Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 4

Art of Giving Raises Funds for Food for Thought
More than $48,000 was raised for Food for Thought, during the 2nd Art of Giving event. For details and event photos, click here. For more information about Food for Thought, visit FoodForThoughtfl.org.

Luminaria Run Benefits Shelter House
The 4th Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence will light up the streets of Destin on Dec. 6, but you need to register now to take advantage of early bird pricing! The discounted registration ends Sept. 30. For details, click here.

Do You Have Cellulite?
Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center offers verju by Erchonia, the world’s first and only FDA-cleared laser system to help with the appearance of cellulite. It reduces the appearance of cellulite by 25 – 50 percent in two weeks. It is clinically proven, safe and effective, with zero pain, zero surgery, and zero downtime. The introductory price is $495 for a 2-week cellulite package. For details, call (850) 424-7856 or visitDestinLipoLaser.com.

City of Destin Open House and 30th Anniversary Celebration
The City of Destin will host its Open House and 30th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the Destin Community Center. The public is invited and encouraged to join the mayor, council, staff, and community partners for a free luncheon, volunteer recognition, and presentation by the mayor. This annual event provides the city with the opportunity to show its residents, businesses, and visitors how much they are appreciated and also showcase the services, projects, and departments of the city. The city will also host a FREE Community Shred Day during the event. Residents and businesses can bring old documents to be shredded from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Community Center. City staff will cook lunch for everyone. Lunch will be served buffet-style, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Remarks from the mayor and volunteer recognition will begin at noon. Council, staff, and city partners will be on hand to meet and talk with the public. If you have questions, please call City Hall at (850) 837-4242.
Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary Installs New Officers
Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary installed its 2014-2015 officers on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Congratulations to (from left to right) Wanda Stapleton, corresponding secretary; Caroleen Swanson, treasurer; Sue Evans, assistant treasurer; Pat Willoz, second vice president; Joanne Blues, first vice president; and Catherine Conroy, president. Carolyn Van Pelt, recording secretary, is not pictured. The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary is currently more than 70 members strong and is a vital part of the daily operations at Twin Cities Hospital. If you are interested in becoming an Auxilian, please call (850) 678-4131. For more information about Twin Cities Hospital, please visit TCHospital.com or call (850) 678-4131.

Acentria and Gateway Insurance Merger Finalized
Acentria, Inc. (Acentria), and Gateway Insurance Agency, L.C. (Gateway), have announced the completion of their joint venture to consolidate and join forces in the South Florida marketplace. Gateway, a cornerstone of the independent agent community, has been proudly serving Dade, Broward, and West Palm Beach communities since 1952. Acentria, with 10 Florida locations, is expanding into the southeast corridor of Florida with this strategic merger. The joint-venture now named Gateway-Acentria will continue to meet the needs of the community with locations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. For more information on Acentria Insurance, visit Acentria.com or call (850) 650-1950.

12 Northwest Florida Charities Receive $2.035 Million from Wine Auction Foundation 
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation donated $2.035 million to 12 Northwest Florida children’s charities on Sept. 23, marking the Foundation’s largest charitable distribution to date. Some of those receiving funding, included the following:
- Children in Crisis received $200,000.
- Children’s Volunteer Health Network received $175,000. 
- The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received $150,000.
- Food for Thought received $100,000.
- Horizons of Okaloosa County received $235,000. 
- Opportunity Inc. received $100,000.
- Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $150,000. 
- Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $150,000. 

Local World Impact Realtor Fighting for Causes
Real estate professional Justin Myers with World Impact Real Estate is a diversified agent. At 15, he began mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting. Myers fought in seven matches and then began refereeing in 2005. He began his real estate career in 2009. He has been successful both in the ring and out. Myers has now partnered with Keith Wood and Paul Andres hosting “Caged 4 Combat,” which is sanctioned by A.L.F.A. (Association Licensed Fighters of America). These are live, ultimate amateur cage fights. The next event is being held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 3. Doors open at 6 p.m., and fights start at 7 p.m. 

Tax Collector Receives State Award for Excellence 
Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson earned a Legacy Award for excellence in the field of financial operations, from Florida Tax Collectors, Inc. This is the highest achievement that can be awarded to a local tax collector. A judging panel performed a detailed review of the Tax Collector’s financial records, practices, and use of technology in considering Anderson for the honor. For more information, visit OkaloosaTax.com.

Sacred Heart Guild to Host Fourth Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Oct. 11 
Do you have a duck in this race? Registration continues for the 4th annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta benefiting the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild. On Saturday, Oct. 11, approximately 4,000 ducks will begin their race across the Lagoon at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line, including a $5,000 first-place prize! For details, visit EmeraldCoastDuckRegatta.com

“LeCiel” to become “Bayside at Sandestin”
Returning to its roots, the condominium building now known as “LeCiel” will be changing its brand identity name to “Bayside at Sandestin.” Previously known as the Bayside Inn since it was built in 1985, the building underwent a major renovation in 2012 and rebranded itself under as LeCiel, which means “the sky” in French, to portray its South Beach-esque styling. After much consideration with unit owners and management, the association felt the name didn’t reflect some of the building’s best attributes: being positioned directly on the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay (literally the water is less than 10’ from the building!) and being located in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, one of the premiere resorts in Northwest Florida. Most units are available for either short term or long term rentals through various local rental agencies, such as Sandestin ResortOcean Reef RentalsBeachview Vacation Rentals, Destin Memories, and Coastline Luxury Rentals.

Crash Gonzo’s Wedding
The Crash Gonzo's Wedding Benefit Concert & Charity Auction will be held on Oct. 25, at Club L.A. in Destin, to benefit the 1 Lap Ahead Foundation for the Prevention of Youth Suicide & The Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Community Walk (A.F.S.P.). It will feature Neil Alday & Further South, Startisan, and the Helvetica Effect. Tickets are on sale at RockDestin.com for $10. With your ticket purchase, you will also receive a bidding package for the silent auction items up for purchase. The silent auction will feature unique autographed memorabilia from the biggest names in rock-n-roll music today. Items up for bid may be viewed at 1031theblaze.com. For more information, contact Gonzo at (850) 424-7991.

United Way’s 21st Annual Days of Caring a Monumental Success
“Real People. Real Results.” This has been the driving idea behind United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties’ 2014 campaign, and it certainly held true on Friday, Sept. 19, during the Destin/South Walton Day of Caring. More than 200 volunteers from the Destin/South Walton community donated their time and efforts to help 14 non-profit agencies with 16 projects ranging from painting and landscaping to interacting with clients to building a bench …all making an immediate and positive impact to the Destin/South Walton area. For more information, visit United-Way.org.

$25 Off Sunset & Dinner Cruises
Dine, dance, and cruise on the 125’ SOLARIS yacht, with three decks of indoor and outdoor fun, chef-prepared meals, and live entertainment. For a limited time, receive $25 off your experience. For details, click here.

Covenant Hospice Offers Free Evening Education Series 
Covenant Hospice will offer a free seminar for healthcare professionals, “Emergent Spiritual Care: The Power of Presence,” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 5:15 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach branch office, located at 220 Eglin Pkwy. N.E., in Mariner Plaza. A light meal will be served. Joshua Woods, MTS, Chaplain will present the course. Healthcare professionals can expect to learn how to define spirituality, spiritual need, spiritual care, and emergent spiritual care, as well as identify spiritual pain, the need for emergent spiritual care, and emergent spiritual care methodology and methods. There is no cost, but reservations are required by Thursday, Oct. 16. Call (850) 729-1800 to RSVP. For more information about Covenant Hospice, visitCovenantHospice.org.

More than $18,000 Raised for "All Kinds of Art"
Local celebrity servers rallied together last week at Bonefish Grill to bring awareness for arts education and raised more than $18,000 to fund Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's "All Kinds of Art", an educational outreach program serving students and special needs children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation would like to thank all of its servers an also to recognize Rhonda Murray, Top Celebrity Server raising nearly $1,700, and Greg Kisela as the Mad Hatter, for Best Costume. Become a "Friend of AKA" today by contacting Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at (850) 650-2226 or donating directly online atMattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.

Destin Harvest Seeks Sponsors for its Mobile Billboards
Destin Harvest is a non-profit food rescue operation servicing Okaloosa and Walton County. Destin Harvest's fleet of refrigerated trucks pick up good nutritious food items from local retailers, restaurants, and wholesalers daily. The surplus foods rescued goes directly to more than 35 active feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County. Annual Sponsorship is an effective way for any business or organization to spend advertising dollars and support a growing organization that is effectively combating local hunger. 'Platinum' and 'Gold' sponsors will be recognized by having their logos placed with prime visibility on 'mobile billboards,' otherwise known as DH's delivery truck. For details, click here.

Free Seminar for Selling Your Business
Emerald Coast Business Brokers presents a free educational seminar to help you prepare your business to sell, determine the value of your business, and help you decide when you need a business broker. The seminar is Wednesday, Oct. 22. Light refreshments will be served from 5:30 – 6 p.m., and the seminar will take place from 6 – 6:30 p.m. Limited seating is available. The location is 4481 Legendary Dr., Ste. 101, in Destin. Email ghasley@ecbrokers.com or call (850) 424-7541 for details.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue Marlin Realty Group & Bric A` Brac Join Forces on Block Party After Hours

Thank you to Blue Marlin Realty Group and Bric A` Brac for sponsoring our Sept. 25 Business After Hours! Almost 100 attended the festivities, and Boukoo Groove performed.

Check out all of our event photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/destinareachamber/sets/72157647651626427/

Thank you to the following businesses for donating door prizes:
- Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park
- Blue Marlin Realty Group
- Bric A` Brac
- Buster's Old Time Photos
- Destin Commons
- Glass Doctor
- Gulf Coast Dermatology
- Miller's Ale House of Destin
- Dolphin Cruise Southern Star Glass Bottom Boat / Buccaneer Pirate Cruise
- World Impact Real Estate

The next Business After Hours sponsored by The Honey Pot is Oct. 23. Find details here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chamber Celebrates BusinessPalooza!

During our Sept. 9 Leaders In Business Lunch, we celebrated BusinessPalooza! Almost 20 businesses participated in this tabletop business expo, sharing the latest in their products and services. Thank you to our participants:

All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC
Big Red Truck
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Commons Drive Medical Weight Loss
Complete Signs
Cox Media
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Emerald Grande & Harborwalk Village 
Mark Wichern for US Congress
MarkIt Promotions
New Leaf Marketing
New York Life
SunQuest Cruises
Surge Suppression Incorporated
Telly's Auto Repair Towing & Service

White-Wilson Medical Center

Check out event photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/destinareachamber/sets/72157647576156699/

We appreciate those who donated door prizes, including the following:
All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC

For our next lunch, we are fortunate to host Marian Johnson, VP of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, for a preview of the November election. With the Florida Chamber of Commerce's latest polling data, Johnson's discussion will be enlightening. The Oct. 14 Leaders In Business Lunch is sponsored by Trustmark National Bank and takes place at Destin 
United Methodist Church, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find registration information and details here: http://www.destinchamber.com/events/Leaders-In-Business-Lunch-Sponsored-by-Trustmark-National-Bank-7046/details.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 3

Cruise Through Your Holiday Party Aboard the Solaris
Treat your guests or employees to an unforgettable and affordable experience aboard the Solaris this holiday season. Enjoy three decks of indoor and outdoor fun and a 3-course, chef-prepared, fine dining menu. All inclusive packages start at $59 per person. For holiday party planning tips and SOLARIS holiday party packages, visit SunQuestCruises.com or call (850) 650-2519.
Bill Robbins Joins Newman-Dailey’s Real Estate Sales Division
Real estate sales agent Bill Robbins recently joined the team at Newman–Dailey Resort Properties. Robbins comes to Destin after 20 years in Key West, where he was involved in residential real estate sales and the re-development of many historic conch properties. His down to earth nature and the unique ability to assist clients in painting the canvas of possibilities, to see beyond a properties’ existing condition, has assisted many customers in realizing their real estate goals. As a realtor, he is a member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Visit DestinSales.com or call (850) 837-1071.

Highway 98.1 Country Nabs 2 CMA Nominations
The CMA (Country Music Association) announced the 2014 CMA Broadcast Awards finalists for Station of the Year during a press conference in New York City on Sept. 3. Among the finalists is country station Highway 98.1 WHWY-FM, an Apex broadcasting station. Craig Allen, the program director for Highway 98.1 Country, was also nominated for Personality of the Year. Highway 98 Country’s personalities, via the support of the community, have grown and developed the station to be the market’s top brand. With events like “Bikes or Bust,” “The Free Lunch Program,” and various other promotions, it is clear that Highway 98 Country focuses on the local community, giving back, and providing the Destin/Fort Walton Beach market with the best entertainment, music, and information. For more information on local Apex stations, visitApexBroadcasting.com/ftw/contact.html.

ResortQuest Real Estate® Congratulates Top Producers
ResortQuest Real Estate announced the July and August top producers for its offices from Perdido Key to Panama City Beach. Janette Klein of the Miramar Beach office received highest honors for top closed listings in the month of July. The Mary Stephens Team of the Seagrove Beach office received highest honors for top closed sales in the month of July and top closed listings in the month of August. The Nathan Abbott Team of the Destin office received highest honors for top closed sales in the month of August. For more information, visit ResortQuestGulfCoast.com or follow Facebook.com/ResortQuestGulfCoast

Warren Averett Announces Promotions
Warren Averett, LLC, announced that Luke Smith, CPA, and Jennifer Costello, CPA, have been promoted. Smith has been promoted to manager with the firm’s Tax Division. Smith works out of the Destin office and specializes in federal taxation, business consulting and compliance, tax accounting, and estate planning. Costello has been promoted to a senior manager within the firm’s Audit Division. Costello specializes in the areas of audit and tax, specifically serving governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and government contractors, and is responsible for managing and reviewing attest engagements within the Destin Audit Division. To learn more about Warren Averett, visit WarrenAverett.com

Support the History & Fishing Museum During the Destin Seafood Festival
The Destin History and Fishing Museum will provide parking for the Destin Seafood Festival visitors for a donation of $10 per car. Parking will be provided at the two parking lots adjacent to the Museum’s 108 Stahlman Avenue location behind WhatABurger on Highway 98. Parking spaces will be available Friday, Oct. 3, from 3 – 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Each car parked will receive two “2for1” museum admission coupons, and coupons redeemable at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar. For more information, call (850) 837-6611 or email kathydestinhistory@gmail.com.

Sacred Heart Acquires New Air Ambulance 
Sacred Heart Health System is flying a new air-ambulance helicopter that is larger, faster, and has a higher patient-weight capacity. The new member of the AIRHeart team, the Bell 407 helicopter, arrived on Aug. 26, and is based in Crestview. The new bird is 20 to 30 mph faster than the helicopter it replaces and holds more fuel, enabling it to make longer transport flights, if needed. Currently, AIRHeart travels the region of Northwest Florida, South Alabama, and Southwest Georgia. For more information, please call (850) 978-1186.

Debra Kirk Joins World Impact Real Estate
Broker Rodney Elkins of World Impact Real Estate announced that Debra Kirk has become a part of the WIRE Team. Kirk has lived in the Destin area for more than 14 years and says real estate has always been a passion. Her goal of enabling others to realize their dream home is the most rewarding part of the business for her. You may reach Kirk at (850) 974-5795. For more information about World Impact Real Estate, call (850) 225-7000 or visit WorldImpactRealEstate.com.

United Way Loaned Executives Visit Children in Crisis
The United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Loaned Executives visited Children in Crisis (CIC) during their annual orientation and training day. The Loaned Executives are from organizations and business all around the counties. These specially selected volunteers will be the front-line contact for the community United Way Campaign. The goal this year is to raise $1,225,000 to support local charities and their on-going missions of providing services to those in need in the local area. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, welcomes and thanks the executives during their visit. For information about CIC, please call (850) 864-4242 or visit ChildrenInCrisisFL.org. For information on the United Way, please call (850) 243-0315 or visit United-Way.org.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals® is an Official Sponsor of the 2014 IRONMAN® Florida Triathlon
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced that it is participating as an official sponsor of the IRONMAN® Florida triathlon, taking place Nov. 1, in Panama City Beach. Now in its 15th year, the IRONMAN Florida triathlon features a competitive two loop, 2.4-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico; a one loop, 112-mile bike race; and a two loop, 26.2-mile marathon parallel to the shoreline. Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering 15 percent off select Panama City Beach vacation rental accommodations for event participants. For more information, visitWyndhamVacationRentals.com. Offer is valid on travel dates from Oct. 26 – Nov. 4, with a minimum stay of two nights. To take advantage of this special rate, call (844) 255-3913 or book online using Promo Code IRONMAN by Oct. 24.

ECCCF Holds Annual Golf Event, Raises Money for Local Efforts
The Emerald Coast Community Cares Foundation (ECCCF) held its annual Golf Event at Burnt Pines Country Club this year. The well-attended event included a great dinner with music the night before. All proceeds are dedicated to LOCAL organizations/families in need of assistance. For more information on ECCCF, visit ECCCF.org or follow Facebook.com/ecccf. The ECCCF board is seen here: (left to right) Mark Violette, Bill Potter, Cathy Augustine, Dave Fredericks, Michael Kelly, Elizabeth McLeod, Wade Anderson, Crystal Watkins, Wayne Anderson, and Audrey Jacobs. The photo is courtesy of Steven Perkins of Boyd Perspective.

Life’s A Beach Publications Celebrates 10 Years
In October 2004, the first edition of the Life’s A Beach Visitor’s Guide hit stands, and a new publishing company began to bloom. It now publishes its visitor’s guide three times a year. Life’s A Beach has more than 300 distribution points along the Emerald Coast and prints more than 500,000 copies of its guide annually with 165,000 copies of 11 different in-room directories, all reaching more than 1.5 million readers. It is also the proud publisher of the Destin Visitor’s Guide & Membership Directory, Currents: Greater Fort Walton Beach Community Information Guide and Membership Directory, and Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast Vacation Guide. It has won numerous awards, including ADDYs and Inhouse Design Awards. Life’s A Beach contributes to its community through donations and time to local charities and events. For more information, visitLifesABeachllc.com. Publication owners Rick and Sam Seevers are seen here.

Joseph Biamonte Joins World Impact Real Estate
Broker Rodney Elkins announced the addition of Joseph Biamonte to the World Impact Real Estate Team. Biamonte has worked in the Florida, Boston, Maine, New Hampshire, North and South Carolina, New York, and Tennessee real estate markets. He enjoys representing buyers and sellers of local homes, land, commercial properties, and businesses, and he has 30 years of experience in all facets of real estate investment. He retired from a successful mortgage banking career in 2007. His real estate philosophy is “Simple, Efficient and Accommodating.” For more information, call (850) 227-5318. For more information about World Impact Real Estate, call (850) 225-7000 or visit WorldImpactRealEstate.com.

Sinfonia Receives Continued Grant Support From Boeing Company
Sinfonia Gulf Coast announced its continued partnership with The Boeing Company in recognition of the non-profit symphony orchestra's mission of educating, inspiring, and entertaining the community with innovative and imaginative performances. The grant will assist the organization and its music education outreach initiatives during the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Sinfonia is entering its ninth season as the only fully professional symphony orchestra along the Emerald Coast. Season tickets for the 2014-2015 Season entitled "Seeing is Believing," include the US premiere of Chris Brubeck's "Brothers in Arts: 70 Years of Liberty," the world premiere of Nico Muhly's "Seeing is Believing" for electric violin and orchestra, and "Disney Pixar in Concert," are on sale now. For details, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call (850) 269-7129.

Opportunity to Advertise in Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Festival of the Arts Guide
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Festival of the Arts is Oct. 25 - 26. There is still some space available in the official Festival Guide, which is open until Oct. 1. 20,000 will be inserted into The Destin Log and Walton Sun. It will also be the primary marketing piece distributed directly into the hands of Festivalgoers. For details, click here.

Belk Charity Sale Nov. 8
It is that time of year and the fall Charity Day Sale at Belk is being held on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 6 – 10 a.m. Tickets to this private sale event are available at Belk Destin Commons at this time for non-profit organizations and schools to begin selling. For details, click here. If you are interested in participating, call (850) 650-4091 x202 or email brandy_hafely@belk.com. In addition to raising money on ticket sales, all charities and schools that participate in selling advance tickets and volunteer the morning of will be registered to win $1,000. A company-wide drawing will be conducted, and there will be three winners.

Howard Group Welcomes Moore to New Community Affairs Division
Howard Group welcomed Leigh Moore to the company’s new Community Affairs division. Moore will work with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies as an advocate for responsible growth and development. In addition to years of business, management, and human resources experience, Moore served as executive cirector of the Scenic Corridor Association. She represented the organization throughout the region, provided external and internal communications and coordinated the implementation of a $700,000 median beautification project. The mission of Howard Group’s Community Affairs division is to serve as an advocate by working with government officials and citizens to promote a balance between a robust business environment and the sustainability of the local communities. For more information, visit HowardGRP.com or call (850) 837-1886.

Concealed Weapon License Application Available at Tax Collector’s Office
Local residents will be able to apply for their statewide Concealed Weapon License at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office starting this month. Tax Collector Ben Anderson has partnered with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam to pass legislation that extends this opportunity to residents of Okaloosa County and the panhandle beginning Sept.22. Florida concealed weapon licenses are processed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Due to rising demand, five Tax Collector Offices have been given authority to take applications, fingerprint the applicants, and send the information securely to the department for final determination. There are currently more than 1.3 million concealed weapon permits in Florida, and the department processed more than 177,000 new licenses last fiscal year. For more information or to schedule your appointment, visit OkaloosaTax.com.

Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center Launches BrainCore Therapy Scholarship
Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center of Destin is offering a $3,000 BrainCore Therapy Scholarship to one local student in need. The BrainCore Scholarship includes two QEEG brain maps and 20 neurofeedback sessions valued at more than $3,000. Students and/or parents are being asked to submit why they should be chosen in 1,000 words or less to drhogan@regattachiropractic.com by Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. 

Neurofeedback is used to address the symptoms associated with a wide range of neurological conditions, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, migraines, chronic pain and more. For more information, call (850) 424-7856 or visit RegattaChiropractic.com

O’Reilly Auto Parts Donates to Children in Crisis
The Niceville O’Reilly Auto Parts Store showed its support to the community by donating $200 to Children in Crisis (CIC) during its recent grand-opening event. The Niceville location on Highway 20 is the latest store to open in the area. Seen here, Niceville O’Reilly Auto Parts store manager David Beck presents a donation of $200 from its recent grand opening event to CIC volunteer & events coordinator Laura Moore, along with CIC president & CEO Ken Hair, O’Reilly events marketing specialist John McMillan, and O’Reilly district manager Craig Garrison. For information about CIC, please call (850) 864-4242 or visitChildrenInCrisisFL.org.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

Steely is World Impact Real Estate’s July Top Producer
In July, Tracy Steely was the top selling, pending, and closed transactions producer with World Impact Real Estate. A former teacher, Steely will tell you her secret is “she loves helping people.” For more information or to discuss your real estate needs, call Steely at (850) 803-9822.

Volunteers Needed for Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is seeking volunteers for the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts to be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Various shifts are available, including set up and break down, main entry, artist relief, ArtStop children’s tent, and beverage booths. All volunteers are welcome to arrive prior to their assigned shift or after their morning shift to visit the artists and enjoy the festival. Opportunities are available for students looking to donate their time in exchange for community service hours. For more information or to volunteer, contact Festival of the Arts Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Whidden at (850) 376-7391 or email kathy@destinchiropractor.com. For festival information, visit MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call (850) 650-2226.

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” airs on WSRE Sept. 14-20
“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” from celebrated American documentarian Ken Burns kicks off the Public Broadcasting Service fall season primetime lineup airing locally on WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast. The 14-hour documentary will air nightly at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 20, with an encore airing at 9 p.m. For the first time on television, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. 

Visit WSRE.org for more information and to view WSRE’s TV schedules online.

Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin Reopens After Major Renovation
The prestigious Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced it has reopened following a complete greens renovation to the Rees Jones designed course. The four-month project, completed by Southeastern Turf Grass from Augusta, Ga., replaced all 18 green complexes with ultra-dwarf, TifEagle Bermuda grass, plus expanded and restored each to its original size when the course opened in 1994. The project also included strategic tree removal and the enhancement of 18 bunkers spanning multiple holes. For more information on the Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin and the three other courses, visitSandestin.com or call (866) 91-BEACH.

Barry Earns Certified Public Accountant Designation 
Keith Barry, accounting analyst, Landrum Human Resource Companies, recently earned his license as a Certified Public Accountant. Barry has been with Landrum since 2010. He is responsible for financial statement analysis, workers’ compensation analysis, and budgeting. He holds a Master of Accountancy Degree from the University of West Florida. For more information about Landrum, visit LandrumHR.com or subscribe to its blog at LandrumHRBlog.com.

Kiwanis Club of South Walton Donates to Children in Crisis
The Kiwanis Club of South Walton recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc. (CIC), a donation of $1,000 to help feed, clothe, and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Seen here, Bill Whitney, president of the South Walton Kiwanis, presents a check for $1,000 to Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO. To learn more about Children in Crisis, call (850) 864-4242 or visit ChildrenInCrisisFL.org.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Celebrate BusinessPalooza! on Sept. 9

On Sept. 9, celebrate BusinessPalooza! with us and the following businesses:

All Clear Restoration & Remediation, LLC
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Commons Drive Medical Weight Loss
Complete Signs
Cox Media
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Mark Wichern for US Congress
MarkIt Promotions
New Leaf Marketing
New York Life
SunQuest Cruises
Surge Suppression Incorporated
Telly's Auto Repair & Towing Service
White-Wilson Medical Center

BusinessPalooza! is our September Leaders In Business Lunch & Mini-Business Expo. Register by 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, for your chance to win FREE advertising on DestinChamber.com.

This event takes place at Destin United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration is required.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Miller's Ale House of Destin Hosts August Business After Hours & Football Kickoff

Thank you to Miller's Ale House of Destin for hosting our Aug. 28 Business After Hours! The porch served as the perfect setting to enjoy the kickoff of the 2014 college football season.

Check out the event photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/destinareachamber/sets/72157646741497089/

We appreciate those who donated door prizes, including the following:
- Gulf Coast Dermatology
- Miller's Ale House of Destin
- New Leaf Marketing
- Pino Gelato
- World Impact Real Estate

Our next Business After Hours will be a Block Party sponsored by Blue Marlin Realty Group and Bric A' Brac on Sept. 25. Find details here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

Boshamps Hosts Benefit Concert for Local Waterways
On Sept. 20, Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House will host the inaugural Choctawhatchee WATERSHED Music Festival, a benefit concert to promote the health and sustainability of local waterways via the mission and objectives of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College. The 8-hour festival will consist of non-stop music from five different artists, all for the wristband price of $20. There will also be a silent auction to raise additional funding for CBA programs, consisting of a BOTE paddle board, an electric guitar signed by the performing artists, and more. For more information about the Choctawhatchee WATERSHED Music Festival and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, please visitBasinAlliance.org.

Three Destin Councilmembers Appointed to Florida League of Cities cCommittees
Destin Councilmembers Sandy Trammell, Prebble Ramswell, and Jim Wood were recently appointed to serve on Florida League of Cities Legislative Policy Committees for 2014-2015. The committees are tasked to discuss issues facing Florida cities that will come before the legislature in the 2015 Session and decide upon policy direction for the Florida League of Cities’ legislative efforts. Trammell will serve on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Legislative Policy Committee, Ramswell will serve on the Growth Management and Economic Affairs Legislative Policy Committee, and Wood will serve on the Finance, Taxation, and Personnel Legislative Policy Committee. To read more, visitCityOfDestin.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=360.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Seeks Artists for 19th Annual Festival of the Arts
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is now accepting applications for the Adult Collaborative Exhibit component of the 19th annual Festival of the Arts, on Oct. 25-26, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Artwork should be of an artistic caliber associated with a juried fine art show. Artists selected to show in the Adult Collaborative Exhibit can display and sell up to three pieces of artwork. Judges will award $10,000 in cash prizes to artists in four categories. The competition is open to the first 20 eligible applicants entry fee is $30 per person. The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 25. To receive an application, contact Deb Nissley at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at (850) 650-2226.

RE/MAX Southern Realty Congratulates July’s Top Earning Agents
RE/MAX Southern Realty congratulates its top earning agents, teams and individuals, who have been awarded with some of RE/MAX’s highest achievements. Claire Gagne, a member of the RE/MAX Southern team since 2000, has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. Less than five percent of the RE/MAX network has achieved this prestigious award. Fellow RE/MAX Southern agent Mandy Cooper has qualified for the RE/MAX 100% Club, which recognizes agents who have earned $100,000 in commissions in the past year. Cooper, a licensed agent since 2003 and a RE/MAX Southern member since 2008, specializes in foreclosures, new construction, and luxury home sales.

For more information about RE/MAX Southern Realty or to reach these agents, visit REMAXSouthern.comor call (800) 879-0309.
Vue on 30A Announces Marcey will Lead Weddings and Events
Vue on 30a announced that Cherryl Marcey has joined the management team to lead weddings and events for 30A’s acclaimed Gulf front dining restaurant. Marcey is known in the hospitality and restaurant industry for her creative and thoughtful approach to hospitality and events. Prior to joining the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club, Marcey held management and executive positions in the restaurant and event industry for Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort; Hearty Restaurant located in Chicago, Illinois; Broadway Cellars located in Chicago, Illinois; and more. For more information about Vue on 30a weddings, visit VueOn30a.com or call (850) 267-1240. To reach Marcey directly, email her at Cherryl@SantaRosaClub.com.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Launches Fall Theater Programs 
After a second successful summer season, Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its mission of providing art education to the Northwest Florida region with three after school/weekend opportunities this fall. Upcoming productions include “Yes, Virginia The Musical” (Saturday Theater Production) and “Alice in Wonderland” (After School Destin Elementary and Butler Elementary School). For details, including dates and tuition, click here.

During the summer, ECTC held four theater camps. Young thespians from 30A to Niceville had their chance to shine on stage. Three production camps and one musical theater camp encompassed the 29 days of educational theater and more than 70 children were involved. For more information on Emerald Coast Theatre Company, call (850) 687-1637 email info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org or visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. Find ECTC on Facebook at ECTheatreCompany.

Local Realtor Named as a Top 10 Finalist for National Community Service Award
Nine years ago, Tricia Carlisle-Northcutt’s life changed when she met a young boy named Tyler at an after-school program at Point Washington United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. He was in desperate need of dental and orthodontics care, and she and other volunteers joined together to provide it. After helping Tyler, Carlisle-Northcutt and other members of the church prayer group realized there were many other kids just like Tyler who needed medical and dental care. Before long, the group led by Carlisle-Northcutt had founded a faith-based non-profit, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, to help meet the needs of children throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties who needed assistance. Ten years later, the foundation has grown and provides medical, dental, mental, and vision care to children in need. It runs a stand-alone dental clinic and a dental bus to meet the dental needs of children throughout the community. Since its inception, CVHN has treated more than 7,000 children and provided 50,000 free procedures a value or $3.7 million. 

Carlisle-Northcutt, a realtor and member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, was recently chosen as one of 10 national finalists for Realtor Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards. The Good Neighbor Awards recognize Realtors who help build up and enrich the lives of the people in their communities through volunteerism. The top five will be announced in October and will be invited to the 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo in New Orleans, where they will each be awarded with a $10,000 grant and national exposure for their charity.

Tommy Bahama Supports Children in Crisis for 7th Year
For the seventh year, Tommy Bahama Tropical CafĂ© will help sponsor the Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic benefiting the kids of Children in Crisis, Inc (CIC). The tournament will be held at Kelly Plantation Golf Course on Columbus Day, Oct. 13. On the evening prior to the tournament, Tommy Bahama will host the golfers and guest to an awesome pre-registration party at the Grand Boulevard Sandestin location. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, presents Mario Mardones, Tommy Bahama’s general manager, with a memento to thank the restaurant for its support. For more information, visitChildrenInCrisisFL.org.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Partners with Warrior Beach Retreat 2014 to Host Wives of Wounded Warriors 
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is partnering with Warrior Beach Retreat for part of the organization’s annual, week-long retreat. On Sept. 19, Hilton Sandestin will host a group of 25 women that consists of wounded warriors, wounded warrior spouses, and caregivers, providing breakfast and lunch on property, as well as spa treatments at Serenity by the sea Spa. For more information, visit WarriorBeachRetreat.org. For more information about Hilton Sandestin Beach, visitHiltonSandestinBeach.com or call (850) 267-9500.

ResortQuest Real Estate® Welcomes New Sales Associates 
ResortQuest Real Estate® has welcomed eight REALTORS® in recent months to its team of more than 100 sales associates throughout Northwest Florida. Alysa Riddle joined the company’s Perdido Key team; Brenda Coffee joined the Fort Walton Beach team; Laura Rich, Tina Kasten, and Jay Martin joined the Destin team; Janet Hays and Liz Nicolucci joined the Santa Rosa Beach team; and Bridgette Johnson joined the 30A East team. For the latest information on real estate in the resort and residential markets throughout Northwest Florida or to find contact information for these news associates, visit ResortQuestGulfCoast.com or followFacebook.com/ResortQuestGulfCoast