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Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Annual Dinner features Magic Leapís Carlos Penzini, Jobs Announcements, Announcement by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Leadership and Education Partnership Awards, and Installation of Nelson Fernandez as new Chair of the Board
Published Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development, reported at its 2018 annual meeting on Thursday, October 18 that it assisted businesses in creating 872 new high-value jobs, retaining 1,624 jobs and securing more than $43 million in new capital investment during its 2017-18 fiscal year that ended September 30. 

Companies assisted included:

  • Aldora Aluminum and Glass, an industry leader in glass and aluminum fabrication, created 35 new jobs and retained 115, making a capital investment of more than $4.7 million at its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Coral Springs.
  • AutoNation, which is adding 95 new jobs, retaining 700 jobs and renewed and expanded its headquarters lease agreement with Stiles Corporation for 12 years plus an eight-year option.
  • Crawford-Tracey Corporation, a headquarters and manufacturer of glazed impact and non-impact, shatter-resistant windows and doors, is adding 40 new jobs, retaining 117 jobs and making a capital investment of $5 million in Deerfield Beach.
  • Dreamlines USA, one of the fastest growing cruise booking portals in the world, is creating 100 new jobs in Fort Lauderdale.
  • ERP Maestro, a cloud-based cybersecurity firm, which is adding 100 jobs at its new offices in Plantation. The company secured a $12 million investment round earlier this year.
  • JetBlue Travel Products, a technology-based provider of JetBlue vacation packages, is adding 200 jobs and making a capital investment of $3 million in Dania Beach.
  • Life Wear Technologies, which manufactures CryoMax and ThermalMax sports medicine products, created 12 new jobs, retained 22 and made a capital investment of $2.7 million in Pompano Beach.
  • List Industries, designer and manufacturer of Superior® lockers, cabinets, gates and shelving, is adding 40 new jobs, retaining 245 and making a capital investment of $3 million in Deerfield Beach.
  • Lupin Research Inc., a pharmaceutical research and development company in Coral Springs, is adding 20 new jobs and investing $2.9 million for pilot manufacturing of inhalation pharmaceuticals for treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Pet Supermarket, the largest neighborhood pet specialty retailer in North America, is adding 100 new jobs and retaining 120 at its headquarters in Sunrise.
  • SR Technologies, a technology company developing mobile and navigation communication devices, is adding 40 new jobs and retaining 161 at its new headquarters and research and development facility in Sunrise.
  • Ultra Marine West, a Turkish manufacturer of specialty anchors for the marine industry, is adding three new jobs and investing $750,000 at a new office and manufacturing facility in Hollywood.

These companies were among nearly 300 businesses that were provided services by the Alliance during the year.  

The organization reported that over the past twelve years, the Alliance, working with Broward County, CareerSource Broward and local municipalities, helped businesses create or retain more than 32,000 direct jobs that are estimated to have generated through direct, indirect and induced effects total employment of more than 67,000 jobs resulting in $2.6 billion in annual personal income and $12.9 billion in annual economic impact, according to an independent study by the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

During the meeting, Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations, who had served the past year as Chair of the Board of the Alliance, turned the gavel over to Nelson Fernandez, Executive Vice President and Principal of ANF Group, who will be the Alliance’s 2018-19 Chair.

Alliance CEO Council Chair Colin Brown, Chairman of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. presented Rita and Rick Case, Partner, and Chairman & CEO of Rick Case Automotive Group with the Alliance’s 2018 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Economic Development Leadership Award. “The Alliance’s Ferrero award is presented to Broward business leaders who embody Chancellor Ferrero’s vision and commitment to economic development and the community,” said Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Alliance. “Rita & Rick Case have worked tirelessly to strengthen the economic and social fabric of our community through their work in economic development and philanthropy.”  Previous recipients include Brown; Ferrero, who serves as Chancellor of NSU; NSU President Dr. George L. Hanbury, II; H. Wayne Huizenga; Chairman, CEO & President of AutoNation, Mike Jackson; City Furniture CEO Keith Koenig and Former Chairman and CEO of Stiles, Terry Stiles.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a grant of $240,000 to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation to improve employment opportunities in six of Broward County’s most economically distressed neighborhoods. The two-year investment will help hire staff to create an inventory of workforce training and jobs available in those zip codes, identify supportive services such as childcare and transportation, and work with community leaders and local businesses to ensure these services are better coordinated and residents are better informed about these opportunities.

The Alliance also presented its annual economic development leadership awards (VIDEO) to six other individuals who have gone above and beyond in their work in the community helping to grow jobs and strengthen the economy. Those honored, with the Alliance Council that presented the awards in parenthesis, were: Hector J. Ponte, Wells Fargo (CEO Council); Nicky Tesser, JetBlue (Governor Council); Tim Rubin, Kaufman Rossin (Leadership Council); Scott Garvis, Dale Carnegie, (Corporate Council); Bob Fitts, SUP-X: The StartUp Expo (Entrepreneurship Council); and Laura Karpaviciute, City of Tamarac (Partner Council). Bank of America (VIDEO) and the Broward MPO (VIDEO) were awarded the Alliance’s Educational Partnership Award.

With more than 750 in attendance, the annual meeting, held at the Signature Grand in Davie, highlighted Broward County’s legacy and strength in technology innovation. Carlos Penzini, Senior Vice President of People for Magic Leap, was interviewed by Broward College President Gregory A. Haile in the event’s keynote conversation.

The event was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Signature Grand and South Florida Business Journal; Gold Sponsors: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, JetBlue, Port Everglades, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and South Florida Business & Wealth; Silver Sponsors: AutoNation, ANF Group, Becker, Capital Analytics, Crown Castle Fiber, FPL, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Gunster, Memorial Healthcare System; Nova Southeastern University and Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina.

Click on the following links for: New Alliance Video; Economic Development leadership awards and Education Partnership Awards: to  (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and the (Broward MPO ). Photos

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance  ( is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County.  Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community.  To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.

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