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City Notes: TEDxJacksonville reveals speaker lineup

Crowley launches new fixed-day sailings; New York Life moves to new, larger office
by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor

Olympian and running coach Jeff Galloway,  Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa and  K9s for Warriors founder Shari Duval are among the speakers for TEDxJacksonville’s “We, The People” conference Oct. 14  at the Florida Theatre.

The daylong conference will feature 13 speakers, musical performances, interactive engagement activities and an Afterglow Party with open bar and hors  d’oeuvres.

Hope McMath, former director of the Cummer Museum, is the conference host.

General admission tickets (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) cost $100. Session 3 tickets (3:30 to 8 p.m.) are available for $49. Discounted tickets for 50 high school students and 50 college students at $39 are available.

All tickets include admission to the Afterglow Party in front of the Florida Theatre.

For infomation and to buy tickets, visit

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks on a variety of topics.

For more information, visit

TEDxJacksonville speaker lineup

Cynthia Barnett, Gainesville:  An environmental journalist and author who has reported on water and climate worldwide, Barnett shares stories of rain to engage people about the weather and climate.

Brenda Bradley, Accokeek, Maryland: A certified health coach, Bradley is passionate about sharing new research on eating and helping people avoid excessive weight gain and preventable illnesses.

Amy Donofrio, Jacksonville: An educator and advocate for her students who won a national kindness award, Donofrio will discuss the false label of “at-risk youth.” She calls for a culture change in designating these students as at “at-hope youth.”

Shari Duval, Jacksonville: Duval founded K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit that has rescued hundreds of dogs and hundreds of veterans through a program pairing highly trained service dogs with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disability and traumatic brain injury.

Manal Fakhoury, Pharm.D., Ocala: With experience as a pharmacist and a mentor for prisoners, Fakhoury will share a new perspective on strategies to tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Melanie Flores, Atlanta: An MIT graduate and educator, Flores developed a child-friendly version of a world-famous MIT class to demonstrate what children are capable of when storytelling, imagination and design converge.

Ellen Freidin, Miami: An attorney and redistricting reform expert who has fought for fair districts, Freidin has seen up close how Republican and Democratic politicians have used gerrymandering to gain political advantage.

Jeff Galloway, Atlanta: A U.S. Olympian who became “America’s Coach” while writing a column for the world’s leading running publication, Galloway has created innovative training methods for runners to reduce aches, pains and injuries.

Chris Hand, Jacksonville: An attorney with a long record of public and civic service, as speechwriter for former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and Chief of Staff for former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Hand will share his first-hand knowledge on how to fight City Hall — and win.

Chad Houser, Dallas: Houser founded Cafe Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, that has delivered a transformative experience. Cafe Momentum provides a 12-month internship for young men and women coming out of juvenile detention.

Marc Hudson, Jacksonville: As Land Protection Director at the North Florida Land Trust, Hudson is dedicated to the preservation of the environment and proposes an innovative eco-utility solution that would preserve the environment, put citizens in rural areas to work and improve the green infrastructure.

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa: Jacksonville: “Dr. Q” is chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He will share his story of growing up as an underprivileged child and migrant worker to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon. He looks to build bridges within institutions and countries through education, patient care and research.

Jaimison Sloboden, Jacksonville: A traffic engineer with 24 years of experience in transportation projects, Sloboden says it’s no accident that Jacksonville and Florida consistently rank among the worst places in America for pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. He shines a light on the steps to inspire change and create “complete streets.”

Three live performing acts

Nicolle Guerra, Miami: The sound that is GUERRA emerges from the musical collaboration between vocalist Nicolle Guerra and bassist Ariel DLP. Smooth, funky, soulful and powerful, their sound combines influences propelled by the grooves and rhythms of Cuba, New York City and Miami.

Arjola Miruku, Jacksonville: A pianist and nationally certified teacher of music who runs PLAY Academy of Arts, Miruku has instructed musicians at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University as well as in her private studio. In her active performing career, Miruku has served as a featured soloist many times.

University of North Florida Choral Group, Jacksonville: The UNF choral ensembles have performed with acclaimed guest conductors in the region and in concerts in Italy, Portugal and South Africa. Under the direction of Cara Tasher, the UNF Choral Group works to deeply understand their music and the culture from which it came.

Fleming Island Business Park sales price is $10.5 million

Fleming Island Business Park, 1845 Town Center Blvd., has been sold for $10.5 million to Interra Capital Group, a private equity real estate firm based in Houston, Texas.

Keith Goldfaden and Daniel Burkhardt of NAI Hallmark Partners represented the seller.

Fleming Island Business Park is 66 percent leased. Tenants include Balfour Beatty, Embry Riddle, Dream Finders Homes and several government agencies.

 It has 143,669 square feet within six single-story office buildings.

“Fleming Island Business Park is one of the few institutional-quality office properties in Clay County” said  Burkhardt, vice president of NAI Hallmark Partners.  “We expect to continue to see positive leasing absorption within Fleming Island Business Park and the submarket as a whole as this area continues to benefit from strong growth.”

Crowley launches new fixed-day sailings

Crowley Liner Services has begun fixed-day, weekly sailings on Wednesday between Florida and Costa Rica and Panama.

Crowley’s vessels will sail southbound from Florida on Wednesdays from the Port of Jacksonville, and Fridays from Port Everglades, and will arrive on Tuesdays in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, and on Wednesdays in Manzanillo, Panama.

Northbound, the ships will depart on Wednesdays from Panama and Fridays from Costa Rica, then arrive on Tuesdays in Port Everglades and on Wednesdays in Jacksonville.

New York Life moves to new, larger office

New York Life has relocated and expanded its Jacksonville general office at 10375 Centurion Parkway N., Suite 300.

The facility serves as a base for more than 50 agents, registered representatives and financial advisers.  

The office includes expanded and upgraded training facilities, known as NYLIC University, that will support the company’s recruiting and development of new agents.

“New York Life has been a part of the Jacksonville community for over 100 years and this relocation and expansion of our general office is a significant indicator of our continued success and dedication to serving the people of Jacksonville,” said William Grub, managing partner of the Jacksonville general office.  


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