Thursday, July 28, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – July 28, 2011

Wells Fargo promoted Frank Newman to regional president for community banking in South Florida, a region the bank just realigned. Newman will oversee the new South Florida region, which comprises Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. Previously, Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe were in one region, while Palm Beach was grouped with the Treasure Coast as the Gold Coast region, which Newman previously oversaw. Newman will report to Shelley Freeman, Wells Fargo’s president for Florida community banking.
As the Sun-Sentinel reported, Wells Fargo now holds your money for five days when you make online bill payments. Call Cora Feldman at HSBC, 561.483.7449 to make an appointment for personal service and no holds on bill paying. Be sure to tell her where you heard it from!
Pet Peeve #2: With the FAA furloughing thousands of people and not legally able to collect federal taxes on air fares, instead of lowering rates, airlines increased rates to keep the money!
Dave Fuente, Office Depot Chairman and CEO in 1988 who took the company public, is resigning from the board due to other business interests.
Parade Productions, a brand new theatrical company based in Boca Raton, has scored an impressive coup their first time out of the gate: Acclaimed South Florida actor Avi Hoffman will star in the company’s premier production: Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy at the Studio at Mizner Park, former home of the Cartoon Museum.
Discovery cruises will be shutting down in September, citing inability to raise prices.
Barry Epstein Live” will feature Elaine Cohen, Advocates On Call and Kingsley Guy editorial columnist of the Sun-Sentinel, The show airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on Tune in to win a pair of tickets to the Cinemark and Movies of Delray theaters.
The Luxury Chamber August 15 event will be at the 33rd St Wine Bar. Details at or call: 1.888.584.1119. Register at
Save the date: Luxury Chamber network Sept. 8 with Frank McKinney at V, the hottest new venue in Boca.
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace, Premiere and Paragon Theatres are: Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy Stupid Love and the Smurfs. Movie opening at the Movies of Delray & Lake Worth is Crazy Stupid Love and A Little Help at Movies of Lake Worth.
Six Years plays at the Caldwell Theatre from August 10 through Sept. 4. Tickets and reservations are at or call 561.241.7432. Tickets are $38, $42, or $50 depending on seat location. $10 Students with ID.
Caldwell Theatre Company, South Florida’s acclaimed regional theater company, has announced that it will host a special launch party and performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, to kick off a second performance venue in the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Black Box.
On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach will recognize outstanding women in our community at the “38th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast.” The awards breakfast serves the dual purpose of honoring exceptional women and to raise funds for the non-profit organization, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach. Monies raised from this event will directly benefit the lives of women and girls, which is the focus of Soroptimist. This year’s breakfast will be held at the Boca West Country Club from 7:30am to 9:30am. The Honorary Chair is Mary Vecchia. Nominations are open to the public. More information is at Contact for details.
Barry Epstein, APR, Senior Vice President of Regan Communications Group, (, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is the president of the Luxury Chamber of Commerce (, and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (, with a weekly internet television show on His websites are and and is now a division of His email is or and his blog is on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal web site: You can friend him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to:

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