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Office Depot HQ hosts Palm Beach Tech Hackathon

The Palm Beach Tech Hackathon is a three day event where participants form teams, vet ideas, create a project, then present their work to an expert panel of judges.

The event takes place Oct. 19-21 at Office Depot’s Headquarters in Boca.

Teams will consist of engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs, with successful teams having a mix of these areas of expertise and winners walking away with a combination of cash and in kind prizes.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with team forming, the hacking begins Saturday at 8 a.m. and concludes at 10 a.m. on Sunday with an awards ceremony.

First prize winners will take home $1,000. Visit palmbeachtech.org/hackathon/ for more information.

Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group names Michael Cassini VP of Creative

Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group brought on Michael Cassini as Vice President of Creative last month.

Cassini will oversee Pinnacle’s creative department and continue to produce award-winning creative solutions for its clients through various media channels including TV, radio, digital, social, outdoor and print.

Cassini joins Pinnacle from Zimmerman Advertising, where he was Associate Creative Director.  He was responsible for creating local, regional, and national campaigns, as well as overseeing a large creative team.  In his 17-year career, he’s produced successful campaigns for Papa John’s with Peyton Manning and received an Effie for his work with the Miami Dolphins.

“Michael brings to Pinnacle an impressive track record in the world of creative. His leadership and guidance will be a huge asset for our vast client roster and our staff,” said Peter Gary, CEO of Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group.

Other major brands that Cassini has worked on include McDonald’s, Nissan, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Five Below, Virgin Mobile, Boston Market, and more. He still gets a kick out of using his persuasive writing skills to come up with new ways to make people hungry, buy cars, want to play games, and, overall, keep the audience engaged.

“I’m so thrilled to join this talented team of individuals as they build memorable messaging that, most importantly, make money for our clients. I live for the challenge to stretch the capabilities of my imagination to create solutions for clients and ads that resonate with our targeted audiences,” said Cassini.

Intellectually, developmentally disabled adults join the team at Boca West Country Club through partnership with Unicorn Children’s Foundation

Seven South Florida adults, ages 18 to 24, with intellectual and developmental disabilities have joined the team at Boca West Country Club, thanks to a partnership with Project SEARCH, Unicorn’s Children Foundation and Unicorn Village Academy.

Interns will learn competitive, transferable and marketable job skills in hopes of finding employment after completion of the program.

The Boca West Country Club interns are: Trent Alber, 21, who will work in Club Services and administration, Gabriel Bernstein, 24, who will be an assistant server in the Food & Beverage department, Shane Hayes, 21, who will work in golf course maintenance and parts inventory, James Lynn,18, and Gian-Paul Salazer, 23, both of whom will work in the retail department, Jason Schepps, 22, and Marc Syger, 20, both of whom will serve as server assistants in the Food & Beverage department.

In the spring, these individuals participated in the Boca West Country Club Project SEARCH Skills Assessment Day in which they were paired one on one with Club’s department heads.

“Our interns are excited about their training at Boca West, which will provide invaluable skills for their future,” said Sharon Alexander, CEO of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation.  “Unfortunately, 80 percent of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities are unemployed despite their desire and ability to work.”

Boca West Country Club Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Matthew Linderman, CCM, has met with each of the interns and their families.

“We are so impressed with the wonderful attitudes of our new interns,” he said. “These seven individuals embody the great attitude we seek here and will be a valuable part of our team.”

Silver International Realty Selected for 2018 Delay Beach Small Business Excellence Award

Silver International Realty has been selected to receive the Small Business Excellence Award for 2018 in the Real Estate Services category by the Delray Beach Small Business Excellence Award Program.

Each year companies are identified that are believed to have achieved outstanding success in the Delray Beach area. Those are companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These businesses provide a positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community.

Boca-based aluminum bleacher company opens manufacturing plant

Boca Raton-based AluminumBleachers.com now has a 70,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in central Florida.

The AluminumBleachers.com website is owned by The Park and Facilities Catalog, a national distributor of aluminum bleachers and commercial outdoor site furnishings since 2001.

AluminumBleachers.com focuses on sports bleachers for schools, colleges, parks, athletic fields, arenas, concert venues, parade routes, military bases, race tracks and other venues.

Downtown goes pink

On Oct. 25, Downtown Delray Beach will once again host “Downtowns Go Pink” in support of Susan G. Komen South Florida® and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Pink lights and banners, compliments of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, will adorn trees and light poles on Atlantic Avenue and in Pineapple Grove, and businesses throughout Downtown will be accented with pink lighting.