Biz Briefs


Boca sleep product company makes acquisition

Boca Raton-based Hollander Sleep Products, a leading manufacturer of high-quality synthetic-filled bedding products, recently acquired Pacific Coast Feather Company, an industry leading manufacturer of down and down-alternative products.

The newly formed company will retain the corporate name of Hollander Sleep Products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pacific Coast Feather CEO Joe Crawford will serve as President of PCF reporting to Hollander CEO, Mark Eichhorn, and further operational and organizational details will be determined throughout the integration process.

Hollander Sleep Products produces pillows, mattress pads, down comforters and other products. It markets its products under brand names including  Ralph Lauren®, Simmons®, Beautyrest®, Nautica®, Waverly®, and Live Comfortably®.

Pacific Coast Feather Company has blended European old-world craftsmanship with modern innovations to bring customers the fluffiest, longest-lasting pillows, comforters, mattress pads, and feather beds. The company offers its products under the national brands Pacific Coast®, Calvin Klein® Home, Jockey®, Spring Air®, 37.5 Technology, Tahari Home, Restful Nights® and Sleep for Success by Dr. James B. Maas.

South Florida branch of Oasis Senior Advisors under new ownership

Candy Cohn is the new owner of the South Florida branch of Oasis Senior Advisors, which serves south Palm Beach and northern Broward County.

Oasis Senior Advisors is a free, local, community-based referral senior placement service. Cohn has been helping people find senior living communities for over five years through her business, Yaffa Senior Services.

“I am very excited to be joining the Oasis team,” Cohn said. “When the opportunity arose to purchase the South Florida franchise I learned about the proprietary OasisIQ™ software, which is their cutting edge system that matches seniors to the most appropriate communities. I immediately recognized that this powerful tool, along with the Oasis corporate support for best practices nationwide, would allow me to help my clients in a much more effective manner.”

Linton Paint & Body earns official certification, recognition

Delray Beach-based Linton Paint & Body has been certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles, according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Linton Paint & Body is recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, GM, Hyundai, Nissan, and Infiniti.

Certification requirements are based on the auto-manufacturer requirements.

“Our business has been built on a foundation of excellence and ethical business practices,” Owner, Gregory Sepe said. “We strive to provide the highest-quality repair for our customers. Our state-of-the-art facility and certified technicians give us the ability to achieve this Certified status.”

Simon supports education

Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, supports Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk students through Simon Supports Education.

This year, Town Center at Boca Raton presented Larissa Anthony from Spanish River Community High School with a $1,500 scholarship. She plans to study at Dickinson College this fall.

“Simon Youth Foundation is a national organization, but we can feel the benefit of its efforts right here at home,” said Sean Carroll at Town Center at Boca Raton. “We are incredibly proud to invite our shoppers to join us in supporting this incredible organization.”

The Foundation operates 30 non-traditional high school academies across the country, housed primarily in Simon properties, and also provides a scholarship to one student in every community where there is a Simon property. Since its inception in 1998, Simon Youth Foundation has helped more than 14,000 at-risk students receive a high school diploma, and has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships.

Town Center at Boca Raton is now offering community members the opportunity to support local students, scholarships and academies through several planned activities and activations, such as:

If you purchase a Simon Gift Card, $1 will support scholarship and graduation programs in the community.

NCCI hires new Public Relations & Social Media Director

Boca-based National Council on Compensation Insurance has hired Sheila Fortson to serve as its Public Relations & Social Media Director.

Fortson manages all projects requiring written and multimedia communications that promote NCCI’s charitable endeavors, volunteer efforts, and corporate culture.

As Social Media Director, Fortson also oversees NCCI’s corporate social media strategy and its implementation, including social media brand and content management and strategic future planning.

Fortson has an extensive background in communications with previous positions in public relations, marketing, and television reporting. Most recently, Fortson served as Director of Communications & Social Media at the Salvation Army Naples Regional Coordinate in Southwest Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University.

Local attorney reappointed to Florida Bar Board of Governors

The Florida Bar Board of Governors recently announced that personal injury attorney Gary S. Lesser was reappointed as Legislation Chair of the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

The 52-member Board of Governors has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy relating to the practice of law in Florida.

“I’m proud to have worked with President Schifino and the Bar leadership team to help formulate the Bar’s legislative stance on bills being introduced in Tallahassee.  It was an honor to be given this reappointment and I am looking forward to working with incoming President Higer on policy issues that affect our state’s court system” Lesser said.

Lesser is the third generation at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, started by his grandfather Joe Lesser back in 1927.

Simon appoints new assistant director of marketing, business development at Town Center

Cindy Appelbaum has been promoted to Assistant Director of Marketing and Business Development at Town Center at Boca Raton.

Appelbaum will work to assist the director of marketing and business development in creating, developing and implementing the overall strategic marketing direction of the shopping center in order to meet corporate and property business and marketing objectives. She is also responsible for assisting with staff supervision of customer service, sponsorships and business development, budgeting and monthly marketing analysis, along with maintaining community, tenant and public relations.

“Cindy is a proven performer with a great knowledge of our industry,” said Nicole Delmer, Vice President of Marketing for the Florida Region. “She has done a tremendous job in her previous roles and we look forward to her experience, leadership and enthusiasm benefitting the Boca Raton community.”

Appelbaum began her career in April 2016 as the Marketing Assistant and Transportation Coordinator. Prior to working for Simon, she gained retail experience working at The Mall at Millenia, a luxury shopping destination in Orlando.

She was born and raised in Coral Springs. In 2015, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.