-leading business growth in Palm Beach County. Prior to Lydian, Ms. Vasilopoulos served as the Regional Lending Director and Senior Vice President of OffitBank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wachovia Bank. A strong advocate for supporting organizations that bring meaningful change, Debra maintains active involvement in community service organizations. Currently, she serves as an officer on the Board of Trustees for the Town of Palm Beach United Way, and a Trustee/Board Member for the Town of Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Ms. Vasilopoulos attended Lowell University, College of Financial Planning, and received formal credit training through OMEGA. Originally from Massachusetts, Debra resides in Tequesta, and is located in IBERIABANK’s Palm Beach office. For more information about First Horizon Bank, visit https://www.firsthorizon.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Don Silvestri played nine seasons of professional football including the NFL’s New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks before retiring to South Florida – not to retire but to work. Now president of Debt.com, Silvestri brings over a decade of management experience in the financial industry. He is active in the community serving as treasurer of the NFL Players Association South Florida chapter as well as a founding director of Parkland Cares, which funds mental health counseling in the aftermath of the tragic shootings last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In each of his roles, he’s had an abiding interest in helping children, whether it’s teaching them sound financial principles they’ll take with them throughout life or ensuring they have the therapy they need to overcome the trauma in their lives.  Along with his wife Alissa, the Silvestri’s devote additional time and resources to several local charities as much as they can, especially if related to serving children and raising awareness to many programs including becoming foster parents and adopting one of their foster children in 2017. Silvestri holds dual degrees in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a varsity letterman and an Academic All-American.  New Award: VARSITY LETTER CLUB ANNOUNCES 2021 AWARDEES OF DISTINCTION  Since 1961, the Pitt Varsity Letter Club has honored letter winners who have distinguished themselves in their profession or community, and who, by their accomplishments, have enhanced the value of the intercollegiate athletics programs at the University of Pittsburgh.  https://pittsburghpanthers.com/news/2021/1/25/general-varsity-letter-club-announces-2021-awardees-of-distinction.aspx  Some previous award recipients:  Mike Ditka  Tony Dorsett  Dave Wannstedt  Marty Schottenheimer  Joe Walton  I was also recently re-elected as an officer of the NFL Players Association of South Florida  For more information about Debt.com, visit https://www.debt.com. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Rocki Rockingham is an accomplished C-suite human resources, communications, community relations, public affairs, and marketing communications professional with over 30 years of domestic and international business experience. She is versatile with an excellent record of achievement as a strategic partner supporting business objectives in many successful companies. Rocki has proven expertise in managing through corporate acquisitions and turnarounds while leading through transformational change.  ' She is a proactive provocative leader, innovative problem solver and global creative thinker known for providing influence and mentorship with individuals that cross both corporate, community and entrepreneurial worlds: • Specializes as a C-suite business partner and consultant in organizational design, human resources, crisis and corporate communications, marketing, and community affairs; • Creates strategies for helping individuals, leaders and companies advance their goals and objectives; • Influences change and growth and image building in business and life; • Creates community relations platforms and outreach opportunities with various organizations; • Builds strategic customer awareness and connectivity to influence direction and outcomes; • Specializes in, established and oversees a successful company 501 (c)(3) foundation; and • Coaches executives on strategic communications that relates to corporate issues, employee and media relations, marketing communications, diversity and Inclusion and community initiatives. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Newell Brands, Appliances and Cookware Division, in Boca Raton, Florida, Rocki has focused on Human Resources, corporate communications and public and community affairs. For more than a decade, she has been responsible for the highest level of strategic HR and communications at several Fortune 500 companies including, General Motors and Chrysler Corporations. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Rachel A. Sapoznik is the Founder and President of Sapoznik Insurance, a World Insurance Company, and is an industry leader in employee benefits solutions. In a male-dominated industry, Rachel relentlessly pursued her entrepreneurial vision to revolutionize traditional employee benefits through education. In doing so, she rapidly expanded the company from her home office into one of the largest independently owned agencies in South Florida. Now, 34 years later, Sapoznik Insurance has been acquired by World Insurance Associates (WIA), which has been named one of The Most Successful Companies in America by Inc. 5000, a Top 100 P/C Agency by Insurance Journal and Business Insurance, and a five-time honoree of NJBIZ Fast 50. Rachel is recognized as one of South Florida’s leading healthcare experts. She has been featured in several national networks, including CNBC.com, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Reuters, MorningStar, Employee Benefits Advisor, Automotive News, and TheStreet.com. Locally, she has been interviewed by Invest Miami, The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The South Florida Business Journal, Crain’s Miami, South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine, Miami Today, and the virtual talk show On Point with Rachel Tourgeman.  Rachel has constructed a roadmap to navigate today’s healthcare challenges and provide expert solutions for tomorrow. A true visionary, Rachel has always emphasized the value of education, wellness, and building strong programs for her clients. Driven by these guiding principles, Rachel has helped hundreds of companies across the country improve their employees’ health while positively impacting her clients’ bottom line. Her book, A Passion for Wellness: Healthy Employees, Healthy Bottom Line, was featured on Amazon’s bestseller list for new releases upon its publication.  In addition to her professional accomplishments, Rachel has made it her mission to help the communities around her. As a devoted philanthropist, she is deeply involved in many charities, especially those dedicated to improving children’s lives. Whether spearheading a fundraiser for developmentally challenged adults or children, mentoring future business leaders, or educating children about the importance of healthy eating, Rachel derives the greatest pleasure from supporting her community.  Rachel has been awarded several accolades, speaking to both her professional and philanthropic accomplishments. She is also actively involved in the community. Learn more about Sapoznik Insurance at https://www.sapoznik.com. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Robyn Raphael-Dynan is the President of RCC Associates.  Following in her mother’s footsteps, Robyn Raphael-Dynan has achieved incredible success and become a well-respected executive in the traditionally male-dominated construction industry, significantly contributing to RCC Associates attaining its status as South Florida Business Journal’s #1 Woman Owned Business ranked by revenue in 2016. She began her construction career in an entry-level position and has worked her way up the ranks to President. She is admired by clients, industry associates and employees alike for her professionalism, expertise, and diplomacy while managing complex situations and relationships. Learn more at https://www.rccassociates.com. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Hector J. Ponte is the Region Bank President for Wells Fargo’s Southeast Florida region. He is responsible for 60 Wells Fargo branches and more than 650 employees in Broward County. A 30-year veteran in financial services, Ponte previously served as Area President in Wells Fargo’s Dade/Broward Countyline market. He began his career as a part-time teller with Florida National Bank in 1986, and has been promoted throughout his career to teller supervisor, service manager, branch manager, district leader, region service director, and Florida At Work director. A South Florida native, Ponte is very active in the community. He serves on the executive committee of the Miami-Dade Public Education Fund, where he has been a board member for 20 years and is Immediate Past Chair. He also sits on the boards of directors of the United Way of Broward, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Council, Broward Workshop, Autism Speaks/So. Florida and March of Dimes/Miami-Dade, previously serving as Chair of the Board of the latter. Additionally, Ponte chairs Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Chapter in South Florida, which leads community and volunteer projects for Wells Fargo team members across Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe. In 2012, Ponte was inducted into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Citizens Award by the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and selected by the National Diversity Council as a 2016 Top Latino Leader Award Winner. He was also selected to be part of the South Florida Business Journal’s Power Leaders list in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and Power Leaders in Banking list in 2020. He was also named as one of the South Florida Business Journal’s Business of Pride Outstanding Voices in 2018 and received the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance’s 2018 CEO Council Economic Development Leadership Award. He is a graduate of Miami-Dade College and is fluent in Spanish. Learn more about Wells Fargo at https://www.wellsfargo.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Ann Marie Sorrell is an award-winning business leader and the President & CEO of The Mosaic Group, an award-winning public relations, marketing, and government relations firm serving clients throughout the United States and Caribbean. Ann Marie oversees the day-to-day operations, serves as Project Manager for most of the firm’s projects, and has managed more than 500 campaigns and projects ranging from $10,000 to $3 billion. Clients include AECOM, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, City of West Palm Beach, Broward Health, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward College, and the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to name a few.  Ann Marie is the author of Chronicles of a Serial Dater, a journey through the good, bad, funny – and steamy – of dating and relationships told through short stories.      She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Florida A&M University.  She is a Charter Member of the South Florida Business Journal Leadership Trust, and a member of Leadership Palm Beach County, Leadership Florida, Economic Forum, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Florida Advisory Committee, National Association of Black Women in Construction, Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Ann Marie is a subject matter expert and guru in the field of Marketing and has developed The Marketing MashUp which includes trainings, seminars, webinars, and a book series (will be released in Winter 2020).  Learn more about The Mosaic Group: https://mosaicgroup.co/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Mark Hickson is executive vice president of corporate development, strategy, quality and integration for NextEra Energy, Inc. In this role, he works to identify and prioritize top quality and process improvement initiatives across the company, as well as corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions and integration activities.  Mr. Hickson is also executive vice president, strategy and corporate development of NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by NextEra Energy, Inc. NextEra Energy Partners acquires, manages and owns contracted clean energy projects with stable, long-term cash flows. He also serves on the board of directors of NextEra Energy Partners.  Mr. Hickson joined NextEra Energy in 2012 as vice president, corporate development and operational excellence. In 2015, he was named senior vice president, corporate development, strategy, quality and integration. In 2017, he was promoted to his current position. Prior to joining NextEra Energy, Mr. Hickson worked at Merrill Lynch & Co, where he was given increasing levels of responsibility from 1997-2012 and served as managing director in Global Mergers and Acquisitions until 2012.  Mr. Hickson holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, where he graduated with honors.  NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida. NextEra Energy owns two electric companies in Florida: Florida Power & Light Company, which serves more than five million customer accounts in Florida and is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold; and Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties throughout northwest Florida. NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. A Fortune 200 company and included in the S&P 100 index, NextEra Energy has been recognized often by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry on Fortune's 2019 list of “World's Most Admired Companies” and ranked among the top 25 on Fortune's 2018 list of companies that “Change the World.” For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com,  www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.  For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Since her arrival to the United States, Marta Batmasian has demonstrated a true immigrant spirit, by getting involved and excelling in the fields of education, business, politics and community service.  Having been born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey as a Christian Armenian, Marta’s dream was to immigrate to the U.S. where minority groups were given the opportunity to integrate easily and pursue their dreams.  After graduating from Esayan Lycée, in Istanbul, as a Valedictorian of her class, she was admitted to the prestigious Robert College, founded as a branch of Columbia University in Istanbul.  In her junior year, the family had relocated to Netherlands where Marta attended Leiden University prior to her departure to the United States to complete her education.  She attended Emerson College in Boston where she received a B.A. degree in English with honors. She continued her graduate studies by enrolling in Brandeis University joint Masters and Ph.D. program in Near Eastern Studies. Upon completion of her studies, she became the superintendent of a small school, then adjunct professor at University of Massachusetts for eight years until her departure to Boca Raton, Florida. She subsequently received a M.B.A. from Barry University in Miami.   Her Board Directorships and community charitable involvements are extensive. She has founded and funded many community endeavors, including Children’s Science Explorium, Tri-County Rescue Shelter, League of Education Awareness of Holocaust (LEAH), People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership (PROPEL), Garden of Humanity, and several others. Her board memberships include South Florida PBS, Florida Atlantic University, Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), Nova Southeastern University School of Business to name a few. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including, College Club Achievement Award for Excellence in Business and Education (1983), Junior League of Boca Raton, Volunteer of the Year (1997), One Community (Formerly known as National Conference of Christians and Jews) (2009), Outstanding Person and Leader – OPAL award by Rotary Club for community service (2011), and several others.  She owns Investments Limited, with her husband of 45 years, a real estate investment company owning and managing shopping centers, apartment communities and office buildings. She resides in Boca Raton, Florida and has two sons and three grandchildren. Learn more about Investments Limited: https://investmentslimited.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Violet N. Lowrey is the Director of Student Services and Career Services for the Keiser University Fort Lauderdale campus.  In her role, Violet heads a department and team that provides quality support services which enhances the overall development of students and eliminates barriers to student learning. The department provides community resources and resources to assist you with resume preparation, interviewing skills coaching, mock interviewing, professional development workshops, and job placement assistance. They partner with employers in the community to provide job/career opportunities for students, graduates, and alumni.  Additionally, Violet oversees the production and manages a variety of special events and meetings throughout the year, from soup to nuts, that include program development, creative and scenic design, event strategy, thematic development, event planning and production, general session production, run of event/meeting/fundraiser, entertainment, general meeting planning, site selection & venue management, event survey and evaluation, food and beverage management, complete staging technical design / production, budget management, and all event operational logistics. Working with several civic, nonprofit, professional and industry specific organizations, Violet collaborates with professionals in healthcare, business, human resources, legal, criminal justice, law enforcement, IT, all fields... interacts with chambers of commerce, professional organizations, nonprofits, and employers.  Violet is committed to Educational Excellence. The learning environment, professional image of students, and development of excellent work ethic.  As a member of the Keiser University Team, Violet embraces a student-centered approach which helps the student develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s competitive job market. The secret to Violet’s success is giving back… Violet has been and is involved with many organizations in the community. A Leadership Broward and Leadership Hollywood Graduate, Violet has been active with Junior Achievement, Rotary, Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), The American Lung Association, local chambers, Cystic Fibrosis, LifeNet4Families, and many others.  Prior to joining Keiser University, Violet owned A Plus Professional Resumes, Inc. Violet is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Workshop Presenter, Certified Empowerment & Motivational Coach (CEMC), and M.B.A. graduate from the Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.  Violet is dedicated to making a difference in her community and with her rock solid, supportive family, she will conquer many things to come.  Violet is married to Kenneth M. Lowrey, and they have two children, Jimmy and Emma.   For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Michael Goodman, Founder of Goodman Public Relations, brings an integrated marketing approach to every project.  Securing domestic and international publicity, creating consumer promotional campaigns, implementing special events and developing cooperative advertising and partnership marketing opportunities, Goodman strategically launches award winning public relations/marketing campaigns. Over the years, he has been credited with representing many notable projects, including but not limited to South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Broward MPO, Sawgrass Mills, Simon, Design Center of the Americas, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Cross Hospital, Florida Department of Transportation, South Florida Commuter Services, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Hard Rock Cafe, National Hockey League and Pfizer. He has successfully created cross-promotional programs on behalf of clients with Norwegian Air, McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Pollo Tropical, Publix and several Broadway shows.  Goodman has been recognized for his professional and philanthropic work.  He received the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s Arts Leader of the Year Award in 2014, Leadership Broward Foundation’s Profiles in Leadership Award in 2013, the 2006 and 2007 ArtServe Encore Award for Individual Leadership and Special Recognition and the 1997 South Florida Business Journal’s Up & Comers Award in the field of public relations. He also received the Golden Pen Award of Excellence from the Gold Coast Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.  With a strong commitment to the community, Goodman serves in leadership roles in support of vital not-for-profit organizations. He is Board Chair of the Florida Theatrical Association, immediate past Board Chair of Neighbors 4 Neighbors and an honorary Board member of Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. He is a past Chair of ArtServe, Poverello, Wilton Manors Community Affairs Advisory Board and the School Advisory Board for the City of Oakland Park. Also, he is a former board member of Arc Broward,  Junior Achievement, Family Central and Gilda’s Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XV. Goodman has served on numerous committees in support of the Community Foundation of Broward, United Way of Broward County and Children’s Home Society. He is credited as the founder of noted fundraisers such as Sawgrass Mills’ Role Models, The Galleria’s Men of Style, Tri-Rail’s Senior Idol and South Florida Kids Got Talent. His prior work experience includes serving as a Special Events Manager for Macy’s and the Community Relations Manager for Broward House.   Goodman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.  He resides in Oakland Park. Learn more about Goodman PR at https://goodmanpr.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Kelly Alvarez Vitale is the President and Founder of Strategic Philanthropy. She saw a need for a new philanthropic approach and founded Strategic Philanthropy in 2012 on the belief that effective corporate giving is one that fits an organization’s business goals, values and objectives. Kelly understands how targeted philanthropy can help organizations indirectly market products and services to clearly defined market segments and has witnessed how effective philanthropy opens business opportunities. Strategic Philanthropy was one of the first corporate philanthropy consulting firms to launch in Florida. Clients include: Broward College, Trividia Health, City of Pompano Beach, City of Sunrise, Sun Sentinel, JM Family, Turnberry, Stiles, Templeton & Company, Community Foundation of Broward and Broward Performing Arts Foundation. Strategic Philanthropy has helped clients serve 205 nonprofits and awarded $2 million in sponsorships. Kelly has shown companies that it is not solely about the dollars, but that companies can impact their communities through in-kind donations and volunteer programs. Through programs she has put in place, her clients have donated $800,000 + of in-kind donations and logged over 10,000 volunteer hours, which has had an additional estimated value of $250,000 to directly benefit the community. Moreover, she has been instrumental in growing the MLK Day of Service in Broward County – tripling the projects funded, the number of registered volunteer and total hours logged countywide.  She has been published 10 times and twice in PRNews Guidebook on corporate philanthropy as an expert in her field.  In the community, Kelly is involved with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Ghost Light Society where she was a founding member, past co-chair for the organization and board member for the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. Her past community involvement includes serving as the Emerge Broward Program Co-Chair as well as serving on the Leadership Broward Foundation Board of Directors. Kelly has co-chaired the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle and was a founding member of ARC Broward’s The Traveling Plate. Kelly is also a community representative for the Broward Cultural Division’s funding and review panel and is volunteer for United Way’s Reading Pals, Jack & Jill Children’s Center and her alma mater, Florida State University. Kelly is a graduate of Florida State University where she received a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication as well as a double major in Communication and Spanish. Despite being a native Floridian, Kelly is an avid snow skier, having skied for over 20+ years. Her other passion is cooking (and eating what she cooks!). Kelly and her husband, Randall, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and spend their free time traveling and chasing their son Grayson. Learn more about Strategic Philanthropy at: www.strategicphilanthropyinc.com. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Howard L. Wander serves as both a Principal Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Kelley Kronenberg. Howard is the Chair of the firm’s Property and Casualty Practice Group, Personal Injury Practice (PIP), and Regulated Substances Practice Group (RSPG). Howard primarily focuses on generating new business for the firm while expanding upon current business relationships and partnerships. He is actively and directly involved in the firm’s development and growth and has been instrumental in the firm’s expansion and evolution from a local to statewide to national platform. Howard joined the firm as an associate attorney in 1988, and worked his way up to partner in 1994. Howard’s entrepreneurial vision has led to the formation of several successful practice areas within the firm.  Kelley Kronenberg is now a multi-practice business law firm with nearly 200 attorneys and almost 400 employees throughout Florida and the United States. The firm is now one of the fastest-growing law firms in Florida, serving all types of public and private companies, as well as small and mid-sized businesses and individuals nationwide.  Prior to taking on a business development and firm-wide executive management role, Howard concentrated his practice on Insurance Defense Litigation and Property and Casualty Defense. He focused on the representation of employers, third-party administrators, and insurance carriers. He regularly consulted with entrepreneurs, growth-oriented companies, and executives to build and strengthen their businesses. He leveraged his trial and entrepreneurial experience to help companies and entrepreneurs anticipate legal risk and plan around any potential issues.  Learn more about Kelley Kronenberg at: https://www.kelleykronenberg.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Mandee Heller Adler is the Founder and Managing Partner of International College Counselors. International College Counselors is one of the world’s largest education counseling companies, specializing in exceptionally personalized support for students and their families worldwide who seek acceptance to colleges, graduate schools, and boarding schools in the United States.  Since 2004, Adler and her team of expert college advisors have worked one-on-one with thousands of families to create individualized plans and to get students accepted into dream schools. Mandee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, with honors and two degrees – one from the Wharton School and one from the College of Arts and Sciences. She also earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.  Mandee is known through her fast-selling books, “From Public School to the Ivy League: How to get into a top school without top dollar resources” and “International Admissions: How to get accepted to U.S. Colleges.” Mandee is a Certified Educational Planner, a board certification awarded only to individuals who demonstrate the highest level of professional standards in educational planning, and has been regularly featured in dozens of television, newspaper, radio, and magazine publications including the New York Times, US News and World Report, NBC News, Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal.  Mandee resides in South Florida with her husband and two daughters.  Learn more about International College Counselors at: https://internationalcollegecounselors.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! It's Entrepreneurship Month! We welcome three women entrepreneurs. Lyn Clark is the President & CEO of Tinytown Cookies - unique, delicious, gourmet cookies made using Lyn’s exclusive heirloom recipe and fresh, high quality ingredients. Tinytown Cookies are baked to order, made with love and can be designed to complement any special event or gift giving need.  There is a Tinytown Cookie for every occasion and everyone. Lyn has been baking these sweet little cookies by popular request for friends, family and cookie lovers for more than 25 years.  Vicky Garcia is COO & Co-Owner of Cruise Planners She always knew she was meant for the travel industry, and her fierce drive and philanthropic spirit help keep Cruise Planners at the top. Vicky has spent more than 25 years in the cruise industry and is now one of the most respected women in travel. Vicky learned the travel industry from the ground up, starting in high school as a cruise line reservation sales agent before moving on to leadership positions at Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Cruise Planners. Vicky’s leadership as well as her role as an advocate and volunteer for many causes including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have secured her the recognition of being one of South Florida’s Top 25 Influential Business Women, The Boys & Girls Clubs 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County, and the godmother of Viking Cruises’ Viking Magni. Vicky also sits on the board for Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, American Express Travel, Special Needs Group, DEPARTURES Magazine Advisory Board, Regent Seven Seas Council and The Travel Corporation. Christine Madsen is founder and president of Mad 4 Marketing, a highly creative integrated marketing, advertising and interactive agency celebrating 28 successful years in South Florida. Mad 4 Marketing manages clients ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to big businesses, and specializes in effectively marketing products, services and organizations from a variety of industries including: Retail, Education, Healthcare, Financial and Marine.  The agency’s award-winning work, and Chris’s leadership role in the community have not gone unnoticed, being recognized with many prestigious awards, including the South Florida Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO Award, the Jim Moran Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the South Florida Good to Great Award, Symphony Style and Substance Award and March of Dimes Women of Distinction, among others. Chris has served as the Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Fort Lauderdale Executives’ Association; the Historic Stranahan House; The Tower Forum and many other leadership roles in South Florida. https://tinytowncookies.com/ https://www.cruiseplanners.com/  https://mad4marketing.com/  For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! It's Entrepreneurship Month! We welcome three women entrepreneurs. Lyn Clark is the President & CEO of Tinytown Cookies - unique, delicious, gourmet cookies made using Lyn’s exclusive heirloom recipe and fresh, high quality ingredients. Tinytown Cookies are baked to order, made with love and can be designed to complement any special event or gift giving need.  There is a Tinytown Cookie for every occasion and everyone. Lyn has been baking these sweet little cookies by popular request for friends, family and cookie lovers for more than 25 years.  Vicky Garcia is COO & Co-Owner of Cruise Planners She always knew she was meant for the travel industry, and her fierce drive and philanthropic spirit help keep Cruise Planners at the top. Vicky has spent more than 25 years in the cruise industry and is now one of the most respected women in travel. Vicky learned the travel industry from the ground up, starting in high school as a cruise line reservation sales agent before moving on to leadership positions at Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Cruise Planners. Vicky’s leadership as well as her role as an advocate and volunteer for many causes including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have secured her the recognition of being one of South Florida’s Top 25 Influential Business Women, The Boys & Girls Clubs 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County, and the godmother of Viking Cruises’ Viking Magni. Vicky also sits on the board for Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, American Express Travel, Special Needs Group, DEPARTURES Magazine Advisory Board, Regent Seven Seas Council and The Travel Corporation. Christine Madsen is founder and president of Mad 4 Marketing, a highly creative integrated marketing, advertising and interactive agency celebrating 28 successful years in South Florida. Mad 4 Marketing manages clients ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to big businesses, and specializes in effectively marketing products, services and organizations from a variety of industries including: Retail, Education, Healthcare, Financial and Marine.  The agency’s award-winning work, and Chris’s leadership role in the community have not gone unnoticed, being recognized with many prestigious awards, including the South Florida Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO Award, the Jim Moran Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the South Florida Good to Great Award, Symphony Style and Substance Award and March of Dimes Women of Distinction, among others. Chris has served as the Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Fort Lauderdale Executives’ Association; the Historic Stranahan House; The Tower Forum and many other leadership roles in South Florida. Learn more about these amazing companies: https://tinytowncookies.com/ https://www.cruiseplanners.com/  https://mad4marketing.com/  For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
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