Business After Hours

The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl St. Daytona Beach.

The cost is $10 for members online in advance, $15 for members at the door and $25 for non-members.

For more information, call (386) 677-3454 or visit

NASCAR hires general counsel

NASCAR has named Tracey Lesetar-Smith as senior vice president, general counsel.

Ms. Lesetar-Smith will lead day-to-day operations of the sanctioning body’s legal and public affairs operations at company headquarters in Daytona Beach.

After more than two decades of service, Karen Leetzow will retired as general counsel at year end.

Ms. Lesetar-Smith previously was general counsel and vice president of business and legal affairs for Bellator MMA. She also was an attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Her first day will be Oct. 14 and will assume full responsibilities upong Ms. Leetzow’s retirement.

Hospital chain hires strategic program manager

Katie Palacios has been selected to serve as the director of strategic program management for the AdventHealth facilities in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties.

Ms. Palacios is responsible for organizing and driving leadership strategies and ensuring alignment for strategic priorities across the AdventHealth Central Florida Division.

She has five years of experience and began her career at AdventHealth Hendersonville in North Carolina. She most recently served as the senior manager for CREATION Life at AdventHealth’s corporate offices.

A Longwood resident, Ms. Palacios earned a bachelor's degree corporate/community wellness management from Southern Adventist University and a master’s degree in public health from Andrews University.

Daytona chamber awarded

The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals awarded the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce with first place for Audio/Visual/Online Communications for chambers with a budget of more than $1 million.

The award was for the chamber's 100th Anniversary Testimonial Tuesday Videos created by the Leadership Daytona Class XXXVIII.

The award was presented at the organization’s annual conference Sept. 17-19 at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.

Corporate legal counselor honored

The Federal Association for Insurance Reform, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, selected Melissa Burt DeVriese, Security First's chief administrative officer and chief legal counsel, as the 2019 recipient of its Founder's Award.

A native of Ormond Beach, Ms. Burt's career includes both private practice work and civil service positions.

She earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Miami and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

State of the City

The City of Ormond Beach and the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the annual State of the City luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Halifax Plantation Golf Club, 3400 Clubhouse Drive.

Mayor Bill Partington will present the city’s successes, challenges, opportunities and outlook.

The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. For more information, email or call (386) 677-3454.

Learn about growth

The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce's Eggs & Issues will present Clay Ervin, Volusia County director of growth & resource management at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at LPGA International Golf Club, 1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach.

Mr. Ervin will discuss planning for smart growth to ensure quality of life does not diminish for residents.

The cost is $15 for members, $20 day of event, and $30 for non-members.

For more information, call Jim Cameron, senior vice president of government relations, at (386) 523-3673 or visit

Chamber hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony

The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Diversified Arts & Woodworking from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1509 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.

For more information, call (386) 428-2449.

Business group meets

Entrepreneurs and small business owners in Southeast Volusia are invited to the Second Wednesday Club at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Half Wall Restaurant & Brewery on State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach.

The club is a grassroots group that supports entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Open to the public.

For more information, call (386) 402-0071.

Monthly chamber membership luncheon

Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at 115 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.

The topic will be Grow With Google – Get Your Business Online. The presentation is part two in the Grow with Google series.

Admission is $10, which includes lunch.

For more information, call (386) 428-2449.

Broker leads land sale to city

The land team of Ackerman & Co. and Pioneer Land Group have brokered the sale of 152 acres on Turnbull Creek to the City of New Smyrna Beach for $8.9 million.

John Speros and JT Speros of Ackerman & Co. and Kyle Gable of Pioneer Land Group represented the seller, Turnbull Land LLC. The buyer was The Trust for Public Land on behalf of the City of New Smyrna Beach.

Distribution center opens

BigTime Battery, a subsidiary of BatteryJack Inc., has opened a distribution center in Edgewater.

The center at 114 N. Old County Road is expected to have about three employees and will process and ship batteries and chargers to seven neighboring states in the southeast.

BatteryJack/Bigtime Battery has been operating out of Minooka, Ill., for more than 14 years.

Morning networking

The Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce will host a Morning Mix and Mingle at Trustco Bank at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at 3751 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.

There will be food, drinks and prizes. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members

For more information, call (386) 761-1601 or email

Chamber hosts county council connection

Port Orange South Daytona Chamber will host a business connection with the Volusia County Council at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Riverside Pavilion, 3431 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.

Councilwomen Deb Denys and Billie Wheeler will discuss current county issues with a special presentation on the impact of the commercial space industry.

The cost is $10 for members and $25 for non-members.

For more information or to register, call (386) 761-1601.

AM Connection set

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce will present an AM Connection at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. C.R. Beall Blvd., DeBary.

The guest speaker will be David Peraza of AFLAC.

Free for members, the cost is $10 for non-members.

For a reservation or more information, visit or call (386) 490-4606.

Business expo in Deltona

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance will host a Business Expo from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Center at Deltona, at 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Businesses may showcase their products and services to the public while also meeting area colleagues.

A list of seminars are at Workshops will include Daytona State College, University of Central Florida, Career Source and Stetson University.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Member tables are $100; non-members tables, $175; charitable organizations, $75, includes linen and two chairs.

Joe Hearn Events will present a Volusia Vibe Business After Hours at 5 p.m. It will include hors d’oeuvres, gaming tables and a cash bar.

After Hours is free to members and $20 for non-members.

For a reservation, visit

Flagship Cos. buy land for retail, self-storage

NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne Commercial closed the sale of 6.44 acres on State Road 15A in DeLand to Lake Mary-based Flagship Cos. Group for $762,500 to build a mixed-use and self-storage development.

The strip center will have five retail units available for lease to local artisans. The units also can be used for light manufacturing with additional storage space and secured outdoor parking.

Extra Space Storage will operate the mini-warehouse facility, which will have climate-controlled storage units and outdoor parking for RVs and boats.

Flagship also is building and operating self-storage facilities in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Sanford, Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa and Sarasota.

Area chamber hosts weekly events

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and the Orange City Alliance have several regularly scheduled events.

The discussion group Fuel meets at 7:30 a.m. Mondays at Boston Coffee, 109 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Let’s Do Lunch networking meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at The Cloister's of DeLand, 400 E. Howry Ave.

For more information, call (386) 734-4331 or visit

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