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  • Area Council River Council 2018 - 2019

    This Council focuses on the Sanford, Debary, Deltona and Orange City area. The mission of the River Council is to foster the growth of our members businesses by creating opportunities to build meaningful business relationships through networking, educational programs and events and to advocate on behalf of local business.
    Pam Czopp
    Chair
    Lake Mary Life Publishing
    Account Manager
    Began career in human resources, recruiting and training at Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune 500 company.  My professional experience is comprised of marketing, business development and communications as the Executive Director of the Sanford Chamber, event and meeting planning and human resources   Highly effective in leadership, operations management, sales, strategic planning and community relations.  As Entrepreneur owned and operated special events company for 9 years and women's fitness for 6 years. 
    Lauren Miller
    Secretary
    J. Wayne Miller Company Commercial Real Estate
    Commercial Real Estate Agent & Vice President
    Lauren is a native Floridian and grew up in Seminole County. She graduated from LMHS in 2000 and UCF with a degree in Digital Media in 2004. After College, Lauren worked as a Producer in Visual Effects/Animation and in 2010, she started managing J. Wayne Miller Company (retail and self storage) with her Husband Brad and Father-In-Law Wayne. Lauren obtained her real estate license in 2013 and has been leasing the family properties located in Altamonte Springs since. With over 35 years experience, JWM Co. handles the entire process so our Clients can stay focused on their business while we line up a great space. This can be retail, restaurant, office, warehouse or land. Let us help you find your ideal business location.
    Rebekah Arthur
    Staff Liasion
    Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Vice President of Programming
    Sharon Butera
    A+ ACCOUNTING SERVICES
    As a Certified Bookkeeper with the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and an Intuit ProAdvisor, I can certainly help you understand the basics of accounting and also teach you how to use either QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online. I will come to you and prepare your records onsite or do it remotely and give you open access to your records. I have been in business since 2006, and have multiple years of accounting experience.
    Marianne Carlson
    Allgood Financial
    Chief Communications Officer
    Marianne is a woman of boundless energy, with a passion for getting things done.  She has lived and worked in six different countries and five different states, so she has become an expert in managing change.  She has owned a number of businesses , and has managed a few others, so she’s not shy about taking on a new challenge. Although she was never in the Military, she has often worked for the Army as a civilian employee, including a six-month deployment to Iraq in 2003. It was her service there, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, that fostered her deep and heartfelt appreciation for the men and women of the U.S. Military. They are never far from her thoughts. And yes, she’s been married to Don Carlson, our COO, since 1979.
    Hilda Cockram
    Kiddie Academy of Longwood-Lake Mary
    Owner
    Hilda Cockram is the owner/operator of an award-winning educational child care center. Along with her husband Ted, they opened Kiddie Academy of Longwood-Lake Mary in 2012 and a second location in Seminole County is planned for 2019.
    Prior to becoming a small business owner, she held various leadership positions for financial services companies in the New York-metro area. She has an extensive track record of implementing complex initiatives in cross-functional business settings. Her background includes 20+ years of professional experience with Fortune 50 companies in business operations, financial planning/oversight, project management and staff development. 
    Hilda was born and raised New Jersey, earned her B.A. from Penn State University and her M.B.A from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  She moved to Central Florida in 2009.
    Drew DeStefano
    AlphaGraphics Lake Mary
    Director of Business Development
    Joseph Dalton
    Servpro of North Seminole County
    General Manager
    A member of the first ever graduating class of Lake Mary High School in 1984, I have been in the Seminole County Business Community for nearly 30 years. Managing Servpro of North Seminole and West Volusia County is an honor as my brother and I continue to build a business our Father started 38 years ago. I'm a resident of Sanford, heavily involved in the Community and love a fishing rod or golf club in my hands at any time. 
    Glenda Fegers
    Your Family Bank/Your Business Bank
    Glenda Fegers has been in the financial industry since 2005. Prior to that she was a teacher. Her passion lies in understanding others as unique individuals as well as helping them understand the financial concepts to make them successful. She puts her clients’ best interests first and has great energy and enthusiasm for her work. ?She grew up in South Florida, received her degree in South Carolina, and now resides in Central Florida.
    Mary Gustafson
    One Oak Realty Corp
    Realtor
    I was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago. My husband and I moved to Seminole County in 1991 with our children, Kenny and Krystina. 

    I love the real estate business. It is an honor to guide my clients through, what can be, one of the most emotional times in their lives. 

    My promise is to always keep my client's best interest in mind and my hope is that my service and commitment will always keep me in the front of their mind when anyone asks, "Do you know a great Real Estate agent?"
    Erica Gutierrez
    Seminole Towne Center
    Director of Marketing

    Approximately 10 years in retail, real estate, event marketing and guest services satisfaction. Prior to joining Seminole Towne Center’s management team, I served in the same capacity as director of marketing and new business development at Port Charlotte Town Center (WP Glimcher, then Simon). Before that, I spent time in the guest services division of Lake Square Mall (now Via Port) followed by marketing director at the same property. 

    When I am not working at the mall I am home with my three children ages one, three and eleven along with my husband and our black lab. I enjoy shopping, movies and coffee!

     

    Becc Lester
    Seminole Science Charter School
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Becc Lester has a diverse background of music, theater, television, nursing and education. She has been with the Orlando Science STEM Charter Schools since 2008 and an entertainer at Universal Studios for over 15 years. She moved to Historic Sanford, Florida as it reminded her of home, Memphis, Tennessee where she was a Grammy nominated Vocalist who traveled all over the world while releasing 7 cd’s internationally. “Florida is my home  and I am honored to be part of the educational community and to help nurture the relationship of STEM schools with on a global level to create change and alter the philosophy of education now and in the future!”
     
    Andrea Mahoney
    Muntasir Manji
    Tech-U-There
    Owner
    Barbara Ray Starita
    DMCC Holdings
    Client Relations Manager
    Barbara originally from Chicago, served as Assistant Village Administrator for a municipality just outside of Chicago.  She has several years experience in Local Government, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Estate and Family Law.
    Barbara joined MSR Holdings, Inc., in 2018, as the Customer Relations Manager.  Since 2005, MSR Holdings Inc., has been creating exceptional returns for its partners and investors across Canada, the US, Asia and Europe through direct participation in commercial real estate opportunities.  Driven by this market demand, has rebranded under a new corporate entity, DMCC. The transition from MSR to DMCC is a reflection of success in the organization and success across the spectrum of real estate.
    Barbara with her husband own Big Tony's Chopp Shop Inc, an award winning Custom Motorcycle Shop. They have been in business since 2007, a federally licensed manufacturer, NADA listed, building and customizing motorcycles all over the world.
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  • Trustees

    AT&T Services, Inc.
    Allegiant Air
    Central Florida Regional Hospital
    CenturyLink
    Deloitte
    Duke Energy
    Fairwinds Credit Union - Corporate
    Florida Blue
    AdventHealth
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    Hylant
    Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
    Seminole State College of Florida
    University of Central Florida
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts