WMBA President’s Message  January 2020

Happy New Year! I am super excited to be serving as your new WMBA President. 2020 is the year of clear vision, and we get to support each other in creating a clear vision for our businesses. We are organizing more ways that WMBA can support the businesses in Wilton Manors in achieving success. Networking helps grow our businesses, but we feel there is a lot more we can do to create success, and as a group, we are more powerful than as individuals. Let’s work together to accomplish our business goals!

 

The board and I having already been working hard planning for the coming year. We have lots in store for you. Your current board is as follows:

President – Julietta Wenzel
Vice President – Peter Jackson
Treasurer – Tim Hart
Secretary – Vanessa Koutalidis
Sergeant at Arms – Justin Romano
Chancellor – Jeffery Selzer
City Manager – Leigh Ann Henderson
Immediate Past President – Tim Moffitt
Jeff Sterling

I want to take a moment to thank Tim Moffitt for all he has done the past almost 3 years to grow this organization to new heights. He has done an amazing job and I am so grateful for all his hard work. He is staying on as Past President and will also be chairing our membership committee, so I am happy to report, we will still be seeing a lot of Mr. Moffitt in the coming year.

I want to remind you that it’s time to renew your WMBA membership! Our upcoming directory is going to be better than ever, with more color pages and advertising opportunities. You’ll definitely want to be included, so please hurry and renew your membership! You can do so online at https://wiltonmanorsbusinessassociation.com/join-wmba/  . If you have questions about your renewal, you may contact our Membership Chair, Tim Moffitt at (888) 218-6040 or by email, tim@umbrellacreditservices.com. We will have advertising options for the directory available soon. Stay tuned for pricing and deadlines so you can promote your business in the new and improved directory which goes out to all residents of Wilton Manors.

This organization has grown tremendously in the past couple years and my goal as president is to continue this growth and develop the structure to sustain it. The only way this will be possible is with greater involvement from the members. To allow this to happen, we have formed several committees and we will be looking for members to volunteer on each of these committees. They and their chairpersons are as follows: Membership – Tim Moffitt, Marketing – Peter Jackson, Mixers – Justin Romano, Luncheons – TBD, Events – Jeff Sterling, and Business Advocacy – Tony LoGrande. Please reach out to them to let them know your availability to support them.

 Here are our January 2020 events:

OUR FIRST EVENING MIXER OF THE YEAR:
When:  Monday, January 13, 2020
Where:  World AIDS Museum and Educational Center
1201 NE 26 Street, Ste. 111, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Time:  6-7:30 pm
Cost:  Free to WMBA Members, $10 to Future WMBA Members

Light Hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Bring plenty of business cards for networking.

MONTHLY LUNCHEON
When: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Where:  Pizza Mafia, 1517 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Time:  11:30-12 pm networking, 12-1 Lunch and Introductions
Cost:  $15 for WMBA members and $20 for future WMBA members.

The new owners of this location in Manor Lanes are excited to be hosting our first luncheon of 2020. They are new members to WMBA, so let’s all show up and give them a warm welcome.

Please REGISTER for the luncheon online here:

BUSINESS ADVOCACY

We want to get businesses connected with the city so we can work together to ensure our success. One of the best ways to do this is to attend the City Commission Meetings which are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. This month that would be Jan. 14th and Jan. 28th. There are some important items coming up in zoning, density and height as well as codes that would allow a hotel on community facility zoned sites (Hagen Park parking lot).

Thank you all for being a part of WMBA!  It’s my honor and pleasure to be of service to this amazing organization!  I look forward to seeing each of you at our next 2 events.  Please bring a friend.  There’s always room for one more at a WMBA event!

Julietta Wenzel, PT
WMBA President
Owner Ocean Therapy Center