Biz Briefs Cloud Computing Concepts Makes Acquisition


Delray Beach-based Cloud Computing Concepts, a provider of technology and communications services to small, medium, and enterprise businesses nationwide, has acquired the service provider division of the South Florida Digital Alliance.

The SFDA’s for-profit service provider division has been providing connectivity, co-location, and internet access throughout South Florida since 2009. The SFDA’s client list includes several cities, universities, schools, non-profits and large commercial accounts.

“We are excited to welcome the SFDA clients to the C3 family, and are anxious to provide them with the white glove support that we are known for,” said Rick Mancinelli, CEO of C3. “We are also very proud to build on our long standing support of the SFDA by extending discounts to SFDA members, supporting their Technology Learning Center initiative, and donating in-kind services to support the SFDA’s internal technology and telecommunications needs.”

“We view this as a key step in our strategic plan,” said Don Slesnick III, Executive Director of the SFDA. “The sale of the service provider division to C3 will allow the SFDA to better focus on our core mission of bridging the digital divide in South Florida. Furthermore, our clients will benefit from C3’s enhanced support,  broader product portfolio, extended geographic reach, and will enjoy the cost-efficiencies associated with C3’s greater buying power.”

C3 assumed management of the SFDA service provider division last month and pending FCC approval, the final closing is anticipated for next month.

Alexander Blochel joins Institute for Regional Conservation

Alexander Blochel has joined Delray Beach-based Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) as a field biologist.

Stationed in Key Largo, Blochel will be working on IRC’s Coastal Pine Rockland Restoration Project, Croton linearis Propagation Project, and others in south Miami-Dade County and Monroe County.

Blochel moved to Florida from Sweden one year ago after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biology from Umea University. Since moving to Florida, he has worked with wetland surveys, plant identification, eagle nest monitoring, gopher tortoise surveys, invasive species control, bee habitat evaluations and community outreach events.

Husband, wife open new Boca gym

Allan and Cecilia Prince have opened a new place to break a sweat.

INTENSITYX3 Fitness & Kickboxing is a 50-minute group fitness workout that combines fight, flight and life formula with fat-burning cardio intervals, muscle toning resistance training and core tightening kickboxing movements.

The gym is located at 500 NW Spanish River Blvd. #1.

The space is 4,500-square feet and gives gym-goers a chance to punch, kick and lift with high intensity interval training. There is also a West Boca location.

Palm Beach Zoo names Interim CEO 

The Board of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society names Kathleen Breland, its Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer, as its interim CEO.

“Kathleen’s strong management skills and knowledge of daily operations are an asset to the Zoo during this exciting time of transition and opportunity,” said Zoo Chairman, Michele Kessler.

The Zoo’s Board of Directors has engaged Zoo Advisors, a nationally recognized Zoo management firm, to assist with strategic planning and the search for a permanent successor to former CEO & President, Andrew Aiken, who recently resigned.

“Kathleen embodies our passion and vision; she has our full support and endorsement,” said Kessler.

Breland has served the Zoo in a number of capacities since joining the Zoo in July 2009. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.

“It is a privilege to lead a strong management team and staff, supported by dedicated volunteers, board members, and supporters that are passionate about our mission in support of wildlife,” Breland said.

Delray Medical appoints new chief nursing officer

Delray Medical Center recently named Sheri Testani, MSN, BAA, RN, NE-BC, as Chief Nursing Officer.

In her new role, Testani will assume the operational responsibility of nursing care at Delray Medical Center. As a member of the administrative team, Testani will play a key role in facilitating and directing nursing leadership and quality of nursing patient care.

“Sheri earned this opportunity based on her excellent track record of achieving stellar results throughout her nursing career, and we look forward to her continued leadership and positive influence on the hospital’s nursing leadership and patient care,” CEO Mark Bryan said.

Testani brings over 20 years of nursing experience to Delray Medical Center, and over 10 years in a leadership role.  Prior to her appointment at Delray Medical Center, Testani worked at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center where she served as Chief Nursing Officer. She oversaw Patient Care Services at its Level I Trauma and Burn Center.

She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice – Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University.

Fabletics opens at Town Center

A taste of Kate Hudson’s style can now be found in Boca Raton.

Fabletics, an activewear brand co-founded by Hudson in 2013, has a new store at Town Center Mall.

The 2,455-square-foot store features modern fixtures and shelving units in earth tones. The clothes are designed to be worn from the gym to the street and features pieces for those with active lifestyles that you can wear after your workout.

Fabletics will celebrate the official grand opening of the store with a DJ, small bites, refreshments, giveaways and special offers Feb. 2-4.

The store takes the e-commerce site to a brick and mortar location that offers free shipping for out-of-stock items, in-store fitting appointments, the option to buy online and pick-up in store, as well as a virtual shopping cart that enables customers to complete their shopping online after their in-store visit.

Similar to the online experience, customers’ in-store can either shop through Fabletics’  Flexible VIP Membership program or at full retail price. Some of the many membership benefits include exclusive access to members-only collections, up to 50 percent off every purchase and exciting community perks—including free workout videos with world-renowned trainers, exclusive content, and offers from carefully curated health and wellness experts and much more.

The Fabletics store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.