About Us

The Private Business association of Seminole (PBAS) founded in 1993 by Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide; Marty Chan, Vice President of Energy Property Management; Anne Russell, President of Energy Property Management and Richard Ryan, President of Prismatic. In organizing the Association, 14 charter members became elected officers and formed standing committees.

PBAS is a non-partisan, non-profit corporation established to focus attention on issues that impact the business community, by identifying issues of vital concern to independent businessmen and women. PBAS provides private business owners and community leaders with the means to stay informed of current and relevant issues. A problem-solving “think tank” of blue-ribbon businessmen and women. The group works to achieve open lines of communication with elected officials and business leaders in order to promote effective solutions.

Members meet for breakfast once a month to receive updates on issues of current concern. Guest speakers regularly present a program on current issues. Membership is by invitation only, and is restricted to owners, partners, or major shareholders of privately owned businesses located in or doing business in Seminole County. The membership is limited to 100 members.

Our Mission

PBAS shall endeavor to identify issues of vital concern to the private business community of Seminole County and facilitate the implementation of economic development strategies and solutions.

PBAS shall endeavor to assist private business owners to achieve their goals and public officials to fairly serve the interests of their private business constituents.

PBAS shall endeavor to support and promote Seminole County as a place that accommodates economic growth while preserving its natural surroundings and excellent quality of life enjoyed by its residents.

PBAS BOARD MEMBERS

LARRY MEADOR

PRESIDENT

LARRY DALE

ISSUES CO-CHAIR

TIM DOLAN

SECRETARY

JOE GALLAGHER

TREASURER

CARMINE BRAVO

MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR

JON PACCIONE

MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR

DICK FESS

PROGRAMS CO-CHAIR

MARTY CHAN

ISSUES CO-CHAIR

OLIVER PINNOCK

PROGRAMS CO-CHAIR

BRIDGET FRIEDMAN

PAST PRESIDENT

Our Accomplishments

2018
Endowed Seminole State College Annual Scholarship

2014
Supported the Sales Tax initiative

2010
Task force opposing continuation of School Tax. Helped to defeat this Referendum.

2006
Insurance Crisis- First to raise alarm regarding impact of insurance rates on Florida Businesses and Homeowners. Publicized this crisis, met with Governor Christ.

2004
Studied and worked in support of Orlando/Sanford International Airport, i.e. grants, roads, Statewide Intermodal Transportation Advisory Council, promotion as economic engine, etc.

2002-2003
Studied and formulated Resolution concerning Water Resources.

2002
“Roads to Rails”, public forum concerning transportation.

2001
Instrumental in passage of the “Penny Sales Tax” to fund county road projects and school capital projects. Formed “Citizen’s for Quality of Life”

1998
Reviewed and worked with county regarding Storm Water.

1995, 1997, 2005
“Seeking Shared Solutions”, public forum concerning County Build-Out.

1995, 1997, 2001
Reviewed and supported establishment Conference Center

1996
Assisted Seminole County in forming the Development Advisory Board.

1994
Assisted Seminole County in streamlining the Development Review and Permitting Process.

Past Presidents

2019-2020
Bridget Friedman
Friedman Law, P.A.

2018-2019
Ron Davoli
Wharton Smith

2016-2017
Andria Herr
Hylant

2015-2016
Frank Ioppolo
Loppolo Law Group

2014-2015
Richard Bavec
Tolaris Homes

2013-2014
Tim Donihi
Pilot Properties

2012-2013
Richard Fess
Mid-Florida Agencies of Orlando

2010-2012
Melanie Chase
Chase/Freeman, PA

2009-2010
Tom Daly
Daly Design Group

2008-2009
John Horan
Foley & Lardner

2007-2008
B. Thomas Kuhn
CPA

2006-2007
Judy Puts
Judy’s Dolls

2005-2006
Tim Donihi
Pilot Properties Realty

2004-2005
Brindley Pieters,
Brindley Pieters & Associates, Inc.

2003-2004
Bev Winesburgh
Product Marketing Group, Inc.

2001-2002
Mike Bass
Prime Quest Financial

2000-2001
Melanie Cornell
HKS Architects, Inc.

1999-2000
Allan Goldberg
CFG Real Estate Group, Inc.

1998-1999
Hugh Harling
Harling, Locklin & Assoc. Inc.

1997-1998
David Wright
Neel-Schafer

1996-1997
Mike Hattaway
Hattaway Realty

1995-1996
Anne Russell
Russell Properties

1994-1995
Ken Wright
Shutts & Bowen

1993-1994
Marty Chan
KMC4Chan