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BRG Newsletter April 14, 2015

Michael Kuehn was born a raised in Coral Gables. His father was born in Baltimore and moved down to Miami in 1946. His mother was born in Coconut Grove in 1923, so he truly is a rare native of Miami. He is the youngest of 5, with 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

He went off as a freshman to Colorado State University on a gymnastics scholarship but then transferred to Florida State University for his sophomore year, where he took up rugby and became a gymnastics coach. He moved back to Miami after a brief stay in North Carolina, and in 1986, he became a private investigator, and started Keen Investigations in 1992 that is still going strong.

He is the father of 2 beautiful girls, Rachel, who is a junior at USF and is studying to be a sign language interpreter and Hannah, who is a freshman at UF, and is an engineering major. He also is supported by his beautiful girlfriend Betty. Both love to travel whenever possible. Mike is an avid golfer. He joined Velocity Processing 2 years ago and enjoys being able to save his clients money on their processing fees in and being able to switch them over seamlessly.

In 2003, Jeff Davidson, started a merchant service company. He contacted Edward Steinberg, a business mogul who sold his company in 1997 to a New York Stock Exchange company and fully retired. With Eddie’s guidance, Jeff started Davidson Processing and began providing credit card processing services to local businesses. In 2008, they joined forces to create Velocity Processing. Jeff Davidson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Velocity Processing. He is jointly responsible for the company’s sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Velocity’s payment ecosystem. His area of specialization is the sophisticated analytical tools that are utilized to perform empirical analysis of merchant statements and the implementation of customized solutions. Edward Steinberg is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Velocity Processing. He is an expert at forging relationships and a visionary whose entrepreneurial mode creates innovation and breeds success. His mantra is that “business is about relationships”.

The company specializes in providing end-to-end electronic payment solutions. It has grown into an industry leader, winning a number of President’s Club awards and was recently recognized as the 2nd fastest growing ISO in the southeast United States by Elavon, Inc., a subsidiary of US Bancorp.

Velocity Processing offers effective rates, fraud prevention, processing fee reduction, next day funding, ensures data security and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, and many more. I also provides and architecture that reduces downgrades and credit card processing expenditures.

Great information! Thanks, Mike!

Mark your calendars for the Baseball Game, and stop at the Cigar Shop on June 25. We will also have our dance get together. More information for both events coming soon.

We had no winner for the jackpot! Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 23, but only if you contact Eli if you are the winner.

BRG Newsletter April 7, 2015

Today’s speaker was Eli Ristine. She was born and raised in Miami. Following graduation from St. Brendan’s High School, she earned an Associate Degree from Miami Dade Community College in Business Administration, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Florida International University.

She has been a member of the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches since 1990, and before she became president of the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2000, she was the council’s Rising Star of 1998. After her tenure as president, WCR selected Eli as its Person of the Year in 2001. She has been an Officer and Board Member of BRG for the past 10 years and was President of the Business Referral Group in 2006 and 2007. In 1989, Eli joined Pam Florida Realty, which has been in business for 40 years, since her mom opened it in 1973. Eli has been in the business for more than 25 years. In her spare time, she enjoys life with her husband and lovely pets. She loves sports, running with the dogs, boating, fishing, and lobster hunting.

Eli explained the differences between buying a condo or a house. There are many factors to take into consideration when making your decision. If you want to avoid the hazels of home ownership, like yard work, then you may want to consider purchasing a condominium. Aside from location, housing type is one of the most important decisions to make when buying. Homeowners purchase the house and the land underneath while condo owners buy the living space inside of the condo unit and a portion of the common area of the condo building.

Condos in the Brickell area and Miami Beach are very popular today among young professionals. They want to be close to everything within walking distance. They want to socialize close by. Other reasons to buy a condo are size, location, amenities, and limited maintenance responsibilities. However, association fees can be high, and association regulations cumbersome, so do your homework before you buy.

When buying a house, the homeowner is completely responsible for all maintenance inside and outside the property, including caring and upkeep of the yard and trees. Even though any improvements will likely increase the home’s resale value of the house, they require and investment in time and money.

Most buyers qualify for FHA but the majority of the certificates expired in November of 2011. Therefore, there is just one community, maximum two or three, in each zip code in Dade County that qualifies for FHA. Unfortunately, the associations just did not want to do the paperwork to renew their certificates.

Great information! Thanks, Eli!

Mark your calendars for the Baseball Game, and stop at the Cigar Shop on June 25. We will also have our dance get together. More information for both events coming soon.

We had no winner for the jackpot! Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 2, but only if you contact Eli if you are the winner.

BRG Newsletter March 31, 2015

Today’s speaker was Elizabeth Perez. She was born in Cuba and she has earned the reputation of being one of the most trusted names in Miami’s real estate. She is a dedicated broker, associate and assistant district sales manager with the Keyes Company in Coral Gables. She specializes in selling commercial real estate properties.

She is fluent in English and Spanish and travels the globe to track changes in real estate, as well as to work with clients from Europe, China, South America, and the Middle East, assisting them in finding first-class investments in commercial properties. She has been quoted in top of the line magazines, and because of her in-depth knowledge of real estate trends, she regularly counsels other realtors on shifts in the market.

Elizabeth began her career in Illinois before moving to Miami over 15 years ago. Because of her own transition to South Florida, she understands the unique challenges that arise when her clients choose to buy in a new area.

Elizabeth is the President of the Miami Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, she is actively involved in the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, BRG, and has served as Secretary of the Miracle Mile Toastmasters Club. She also offers mentorship and training to future realtors at the Keyes Company.

She is happily married and the mother of two children, her son Manuel, who is an intricate part of her team. He has an MBA in International Business, a BA in International Relations. Elizabeth’s daughter is a real estate attorney in Boston. Massachusetts.

Elizabeth feels that the Keyes Company is a perfect match for her team because it is family based. The Keyes Company is family-owned and in business since 1926.

Elizabeth believes that the most important aspect of real estate is not to sell the property but to market it through the regular channels and to the network of realtors. Miami Dade alone has 31,000 realtors.
Elizabeth and her team specializes in multi-family homes, warehouses and office space. They also offer business brokerage services to clients who want to buy or sell their businesses. Office leases are increasing in price as vacancies are going down. Warehouse prices have gone up in the past years, in particular in the Doral, Wyndwood and Midtown Miami areas.

Thanks Elizabeth for all the useful information!

Mark your calendars for the Baseball Game, and stop at the Cigar Shop on June 25. We will also have our dance get together. More information for both events coming soon.

We had no winner for the jackpot! The jackpot is at $197 and there are 39 cards left. Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 29, but only if you contact Eli if you are the winner.

BRG Newsletter March 24, 2015

Today’s speaker was Natasha Housen with ADT. She has a 12-year-old son. She was in the Army and then went on to Florida International University were she graduated with a BA in Public Relations and Marketing.
She loves exercising and eating healthy. She has been doing it for years.

Natasha works for ADT, one of the largest companies providing home security systems to clients. They offer automation systems that allow to arm and disarm systems remotely at home and at your office. You can also set your systems to give you alerts whether your system is armed or disarmed. This is very convenient to keep track of what your children, cleaning lady or repair man are doing when you are not home. It can also send you a video clip from a camera installed next to a motion detector. These same cameras can be installed and used in businesses to monitor activity of employees.

The automated system can control your air conditioning unit. The system can also control lighting, door locks and garage doors that can be activated or deactivated from smart phones.

If you don’t have a landline don’t worry, you can add ADT CellGuard, ADT’s alarm monitoring center through the use of radio signals, much like your cellphone.

Natasha said ADT is currently running some specials to upgrade your systems.
Thanks Natasha for all the useful information!

We had no winner for the jackpot! There are 40 cards left for next week. Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 12, but only if you contact Eli if you are the winner.

BRG Newsletter March 17, 2015

Today’s speaker was Ellen Siegel. She has been a financial planner and a financial educator for over three decades. She is a fee-based Certified Financial Planner practitioner, a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter. She offers financial planning services and securities through, LPL Financial, LLC (LPL). Ellen served on the national committee creating the questions for the credentialing exam for the CFP designation. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami for 10 years.

She holds a Master’s Degree from Goddard College. She is also an enthusiastic outdoors lover, and she is an active volunteer park ranger for the Everglades National Park, leading canoe and hiking adventures for adults and children. Her civic commitments include current board membership of the South Florida National Parks Trust, and past service on the boards of Temple Beth Or, the Financial Planning Association of Miami, and the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida.

Ellen loves entertaining her friends at home and she speaks Morse code at 60 words per minute!

Ellen works with a team of great professionals:

Karen Caselli has over two decades of experience in the financial world. Her background includes experience in the bank brokerage industry as well as financial planning. She has been a Series 6 licensed Investment Company Products and Variable Contracts Representative since 1992 and obtained her Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 1996. Karen holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of South Carolina.

Mary Larrick is the company’s office manager. She is very detail-oriented and has a background in IT with a degree in Computer Information Systems.

Natalie Kaminsky is in charge of social media working closely with their web master.

They also have an administrative assistant that works in the mornings, she answers the phones, scans all the clients’ documents and tackles whatever new task comes her way.

Ellen explained that investors who base their investments in past performance don’t know what they are doing. It is very important to have a diversified and balance portfolio to have steady gains.

Thanks Ellen for all the useful information!

We had no winner for the jackpot! Keep playing next week! We had 2 newsletter winners, Ellen Siegel, who called from the Everglades, and Sherri. Congratulations! This week’s newsletter winner could be 3, but only if you contact Eli if you are the winner.

BRG Newsletter March 10, 2015

Our speaker today was Scott Mokher, a fifth generation Floridian. He is the youngest of four sons and a co-owner of a family-run company aptly named Mokher Plumbing founded by his father in 1968, a business that was based on ethics and quality of work.

He has been married to his wife Sandi for 15 years, and they have a 6-year-old son. He likes fishing, and bird hunting. He and his wife love traveling and camping with their church group, and spending time in the North Carolina Mountains with family.

In the 70’s, Mokher Plumbing’s work was focused on hospitals, schools, and high-rise condominiums. But the construction boom came to an end, so the focus shifted to service repairs, an area that remained constant. Scott and his brother provide a hands-on, personalized service to each and every one of its clients. During the 80’s they expanded the business to include bathroom and kitchen remodeling.

Scott explained that there are certain things that you can do to avoid major damages. Check your water heater, toilets, and faucets for leaks. In addition, a lot of plumbing problems are related to flushable products, which are not flushable, according to Scott. He also recommended vinegar and hot water for sinks.
Sanitary systems in old houses are becoming a problem. So, it’s important to have a good sanitary inspection before you buy a house to detect all the hidden costs.

Thanks Scott for all the useful information!

Mark your calendars for the Baseball Game, and stop at the Cigar Shop on June 25.
We will also have our dance get together. More information for both events coming soon.

BRG welcomed its new member; Dr. Marcelo A. Pereyra, a Chiropractor. His office Mind and Body Wellness Studio is conveniently located in the Pinecrest, FL area.

There were no winners for the jackpot, with 42 cards left. Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 2, but only if you call-in. Contact Eli and get some wine to enjoy just for reading.

BRG Newsletter March 3, 2015

The speaker today was Erin Briede with Paychex. Erin was born in Miami, and moved to Weston when she was seven years old. She majored in Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University. Once she graduated, she moved to Atlanta, and became a kindergarten teacher. After one year, she realized that that was not for her, and moved back to South Florida where she joined Paychex, and has been with the company for the past 7 years.

She currently lives in Cooper City with her husband, Paul, and their amazing 16-month-old son named Mason.
The company was founded in 1971 by B. Thomas Golisano, who took a $3,000 loan and with just one employee started Paychex to make payroll outsourcing easy and affordable for small businesses. Now in 2015, they have over 12,000 employees, about 100 office locations, with over two billion in revenue last year.

The company has more than 600,000 clients nationwide, and out of those 600,000 clients, about half of them have 10 employees or less.
Paychex, Inc. offers great customer service. All the clients are assigned to a local payroll specialist, which makes the relationship more personal. Paychex offers payroll processing, and outsourced human resources.

Thanks Erin, for all the useful information!

On March 25, let’s meet and network at Love is Blind from 5:30 to 7:30, 225 Altara Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33145. Admission is $15.00 per person, and includes appetizers. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and potential members to meet us in an informal environment. Drinks are half price.

Mark your calendars for the Baseball Game, and stop at the Cigar Shop on June 25.

We will also have our dance get together. More information for both events coming soon.

There were no winners for the jackpot that is at $155, with 43 cards left. Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 33, but only if you call-in. Contact Eli and get some wine to enjoy just for reading.

BRG Newsletter February 24, 2015

Our speaker today was Nereida Garcia, with Details Custom Cabinetry. She comes from a family of detailed minded self-employed individuals. Nereida has been in the cabinetry and remodeling business since 1987. Details Custom Cabinetry concentrates on space design, cabinetry, and remodeling of kitchens, media rooms, home offices, playrooms, closets, and garages for residential clients, but 10% of her business is commercial work.

Nereida pays a great deal of attention to details that allow her to offer quality products, and personal service. For 27 years, the philosophy that service and client satisfaction equals a completed job has been the best promoter of referrals.

Nereida designs layouts for cabinetry with emphasis on practical use and maximizing space. Most of these spaces are kitchens, baths, laundry-rooms, closets, entertainment centers and garages. The cabinetry materials she offers are all US-made products made of solid wood, plywood and sometimes laminate, which are mostly used in laundry-rooms, rental units, and children’s playrooms.

Nereida works with a team of professionals who subscribe to the same work ethics. When you schedule a visit, Nereida will ask a lot of questions, look at all you needs, and what you want to store or display. She will also help you select countertops, flooring, lighting material, appliances to complement your home. She can refer you to her vendors that will offer professional services, competitive prices, and timely deliveries.

Thanks Nereida, for all the useful information!

There were no winners for today’s jackpot. Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 20, but only if you call-in. Contact Eli and get some wine to enjoy just for reading.

BRG Newsletter February 10, 2015

Our speaker today was Christine Barrueco with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was born in Miami, attended Florida Christian High School where she graduated Salutatorian. She graduated with a degree in Health and Science from Florida International University. At FIU, she was President of Student Government, Homecoming Queen and President of Alpha XI Delta Sorority. After college, she worked for Pfizer for 3 years.

She married her husband Robert Barrueco in 2011. In April 2014, she had her first baby, a girl name Bella.

In December 2008, Christine started her Mary Kay business. Within 6 months she became a Director and earned her first car. Since then, she has earned 5 free cars, over 52 karats in diamonds, and 4 star trips around the world. In 2012, Christine was crowned the Queen of Sales and the Queen of Recruiting in the Emerald Seminar, with her team making $1 million in sales in that year. Her goal is to be the #1 unit in the USA and earn the use of the Pink Escalade.

Christine explained that Mary Kay offers many services, such as luxury lunches, a lunch break with a makeover and a gift card for each person to buy something on the spot. She also offers one-on-one consultations for men and women. Christine loves Mary Kay’s parties with up to $200 in free shopping. No purchase is necessary. Mary Kay has beautiful baskets for special occasions.

Christine runs a studio twice a week where she offers makeovers and hosts training events. It’s also a platform for BRG members to network their businesses as you will be exposed to 150 to 200 people at any given day. Christine offers fundraising parties for special causes, such as cancer research, autism, to name just a few, as well as teacher’s appreciation events, and many other special events.

Thanks Christine for exciting information and good luck with your goals for this year!

We welcomed our newest member, Erin Briede with Paychex. We wish you all the best as a member of BRG!

There were no winners for the jackpot. Keep playing next week! This week’s newsletter winner could be 16, but only if you call-in before the weekend. Contact Eli and get some wine to enjoy just for reading.

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