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The Galt Mile Community Association is administered by a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board, and the Presidents Council (an assembly of a the Presidents of each member Association). The Board of Directors is depicted and briefly biographied in this section. The members of the Advisory Board are subsequently chronicled in conjunction with their contact data.



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President and Chairman, Presidents Council - Pio Ieraci

GMCA President and Chairman, Presidents Council (and Galt Ocean Club President) Pio Ieraci
PIO IERACI
Pio Ieraci is a unique blend of businessman, family man, diplomat, and village shaman. In addition to the panoply of responsibilities he faces as President of the Galt Mile Community Association, he administers the high powered Presidents Council. The current President of every member Association participates in a forum created to examine the impending obstacles that confront their Associations, exchange information useful in that regard, and formulate strategies to effectively provide relief. Pio Ieraci is the catalyst that allows this mixture of strong-willed individuals to achieve the levels of cooperation necessary to effectively identify and contend with the common problems while concurrently attending to the particular concerns of individual Associations. A Board member of the
Galt Ocean Club, Pio is able to diagnose complex technical, civic, political, and financial conundra and encourage agreement on their resolution. It is not uncommon for the most exasperating challenges, once identified as such by members of the Council, to be placed on Pio’s typically full plate!

Vice President - Director - Eric Peter Berkowitz

GMCA Vice President Eric Peter Berkowitz
ERIC PETER BERKOWITZ
Having lived in both Ocean Manor and Southpoint before serving on the
Regency Tower Board of Directors, Eric Peter Berkowitz developed a unique perspective of the Galt Mile. Eric created and serves as “webmaster” of the Galt Mile Community Association web site, one of largest and most comprehensive in South Florida. As editor of the “Galt Mile News”, the Association’s newsletter, he keeps community residents and neighborhood merchants informed about issues critical to their rights, homes and lifestyles. A prolific writer, Eric relates Association policy as formulated by the Board, the Advisory Board and concerned residents. Always active, Eric’s organizational skills were critical to Fort Lauderdale's inclusion in the beach renourishment project, the installation of Automated External Defibrillators throughout the neighborhood, the successful promotion of practical fire safety regulations and myriad other challenges. Eric also serves as the community’s eyes and ears, alerting the neighborhood to positive and negative political impacts emanating from Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall, Broward County HQ, Tallahassee and Washington DC. Accumen accrued as Regency Tower’s Construction Chair has positioned Eric to assist with the Galt Mile’s structural rebirth.

Treasurer - Director - Fred Nesbitt

Fred Nesbitt of Playa del Mar
FRED NESBITT
Fred Nesbitt is a chronic volunteer. When a group of
Playa del Mar residents spontaneously birthed that association’s newsletter, Fred was among the original contributors. In short order, he was elected to the Playa del Mar Board of Directors where he has since served as Treasurer and President. When appointed to the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board, the entire neighborhood started benefitting from his networking skills. Within two years, Fred's participation quotient surpassed that of members serving for decades. A veteran of successful campaigns to rescue the Galt Mile Reading Center and thwart the proposed construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas plant off the Galt Mile Beach, Nesbitt has proven a work-a-holic dynamo. Not surprisingly, his peers soon shifted Fred's wheelhouse from the Advisory Board to the GMCA Board of Directors and named him Treasurer, charging him with guardianship of the neighborhood checkbook. Changing hats as required, Fred also applies skills honed in Washington D.C. to citywide challenges by serving on several Fort Lauderdale Advisory Boards (the Fire-Rescue Bond Issue Blue Ribbon Committee and the Budget Advisory Board).


Director - Ralph Hamaker

Ralph Hamaker
RALPH HAMAKER
Hailing from
Coral Ridge Towers South, Ralph Hamaker is the sole representative to the Board of Directors from a Cooperative. A past President of CRT South, Ralph is familiar with issues that impact our four members from the Coral Ridge Towers Complex in the western sector of the Galt Mile Community. Ralph’s contributions to improving the Galt Mile area are legion, including noise abatement, traffic control and beach renourishment. Intimately involved with the rebirth of the Galt Ocean Village Shoppes area, Ralph was instrumental in attracting the Beach Community Center and Il Lugano, two community lynchpins critical for the neighborhood’s stability. Coral Ridge Towers, built just prior to to Condo Act of 1963, was the first hi-rise cooperative financed by the FHA to have a swimming pool. The Coral Ridge Towers (CRT) complex, later expanded to include the North, South (Ralph’s home), and East buildings, was a blueprint for developers prospecting for amenities to include in their offerings. The CRT Complex (four Cooperatives) could not have found a more effective pro-active representative than Mr. Ralph Hamaker.

Director - Andrew Surdovel

Andrew Surdovel
ANDREW SURDOVEL
A Galt Mile resident via birthplace Jersey City and upstate New York, Andy is a quiet tornado. A modern day Renaissance Man, this Engineer - Printer - Builder helped steer
Plaza South to its current status as one of the Galt Mile’s premier residences. To benefit from skills honed during a flourishing Engineering career (Senior Project Engineer at the Bendix Corporation, Vice President of Engineering at a New York fastener company, etc.), his Plaza South neighbors continually vested him with rotating responsibilities on their governing board beginning in 1996 (within a year of his arrival in South Florida) – as President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. The proprietor of Minuteman Press, Andy also manages a thriving Oakland Park Boulevard printing enterprise he conceived and nurtures with better half and partner – Joyce. While serving on the neighborhood association’s Advisory Board, this master of multi-tasking helped resolve countless community conundrums, invariably weighing in as the voice of reason. Once, to fill some spare time, Surdovel displayed “soup to nuts” conversance with building codes by constructing three homes in New York - personally!

Secretary - Fern McBride

GMCA Secretary Fern McBride
FERN MCBRIDE
A veteran of the Public School system, Fern is blessed with a proclivity for organization and excellent communication skills. Somehow, our soft spoken former educator has been able to quietly compile the fast paced Advisory Board activities into a coherent set of minutes every month. Fern’s organizational abilities were first recognized by her neighbors in
Regency Tower, where she participates in several committees and served on the Board of Directors - not suprisingly as Secretary! Upon retiring from the Regency Tower Board, her peers drafted her to continue as Assistant Secretary. Her low-key demeanor and quiet charm disguise a tenacious commitment to improving our homes and our neighborhood. In addition to making consistent contributions at countless Advisory Board and Presidents Council meetings, Fern has traveled to Tallahassee to fight for the rights of condo owners. When the Broward Beach Renourishment project was being considered by the Florida Cabinet, Fern participated in a successful demonstration by a contingent of Galt Mile homeowners supporting the project. The usual format of assigning the executive responsibilities of Secretary to a director were set aside to take advantage of Fern’s unparalleled competance as a communicator.

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Board Member
Association
Office#
Home#
James Abruzzino
954-563-4221
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AnneMarie Adams
954-566-1318
954-566-7387
Vart Adjemian
954-565-9411
954-604-9054
Lorraine Alfano
954-375-3900
954-375-3950
Richard Bazerghi
954-565-0686
954-566-0599
Eileen Bendis
954-566-8606
954-295-7222
Ron Bibace
954-563-2425
954-564-1831
Franci Bindler
954-537-4700
954-563-6444
Anda Bloom
954-630-1311
954-537-7786
Theresa Claire
954-565-0777
954-561-0865
Dr. James Comis
954-565-6696
954-568-2324
Holly Custer
954-563-2425
954-232-6056
Robert C. Dally
954-563-7268
954-478-3021
Doug Dawson
954-565-6696
954-529-4151
Lisa Edwards
954-564-6328
N/A
Fran Epstein
954-563-6353
954-537-4131
Kathleen Freismuth
954-564-8554
954-566-5628
Jack Friedman
954-565-9411
954-560-0812
Richard Gabrielle
954-563-6353
954-563-4945
Judith Gallagher
954-565-0686
954-566-3196
Ed Hashek
954-563-2497
414-688-6006
Amanda Hawkins-Vogel
954-564-4400
954-226-5116
Warren Hurley
954-565-0770
954-561-1531
Michael Katz
954-563-6353
954-563-0959
Mel Kessler
954-375-3900
954-375-2287
Frances Konstance
954-375-3100
954-563-0655
Robert Korn
954-563-2497
954-530-6210
Don Larson
954-564-6328
954-401-6518
Gary Ledbetter
954-564-8554
N/A
Linda LeDuc
954-561-3423
214-926-9170
Laurie Madenfort
954-772-5200
561-706-7676
Jim Madgett
954-776-0732
954-928-1247
Lois Mancke
954-565-2731
516-637-3572
Ron Mashaal
954-565-2507
514-998-5808
Ilan Matsas
954-563-4221
954-744-0203
George Mayer
954-565-9411
954-561-4893
Fern McBride
954-566-8606
954-561-2965
Madeline P. Mercado
954-566-1318
954-630-0656
Jean Miller
954-375-3100
954-567-1290
Steven G. Miller
954-563-5616
N/A
Charles Morton
954-233-6914
N/A
Dr. Alex Moyyad
954-776-6484
734-330-3496
Kate Mullan
954-776-6484
860-402-3787
Kimberly Neill
954-565-2980
N/A
Ulrike Parker
954-630-1311
954-565-7299
John Pescosolido
954-563-7268
954-564-9103
Richard Pohan
954-565-2507
954-537-6049
Everett Pyatt
954-565-6696
703-841-8318
Pat Quintero
954-375-3100
954-213-3583
Leonard Sanders
954-375-3900
954-375-3750
Steve Sarkisian
954-563-6353
215-284-7000
Carol Schmidt
954-567-4523
754-224-6565
Joe Sclafani
954-565-2507
914-924-1090
Mary M. Short
954-561-9795
954-566-1581
Richard Solewin
954-561-0990
954-537-1306
Nicolette Soucy
954-565-2731
N/A
Frank Talerico
954-566-7500
954-568-0507
John Toklucu
954-563-5616
N/A
Gary Tripoli
954-566-1318
954-566-3911
Huey Vanek
954-375-3100
954-565-5671
Jose "Chepo" Vega
954-565-9411
954-557-3932
Trudi Zenni
954-563-2425
954-530-4453

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Linda LeDuc, President
Laurie Madenfort, Vice President
Charles Morton, Treasurer
Galt Merchants Association
3912 N. Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33308
Phone: (954) 561-3423, E-mail: monkswineandliquorcave@yahoo.com

Oscar Kraehenbuehl
Dr. Alex Leeds (Dec.)
Earl Lifshey (Dec.)
Dick Tymeson (Dec.)
Robert Rozema (Dec.)
James Gill (Dec.)
Francis Casier
Rose Guttman
Leah Glickfield
George Mayer

Oscar Kraehenbuehl Dr. Alex Leeds Earl Lifshey
OSCAR KRAEHENBUEHL DR. ALEX LEEDS EARL LIFSHEY
 
Dick Tymeson Robert Rozema James Gill
DICK TYMESON ROBERT ROZEMA JAMES GILL
 
Francis Casier Rose Guttman Leah Glickfield
FRANCIS CASIER ROSE GUTTMAN LEAH GLICKFIELD

From left: John Aurelius, Dick Tymeson, Jim Gill, Rose Guttman, Robert Rozema, Seated in Front - Earl Lifshey, Leah Glickfield, Oscar Kraehenbuehl
EARL LIFSHEY & GMCA LEADERSHIP ACCEPTING PLAQUE FOR GALT OCEAN MILE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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