A non-profit Business Club
Based in Amelia Island, Florida

Interesting Speakers - Diverse Topics

Meet interesting people with joint
American & International heritage

Meetings are open to everyone

Great local speakers and
relevant presentations at every meeting

Everyone is welcome

Interesting Speakers - Diverse Topics

Have something interesting to present?
Sign-up to speak to EABC

Please join our next meeting

(click here)

April 2014 - Andrew T. Clark explained why we should care about Environmental Sustainability and what it means to Us!

April 2014 – Andrew T. Clark explained why we should care about Environmental Sustainability and what it means to Us!

Andrew T. Clark spoke about this important subject at the April EABC meeting. He spent a lot of time and has lived in many areas in the world to become an expert on this topic. He helped us to understand what Environmental Sustainable means and more importantly, what it means to the individual household and business. Even thought he only could touch the surface this sometimes controversial subject, he explained the the three (3) pillars […]

March 2014 - Steve Rieck stepped in for Mike Bowling

March 2014 – Steve Rieck stepped in for Mike Bowling

Due to a family emergency our scheduled speaker, Mike Bowling was not able to present his speech. In the nick of the moment Steve Rieck, the Executive Director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board was able to step in with an amazing presentation about Fernandina’s future. He made us aware of some of the economic numbers that were extremely informative and truly intrigued the members. See Steve’s full presentation (click here) in PDF format […]

February 2014 - The Replicas of the British Crown Jewels were on Display

February 2014 – The Replicas of the British Crown Jewels were on Display

The guest speaker was Nico Findeisen. He and his wife have a fabulous collection of royal memorabilia from George I to the present Monarch. Nico brought a number of current up to date items; shared information and historical momenhts plus showed us some of the Royal Crown Jewels. Amazing, replicas of the British Crown Jewels are here in Nassau County. This collection is currently housed in a warehouse in a non-regulated environment. This was a […]

December 2013 - EABC Treasure Hunt through Historic Fernandina Beach

December 2013 – EABC Treasure Hunt through Historic Fernandina Beach

…and what a great adventure it was! Tim Burningham and Elizabeth Rawson thought about everything on the first annual EABC HOLIDAY TREASURE HUNT THROGH HISTORIC FERNANDINA BEACH. The hunt started at the Picket Market and several groups followed the provided map to find lots of surprises, treasures and prizes and to come up with the correct answer to the provided riddles. The local pirates made sure things stayed under control and in some cases helped […]

November 2013 - Great presentation by Sean McGill from McGill Aviation

November 2013 – Great presentation by Sean McGill from McGill Aviation

Everyone knows where the FB municipal airport is located. and there is no lack of interest on how it operates. This meeting was well attended and Sean McGill answered many of our questions about the airport. Among other items of interest we found out why at least once a year there are lots of airplanes parked on the runway. Sean McGill became the president of McGill Aviation (see their website here) in 2007. McGill Aviation […]

October 2013 - We heard from Val Schwec, the Port Director for the Port of Fernandina

October 2013 – We heard from Val Schwec, the Port Director for the Port of Fernandina

The meeting started with an introduction by Phillipe Boets who made us aware of the “Coffee stop” in downtown Fernandina of the classic cars that were shipped in from Belgium to Newark. These 160 Belgium classic cars drove from New York to Miami in 8 days. Quite an achievement! To learn more about this adventure visit their website at www.TourAmerical.com. The meeting continued with Val Schwec who talked more about how Kinder Morgan is involved […]

September 2013 - Tim Burningham talks about the State of Health Insurance and Health Care

September 2013 – Tim Burningham talks about the State of Health Insurance and Health Care

Tim talked about the significant changes that are coming in 2014 to health insurance. He also touched on how our system compares with our European counterparts. This presentation gave everyone an opportunity to get the facts about Obamacare, overcome some of the uncertainties and discuss how it effects everyone. Tim Burningham is experienced in providing health insurance policies to small business owners, self employed and retirees in South Georgia. You can see Tim’s full presentation […]

August 2013 - EABC visits the new Amelia Office Suites

August 2013 – EABC visits the new Amelia Office Suites

Phil Griffin the principal and manager of the Amelia Office Suites, gave EABC members and their guests an exclusive tour of the building. Amelia Office Suites offers affordable professional office space. Offices are available from single occupancy offices to deluxe 1-2 person suites all the way to full corporate suites. There are flexible terms which means offices can be leased by the day, week, month or annually. Amelia Office Suites also offers conference or meeting […]

June 2013 - Indeed a hidden gem - the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center

June 2013 – Indeed a hidden gem – the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center

Don Hughes, the Executive Director since 1994, introduced us to this 100-acre hidden gem. The Betty P. Cook Nassau Center is fully equipped with both computer and technology enhanced classrooms and labs. Its program labs include practical nursing, air traffic control, emergency services, science, heating and air conditioning (HVAC)/electrical, carpentry, AutoCAD® and culinary. In his delightful presentation Don also mentioned that just because the Center is located hidden in Yulee it does not mean that […]

May 2013 - The Florida Small Business Development Center Helps Businesses to Succeed

May 2013 – The Florida Small Business Development Center Helps Businesses to Succeed

The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida (SBDC at UNF), the State of Florida’s principal source for small business assistance recently announced the opening of a new full-service SBDC office in Nassau County. We had the honor to hear from Tracy Nazzaro, a Certified Business Analyst, who joined the SBDC. Tracy works one on one with clients who are interested in starting or who already own a small business. She works […]

April 2013 - Shrimps Are Saltwater Bugs ...  Really!

April 2013 – Shrimps Are Saltwater Bugs … Really!

Captain Kevin McCarthy an expert in the field told us a little about the local shrimping industry and how it came about. He is the owner of Amelia River Cruises & Charters and offers richly narrated sightseeing cruises. In his presentation he covered some of Fernandina’s historic waterfront and touched on the local surroundings as well. According to him we have only about 8 shrimp boats left and sadly 90% of all shrimp caught today […]

March 2013 - Crawford Diamond is one of the top 10 sites for the next "Big Kahuna"

March 2013 – Crawford Diamond is one of the top 10 sites for the next “Big Kahuna”

Daniel Camp, the Director, Project Management with TerraPointe Services, the professional real estate services subsidiary of Rayonier told us how the 1,800 acre flexible megasite, within extensive logistical solutions, will benefit our area and our businesses. The Crawford Diamond Industrial Park can accommodate a broad range of large-scale industrial projects within an eight hour drive of 45 million people. It has been approved for up to 10.5 million square feet of Industrial Land Use which […]

February 2013 - It's the Year of the Golden Shrimp!

February 2013 – It’s the Year of the Golden Shrimp!

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. It will be held May 3-5 2013. The Executive Director, Sandy Price told us what kind of planning and the overall economical impact this highly successful Festival has in our area. Sandy has been a volunteer for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida since 1991. She has served as the festival as secretary, treasurer, committee director […]

December 2012 Christmas Celebration with the Heritage Singers of Jacksonville

December 2012 Christmas Celebration with the Heritage Singers of Jacksonville

… and what a wonderful concert it was. The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville under the leadership of artistic director Michael Dell presented “The Friendly Beasts: Tails of the Holidays”. The concert was a free concert sponsored by the EABC and about 120 people came and enjoyed Christmas songs like “In Dulci Jubilo”, “The Oxen”, “The Wassail Song”, “O Magnum Mysterium” and so many more. What a wonderful way to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS […]

November 2012 Vicki Beaudry Enlightened the Members about the Small Business Economic Trends

November 2012 Vicki Beaudry Enlightened the Members about the Small Business Economic Trends

Vicki Beaudry is Executive Vice President of First Coast Community Bank and Division Manager of Synovus SBA Lending in Fernandina Beach, FL. Her banking career spans more than 25 years and she celebrated her 20 year anniversary with the Synovus earlier this year. Vicki is responsible for oversight of the bank’s SBA lending in their five state footprint. Since coming to Fernandina Beach in 1992, she has propelled a small, two-branch operation into one of […]

October 2012 Tim Digby talked about the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Re-Imagination Project

October 2012 Tim Digby talked about the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Re-Imagination Project

Tim Digby brings more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience to the managing director position at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations for HEI Hotels & Resorts overseeing a portfolio of over 2,000 rooms in eight cities. His previous experience also includes serving as the Complex General Manager and General Manager Roles at Embassy Suites, Lake Buena Vista and Downtown Orlando, Marriott in West Palm […]

September 2012 Larry talked to us about the "Nassau Tomorrow" program

September 2012 Larry talked to us about the “Nassau Tomorrow” program

Larry Williams has deep roots in Nassau County and Fernandina Beach, and graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1976. Following graduation, Larry joined the United States Navy submarine force and worked for many years in the nuclear engineering field. Following his tour on submarines, Larry became an instructor teaching leadership and management courses to senior naval leadership. After completing his naval service Larry entered the business sector and has extensive business experience in Finance, […]

August 2012 - We got an introduction to the Blues Festival

August 2012 – We got an introduction to the Blues Festival

The Amelia Island Museum of History launched a new exhibit in partnership with the Amelia Island Blues Festival committee. The “History of the Blues”. Han Ramakers and Jeff Malone spoke about the Blues Festival and introduced us to the memorabilia where the members had the chance to explore the exhibit, which featured a blues history timeline, blues memorabilia, historic photos, and an informative video. The two-month exhibit also features a tribute to the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” […]

July 2012 - We learned about Rayonier's Fernandina Mill

July 2012 – We learned about Rayonier’s Fernandina Mill

CA McDonald gave a superb presentation of what the local Rayonier Mill is doing. Essentially Rayonier is a forest products company that was founded in 1926. Today 50% of sales to customers are outside the US in ~40 countries. Rayonier’s business diversity increases economic resilience with Forest Resources, Real Estate/Terra Pointe and Performance Fibers from the Fernandina & Jesup Mills. Rayonier’s mission is to be the world’s leading supplier of high value cellulose based products […]

June 2012 - We put the "B" back into EABC

June 2012 – We put the “B” back into EABC

Graeme Nichol was the speaker at the Amelia River Golf Club. His presentation focused on email marketing; where to get leads, how to use leads, when to send and what to send. He showed us some interesting statistics and opened our eyes to a new and effective way of marketing. The members were quite intrigued by this informative session. Of course as always there was a lot of fun networking going on specially around the […]

May 2012 - We're Celebrating Europe Day

May 2012 – We’re Celebrating Europe Day

We decided on a European theme for this day. So our meeting took place at Café Karibo in historic Fernandina Beach. Members learned about the Café and Egyptian chef Essab created some exquisite hors-d-oeuvres. The speaker was Phillipe Boets from Petanque America. He introduced us to the history of Petanque and showed us the evolution of the steel balls that are used in this stationary game. He also mentioned that the tournament which will take […]

April 2012 - From Ghost Hunter to Pirates

April 2012 – From Ghost Hunter to Pirates

The perfect evening at the beach with a spectacular sunset – what better time to be introduced to our local paranormal investigator, David Weiss. Even though he only offered some tip bits for a the planed Ghost tour through Fernandina Beach in October, it was quite informative to learn how he entered this curious field. Members were captivated by his stories until the local Pirate Club invaded the meeting. They talked the type of weapons […]

March 2012- "Wilhelm & Kathleen Maurer talked about their art"

March 2012- “Wilhelm & Kathleen Maurer talked about their art”

We were all looking forward to listen to the presentation from our local artists, watercolorist Wilhelm Maurer and his wife Kathleen Maurer, who specializes in Acrylic Painting. The meeting was at the Florida House Inn which has many of Wilhelm’s paintings on display. With lots of enthusiasm both were talking about their work in Fernandina Beach as well as in Cannes, France, where they travel to on a regular basis. Wilhelm Maurer is the coauthor […]

February 2012- "EABC listened to its members"

February 2012- “EABC listened to its members”

After some great suggestions from the January meeting we focused on networking this time around. We met at the beautiful Amelia River Golf Club where Frank (B2B Communications) and Charlie (Renco Corp.) spoke about who they were and what they do. Everyone participated and had lots of fun. Everyone agreed this is a nice venue and we are certain we’ll meet again at the Amelia River Golf Club.

December 2011 - ... Alle Jahre wieder kommt das Christuskind...

December 2011 – … Alle Jahre wieder kommt das Christuskind…

The group met at the very nicely decorated Hoyt House for some hot coco and hors-d’oeuvres. Promptly at 6.15PM everyone hopped on the Trolley to admire the festive lights throughout Amelia Island. There was a stop at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island for a quick look at their lavish decoration and of course their Gingerbread Pirate Boat. Some noted that this year’s event was even more fun than last year’s. At any rate we at […]

/* ]]> */