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Sorry, our current members listing is being updated. Here you will find the names of all our member businesses and contact information for these companies. If you would like to confirm membership, please contact us as many 2017 invoices still need to be payed.

Fed Challenges

USA — Janet Yellen stepped into her new position February 3, 2014 as she took over Ben Bernanke’s role. Moving right into the position as head of the central bank, this will be no easy task and Janet Yellen will start dealing with issues right away. Issues taking precedent include interest rate, unemployment rate, tapering decisions, and the Federal Reserve’s $4 trillion balance sheet.

Mercosur/EU Trade Negotiation on Tariff Reduction

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Members of the “Mercosur” trade group are expected to meet in Caracas, Venezuela this week to discuss their proposal on uniform tariff changes to the European Union, presumably later this month. Brazil and Uruguay, both influential Mercosur nations, have expressed deep concerns with Argentina’s lack of flexibility on the issue and have threatened to leave Buenos Aires out of the EU meeting if they fail to align more with the group’s interests.


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International News

Board of Directors

Kenneth Wright

Baker Law, LLP


Baker Law has become a leader in hospitality and real estate law. We are equally committed to the area’s burgeoning commercial sector. Our litigation, employment, tax and business capabilities support new and growing businesses. Clients benefit further from the resources, knowledge and experience of a national firm without sacrificing the focus of a local office.

Kenneth Wright has been a practitioner in securities, finance and transactional matters for more than 28 years. His practice encompasses transaction structuring, acquisitions, dispositions, public and private offerings of securities, structured finance and international financings and transactions. Mr. Wright has served as lead counsel in many complex and substantial acquisitions, dispositions, mergers and financings.



Dr. Peter H. Wolff

IB Laser, Inc.



Industrial Broad-spectrum Laser in Orlando,FL is a private company categorized under Electric Equipment Manufacturers. Companies like Industrial Broad-spectrum Laser usually offer: Electronic Equipment, Used Electronic Equipment, Electronics Equipment, High Voltage Electrical Equipment and Electronic Equipment.



Ralph Armstead

Ralph Armstead LLC


Ralph Armstead Attorney in Orlando,FL is a private company categorized under Lawyers and Attorneys. Ralph Armstead Attorney usually offers: IP Attorneys, Attorneys At Law, Intellectual Property Solicitors, Marital Law and General Practice Lawyers.



Sherman Miller 

Multicom, Inc., CEO


Established in 1982, Multicom, Inc. is a manufacturer and full-line stocking distributor for end-to-end integration of communication solutions. Multicom stocks over 13,000 products from more than 270 of the world’s major manufacturers. These products are used to acquire, process and distribute television, data, voice, security, and traffic control signals over fiber optic, copper, and coax cable.



Steven Hamel

Principal, The Hamel Group 


Mr. Hamel is an international business development professional with experience at Lockheed Martin, Inc., Bearhug, Inc., and SoftPlus, Inc.  Currently, Steven’s focus is The Franchise Mentor, a consultancy which helps people obtain greater control of their professional career by “Going Into Business for Themselves, Not By Themselves,” through the identification, assessment and purchase of an appropriate franchise opportunity.  Steven is a London Business School Sloan Fellow, a retired U.S. Naval Flight Officer, and a U.S. Navy Test Pilot School alumnus.  He holds advanced degrees in Business Administration / Entrepreneurial Development, Physics and Electronic Warfare.



Usher L. Brown

Brown, Garganess, Weiss & D’Argesta, P.A. Partner


Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta, P.A. is a full service law firm that is dedicated to providing high quality representation to its business and local government clients throughout Florida.



Danny Gaekwad



NDS, with its primary mission of being a very effective IT Solution provider, focuses on recruiting and retaining talent with sound technical and professional skills and experience.



Daisy Lynum

City of Orlando


Commissioner Daisy Williams Lynum was elected to the Orlando City Council on April 14, 1998. Internationally, Commissioner Lynum has represented Orlando and our country in Japan, Africa, and China: participated in the US-China Exchange Association’s US Business Matchmaking Conference in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Commissioner Lynum enjoys traveling and has visited many Caribbean and European countries as a tourist for over thirty-five (35) years. Commissioner Lynum’s primary focus is quality of life through sustainable neighborhoods for residents in District 5 and the City of Orlando.



Bruce Kuzma

CSX Transportation, 


CSX Corporation Inc is a Jacksonville, FL-based organization. Bruce Kuzma serves as their Director of Sales.  CSX is one of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers. The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers.



Brian Evans

Fifth Third Bank


From private, middle-market companies to large public corporations, governments, and nonprofits, Fifth Third Bank clients rely on our capital markets professionals to understand and evaluate markets, raise capital, expand and improve operations, structure financing, and mitigate risk. Offering a rare blend of global sophistication and resources combined with a highly personal, hands-on approach, we are uniquely positioned to deliver strategic, creative, company-specific capital market strategies and solutions.



William Vickroy

Lockheed Martin


Each product organization within Lockheed Martin looks to its business development team to identify targets, gather intelligence, and negotiate to win. Each new contract is an opportunity. Whatever the area of interest, the products and services lead the industry.



Jayne Warrilow

JW International


Visionary author and resonance expert Jayne Warrilow knows how to unleash the power of energetic potential to achieve breakthroughs and develop resonant relationships for success in business and life. Jayne has enabled top executives worldwide to transform the efficacy of their leadership through the engagement of resonance with themselves, one another, their employees and customers. She enables leaders to become real people, promoting positive energy to build conscious businesses and lead resonant lives.


Dr. Abraham Pizam, Ph.D


UCF, Hospitality Management Rosen College

Dr. Pizam is Dean and Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management at the Rosen College. Professor Pizam is widely known in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has conducted research projects, lectured, and served as a consultant in more than 30 countries, holding various academic positions, in the U.S.,U.K. ,France, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel and Switzerland.

Maria G. Toumazos

Choose Osceola


Maria G. Toumazos is the Economic Development Department Administrator. Maria’s main goal is two-fold: to help local companies learn what’s happening in the marketplace and how they can benefit. Also, to “Keep Osceola Beautiful”. Choose Osceola is developing real success. Osceola County is committed to diversifying the economy and ensuring the future of its citizens. This commitment has led Osceola County to form partnerships with the State of Florida and other agencies to create and participate in many aggressive, targeted industry incentive programs.



Jennifer Thompson

Orange County


Jennifer Thompson was elected to the Orange County Commission in November 2010 by 71% of the voting electorate to serve a four year term. Prioritize economic prosperity by bringing real jobs, new industry and building on assets, such as the Central Florida Research Park, Medical City and UCF. Promote good government, which means holding the line on taxes, streamlining government and adopting ethics reforms. Protect our neighborhoods with cooperative public safety partnerships between cities and the county to save money without sacrificing services. Plan for future transportation needs and protect our green spaces, parks and recreation areas.

Roger R. Rezende

Wise Tree Solutions


Roger R. Rezende has 15 years of experience in corporate finance, specializing in business staging, mergers and acquisitions; he has also worked as an executive and CFO for companies in Brazil, the United States and Canada. As the co-founder of Wise Tree Solutions, a successful consulting firm, Roger has streamlined business operations and transformed under-performing companies around the world. Roger holds an MBA from Stetson University, with a focus in Finance & Strategic Management, and a BA in Economics from Rollins College. He is Six Sigma Certified by the Juran Institute and a member of the Toronto Chapter of Finance Executive International (FEI). Outside of business, Roger enjoys golf, deep sea fishing, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.



Nat M. Turnbull Jr.

Turnbull & Associates Inc.


Mr. Turnbull specializes in governmental representation, advocacy and international communications and transportation consulting.  Turnbull also has extensive knowledge of international affairs, business and economic development issues as well as long time personal and professional relationships at all levels of federal, state and local government, including the Florida business and professional community.



George Livingston

NAI Realvest


Founder and Chairman of NAI Realvest and Chairman and CEO of Realvest Development and CommerCenters, George Livingston are an entrepreneurial executive and long time real estate developer and commercial broker inCentral Florida. He is primarily responsible for the excellent reputation and long term relationships with partners and clients enjoyed by the firm and its associates. NAI Realvest provides commercial real estate brokerage services in Central Florida. We have a proven record of accomplishment in all facets of commercial real estate, including land brokerage, office, retail and industrial sales and leasing, tenant representation, property and asset management, investment, development and consulting services.



Dr. Ilan Alon

Rollins College


Ilan Alon, Ph.D., is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business and director at The China Center at Rollins College, and Visiting Scholar and Asia Fellow at Harvard University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on international business management and marketing at Rollins College. Dr. Alon is also an international business consultant, with experience in America, Asia, and Europe, and a featured speaker in many professional associations. He is currently the Senior Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Managementand Editor of AIB Insights, an official publication of the Academy of International Business. Alon is also the Consulting Editor for the Financial Times/Pearson Education.



Tim Gomez

Dixon Ticonderoga


Dixon Ticonderoga is number one in No. 2 pencils. A top US maker of wood-cased graphite pencils (it developed the ubiquitous No. 2 pencil in 1913), the company also makes pencil grips, Dixon markers, Prang art materials, a line of school supplies featuring Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo characters, and general office supplies. In addition, Dixon Ticonderoga offers advertising specialty pencils, crayons, markers, and pens.



G. Thomas Bland

Biz Life, LLC


AquaFiber has developed innovative technology solutions that meet at the intersection of clean water and human health. We believe that these two issues will be key factors that influence the future health and prosperity of Florida, the United States, and the world in the 21st Century.

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