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Melbourne Regional Chamber Honors Local Businesses and Community Leaders

Spherion Staffing and Health First were among the top business honorees at the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s Impact Awards and Board Installation Banquet.

The Chamber, along with presenting sponsors, Creative Network Innovations, Inc. and GrayRobinson, Attorneys at Law, held the 2017 Annual Impact Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront on Friday evening, January 20th.  The event also marked the official installation of the 2017 Chamber Board of Directors, led by Dale Howlett, 2017 Board Chair.

Included again this year was the presentation of the local Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism on national and local levels.  Matthew Susin from Twin Rivers Insurance presented Don Weaver, Retired General, with the Jefferson Award for outstanding contributions to the community.

Each year, an Impact Award is presented to a large and small Chamber Member, who have most impacted the Melbourne region’s business climate, community, and the Chamber. The Impact Award for a small company was presented to Marj Bartok and Linda Radencic of Spherion Staffing. Celebrating 22 years in the Melbourne Region, Spherion Staffing is locally owned and operated with a staff of just 7 employees.

This past year, Spherion opened an additional location in Titusville, worked with over 80 customers, and filled 3,000 job assignments in Brevard County. Over 50 of these job assignments were given to veterans and their families.

Kim Agee, Director of Community Relations for Health First, accepted the Impact Award for a large business or organization.  Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network and employs more than 7,800 associates. They have four hospitals in Brevard and operate the only Trauma Center in the county. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physicians group on the Space Coast and offers numerous outpatient and wellness services.

Counting all four hospitals, in 2016 they offered a total of 922 beds, provided 3,747 births, and had 184,336 emergency room visits. But, considered by some as the more important statistic, they had 1,221,057 visitors to their Pro-Health & Fitness Center. Health First has been a Trustee Member of the Chamber since 1993.

The evening included other business and community recognitions. Debra Foley of Brevard Public Schools Business Partners was presented the Ambassador Chairman’s Choice Award and Nadene Cavaliere of Trustco Bank received the Ambassador of the Year Award. The Chamber’s 2016 Better Business of the Year Award was presented to Jim Milucky, CPA and Leeanne Saylors of Forensic Accounting Services; Sandy Pfrimmer accepted the Small Business of the Year Award on behalf of the Florida Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College; and the Chamber’s Veteran’s Resource Council’s Veteran of the Year Award was presented to Space Coast Paratroopers.

Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, recognized in the region as The Business Chamber, is a 5-star accredited Chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber proudly serves the business community of East Central Florida.  For more information, visit


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