Business

Wed
18
Jul

Aviation Showcase gets a boost

KEYNOTE SPEAKER — The editor of Kitplanes magazine and builder of his own three kit aircraft is Paul Dye, who will kick off DeLand’s Sport Aviation Showcase on Nov. 1 as its keynote speaker. Dye’s magazine reaches 120,000 readers on both kit-making and kit-building segments of the sport-aviation industry with how-to articles and success stories.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER — The editor of Kitplanes magazine and builder of his own three kit aircraft is Paul Dye, who will kick off DeLand’s Sport Aviation Showcase on Nov. 1 as its keynote speaker. Dye’s magazine reaches 120,000 readers on both kit-making and kit-building segments of the sport-aviation industry with how-to articles and success stories.

PHOTO COURTESY PAUL DYE

‘SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED’ — Building your own airplane from a kit? Here’s one example of what your basic airframe kit might look like, laid out. Of course, there are other bits and pieces, like an engine, radios, electronics, paint, and so forth to add to the mix.

‘SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED’ — Building your own airplane from a kit? Here’s one example of what your basic airframe kit might look like, laid out. Of course, there are other bits and pieces, like an engine, radios, electronics, paint, and so forth to add to the mix.

DeLand Municipal Airport’s Sport Aviation Showcase just got a strong boost into the top tier of sport-aviation shows in the country with the signing of the leading magazine for home airplane builders as the principal media sponsor of this November’s event.

Kitplanes magazine will spotlight DeLand’s Nov. 1-3 show to its 120,000 subscribers, both before and after the show, giving exhibitors the incentive of free publicity. Its well-known editor (who has built and flies three of his own planes) will be the DeLand Showcase’s keynote speaker. Paul Dye was the longest-tenured flight director in NASA history, has a commercial pilot’s license, and has logged more than 5,000 flight hours.

For those interested in buying or building their own airplane from a kit, Kitplanes is required reading, with monthly articles on the complexities of the hundreds of construction requirements to build a safe and flyable plane.

Wed
18
Jul

DeLand winners go purple for Alzheimer’s

INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

BEACON PHOTOS/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

INFORMATIVE — Beacon front-office manager Coni Tarby shows off the newspaper’s entry in a recent window-decorating contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tarby and advertising assistant Karen Bures created the window, which was judged the most informative.

PURPLE AND PATRIOTISM — Rhonda Hobbs of Grrs & Purrs in Downtown DeLand shows the store’s entry in the recent Alzheimer’s Association window-decorating contest. The pet boutique’s entry combined Alzheimer’s information and American flags for the July Fourth holiday.

PURPLE AND PATRIOTISM — Rhonda Hobbs of Grrs & Purrs in Downtown DeLand shows the store’s entry in the recent Alzheimer’s Association window-decorating contest. The pet boutique’s entry combined Alzheimer’s information and American flags for the July Fourth holiday.

PRETTY IN PURPLE — Tracey Word of Downtown DeLand’s Pretty Little Things gift shop shows the purple-filled window display that earned her store third place in the recent Alzheimer’s Association contest.

PRETTY IN PURPLE — Tracey Word of Downtown DeLand’s Pretty Little Things gift shop shows the purple-filled window display that earned her store third place in the recent Alzheimer’s Association contest.

Several DeLand businesses were heralded as decorating stars in a recent contest staged by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Anita’s Furniture & Home Decor won first place, CFL Insurance Agencies won second, and Pretty Little Things won third place in the window-decorating contest aimed at generating interest in the association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in November, as well as increasing people’s knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans.

The window displays were up June 21-28 throughout Downtown DeLand.

In addition to the top three prize-winners, Wily Owl Toy Store, Grrs & Purrs and Lace & Accessories won prizes in a raffle associated with the contest, and The West Volusia Beacon won a special-category prize for having the most informational window.

Wed
11
Jul

Stetson Legacy Week returns

‘GILDED AGE’ MANSION — Hatmaker John B. Stetson’s winter home in DeLand will be the setting for a weeklong celebration of his legacy, including the display of nostalgic family heirlooms.

‘GILDED AGE’ MANSION — Hatmaker John B. Stetson’s winter home in DeLand will be the setting for a weeklong celebration of his legacy, including the display of nostalgic family heirlooms.

PHOTOS COURTESY STETSON MANSION

BEAUTY RESTORED — The Stetson Mansion was built in 1886 and deteriorated over the following century, but has been restored to glamorous luxury.

BEAUTY RESTORED — The Stetson Mansion was built in 1886 and deteriorated over the following century, but has been restored to glamorous luxury.

Stetson Legacy Week, a celebration honoring John B. Stetson, is back for a second straight year in DeLand after its hugely successful debut last year. The weeklong event this year is set for July 14-21, with special events scheduled in tribute to John B. Stetson — Florida’s first “snowbird” — who left an amazing cultural legacy beyond the world’s most famous hat.

Hundreds took part in the inaugural celebration, and more are expected this year, as more Stetson items never before seen by the public will again be unveiled at the Stetson Mansion.

New items for 2018 include old Stetson family movies and an early Stetson Hat company film. The West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority and Stetson Mansion are partnering for this exceptional week and encouraging everyone to see these historical items and attend the special events around DeLand.

Wed
11
Jul

City gives tax break to DaVita Labs

GETTING A BREAK — Total Renal Laboratories, which operates under the DaVita Laboratories name, is getting an exemption from the city’s property taxes for the next 10 years if city commissioners give final approval.

GETTING A BREAK — Total Renal Laboratories, which operates under the DaVita Laboratories name, is getting an exemption from the city’s property taxes for the next 10 years if city commissioners give final approval.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

COME ON IN! — This sign greets motorists as they enter the Northwest Industrial Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport.

COME ON IN! — This sign greets motorists as they enter the Northwest Industrial Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport.

DeLand city commissioners soon are expected to give final approval to a 10-year break on property taxes for Total Renal Laboratories, which operates under the name DaVita Laboratories in an industrial business park at the DeLand Municipal Airport.

At its July 2 meeting, the DeLand City Commission unanimously approved a 100-percent property-tax exemption for the company. The exemption is for the city’s share of the total property-tax bill. While the city forgives those taxes, it benefits from having a stronger employment base, city officials say.

The company will receive an exemption of about $106,445 on its property taxes for the first year, based on current millage rates. The exact exemption amount may change in subsequent years as property values change.

Tue
03
Jul

Morgan Stanley holds grand opening

OFFICIALLY OPEN — DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar and Resident Manager David Welsh (wielding scissors) are surrounded by Morgan Stanley employees and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Morgan Stanley’s new office on South Woodland Boulevard.

OFFICIALLY OPEN — DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar and Resident Manager David Welsh (wielding scissors) are surrounded by Morgan Stanley employees and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Morgan Stanley’s new office on South Woodland Boulevard.

DAVID WELSH

DAVID WELSH

The first tenant in a long-vacant historic building in Downtown DeLand formally greeted the public recently, some six months after moving into the ground floor at 142 S. Woodland Blvd.

Wealth-management firm Morgan Stanley held a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony June 28 with DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and some of the firm’s clientele in attendance. Last December, Morgan Stanley moved into the building that started out in 1925 as a Masonic Temple on the northwest corner of South Woodland Boulevard and West Howry Avenue.

Morgan Stanley moved to the new location from an office about five blocks north, at 231 N. Woodland Blvd., that it had occupied for many years.

Tue
03
Jul

Florida Hospital personnel appointments

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Aguero

Glass

Kent

Kent

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Cazares

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Ferguson

Florida Hospital has made several personnel appointments to its employee ranks in recent months, starting with two new leaders at Florida Hospital DeLand: Kyle Glass began serving as chief financial officer on May 28, and Samuel Aguero began serving as chief operating officer on June 25.

A longtime member of the Florida Hospital family, Glass began his career as an accounting intern/staff accountant with Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Most recently, Glass has served as controller for Florida Hospital DeLand, where he assisted in completing month-end financials, annual budgets and capital planning.

Aguero began his career as an analyst with Sony BMG in Lynd-hurst, New Jersey, and as a financial adviser with AXA Advisors in New York City before joining the Adventist Health System team in 2008. Most recently, Aguero served as controller for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

Wed
27
Jun

Stetson University recognizes entrepreneurs

ALUMNUS HONORED — Tom Prince (Class of ’67) is presented a Stetson Entrepreneurship Alumni Award by Bill Jackson, Ph.D., director of the Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. Tom Prince, a Winter Park-based hotelier, founded the Entrepreneurship Program through charitable giving.

ALUMNUS HONORED — Tom Prince (Class of ’67) is presented a Stetson Entrepreneurship Alumni Award by Bill Jackson, Ph.D., director of the Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program. Tom Prince, a Winter Park-based hotelier, founded the Entrepreneurship Program through charitable giving.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Stetson University honored four community members at the Entrepreneurship Student Expo and Awards Ceremony held earlier this year on the DeLand campus.

Jayson Meyer and Michael Zaharios, both from Daytona Beach, Tony Ganus of DeLand, and Tom Prince of Winter Park were all honored in recognition of their significant contributions to and impact on local entrepreneurship and to Stetson’s Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program.

“It was tremendously rewarding to recognize so many individuals that have done so much to advance the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the local area and specifically the entrepreneurship program at Stetson University,” explained Bill Jackson, Ph.D., director of the program. “The event highlighted the significance of everyone working together to make this area a viable location for advancing innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.”

Wed
27
Jun

Old Sears store to get new tenant

According to the Planning Board agenda item, the new tenant — rumored to be Tractor Supply Co., which would relocate from its present location about a mile north on Woodland Boulevard — will take over about 33,000 square feet on the western side of the 90,000 or so square feet of the former Sears/Kmart store.”

According to the Planning Board agenda item, the new tenant — rumored to be Tractor Supply Co., which would relocate from its present location about a mile north on Woodland Boulevard — will take over about 33,000 square feet on the western side of the 90,000 or so square feet of the former Sears/Kmart store.”

A retailer targeting “rural lifestyle” living is apparently poised to take over part of the former Sears Essentials/Kmart store in the Northgate Shopping Center on DeLand’s north side.

The city’s Planning Board recently recommended City Commission approval of a rezoning of the store and parking lots surrounding it to allow for the outdoor display and sales of vehicles such as trailers and all-terrain vehicles. The commission is expected to get its say in July.

According to an agenda document, the request is being made “to allow a proposed rural lifestyle store which sells home, outdoor, recreation and farm equipment and supplies” to set up “outdoor, overnight storage and to allow sales of vehicles,” activities that are not permitted under the current commercial zoning.

Wed
20
Jun

Connector road to boost business park

COMING IN THE BACK DOOR — This rendering shows the route a proposed connector road will take to link State Road 11, on the left, to Eidson Drive, the main road in the Northwest Industrial Business Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport. DaVita Labs is just east of the intersection with the connector road.

COMING IN THE BACK DOOR — This rendering shows the route a proposed connector road will take to link State Road 11, on the left, to Eidson Drive, the main road in the Northwest Industrial Business Park at the DeLand Municipal Airport. DaVita Labs is just east of the intersection with the connector road.

IMAGE COURTESY CITY OF DELAND/BEACON GRAPHICS

THE PIONEER — DaVita Labs is the first, and so far only, tenant in DeLand’s Northwest Industrial Business Park. A proposed road that will provide a “back door” entrance to the park will connect with the park’s main road near DaVita’s facility.

THE PIONEER — DaVita Labs is the first, and so far only, tenant in DeLand’s Northwest Industrial Business Park. A proposed road that will provide a “back door” entrance to the park will connect with the park’s main road near DaVita’s facility.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

A mile-long connector road is planned to provide a secondary entrance to DeLand’s Northwest Industrial Business Park from State Road 11, alleviating traffic congestion at other entrances to the airport and enhancing the marketability of the newest business neighborhood.

So says Steve Burley, DeLand’s economic-development manager, who told The Beacon that investments made by the city more than a decade ago are poised to finally pay off.

“The city had invested a lot of money ro run water and sewer and build a road” into the park on the northwest side of the airport, Burley said. “We were getting it ready to go, until the markets tanked.”

The city gated off the new industrial park until better economic conditions arrived.

Wed
20
Jun

Contractor marks 50 years in business

SECOND GENERATION — Richard VonBrocken and Tammy VonBrocken Dalton, the offspring of Von-Aire founder Harold VonBrocken, flank his portrait in the company’s offices in Holly Hill.

SECOND GENERATION — Richard VonBrocken and Tammy VonBrocken Dalton, the offspring of Von-Aire founder Harold VonBrocken, flank his portrait in the company’s offices in Holly Hill.

PHOTO COURTESY VON-AIRE INC.

An air-conditioning contractor with roots in Deltona and a headquarters office in Orange City for many years is marking its 50th year in business.

Now headquartered in Holly Hill, Von-Aire Inc. was incorporated in 1968 by Harold VonBrocken and began operating in Deltona, according to a company history provided by the company. Von-Aire was chosen soon thereafter by Mackle Brothers’ Deltona Corp. to be the heating and air-conditioning provider for their massive new Deltona Lakes development, which became the city of Deltona.

As the Mackle Brothers’ fortunes grew, so did Von-Aire’s. When the Mackle Brothers went statewide, so did Von-Aire, running eight offices around Florida by the early 1980s.

But then VonBrocken decided to cut back. By 1991, two locations remained — the corporate headquarters in Orange City, and a satellite office in Holly Hill.

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