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 Clios, Maxis, Adrians, Addys and Andy’s 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 at BTI has been recognized twice by Ad Fed as an “Advertising Legend”. Her talent and tenacity are unquestionable and second to none. Roberta is extremely involved from concept to creative and even in writing, producing and editing. This has cemented her reputation as one of the best in the industry and a consistent source of delivering her clients stellar results. Roberta enjoys travel, writing and is very passionate about animals. Her website is BackusTurner.com.
Larry spent twenty-five years on the corporate side, first as a lawyer in Philadelphia representing Fortune 500 corporations, then for the better part of two decades building a state-wide bank holding company in Florida known as Pan American Banks where he served as vice chairman of the board. Larry brings big picture corporate and legal perspectives to Backus Turner International and has been instrumental in advising clients in those areas, as well as handling some of the agency’s largest clients. Having occupied a seat on the corporate side of the table, he sees marketing from the client’s point of view. Larry’s expertise as a former corporate executive makes him a unique and invaluable asset. 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. In addition to his daily contributions to Backus Turner, 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 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 traffic, account service and media buying 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 as well as for the agency’s barter division, which represents both the agency’s clients and independent 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.
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.
Emily Gentile is a professional writer and is currently working on two books. She studied at SUNY Suffolk and Grumman Aerospace Data Systems, Information Technology. Emily serves the city of Boca Raton as Chair of the Business Improvement District Steering Committee, Vice-Chair of the Downtown Advisory Committee and is a member of the Historical Preservation Board. Charities include: Alzheimer’s Association, Florence Fuller Child Services, Boca Raton Historical Society, Children’s Home Society, Children’s Miracle Network, United Way Ambassador, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Collaborative Care Council and the Boca Raton Regional Hospital/Florida Atlantic University Residency Project. When not doting on her grand-daughters, Grace and Emma, Emily’s interest is in creating multi-media art, sculpting and writing.
Ric Green is a South Florida executive who received his Associate’s degree from Broward College. His primary interest is in making his hometown the best place to live, work and play. He also loves amateur radio as well as cars of all types. His favorite charities are Boys & Girls Club, Partners in Education, and the Southern Automotive Media Association. He is President of the Broward County Council of Chambers of Commerce and serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance for Economic Development and on the Board of the City of Pompano Beach Economic Development Committee. Ric is a member of the Sports Car Club of America and hobbies include music, photography, cooking, writing and serving as an auto racing announcer.
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 collection of antique fishing tackle and establishes values of antique tackle owned by others. His website is AntiqueReels.com.
Norma Jean is the owner and qualifier of
Water’s Edge Marine Inspections and
Construction. She holds a marine
construction license, as well as an
undergraduate degree from Ohio State
University, and a law degree from
the University of Miami. With over 22
years of experience in the marine
construction industry, she now focuses
her business on waterfront neighborhoods
specializing in seawall and dock inspections,
along with related waterfront repairs.
Being involved in the community and
contributing to charitable events is a
priority of her business. She regularly
donates company proceeds to animal
rescues as well as wildlife protection
groups in the western Rockies. While her
business is local, she travels frequently
to her second residence in Jackson, WY,
spending hours on the trails and mountains.
Locally, her favorite activities include
biking, kayaking the Everglades, and
adventuring with her 5-year old German
Shepherd, “Bliss”. Her website is
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 overwhelming support of the people. A passionate servant of the people, LaMarca made the personal sacrifice to leave South Florida in 2018 when ran an election for the State House of Representatives in District 93, keeping the only Broward seat in the majority.
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, where he resides, 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.
JJuliette Woodmansee is the owner and operator of Complete Fitness in Broward County and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a certified fitness golf instructor through Titleist Performance, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Functional Trainer Specialist, Yoga Fit Certified, Certified M.E.L.T. Instructor, NSCA-CPT, ACE Certified Health Coach, Post Rehab Trainer, and is certified through Fitness Institute International. Juliette loves animals, and enjoys outdoor activities such as scuba diving, biking and hiking. Juliette is always on top of the latest trends in physical fitness and continues to expand the services and trainers at the gym to provide the most advanced techniques to her customers. Her website is TheCompleteFitness.com.