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My Plant Looks Like Crap!

Harsh words, but it is one of the ugliest most bug eaten plants in the ‘hood. And, I love it because my plant – whatever it is – served as an incubator for dozens (or more) butterflies. There is a lot of guessing going on here. I think it was supposed to be a night blooming Jasmine. I know that I wanted to pull it up from the ground as a weed numerous times but, mom said she was fond of the thing – it covered the a/c unit. Then the bugs swarmed! Ugly caterpillars. Another guess – maybe moths? The plant was eaten to a bare stick and I am so proud of the new babies now flitting around thanks to its ugly parent. This plant will forever have a home here so long as I do.

Enjoy the day and plant a Milkweed… or something.

Linda Hamburger

SFPRN Founder/Moderator / /

And, visit my employer’s website, – which looks awesome!

THIS THURSDAY: NewPRos Mixer at Stache Fort Lauderdale

THIS THURSDAY: NewPRos Mixer at Stache Fort Lauderdale

NewPRos Mixer at Stache Fort Lauderdale


Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


$0.00 Member meeting ticket

$0.00 Non-Member Meeting Ticket


109 SW 2nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Calling all NewPRos to join us for PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale’s networking event geared toward new and young professionals at Stache in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, October 27 from 6 – 8 p.m.!

This informal Happy Hour offers an open forum to network and discuss the trials and tribulations young and new-to-the-field practitioners face. These networking events also offer a fantastic opportunity to meet your peers who are also rising pros in the industry.

Admission is free with prior registration. Your first beverage is FREE. Please RSVP online to ensure we have an accurate head count.

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EVENT: Nov. 9. Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco in his first public appearance since released from his incarceration.

Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club. Nov. 9. Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco in his first public appearance since released from his incarceration.

Dennis Kozlowski grew up in New Jersey and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University in 1968. Upon graduation Kozlowski held various management positions at SCM Corporation in New York City and Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kozlowski joined Tyco International in 1975. At that time, Tyco was a small ($20 million revenue) technology driven company. He and his team commercialized the core technologies of Tyco. In 1989, Kozlowski was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tyco International, in 1990, he was appointed C.E.O, and Chairman of the Board in 1991.

Under Kozlowski’s leadership, Tyco grew into a global giant of over $40 billion in revenue and a market capitalization in excess of $120 billion. The company employed 260,000 people in 60 countries. Much of the growth was accomplished by high profile worldwide acquisitions. Under Kozlowski’s leadership, Tyco constantly ranked as one of the 50 largest and most profitable companies in the world with its growing medical, security, electronic, flow control, and telecom businesses. Dennis parted ways with Tyco in 2002 in a scandal that is well documented in Professor Catherine Neal’s book “Taking Down the Lion”.

Currently, Dennis is co-CEO with Jim Clark (founder of Netscape) of Commandscape, a newly founded technology driven security and building management company. Dennis is also currently associated with Harborside Advisors, a South Florida based merger, acquisition, business consulting and investment company.

Dennis currently serves as Chairman of the Fortune Society, a New York based organization that assists thousands of former offenders every year with reentry into society. The Fortune Society assists clients with medical care, housing, training, and employment opportunities.

Dennis has received a Doctor of Business Administration from The University of New Hampshire, Honoris Causa, and Roger Williams University.

Dennis resides in South Florida with his wife, Kimberly and enjoys time with his two daughters and two grandchildren.

Barry Epstein, APR is president of the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club. 561.702.0000. You can join and RSVP to events by going to Please invite your friends and business associates to come also. Thank you. For our digital business card on your smart phone, text Tiger to: 63975.

Former Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Nicki Grossman Joins ADEPT Strategy & Public Relations


Former Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Nicki Grossman Joins ADEPT Strategy & Public Relations

Nicki Grossman, former President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Broward County Commissioner, has joined our marketing and advertising team at ADEPT Strategy & Public Relations.

Nicki was elected to the Hollywood, Florida Commission in 1978 and elected to the Broward County Commission in 1982. She served on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Council, American Coastal Coalition Board of Directors, and the Florida Commission on Tourism (where she was elected 2007-2008 Chair for VISIT FLORIDA).

You might recall that since 1995, Nicki acted as the president of the CVB heading up Broward County’s convention and tourism marketing efforts.

In 2007, Nicki was inducted into the VISIT FLORIDA Tourism Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was named to the Destination Management Association Hall of Fame and will be receiving a lifetime achievement award from North Star Publishing Group, the industry’s largest news association. Mrs. Grossman was named Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Meeting News. She was also named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Tourism by Travel Agent and named one of the Top 25 Marketing Minds by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

grossmanNicki E. Grossman was born and raised in Miami Beach. She is married to Circuit Court Judge Mel Grossman and is the mother of three daughters and "nana" to eight grandchildren.

At ADEPT, Nicki joins a focused team who actively market, advertise and develop strategic communications for both public and private clients. Throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, ADEPT boasts over a dozen clients including real estate developers like the developers of the Broward Convention Center Hotel Expansion, Broward College, The City of Key West, The City of Fort Lauderdale, the Connect Miami Beach Light Rail Concessionaire Team and the country’s largest indoor entertainment venue Xtreme Action Park located in Fort Lauderdale. “I am very happy to join ADEPT’s boutique team of professionals and I hope to leverage my travel and tourism experience while adding value to their existing and future client base”, indicated Grossman. “I see a wonderful opportunity to support a growing Broward County small business”, concluded Grossman.

We are thrilled to have Nicki join our agency and welcome you to stay tuned for future announcements as ADEPT continues to grow throughout Florida and beyond.


ADEPT Strategy & Public Relations

Dana Pollitt & Julie Ruffolo
Managing Partners

Offices: Fort Lauderdale • Miami Beach • Key West


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EXCLUSIVE INVITATION: Miami Book Fair X Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce


I wanted to highlight a great event that the Chamber has put together with the Miami Book Fair. We will be hosting a conversation with author John P. David at the MB Botanical Gardens

October 25 at 6 pm.

Cost to attend is $10, which includes wine and some lite bites.

You can also pre-purchase the book he will discuss – HOW TO PROTECT (OR DESTROY) YOUR REPUTATION ONLINE – prior to the event for a discounted price of $10 (in addition to the ticket price). Just let me know if you would like to pre-purchase. Also, we will sell the books at the venue.

For more information and/or to register, click here.

See you there!

Danny Diaz
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce


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