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Disney Institute
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Disney Institute
February 11th, 2010
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Happy New Year!  After such a challenging year, most business owners are eager to leave the past behind and hit the restart button.  It's time for us to clean the slate and start anew!  It's time to make those business resolutions that will help your business grow, even in these tough economic times.
It's a New Year!  Time to start fresh and think of all the opportunities that lie ahead.
Chamber South is committed to helping you achieve your business goals and help you succeed.  Join us at one of our many Networking functions or Business Seminars.  If you're not a member or know someone you would like to refer, then January is the perfect time to start networking and learning.  Bring a friend or colleague to a networking event, or refer a friend or colleague and you will both receive $25 in Chamber Bucks!  Click here to refer a friend or colleague.

Albert Harum-AlvarezAlbert Harum-Alvarez of Harum & Harum

What's old is new again! The Honorable Justice Andrea Harum Schiavoni has asked her brother Albert Harum-Alvarez to join the family firm, founded in 1968 by their father and grandfather. The law firm of Harum & Harum has changed with the times, and now focuses on mediation to resolve disputes more quickly and with less cost than a lawsuit.
Andrea is Town Justice in Southampton, New York, a position that leaves her time to continue her mediation practice. Andrea has impressed Congress-watchers by tackling the nastier disputes of our time. After a recent Town Hall meeting on health care moderated by Andrea, Nancy Ellis, chair of the Suffolk County Bar, praised Andrea for her ability to "diffuse anger and refocus attention on the question at hand." Congressman Tim Bishop noted that thanks to Andrea's mediation skills, the Town Hall Meeting "did not get bogged down in screaming matches, as we have seen at so many other meetings across the nation."
Albert Harum-Alvarez comes to the firm after a glowing career as an entrepreneur and world-renowned expert in software design. Albert's design consulting firm boasts clients around the world, including Harvard University, Time Inc., Fidelity Investments and the New York Public Library. The firm now runs with minimal daily guidance by Albert, freeing him to spend more time on community concerns through mediation and his volunteer efforts.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson praised Albert's "innate ability to balance the competing-and often contentious-sides of a debate with great skill. Albert is a great listener and naturally empathizes with the people he interacts with."
Albert was a member of the Downtown Kendall Steering Committee, along with ChamberSouth stalwarts Richard Horton and now-Mayor Paul Vrooman of Cutler Bay. Albert is past Secretary of the Dice House Coalition, which saved the oldest house in Kendall. He has served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and was appointed by Mayor Alvarez to serve on the Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force.
Albert and his family built a home that is considered one of the "greenest" in Miami, featured in the Miami Herald, Channel 10 News and Telemundo worldwide. In 2004, Albert and Andrea co-edited a book on the history of Kendall, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Kenwood School.
The firm of Harum & Harum is certified to mediate disputes in Florida and New York, including zoning & land use issues, divorce, family reconciliation and mortgage foreclosure.
Harum & Harum ADR
Certified Mediators in New York & Florida
Rick TonkinsonTonkinson lives holiday season spirit all year long
by Gloria Burns 

Rick Tonkinson is one who shares the holiday spirit year-round as a mentor, philanthropist and civic leader. Tonkinson, a Certified Financial Planner and a Charter Life Underwriter, works with his wife of 32 years, Margarita, and son, Steven, in their family business of Rick Tonkinson & Associates located in Coral Gables.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1976, his first job out of college was that of a Peace Corps volunteer.

He moved to Miami in 1981, held a variety of jobs until he eventually got into banking as a trust officer.
At the same time, he attended school at night earning a Master of Business Administration (1984) and a master's in Public Administration (1985) at the University of Miami with a specialization in Budgets and Cash Flow.

While working at the bank, Tonkinson realized that the quality of advice and service was based on the balance of the customer's account. The minimum balance was so high that working class people, like his family and friends, did not qualify; so, he went back to night school once again and became a Certified Financial Planner in 1991 and Chartered Life Underwriter in 1993.

Since 1991, Tonkinson has been dedicated to helping employees of FPL and BellSouth as well as police officers and teachers plan for retirement. He has been a volunteer instructor for finance for the Small Business Administration workshops through SCORE. He has served on the board of directors for the Children's Home Society and the Florida Endowment Fund for Education. He is a past president of the Miami Rotary Club. He also serves on the University of Miami Citizen Board.
Rick and Margarita are trustees of the Rick Tonkinson and Family Charitable Fund. Through that fund and personally, the Tonkinsons support a myriad local and national charitable.
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Chamber South Welcomes Disney Institute to Miami on February 11, 2010
It doesn't take any training to recognize that the world's economy has taken a significant downturn. It does take effective and proven professional development training to guide impacted organizations back to the summit.
A one-day local workshop, Disney's Approach to Business Excellence program is a rare and affordable opportunity to learn best business practices from Disney insiders, and discover ways to easily and immediately adapt and apply those best practices to pick up the pace in these slow economic times.
Organizations from across the nation and around the world have learned proven philosophies, adapted critical lessons, and implemented effective processes to reap the rewards of improvements in leadership, management, service, and brand loyalty.
Professional development doesn't cost-it pays.  It pays by creating a framework of focused energy in a vacuum of uncertainty.  It pays by helping an organization gain share in a slow economy.  It pays because it has been proven to strengthen employee morale and retention, which will be critical to emerge from tough times.
IMPORTANT: Please use Chamber South promotional code CSCCMNE to receive $50 OFF PER GUEST when registering. Additional group discounts are available.
No prerequisite training required.

January 7, 2010
Governmental Affairs Committee                  Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
January 8, 2010
Small Business Committee                              Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
January 8, 2010
Transportation Committee                             Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
January 13, 2010
Network Luncheon                                        Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
January 13, 2010
Health & Fitness Committee                           Time: 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
January 14, 2010
Military Affairs Committee                               Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
January 19, 2010
Environmental Committee                             Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
January 21, 2010
Business After Hours                                         Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
January 22, 2010
Education And Business Coaltion                   Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
January 26, 2010
Not for Profit Committee                               Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
January 27, 2010
General Membership Breakfast                       Time: 7:15 am - 9:00 am
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