Experience Matters

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Experience Matters
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Rainier Abreu / Co-Founder of Carmela Coffee Company

Rainier Abreu is a global business executive with over 20 years of management experience. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, he has worked in Business Development and Operations across a wide range of markets and industries. Abreu grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, meeting his wife, Tatiana, at the tender age of nine.

The Owner of Bolay Restaurants – Chris Gannon

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The Owner of Bolay Restaurants - Chris Gannon
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Chris Gannon / Bolay Restaurants

Chris Gannon, CEO of Bolay Restaurants, lives his life with a focus on all things large and small that makes the seemingly ordinary, extraordinary. “Make it craveable” says Gannon, quoting his father and Outback Steakhouse Restaurateur, Tim Gannon, who is a legend in the industry, in part, for inventing Outback’s highly popular and ubiquitous Bloomin’ Onion.  But what makes a dish, a meal and a location craveable starts well before the first plate hits the table. read more…

The Best Way to Get Your House Listed – Dawn Pfaff

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The Best Way to Get Your House Listed - Dawn Pfaff
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Dawn Pfaff / My State MLS

Dawn Pfaff, President and CEO of State Listings, Inc., is a technology entrepreneur who has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 20 years from nearly every angle possible; she is an appraiser, agent, broker, dealer for manufactured housing, licensed instructor to teach continuing education and investor. State Listings, Inc., was founded by Dawn in 2009 as NY State MLS to fill a void in the market and offer agents and brokers their own statewide MLS, featuring streamlined listing options, ownership of data and a variety of enhanced tools to fit their unique needs. read more…

Miami’s #1 Video Making Company – Omer BarSadeh

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Miami's #1 Video Making Company - Omer BarSadeh
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Omer BarSadeh / Vision Movies

With almost 30 years of experience, Omer BarSadeh is an expert in Video Production for small and growing businesses.

While living in Los Angeles, CA, Omer produced and worked on Hollywood film and television productions such as Hell’s Kitchen, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and others, all while creating successful video campaigns for small and medium size clients. His production company, Vision Movies, LLC – is the Miami Beach Chamber Media Partner, where Omer is also a Co-Chair of the Tech Council. read more…

The Growing Aquactic Business in South Florida – Eric Dernick

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The Growing Aquactic Business in South Florida - Eric Dernick
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Eric Dernick / Waves MGMT

Eric Dernick is the founder & owner of Waves. Eric Dernick grew up in Delray Beach and attended Boca Raton Community High school. Eric was a competitive surfer from the ages of 13-18 years old. He was a sponsored surf athlete for Oakley. read more…

Life Is Hard. Be Nice to People and Eat a Cookie – Adam August

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Life Is Hard. Be Nice to People and Eat a Cookie - Adam August
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Adam August / Batch The Cookie Company

Adam August is a the co-founder of Fort Lauderdale’s Batch, The Cookie Company. He is responsible for day to day operations as well as developing and executing the long term vision of being a national brand. Adam brings extensive sales experience, an operational skill set, and a figure it out mentality to the team. read more…

Junior Achievement of South Florida – Laurie Sallarulo

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Junior Achievement of South Florida - Laurie Sallarulo
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Laurie Sallarulo / Junior Achievement of South Florida

Laurie Sallarulo has a reputation as a strong managerial, development, and financial executive with a deep passion and commitment to improving the lives of children and families. Laurie is recognized as a dynamic leader who strategically moves organizations and community issues to higher levels of sustainability, awareness, and recognition. She utilized her extensive corporate experience when transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she began as Director of Development and Programs at Habitat for Humanity of Broward. read more…

Boca Raton Episode 131 – Tom D’eri– Co-Founder of Rising Tide Car Wash

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Boca Raton Episode 131 - Tom D’eri– Co-Founder of Rising Tide Car Wash
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Tom D’Eri / Rising Tide Car Wash

Tom D’Eri is a strong advocate of the movement to capture the untapped resource that is people with autism. Having seen the struggles that his brother Andrew, a vibrant individual with autism, faced in finding a job, Tom knew that there must be a way to help. He enthusiastically decided to work with his father, John D’Eri, to found Rising Tide Car Wash, a groundbreaking social enterprise and high-quality car wash experience. read more…

Boca Raton Episode 130 – Tracy Tilson – President of Tilson PR

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Boca Raton Episode 130 - Tracy Tilson – President of Tilson PR
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Tracy Tilson / Tilson PR

The power of inspiration and creativity.  When Tracy Tilson founded Tilson PR, a full-service public relations firm, it was because she loved coming up with ideas and campaigns and then pitching them to clients and ultimately to the media to cover.  Now after 25+ years of working in the public relations field with national clients like Staples, Avery Dennison, Liberty Mutual, Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse and a host of other clients from different sectors, she has found that the key to longevity, relevance and success is determination, hard work, integrity and creativity. read more…

Boca Raton Episode 129 – Dr. Edwin Hernandez – Founder & CEO of EGLACorp

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Boca Raton Episode 129 - Dr. Edwin Hernandez – Founder & CEO of EGLACorp
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Dr. Edwin Hernandez / EGLACorp

Expert Witness, Inventor, Technology Professional & Entrepreneur

Dr. Edwin Hernandez is an expert witness, an inventor and an entrepreneur with technical expertise in the areas of computer networking, wireless and mobile communications, multimedia streaming, Artificial Intelligence (AI), algorithms, and cloud technologies.  He has been part of the entrepreneurship world since 1997 and now provides strategic technical, licensing, and intellectual property advise to startups and even “Fortune 500” companies. read more…

Boca Raton Episode 128 – Christopher Cartenuto – Co-Owner of Tucker Duke’s Restaurants

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Boca Raton Episode 128 - Christopher Cartenuto - Co-Owner of Tucker Duke's Restaurants
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Christopher Cartenuto / Tucker Duke’s Restaurants

Chris has been  in the hospitality & food service industry for 25 years, working in everything from fast food to fine dining.  After opening a deli with his dad right after high school, he worked corporate restaurants as a traveling manager and store opener/trainer.  Opening an Italian restaurant with his parents, and then finally coming to Tucker Duke’s with his brother. read more…