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AT&T Presents Monique Burr Foundation For Children Champions For Child Safety Pro Am Golf Tournament

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments


The Inaugural AT&T presents Monique Burr Foundation for Children’s Champions for Child Safety Pro Am will tee off on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Palencia Club in St. Augustine. Limited opportunities remain to golf for a good cause. The honorary chairs are Fred Funk, Jim Furyk and Mark McCumber.

            This year’s event is the foundation’s 17th annual golf tournament and marks the launch of the newly-named tournament. Formerly known as the Jinglebells Pro Am, the event offers corporations and individuals the opportunity to golf with professional golfers and benefit the Monique Burr Foundation for Children

            Net proceeds from the event will help communities throughout Florida provide MBF Child Safety Matters™, the foundation’s bullying and child abuse prevention program provided at elementary schools across Florida at no cost to public schools. The program offers training and resources for students, parents and school personnel.

            The event will begin on Sunday, Nov. 30, with a Registration and Pairings Party hosted by Brumos Automotive. Dao Fournier, courtesy of Underwood Jewelers, will host a trunk show and Champion Brands will provide a beer pairing at each food station at the Pairings Party. The opening ceremonies are set for Monday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. and a cocktail reception and awards ceremony will begin immediately following play.

            In addition to AT&T’s title sponsorship, other organizations have signed up to support the event, including: Acosta; Action News CBS 47/ FOX 30;  John and Anne Baker;  Baptist Health; Bank of America; BestBet Jax; Brennan, Manna & Diamond; Brumos Automotive Group; Callaway Golf;  Champion Brands;  Cheney Brothers; Christ Episcopal Church; Clearview Land Design, P.L.;  Robert M. and Ann H. Clements; Clockwork Marketing; Club Car; Coastal Engineering; David Plummer & Associates; Denny Doyle, State Farm Agency; Drummond Press; Episcopal School of Jacksonville; England-Thims & Miller, Inc.; Esenbaugh Land Company;  Feldman & Mahoney, P.A.; The Fiorentino Group; FMSbonds, Inc.; Generation W; GHG Insurance; Glenn Layton Homes;  GreenPointe Homes; Hannah A. Holifield, Boutique 3:16; Hampton Golf; Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.;  Hopping Green & Sams; Hugo’s Interiors; Jacobsen, a Textron Company; Jax Chamber; Lee Printing; Lennar Homes; The Lighthouse Group at Morgan Stanley; Montoya & Associates; Pepsi; Pinpoint Properties; PGA Tour; Region’s Bank; RS&H;  Connie Robbins; Roy’s Restaurant; Sierra Grille; Signs By Tomorrow; Southern Wine & Spirits; Suntrust;  St. Vincent’s HealthCare; Town & Country Insurance, Inc.; Underwood Jewelers; University of North Florida; Vallencourt Construction; The Vestcor Companies; Vulcan Materials; Waste Management; Winston Family Foundation; and Yellow Dawg Striping.

            For more information and to register, visit www.championsforchildsafety.com or contact Callie Hugo at chugo@moniqueburrfoundation.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.


About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., started by Edward E. Burr, President and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to make a positive impact on the community at large, to create change in a family’s life for the better and to give hope in the life of a child by providing prevention education relevant to issues facing children today. MBF Child Safety MattersTM is a research-based, primary prevention education program, designed to educate and empower elementary students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all forms of child abuse and exploitation. As of the end of this school year, MBF Child Safety MattersTM has reached more than 650,000 elementary students across Florida and the foundation has trained more than 1,300 facilitators to implement the program.  MBF Child Safety MattersTM has been approved in 54 out of 67 counties in Florida. The program is made possible through donations, which is the foundation’s greatest need, so that every child in every elementary school throughout the state of Florida can receive this safety training at no cost to the public elementary school.

MBF Child Safety MattersTM is in the process of expanding statewide as a collaborative effort with the Florida Governor’s Office, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Children & Families. For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210 or visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.

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NEFBA SMC Annual Holiday Event is Dec. 12

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate the holiday season with the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) and its Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) at its annual Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 12, at the UNF University Center. The networking event will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Sen. Aaron Bean will be the special guest emcee for the charitable portion of the event, which will feature a progressive silent auction to raise funds for children at Daniel. NEFBA and SMC have a long-standing relationship with Daniel. Members are also collecting for Daniel’s 2014 Holiday Toy Drive.

The cost to attend is $15 for SMC members and $20 for guests. For information, contact SMC Director Palmer Kuder at (904) 725-4355 or palmer@nefba.com.

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Rebranding A Success for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick and Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer

Rebranding is a hot topic among companies these days. Often rebranding is undertaken to reposition an organization, communicate a new message about a particular brand or lead a company in a new direction.

This is not the case for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty – the new brand for the former Prudential Network Realty. With a 25-year history as the most dynamic and successful Northeast Florida real estate firm, the company has transitioned seamlessly into its parallel identity as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.

“We were presented with a rare opportunity to align ourselves with the Berkshire Hathaway family, and it has been a wonderful move for our entire company,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer. “We are known for our exceptional strength, stability, quality and innovation in the Northeast Florida real estate market, and those same characteristics are what made Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices the ‘Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year’ for 2014. The match has been perfect.” 

Independently owned and operated, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty continues to provide superior services to the Northeast Florida community as it has for the last 25 years, under the same leadership. The company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.

“I am excited about the transition because of the opportunity to continue to grow over the next 25 years,” said Tom Petway, who sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. “Berkshire Hathaway is a brand that people identify with, and we look forward to our clients benefitting from this new partnership.”

The quality and strength of the brand is synonymous with the highest standards of reliability, trust and results. With Warren Buffet at the helm, Berkshire Hathaway has gained so much respect that Barron’s listed Berkshire Hathaway as the world’s most respected company.

“The affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway will significantly make the company more recognizable both nationally and internationally, especially since Berkshire Hathaway is known for investing in and having perspective in many different industries,” said Nelson Bradshaw, Jacksonville City President of BBVA Compass.

Since the company’s unveiling of the new brand in January, listings and home sales have been overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, more than 40 experienced sales professionals have joined the firm and the company’s strong commitment to Northeast Florida has continued.

“To me, they are the same wonderful people with a different name,” said Sheri Criswell, executive director of Dreams Come True – an organization long supported by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty that fulfills dreams for local children battling life-threatening illnesses. “This year, the company donated more than $25,000 in honor of its anniversary. This money will allow at least five of our dreams to come true, and will not only enhance our organization as a whole but will deeply touch the individual lives of several children and their families.”

With the backing of an exceptional family of companies, enhanced real estate resources and tools and a renewed commitment to being the best Northeast Florida real estate firm, the future of looks exceptionally bright.

“Our strong company legacy coupled with the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand is a powerful combination,” said Christy Budnick, broker and executive vice president. “We are positioned for unprecedented growth and continued success.”

Connect with the best by visiting www.BerkshireHathwayHSFNR.com.

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Join SMPS for an Economic Outlook Luncheon

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Join the Society for Marketing Professional Services North Florida for an exciting discussion on the economic outlook for the coming years for some of Northeast Florida’s Public Agencies. The Economic Outlook luncheon will take place on Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Salisbury Marriott.

Panelists include:

  • Brad Thoburn, Vice President, Long Range Planning and System Development – Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Brian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer – JAXPORT
  • John McCarthy, Director of Supply Chain Management and Chief Procurement Officer – JEA
  • Thomas Fallin, CIP Program Manager, Engineering Division – City of Jacksonville

The cost to attend is $30 for members or $45 for non-members. To register or for more information, visit www.smpsnorthflorida.org/events/economic-outlook.

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Young Professional Finds One-of-a-Kind Home at The John Gorrie a condominium

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

When Jacksonville professional Chris Caric began looking for a home in Jacksonville, he knew he wanted to live in Riverside. After searching on the Internet and visiting several properties, he found what he wanted and more at The John Gorrie a condominium.

“The John Gorrie is a great place to live,” said Caric, who moved into his home last year. “There is truly nothing else like it in Riverside.”

Caric, an account representative at the Stella-Jones Corporation, found great appeal in The John Gorrie’s modern conveniences complemented by a historic setting.

Designed by renowned Jacksonville architects Benjamin and Greeley, the building originally was built as the John Gorrie Junior High School. Its ornate design reflects Mediterranean Revival architecture popular in the early 1920s.

The John Gorrie’s owners, J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, purchased the former junior high school in 2009. Delores Weaver completed an extensive renovation and restoration in 2011 to transform the historic landmark school into 68 residences with luxurious contemporary amenities. The building and many of the residences include elements from its former use as a school.

“With its benches and bookshelves, you feel as though you are walking into an active school,” Caric said. “The John Gorrie is very welcoming.”

During his initial visit, Caric liked the 12-foot ceilings, expansive windows and the plentiful amount of natural light in the condominium. He was also impressed by the residences’ brand new interiors which include stainless steel GE appliances, CaesarStone countertops and hardwood floors. He purchased a one-bedroom residence that opens directly to the community’s private courtyard.

“The courtyard is one of my favorite spots,” Caric said. “The landscaping is beautiful and it’s right outside my back door. It is a wonderful place to sit and relax.”

Most of all, Caric appreciates the community’s location.

“The John Gorrie has an excellent location,” Caric said. “Everything is in walking distance – 5 Points, King Street, great local restaurants, Publix and the Riverside Arts Market, which I go to most Saturdays. My work is in downtown Jacksonville so it’s very convenient.”

The John Gorrie offers studios, one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the mid-$100,000s. Amenities include a custom fitness center, a private courtyard, elevators, private gated parking and a resident reading room with Wi-Fi Internet access. Owners at The John Gorrie a condominium receive an ad valorem tax abatement toward their homeowner’s tax bill through 2021.

For more information about The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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Sales and Marketing Council hosts November Meeting

November 14th, 2014 · No Comments


SMC Members gathered for a photo to send to an absent member, Charlie Clark. Clark is one of the founders of SMC.

The room was packed for the November Breakfast meeting of the Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) at the University of North Florida this morning. Part of the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA), SMC meets monthly to network, exchange ideas, outreach to the community and gain new knowledge from fascinating speakers.

Members brought canned goods to today’s meeting for the Food Bank and colorful cards were passed out to provide guidance for requested gifts by the children at the Daniel Kids organization. Gifts will be returned to SMC at its Dec. 12 breakfast meeting at UNF for distribution at Daniel.

Today’s speaker was Snowden McFall and the meeting was sponsored by Standard Pacific Homes and Homebridge Mortgage. For more information about NEFBA,  SMC or SMC’s Dec. 12 meeting, visit www.nefba.com.



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First Coast Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Wednesday

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments

The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) will host the 16th Annual First Coast Business Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Each year the FCEE celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of business leaders in the First Coast Community. Four Northeast Florida business and community leaders will be inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame Class of 2014 at a luncheon and ceremony.

The new inductees include: Harry Frisch of Beaver Street Fisheries; Patrick Geraghty of Florida Blue, Michael Grebe of Interline Brands; and Nina Waters of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

The four will be added to a list of 60 other First Coast business leaders who have made the list since 1999 when the honors began.

The event pays tribute to the region’s most outstanding business and civic leaders while raising much needed funds to support economic and financial literacy education for students in First Coast community schools.

More information about the event is available at www.fcee.org/awards-events.

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Northeast Florida Builders Association to host the Chester Stokes Holiday Golf Tournament Dec. 8

November 12th, 2014 · No Comments

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) will host the Chester Stokes Holiday Golf Tournament on Monday, Dec. 8, at Marsh Landing Country Club. The event begins at 11 a.m. with lunch followed by a noon shotgun start.

The cost for the tournament is $150 per player or $500 per foursome. There are sponsorship opportunities available. In the past, the tournament has been well attended by many people across different industries and sells out quickly.

The 18-hole Marsh Landing Golf Course is known for its scenic beauty. The par-72 course winds through Intracoastal marshes and pines, and is home to a variety of wildlife.

For more information or to sign up, contact Corey Hacker at (904) 725-4355 or chacker@nefba.com.

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ULI North Florida Hosting Member/Guest Mixer at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Urban Land Institute (ULI) North Florida is hosting the biggest social of the year on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails at the St. Johns Town Center. The ULI North Florida Member/Guest Mixer will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their spouse, significant other, coworker or prospective member to the event. The cost is $35 per ULI member plus one complimentary guest registration. It includes drink tickets and appetizers for both.

Registration for members is available online at www.northflorida.uli.org or call 1-800-321-5011. Please email Carolyn Clark the guest’s name and contact information.

The ULI Member/Guest Mixer is sponsored by Basham & Lucas, Ellis & Associates and Marand Builders.

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Surprisingly Affordable Riverfront Living Offered in Cedar Bay Community

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

The scenic Broward River – a winding tributary of the St Johns tucked away between Sisters Creek and the Trout River – is one of North Jacksonville’s best kept secrets. Another North Jacksonville secret, and one that more and more homebuyers are discovering, is the well-developed community of Cedar Bay, which has beautiful Broward River frontage. In Cedar Bay, river view homes have become an affordable option for first-time homebuyers, young families or retirees.

GreenPointe Homes has just completed a stunning and spacious four-bedroom home on the Broward River, with incredible views all across the house, and two more riverfront homes are under construction. There are also riverfront home sites available for buyers to choose to build a home from GreenPointe Homes’ available floorplans.

The newly completed home has been designed with the popular Clover floorplan and is priced at an incredibly reasonable $228,000. With four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and 2,362 feet of living space, this home is redefining riverfront living.

“Cedar Bay has brought a new definition to the concept of living on the river, and we are pleased to be bringing affordable opportunities to a wide variety of homebuyers,” said Margaret Jennesse, president of GreenPointe Homes’ East Florida Division. “Our completed Clover home, which is situated directly on the banks of the Broward River, is a must-see for anyone who is currently searching for a new home.”

The Clover has a clever flex room that homeowners may use for a private office, formal living area, formal dining room, quiet library or entertainment room. The home’s 24-foot long screened and covered porch offers direct riverfront access and views, and its open spacious kitchen, dining area and family room also have beautiful views.

GreenPointe Homes has an additional selection of inventory homes completed and nearing completion, both on and off the riverfront in Cedar Bay. Buyers can also opt to select one of the remaining homesites and choose from a number of popular and stylish home designs, including three-, four- or five-bedroom residences ranging from the mid $180,000s to the mid $200,000s.

“At GreenPointe Homes, we know today’s discerning homebuyers desire homes with open-living designs, flexible spaces and engaging architectural appeal,” said Vicki Bratvold, president of GreenPointe Realty. “They also want an energy efficient, environmentally sensible and well-built home. At Cedar Bay, we give them everything they could want in a home, and more.”

Cedar Bay residents enjoy a river-view community park with a children’s playground and ample shaded areas. The community is conveniently located near River City Marketplace, the largest shopping complex in North Jacksonville, which offers homeowners an opportunity to take advantage of numerous shopping and dining opportunities. It is a short drive from the Jacksonville International Airport and from downtown Jacksonville, and is an easy commute to several military bases.

For more information about GreenPointe Homes and Cedar Bay, call (904) 619-1928 or visit www.cedarbayjax.com.

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