2017 Trailblazer Awards









First Annual Trailblazers Award

St. Lucie County, Fla. – The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, hosted by local business leaders Dana Trabulsy and Lynette Marraffa, and in collaboration with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, has partnered with Mindi Fetterman of The Inner Truth Project to introduce the First Annual Treasure Coast Trailblazers Awards.

This award of distinction will be presented to women who have paved the way, broken the glass ceilings, created new avenues and inspired us all. The 2017 Trailblazers Award is sponsored by Post Insurance of Port St. Lucie. Kathy Post, owner of Post Insurance is a trailblazer herself; being named as one of the country’s 40 ‘Elite Women in Insurance, by Insurance Business America. Post is a positive role model for women on the Treasure Coast and is proud to partner as the first annual sponsor of this award.

Trailblazers are threaded throughout the fibers of the Treasure Coast and present themselves in various manners. A call to action is being mad e to the Treasure Coast Community to nominate women who have carved a clearer path, brought a vision to life or changed the paradigm by which we think. Women who are Trailblazers.

If you know a Trailblazer in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeechobee County that deserves to be nominated, please send your letters to All letters must be submitted by May 10th, 2017. At least one Trailblazer from each county will be awarded. Submissions will be reviewed by a non-partial panel, and awards will be presented at the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, to be held May 25th at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit is the Treasure Coast’s largest business-to- business summit and expo, providing a networking and educational experience which will include a unique opportunity to meet other business leaders and professionals, learn about current opportunities, and establish relationships. This combination of information and networking will help business owners and entrepreneurs identify their inner strengths, and provide the tools and resources necessary to implement positive growth in their business. The TCBS will offer a comprehensive agenda of regional and local speakers. In addition, attendees will benefit from small panel group discussions facilitated by local leaders on the Treasure Coast.

Proud Sponsors Include: WBPF 25 News, The Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, Martin Health Systems, Dyer Chevrolet, UBS Atlantic Wealth Management, Dex Media, Post Insurance, The St. Lucie Mets, CPA firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram f.k.a Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A., Tobacco Free Florida, St. Lucie County Schools, Bank of America, St. Lucie EDC, Bonner Mobile Bar, Two Men and a Truck, WQCS, Traxx Entertainment, All Things Treasure Coast along with founding Summit Partners DLF Media and The Pharus Group.

Sponsorships as well as vendor packages are currently available and will sell out quickly! Act now to reserve your space today for the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit.

Thank you,

Dana Trabulsy   772-475-3883

Lynette Marraffa    772-359-6984

Port St. Lucie to co-host business summit

Port St. Lucie will partner with Pharus Group LLC and DLF Media as host of the third annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.

This year’s theme is education and economic development, and the format has changed, with more space being devoted to an expected 60 to 100 vendor displays.

Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, will be the keynote speaker. Other commitments include: Indian River State College President Edwin Massey; Michael Lannon, St. Lucie County schools superintendent; Arthur Keiser, CEO and founder of Keiser University; James Crocker, CEO of Waterblasting Technologies Inc.; Brian Ziemba of TD Bank; and Jonathan Snyder of Argus International Risk Services.

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Vendor space sold

PORT ST. LUCIE – The third annual Treasure Coast Business Summit has sold out all vendor space for event on May 20.

The Emerald Room at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center will be transformed into an exhibit hall and feature a variety of businesses from throughout the Treasure Coast.

The event is presented by the Pharus Group and DLF Media, and title sponsored by TD Bank and GreenspoonMarder.

The Keynote Speaker is Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System.

Also on the agenda, a distinguished CEO panel that includes some of the most influential movers and shakers in industry and education today: Dr. Richard Houghten, founder and president of Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies; Brian Ziemba, market president for TD Bank; James Crocker, founder and president of Waterblasting Group of Companies; and Ed Lundsford, senior vice president and General Counsel of the international movie conglomerate Digital Domain Holdings.

Tickets for the event are available at TD Bank locations on the Treasure Coast or online at

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Recruit good employees

PORT ST. LUCIE — Business leaders across the Treasure Coast are being motivated for success after the economic downturn.

More than 200 business owners registered for the second annual Treasure Coast Business Summit at the city’s Civic Center on Thursday as presented by consulting firms Pharus Group LLC and DLF Media Consultants Inc.

Chris Morhardt, the president of the Pharus Group, said the summit had three components: networking, education and motivation.

“The theme for this year is a time for growth,” he said. “That’s basically saying it’s time to get your head out of the sand.”

Since businesses already have cut back as far as they can, Morhardt said business leaders should take a proactive approach to developing a growth plan and a sales and marketing plan.

“If you’re not growing,” he said, “you’re dying.”

Morhardt said the summit helped get the word out about organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Service Corp of Retired Executives, the Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College and the college’s Corporate and Community Training Institute.

To teach skills and fundamentals of how to be successful in business, the summit included a forum of chief executive officers from across the Treasure Coast.

Dr. Thomas Fullman, the dean at an online business college called Innova World Wide College, led the discussion. He noted the running theme of the forum was how to be prepared for growth.

Business for Rick Schuett of SOL Inc. in Palm City is experiencing double-digit growth in manufacturing solar-powered lights. He prepared for growth by focusing on attracting the smartest people.

“The first step to driving growth is to get the right people in the right seats,” Schuett said.

Jonathan Teaford of Digital Doman Holdings in Port St. Lucie, dealt with his growing business by opening a facility in the city and looking to expand into different markets.

RJ Siegel of LoPresti Aviation in Sebastian plans to explore how to improve his existing products, such as to create electrical engines.

But Denny Hudson of Seacoast National Bank in Stuart agreed people should be the focus. He said businesses need to recruit good employees during the economic downturn for future growth.

“This is probably the most opportune moment that we’ve had,” Hudson said.

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