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Rachel Sapoznik, Founder, CEO & President of Sapoznik Insurance, Named a Finalist for the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business


Miami, Fla. — Oct. 23, 2017 — Rachel Sapoznik, Founder, CEO & President of Sapoznik Insurance, based in North Miami Beach, was named a finalist for the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year — Business Services — 11 to 2,500 Employees — All Other Industries, category. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the companies they run.

Finalists were selected by the average scores of more than 170 professionals worldwide serving on five specialized judging committees. The results — Gold, Silver and Bronze winners — will be announced at the Stevies’ 14th annual awards dinner on Nov. 17 in New York City.

“Every year we say that the current crop of Stevies for Women nominations couldn’t be better, and the next year we’re proven wrong,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.  “The judges’ scores and comments bear witness to the fact that this year we will honor a truly remarkable class of women and women-led organizations in New York on November 17.”

Sapoznik Insurance is currently the largest employee benefits agency, as well as one of the largest independently owned agencies, in the South Florida region. She is an expert on healthcare reform, corporate wellness, and entrepreneurship, and has been featured in several national and local mediums. She stands out as a passionate voice emphasizing the value and necessity of education and wellness in helping manage costs for the employer while improving the lives of their employees.

“I am incredibly honored to be named a finalist for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, especially as we celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said Sapoznik. “Thirty years ago, I took a huge leap and founded Sapoznik Insurance from my home. Today, we help companies around the country make health a priority without the fear of offering health insurance they cannot afford. We support companies making the paradigm shift from ‘sick care’ to ‘well care,’ and empower employees to achieve physical and financial well-being while strengthening companies’ bottom lines.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About Sapoznik Insurance

Sapoznik Insurance is an employee benefits agency focusing on health and wellness education and personal accountability for health.  As the largest employee benefits agency and one of the largest independently owned agencies in the South Florida region, Sapoznik Insurance partners with businesses which truly care about their employees.  The company transforms its wellness expertise into a healthier bottom line for its clients.  The agency was founded in 1987 by native Miamian and published author, Rachel Sapoznik.  For more information, call 1.877.948.8887, visit www.sapoznik.com or email info@sapoznik.com.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Children & Teens Aged 4-16 Can Take Flight at iFLY Fort Lauderdale’s New Flight School, an Elite Training Program for Youth Flyers


Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – October 18, 2017 – They can fly, they can fly, they can fly! Children and teens aged 4–16 can now enjoy one-on-one indoor skydiving coaching at iFLY Fort Lauderdale’s new Flight School. Students learn a progression of flying skills in a fun group setting, during sessions led by a flight instructor who is highly trained in safety standards and certified by the International Bodyflight Association (IBA). iFLY is the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation.

Each weekly session, which is a two-hour experience, includes a team briefing, warm-up with stretching, five minutes of flight time with additional shared time, two video clips of flight for students to keep, debrief with flight video review, logging of flight time and skills in a personal logbook, and light, healthy snacks. Each student receives exclusive Flight School member discounts on personal flight gear.

Each session is limited to 10 flyers total. A single session is priced at $69.95; a one-month program (four sessions) is priced at $239.80. Flyers in each session are organized into two groups based on skill levels: beginner and intermediate/advanced. During the session, parents enjoy free Wi-Fi and a conference room when available.

Four times a year, all iFLY locations host a Quarterly Flight School Competition, during which students can showcase their flying skill progression. Winners from each location advance to iFLY’s Annual Flight School Regional Competition.

“We are very excited to launch our Flight School,” said Jim Braun, general manager for iFLY Fort Lauderdale. “It gives kids and teens a great opportunity to not only develop a love of indoor skydiving, but also push themselves to see how much they can achieve.”

Through Flight School, students develop key athletic and personal development skills such as safety procedures and proper use of flight gear; mastery of a progressive series of flying skills, starting with basic back and belly positions; how to set and achieve goals, teamwork and sportsmanship; leadership, discipline, and IBA competition flight pathways and disciplines.

Located at 11690 West State Road 84 in Davie, the Fort Lauderdale iFLY location is the 28th iFLY facility in the U.S. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment — without having to jump out of an airplane. Each indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air. With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, customers learn to fly, control their bodies in the air and experience true human flight.

For more information about iFLY Fort Lauderdale’s Flight School, including dates and times, visit iFLYworld.com/flightschool.

About iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Austin-based iFLY Holdings, LLC., is the world leader in design, manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for indoor skydiving. The company has flown more than 8,000,000 people in a dozen countries and at sea since launching the modern vertical wind tunnel industry in 1998. iFLY has more than 60 facilities operating worldwide with 28 wholly-owned in the US and has significant growth plans across the globe in the next 24 months. iFLY supports and utilizes the safety and training guidelines set out by the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) to ensure safety and progression of the sport of indoor skydiving. For more information on iFLY, visit www.iflyworld.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram and YouTube. iFLY Ft. Lauderdale is located at 11690 West State Road 84 in Davie, FL 33325 on the south side of I-595, just west of Hiatus Road in Davie, FL. Visit www.iflyworld.com/fort-lauderdale.

Upcoming Holiday, Music & History Events at The District Add an Epicurean Touch with Food & Wine


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Oct. 17, 2017 — With many exciting events and performances coming up at the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District for the holidays and more, some of The District’s partners are adding special food & wine component to select programs, making them even more enjoyable. From history tours, to winter holiday gatherings, to a museum “Art of Wine & Food Series,” to musical performances, The District is presenting many endearing epicurean events in the upcoming months. They include:

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Spirits of the New River Ghost Tour
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
6–8 p.m.
$49 per person

The evening begins with a wine bar and light bites in the Lucy Bryan Dining Room. Guests will view documentary footage of a professional paranormal investigation of the 1905 New River Inn. Then, professional ghost hunters lead guests through an exploration of the historic property and introduce them to the permanent guests. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org/event/2017/10/11/213440.

Historic Solstice Cruise
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
6–9 p.m.
$45–$55 per person

This enchanting evening on the water will begin at the New River Inn with wine, spirits, and light bites. Guests will board a private boat to view holiday lights and learn stories of early settlers and first peoples along the New River. Meet at History Fort Lauderdale (231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301). For more information or reservations, call (964) 463-4431 or visit www.fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org/event/historic-solstice-cruise.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Art of Wine & Food Series
Once a month, year-round
6–8 p.m.
$40 per person; $25 members at the Patron level and above

Guests learn the art of food pairing during these fun evenings of wine tastings with small plates. RSVP at nsuartmuseum.org/events or 954-262-0258.

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017: “Thankful for Wine”
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017: “Light Up the Holidays”
  • Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018: “Just in Time”
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018: “Wine and Romance”
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018: “Toast to Spring”
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018: “Stop & Smell the Vino”
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018: “Chill Out for Summer”
  • Thursday, June 7: “Red, White & Wine”

Historic Stranahan House Museum
Holiday Hangover
Jan. 4, 2018
5:30–8 p.m.
$40 per person; sponsorships available

Guests will kick off the New Year with delicious food from various local restaurants, specialty cocktails, house tours and live entertainment. Each guest will receive a chance to win a 25-person private party at the Historic Stranahan House Museum. To purchase tickets, visit www.tinyurl.com/Hangover18.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Concerts Under the Stars
Once a month, January–April
7–9 p.m.
Various pricing

The finest young talent in South Florida will perform. These concerts on the beautiful Bonnet House estate include wine, cookies and coffee in the ticket price. The evening’s activities take place in and around the house with the concert taking place on the veranda beneath the moon and stars. To purchase tickets, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606.

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018: UM Frost Opera Theater
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018: Florida Atlantic University
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018: Lynn University String Quartet
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018: Dillard Jazz Ensemble

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Guests will enjoy wine tastings prior to Florida Grand Opera, Classical Music Series and Gold Coast Jazz performances:

Florida Grand Opera
Visit www.fgo.org for information and pricing.

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 6 p.m.: “Lucia di Lammermoor,” written by Salvatore Cammarano, music by Gaetano Donizetti
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, 6 p.m.: “Salome” by Richard Strauss
  • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 6 p.m.: “Orfeo ed Euridice” by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Classical Music Series
Visit www.browardcenter.org/subscriptions/2017-2018-broward-center-classical-series for information and pricing.

  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017: Master Chorale of South Florida, “Handel’s Messiah”
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018: Lang, Goldberg Variations
  • Monday, March 26, 2018: Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018: Danish String Quartet, All Beethoven Program

Gold Coast Jazz
Visit www.browardcenter.org/subscriptions/2017-2018-gold-coast-jazz for information and pricing.  

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 6:45 p.m.: Ann Hampton Callaway, “Diva Power”
  • Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, 6:45 p.m.: Cyrille Aimée & the Shelly Berg Trio
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 6:45 p.m.: Willie Jones III All-stars, “Love Songs and Lovers…The Ones You Have Forgotten”
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018, 6:45 p.m. Loston Harris Trio Loston Harris Plays the Great American Songbook

“The food & wine components at select District events make them that much more special,” said Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District project manager. “We are very happy that several of our partners are presenting these epicurean treats for guests to enjoy.”

About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, The District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of The District Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about The District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.