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Commercial Real Estate Women – CREW – Host Leadership Forum

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments


 At an event hosted this month by the Commercial Real Estate Women Jacksonville (CREW), four Jacksonville women dicussed the evolution of women in leadership, focusing on a white paper commissioned by CREW National.

The leaders included: Teresa Durand-Stuebben, vice president of business development, Auld & White Constructors, LLC; Sandy Bartow, Jax Chamber’s vice president of entrepreneurship and president of the Chamber Foundation; Debbie Buckland, market president, BB&T; and Jamie Thomas, partner, The LBA Group.

A “Viewpoint” column ran in the Nov. 14, 2014 issue of the Jacksonville Business Journal containing excerpts from this discussion. To read the article and view photos from the event, click here.

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HabiJax Announces New Board Members

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Marsha Donaldson and Dante Ferguson

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) has named three new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members for the 2014-2015 year are Marsha Donaldson, Dante Ferguson and Ruth Owen.

Donaldson is the administrator for Baptist Primary Care, Inc., a 160 physician member group of Baptist Health. She works closely with physician and Baptist Health leadership in overseeing the day-to-day operation of more than 50 physician practices and implementing key health system strategies.

Ferguson is the director of operations for KIPP Jacksonville Schools. In his role, he has developed operational goals and managed them to an “overall operational effectiveness” rate of 80 percent or higher as measured by the organization. He actively works with the senior leadership team to manage major capital projects.

Owen is the senior vice president – Portfolio Credit Risk/Acquisitions/CRA Director at EverBank. Her duties include providing credit and portfolio risk management, managing whole loan portfolio acquisitions and monitoring of the bank’s HELOC portfolio. She also serves as the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer.

The HabiJax Board of Directors is made up of a diverse spectrum of local citizens who are tasked with promoting the organization’s mission and vision, advocating for affordable housing and providing exceptional governance.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Directors from varied fields including real estate, finance, marketing, the building industry, transportation, law, healthcare and education,” said HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke. “We are excited to welcome our three new board members who will bring new energy and ideas to HabiJax. We appreciate the support and commitment of our board and its contributions to our success in the community.”

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Uses FaceTime to Show and Sell Homes

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Northeast Florida’s most dynamic and innovative real estate firm, offers a fully virtual home buying and selling experience using FaceTime™.

“Our team understands how challenging it can be to bring everyone together for a real estate transaction,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “With FaceTime™, our real estate professionals can show a home with their smartphone. It is exciting to see how technology is helping to simplify and accomplish this part of the home buying and selling process.”

FaceTime™, Apple’s video chat service for iPhone 4 and 5, as well as many iPads, has proven success connecting friends and families around the world. Businesses like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices are also making the most of FaceTime™ and other technology applications for the benefit of its customers.

Linda Maxwell and Sarah Leuthold

Realtors Sarah Leuthold and Linda Maxwell of the company’s Avondale/San Marco office recently sold two homes with the support of technology. They used FaceTime™ to show a home to a couple who were relocating to Northeast Florida from Arizona. Even though the couple had never visited Jacksonville, they put a contract on the home following the FaceTime™ showing.

Josh Nugent and Dee Burnett

The seller of the home was represented by Realtors Josh Nugent and Dee Burnett, also of the Avondale/San Marco office. Buyers and sellers often select Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices because the company provides technology with the most effective tools and services.

“Our seller was thrilled with the end result,” Nugent said. “Our company’s advanced technology gives us an edge. We have sold many of our listings using professional photography or video.”

As technology continues to transform the ways in which buyers search for homes and real estate professionals communicate with their clients, the company’s technology development group remains on the forefront of new advancements.

“Technology is helping us make the home buying and selling process as convenient for our clients as possible,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our company is the market leader and we are constantly challenging ourselves to use technology and applications to streamline the process and successfully achieve our clients’ goals.”

And while the company embraces the use of technology, leaders recognize that some clients choose to communicate in different ways.

“We recognize that some clients have hesitations about technology and prefer face-to-face interaction,” Budnick said. “While technology plays an important role, it all comes down to people and relationships. Exceptional customer service remains the core of our business.”

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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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