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Santa Fe Suites celebrates 10th anniversary in Delray Beach

Santa Fe Suites, a health care executive office suite complex, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Delray Beach.

The suites house 22 businesses with spa and health services functions that also features 65 parking spaces.

The first floor offers salon services that include haircuts and styling, waxing, nail treatments, facials and skin care treatments, and massages. The second floor houses businesses that offer mental health counseling, psychotherapy and business processing services.

Harold Van Arnem, President of the VAP Group Inc. which manages the Suites said, “When we started the Santa Fe Suites ten years ago, our goal was to have a venue where independent men and women could start and run their own businesses. It is difficult to find affordable small spaces for independent providers in Delray Beach so this concept filled those needs.”

Kellie Garcia, a hairdresser and owner of Kellie Kuts, is one of the spa services offered on the first floor of the building.

“I’ve been in this building for the past ten years and this location is awesome,” she said. “The concept of the Suites allows people to be on their own without the high overhead of most buildings. All the tenants work together but we’re all independent. It’s so unique.”

“I love the fact that we’re in the heart of the city and the parking is amazing,” said Louise Heinonen, owner of Reflecting Your Beauty, which offers aesthetics including facials, anti-aging and body treatments. “I’ve been in the building for three years and it’s become part of my home. This concept gives me the freedom to do what I want. It’s intimate, quiet and peaceful. My clients love the privacy of my space and the feeling of being in a Southwestern atmosphere.”

Another tenant of Santa Fe Suites is John Davis of John Davis Counseling Inc. who is also President of the Mental Health Counselor’s Association of the Palm Beaches.

“This is a great building and it has a wonderful historic feel,” he said. “I’ve been a tenant for the past six years and I love it. The location is in the central business district where we can walk to restaurants on Atlantic Avenue.”

Attorney Ashley Ackerman joins Yaffa & Associates firm

Ashley Ackerman has joined Yaffa & Associates as an associate. She will apply her experience as an assistant state attorney advocating for children and victims of domestic violence as clients navigate complex issues that arise during a divorce.

“Ashley is sympathetic to families going through difficult times,” said Doreen Yaffa, the firm’s founder. “Many of her domestic violence victims were also going through a separation from their spouse. ”

While studying at Barry University School of Law, Ackerman was a teaching assistant for legal research and writing, and a research assistant for her children and family law professor. She worked as a guardian ad litem, where she advocated for children who were abused or neglected. Ackerman became a certified legal intern, representing indigent youths in juvenile delinquent matters. She graduated with a concentration in children and family law.

“I have always had a passion for advocating for victims of domestic violence and children who are caught in the middle,” Ackerman said. “I am excited to bring my experience to Yaffa & Associates and assist families going through one of the hardest times in their lives. Dealing with divorce is not easy, but I hope to bear the burden for our clients and help them see it through.”

In her 8 years in the state attorney’s office for the 15th Judicial Circuit, Ackerman handled over 60 jury trials. Cases ranged from domestic battery to attempted murder. She was awarded the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Special Commendation Medal for her work on the Sober Homes Task Force.

Ackerman is a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in education.

ADMA Biologics added to NASDAQ Biotechnology Index

Boca’s  ADMA Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADMA), a commercial biopharmaceutical company dedicated to manufacturing, marketing and developing specialty plasma-derived biologics for the treatment of immunodeficient patients at risk for infection and the prevention of certain infectious diseases, has been added to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index® (NASDAQ: ^NBI).

The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index was launched in 1993 and is designed to track the performance of a set of securities listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market® (NASDAQ) that are classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical according to the Industry Classification Benchmark. Companies in the NBI must meet eligibility criteria, such as an average daily trading volume and minimum market capitalization. The NBI is re-ranked each year and is calculated under a modulated capitalization-weighted methodology.

The company also released its fourth quarter 2019 preliminary unaudited total revenues of $11.9 million, compared to $4.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, which reflected a 193 percent increase.

Institute for Regional Conservation Celebrates its 35th Anniversary

The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) a nonprofit dedicated to the protection, restoration, and long-term management of biological diversity, recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary.

The Delray event was attended by IRC staff, colleagues, associates, and friends sharing the story of how IRC began and the critical importance of IRC’s work in the age of global change.

According to George Gann, Executive Director and Chief Conservation Strategist for IRC, “The IRC has grown from the dreams and aspirations of college students at the University of Colorado to an organization working at the cutting edge of conservation and ecological restoration locally, regionally, and around the world. IRC could not have enjoyed 35 years of conservation work without the collaboration and support from many committed individuals.”

Erin L. Deady, P.A. adds to team

Erin L. Deady, P.A. has hired Darah Cotton to join her Delray firm.

Cotton will serve as the firm’s certified paralegal and project manager working on multiple aspects of their legal, consulting and transactional practice including environmental, land use, real estate finance and development issues. Cotton will also support the firm’s growing real estate practice.

She has more than 10 years of experience in providing managerial and executive assistant support while demonstrating the ability to work under pressure. Most recently, Cotton obtained her Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University, Terry W. Stiles School of Real Estate Development.

“I’m excited to have Darah join our team,” Deady said. “She has knowledge of and can handle different areas and specialties like managing multiple projects in a deadline driven and fast paced environment. With her background and knowledge, we expect great things.”