Area Council - South Seminole 2018 - 2019
The mission of the South Seminole 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.
Chair 2018 - 2019
Profit First Accounting & Consulting
Brandy began her career at an early age of 12 working side by side with her successful entrepreneurial father for a couple of decades, which she progressed to managing the operations & the financials of up to 36 franchised and independently-owned fast food and full service restaurants. She then owned/operated numerous businesses in varied industries; all of which she was fully responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial management and reporting. Brandy used her experience to become the President of Profit First Accounting & Consulting, which is a unique, hybrid, forward-thinking, practice offering bookkeeping, payroll, tax, business consulting, tax planning, QuickBooks training & virtual CFO Services. Brandy’s specialty is to consolidate information to prepare financials statements, analyze financials and ratios, and review/educate clients on their historical and future financial trends.
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!”
Stetson University Graduate School
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Brandon Speith is originally from New Haven, Indiana and graduated in 2009 from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Brandon then pursued his graduate degree from Upper Iowa University, graduating in 2013 with a Master of Business Administration. Brandon has worked in higher education since 2010 in multiple positions from recruiter to Advisor and Director of a satellite campus. He currently works as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Stetson University. Brandon is passionate about education and enjoys working with students.
Christian HELP Employment & Resource Center
Jackie Avery is originally from Zambia, Africa. Having lived in 5 different countries she has decided U.S.A. is the best!
Jackie feels her purpose in life is matching people's passion with needs in the community. Jackie started her career in the nonprofit arena in 2006 and has not looked back since. She serves as the Development Director for Christian HELP, a nonprofit helping PREVENT homelessness by empowering family independence. If you have a need, let her know, if you can fill a need, let her know!
Forster Boughman Lefkowitz & Lowe
Eric Boughman is the co-founder of the law firm of Forster Boughman Lefkowitz & Lowe, a Central Florida based law firm serving businesses and entrepreneurs. His practice encompasses a wide range of legal issues affecting businesses and entrepreneurs, including corporate governance matters, business disputes, internet, software, and technology issues, and asset protection. He enjoys frequently writing and presenting on legal and technology issues and is working on launching a podcast in late 2017 or early 2018. He is rated AV – Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is a frequent author and presenter in the areas of asset protection, law and technology, and general business law issues. He is working on launching a podcast focusing on these issues in late 2018.
Westshore Financial Group
As a former chef and weekend BBQ enthusiast, I know the importance of preparation, team work and following a detailed recipe. In most cases, you only get one chance to get it right and it’s all about proper planning and execution.
When I work with clients, it’s no different - we need a detailed financial plan, a solid team and a passion for what we’re doing. For over twenty years I have been helping families, professionals and business owners navigate the financial landscape, to create their own unique recipes for financial success.
My home includes my wife Denise, our five children and our dog Duke. I have a love for music, enjoy playing guitar and when I am not working or cooking, my family enjoys all that Florida has to offer.
If you’re interested in learning more about how I help people or how fruit wood can take your BBQ to the next level, you can reach me at 407-405-3321 or at email@example.com
Valerie is the Operations Director for TeamMechanics, a training and consulting firm that helps individuals and teams at all levels in the workplace improve workplace communication, team collaboration, and shared results.
TeamMechanics offers a robust suite of assessments and modular training using Everything DiSC and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team powered by Everything DiSC. as authroized partners through John Wiley and Sons. These products are research-validated and scientifically proven to be accurate and effective in helping individuals, teams and leaders grow and maximize their potential. We also offer leader certification for these products, leader kits and supplemental materials.
Citizens Bank of Florida - Longwood
After seven years of both closing banks across the U.S. and working out non-performing loans, I am very happy to be back in loan production. As an Orlando native, I am very pleased to be working with Citizens Bank of Florida, the oldest independently owned community bank in Orange and Seminole Counties. In the role of Commercial Lender, my job is to provide financing to local business owners and commercial real estate investors. Should you have any financing needs or questions, please contact me at 407-622-7142 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and if, for some reason, I can’t be of service to you, I may know others that can meet your needs. I believe that relationships are vital to doing business, especially in today’s economic environment.
Handymen 4 U is now available in Seminole County and the Central Florida region. The Hernandez brothers, Ramon & Cesar, have opened the Handyman business. Ramon moved from PA, and has been working in the construction business since 1996. Cesar has been a part of Central Florida since 1995, and used to help their dad with his construction company since he was 10 years old (making $5 a week, lol).
Indoor repairs, furniture assembly and moving, and other handyman work
Outdoor work, cleanup, and deliveries.
Edward Jones- Brendan Jones
I'm a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, a financial services firm dedicated to serving the needs of individual investors. With nearly 16,000 financial advisors serving nearly 9 million investors, our firm has been built on the belief that the only way to do business is on a one-on-one, personal basis. We do that by getting to know you, understanding your goals, and developing individualized strategies to help you reach them. My branch office administrator and I work as a team to give you the personal service you deserve when it comes to planning for your financial future.
Pegasus Insurance Agency
I am a University of Central Florida Graduate. I am here to provide the service of helping individuals, families and businesses attain the necessary insurance coverage and policies to protect themselves against some of the unfortunate incidents that we all deal with in life. I hope to give a peace of mind to my clients. My priority is to meet my client’s needs effectively while giving the excellent customer service they expect. I have been in the insurance industry since 2001 and have worked in all areas from claims investigation to legal cases to my current position as an Independent Insurance Agent. I can service most any line of business from your automobile or home to your boat or recreational vehicle. I have also established some strong partnerships with area agents/brokers for the few lines of insurance I do not handle. Myself and my Agency will shop quality insurance carriers to get you the best rates.
Hello my name is Karen Raborn. I do the Business Development for our Edible Arrangement franchise locations. We have 6 locations that can serve the Central Florida area; Orange City, Lake Mary, Winter Park, East Colonial, Apopka and South Semoran. Edible Arrangements has programs for business to business gifting, also for specific industries such as real estate, car dealerships and a fabulous fundraising program for schools. As a community involvement partner we provide donations for their fundraising events such as gift certificates, raffles and door prizes. We also cater for any business events as well as bridal receptions.
Vice President Agent Development
Collette Rance joined Allgood Financial as the company’s very first Agency Chief, and is now serving as V.P. for Agent Development. According to the company’s CEO, Don Carlson, “Collette has years of experience in Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Investment Products, and she’s a great agent. But that’s just one aspect of her resume that impressed us. She’s also a talented teacher and trainer, and we plan to put those skills to good use.”
Before pursuing a career in Financial Services, Ms. Rance worked as Assistant Principal for OCPS. She’s especially excited about the teaching aspect of her new position. She’ll be responsible for training new agents who may need guidance within her specific areas of expertise.
Barbara Ray Starita
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.
The Massage Spa of Winter Park
Paola is a skin care specialist and beauty expert with a degree in business. She has completed her studies around the world focusing on aesthetics, skin care, and body treatments in Spain, Colombia, and the USA. Now residing in the Orlando area, Paola prepares pageant contestants for competitions, and she works with models and television personalities. She has also participated in beauty segments for CNN Latino, Telemundo, and multiple radio shows. Owner of The Massage Spa of Winter Park, an Aesthetic Spa that combines a unique blend of massage and spa services to revive and restore the inner you. All services are performed by experienced licensed and certified therapists using high-quality products and techniques to create a unique and result-oriented experience specifically designed for you.
Jackie Peña has been a resident of Central Florida for almost 30 years. She is a mother of two young boys and is very active in the community. She is the Communications Director for Wirz Park Little League, she is a volunteer for the local Runners Club and has been a dividend of Seminole County Public Schools for 10 years now.
Providing natural health care to Seminole County for almost 30 years, Seminole Wellness has helped families achieve better health through our services.
As the Marketing Coordinator for Seminole Wellness, Jackie creates the opportunities to educate the community on the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle, including stressing less, and the best sleep ever.