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Chairman’s Message

Iwant to start by thanking all of you who attended

our Annual Dinner in February. The evening was

a wonderful way to applaud the

successes of 2011, recognize those

who do so much for the Chamber and

community, and celebrate the Beach

Chamber’s 25-year history. I want to

congratulate our award winners

again, Pioneer of the Year, Philip

Griffitts, Sr.; Humanitarian of the

Year, Ramon Duvall; Small Business

Person of the Year, Konrad Jochum;

and

Ambassador of the Year, Nycole

McKissack.

Without members like

you, the Chamber could not carry out its

mission each year. Thank you for all you do.

This

issue of The Circuit is our Annual Dining Out issue,

and features some of the best restaurants and dining

establishments in our community. I encourage you

to

read through this issue, take note of our upcoming

events, and add these events to your calendar.

Additionally, keep your eye on the Beach Buzz, the

Chamber’s weekly electronic communications coming

into your inbox every Monday morning, for upcoming

Chamber and community events. You get more out of

your membership when you are engaged and are taking

full advantage of all the opportunities the

Chamber offers you and your business.

If you’re ever looking for more ways to

get involved, call the Chamber staff at

(850) 235-1159. They are always eager

to help move your business forward.

Moving into the second quarter of the

year, Panama City Beach is beginning to

come alive as we prepare for our spring

and summer guests. I encourage you

to help Panama City Beach put our best

foot forward this spring and all summer

long. I believe we are positioned for a

great season, and we want our community to shine.

I look forward to seeing you soon at the next Chamber

event. Thank you again for your membership and support

of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Best regards,

Paul Wohlford

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What a year 2012 has already been for the

Panama City Beach Chamber! We are

constantly creating and

implementing new ventures to better

benefit our members. I have only a

positive outlook that we will continue to

move forward and continue to expand

our membership opportunities.

Having just celebrated the Chamber’s

25th Anniversary at our Annual

Dinner, the evening only received

raving reviews, and was truly as

elegant an evening as the white roses

that surrounded us. Again, I want to

congratulate all of our award recipients

and thank them for all they have done for the Chamber

and our great community.

Our Annual Dining Out issue of The Circuit is always

a favorite of mine. We take a closer look at some of our

choice dining establishments and their specialty items.

Panama City Beach has plenty of great food and we

want to highlight all it has to offer. As you flip through

the pages, you might find a delicious surprise or two!

I want to continue to encourage everyone

to get involved with the Chamber in

any way they can. By participating in

any one of our committees, or signing

up to attend a Chamber events, these

are just a few ways to benefit you in

being a member. Continue to stay up

to date by picking up the newest issue

of The Circuit or opening our weekly

electronic newsletter, the Beach Buzz.

As Spring Break is upon us, take full

advantage of our tourist information

lobby to display your business

brochures and coupons. This is just one benefit that I

encourage all members to use. Thank you for continuing

to support the Panama City Beach Chamber. There are

only more great things to come in 2012!

All the best,

Beth Oltman, IOM

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Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

309 Richard Jackson Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Phone: (850) 235-1159 Fax: (850) 235-2301

PCBeach.org

2012 Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board Paul Wohlford, Resort Collection of PCB

Past Chairman Robert Carroll, McNeil Carroll Engineering

Incoming Chairman Karen Blackerby, KAFA Construction

Treasurer Derrick Bennett, Law Offices of Derrick Bennett, P.A.

Secretary Darren Haiman, Nations Real Estate

CPA John Johnson, Segers, Sowell, Stewart, Johnson & Brill, P.A.

Legal Council Steven L. Applebaum

The Board

Lisa Adams, Thrive Partnership

Jack Bishop, Breakers

Mike Burke, Burke Blue Hutchison Walters & Smith, P.A.

Felicia Cook, Pier Park

Ryan C. Davis, Regions Bank

Nancy Dodson, Gulf Coast Medical Center

Ramon Duvall, Beachside Fellowship

Pam George, Gulf World Marine Park

Jorge Gonzalez, The St. Joe Company

Paul Gryniewski, Oaseas Resorts

Amy Harris, Royal American Hospitality

Mark Hess, Ebro Greyhound Park

Annie Holcombe, Bee Heard Consulting

Kenny Jett, Bonefish Grill

James Johnson, Gulf Coast Chiropractic & Rehab

Jayna Leach, Sterling Resorts

Pete Mallory, L3 Communications

Procter McInnis, McInnis Builders

David Powell, Brown & Brown Insurance

Cil Schnitker, Knology

Claire Sherman, Lamar Advertising

Rebecca Spann, Bay Medical Foundation

Honorary Board Members

Mayor Gayle Oberst, City of Panama City Beach

Dan Rowe, Tourist Development Council

Neal Wade, Economic Development Alliance

Dr. Ken Shaw, FSU PC

Dr. Jim Kerley, GCCC

John Skaggs, Naval Support Activity PC

Chamber Staff

Beth Oltman, IOM President & CEO

Marta Rose Vice President Communications

Jena Liles Finance & Operations Manager

Skip Alford Director of Membership Development

Cyndi Ainsworth Vice President Member Services

Catherine Collins Events & Programs Coordinator

Kristopher McLane Systems Coordinator

Lauren Williams Lead-In Coordinator & Asst. to President

Bertie Reynolds Chamber Lifelong Achievement Recipient

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38 First Friday with the Beach

38 Business After Hours at WonderWorks

40 Business After Hours at Carrabba’s

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54 Community Update, Mayor Gayle F. Oberst

54 Gulf Coast Workforce Board, Kim Bodine

54 FSU Panama City, Dr. Ken Shaw

55 Gulf Coast State College, Dr. Jim Kerley

55 Troy University, Lisa Kitto

56 Bay EDA Update, Neal Wade

56 TDC/CVB Update, Susan Estler

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57 Ambassador Update

58 New & Renewing Members

59 Ribbon Cuttings

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Publisher: Beth Oltman

Editorial/Creative: Marta Rose

Online Content: Kristopher McLane

Contributing Writer: Lauren Williams

Staff Photography: Skip Alford

Social Media: Catherine Collins

Production: Boyd Brothers Printing

Advertising Sales: Skip Alford

Cyndi Ainsworth

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Air & Sea

Navy Invites Rev. Rufus Wood

to Commemorate Martin

Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Naval Surface Warfare Center

Panama City Division gathered together

on January 11 at the NSA

PC’s Long Glass Conference Center in observance

of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Pratt said

the holiday served to commemorate one of

the nation’s most influential American civil

rights leaders. In 1994, to further commemorate

a man who lived his life in service to others,

Congress transformed the MLK holiday

into a national day of community service.

Guest speaker Rev. Dr. Rufus Wood Jr., a

prominent local civil rights leader and reverend

in Panama City, commended Capt.

Pratt’s command for the center’s Science,

Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

community outreach programs to local

schools, recognizing that these efforts embodied

the core teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

was a minister, an orator, a scholar, a theologian,

an educator, a civil rights activist, and

he was also a great humanitarian,” Wood

said, “probably best remembered for this

most famous speech given on the steps of the

Lincoln Memorial when he told America, ‘I

have a Dream.’”

Wood recounted how Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. spoke the truth in the midst of adversity,

but did so with courage, and that he stressed

the importance of continuing education for

all races equally.

“If we’re going to prepare our younger generation

then we need to encourage them to be

educated,” he said. “I often remind them that

if you think the price of education is expensive,

try paying for ignorance. I tell young

people if you don’t continue developing your

mind, then you will always be controlled by

the thoughts and opinions of other people.”

Pictured left: Panama City Navy leadership

present Rev. Rufus Wood a ‘Respect and

Appreciation Award’ on January 11, 2012 for

serving as keynote speaker. From left: Dr.

Jermaine Kennedy; Cmdr. Anthony Anglin; Rev.

Rufus Wood, Ph.D.; Capt. Scott Pratt.


Naval Warfare Center Awards

Top Performers

The Naval Surface Warfare Center

Panama City Division recently presented

awards to employees whose

efforts demonstrated leadership and dedication

above and beyond their respective calls

of duty. Commanding Officer Capt. Scott

Pratt presided over the all hands ceremony

held at the Naval Support Activity Panama

City Long Glass Conference Center.

Award categories for the year 2011 included

Collaboration Excellence, Exemplary Leadership,

Outstanding Fleet Support, Outstanding

Innovation, Outstanding Organizational Support,

Outstanding Program Success, Technical

Excellence and the Dr. David P. Skinner Award

for Scientific and Engineering Achievement.

Individuals honored with a 2011 Panama City

Division Annual Award included:

• Tom Cothern was presented the award for

Collaboration Excellence for demonstrating

excellence in collaborative relationships in

his position as Littoral Combat Ship Mission

Package Certification Manager.

• Lanshava Booker received the award for

Exemplary Leadership. Booker leads a team

of computer an electronic engineers developing

unmanned vehicles command and control

systems for the Navy’s newest platform,

the Littoral Combat Ship.

• Roger Hawkins received the Outstanding

Fleet Support award. Under Hawkins’

leadership, over 75 Airborne Mine Countermeasures

technical manuals were put in one

electronic location centralizing computer

based training improving efficiency for Fleet

manual and equipment maintenance.

• Harold Suiter was recognized with the

Outstanding Innovation award for harnessing

techniques used by the astronomical

community to help substantially improve

the distance at which objects in turbid water

could be identified with low-cost cameras.

The resulting capability will reduce risk to

operators by reducing the time spent to re-

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acquire and neutralize targets in turbid water

environments.

• Nicole Kidd was presented the Outstanding

Organizational Support award for helping

NSWC PCD’s Information Technology

Division to modernize methodology and reduce

the time and effort required to manage

Plant and Minor Property inventory, resulting

in a cost avoidance of over $750,000.

• Robert Moore received the Outstanding

Program Success award for his management

of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle

Buffalo project. His leadership resulted

in multiple improvements to the MRAP vehicle,

strengthening the war fighting ability

of U.S. Marines in the field.

• Tracy Nye was presented the Technical

Excellence award. Nye served as the Scenario

Working Group Lead for the LCS

MCM Mission Package Test and Evaluation

team for Fiscal Year 2011. Nye’s efforts

helped to ensure that technical risks

were mitigated, and led the team to the first

successful operation of multiple off board

vehicles from the LCS.

• Ted Clem received the Dr. David P. Skinner

Award for Outstanding Scientific and Engineering

Achievement. Between FY 02 and

FY 11, Clem led the Buried Mine Identification

program, a cutting edge effort funded by

the Office of Naval Research to integrate a

suite of sensors into autonomous underwater

vehicles and demonstrate the ability to identify

buried targets in at-sea experiments. In

FY 10, Clem and his team also participated

in a mission to use one of the autonomous

buried mine hunting systems to locate the remains

of the Bonhomme Richard, which was

lost in a battle off the coast of England during

the revolutionary war.

Pictured opposite page, right: Front row, from

left: Capt. Scott Pratt, Ted Clem, Robert Moore,

Harold Suiter and Ed Stewart. Back row, from left:

Roger Hawkins, Lanshava Booker, Nicole Kidd

and Tom Cothern. Not present: Tracy Nye.


Tyndall’s Pelican Point Golf

Course Open to the Public

Pelican Point Golf Course, located on

Tyndall Air Force base, is now open

to all interested golfers. No longer

limited to military and base personnel, the

public can access the course simply by completing

a background check.

Sprawling over 120 acres along the shore

of St. Andrews Bay, the Pelican Point Golf

Course boasts a championship 18 hole

course, renovated greens, fully equipped Pro

Shop and a snack bar overlooking the water.

With specials for as low as $25, a day on

the links is not only scenic, but affordable.

Pelican Point also offer excellent tournament

packages for groups of all sizes.

Golfers can obtain an access pass to get on

the base by visiting www.PelicanPointGolf.

com/pass and fill out the Background Affidavit

and a DD 1172 forms located on the

site. Fax the two completed forms to Pelican

Point at (850) 286-5182. Once the background

check has been completed you will

be contacted by a Pelican Point staff member

and will be issued a pass good for 6 months.

For additional information contact Pelican

Point Golf Course at (850) 286-2565 or visit

PelicanPointGolf.com.


Advanced Divers Mask Earns

Employee Accolades

For offering a clearer vision for

U.S. Navy divers, a Naval Surface

Warfare Center Panama City Division

(NSWC PCD) employee was named

the Federal Laboratory Consortium 2012

Excellence in Technology Transfer award

recipient.

Dennis Gallagher, lead project engineer and

inventor of the Advanced Diver’s Mask-

Mounted Display System in the NSWC

PCD Underwater Systems Development

and Acquisition branch, earned the award

for his work on the Advanced Diver’s Mask-

Mounted Display System to the Navy’s Fleet

Explosive Ordnance Disposal assets. The

mask was made available to Navy divers in

December 2011.


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Business Spotlights

Sunshine’s Acquisition

Sunshine Shuttle has acquired Trumpet

Coach of Chipley, FL, making the

business a major transportation

company in Northwest Florida. The recent

acquisition also expands Sunshine into

a more diverse transportation company,

offering sedans, limousines, vans, local

shuttle vehicles and now, Sunshine Coach,

the new arm of the business featuring luxury

motor coaches. During peak season, the

company will employ about 40 workers.

Sunshine began in 2002 by owner John

Finch as a secondary business interest. When

Finch’s development investments dissolved,

he concentrated his entrepreneurial efforts on

the transportation company. The company

has seen double-digit growth three years in a

row, and Finch says he expects even greater

things with his latest expansion.

Finch plans to capitalize on the success of the

21-year-old Trumpet Coach and says there

are 26 charters already on the books. “Calls

to Trumpet now come into our central office

where we use state of the art reservation and

dispatch software and equipment. We have

people available 24/7.”

Sunshine works closely with many high-end

resorts along the Northwest Florida coastline

to provide transportation to the three major

Panhandle airports. The company is the

designated transportation provider for

Southwest Airlines personnel in northwest

Florida, and is the official transportation

courier for events such as the Panama City

Beach Jazz Festival.


Beach Chamber Wins Two 2012

ADDY ® Awards

The American Advertising Federation

(AAF) of Panama City announced

the winners of the coveted ADDY®

Awards competition, honoring creative

excellence in advertising, on February 4th

at the FSU-PC Holley Academic Center.

The ADDY® Awards Gala was attended by

individuals of the local advertising and media

businesses. Of the 155 entries received by

AAF, 36 gold ADDY® Awards and 53 silver

ADDY® Awards were presented.

The Panama City Beach Chamber of

Commerce received two Silver ADDY

Awards, for the

Planner (Consumer or Trade Publication

division) and for the Chamber’s website,

PCBeach.org (Interactive Media division).

Entries were judged based on creativity,

originality and creative strategy.

Pictured above right (from left): Lauren Williams,

Marta Rose, Skip Alford, Beth Oltman, Kristopher

McLane, Cyndi Ainsworth.


Beach Bux

Beach Bux was launched in January

2011 with the purpose of using social

media and the Internet to bring small

businesses and customers together. Business

owners take advantage of affordable

advertising rates to showcase themselves

through printable and mobile coupons on

BeachBux.com. Beach Bux then promotes

that coupon through any means possible

including the Beach Bux Blog, where every

coupon is linked twice, the Beach Bux

Facebook page, and Google+ pages where

each coupon is displayed in photo albums.

Leslie Brashear, creator and owner of Beach

Bux, has made it her business to know how

to effectively use these networks to market

the coupons, and in less than one year has

built the fan base to impressive numbers.

She has worked hard to bring the site up in

rankings, so that it’s easily found when locals

or tourists are searching for coupons.

The second phase of Beach Bux is the Beach

Deals site. Through Beach Deals, customers

can find larger discounts by purchasing in

advance right on the website. “I’ve always

had two goals for my business,” says Leslie,

“To help small businesses in this area become

successful, and to help consumers find good

places to spend their money on the things

they want or need.”

Visit Beach Bux at beachbux.com and Beach

Deals at deals.beachbux.com. Join the fun

on Facebook at facebook.com/beachbux.


Laketown Wharf Extends

Christmas Spirit into New Year

with Charitable Donation

Laketown Wharf gives community

residents reason to celebrate peace

and goodwill beyond the holiday

season, presenting a charitable donation

of $2,000 to local non-profit Anchorage

Children’s Home of Panama City. The

contribution stems from funds raised during

Laketown’s inaugural holiday extravaganza,

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Nurture your family tree

in a Viking kitchen.

“Christmas at Laketown.” The festival took

place in December, spotlighting a vibrant

lineup of activities and live entertainment:

caroling, Christmas tree lightings, food and

seasonal treats, local merchants and a holiday

light show. Family fun included photos with

the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. As the

event’s showpiece, Laketown featured a silent

auction. Visitors were invited to bid on a

variety of items to raise additional funds for

Anchorage Children’s Home as this year’s

official beneficiary.

“We’re thrilled to see the outpouring of support

from our local partners, as well as the area

residents and visitors who made the inaugural

‘Christmas at Laketown’ event a success,”

noted Bob Picconi, COA general manager

of Laketown Wharf Resort Community

Association. “Laketown is committed to

giving back to the local community, and we

look forward to growing next year’s event.”

Pictured above (from left): Kyla Pugh, Johnny

Budding (Both Laketown event organizers); Brooke

Bullard, Development Director, Anchorage; Bob

Picconi, Laketown Association/Property Manager.


GM Appliance

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Business Spotlights

Cloud 9: Dream or Reality?

pinch me please, I

must be dreaming.” You know

“Somebody

that feeling don’t you? It comes

when you have those “cloud nine” moments

in life that take you by surprise. You know

when you experience it, and you often try to

make it back to that place.

This thought comes to mind when Scooter

Ward, founder, manager and performer

of Cloud 9 Orchestra goes out on stage.

“Performing has always been something

I’ve enjoyed all throughout my life,” he says.

“The C9O experience is very special to me

because of all the rich detail associated with

it. This is only a preview of the journey; I

hope you’ll visit cloud9orchestra.com to

read the story in its entirety.”

The seed of the idea was planted in Scooter’s

mind back in 2009, after singing background

vocals on tour with Denver and the Mile High

Orchestra during two concerts in the panhandle.

Inspired with resolve, he pursued a vision he

had for a band of his own. Enter the Cloud 9

Orchestra, a “Little Big” Band of professional

musicians, playing both secular and religious

venues. C9O is setup as a 10-piece band;

however, it is flexible and can range in size

from a 5-piece combo to a full, 17-piece big

band, playing a wide range of musical genres.

“I desire to use the band to give folks

a ‘cloud nine’ experience wherever we

perform,” he says. For more information,

visit cloud9orchestra.com, where you’ll

find bios on the members, video, streaming

mp3’s and links to upcoming events.


Sand in Her Shoes

When Linda Kirk, pictured above

right, moved to Panama City

Beach, she brought with her 14

years of experience as both a real estate agent

and a broker. With multiple awards in sales

and community service, she has a unique understanding

of what it means to be a contributing

member of a municipality.

Prior to her real estate career, Linda was coowner

of a furniture store chain for twenty

years, and built two homes and remodeled

five. It was then that she decided she liked

dealing with homes more than selling furniture,

and she obtained her real estate license in

Virginia. She does admit, however, that she’s

always had sand in her shoes because of the

many trips to Panama City Beach over her

lifetime. When she made the decision to relocate,

she decided she would join the best real

estate company or none at all. After one interview

with Coldwell Banker United Realtors,

Linda knew she had found the right place.

As a Beach Chamber Ambassador, Linda

continues her community service along with

her successful real estate career. Let her put

her talents to work for you by contacting her

at (850) 630-0044. When you list or buy

with Linda Kirk, START PACKING!


Kaleidoscope Theatre Presents

“The Nerd”

March 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm

March 18, 25 and April 1 at 2:00 pm

The Nerd is a spring tonic of sidebruising

laughter that centers on

the hilarious dilemma of a young

architect who is visited by a man he’s never

met, but who saved his life in Vietnam. The

visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept,

hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his

welcome with a vengeance. Directed by

Bunnie Hibbard and Harley Benner, the

production features Jason Betz, Jason Blanks,

Chuck Giambra, Doug Gilliland, Renee

Ryals, Daphne Lewis and Ben Webber.

For reservations and savings of $1 off door

prices, call Kaleidoscope Theatre at (850) 265-

3226. Adults cost $16; Military and Seniors

cost $15; Students cost $8. Kaleidoscope

Theatre, now in it’s 41st Season, is located

at 207 E. 24th St. in Lynn Haven. For more

information visit kt-online.org.


Three Reasons You’ll Love the

MiFi by Verizon Wireless

Need High Speed internet on the

go? Check out Verizon Wireless’s

MiFi, which automatically

connects to Verizon Wireless Mobile

Broadband service, giving broadband

Internet access to up to five Wi-Fi–enabled

devices. You and your colleagues will

be able to check email, access corporate

intranets, download files, send pictures

with a Wi-Fi–enabled camera, and

access the Internet on any Wi-Fi–enabled

device, even when you’re nowhere near

a traditional hotspot. The MiFi device is

about the size of eight stacked credit cards

and weighs just over two ounces, so it’s

ultra-portable. With MiFi, the office is

anywhere you want it to be, on America’s

largest and most reliable 3G/4G network.

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Here are three reasons you’ll love it:

1. You can forget about complex sign-ons


Simply power it on with the press of one

button and connect your devices. Create your

own personal hotspot anywhere on America’s

largest and most reliable 3G/4G network.

2. You can connect more devices.

Mobile Broadband isn’t just for notebooks

anymore. Now you can use it on your netbook,

camera, MP3 player, PDA, or any other Wi-

Fi–enabled device. Provide a wireless hub for

up to five devices at one time.

3. Tiny device, huge performance.

It might look basic, but there’s a lot of power

packed into this little device:

Enjoy typical

download speeds of 600 KB to 1.4 MB and

typical upload speeds of 500 to 800 KB.

Small enough to carry in your

shirt pocket, it features an internal antenna so

there are no outer parts to break.

The device

comes loaded with VZAccess Manager and

user guides for Windows® and Mac.® No

CDs required.

Keep would-be trespassers

from using your connection with password

protection and a variety of authentifications,

identifications and filtering.

Visit one of three Verizon Wireless

locations at Panama City Mall (850) 785-

1400 in the food court; at 11560 Panama

City Beach Pkwy. (850) 233-2113 near

Home Depot; and the new location in

Callaway (850) 481-0911.


Panama City Beach Pirates

The Panama City Beach Pirates joined

the United Soccer League (USL)

family in November 2011 as part of

the Southeast Division, within the 73 teams

that make up the Premier Development

League (PDL) throughout the United States,

Canada, Bermuda. Owners Eehab Kenawy,

M.D., Jill Holt and Amy Dalton want to bring

a high level of soccer to Panama City Beach

to promote and grow the international game of

soccer within our community and Northwest

Florida.

The PDL is a training ground for the best players

in the country including NCAA & NAIA

College players as well as foreign players who

are looking to play at the next level of soccer.

The PDL is used as a stepping stone for many

talented young men who aspire to play on a

USL Pro or Major League Soccer team.

The Panama City Beach Pirates will play a

total of 16 games over the summer against

teams from across Florida and Mississippi.

They also have a possibility to play in the PDL

Championship and US Open Cup where they

will be matched against teams from the Major

League Soccer , challenging themselves to the

highest level of soccer in the country.

All games will be played at Mike Gavlak Stadium

(Arnold High School) in Panama City

Beach. The Pirates season runs from May to

July with 8 home games and an anticipated

attendance of 500-700 people per game this

first season.

The Panama City Beach Pirates PDL Franchise

and it’s programs will provide numerous

opportunities to players of all ages through

camps, clinics, tournaments and special

events throughout the season and off season.

The opportunities that the USL and PDL offer

our community are unmatched in Northwest

Florida and the Southeast, as we are the only

PDL Franchise within a 5 hour drive giving us

the exclusive benefits of such a high level of

soccer and programs to assist our youth and

the development of youth soccer.


Bonefish Grill

Grand Panama

Resort

Thursday, April 19

5 - 7 pm

Sponsored by Panhandle

Educators FCU

Boatyard Restaurant

Thursday, May 17

5 - 7 pm

Holley Academic Center

Friday, June 8

5 - 7 pm

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Business Spotlights

al.com Adds Sales Force in

Northwest Florida

al.com, Alabama’s largest website

with 2.8 million unique monthly

visitors*, has hired Lee Ann

Leonard to lead sales efforts in the

Gulf Coast region. After more than one year

as BookIt.com’s Panama City Beach Market

Manager, Leonard continues to serve the

travel industry in a newly-created position at

al.com as Gulf Coast Account Executive.

“As the demand for digital content and

advertising grows, our need for more talent

grows,” noted President and CEO Cindy

Martin. “We’re proud to welcome Lee Ann to

our sales team to grow our advertising client

base and build relationships in Northwest

Florida.”

Prior to entering the dot-com arena, Leonard

acted as General Manager for By The Sea

Resorts, Inc., a Panama City Beach hotel

chain including five gulf-front properties and

a restaurant, for nearly six years. Leonard’s

experience includes one year as marketing

director for the Holiday Inn SunSpree,

Panama City Beach and more than ten years

as marketing director for WPGX, Fox 28.

*ComScore Media Metrix, May 2010


Pier Park Adds New Stores, Dining

Options and Entertainment

Pier Park, Northwest Florida’s largest

entertainment, dining and shopping

complex, is pleased to announce

new additions this year. The outdoor

development attracts tourists as well as an

expanding residential base to its dramatic

waterside location with an exciting collection

of anchor stores, specialty shops, restaurants,

entertainment, parks and coastal amenities.

Looking for a great meal and a fun

atmosphere? Dick’s Last Resort features

outrageous, surly and energetic wait staff,

tasty comfort food and live entertainment.

Just in time for Spring Break, Rum Runners

will open in the “E” Shops just south of the

Grand Theatre, offering a casual dining

atmosphere, full-service bar, dueling piano

shows in a tropical Caribbean-style setting.

A variety of new shops, some being first in

the market, are opening in 2012. French

Charmed, located on the Boardwalk near

Polka Dots Toys & Gifts, offers French country

décor and European-inspired goods; many of

the collections are unique and expertly hand

crafted. Francesca’s Collections specializes

in gifts, apparel, home accessories and jewelry

reflecting fashionable styles from all over the

world; located in the Town Center.

Charming Charlie, also located in the

Town Center, is a unique fashion accessory

boutique designed to help women of all

ages complete their outfits, regardless of the

occasion or mood. Pepper Palace, located

on the Boardwalk’s west side, will offer a

variety of spicy food products from hot sauces

to habanero corn bread mix. Celebrated by

many trend savvy shoppers, Forever 21 will

boast more than 23,205-square-feet of space,

occupying the former Border’s location,

offering a variety of apparel, shoes and

accessories aimed at customers of all ages.


HomeRun Advantage Applies

Innovative Business Model

Founded in 2012 as Northwest Florida’s

newest vacation rental management

company, HomeRun Advantage

fits vacation homeowners with programs

suited to their individual management and

maintenance needs. With leadership whose

experience equals decades of hotel and resort

management, HomeRun Advantage is able

to control the vacation rental experience

while homeowners control their costs.

This is a new type of vacation rental

management company that bases itself

around simplicity, honesty, and most

importantly, money in the homeowner’s

pocket,” says Michael Austin, vice president

of HomeRun Advantage. “We’re excited to

bring something to the property management

field that is extremely profitable for the owner,

as well as basic and simple to understand.”

By removing the extra overhead that has become

unnecessary in today’s modern management

world, the company is able to offer options

with appropriate subcategories, allowing the

company to charge very competitive rates

for service. HomeRun Advantage does not

take a percent of the room revenue, allowing

homeowners to take home 100 %.

“The bottom line is there are no monthly

fees and owners know what to expect,”

Austin says. “At HomeRun Advantage, the

owner controls the costs while we control the

vacation rental experience.”


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LaketownWharf.com

9902 South Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

850.628.1490

10th Floor

Sky-Level Pool

12 month leases available

THERE’S VERY LITTLE

BETWEEN YOU AND LIVING WELL.

Experience extraordinary living on a grand scale.

· 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom floor plans

· Gulf, lake & golf course views

· Private lake with dancing waters

· 5 Amazing swimming pools

· Restaurants & retail shopping

· Advanced fitness center

· Theater, pier & boardwalk

· Kids playground

· Controlled access entry

· Covered garage parking

· Convenient beach access

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“SOME LIKE IT HOT” Chef Review


Schlotzsky’s & Cinnabon

New in Panama City Beach

“Schlotzsky’s has been serving up hot, toasted sandwiches

on made-from-scratch sour dough bread for 40

years. With the addition of salads, pizzas, wraps and

Cinnabon, you can find something to please the whole

family.”

The new Schlotzsky’s in Panama City

Beach was built with the company’s

rebranding efforts in mind, which include

a newly designed restaurant, a co-branding

deal with Cinnabon® and a new service

model where crew members hand-deliver

food to the tables. Everything, from tables and

chairs to circular-themed local photography

featuring tongue-in-cheek phrases, is designed

to entertain and cater to the guest.

“We’ve been in the Panama City Beach location

for just over a year now and the community

has made us feel so welcome,” says

owner Umesh Patel. “We are proud of our

food and our service, and look forward to

serving our customers at this location for

many years to come. I’m confident that all

it takes is a taste, and you’ll be a life-long

Schlotzsky’s fan!”

When you enter the restaurant, the smell

of fresh-baked bread and the scent of Cinnabon’s

homemade rolls welcome you.

Guests can enjoy 15 different sandwiches on

Schlotzsky’s famous unique round freshly

baked buns, as well as wraps, gourmet pizzas

made with Fresh-from-Scratch® crusts,

freshly tossed salads and a variety of soups.

Cinnabon, which is recognized for their deliciously

sweet, homemade treats, was a natural

addition to the restaurant, and guests can

enjoy a number of options, including the Cinnabon®

Classic Roll and CinnaPacks.

With our addictive recipes, upbeat surroundings

and funny sayings, Schlotzsky’s is adding

tremendous flavor to the Panama City

Beach quick-casual dining scene.


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RESTAURANTS

3 Brothers from Italy Pizza

8815B Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 708-1273

3bpizza.com

Angelo’s Steak Pit

9527 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32411

(850) 234-2531

Angelos-steakpit.com

Another Broken Egg

11535 Hutchison Blvd

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-2007

anotherbrokenegg.com

Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House

16220 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-1750

srgcorp.net

Bayou on the Beach Cafe & Oyster Bar

11115 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-3478

bayouonthebeach.com

Beef O’ Brady’s

13800 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Suite 110-111

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-1551

beefobradys.com

Billy’s Oyster Bar

3000 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-2349

Boatyard

5323 N. Lagoon Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 249-9273

boatyardclub.com


11535 Hutchison Blvd

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-0428


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Boon Docks Restaurant

14854 Bay View Circle (West Bay)

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 230-0005


Breakers Restaurant

12627 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 234-6060

breakerspcbeach.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

701 Pier Park Drive, Bldg. C, Suite 100

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 236-0325

buffalowildwings.com

Burger King

11213 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 234-5257

bk.com

C-Level Bar & Grill

5508 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-3564

clevelpcb.com

Cahall’s Deli

416 W. 23rd Street

Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 769-7739

cahallsdeli.com

The Cantina Bar & Grill


Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-6228

Capt’s Table Fish House Restaurant

1110 Beck Avenue

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 767-9933

Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant &

Waterfront Market

5551 N. Lagoon Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 234-2225

captanderson.com

Capt. Jack’s Family Buffet

8208 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 236-8555

captjackspcbeach.com

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

13820 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-4522

carrabbas.com


11428 PCB Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 234-9540


Dead Eye Dick’s Steakhouse

9802 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-3425

deadeyedickssteakhouse.com

Dick’s Last Resort

16210 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 588-0631

dickslastresort.com

Dirty Dick’s Crabhouse

9800 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 234-7900

dirtydickscrabs.com

Fatty’s Sandwich Shop

15900 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 249-1515

fattysandwichshop.com

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535 Richard Jackson Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-3359

Firehouse Subs

11560 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 819-8392


& Fries

700 Pier Park Drive

Suite 100, Bldg. D

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-3890


8730 Thomas Drive, Suite 1108

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-3300


6908 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 588-8450


701 Pier Park Drive, Suite 155

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 235-4632

Schooner’s

Unquestionably a historical place for Panama

City Beach residents, Schooner’s definitely has

earned its reputation as the last local beach club.

Maintaining their reputation of having the freshest

seafood, they buy their seafood every morning

from a local boat captain. Schooner’s chefs

grill every dish to perfection, capturing all the savory,

natural juices of the fish. Enjoy the sunset

on their deck with the gulf only footsteps away...

there’s no way you won’t “Love This Bar!”

(850) 235-3555 schooners.com

Boon Docks

Work up an appetite for savory southern food

when heading to this local hideaway. Delectable

seafood entrees in their original breading recipe

make this hidden landmark a must for anyone

craving a home-style meal. Boondocks offers

its customers an authentic old fish house atmosphere

that sits directly on the West Bay, and a

warm, family friendly staff. Enjoy live music

on their newly constructed fish boat stage with a

bowl of their famous fried pickles.

(850) 230-0005


Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 650-3656


16201C Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-8232


1136 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 249-5112

Another Broken Egg

If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, then

Another Broken Egg is where to eat! Living by

their philosophy of “Nothing short of right is

right,” the Egg has earned its reputation for having

an impeccable breakfast and brunch menu. If

it’s something hearty you crave, try one of their

eggs-trordinary omelets. If you have a sweet

tooth in the morning, their bananas foster pancakes

are to die for. Another Broken Egg is one

of the benefits of being a morning person.

(850) 249-2007

Lotus Cafe

Get back to the basics and try Lotus Zen Garden

Café for an organic cuisine experience. At Lotus,

different fresh and organic produce come in

weekly to optimize quality to its customers. Delicious

salads, veggie sandwiches, smoothies and

wraps flood their menu with healthy, gratifying

selections. This is no bland organic restaurant;

their variety of herbs and spices are sure to liven

up your taste buds! Stop on by for “Food and

Drink for Health and Happiness.”

(850) 234-1651 zengardenmarket.com

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Hooters

12709 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-9464

Boatyard

With Boatyard’s main attraction being its prime

waterfront location, its exquisite sushi menu is

just rice on the fish! Sushi chef Slade Christmas

brings a modern twist to the sushi here, and a delicious

one at that. Boatyard is not your everyday

Japanese sushi bar, which makes for a creative

twist to your everyday seafood restaurant. Original

chef rolls such as the Banana Spider, Mona

Lisa and Millionaire keep the sushi enthusiasts

coming back for more.

(850) 249-9273 boatyardclub.com

Triple J Steakhouse

Triple J Steakhouse encompasses everything a

steakhouse should be. They believe that a great

meal should start from the ingredients and follow

through all the way to the plate. As a local favorite

for top-notch steak, any choice you make

is good (all steaks are Certified Angus Beef),

whether it’s the slow cooked prime rib or the tender,

delicious filet mignon. Pair your favorite cut

of meat with one of Triple J’s famous side dishes

for a most appetizing experience.

(850) 233-9514 triplejsteakhouse.com

Kentucky Fried Chicken

22003 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 235-2879

Lady Anderson Dining

Yacht

5550 N. Lagoon Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(800) 360-0510

Liza’s Kitchen

7328 Thomas Drive

Suite L

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-9000

Longhorn Steak House

15721 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-4980

Dick’s Last Resort

Look out, Panama City Beach! Dick’s Last

Resort has invaded Pier Park with its energetic

wait-staff and ridiculous humor. If an outrageous

experience is what you’re craving, then this is

the place to satisfy your want. Get your menu

shouted to you, absorb questionable bands, and

just enjoy all the fun. Guests will leave with a

2-foot tall paper hat, maybe a bruised ego and a

smile on their face. This is the “Joint yer mama

warned you about.”

(850) 588-0631 dickslastresort.com

Liza’s Kitchen

Liza’s Kitchen can be described as a quaint little

beach sandwich shop, but a fantastic one at that.

With their philosophy of “using the freshest ingredients

and not cutting corners,” you won’t

find anything processed or store bought here.

Liza’s makes everything from their bread to their

mayonnaise; you won’t even make a sandwich at

home that fresh. With Liza’s infinite number of

build-your-own sandwich choices, you could enjoy

a different sandwich every day of the year.

(850) 233-9000 lovelizas.com

Los Antojitos

4809 Highway 98

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 784-6633

Los Rancheros Mexican

Restaurant

527 Richard Jackson Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-5195

Lotus Cafe

707 Richard Jackson Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 234-1651

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Margaritaville

16230 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 235-7870

margaritaville.com

Matty’s Irish Pub

13528 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-4890

mattyspub.com

McDonald’s Restaurant

16990 West Alt. Hwy 98

Panama City, FL 32404

(850) 897-3169

mcdonalds.com

McDonald’s Restaurant

10628 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 234-6096

mcdonalds.com

Mike’s Café & Oyster Bar

17554 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 234-1942

mikespcb.com

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

15701 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 235-4225

olivegarden.com

Panera Bread


Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 235-6325

panerabread.com

Papa John’s Pizza

11160 Panama City Beach Pkwy. Ste 406

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-3777

papajohns.com

Pineapple Willy’s

9875 S. Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-0928

pineapplewillys.com

Pompanos Restaurant

10292 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 233-9080

discoverpompanos.com

Red Brick Pizza

801 Pier Park Drive, Suite A-100

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 236-1413

redbrickpizza.com

Reggae J’s Island Grill

16202 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-1790

reggaejs.com

Saltwater Grill

11040 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 233-6033

saltwatergrillpcb.com

Scampy’s

4933 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-4209

Schlotzsky’s/Cinnabon

15801 LC Hilton Jr. Drive, Suite 100

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 236-8900

schlotzskys.com

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Schooner’s

5121 Gulf Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-3555

schooners.com

Shane’s Rib Shack

10100 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-8111

shanesribshack.com

Shrimp Boat Restaurant/Gracie Rae/

St. Andrews Seafood Market

1201 Beck Avenue

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 785-8706

theshrimpboatrestaurant.com

Smok ‘n Butts BBQ

15801 LC Hilton Jr. Drive, Suite 105

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 625-5047

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q

11341 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-4742

sonnysbbq.com

Spicy Noodle Italian Bistro

13667 East Emerald Coast Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 231-0955

spicy-noodle.com

Spinnaker Beach Club & Paradise Grill

8795 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 234-7892

spinnakerbeachclub.com

Tacky Jack’s

3901 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 230-2347

piratescovemarinapcb.com

T.G.I. Fridays

1022 W. 23rd Street

Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 747-0537

tgifridays.com

The Original J. Michael’s Restaurant

3210 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-2055

jmichaelsrestaurant.com

Triple J Steakhouse

2218 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-9514

triplejsteakhouse.com-

Tropical Smoothie

11260 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Suite 101

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 588-8470

tropicalsmoothie.com

Zaxby’s

9960 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 233-6000

zaxbys.com

SEAFOOD

MARKETS

Buddy Gandy Seafood

3004 Highway 98

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 784-0663

buddygandysseafood.com

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Buddy’s Seafood

111 S. Highway 79

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 234-2609

buddysseafoodmarket.com

West Bay Seafood

6513 West Bay Landing Lane

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 588-8585

BAKERIES

Dunkin’ Donuts

11150 Panama City Beach Pkwy.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-4443

dunkindonuts.com

It Takes A Cake

203 N. Arnold Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 249-9220

ittakesacakepcb.com

ICE CREAM / YOGURT

CONFECTIONS

Bippy’s By The Beach

801 Pier Park

Suite 105

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-8356

bippysbythebeach.com

Dippin Dots

10025 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-8800

dippindots.com

Penguin Parlor

1306 New York Avenue

Lynn Haven, FL 32444

(850) 819-4444

BARS SERVING FOOD

Buckaloo’s Saloon & Oyster Bar

6628 Thomas Dr.

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 249-5270

buckaloospcb.com

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

700 S. Pier Park Drive

Suite 170

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 236-3459

tootsies.net

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a few minutes

vickie

gainer

ickie Gainer has over 25 years in

PR, marketing and communications.

She is currently the marketing director

for , where

her tenacious drive

and profound expertise

in marketing and

communications has

helped her to continue

to ascend her career.

“I love my job here

at ,

and the people I work

with,” says Gainer. “I

have an opportunity to

make an impact in the community as well as

utilize my skills and expertise.” Gainer oversees

many of the marketing strategies for audience

development, advertising, new products

and newspaper branding–both print and

digital. Her knowledge of event planning

has played an active role in championing

some of The ’s signature events.

She also oversees requests for in-kind sponsorships

and coordinates research initiatives

and comprehensive studies.

This year, Gainer will chair the Panama City

Beach Chamber’s 3rd Annual Women’s

Work-Life Symposium, working alongside

Chamber staff and numerous talented women

in the community on what has become

one of the Beach Chamber’s key events of

the year. “Working with such capable and

Over the years, Gainer has served

her community well, demonstrating

a passionate commitment to

the welfare and betterment of

Bay County.

creative women is what initially attracted me

to this project,” she says. “That we can bring

such inspiring messages to professional

women in our community, year after year, is

a wonderful thing!”

Prior to her work at The , Gainer

was employed by Peoples First Community

Bank Corporate Office as the assistant marketing

director. She identified marketing objectives

and projects for 32 banking centers

in the Florida region, including executing

marketing, communications and public and

media relations. In her role, Gainer supervised

marketing staff, day-to-day marketing

projects, and was responsible for management

of the company’s advertising budget

and creative direction for all marketing projects

and campaigns.

Gainer’s knowledge

and skills have also afforded

her the opportunity

to work in the

corporate, education

and non-profit arenas.

In 1996, she left nonprofit

to work in the

academic world where

she was employed as

recruiter for then-Gulf

Coast Community College. In 2003, she was

tapped as the first African American communications

director at Florida State University

Panama City, where she managed the communications

staff as well as all internal and

external communications and publications.

Other than the Dean, Gainer was the University’s

official spokesperson.


Pictured clockwise from left: Vickie with FSU

PC Dean Dr. Ed Wright; Crystal Bullock congratulates

Vickie; at the 2nd Annual Women’s Work-Life

Symposium in 2011 with Nancy Luther of Clear

Channel (left) and Kim Godwin of CBS Evening

News with Scott Pelley (right).

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Cardiac care that’s saving lives and cardiac education that adds years to your life.

The Area’s First and Only Accredited Chest Pain Center

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World-Renowned Leaders to


Broadcasting Live May 4, 2012

Community business

leaders can access

the knowledge

and experience of

world-renowned

speakers by attending

the 2012 Chickfil-A

Leadercast

on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Amelia Center

at Gulf Coast State College in Panama

City from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The Beach

Chamber is hosting this one-day leader development

event along with community

partners Northstar Church and First United

Methodist Church. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is

a way to bring leaders together from all over

the world for a time of learning, listening and

networking at the same time. The event is

simulcast live from Atlanta.

Speakers for this year’s event include Soledad

O’Brien, Tim Tebow, Marcus Buckingham,

Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell, Angela

Ahrendts, Roland Fryer, Urban Meyer,

Andy Stanley and Sheena Iyengar.

This year’s program will focus on

the power of choice. The choices you

make define the leader you become. They are

not just about you; they are about the positive

impact you can have on your organization,

your community and beyond. Our world

needs everyday leaders who will choose to

make it a better place. This diverse group of

internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership

experts and practitioners will share insights

to help our local business leaders empower

and equip others at work, at home and in the

community through their choices.

Last year, 85,000 leaders from 17 countries

attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast. In its

12th year, this full day, experiential conference

is predicted to reach its largest audience

to date. Tickets cost $87 per person, $67 for

Beach Chamber members, and blocks of 10

or more are available for $57 per person. For

more information and to purchase tickets,

visit PCBeach.org.

For local ticketing information, call (850)

235-1159 or visit PCBeach.org.

Continued on Page 34

Leadercast 2012 Speakers on this page

include (clockwise from top left): Urban

Meyer, head football coach for Ohio State

University; Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback,

Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author;

Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and special

correspondent for CNN; Marcus Buckingham,

Strength strategist, researcher and

best-selling author; and Andy Stanley, Bestselling

leadership author and communicator.

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The 3 rd Annual

Women’s

Work-Life Symposium

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Third Annual Women’s

Work-Life Symposium

will be held on Friday,

June 8 from 7:30

am to 3:30 pm at FSU

PC’s Holley Academic

Center. This day-long

event will focus on the

art of achieving a healthy work-life balance.

This year’s event is presented by Gulf Coast

Medical Center and Gulf Coast Chiropractic

& Rehab.

The Symposium will present productive sessions

with six inspirational speakers from

around the country. Lorna Owens, International

Motivational Speaker, Life Strategist

and Author, will kick off the Symposium. A

former criminal attorney, Lorna’s epiphany

at her father’s funeral led to a major transformation

in her life, and to her becoming

a specialist on “massive change.” Her

morning session, “A Place Called Work: A

Kinder, Gentler Workplace,” will discuss our

own value, the workplace culture, focusing

energy on the things we do best, and creating

win-win situations.

At lunchtime, Jill Nichols, Chief Operating

Officer of Vera Bradley, will share “The Vera

Bradley Story.” In 30 years Vera Bradley has

grown from a company of two co-founders

to one with more than 2,000 employees and

annual sales (2011) of $366 million. Jill will

discuss Vera Bradley’s core values and caring

culture, which led to the creation of the

Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Author, Speaker and Human Performance

Coach Jennifer Webb will close the Symposium

with “If You Want to Set the World

on Fire, Make Sure Your Matches are Lit!”

This afternoon session will cover key points

that are crucial to success, such as positioning

yourself in a man’s world, how to let go

of “rules” that get in the way of effective, focused

thinking, and how to put more joy in

your life.

Three breakout sessions, offered in the morning

and again in the afternoon, will feature

healthy lifestyles, the power of balance, and

getting organized. Alison Lewis, nationally

known food, travel, fitness and lifestyle

journalist, will present “Leading a Healthy

Lifestyle.” This interactive session will share

Continued on Page 35

3rd Annual Women’s Work-Life Symposium

Speakers on this page include

(clockwise from top left): Lorna Owens, Jill

Nichols, Jennifer Webb, Charlotte Steil, Martha

Lanier and Alison Lewis.

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Leadercast 2012 Speakers on this page

include (clockwise from top left): Patrick Lencioni,

Best-selling author and president of The

Table Group; Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry;

Roland Fryer, Professor of economics

at Harvard University and CEO of the Education

Innovation Laboratory; Sheena Iyengar,

Author of The Art of Choosing and world-renowned

expert of choice; and John Maxwell,

Leadership expert & best-selling author of The

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

2012 SPEAKERS

URBAN MEYER

Head football coach for Ohio State University

Urban Meyer, who won two BCS National

Championships in six years, currently

serves as college football game and

studio analyst for ESPN. Meyer, who was

named Sporting News and Sports Illustrated

“Coach of the Decade” in December of

2009, was the first coach ever to win two

BCS National Championships, and one of

only two coaches in the history of the SEC

to win two outright National Titles. Meyer

has also spearheaded an effort to feed needy

families and initiated a mentor program for

young at-risk males.

TIM TEBOW

NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner & bestselling

author

Tim Tebow is one of the most accomplished

players in college football history.

A two-time winner of the NCAA National

Football Championship with the University

of Florida, Tebow is also the first-ever

sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.

In 2010, Tebow was selected in the first

round of the NFL Draft by the Denver

Broncos. He is the founder of the Tim

Tebow Foundation and, in 2011, Tebow

authored , an inspirational

memoir that became a New York

Times bestseller.

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN

CNN anchor & special correspondent

Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special

correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining

the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported

breaking news from around the globe and has

produced award-winning, record-breaking

and critically-acclaimed documentaries on

the most important stories facing the world

today. In 2011, O’Brien won her first Emmy

for Crisis in Haiti (Anderson Cooper 360) in

the category of Outstanding Live Coverage

of a Current News Story – Long Form.

MARCUS BUCKINGHAM

Strength strategist, researcher, best-selling author

As a co-author of

, he helped create StrengthsFinder,

the personal assessment tool that gave millions

of individuals a new vocabulary to

positively describe their ingrained talents.

He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company

in 2007 to create tools and training that

would help managers and organizations access

the untapped potential of their people’s

strengths. His latest project, StandOut, is a

book and strengths assessment combination

that uses a new research methodology to reveal

your areas of comparative advantage.

ANDY STANLEY

Best-selling leadership author & communicator

Andy Stanley is a sought-after leadership

communicator, author, pastor, and the founder

of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Every

month, well over a million people from

nearly every country in the world choose

to tune in, download, and stream Stanley’s

teaching content via TV, radio, podcasts,

and live streaming.Stanley’s books include

The Next Generation Leader, Visioneering,

Enemies of the Heart, and The Principle of

the Path.

PATRICK LENCIONI

Best-selling author, president of The Table Group

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president

of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized

management-consulting firm focused on

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organizational health. Lencioni is the author

of nine best-selling books with nearly three

million copies sold. The Wall Street Journal

has named Lencioni one of the most in-demand

business speakers. After several years

in print, his book, The Five Dysfunctions of

a Team continues to be a fixture on national

best-seller lists. His latest work, Getting Naked,

was released in February 2010.

ANGELA AHRENDTS

Chief Executive Officer, Burberry

Under Angela Ahrendts’s leadership, the

iconic London luxury clothier—one of the

100 largest companies in the United Kingdom—has

experienced significant increases

in revenues & profits and expansion into

new markets. Ahrendts was included on the

Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women” list in

2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. She also was

among Fortune Magazine’s “International

Power 50” in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, she

was named “European Business Leader of

the Future” at the CNBC European Business

Leaders Awards.

SHEENA INYENGAR

Author of “The Art of Choosing” & world-renowned

expert on choice

3rd Annual Women’s Work-Life

Symposium

Continued from Page 33

Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2012


ideas and tips for serving healthy, easy

meals, and will uncover the art to eating and

living well. Alison’s blog, ingredientsinc.

net, combines all of her passions: food,

travel, fitness, nutrition and fashion. Martha

Lanier, cancer and heart attack survivor,

triathlete and author, will present “The

Power of Balance: Managing Life’s Stresses.”

Most of us are overloaded with multiple

forms of stress – at home, at work, or

life’s unexpected challenges. This entertaining

session will demonstrates how to regain

control and enjoy living a recharged, refocused

and balanced life. Charlotte Steil,

certified professional organizer (CPO) will

present “The Organizing Triangle: Three

Essential Points to Get and Stay Organized

For Life!” In this session she will show

how to create an organizational system tailored

to each individual, how to select products

to enhance that system, and what habits

are needed to maintain it all.

Sheena S. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee

Professor of Business in the Management

Division of the Columbia Business School.

She has taught on a wide variety of topics at

Columbia for MBAand Executive MBAstudents,

including leadership, decision making,

creativity, and globalization, earning an Innovation

in the Teaching Curriculum award.

Dr. Iyengar’s innovative research on choice

has been funded by the National Science

Foundation, the National Institute of Mental

Health, and the National Security Education

Program.

JOHN MAXWELL

Leadership expert & best-selling author of “The 21

Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”

John C. Maxwell is an internationally-renowned

leadership expert, coach, and author

who has sold over 20 million books. Dr. Maxwell

founded EQUIP and The John Maxwell

Company, organizations that have trained

more than 5 million leaders in 153 countries.

Every year he speaks to Fortune 100 companies,

international government leaders, and organizations

such as the United States Military

Academy at West Point, the National Football

League, and the United Nations.

In addition to keynote sessions and breakout

workshops, attendees will enjoy a networking

breakfast, buffet lunch, and a special

Business After Hours reception following

the Symposium. An enhanced Exhibitor

Showcase will stay open throughout the day,

featuring products and services relevant to

the professional woman seeking a healthy

work-life balance. Drawings, giveaways

and Symposium Goody Bags will complete

the day. Early Bird Registration, through

May 11, costs $69 per person and after May

11 $99 per person. To register, contact the

Beach Chamber at (850) 235-1159.


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Chamber D.I.N.E. Luncheon

January 26, 2012

1 . The first Chamber D.I.N.E. of the year

featured Florida CFO Jeff Atwater; prior to

the luncheon a Legislative Roundtable was

held with members of the Beach Chamber’s

Board. 2. CFO Atwater extended

gratitude on behalf of the State of Florida

for our community’s talent and wisdom.

3. Chamber president Beth Oltman with


the event’s sponsors: Dr. Jon Ward (left)

of Gulf Coast Dermatology and David

Tipton (right) of Tipton, Marler, Garner &

Chastain. 4. Chamber D.I.N.E. took place

at the Wyndham Bay Point Resort.




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SEE & BE SEEN

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3

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First Friday with the Beach January 6, 2012

1. Neal Wade, Executive Director of the Bay

County Economic Development Alliance, was guest

speaker at First Friday with the Beach on January

6; pictured with 2012 Beach Chamber Chair

Paul Wohlford (left) and 2012 Bay County Chair Al

McCambry (right). 2. Members of both chambers

attended the morning meeting, held at FSU PC’s

Holley Center. 3. President Beth Oltman with Lauren

Williams, the Chamber’s new Lead-In Coordinator

and Assistant to the President.

Business After Hours at WonderWorks

January 12, 2012 Chamber members enjoyed

WonderWorks exhibits and snacks from Shane’s Rib

Shack; sponsored by Trustmark Bank. 4. From left:

Celena Graberg, Maureen Richardson, Paco Schultz,

Ann Swedlund. 5. From left: Jo Ann Revell, John

Harrell, Libby Sipple. 6.From left: Dave Trepanier,

Gary Walsingham, Joe Holt, Jeff DiBenedictis.

7 & 10. Aerial views from the rope course. 8. From left:

Greg Taylor, Rita Hanson, Sarah Lark, Tom Lewis.

9. Clockwise from top: Roy Calvin Eure, Betsy Hulsey,

Chris Charles, Joe Chavarria, Stacey Dupree.

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SEE & BE SEEN

Business After Hours at Carrabba’s

Italian Grill

on February 16, 2012

2

1. Guests of the Business After Hours at Carrabba’s enjoyed delicious Italian cuisine, a

glass of wine and cozy networking. 2. Lee Ann Leonard and Wendy Tatanish. 3. Brent

Garrison, Perry Robinson, Guy Garrett. 4. Denise Fitchben & Remy Cooksey. 5. From left:

Perry Robinson, Terri Hugghins, Ryan Martin, Jessica Cook and Felicia Cook. 6. David

Balmer from Dale Carnegie Training presents the January 25 Lunch & Learn workshop.

7. Brandon Welch from ClicksCrazy.com presents the February 22 Lunch & Learn.

8. Capital Days was held for State and Chamber business leaders in Tallahassee on

January 11-13. From left: Enterprise Florida President & Secretary of Commerce Gray

Swoope; Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard; Department

of Revenue Executive Director Lisa Vickers; and Department of Transportation Secretary

Ananth Prasad. 9. Attendees at Brandon Welch’s “Be Listed, Be Social, Be Happy.”

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SEE & BE SEEN

Chamber’s Annual Dinner

on February 23, 2012

2

1. The Beach Chamber held its Annual Dinner & 25th Anniversary Party on February 23

at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, who presented the event along with Comcast Business

Class. 2. Beth Oltman (left) and Paul Wohlford (right) present the Pioneer of the

Year Award to Philip Griffitts, Sr. 3. The Chamber thanked past Chair Robert Carroll for

his work and dedication to the Chamber in 2011. 4. Sharon Carroll sings the National

Anthem. 5. Beth Oltman and Paul Wohlford present the Small Business Person Award to

Konrad Jochum from the Boatyard. 6.Jerrilyn and Philip Griffitts with (back row, from left)

Matt Griffitts, Patrice Lovett, Laura and Griff Griffitts. 7. Ann and Paul Wohlford.

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SEE & BE SEEN

Chamber’s Annual Dinner

on February 23, 2012

1. President Beth Oltman and 2012 Chairman

Paul Wohlford present the Humanitarian of the

Year Award to Ramon Duvall. 2. Beth Oltman

and Paul Wohlford present the Ambassador of

the Year Award to Nycole McKissick. 3. Wes

Burnham with his daughter, Stacey Trepanier.

4. The Navy Color Guard presents the colors.

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ASK THE DOCTOR

Carlos E. Ramos, MD, FACS

Dr. Ramos is a Board Certified Urologist.

He received his Medical Degree from The

University of Puerto Rico in 1990. He completed

his Residency program at The University

of Texas in Houston in 1998. Dr. Ramos

is a member of the FMA, AUA, Bays

Medical Society, Gulf Coast Medical Center

and Bay Medical Center.

“My patients often ask me which nutritional

supplements are good for their health,” he

says. “My answer used to be that I did not

know. Recently, I had the privilege to assist

in a lecture with Dr. Mark Moyad, a Professor

of Urology at the University of Michigan,

and the director of Preventative and Alternative

Medicine. He is an expert on this

topic. In his book, “Promoting Wellness for

Prostate Cancer Patients,” Dr. Moyad provides

a quick summary reference guide of

peer reviewed supplements.

THE BAYS MEDICAL SOCIETY

“Helping Our Physicians Help Patients”

The Bays Medical Society is both a professional

and scientific organization of medical

and osteopathic physicians, and the local

affiliate of the Florida Medical Association

(FMA). Although membership is voluntary,

many physicians choose to join because

they know they are most effective in attaining

quality medical care with a strong

team surrounding them. Our members

value superior relations between physicians

and patients. Therefore, our Board of

Directors and members routinely take time

out of their busy schedules to advocate for

patients and physicians at the local, State,

and Federal level. Our goal is to continue

our mission of “Helping Our Physicians

Help Patients” for a very long time.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER OVER THE

COUNTER PRODUCTS

By Dr. Mark Moyad

Aspirin Low-dose baby aspirin only makes

sense for those w/ a higher risk of heart disease.

Beta-Sitosterol, Pygeum Africanum, or

Saw Palmetto All possible options for noncancerous

enlargement (BPH) of the prostate

with or without prescription medications, unknown

if they fight cancer or not.

B-Complex Vitamin Supplement Avoid

these because they may encourage tumor growth

in some men.

Calcium If any concern exists about bone

health, take calcium supplements (1000 to 1500

mg/day) but those with a history of calcium stones

need to take calcium citrate.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) May provide a

slight benefit in reducing the side effects of cholesterol-lowering

drugs, otherwise there is no need to take

an individual coQ10 supplement.

Flaxseed or Soy Most of the research is with

the food sources (powder or protein powder) so

stay away from the dietary supplements.

Ginger One of the best dietary supplements to

take (500-1000 mg/day) to reduce nausea during

and after chemotherapy.

Glucosamine or Pycnogenol Taken for

osteoarthritis has a very good safety record. Now

available in liquid options, but has no evidence in

prostate cancer treatment.

Green Tea (Supplements) Skip the supplements

(has no research) and drink green tea. It has

zero calories, a moderate amount of healthy caffeine,

an anti-stress compound (L-theanine), and other

healthy nutrients. Can be consumed hot or cold.

Korean Red Ginseng or MACA These two

components have very good preliminary data to

improve sexual health (erectile function/libido) in

men and potentially women, but there are serious

quality control issues, so try to find a reputable

company.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin These eye health supplements

may help those with macular degeneration

but have no evidence in prostate cancer.

Multivitamin Take 1 pill a day maximum (children’s

dosage is best).

Niacin (vitamin B) One of the only B-vitamins

that some individuals need to take in larger amounts

in an over-the-counter or prescription form to increase

HDL and lower triglycerides. Stay away

from “no flush” niacin and just use “immediaterelease”

or prescription extended release niacin, if

needed at all.

Panax Quinquefolius Also known as American

Ginseng, this dietary supplement (1000-2000

mg/day) has helped some patients reduce their fatigue

and improve energy levels during chemotherapy

or other cancer treatments. Should not be taken

during localized prostate cancer treatment because

it may have blood thinning effects.

Probiotics “healthy bacteria” Should be

avoided by most cancer patients because of lack

of research. Getting lots of fiber already gives you

healthy bacteria. The only exception to my avoid-it

rule is with bladder cancer or bladder health. There,

clinical trials find that a type of healthy bacteria

from yogurt may provide a treatment benefit.

Resveratrol This so-called anti-aging compound

is sold as a supplement, but red wine is

actually the best source of this compound.

Selenium Stay away from individual supplements.

Enough is provided by a low-dose multi vitamin.

Statin (lowers cholesterol) Not a supplement,

but rather a prescription medication that should be a

consideration for anyone with prostate cancer who

is not able to lower cholesterol and hs-CRP blood

test enough using diet and exercise alone.

Vitamin C Get it from a multivitamin. Higher

amounts (500-1000 mg/day) can be obtained for

immune health (colds) but try to take a non-acidic

form if you are concerned about side effects.

Vitamin D Take about 800-1000 (25 mcg) of

vitamin D3 (also known as “cholecalciferol”)

every day on average. You can get a vitamin D

blood test to see how much vitamin D you need.

Vitamin E Do not take this supplement by itself

in any form right now. Just get your vitamin

E from food and a multivitamin.

Whey Protein Can be taken as a powdered drink

supplement (never as a pill) for any man needing

more high-quality protein for health, weight loss,

and to support muscle health.

Zinc There is no need to take an individual zinc

supplement (prostate unhealthy). Just get it in

your multivitamin.

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Vision Bank is now

Centennial Bank.

More than just financially strong, Centennial Bank offers the same friendly, communityfocused

service you’ve come to trust in the Panhandle. Now there’s just more of it. With

free instant-issue debit cards, free ATMs nationwide, and over 35 convenient locations. We

think you’ll find it’s banking that comes to you.


Dr. Ed Wright, who was FSU PC’s Dean during

her tenure, remembers Vickie as the face

of the university in the community. “Vickie

was an invaluable resource because of her

connections with—and knowledge of—the

many organizations and non-profits she was

involved with.” Gainer also advised the

leadership team on communications strategy,

coordinated the University’s public message

and all marketing efforts while working extensively

with the enrollment management

and the development office. “Vickie was the

voice in the Dean’s council for what was best

for the community,” notes Dr. Wright. Before

being promoted to the communications director

position, her eye for detail and creative lens

helped her to execute duties as the University’s

special events coordinator for three years.

Gainer says some of her greatest lessons and

experiences have come from working in the

not-for-profit world, and feels working with

at-risk children and struggling families made

her a better person. She worked as the Parent

Involvement/Volunteer Coordinator for the

Bay County Headstart Program, where her

focus was to inspire parents, help empower

their lives and assist them in meeting their

career potentials. She also trained parents

and staff on how to effectively communicate.

“I wanted to make a difference,” she

says. “To make a difference, I believe you

must love people and love what you do—no

matter what your profession may be.”

Gainer, the daughter of a Baptist Preacher

and whose mother was a missionary, is the

sixth of eight siblings, was born and raised

in Alabama. Her parent’s of modest means,

but strong faith in God, taught her to love

God and be committed to the task, no matter

how tough it may seem. Gainer earned her

bachelor’s degree in mass communications

from the University of Montevallo in 1981

and received her master’s degree from Florida

State University in Corporate and Public

Communication. She has completed several

Public Policy Institute through the Kellogg

Foundation and is a certified facilitator.

Over the years, Gainer has served her community

well—demonstrating a passionate

commitment to the welfare and betterment of

Bay County. In 2006 Gainer was recognized

as a “Notable Nole” by the FSU PC University

Alumni Office. She has served on the

Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors,

the Women of Destiny Board of Directors,

United Way Board of Directors and chair of

United Way Communications committee--

developing numerous United Way campaign

videos and marketing campaigns. She has

been an active in the community, serving as

a member of the Leadership Bay Steering

Committee, chair of the Bay County Chamber’s

Public Relations committee, a member

of the Bay County Chamber Board of Directors,

and a past member of the Florida Public

Relations Association of Tallahassee. Gainer’s

current memberships include member

and president-elect of the Northside Rotary,

Early Education and Care Board of Directors,

corresponding secretary and Silver Star

member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Inc., local chapter Xi Omicron Omega Chapter

of Panama City.

She is married to Harry Gainer Jr., and they

have two children and four grandchildren.

Gainer is very committed to her faith and

her church at the St. John Missionary Baptist

Church, where she served as the Children’s

Ministry Coordinator for many years. She

currently teaches the Senior Women’s Sunday

School Class, and is the co-coordinator

of the Pastor’s Aide Ministry.


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Committee Updates

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Navigator

“Communication Among Generations,”

a very pertinent subject

in today’s business environment,

was discussed at the first Lunch &

Learn of the year on January 25 by

David Balmer, Emerald Coast Representative

for Dale Carnegie Training. The workforce

currently consists of four generations:

Veterans (born 1945 and prior), Baby

Boomers, (1946-1964), Gen X-ers (1965-

1980) and Millennials (1981-1994). Each

generation has their own preferred method

of communicating, and as business leaders

we need to identify these styles and develop a

plan to build stronger lines of communications

among the generations. The workshop took

place at Gulf Coast State College and was

presented by Southwest Airlines.

On February 22, Brandon Welch, founder of

ClicksCrazy.com, presented “Be Listed, Be

Social, Be Happy.” Do you know all the best

(many free) ways to promote your website

and draw more traffic? Brandon explained

how to take advantage of free business listings

and discussed ways to best utilize your social

Charting

the


Entrepreneurial

networks. This Lunch & Learn

was sponsored by Gulf Coast

Chiropractic and Rehab (who has

signed on as the Lunch & Learn

sponsor for all 2012 workshops).

On March 28, Mike Scott, a

partner at Carr, Riggs & Ingram, will present

“2012 Fiscal Fitness Tips.” On April 25, Dr.

Sandy Halvorson, a professor at FSU PC, is

back to present “The 10 Commandments of

Public Speaking.” Both workshops will be

held at Gulf Coast State College.

Cost for Lunch & Learns is $15 for Students

and HYPE members; $20 for Beach Chamber

members; and $25 for non-members.

Workshops include a catered lunch and preregistration

is required by calling the Beach

Chamber at (850) 235-1159.

Pictured above, left: Navigator co-chair Karen

Blackerby (left) presents the Small Business

Person Award of Q4 2011 to Leslie and Dennis

Brown, owners of Blue Heron Fine Gifts. Right:

The February 22 Lunch & Learn (from left): Karen

Blackerby; Alison Hoefler from Southwest Airlines,

the event’s presenting sponsor; Brandon Welch

from ClicksCrazy.com; Dr. Wesley Johnson and

James Johnson (Navigator co-chair), both of Gulf

Coast Chiropractic & Rehab who sponsored.

Course

for

Business

Small

HYPE: Helping

Young Professionals Evolve

The Beach Chamber’s HYPE Committee

held a cocktail party to kick off the new

year at Firefly on January 31. Young

professionals between the ages of 21 and

40 networked and learned about HYPE’s

program of work. The committee plans

to hold five social gatherings in 2012, five

professional development luncheons, and

two business or facility tours. The event was

sponsored by Animal Care Center and Gulf

Coast Chiropractic & Rehab.

On February 29, HYPE held a fun social

and fundraiser at Rock’It Lanes, sponsored

by Gulf Coast Chiropractic & Rehab. The

event featured free bowling to support the

Beach Chamber’s Education Foundation.

HYPE members had a ball, and bowled all

night. A special Thank You to WJHG News

7 for coming out and covering the event!

To learn more, contact Kristopher@

PCBeach.org. HYPE events are free for

HYPE members and $5 for non-members.

Pictured above: Heather Russell and Mary Beth

Lovingood at the HYPE Social on February 29.

Stop by the Chamber to pick up your Member-to-Member

Privilege Card. Look for

a Special Business Deal each week on the

Beach Buzz and PCBeach.org, offering a

discount or deal to Beach Chamber members

when you go in and show them your card.

Education Partnership

CTE educates students to be college- and career- ready and prepares

them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. During the third week

of February, the Beach Chamber’s Education Committee, in partnership

with the Bay’s Next Generation Learning Community Council, (Bay

NGLC Council) is bringing guest speakers into the classroom. Many

of our community business leaders will share information about their

professions to help student see what possibilities exist for their own future

in these specific industries.

Lisa Adams, the committee chairperson, sees this as the first of many

steps to connect and build a strong partnership between the business

community and the school system. Lisa says, “We are working to pave the way for future

support and collaboration in building Career Academies into the Bay County High Schools.”

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HYPE KICKOFF SOCIAL

HYPE Kickoff Party January 31, 2012

1. From left: Chris Bishop, Matt LeBleu,

Katie Davis and Nicole Van Schoick.

2. From left: Bubba McCants, Nicole

Mincey, Jim Loznicka, Dana Brown and

Michael Sudheimer. 3. Lauren Hanlin

and Jennifer Todd. 4. From left: Kristie

Canaday, Kristen Counts Barr and Tom

Lewis. 5. From left: Mary Beth Lovingood,

Jason Crowe and Elizabeth Crowe.

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HEALTH UPDATE

Most Important Meal of

the Day...

All of our lives we have been taught that


the day!” It’s true! Yet studies show that

41% of adults and 34% of children skip

breakfast. Skipping breakfast leads to

snacking and grazing on high calorie foods

later in the day to fill that unbearable hunger.

Skipping breakfast also forces your

metabolism to slow down, which leads to

weight gain. We each have the potential to

improve energy balance and weight control

with healthy breakfast consumption.

Parents: Get up a few minutes earlier and

feed your kids a healthy breakfast before

school. This can be something as simple

as a couple of hard boiled eggs and a slice

of toast with natural peanut butter. If you

have time to go out to eat in Panama City

Beach in the mornings, our area provides

some fabulous options. Liza’s Kitchen is

a quaint little café that prides themselves

on providing a healthy yet tasty breakfast.

Some of the choices there include the

BLAT…a bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato

sandwich on whole wheat toast, or Shrimp

& Grits...yum! At Mike’s Diner you can

order Scrambled Egg Whites and fresh

fruit. Another Broken Egg has a wonderful

Egg White Omelet that you can stuff with

your favorite veggies. And if you are an

early riser, try filling a picnic basket with

some Greek yogurt, granola and fruit and

a thermos full of fresh coffee. Then grab

a blanket and head down to The World’s

Most Beautiful Beaches and spread your

blanket on that beautiful white sand. Fill

your cups with coffee, make fresh parfaits

with your yogurt, granola and fruit...and

enjoy each other’s company while watching

the sunrise.

However you decide to start your day, remember

that our parents were right; we

should never skip breakfast. It seems the

older we get, the wiser we get. By age 55,

71% eat breakfast every day; by age 65,

83% eat breakfast every day. The favorite

breakfast in my house: an egg white omelet

cooked in coconut oil, topped with a diced

plum tomato, ½ avocado diced, some sea

salt and freshly ground pepper, served with

a slice of Ezekial toast on the side. Quick,

easy, and delish! By Kristy McKinney

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Around Town Updates on Community, Education, Workforce & Government

Community Update

Mayor Gayle F. Oberst

City of Panama City Beach

While most of the

nation is struggling

to recover, Panama

City Beach is seeing

some movement in

commercial development.

Target is

undergoing a renovation

and now will

include a grocery

section/store, Mc-

Donald’s on Front Beach Road had a grand

reopening after extensive renovation, and

Burger King on Panama City Beach Parkway

is in the process of remodeling.

The Wicked Wheel, Hardees and Matty’s

Irish Pub are opening in the spring. The

Wicked Wheel is owned by the Buskells and

the décor features antique cars and motorcycles.

It is located on Hutchison Blvd. The

Pub is at the west junction of Front and Middle

Beach Roads. The new medical facility

located in Breakfast Point is open. Dr. Jon

Ward hosted a ground breaking for his new

dermatology clinic off Clara and Back Beach

Road. Planning to break ground during the

spring are Harley Davidson Motorcycles,

Pier Park North Mall, Wal-Mart Super Center,

Whataburger, and Express Oil.

The City is moving forward with building

a new stage, restrooms, and parking/soccer

fields at Aaron Bessant Park. The renovations

are being financed by the Tourist Development

Council. New policies for using

the park are being put in place so the number

attending, noise levels, time and number of

usage can better be controlled.

Staff and officials have been working with

the West Florida Planning Council and Department

of Transportation (DOT) and have

gotten the six-laning of Back Beach Road

moved up in priorities. Once installed along

PCB Parkway, a high speed technology

system will increase the traffic efficiency

approximately 20-25%. The turn lane onto

South Nautilus will be extended to the Surfside

school driveway and assist in eliminating

stacking problems. DOT is planning to

install sidewalks on the north and south side

of Back Beach Road from Frank Brown Park

to Alf Coleman.

Hiring Florida’s Heroes

Kim Bodine, Executive Director

Gulf Coast Workforce Board

With approximately

17 percent of returning

soldiers and

airmen looking for

work, the Gulf Coast

Workforce Board

along with workforce

leaders across

the state are encouraging

employers to

strongly consider

hiring veterans for their open positions.

“Today’s veterans bring unique skills and

experience to the civilian workforce. Their

advanced training and ability to adapt to new

circumstances make them excellent employees,”

said Kim Bodine, Executive Director

for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board.

Recently, Governor Rick Scott joined business

leaders and veteran organizations to

launch Hiring Florida’s Heroes, a yearlong

campaign aimed at promoting the availability

of these returning veterans to Florida’s

employers and connecting employers with a

variety of resources to assist in the hiring process.

One of those resources is the new Employ

Florida Marketplace hotline for employers

interested in hiring veterans. Through the

hotline employers can connect with a local

workforce specialist that can assist employers

by posting job listings, assembling lists

of qualified candidates and answering questions

about available training options among

other services.

For more information, please visit veterans.employflorida.com

or call the Employ

Florida Marketplace hotline toll-free at (866)

352-2345.

FSU PC 30 th Anniversary

Dr. Ken Shaw, Dean

FSU Panama City

At FSU Panama

City we begin

2012 with a special

reason to celebrate.

This year we mark

the 30th anniversary

of FSU Panama

City. This anniversary

provides us

with the opportunity

to reflect upon

our history and the tremendous support

that has been given to our campus from

our community. It is also the perfect time

to plan for the future to ensure that FSU

Panama City is a campus that continues to

excel in meeting the unique educational

needs of our community by providing affordable,

high quality education for future

generations of students.

In 1982, FSU Panama City was established

with five faculty members, six administrative

staff and approximately 560 students.

To meet the anticipated higher education

needs of our community, the Bay County

Commission in 1975, 1981 and 1987 donated

a total of 25 acres of prime waterfront

property that has been developed

into a place where now over 1,200 students

come each week in pursuit of their

higher education and career goals. On behalf

of our graduates and current students,

we thank these past members of the Bay

County Commission for their leadership

and foresight. We also thank the thousands

of businesses, individuals and organizations

who have so generously supported

our campus and the students we serve for

the past three decades.

One of the most important things to celebrate

during this special year is that since

1982 FSU Panama City has granted degrees

to nearly 6,000 alumni. Approximately

75% of these alumni are living and

working in the communities of Northwest

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Around Town Updates on Community, Education, Workforce & Government

Florida. These FSU Panama City alumni

have made and continue to make an important

contribution to the workforce and

quality of life in our immediate community

and Northwest Florida.

Throughout the past 30 years, FSU Panama

City has adapted successfully to new

challenges by expanding and anticipating

new education opportunities. For example,

over the last five years, we have

had a concerted effort to increase STEM

education in middle and high school students

and teachers. The community is

now reaping the rewards. Approximately

20% of our students enroll in a STEM major.

Particularly noteworthy is that 74% of

our electrical engineering graduates work

in Bay County and an astounding 94% of

our civil engineering graduates have found

employment in Northwest Florida.

As we start 2012, we hope you will join

us in celebrating the success of our graduates,

students and campus and the potential

FSU Panama City represents for our community

and region. During the next three

decades, we pledge to remain focused on

meeting the future higher education needs

of our students, community and state by

providing the highest quality education

possible. With over 22 bachelor’s and

master’s degree programs, we would love

the opportunity to talk with you about your

future and how we might be able to serve

you. Check us out at pc.fsu.edu.

Gulf Coast State College

Update

Dr. Jim Kerley, President

Gulf Coast State College

By stepping boldly

into the future,

Gulf Coast State

College continues

to improve the

educational opportunities

in this

region. Education

certainly opens

doors to more employment

opportunities

and knowledge shapes the future for

a new set of dynamic industries. As these

different sectors evolve to become more

high-tech and employers struggle to find

skilled workers, GCSC is building new

partnerships with the community through

the Advanced Technology Center (ATC).

The ATC will showcase new ideas through

unique educational and workforce programs

focused on innovation acceleration,

market intelligence, technology commercialization

and entrepreneurialism.

Businesses with global vision, and the numerous

jobs that will be created in the next

five years, will require an education that goes

beyond a high school diploma. Clearly, we

must go further and sustain the most innovative

and adaptable workforce our area

can provide. An increase in the number of

engineers and technicians across Science,

Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

(STEM) disciplines will evolve as the ATC

actively partners with area businesses and

universities in offering unique educational

pathways. The ATC will allow STEM education

to transform the conventional teachercentered

classroom into a curriculum driven

by problem-solving, discovery, exploration

and active learning.

Transforming Northwest Florida’s sustainability

through economic growth and preserving

our environment are key missions of

the ATC. A prime example will be the Renewable

and Alternative Energy Technology

Laboratory. This real-world lab will engage

students to think outside the box and allow

them to gain knowledge and experience related

to renewable energy systems and alternative

fuels. Students will integrate and

participate with the concepts offered at the

ATC with full support by anchor sponsors

and industry/business partners.

Today’s students have never known a world

without technology such as the Internet and

smart phones, and educators must adapt to

the complexity of the next generation. Not

only is the ATC all about technology and innovation,

the unique concept allows students

to gain an education, credentials and experience

right here without having to move away.

The ATC offers a brighter and clearer future

for the host of students not currently served

in career and technical education, creating a

new sector of the American workforce capable

of taking applied technology to profitable

market endeavors in record time.

“Without continual growth and progress,

such words as improvement, achievement

and success have no meaning.” (Benjamin

Franklin) Gulf Coast State College’s faculty

and staff share a commitment to making

a difference in lives through learning and

community engagement. Visit gulfcoast.edu/

ATC to stay up-to-date on the ATC, where

education, business and innovation thrive!

Troy Update

Lisa Kitto, Site Director, Troy University

This year, Troy

University will

mark 125 years of

service to students

in Alabama, across

the U.S. and around

the world with celebrations

and special

events at its campuses

and sites worldwide.

A worldwide

125th birthday celebration was held on Feb.

24, with simultaneous events conducted on

the campuses in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery

and Phenix City, along with other national

and international sites. Joining in the festivities

the local TROY site in Panama City recognized

the milestone with a party attended

by current students and alumni, faculty, and

staff members and their families. The Troy

Campus celebration was broadcast live online

via the University’s website—www.troy.

edu which allowed TROY alumni and fans

everywhere a chance to participate.

As a part of the yearlong celebration, the University

has launched a special website, www.

troy.edu/troy125, which includes a history of

the University with an interactive timeline,

information on upcoming events related to

the anniversary, and an opportunity to make

a gift to TROY online. Visitors to the site can

also share how Troy University has touched

their lives by submitting personal stories,

photos and videos.

“It is an exciting time in the life of Troy University,”

said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chan-


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Around Town


Candidates

Updates on Community, Education, Workforce & Government

cellor. “Of the 100 colleges founded in our

founding year of 1887, 27 are now defunct.

Troy University has thrived because we

stand on the rock of our founding principles.

The University’s motto in 1887, ‘Educate the

mind to think, the heart to feel and the body

to act,’ remains just as true today.”

For more information about Troy University,

please give us a call at 747-0634. We are

proud to be one of the institutions available

in this wonderful community to serve the

educational needs of our area residents.

Bay EDA Update

Neal Wade, Executive Director

Bay County Economic Development

Alliance

At the January investors

meeting,

the EDA unveiled

a vision map for

the organization in

2012. The staff will

focus this year on

working with strategic

partners to

enable Bay County

to create new, quality

jobs while sustaining and growing the

existing economic base. To reach this vision,

goals have been set to (1) build an

investor base that supports aggressive job

creation; (2) reaffirm partner alliances to

maximize mutual goals; (3) establish effective

communication vehicles with investors,

partners, prospects and media; (4)

repackage the toolbox to effectively market

assets including workforce training,

infrastructure, available sites and quality

of life; (5) establish and communicate the

Bay brand to site consultants and target

companies through enhanced marketing

tools; (6) set accountability measures to

ensure stakeholders receive strong return

on investment; and (7) define appropriate

roles for successful job creation.

Staff has been marketing Bay County and

its assets to decision makers across the

United States through a variety of outlets.

First, we participated in the first-ever Site

Selectors Guild Conference held in Orlando.

The Guild is a professional association

comprised of the world’s most respected

site selection consultants. As the aviation/

aerospace industry is one of our target industries

for recruitment, the EDA also participated

in the Heli Expo in Dallas, Texas.

It is the world’s largest tradeshow dedicated

to the international helicopter community.

Outside of the special trade show events,

staff continues to respond to a number of

inquiries received from Enterprise Florida

and Florida’s Great Northwest as well as

direct inquires.

As part of our new approach, the EDA has

scheduled its investors meeting on the second

Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am

at Florida State University Panama City.

The meetings are open to the public. To

confirm a meeting date and time, please

call our office at (850) 215-9965.

TDC/CVB Update

Susan Estler, Vice President Marketing

Panama City Beach CVB

Our beautiful

sugar-white sand

beaches have long

been the number

one reason for

visitors to come

to Panama City

Beach. Fresh Gulf

seafood is a close

second. Culinary

offerings are an

important factor for tourists selecting a

vacation destination and here they can

find cuisine to please all palates. We have

hosted many respected journalists and they

have all been impressed by the culinary

talent found in Panama City Beach. In addition

to the mouthwatering menus, they

are also enamored by the unique restaurant

atmospheres and warm hospitality found

throughout the community.


WHAT’S THE BUZZ?

Call the Beach Chamber and sign up to

receive the Beach Buzz, the Chamber’s

weekly electronic newsletter covering

Business and Charity Events, Workshops,

Social Outings, Community Meetings.

850.235.1159

Forum

For the City Council of

Panama City Beach

Moderated by Tom Lewis of

WJHG News 7

Mayoral, Ward 2 & Ward 4

Candidates

Tuesday, March 27

4:00 PM

Edgewater Beach

& Golf Resort

Presented by the Beach Chamber’s

Governmental Affairs Committee:

Robert Carroll, Chairman

Griff Griffitts

Ryan Davis

Jeff DiBenedictis

Dave Trepanier

Anthony DuBose

David Powell

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Members & Ambassadors

Membership Update

Cyndi Ainsworth

Membership Services

While working

closely with new

members, I am often

asked, “What should

I wear to networking

events?” Luckily,

we live in Florida,

where the dress

code is almost as

relaxed as the beach

attitude. A general

rule of thumb though, is to wear what you

would normally wear in front of customers,

whether that is a suit or khakis and a polo shirt

with your company logo. Now if you work

for a beach service, you may want to leave the

swimsuit and flip-flops at home and dress up

a bit or you will have the rest of us skipping

work and following you to the beach. The

key is projecting the right image and looking

smart and professional while doing it.

When choosing what to wear to an event,

think about where you will keep your business

cards, an outfit with pockets is a good

choice since briefcases and handbags can

become an annoyance while working the

room and, especially so, if you are checking

out the buffet. It is also a good idea to invest

in a business card case; this will keep your

cards fresh and free of debris. I actually carry

two card cases, one for my own cards and

the other for the business cards that are given

to me; this enables easy organization of new

contacts after an event.

Have you ever been confused by “attire”

when invited to an event? We all have heard

of “Business Casual,” but do we actually

know what this term means? Here is our attempt

to decode the dress code.

Business Casual: Most local offices

are leaning towards this type of dress; it is

more relaxed than a suit but still professional.

Khaki’s for men with a polo or button-down

shirt and dress pants, skirts and casual dresses

for women.

Business/Corporate: Wear a professional

suit.

Cocktail: Dress slacks with a button-down

Grand Opening of Dick’s Last Resort on February 6, with

(from left) Cyndi Ainsworth and Skip Alford.

shirts for men, and ladies: this is the perfect

excuse to bring out your Little Black Dress or

Cocktail dress. Trendy attire is acceptable.

Semi-Formal After Five:

This attire is slightly dressier than

cocktail, which requires men to

wear a suit with tie and women

may wear any type of elegant

dress or pantsuit.

Black Tie: This dress code

refers to almost all formal occasions

after 6 PM, where tuxedos

and floor length gowns will surely

dominate.

Now that you are “dressed for

success” and feeling confident,

it’s time to start networking! The

Beach Chamber offers many varieties

of networking events so chamber members

can connect with each other on a regular

basis. Whether you are networking, prospecting

or socializing, you and your business will

thrive from involvement in Chamber events.


Ambassador Update

Ramon Duvall

Ambassador

Chairman

The first quarter of

the year has quickly

passed, and the Ambassador

Team has

been in a whirlwind

of activity. With the

opening of the many

new businesses in Pier Park and other

locations on and off the beach, we’ve

hardly had time to catch our breath.

It is always exciting to celebrate with

the proud owners of new businesses at

their Grand Openings. Their justifiable

pride in seeing their “dream come true”

is an inspiration to us all.

As we feature the many fine restaurants

available to us in this area, allow me to

highlight one of our many Ambassador

activities: the Ambassador Lunch. The

Ambassador team meets on the first

and third Fridays of every month at

one of our excellent local dining establishments

to enjoy networking, good

times, and of course, great food! Deals

are made, ideas exchanged, and relationships

Ambassador Lunch at Montego Bay-Edgewater (from left): Nycole

McKissack, Charles Heyman, Ramon Duvall, Marsha Duvall,

Leslie Brashear, Lou Alessandrini and Bea Alessandrini.

established, all in the midst of a really exciting

time. If you or your employees are not

currently active in the Ambassador program,

call the Chamber office and sign up today.

It’s easy; it’s fun, and very rewarding.

Congratulations to Nycole McKissack, recipient

of the Jean L. Shafer Ambassador of the

Year Award for 2011. Nycole is an invaluable

member of our team and a leader in our community.

Our lives are enriched by all she does

for the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

and our community at large.

Ambassadors, thank you for all you do to

make our team a success; it is a pleasure to

work with you. I’ve gotta run…Skip and

Cyndi are adding more to the schedule. I’ll

see you at the next GRAND OPENING!


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Members New & Renewing Chamber Members

New Members

Bays Medical Society

Bob Evans Farms

Branham Beach Realty

Carpe Diem Community

Solutions

Classic Carpets Plus Color Tile

Cloud 9 Orchestra

Coastal Impressions Print Shack

Community Bank

D1 Landscape & Irrigation

Draperies To Go

ELJI Services

Emerald Coast Baths dba

REBATH

Emerald HR Solutions

Emerald View Management

Fishale Taphouse & Grill

Flagala Hardware

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Home Run Advantage

Huff Homes

Joey Kirkland Insurance

Just Kidding

Konica Minolta Business

Solutions U.S.A.

Mary Kay Consultant

Matty’s Irish Pub

Mindy Barnes Skin Care

Nichols & Associates of

Bay County

Panama City Beach Pirates

Pat Sabiston

Sharp Carpet & Ceramic Tile

Southern Work Apparel

Surf-Style Retail Management

The Lewis Bear Company

Renewing

Members

Renewals - 1 Year

325th Force Support Squadron

Tyndall AFB

Ashley at Breakfast Point

Bay County Alzheimers Alliance

Bay Point Water Sports

Haney Technical Center

Moore Consulting Group

Seacrest Wolf Preserve

Sheffield Insurance of Florida

Vacation Home Manager

Zambelli Fireworks

Renewals - 2 Years

American Heart Association

Appleman & Trucks Law Office P.A.

Comfort Systems USA

Pease & Associates

Smile Specialists Orthodontics

WFSU

Renewals - 3 Years

Emerald Coast Dale Carnegie

Training

Factory Direct Furniture

Firehouse Subs

Hidden Lagoon Super

Racetrack & Golf

Ironman Florida

KAFA Construction

Sponsors of Hope

Waste Pro Panama City

Renewals - 4 Years

Buffalo Wild Wings

Camp Gordon Johnston

Associates

Havi-Clean

Lori Bates Interiors

Margaritaville

Massage Envy

Panama City Parrot Head Club

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Sleep Inn & Suites of Panama

City Beach

Renewals - 5 Years

First Choice Therapy Services

JC Penney

Larry Mason

The Man in the Sea Museum

Renewals - 6 Years

Beltone Hearing Center

Dr. Myra Reed MD & Associates

Fowhand’s Furniture

JRA Architects

Legacy Boating Club

Time Out Family Sports Grille

Renewals - 7 Years

Bay County Board of County

Commissioners

Comfort Suites

Foster Business Interiors

GAC Contractors

Jamison Bedding, Inc.

Renewals - 8 Years

GM Appliance

Retina Specialty Institute

Renewals - 9 Years

Al.com

Collins & Associates

H & R Block

Kerrigan and Merritt

McNeil Carroll Engineering

Scott Ingraham Real Estate Group

Workforce Center

Renewals - 10 Years

American Cancer Society

Emerald Bay Apartments

Louis P. Alessandrini

Northwest FL Surgery Center

Panama City Dental Studio

Thunder Beach Productions

Renewals - 11 Years

Boomer Aviation

Renewals - 12 Years

Emerald Coast Hospice

Gulf Coast State College Small

Business Development Center

Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop

Sea Side Villas Condominium

Renewals - 13 Years

Hospitality Depot

Panama City Radio/Double O

Radio

Pinnacle Port Business Office

Scampy’s

Renewals - 14 Years

Beach TV

Renewals - 15 Years

Angelo’s Steak Pit

Muriel T. Ellis

Grease Pro

Renewals - 16 Years

Driftwood Lodge

The Eye Center of North Florida

Renewals - 17 Years

Intercity Oz

Renewals - 18 Years

Durden Enterprises II

Gulf Coast State College

Renewals - 19 Years

Lewis Advertising & Distribution

Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Renewals - 21 Years

City of Panama City Beach

Outpatient Surgery and Procedures

• ENT Surgery • General Surgery • Neurosurgery • Ophthalmic Surgery • Gastroenterology

• Neurology Procedures • Orthopedic Surgery • Plastic Surgery • Podiatric Surgery • Retinal Surgery

767 AIRPORT RD. PANAMA CITY, FL 32405 • (850) 747-0400 • www.nwfsc.com

NWFSC is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

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Ribbon Cuttings

Florida Medical Lab, 1/12

McDonald’s, 1/19

Dick’s Last Resort, 2/6




Cindy’s Salon & Spa, 2/9

Carillon Beach Inn, 2/21



Linda Kirk, ABR,GRI

Realtor

linda .kirk@cbunited.com

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