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Lynn University named ‘Great College to Work For’

Lynn University was named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading trade publication in higher education. Lynn also received coveted honor roll status, awarded to universities recognized in the most categories.

Lynn was recognized in 10 categories including Collaborative Governance; Compensation and Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities; Workspace and Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment (Faculty Only); and Work/Life Balance. The trade publication’s 11th annual academic workplace report surveyed 253 colleges and universities. Of those, only 84 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” status. Lynn was one of 42 institutions to receive the Honor Roll award.

A two-part assessment determined survey results: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and a questionnaire administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition.

Kiddie Academy® of Boca Raton wins national award

Jeannette Llerena of Kiddie Academy of Boca Raton recently received the Teacher of the Year award at Kiddie Academy’s Annual Conference.

Llerena was one of hundreds of teachers from more than 200 academies nationwide who were considered for the award.

According to the President of Kiddie Academy Greg Helwig, winners were honored for their extensive contributions to the Kiddie Academy system by way of mentoring, leading, and championing the brand’s key growth initiatives.

Other common denominators among award recipients include excelling in the areas of profitability; ambassadorship of brand systems, standards and processes; customer service; staff motivation and retention; and community involvement.

“All Kiddie Academy franchisees share a passion for our industry, our brand, and the people who drive the company’s success every day. With so many dedicated professionals working to provide best-in-class early educational child care in an environment that fosters learning and development, as well as the highest safety standards, the ‘best of the best’ are truly doing an exceptional job,” said Helwig. “This year’s award winners embody the highest standards of professionalism and caring, and we are proud to recognize their contributions not only to Kiddie Academy, but also to our communities, neighborhoods, and thousands of families nationwide.”

Kiddie Academy is located at 2240 NW 19th St.

Delray chamber staff to be overhauled

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce recently brought a new face on board with the hiring of President and CEO Jeb Conrad.

And the organization is about to see some new faces as employees have recently parted ways.

After nearly 11 years with the chamber, Program Director Patty Reed left to move to Melbourne, Fla. on July 19, membership director Kim Bentkover left after 7 years to move to Miami with her family on Aug. 3 and newcomer Officer Administrator Lyn Davis worked her last day on July 27.

Reed will help train the new program director before her move.

“We greatly appreciate the years of service and dedication from each of these individuals and I personally thank them for helping me as I began my role here,” Conrad said in an email sent to chamber members.

He said the chamber is conducting interviews to fill the vacant positions.

Launch Potato named one of state’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’

Delray Beach-based Launch Potato (LP), was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.

Launch Potato is a startup studio with a portfolio of quickly growing products. They build, run and scale multiple brands using proprietary technology. LP’s scalable software focuses on audience development, engagement, and viral distribution which develops valuable monetization opportunities for both advertisers and publishers.

The annual Best Companies list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine. One-hundred companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories.

To participate, companies or government entities had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and have been in operation at least one year. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

Kaufman Lynn Construction donates to Tri-County Animal Rescue

The Kaufman Lynn Construction team recently made a pet-friendly visit to the Tri-County Animal Rescue to donate essential pet supplies.

Employees also raised and donated $500 to support the shelter’s “100% no-kill” mission.

The shelter runs solely on donations such as toys, harnesses, crates and collars.

CELSIUS hires new CFO

CELSIUS recently hired Edwin F. Negron-Carballo as its new Chief Financial Officer.

His on-boarding will relieve CEO John Fieldly of his additional duties as Chief Financial Officer; a position which he held for his first six years with Celsius Holdings, Inc.

Edwin Negron-Carballo brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience to the organization. His background includes domestic and international experience with work in standardization and implementation of Six Sigma processes, in complex and dynamic environments.

“I’m excited about the new future at Celsius Holdings, Inc. and I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the team,” Negron-Carballo said. “I believe my background is well suited for the next phase of the company’s development as there is significant growth potential. This company has great momentum as an on-trend brand and is well poised for exciting opportunities which will inevitably lie ahead.”

Negron-Carballo earned an MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University and prior, a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Accounting, from Louisiana State University.

“Edwin’s experience at large, well-run, CPG companies will be invaluable as Celsius continues its rapid, industry leading growth,” Fieldly said. “He is well versed in playing crucial roles in successful but changing corporate environments. Adding a proven CFO at this time will allow us to focus on our near and long-term strategies.”