Executive Director, Present
Jarin R. Eisenberg holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida where she studied the impact educational policy has on students’ ability to acquire social and cultural capital. Since then she has published articles focusing on the benefits of providing non-traditional students access to experiential learning as well as gender differences in information technology degree programs, in addition to publications on the structural barriers women face in the workplace.
Brian is an Investment Adviser with Heron Financial Partners offering Comprehensive Wealth Management to Business and Individuals. Moved to Brevard County in 2003 after living in New England and working for many years for AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Married to his wife Marlene for 18 years and together have two grown children.
Garat is Broker/Owner of Reliance Trust Realty, and Sound Realty and Investments conveniently located at 505 East New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne. He has been a Broker for 17 years and loves his work.
Leeanne Saylors relocated to Brevard County in July 2002 with her husband, Jim Milucky CPA. Together they opened their accounting firm, Forensic Accounting Services, Inc., in 2003 with offices on US 1 in Malabar and Downtown Melbourne.
Kyle Graham is President/Owner of Millefiori Medical Skin Rejuvenation in Downtown Melbourne, the #1 tattoo removal practice in Central Florida. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.
Donald A. DiFrisco
Donald A. DiFrisco is President and Owner of Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company, a Fine Craft Beer Brewery and Tap Room located in the entertainment district of Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL. 54 weeks after acquiring a 150+ year old building, and undertaking an extensive renovation and conversion, Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company opened its doors to the public.
Steven R. Hicks
Steven R. Hicks, Long Doggers Eateries, Inc., owns five (and growing) surf-themed restaurants (Long Doggers), Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub, THE local spot in historic downtown Melbourne, and the Hatteras Red brand, currently a locally-brewed amber lager. With aggressive plans to grow the brands over the next few years, He manages all aspects of brands’ marketing and advertising. His “hats” cover social media, events/promotions, food photography, and more traditional marketing.
Former President, 2012
Executive Committee, 2015
Mark is a native Floridian who grew up in South Florida and in 1990 he sold a small business and moved to Melbourne Beach. Later he decided go back to school to study Film and upon graduating, Mark began working in the Cable Advertising business on the Production side writing and directing television commercials and later in the Media Planning side.
John is a Realtor with Tropical Realty Beachside, LLC, and a Founder of Fusion Projects, LLC, a real estate development company in Downtown Melbourne, FL. John has been a downtown resident going on 3 years and loves the atmosphere that comes with living here. John says, “Downtown Melbourne is a hidden gem of opportunity for investors, small businesses and large businesses alike.”
Chef Matt Nunges is the creative force behind Matt’s Casbah. Drawing on his experiences of living and traveling around the world, Matt brings an eclectic, global inspiration to his cuisine. Matt was born in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast of West Africa.
Michaela Krisanda resides in Indialantic on the beach and has lived in the Melbourne area for 5 years since moving from New York. She has created a strong network in her surrounding area by attending business and social networking groups frequently.
Jessica Larned is a creative professional who owns Digital Ink in Downtown Melbourne. Digital Ink is a boutique creative services firm specializing in small business.