The Coastal Star

Business Spotlight: Granger’s departure leaves Delray Chamber looking

Property Matters, a real estate company with an Anglo-American team, has launched its first office

in Boca Raton with plans to expand into locations along the coast from West Palm Beach to Miami Beach.

Property Matters was founded by partners Ted Brown, Simon Isaacs and Paul Ross. The office is in The Monterey,

Suite A, 5499 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Here, Paul Ross (left), Simon Isaacs (center)

and Ted Brown pose in a British telephone booth, signifying the Anglo- American roots of the company.

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Most 90-year-olds could use a little TLC. For only the second time in its history, the 1926 Colony Hotel

on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach was tented for termites in June and reopened June 16.

The grand old dame is recognized by the city as a historic landmark

and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Christine Davis

    Cathy Balestriere, board chairwoman of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, announced the installation of an interim leadership team following the recent resignation of Karen Granger as president and CEO.
    “We are grateful for Karen’s accomplishments and years of dedicated service to this valuable organization. We wish her well in her future and look forward to her continued participation as a valued member of our community,” said Balestriere.
    The new leadership team, Vin Nolan and Donald S. Schneider, will serve as interim co-CEOs until a permanent replacement is in place.
    Nolan comes to the chamber from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College, where he was regional director and managed staff that provided consulting services to small businesses throughout the county. Prior to that, he was economic development director for the city of Delray Beach.
    Schneider is a business executive who had global leadership roles at corporations that included General Electric, Bertelsmann, The New York Times Co., AON and ADVO, with particular emphasis on financial services, technology, start-ups and turnarounds.
    “Together, they will oversee the chamber’s day-to-day operations, as we initiate a search to find a new CEO,” Balestriere says.
    More than 45 vendors and 250 guests participated at the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual Delray Business Expo in May. The event was sponsored by The Conde Center for Chiropractic Neurology, CenterState Bank and Signarama.
    Sarah Pearson was promoted to executive vice president of the Boca Chamber in May. She has been with the chamber since 2011, previously serving as the senior vice president of external relations.
    During September, diners can enjoy bites of the Big Apple through the Boca Chamber’s inaugural Boca Restaurant Month, which will have a “Boca Loves New York” theme. Participating restaurants will serve three-course meals at reduced prices and offer at least one New York-inspired dish or cocktail.
    Lunches will be priced at $21 through $25, and dinners will be priced at $36 through $40. For a list of participating restaurants visit
    Glenn Jergensen, executive director of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 12. It will be held at Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Cost is $35 for non-members. Call 732-9501.
    The Festival Management Group’s Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series offers three evenings that combine craft cocktails, activities and food pairings.
    “Rum, Rhythm & Rumba,” from 8 to 10 p.m. July 8, will feature a Fred Astaire dance program, along with pineapple rum punch, spiced-rum Planters Punch, Cruzan Apple craft cocktails and light bites.
     At “Vodka Riot,” 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, vodka-infused dishes will be offered by chefs Joey Giannuzzi of the Farmer’s Table, Blake Malatesta of MIA Kitchen Bar, Eric Baker of Max’s Harvest, Jessie Steele of Death or Glory and Thomas Op’t Holt of 50 Ocean.
     At “Bottomless Bloody Mary & Brunch on a Stick,” 1-3 p.m. Aug. 27, meals on a skewer to go with each Bloody Mary will be prepared by chefs from Ceviche 401, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Death or Glory, and Pizza Rustica.
     These events will be held at the Old School Square Fieldhouse, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach Tickets cost $45 and must be purchased at least two days before each event.
    BizBash ranked the South Florida Garlic Fest third among the most popular Food & Restaurant Industry events and ranked Delray Affair second among the most popular Parades & Festivals in its 2017 list of the Top 100 Events in South Florida. BizBash considers the event’s influence, innovation, reach and economic impact.
    Eric Gordon, chairman of Akerman LLP law firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, was installed as president of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association on June 10 at the Association’s 56th Annual Installation Gala at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.
    Gordon will serve a one-year term. For two decades, Gordon has represented employers in labor and employment matters across a range of sectors, including telecommunications, hospitality, health care, retail and financial services. His work has earned him recognition in “The Best Lawyers in America” for employment law and Florida’s “Super Lawyers” for employment and labor and business litigation.
    Gordon previously was the managing partner of Akerman’s Palm Beach County offices. He formerly served on the board of directors for the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, and as a trustee for the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. He also is a past president of the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County.
    In May, members of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches voted to merge with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors. This merger will form the third largest local Realtor association in the nation in becoming the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, according to the National Association of Realtors.
    “The merging of these two boards represents more than 25,000 association members and 30,000 MLS subscribers. The merged association’s multiple listing services will carry more than 40,000 on-market listings, totaling over $21 billion in inventory,” said John Slivon, president of the Palm Beach County association.
    Dionna Hall will be installed as the CEO of the merged association and MLS.
    Holliday Fenoglio Fowler announced June 15 that it had closed the $59.75 million sale of Peninsula Executive Center, 2381 and 2385 Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton. HFF marketed the 187,784-square-foot, Class A office property for the seller and found the buyer, C. Talanian Realty Co.  Also, HFF worked on behalf of the new owner to secure $33.5 million in financing through Principal Real Estate Investors.
    Peninsula Executive Center consists of two four-story office buildings and a 742-space parking structure. The property is 97 percent leased and is anchored by Newell Brands. The HFF team was led by senior managing directors Chris Drew and Hermen Rodriguez, director Ike Ojala, associate director Brian Gaswirth and associate Matthew McCormack.
     “Mar-Cielo,” a home at 701 S. Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach, sold for $13.375 million on May 16, according to public records. The 1948-era, five-bedroom house, with 7,000 total square feet, sits on over an acre with 120 feet on the ocean. Bradford Miller of the Corcoran Group represented the seller, 701 S. Ocean LLC, which lists Thomas J. Campbell as the registered agent and manager.
    Previously, the property sold for $12 million in 2015.

The Palm Beach Kennel Club’s greyhound adoptions received assistance from (l-r) Theresa Hume and Sherri Carter

of the kennel club; Elizee Michel of Westgate CRA; Carolee Ellison (with Stretch) of Awesome Greyhound Adoptions;

Duane Meeks of Potentia Academy; Dick Busto of Autism Project of Palm Beach County; Pat Rooney Jr.

and Alexis Barbish of the kennel club; Lynelle Zelnar of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, and Jon Buechele Jr.

of Pathways to Independence.

Photo provided

    The Palm Beach Kennel Club’s sponsoring of free adoptions resulted in 56 greyhounds finding homes during National Greyhound Pet Adoption Month in April.
    Palm Beach Kennel Club works with Awesome Greyhound Adoptions, Elite Greyhounds, Forever Greyhounds, Greyhound Pet Adoptions/Florida Southeast and Greyed A Greyhounds.
    The Kennel Club will also sponsor free adoptions in October. The adoption groups offer applications online and will interview potential families. Once applicants are approved, the pets are placed and the groups offer continued support.
    “Guess you could say I flunked retirement,” George Kientzy laughed as he described the overwhelming, heartfelt response from customers and friends that led him to forgo the idea of closing his jewelry store, Kientzy & Co.,  on east Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.
    “The outpouring from the community was amazing, so we have decided to scale back our hours instead of closing,” Mary Kientzy added.
    The store’s hours will be Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-4pm while the summer sale continues. Stop back in to say hello again, 1053 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-272-4545.

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