This week in Boca Raton, we present to you the seventh episode of their Fireside Chat series. Joined by the owners of Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura, CROSSNET, Durée & Company, & Lady Green Recycling Co., this is a series where business owners discuss strategies of how to survive and perhaps even thrive in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. No matter what kind of business you own, we have the tips and tricks you need to make it through to the other side.
Ali Mandsaurwala / President of Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura
Ali Mandsaurwala is the Franchise Owner/President of Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura based in North Miami Beach, Florida. He was born in Mumbai, India and moved to Miami Beach at the age of three with his parents where he grew up working in the family business of retail groceries. His exposure to the family business created an entrepreneurial spirit that drives Ali to this day. After completing medical school at the age of 24 and working with a cardiology group in Miami, Ali’s love for business flourished when he made the conscious decision to move away from medicine and become a Franchisee with Accessible Home Health Care at the Age of 30. Currently, Ali and his team care for 110 lives and supervise over 150 caregivers, nurses and therapists. In addition to Ali’s success in the home health field he has a substantial real estate portfolio and successful CrossFit box with over 240 members. In addition to contributing to a number of charitable organizations that include the Alzheimer’s Association and Best Buddies International, Ali is a member of EO: Entrepreneurs Organization, BNI Biscayne Connection and is a proud board member with Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors. Ali’s greatest achievement and love is his four-year-old daughter Naaya, and wife Danielle.
Chris Meade / Co-Founder of CROSSNET
Chris Meade is the co-founder of CROSSNET, the world’s first four-way volleyball game. CROSSNET combines elements of the childhood game four square and volleyball in a competitive game to 11, win by 2. CROSSNET is now available at Walmart, Target, DICKS, Academy Sports, Amazon, and 20+ other retailers.
Durée Ross / President of Durée & Company
Durée Ross, who had the bold passion to launch her own PR agency, Durée & Company, at the age of 24 in 1999, has since been setting the bar for excellence in PR, serving the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients. An award-winning entrepreneur, she has been nationally recognized for her ability to manage crises, develop brand messages, protect and build brand reputations and create content for digital platforms.
Leading a 10+ member team of PR and marketing professionals from various backgrounds, Durée fosters diversity and inclusion in every aspect of her business. Durée & Company is a member of PR Boutiques International™, an international network of boutique PR firms. In addition, she is an honoree of Ragan’s 2020 Top Women in Communications Visionary award which honors those making a significant impact in their day-to-day jobs and careers, advancing the profession while accelerating growth for their organizations. Durée was also a winner of PR News’ 2016 Top Women in PR award, which honors influential women who are driving the agenda for the industry and in their companies.
Michelle Salas / Founder of Lady Green Recycling Co.
Michelle Salas founded Lady Green Miami Recycling Co in 2010 with a goal to protect the environment and help people and businesses through waste reduction in our communities. Currently, Lady Green Miami provides waste pickup and recycling services to over 1,000 locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
Michelle brings 19 years of management experience, including 11 years of executive management working with top business leaders. Prior to founding Lady Green Miami Recycling, Michelle was part of a successful start-up company that is now a leader in the U.S. for deploying greenhouse gas reduction projects and renewable energy projects.
Michelle received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 2007 from Jones College and later pursued her Master’s in Environmental Studies at Florida International University. During her first year in graduate school, Michelle found much inspiration from her professors, peers and education, that she felt it was time to launch her recycling dream. She decided to drop out of grad school and fully invest her time and resources into creating her vision. Understanding the real value in education, Michelle continued to ‘sit’ in classes to learn the material without having to pay the cost of tuition.
In Feb 2019, Waste360 announced Michelle as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award due to her inspiring and innovative contributions to the waste management and recycling industry.
Jason Hill / Client Focused Advisors
Kevin Cox / Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU
Ali Mandsaurwala / Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura
Chris Meade / CROSSNET
Durée Ross / Durée & Company
Michelle Salas / Lady Green Recycling Co.