A Southeast Volusia native, Mike attended New Smyrna Beach High School,
Daytona State College, and Stetson University. During his time at New Smyrna and
Daytona State, he was also a lifeguard for Volusia County Beach Safety and
competed in a wide range of swimming and lifesaving competitions up to the
national level. At Stetson University in Deland, Mike earned his Bachelors of
Business Administration in 2013.
Before enrolling at Stetson’s College of Law in St. Petersburg, he traveled
extensively through the central and southern Bahamas living on a boat and
continued to live on the boat throughout law school. During his time in the
Juris Doctorate program, Mike received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service
Award for exceptional pro bono service.
Mike returned home to practice law and is currently an Ambassador and Co-Chair
of the Next-Gen Committee for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, as well
as on the Volusia County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors.
O.E. Burke III is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, but In the spring of 2020, he and his wife Lindsey transitioned their family to New Smyrna Beach (Samsula) feeling called to the area, and seeking the ideal environment to raise their son O.E. IV and daughter Lexie Grace. He was raised to be a Virginia Gentleman, and learned the virtues of discipline and hard work as a hand on a large dairy farm, and a highly competitive three-sport athlete. O.E. attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO where he served as a Pryor Leadership Fellow and Vice President of the Epsilon Nu chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2004 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and International Relations.
O.E. is an entrepreneur. Upon returning to Virginia Beach after college, he founded Freedom Surf Shop in spring 2005. He later obtained his Virginia Real Estate Salespersons license and began developing an expertise in commercial land brokerage and investment sales at Cushman & Wakefield. In 2009, he answered the call to join the family business and pursued an opportunity with Freedom Automotive. With time and dedication, O.E. would work his way up to become the Vice President of Freedom Automotive and the General Manager of Freedom Volvo in Virginia Beach. After assisting in the sale of the automotive businesses in 2015, O.E. continued his work in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial real estate assets as well underwriting and managing investments in various venture capital funds and operating entities. In the fall of 2019 he acquired SudzUp Carwash on SR-44 in New Smyrna Beach and has poured himself into that team ever since!
O.E. is an Outdoorsman. He is passionate about hunting and surfing, and is “tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote” (-H. Melville). Matters concerning wildlife conservation, environmental quality, and habitat preservation are dear to his heart and he is most likely planning his next DIY expedition hunting trip into some remote wilderness right now.
O.E. loves this community and is excited to be a part of charting its course for future generations. He attends Thrive Church in Port Orange, and is proud to serve on the SEV Chamber Board of Directors. In Virginia Beach he served as Treasurer on the Corporate Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Virginia, and as a Board Member of Virginia Beach Vision, Christian Surfers Northeast, and the Virginia Beach Ducks Unlimited Dinner Committee.
Local entrepreneur Scott Steger has been a community leader for 20+ years.
As the Owner/Broker of EXIT Real Estate Property Solutions, he has four area locations
where he employs 85 Realtors and 5 full-time staff. In addition to real estate he is also the owner/operator
of High Octane Printing in South Daytona.
Prior to open his first real estate brokerage Scott was the President of the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions a non-profit organization operating an all 50 states and 4 US territories. He conducted national substance abuse prevention initiatives out of a local office where he employed 25+ employees and oversaw annual grant/contract budgets in excess of $3M. His Stay on Track drug prevention curriculum reached hundreds of thousands of youth nationwide. Scott’s public service includes: Founding board member of Foundation 37, President of the Flagler Avenue Business Association (FABA, 5 ½ years), Board Member of the Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce (6 years), President of National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions (20+ years), Citizen Advocate Volusia League of Cities, SEV League for Economic Advancement, Legislative committee Chair for the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors.
Renee Andrus has been an employee of AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach for 30 years and currently serves as Development Officer. In this role, she assists the AdventHealth New Smyrna Foundation, providing philanthropic support to improve the health and well-being of Southeast Volusia. Renee is very active in the community and has served on the Southeast Volusia Chamber board for 3 years. Renee has been a long-time resident of Volusia County and has been a property owner in Edgewater for over 15 years.
Mark Billings is a retired Naval Officer who has served as the Executive Director for the
Southeast Volusia affiliate for approaching three years. He is a graduate of Rockledge High
School in Brevard County, Florida. He holds an undergraduate degree from New Hampshire
College, a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a post
graduate certificate in organizational leadership from the Harvard Business School.
He is a member of the Volusia County Affordable Housing Advisory Council for the County
Commission. Other boards he serves as a member include the Guardian Angel Research
Network and the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.
Mark lives in New Smyrna Beach where in his spare time he enjoys spending time at the beach
and outdoor activities with his youngest son who is now a freshman in college and playing
football. Mark enjoys visiting other areas but enjoys living on the coast of Central Florida the most.
I am a third generation Apopkan and have been coming to New Smyrna Beach my entire life. My husband and I have owned real estate in New Smyrna Beach since 2004; in 2017 we purchased a mid-century home on North Riverside Drive and made this community our new home.
I founded Ison Consulting Group, LLC in 2013 after retiring from a wonderful career in banking. Prior to retirement, I was the Director of Human Resources for a multi-state bank and was responsible for 1,700 employees working in Florida. My territory spanned from Jacksonville to Miami and I had seven direct reports.
I hold a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) SCP designation. This designation incorporates key HR competencies and knowledge and demonstrates to the global business community that the credential-holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice competency and knowledge.
I have built my firm by providing exemplary customer service, my proficiency with HR rules and regulations and my common-sense approach to problem resolution and issues. My firm consists of two divisions, the Private Client division, works with individuals on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing skills, accomplishment stories, exit statements, compensation guidance, coaching and mentoring. My Corporate Division, assists small to medium sized companies with their human capital needs such as job descriptions, employee handbooks, performance assessments, recruiting, communication standards, offer letters and determination of processes. I also deliver various levels of training such as HIPAA compliance, professionalism, and harassment.
I have served on numerous boards including, the City of NSB’s Leisure Services, the Police Athletic League of NSB, the Rotary Club of Orlando, Bear Lake Preservation Association, Apopka Gator Boosters, Junior Achievement, Orange County Schools Advisory Board, Lake Brantley High School Career Advisory Board, FNGA, Central Florida Orchid Society, to name a few.
I am a firm believer in being involved in your community and contributing your talents and skills to the best of your ability.
Bliss was born in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from Converse College with
a BFA in Studio Art. She began her career at the Southeastern Center for
Contemporary Art (SECCA) as the Education Coordinator designing and implementing
children’s art programs and Volunteer Coordinator directing two independent
volunteer organizations serving over 500 individuals, coordinating corporate
support programs and annual volunteer fundraising events. In 1991 she moved to
New Smyrna Beach to work for Atlantic Center for the Arts as Assistant to the Director.
In 1993 she started selling air charters and aerial advertising for Massair Flite
Service. In 2000 she joined Massey Properties selling residential, commercial,
acerage and airport properties. Bliss has been a member of and served on various
committees for the Junior League of Daytona Beach and served on the Daytona Beach
Advertising Federation Board of Directors. Bliss is the Chair of the Economic
Development Board for the City of Edgewater and serves as the CAC Representative
for The River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization. Bliss was awarded the
Volusia League of Cities 2013 Citizen of the Year for Economic Development,
Community Planning & Development. She has been instrumental in the development
and promotion of the Southeast Volusia Marketing Initiative that represents the
cities of Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Oak Hill. She is passionate about the
three cities collaboration and promotion of Southeast Volusia as a great place to
live work and play. Bliss welcomes the opportunity to be considered for a board
member position and would be honored to serve the Southeast Volusia Chamber.
Jacqueline is the Vice President Branch Manager if FAIRWINDS Credit Union in Edgewater. She is a native of update New York where she worked as a Branch Manager for a Credit Union for 31 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2011 and is a graduate of Leadership of Mohawk Valley. She served on the board for United Way and a member of the Rome Chamber in New York. She enjoys planning events and was a big event advocate for the local Humane Society because of her love for animals. Jacqueline and her husband purchased a house in Volusia County six years ago and fell in love with the sunshine state. They made the final move here in 2019.. She has a son and two grandchildren that live in New York. She is a avid golfer and loves sitting and walking on the beach.
A native of Fairfax County Virginia, Jim spent his formative years in a small beach town on the Chesapeake Bay. Following his high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served one tour in the Presidential Ceremonial Guard. This tour of duty took him to venues such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, and The White House. For his next tour, Jim served onboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy as commander of the ship’s color guard and as the ceremonial liaison in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mayport, Florida.
Soon after Jim’s Naval service ended, he moved to Florida and met his wife, Rea, of over 20 years. While in the automobile industry and starting a family, Jim decided to pursue his college education. He earned an Associate Degree from Daytona Beach Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. To balance raising his family and pursing his degree, Jim sought a career that would allow him to use the skills he had developed in the Navy, provide flexibility in his schedule, and would allow him to put into action what he was learning in college – a career in the restaurant industry seemed to be a good match.
Following graduation from college, Jim accepted a management role with Talk of the Town Restaurants in Orlando. There he had the opportunity to work under the tutelage of his mentor, Don Stewart.
Upon moving permanently to New Smyrna Beach, Jim was recruited for the role of General Manager at The Garlic. After honing his management skills and developing a loyal following he accepted the opportunity to manage Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grille.
A real fanatic of UCF Football, Jim has been a season ticket holder for 5 years and does not miss any opportunity to support his alma mater.
Jennifer Griffin is a born and raised local resident of southeast Volusia. She is a graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School and holds a bachelor degree in English and Literature from Florida State University. She is very involved in her local church were she serves on the leadership team and has spent 13 years in their children's and student ministry. In 2020 she partnered with a friend to create Shark City Media, an NSB local media company. Jennifer lives in Edgewater with her husband and twin teen girls. In her spare time she enjoys spending time enjoying the Florida sun or visiting her family's home in Highlands, NC. She has a passion for music and feels that is she ever met Jimmy Fallon they would be best friends.
Kaisey was born and raised in Cape Hatteras (Outer Banks) North Carolina. She graduated in 2009 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Applied Geography with a concentration of City Development. After graduation, Kaisey started a construction career in custom boat building in Wanchess, NC. Later, she met New Smyrna Beach area locals Tim & Todd Phillips through the Maritime industry and started working for them at P&S Paving, Inc. in 2011. Once she obtained the green light with state permitting, Kaisey took her career full time as project manager (designing, contracting and building) for New Smyrna Marina / Outriggers Development.
Besides being a licensed Realtor with Collado Real Estate since 2015, Kaisey also started and ran a mobile boutique in July 2017- LuSea Boutique, where she traveled up the eastern seaboard attending local fishing tournaments doing popup events. She then moved south to the Stuart / Jupiter area to work for two years doing high-end residential construction and quickly realized New Smyrna Beach was her forever home and couldn't wait to move back- making the move in July 2019.
She always dreamed of opening LuSea Boutique again as a brick and mortar and becoming a local business owner. LuSea Boutique opened its doors for the first time on March 1st, 2020. In late 2020, after many successful real estate transactions with Pat Collado over the years, she became a buyer’s agent for Pat. Quality customer service is her #1 goal and making sure her buyers have the best home buying experience possible. She is dedicated to the exhilarating work of community service. She is actively a Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce Board Member and a founding member and active Board Member for the Fun Coast Foundation, Inc.