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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thank you to the three members that recently graduated Leadership Nassau Class 13 who talked about the program. Lynne Starling Mark Dennis & Caroline Blochlinger
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
… 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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,” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What a perfect evening this turned out to be after a day of rain. Sadly many members missed out, but the few that attended had the time of their life. Special Thanks to Captain Kevin McCarthy from Amelia River Cruises for letting us enjoy this wonderful evening.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
with a review of how and what we did in 2011. It also gave an opportunity to Club members to make suggestions of what direction the club should take in 2012.
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 […]
What a rich history we have here on Amelia Island, the Island of 8 Flags. According to Michael Harris’ presentation the French were the first to arrive in 1562. Thereafter we were ruled by the Spanish from 1565-1763. The British took over from 1763-1783 and the Spanish came back in 1784-1821…. Back to the British, the French, the Spanish, etc. until today the U.S. No wonder we have so many pirates still hanging out here […]
… the never ending challenges in renovating an old Victorian Home. Nancy Rossiter invited the EABC group to the new home of the Learning Community of North Florida. We were all intrigued with this historic building formerly known as “the Kelly House”. Nancy is working hard on the process of restoring this Victorian era home to its former glory. Follow Nancy’s Blog for more here. North Florida Learning Community The new location of the North […]
Emily Saltmarsh and Marshall Sands the innkeepers of The Florida House Inn prepared some fabulous southern hors-d’oeuvres and also helped finding the winners of the business card drawing. Our meeting ended with a little Blues tune played by Les DeMerle honoring the upcoming Blues Festival.
August 10, the European American Business Club held their meeting at the new location of the Waterwheel Gallery. Members who are also artists were asked to bring a piece of art not larger than 16” x 20”. Attendees voted for their favorite piece and the winning art was displayed at the gallery for the remainder of the month. There was a tie and two pieces were chosen to be hang to the end of August […]
This meeting at the beautiful Oyster Bay Yacht Club provided ideas and good advice from the following panel; Pamela Brown; Pam is Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and is focusing on a personal approach to investing and retirement planning for long term financial goals. Mark Dennis; Mark is the President of A1A Wealth Management, an independent financial planning and small business consulting firm. He specializes i working with business owners to build and protect their […]
Members of the European American Club met in June at the Hoyt House where co-owner Myrta Defendini talked about the 10-bedroom mansion that was built by entrepreneur Fred W. Hoyt in 1905. The group was then entertained by local duo “Evolution” featuring Dave Ferraro and Han Ramakers. Learn more about Evolution at the SearchAmelia.com website here. EABC at the Hoyt House Click here to visit the Hoyt House website.