Who: Chuck Black, chief executive officer, Image360 — Fort Lauderdale, received the "Small Business Person of the Year 2014," award by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce in recognition of leadership and management skills in operating a successful business. Black and his wife, Lynn Elsasser, opened the business in 2003.
Why the community should care: Signage is one of many ways the business community and agencies can communicate their services to consumers and we help our clients and neighbors do that by maximizing the visual impact of environmental, mobile graphics and promotional displays.
How this helps my business: This recognition, in addition to our brand change from Signs By Tomorrow last August, and investments in equipment, combined with an outstanding team of employees, will help accelerate our sales growth.
How I give back: Co-founded America Remembers Our Heroes; Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber board, Riverwalk Trust, Navy League of the U.S. national board as well as South Florida area president. Committees: St Patrick's Day, Great American Beach Party, Winterfest Boat Parade. Chaired Commissioning of the U.S. Navy ship, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge (WPC 1102).
Experience: Twenty years with U.S. Navy; worked as a yacht broker; performed professionally as an actor, clown, stilt walker, fire eater.
Education: Bachelor of science, business management, University of Maryland University College, College Park, Md.; Diploma in Acting, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Washington, D.C.
On the job
Top new goal for this year: Invest in new technology to increase sales and create additional jobs; would like to hire more veterans.
Wisdom: Don't compete on price alone.
On the side
Reading: "Bad Monkey," by Carl Hiaasen; "Stan & Ollie, The Roots of Comedy, The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy," by Simon Louvish.
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