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GrowFL names Yachtico ‘Company to Watch’

GrowFL, a statewide economic development organization, has named Yachtico Inc., a “Florida Company to Watch.”

Located in the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, Yachitco connects people who want to rent or charter boats with fleet operators and boat owners.

Since 2012, the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University has housed four companies that have been named “Florida Companies to Watch.”

There are 50 companies selected for the “Florida Companies to Watch.” They produced a substantial economic impact for the state in 2016, earning $391 million in total annual revenue while employing 1,948 full-time equivalent employees. The honorees expect continued growth through 2017 as well, projecting 53 percent revenue increase and 36 percent growth in employment compared to 2016 as a whole.

SunTrust becomes first corporate donor for FAU’s Theatre Lab

SunTrust will be the first corporate donor that Florida Atlantic University’s professional theater company, Theatre Lab, has received money from in its Theatre Lab Inner Circle.

Created to raise private support for this new university and community endeavor, the Theatre Lab Inner Circle is comprised of individuals and corporate members committed to cultural and artistic excellence. An attractive donor wall displayed prominently in the Theatre Lab lobby acknowledges Inner Circle gifts beginning at $1,000 through $50,000 annually. To date there are 35 members.

“Theatre Lab and FAU are thrilled to have SunTrust Bank as a part of our artistic family,” said Lou Tyrell, artistic director of Theatre Lab. “The trust that SunTrust has placed in us through their support will help to provide important and thoughtful theater experiences for our entire south Florida community, for which we are truly grateful.”

In residence on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, Theatre Lab is a laboratory for seasoned professionals to share their work with students, faculty and the entire community. Plays, readings and musical offerings are presented in an intimate setting.

In addition to its productions, Theatre Lab hosts residencies of master playwrights, which have included Israel Horovitz, Marsha Norman and John Guare. The Lab’s Future PAGES Project educational outreach program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to experience theater and discover their own voices through creative writing and performance of their own scenes, songs and monologues.

New stores at Town Center mall

Boca Raton’s Town Center mall has opened a few new stores.

In the Nordstrom wing, Think & Believe, Italian-made women clothing store is now open as well as Galleria Italia, which also sells Italian-made footwear, handbags, accessories, and apparel for men and women. Shoppers will find brands like Bruno Magli, Braccialini, Boglioli, Roberto Cavalli and more.

New month in the Macy’s wing, Junk de Luxe is expected to open. Founded on the premise of selling vintage Levis 501 jeans, the fashion-forward denim brand offers an eclectic combination of iconic style and details from many decades of fashion and function wear.

Kaufman Lynn Construction hires new employees, promotes others 

Kaufman Lynn Construction has announced two new hires and promotions of two employees.

Tom Thrasher has been named vice president of operations in Kaufman Lynn’s South Florida headquarters. Thrasher is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating project administrative and field activities including timeliness and budget considerations.

Jeff Blong has joined Kaufman Lynn Construction as vice president of pre-construction in its South Florida headquarters. Blong is responsible for the daily management, supervision, coordination and successful completion of the pre-construction phase of projects to meet cost objectives with respect to contracting, scheduling, estimating, purchasing and bidding of all major projects.

Derek Wolfhope and Dan Root have both been promoted to vice presidents of operations.

“We’re thrilled to expand our team with top notch construction industry professionals such as Tom Thrasher and Jeff Blong who bring a fresh perspective, varied project experience and the highest level of commitment to excellence to Kaufman Lynn,” said Michael Kaufman, president and CEO of Kaufman Lynn Construction. “We’re also pleased to promote Derek Wolfhope and Dan Root – two leaders who have gone above and beyond our mission of advancing our clients’ visions beyond their expectations.”

All-Star Smiles adds board members

Dr. Craig Spodak and Marlins fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s nonprofit All-Star Smiles has added several new board members to its group.

Those new members include our publisher and owner and CEO of Woo Creative Ryan Boylston, Dr. Contessa Bryant, general dentist Dr. Tiffany Dudley, General Dentist at Spodak Dental Group and President and Creative Director of Hutton Miller John Miller.

The mission of All-Star Smiles is to provide un-compromised dental care to underserved children in an effort to eradicate childhood tooth decay.

NCCI announces fundraising initiative

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has launched NCCI Cares, its new charitable initiative.

NCCI Cares will support the national and state chapters of Kids’ Chance, an organization that raises awareness and money to support scholarships for children of injured workers as well as the United Way of Palm Beach County as Signature Programs. NCCI has also selected several local South Florida charities as beneficiaries of NCCI Cares, which will receive support through donations and volunteer efforts of its employees.

NCCI gathers data, analyzes industry trends, and prepares objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations. Their research, analytical services and tools, help foster a healthy workers compensation system.

“Kids’ Chance and the United Way align closely with our mission and values, and in turn, will be classified as our Signature Programs for the year. We have also identified local charities to support as our way of giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Bradley Kitchens, Chief HR Officer and chair of the company’s NCCI Cares Committee.

NCCI matches donations up to $1,000 per employee to approved charities and supports the Signature Programs, employee-driven causes and boards on which the Executive Team sits with additional funds.

NCCI employees receive 40 paid hours annually to volunteer for causes of their choice, plus eight additional hours participating in company-wide charitable events. For 2017, NCCI Cares employees will donate their time to a range of local causes, including: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, SOS Children’s Villages, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (ADVA), Boca Helping Hands, YMCA of South Palm Beach, Lighthouse for the Blind, Sea Angels and Families First of Palm Beach County.

To learn more about the NCCI Cares program, visit NCCI Cares.