Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief is among four winners of the 2014 African-American Achievers awards for South Florida, Deerfield Beach-based auto group JM Family Enterprises revealed Tuesday.
Sharief won in the business and entrepreneurism category for starting and developing home health care company South Florida Pediatric Home Care Inc., which employs more than 600 people.
For arts and culture, Marshall Davis, who ran the African Cultural Heritage Arts Center in Miami.
For community service: Estella Pyfrom of Palm Beach County, who runs a mobile learning center for low-income children.
For education, James F. Griffin II, an innovative teacher and school principal in Broward County.
JM Family will provide $10,000 to the charity of their choice for each honoree. The four will be recognized in an event April 9 starting at 6:15 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center.
Digital marketing firm expands
Miami Lakes-based digital marketing agency Illuminati Studios has purchased SolutionIQ of Davie to expand its offerings.
The acquisition adds five employees, boosting Illuminati's team to 15 and likely pushing its revenues beyond $2 million this year, said Aaron Lee, chief executive of the firm launched in 2001.
"At the end of the day, it's all about culture," Lee said Tuesday on why he bought SolutionIQ. Both firms have similar styles and complementary digital marketing offerings: Illuminati known for creative work and SolutionIQ more in content, social media and search marketing, said Lee.
Concours Boca Raton set for this weekend
Custom motorcycle maker Paul Teutul Sr., star of the CMT television show "Orange County Choppers," will be among guests at this year's Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance set for Feb. 21-23. The automotive-centered weekend raises funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Teutul will display his custom bikes and also auction a private tour of his shop and walk-on part on his TV show to benefit the charity. The Concours at the Boca Raton Resort & Club highlights such varied events including a hangar party, gala dinner, gourmet pavilion, plus an auto and motorcycle exhibit.
The gala Saturday will honor Mike Maroone, president of Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, the country's largest automotive retailer. Visit bocaCDE.com or 954- 537-1010.
Florida Panthers Foundation partners with grocer
Whole Foods Market and the Florida Panthers Foundation are joining forces to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.
Four Whole Foods stores will each donate 5 percent of net sales from Feb. 26 to the Panthers Foundation. Participating stores: Coral Springs, 810 University Drive; Plantation, 7720 Peters Road; Pembroke Pines, 14956 Pines Blvd.; Fort Lauderdale, 2000 N. Federal Highway.
"Fighting to end pediatric cancer is a cause that we are extremely passionate about and we are ecstatic that Whole Foods Market has joined our fight to help us make a difference in the South Florida community," said Michael R. Yormark, president and CEO of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment.
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