Surviving tough economy

PORT ST. LUCIE — To survive in uncertain economic times, Treasure Coast businesses should partake in regional cooperation, consider self reinvention and look to others in similar industries for support, speakers at the annual Treasure Coast Business Summit said Friday.

Several economic development officials, high-profile businesses leaders and more than 80 local exhibitors attended the summit at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday.

“The message I want to give everyone today is the City of Port St. Lucie is open and we are business friendly,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella. “We want to do everything in our power, today and in the future, for businesses to want to come here.”

Larry Pelton, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, said that type of enthusiasm and optimism have helped the region grow into a research powerhouse.

“I have never worked in an area that’s more inviting and positive about bringing business,” Pelton said about the Treasure Coast. “In the last two years, our projects that we’ve closed in the county, including sustained amount of capital investments, exceeded Miami-Dade County.”

Local businesses networked in between the conference panel of business executives and community leaders who spoke throughout the afternoon.

“We have a presence on the Treasure Coast and we saw this as a way to get more exposure,” said Tom Klause, president of Jupiter-based A-1 Moving and Storage, who had a vendor booth at the event. “It’s a good way to get to know other businesses.”

Summit keynote speaker Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, still owns a home in Port Salerno and led several local schools in Martin County before becoming the county’s schools superintendent. Brogan spoke about creating a greater connection between education and economic development.

“I want the cure for cancer to be found in the Sunshine State,” Brogan told the audience.

Brogan also spoke of how uncertain economic times have caused many Treasure Coast businesses to evolve and change strategies.

“No successful business looks like it did five years ago. Every business has had to reinvent itself, finding new ways to do old things,” Brogan said. “At the end of the recession, there’s going to be two places left. One of the quick and one for the dead. The ones who don’t reinvent themselves, sadly, will be in the category of the dead.”

During the CEO Forum portion, business leaders spoke about the challenges of thriving and moving forward in a difficult and uncertain economy.

Digital Domain Media Group, Inc. Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ed Lunsford said local community support is vital to his organization’s success.

“We could not have done this without the help of the City of Port St. Lucie,” Lunsford said, speaking of job creation and some of the state and local financial incentives the company has received to build its Treasure Coast studio. “The support from the community and its leaders has really helped our success.”

Richard Houghten, founder and president of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie, said cooperation between businesses is equally important for long-term success.

“We all have to pull through this together,” Houghten said. “That’s how we’ll make it, together.”

TD Bank’s Central Florida Market President Brian Ziemba said businesses’ growth and prospering also depend on the amount of risk an organization is willing to take.

“Our success comes from our strong risk culture within our organization,” Ziemba said. “Being successful takes strategic planning to move forward from a competitive standpoint.”

Christopher Morhardt, president and founder of Port St. Lucie-based Pharus Group, a business consulting firm, has organized the event for the past three years.

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Honorary CEO Panelist

Argus International Risk Services CEO Named as Honorary CEO Panelist for 2011 Florida’s Treasure Coast Business Summit
(PRLEAP.COM) McLean, Virginia April 29, 2011 – The Argus Companies, an international leader in security, construction, logistics, education, and risk services is proud to announce that our president and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jonathan Snyder, has been named as an Honorary CEO panelist for the 3rd annual Treasure Coast Business Summit. The event is presented by the Pharus Group and DLF Media, and title sponsored by TD Bank and GreenspoonMarder. 

 The distinguished CEO Panel includes some of the most influential movers and shakers in industry and education today, to include the founder and president of the world-renown Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies, Dr. Richard A. Houghten, market president for TD Bank, Mr. Brian Ziemba, founder and president of Waterblasting Group of Companies, Mr. James Crocker, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the international movie conglomerate Digital Domain Holdings, Mr. Ed Lundsford.

The purpose of the CEO panel is to bring together industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for growth in business on the Treasure Coast of Florida, and to share insight into how our organizations are successfully dealing with the economic challenges of today.

“It is a great honor to be invited back as a CEO panelist for the 2011 Treasure Coast Business Summit. The entire US economy was built by entrepreneurs with vision, purpose, and hard-work. Somewhere along the lines, we dropped the ball as a business community and we need to get back to cultivating the great ideas and human capital which made America the world leader in the first place. The 2011 event allows successful international business leaders to collaborate on a local or regional level to foster ideas and spur entrepreneurialism – which inevitably will build strong vibrant communities,” stated Jonathan Snyder, president and CEO of Argus.

About The Argus Companies:

Argus is a premier group of companies with international operations spanning security, construction, education, logistics, publishing and risk management services. Delivering project expertise in more than 20 countries worldwide, to include the reconstruction and security efforts in Haiti, Argus is a globally recognized brand offering superior project management knowledge to international clientele.


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Reserve your space

STUART – Port St. Lucie, Fla- The 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit is coming to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday, May 20. Reservations are now being taken for vendors planning to display their products or services in the exhibition hall.

Each vendor will be provided with one 8 foot display table, 2 chairs and your company name will be listed in the program. The cost for the Business Builder Vendor Package is only $100.

In addition, Gold, Silver and Bronze packages are available with prices ranging from $750 – $2500. Details are available on the website

The theme of the TCBS is Education and Economic Development. It will feature a variety of speakers including Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor of the State University System, Economic Development Officials from the Treasure Coast and the area’s top educators.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit is sponsored by TD Bank and the Law Firm Greenspoon Marder.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorship or tickets, please visit or call 772-224-2898.

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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.

For more information, visit or call 772-224-2898.

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Business Summit planned for May 20

The 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit returns to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 20.

The theme this year is Education and Economic Development.

Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, will be the keynote speaker. He formerly served as lieutenant governor of Florida; president of Florida Atlantic University and commissioner of education.

There will be a CEO Forum Panel Discussion featuring James Crocker of Waterblasting Technologies Inc.; Brian Ziemba, market president at TD Bank; Richard Houghten of Torrey Pines Institute; Jonathan Snyder of Argus International Risk Solutions; and others from across the Treasure Coast.

There will be an economic development update with Larry Pelton (St Lucie County), Brian Cartland (Okeechobee), Tim Dougher (Martin County) and Helene Caseltine (Indian River County) to inform the local business community of activity and news affecting growth in the region; and an educational roundtable is planned..

This year’s format will feature more business-to-business vendors and fewer speakers. Participants will have more time to look over and discuss business related products and services.

The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorship or tickets, visit or call 772-224-2898.

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