Get To Know The Light Contributors

Roberta B. Turner

Roberta drives herself and her team at Backus Turner International to reach new heights of creative excellence and applies her skills as a copy chief and an art director to the creation of concepts that will later be developed into compelling campaigns adaptable to a full range of media applications targeting all audiences.  Roberta has a warehouse full of awards attesting to her success as a creative director. Nevertheless, she is most proud of the positive impact her campaigns have had on the bottom-line profits of Backus Turner’s clients. Roberta and her team have the depth of experience, creativity and down-in-the-trenches marketing savvy to produce work that does more than get attention. It gets results.  Roberta is an advertising pioneer in the South Florida region and through her body of work has been recognized twice by Ad Fed as an “Advertising Legend.”  Her talent and tenacity are unquestionable and second to none.  This has cemented her reputation as one of the best in the industry. Roberta enjoys travel, writing and is very passionate about animals. Her website is BackusTurner.com.

Larry Turner

Larry spent twenty-five years on the corporate side, first as a lawyer representing Fortune 500 corporations, then for the better part of two decades building a state-wide bank holding company in Florida where he served as vice-chairman of the board. Larry brings big picture corporate and legal perspectives to the agency and has been instrumental in advising clients in those areas.  Having occupied a seat on the corporate side of the table, he sees marketing from the client’s point of view.  He understands the financial implications of introducing new products, expanding distribution networks, and reaching into new markets.  Furthermore, as an attorney Larry grasps the legal ramifications of business moves, marketing strategies and publicity campaigns. Larry served as the Chairman of the City of Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority and led the city’s efforts to build the original Miami Arena and bring the Miami Heat franchise to the city.  Larry’s personal interests include sports and animals.  His website is BackusTurner.com.

René Mahfood

René has a penchant for seeking out and taking full advantage of marketing opportunities. After graduating with awards from college, René joined Backus Turner International to get her feet wet in the advertising world.  She worked her way up through all departments to the position she now holds as Vice President.  She applies her talents to the media side of the business, where her forte is the identification of both traditional and non-traditional advertising and promotional options that afford clients the chance to reach target markets effectively and cost-efficiently. She is assertive, has strong business acumen and enjoys the challenge of getting more and paying less. René is also responsible for planning and buying media internationally for the agency’s clients. René is active in many social and civic organizations in the South Florida community including Food for The Poor and Pine Crest Preparatory School. René is a native Floridian and enjoys sports, planning special events, and her family.  She is very involved with her kids’ school activities.  Her website is TheLightMag.com.

William Gallo

William J. Gallo (Bill), AIA, LEED® AP is Chairman/CEO of Gallo Herbert Architects, an architecture, interior design and consulting firm, and is Executive Vice President of JWR Construction Services, Inc.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Pratt Institute in New York and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has served as Chair of the Broward County Historic Preservation Board, Chair of the City of Deerfield Community Appearance Board, Vice-Chair of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority, Chair of the Lighthouse Point Community Appearance Board, Chair of the City of Boca Raton Aviation Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of the City of Lighthouse Point Planning & Zoning Board.  Bill has served as Past President and Board Member of the Historic Stranahan House, Founding Board Member of the Sample  McDougald Preservation Society, Vice-Chair of the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University and on the Broward Children’s Center Board. In Bill’s personal life he enjoys flying and loves salt-water fly fishing.  His website is GalloHerbert.com

Stacia Garland

Stacia Garland is a writer and website administrator with a Master of Science in Education and Curriculum and Instruction and a Certification in Gifted Education and Gifted Testing. The name of her business is Exquisite Minds. Stacia’s interests are philosophy, technology, genetic genealogy, art and cultivating creativity in children. Her hobbies are teaching her Bengal cats to obey, tennis, yoga, reading and going to the movies. Charity involvement includes supporting The Against Malaria Foundation, St. Jude’s, ASPCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Autism Speaks, Alzheimer’s Association, Wounded Warrior Project and personal charities. She finds joy in volunteering at Boca Helping Hands by providing food to those in need.  She feels that there is something soul-satisfying in knowing you’re making someone else’s life a little bit easier.  Her website is Exquisite-Minds.com.

Ric Green

Larry spent twenty-five years on the corporate side, first as a lawyer representing Fortune 500 corporations, then for the better part of two decades building a state-wide bank holding company in Florida where he served as vice-chairman of the board. Larry brings big picture corporate and legal perspectives to the agency and has been instrumental in advising clients in those areas.  Having occupied a seat on the corporate side of the table, he sees marketing from the client’s point of view.  He understands the financial implications of introducing new products, expanding distribution networks, and reaching into new markets.  Furthermore, as an attorney Larry grasps the legal ramifications of business moves, marketing strategies and publicity campaigns. Larry served as the Chairman of the City of Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority and led the city’s efforts to build the original Miami Arena and bring the Miami Heat franchise to the city.  Larry’s personal interests include sports and animals.  His website is BackusTurner.com.

Tom Greene

Tom Greene is a professional fisherman who owns one of the largest high-end tackle shops in the country, Custom Rod & Reel, specializing in building custom fishing rods and outfitting boats for fishing fun as well as for participating in international tournaments. In addition to fishing, Tom’s interests are golf, bowling, telling stories, and he just finished writing a book entitled “A Net Full of Tails” containing 15 fishing stories from his youth.  He contributes his time and knowledge of fishing to groups interested in the subject and was part of 50 national television shows called “Fishing Fever”.  He has one of the world’s largest collections of antique fishing tackle and establishes values of antique tackle owned by others.  His website is AntiqueReels.com.

Chip LaMarca

Chip LaMarca is a lifelong resident of Broward County, representing Broward’s coastal communities. He’s earned a reputation for being a citizens’ advocate and respected voice for the taxpayers, veterans, first responders, and pets in Florida House District 93. After attending Broward College and Florida Atlantic University, Chip followed in the footsteps of his late father helping create jobs in the construction industry. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, he opened LaMarca Construction, a firm specializing in power generation. Chip and his wife Eileen reside in Lighthouse Point with their rescue basenji Gibby. Chip was elected to the Lighthouse Point City Commission in 2005 and re-elected in 2008 without opposition. In 2010 he ran a successful election to unseat the Broward County Mayor and was re-elected in 2014 with the overwhelming support of the people. A passionate servant of the people, LaMarca made the personal sacrifice to leave South Florida in 2018 when he ran an election for the State House of Representatives in District 93, keeping the only Broward seat in the majority.

Frederick R. MacLean

Frederick R. MacLean, Jr. is the President and a Founding Partner of Heritage investment Group which provides investment and wealth management solutions to high net worth investors, family trusts, charitable foundations and qualified plans. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, a member of the Financial Planning Association, and a member of the CFA Society of South Florida.  Fred is also a member of the Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Lighthouse Point, a member of the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, a member of the Rotary Foundation, and a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach.  His hobbies include boating, golfing, flying, and traveling.  His website is HeritageInvestment.com.