Biz briefs


Claire Sheres receives Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Legends Society Award
Claire Sheres, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Central Boca Office, has earned the company’s Legends Society award for 2015 – for Southeast Florida.
This is the 10th consecutive year she has received this prestigious honor.
“The Legends Society designation honors Coldwell Banker sales associates who achieve a strong level of production in sales and customer service,” said Clark Toole, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Florida. “Exceptional market knowledge, professionalism and dedication to customer service have enabled Claire to achieve these exceptional results.”
With more than 25 years of real estate experience, Sheres has proven expertise in negotiating deals, marketing properties and serving the real estate needs of residential buyers and sellers. With an extensive knowledge of local neighborhoods, she specializes in residential properties in Boca Raton/Delray waterfront, gated and country club communities.
As a 25 year resident of Woodfield Country Club, she is also Woodfield’s Top Producing Realtor® for the last 10 concurrent years.
Mizner Country Club’s junior board of directors elects officers
Mizner Country Club has a new group of board members ages 10 to 18. The junior board is new this year and allows kids the chance to have a say on what happens in their community.
The board meets quarterly with the club’s General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Larry S. Savvides, and Mizner’s Kids Manager, Ashley Zajdel.
At their most recent board meeting, they elected the following officers: Joseph San Filippo, president; Rachel Zellen, vice president; and Jacob Harris, secretary. Topics on their agenda included upcoming junior and family events, providing feedback on previous activities and brainstorming future events.
One of their most recent accomplishments was asking the club to allow juniors under the age of 17 to utilize the Fitness Center. Mizner fulfilled their request by creating a Fitness Certification program that after attending a parent-child orientation with the director of fitness, allows juniors ages 13-16 to utilize the center and children 9-12 the same access when supervised by an adult.
The Buzz Agency gains new accounts
Delray’s The Buzz Agency has been retained to elevate the brand of Burger & Beer Joint. B&B Franchise Group, developer and franchisor Burger & Beer Joint has selected The Buzz Agency to handle industry-related public relations and general communications services. The seven-unit restaurant chain has plans to open 15 locations over the next four years including Florida, Texas, California, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the northern and southeastern United States.
It is a full-service gourmet burger sports restaurant with a rock and roll theme. There are currently six locations in Florida.
The Buzz has also acquired Palm Beach-based Tradewinds Media Partners. The Buzz Agency will expand with a second location at 101 Bradley Place on Palm Beach Island.  To manage the new Palm Beach location, The Buzz Agency has hired PR veteran Enid Atwater, who joins the firm as vice president of public relations.
Orangetheory makes Boca Raton its home
Orangetheory Fitness is moving its headquarters from Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton.
The exercise group bought a three-story, 77,000 square-foot-building at 6000 Broken Sound Parkway NW.
The franchise has 430 studios across the world. Of those, 35 are located in South Florida.
Delray designer group adds new staff
Leighton Design Group has added to its creative design team.
The company has hired Samantha McLaughlin and Candace Milton. McLaughlin comes to South Florida from New Jersey where she worked for hotel developers. Milton worked is new to interior design, but has experience as a production assistant and stylist in the television and fashion industries. She worked on The Suzanne Show, hosted by Suzanne Somers in Los Angeles
Leighton Design Group, worked on high-end residential and commercial properties including The Seagate Hotel and Spa.
Boca’s Office Depot
Office Depot, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, recently announced a plan to buy back $100 million of its own stock.
The office supply chain received $250 million from Staples as a result of a merger between the companies being terminated.
Cruise with Temple Sinai
Temple Sinai is going on a cruise in December. Book your trip on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, which sets sail on Dec. 4 to Dec. 9 for five nights in the western Caribbean.
Rates begin at $471 per person and include port charges, taxes and a bus from Delray Beach.
Contact Phyllis Simon at 561-496-6137 for information or JoAnn Schmitt at 803-548-9165 to reserve your cabin.
Hometown hero returns to Delray
After spending two decades in the Navy, Aaron Hallyburton has come back to Delray Beach where he is working as the assistant manager at Caffe Luna Rosa.
He spent 13 years at sea aboard three aircraft carriers and two assault ships as the Machinists Mate Senior Chief responsible for ship propulsion and providing electricity and potable water.
After sailing around the world numerous times, Hallyburton retired recently and returned to Delray Beach, the place he considers his hometown, where his beloved grandfather Gerald “Jerry” Thomas for many years ran the award-winning Exxon (later Citgo) gas station at 4th and Federal Highway, and was a longtime chum of former Mayor Tom Lynch.
‘I’ve always loved Delray Beach,” Hallyburton said. “I worked at several local restaurants before joining the Navy 20 years ago this month, now I’m returning because this is the perfect place for a family to settle.”
After Hallyburton and his wife Melinda (they met when both were stationed on the JFK) and their two sons (Aaron and Bryan) get settled, does he have any future ambitions?
“I served my country for 20 years and, if asked, I would love to serve my hometown – but I need to catch my breath first,” he said.
Modernizing Medicine at FAU Research Park
Boca-based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., continues to transform how healthcare information is used and shared.
A company designed to create and distribute clinical, financial, and operational aspects of health and medicine to medical practitioners, they have earned multiple No. 1 rankings from 2016 Black Book Research. Holding No. 1 for three years in dermatology, two years otolaryngology (study of diseases of ear and throat), and for the first time in plastic