“Pineland Bank, a Preferred SBA Lender, earned the #1 SBA Lender spot among all banks and credit unions in Northeast Florida for 2021, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. In total, twenty-three (23) SBA loans for over $20,000,000 were made to small business owners in Nassau, Duval and St. John’s Counties helping to create/protect 235 jobs.
“We are extremely proud of our local bankers Mike Mickler, Susan Sturges and John Minor who
contributed to these statistics”, said Thomas Bennett, Chief Credit Officer. “Pineland Bank has a rich history of serving our local communities with SBA and conventional loan options. We’re proud for that tradition to continue.”
Founded in 1939, with an initial investment of $40, Pineland has grown to 7 full‐service locations that serve communities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Although a lot has changed over 80 years, Pineland’s commitment to building service, trust, and loyalty in our communities has not. For more information, please stop by our branch located in downtown Fernandina or call 904‐261‐8233.
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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, December 15, 2021…Gemstone Media, Inc. a multiple Emmy® award winning national video production company with headquarters located in Jacksonville, FL. announced today it is the proud recipient of a 2021 Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Television and Arts & Science (NATAS) for Best Coverage. This is Gemstone Media’s third NATAS Emmy® Award. This new Emmy® is based on their production excellence, creativity and coverage of the 25th Amelia Island’s Concours d’Elegance.
“We are honored that our work and our team is being nationally recognized by the Academy,” says Executive Producer Ray Hays. “Driving Amelia” is a one-hour nationally televised documentary covering the 25th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, produced by Gemstone Media. This beautiful body of work shot in 4K, artfully illuminates the passion of the human spirit, impacting the viewers on an emotional level.”
“Driving Amelia” is about automobile enthusiasts and owners and the passion that drives them. The documentary includes stories with legendary drivers, the Cannonball Run, and how NASCAR teams used to “bend” the rules. The show featured stories including how pre-war banter gave birth to the Jeep, how a team of children judged the cars, and the experience of driving the Eight-Flags Road Tour.
“Our talented group of directors, producers, script writers, and video crew at Gemstone Media continue to go above and beyond to make the impossible possible,” says CEO George Birnbaum. “We are here to support our clients and celebrate the work of our immensely talented and creative team.”
Gemstone Media Inc. partnered with Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and their Foundation to benefit local charities. Proceeds from the commercial sponsorship of the program benefitted the Foundation which donated approximately $4M to Community Hospice, Spina Bifida, and other local charities.
“Not only do we celebrate these awards internally but also as success stories with our clients. Gemstone Media’s secret sauce is our amazingly talented team. By establishing trust, collaboration, and ongoing communication, we can create and surpass the magic our clients may expect from their production,” says Gemstone Media President Philip Green. “When video is done right, it can have a powerful and lasting effect. Hearts open. Minds change. Creativity thrives.”
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Baptist Medical Center Nassau was named a Top General Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.
“Quality and safety are ingrained in our culture. Our physicians and team members are dedicated to collaboration and open communication, said Hospital President Ed Hubel, FACHE. “I cannot thank our team of health care providers enough for being so vigilant in ensuring that every patient receives the best care possible.”
More than 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Baptist Nassau received a Top General Hospital distinction – the second time the hospital has received this honor. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected, including:
• 8 Top Children’s • 46 Top General • 23 Top Rural • 72 Top Teaching
The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Nassau as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baptist Nassau has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Nassau County community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.” To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
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JACKSONVILLE, FL, November 4, 2021 - Rogers Towers has been named a Tier 1 Metro "Best Law Firm" in 24 practice areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® in 2022. Those practice areas are:
According to U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Firms included in the 2022 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise."
Best Lawyers®, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, rankings incorporate more than 8.2 million evaluations of more than 115,000 individual leading lawyers from more than 22,000 firms collected in its most recent annual survey. All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall "Best Law Firms" score for each firm. This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, a tiering system is used rather than ranking law firms sequentially.
Rogers Towers, P.A., founded in 1905, is a Florida law firm with offices in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, and Fort Lauderdale. The firm provides legal services in the areas of: Banking and Finance; Litigation; Construction; Corporate; Labor and Employment; Education; Environmental; Eminent Domain; Elder Law; Family Law; Health Law; Immigration; Intellectual Property; Land Use; Public Finance; Real Estate; Taxation; Transportation and Logistics; Trusts and Estates; and Wills. www.rtlaw.com
Northeast Florida Regional Council Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2021 Impact Award
October 28, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC), based in Jacksonville, Florida, has received a 2021 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Northeast Florida COVID-19 Support, Recovery & Economic Resilience Planning.
The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) responded to impacts caused by COVID-19 through a multi-layered approach to economic resilience and emergency preparedness which included developing a small business resource guide; producing REMI economic forecast reports; supporting more than 700 healthcare members across 18 counties; providing 460 hours of assistance to local emergency management departments; establishing the Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Task Force; and publishing a Northeast Florida COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
The NEFRC was directly responsible for the conceptualization, planning, coordination, and implementation of each of the individual activities included in this multi-layered process. Through dedicated staff roles, established regional programs, and successful regional partnerships, the NEFRC carried out each activity in its entirety. The NEFRC, which also serves as the designated Economic Development District (EDD) for Northeast Florida, was uniquely positioned to carry out the economic activities because of its access to Federal funding made available through the CARES Act. By leveraging this funding to further bolster existing programs and efforts, the NEFRC identified opportunities throughout the pandemic to enhance regional coordination, bring stakeholders from a wide array of backgrounds together, and develop actionable strategies to assist the region on the economic recovery journey that lies ahead.
NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promote programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.
Award-winning projects were recognized during NADO’s 2021 Annual Training Conference, held in Portland, OR on October 16-19. The 2021 class of award recipients consists of 102 projects from 70 organizations spanning 24 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO that includes project summaries, partners, and images. The Story Map is available online at: https://www.nado.org/2021_impactawards/.
“During the past 20 months, regional development organizations across the country have shown just how valuable they are in supporting the local communities they serve,” said 2019-2021 NADO President Kevin Byrd, executive director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, located in Radford, VA. “From COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives, to workforce and economic development projects, to social services programs and much more, the 2021 NADO Impact Awardees highlight the many ways our members work on the ground every day to improve quality of life in their regions.”
The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.
For more information about this award-winning project, contact Kate Haigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-279-0880.
The NEFRC is an independent, regional government agency serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns counties. It provides a regional perspective toward growth management, economic development, emergency preparedness, resiliency, and community development to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Florida residents. For more information about the Northeast Florida Regional Council, visit www.nefrc.org.
Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.
Island Art Association announces winners of their October-November Nouveau show and sale. IAA exhibiting member, Marlene Strobach, chaired the show. Judging the show was Kathy Miller. Miller’s artistic talents are but one of her creative endeavors, which can be found at: kathymillertime.com. She expressed appreciation for the opportunity to judge the show, “Dance of Light.” She found the interpretations of dance and light as different as the participating artists themselves.
Best of Show went to Cindy Jenkins for her pastel, “Blue Hour Marsh.” Bernadette Burkkemper won First Place for her oil and wax, “Reflections.” Second Place went to Linda Speed, an alcohol ink titled “Blue Danube Dance.” Marlene Strobach was awarded Third Place for the watercolor “Sundown.”
Honorable Mentions were given to artists Sandy Castiaux, Susan Henderson, John Mandt, Louise Mozena, Lisa Williams, and Barb Wylie. Information, including how to participate in Nouveau shows, available at: islandart.org.
For the second Year in a row, First Federal Bank was named in Newsweek's America's Best Banks 2022 list as the Best Small Bank in Florida.
This distinction is the result of Newsweek evaluating its annual Best Banks rankings. With the assistance of LendingTree, Newsweek assessed more than 50 different factors from thousands of FDIC-insured banks and credit unions, including the savings and checking accounts they offer, to select the best-in-class institutions based on 26 different categories.
“We are honored by this recognition, especially because of the challenges banks have faced to continue creatively serving customers during the last year,” said FFB President and CEO John Medina. "It reflects our team members’ commitment to providing great service and financial solutions. As Florida’s only mutual savings banks, Newsweek acknowledged our ability to be more responsive to local customer needs. This accolade underscores our commitment to provide stability to our customers, employees, and communities.”
COVID has continued to change banking; in addition to convenience, safety has become a consideration for determining which institution serves customers best. First Federal Bank team members have continued to enhance solutions and services to ensure customers have the opportunity to bank safely: online, email, phone or in-person.
Prestigious award honors lifetime commitment to community service
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2021) – GreenPointe Holdings, LLC proudly announces President and CEO Ed Burr has received the 2021 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award, recognizing builders who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public service. Burr, the Founder and Board Chairman of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF), is this year’s Private Builder Honoree. MBF received a $138,000 donation from the Hearthstone Foundation in Burr’s honor.
“Ed is a true leader in the homebuilding and development industry, and his contributions to public service exemplify the core values of this award,” said Rick Beckwitt, co-CEO and co-President of Lennar. “The prevention education programs that MBF has provided to over 5 million children and teens throughout Florida and the United States are truly inspiring.”
Founded in 1997 by Burr in honor of his late wife, Monique Burr, a devoted child advocate, MBF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the best prevention education programs to protect children and teens from victimization. MBF Prevention Education Programs are evidence-based/evidence-informed prevention programs that educate and empower children (and adults) with information and strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, exploitation, and human trafficking. More than 5,000 facilitators have delivered MBF Programs to over 5 million students in the United States and five additional countries.
Burr’s leadership and engagement extends to numerous civic, community and charitable organizations. Burr served on the Florida State University Board of Trustees for more than 10 years including as Chair from 2015 to 2021. Burr also served on the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Seminole Boosters Board of Directors and College of Business Real Estate Education and Research Board.
“Ed cares deeply about making the world a better place and has exceeded all expectations with his efforts,” said John Thrasher, Partner, The Southern Group and former President of Florida State University. “I admire his leadership, dedication and commitment to advancing our community, state, and nation.”
Burr is a leading voice in the Jacksonville business community and has served as a volunteer leader of the JAX Chamber for more than 20 years. Burr served as Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors in 2006 and is a longtime chair of the Government Affairs Committee. Burr has supported JAXUSA Partnership, the Chamber’s economic development division, and JAXBIZ, the Chamber’s political committee.
Currently serving on the Board of the Florida Council of 100, Burr previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville Civic Council and Jacksonville Country Day School. Burr is actively involved in several national and regional development organizations, including a past board member of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a founding member of the ULI Center for Leadership.
Since 1999, the Hearthstone BUILDER award has contributed more than $6 million to various charities, making it the single largest charitable award program in the homebuilding industry. Burr was recognized in the May 2021 issue of BUILDER magazine and honored at the BUILDER 100 conference in September that same year. In addition to Burr, Taylor Morrison Chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer is the 2021 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award Public Company honoree.
Award sponsors include Hearthstone, BUILDER, Zonda, Allen Matkins, Bank of America, Barraco & Associates, Inc., Bono’s of America, Buildstrong Education, Capital City Consulting, LLC, CIBC, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard and Swanson, LLP, Developers Researches, First American Title Insurance Co., The Fiorentino Group, Garbett Homes, Gore Lieske & Associates, Great Southern Homes, Hampton Golf, Hayden Homes, Kohler, Land Adviser Capital, Morgan Stanley, PACS, Inc., Pulte Group, Therma-Tru Doors, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Whirlpool Corporation.
For more information on GreenPointe and their communities, visit www.GreenPointeLLC.com.
Sabrina Robertson Public Information Officer
October 12, 2021
Grant is part of more than $62.6 million given to first responder organizations across the U.S. by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
The past year and a half have been difficult for many, impacting first responders and communities across the country. As we continue to battle health crises and natural disasters, front-line heroes constantly expose themselves to dangerous situations, creating a need for updated lifesaving equipment.
Recognizing this need, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® continues to be a valuable resource for first responders across the nation and recently approved a $48,978 grant to Nassau County Fire Rescue. The funding was applied toward the purchase of a connector boat with accessories, as well as an inflatable water boat with motor, trailer, and water rescue gear, both of which will be used to ensure greater lifesaving capabilities for first responders in the community. The County received both boats on Friday, October 1, 2021.
“We are so thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs restaurants in Fernandina Beach and Wildlight”, said Nassau County Fire Chief, Brady Rigdon. “By providing these boats, our first responders will be able to efficiently execute water training efforts and will have additional marine response units available for emergencies on the water to help the residents of Nassau County during emergency situations, especially during the upcoming holiday season”.
During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 126 grants to public safety organizations nationwide. The 126 grants totaling nearly $2.7 million were given to organizations in need of critical lifesaving equipment and resources.
To donate or to learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit www.FirehouseSubsFoundation.org.
ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, and disaster relief for first responders and public safety organizations, as well as support for members of the military. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded more than $62.5 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization, the highest designation, by Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70% of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand. Please consider supporting a Firehouse Subs restaurant near you!
The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Barnabas Center. The grant will support Barnabas with the purchase of much-needed dental supplies.
The Barnabas dental program provides affordable dental services for low to moderate income adults without health insurance. Services include exams, extractions, cleanings and more. Barnabas provides help and hope to individuals and families in need in Nassau County to improve their stability, health, and well-being. For more information about Barnabas’ programs, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
For more information about Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, visit the company website at https://www.deltadentalins.com/about/community/philanthropy/.
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