Slogaway Lifestyle Concierge & Cleaning Services 

Since 2017 Slogaway has provided high quality home cleaning services to property owners in Miami’s most exclusive districts. We had the opportunity to have a conversation with Veronica Duca, owner of Slogaway.

What inspired you to start Slogaway?

After moving to Miami and experiencing the 9 to 5 working schedule and long commutes, I realized how important it is to take advantage of the spare time with family and friends instead of spending that time running errands and doing chores around the house. The idea of Slogaway and Lifestyle Concierge came out of the desire of helping people to make the most out of their free time. As technology progresses, there are less errands that need an actual person, however a constant request from my clients was the help with cleaning. This is the most time-consuming activity, and this is where I could make a significant change.

What sets Slogaway apart?

We bring a fresh and professional approach to cleaning services. We realize that every person is unique so we customize our service to fit their expectations. An example of this constant adaptation to change is that we recently introduced our deep sanitizing and fogging services, not only to our residential customers but commercial and other businesses as well. It is on many priority lists these days, and we are trained and certified to do it right.

We have the same approach towards our employees. Every person is trained in order to keep the consistency of the high-quality service and we keep their wellbeing in mind. Our employees are able to customize their work schedule and work areas. Happy employees bring happy customers. We cover Miami area to Ft Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and we keep expanding.

We are very modern and open minded. We use the latest cleaning equipment and we are focused on using environmentally friendly cleaning products. I know that we can make a difference and we choose to bring happiness, beauty and freshness into people’s lives.   

Visit Slogaway’s webpage: https://slogaway.com/

Patrik Dahlgren at Royal Caribbean Cruises in Miami

Last week we had the pleasure to meet Patrik Dahlgren – Senior Vice President at the

Global Marine Operations of Royal Caribbean Cruises in Miami. Patrik began his career at Royal Caribbean Cruises in 1999 as a second officer on board Grandeur Of The Seas. Since then, Patrik has worked his way up on different ships, having positions such as First officer, Chief Officer and Captain. Last command as Captain was the world’s largest cruise-ship the Oasis of the Seas. Today, in his role as a Senior Vice President for Global Marine Operations, he runs the operations, maintenance and innovation for all the 63 cruise-ship’s operated by Royal Caribbean. The brands span from Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises, TUI Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, Silversea Cruises.

In his role as a Senior Vice President, Patrik travels between Royal Caribbean Cruises offices worldwide, ship’s, drydocks and various government agencies. His group focuses on energy, environment and technology. He is proud to say that 65-70% of the environmental companies that Royal Caribbean Cruises work with related to environmental innovation/technology such as, emission reduction, cleaning waste-water and much more, are from the Nordics. “The power of the Nordic companies, related to environment and sustainability, is more impactful than most people think”.

Moving on to the history and success of Royal Caribbean Cruises, the company was founded 1968 in a small trailer in the port of Miami with owners from Norway. Today it is registered on the New York stock exchange as a 25-billion-dollar company. The company focuses on cruise vacations, destination immersion and port development but collaborates from an innovation- and R&D standpoint with other companies such as Wilhelmsen, Stena Line, Wallenius Marine and Maersk. Going to almost a 1000 destinations, Royal Caribbean Cruises can take you worldwide.

Patrik explains that each brand that Royal Caribbean Cruises operate is unique – there is something for everyone. They offer family oriented cruises for both thrill & chill, luxurious ones and smaller brands that are more intimate. Everything you could ask for on a vacation is centered in one place and their cruises have everything from waterslides, aqua lands, ice-skating rinks, theatres, Michelin star restaurants and much more. “One of our cruises even has its own real central park, with over a hundred real trees and plants!” Meanwhile, you also get to see the most beautiful places in the world – at a great price.

Royal Caribbean’s headquarters are in Miami, where the rest of the biggest portion of the cruise industry is located. It is also the number one travel destination in the US which makes its location even more beneficial. “The growth is massive in this area and all cruise line brand are somewhat based here, and it is also a very business friendly environment” Patrik says.

How do Royal Caribbean Cruises work with sustainability? It is a core focus of the company to partner with the best organizations & minds in the world to operate in the most sustainable way. They are eliminating all single use plastic, make sure that they are following regulatory frameworks on environment and that nothing goes overboard unless it is clean. They also work to reduce their fuel consumption and therefore CO2, where they are 12% more efficient than their closest competitors. Lastly, they work with the local communities where they operate, helping them to develop a sustainable tourism.

When it comes to future goals, Patrik is proud of where he is today. His group is currently, from a global marine perspective, the largest consolidate marine operations in the entire cruise- industry. Patrik still sees big potential within the industry, as it is a hugely growing business and cruise is still a small portion of the total tourism sector. “I have to say that it is an amazing concept, once you start cruising, you are kind of always going to come back!”.

Partnerlog Group

Last week we had the opportunity to meet with Emil Söderlund, CEO of Partnerlog Group in the United States & its overseas companies. Partnerlog Group has been active for 8 years and have around 35 employees that are working remotely around the US, Hong Kong and Europe. Their HQ is in Miami, with several employees / management team having Swedish roots working primarily from its Fort Lauderdale branch. PLG is are well acquainted with SACC and sees the benefit of being a member. Emil describes Partnerlog Group as a young logistic company with a mindset and vision different from other companies within the industry.

90% of the company consists of logistics solutions while the rest constitutes different parts of the supply chain, such as vendor management, sourcing and quality control. Most of their logistic solutions are within international air and ocean freight where products are shipped to and from buyers and sellers from all over the world. They focus on small- and medium sized companies and offers unique end-to-end solutions in order to meet every client’s needs and expectations.

Partnerlog Group aims at making every process seamless and to be time- and cost effective. They focus on giving their clients an outstanding service through tailor made logistic solutions and by their coverage of more than 180 countries. Flexibility is a key word within the company and Emil believes in the coexistence of freedom and responsibility. The employees are entitled to work from anywhere in the world, something that also improves the company’s cultural adaptness.

One of the best parts of working at PLG is that no day is like the other. An employee might work on a project in Colombia while the next day helping a client in Asia. Partnerlog Group’s future goals are to keep on growing and customize their company depending on future market changes. An important part of their future is to make sure that every employee identifies themselves with the company and feels comfortable enough in their position to make own decisions. “This is of great importance, so that every employee can develop together with the company”.

Mulchan CPA

November is the perfect time to review your company’s vision for 2020 and look over your accounting needs! Perhaps it involves switching CPA or service providers and updating processes. Just in time for the November Newsletter, we had the pleasure to interview Felizia Mulchan – founder of the accounting firm Mulchan CPA.

Felizia Mulchan is a Florida licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and has worked in the accounting field since 2005. After receiving a master’s degree in accounting from FAU, she began her public accounting career at Ernst &Young. After years of experience within the big firms, Felizia wanted to work more closely with entrepreneurs and business owners. She also saw the void within the Swedish American community – a need for quality accounting services with expertise in entity structuring and international tax. In 2017, Felizia opened her firm, Mulchan CPA.

Today, the firm provides tax, accounting and consulting services in both Swedish and English to a predominantly Scandinavian clientele. Many clients are local entrepreneurs with Scandinavian backgrounds, others are Scandinavian companies with subsidiaries in the US. Mulchan CPA offers monthly accountings services, employee payroll and tax filings, and also work closely with clients on legal, banking and HR solutions. Often clients are active in multiple states and the firm manages contacts with vendors and local tax authorities in different states.

“The biggest advantage to run an operation like this in South Florida is the friendly business climate and low tax compared to other states” Felizia says. Another advantage is the close connection to Europe, with a time difference of only six hours. Mulchan CPA’s future goals are to continue to work closely with their clients and grow their businesses and to continue to help Scandinavian companies make business connections in South Florida.

So Felizia, how to become a client of yours? “Send me an email! And don’t forget to visit my new website, launching November 1st”.

We would like to thank Felizia for giving us an interesting and valuable insight into Mulchan CPA and its operations.

Eten Catering

We had the pleasure to do an interview with Eten Catering – a renowned catering company in Fort Lauderdale that specializes in European food. The owners, Allison from England and Dirk from Belgium, started off their career working in the private yachting industry. After many years of catering high level food on world class yachts, they created their own catering company which is now having its 10-year anniversary.

Eten Catering specializes in corporate and special event catering. They provide a range of services from drop-off catering to full-service event planning in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach. With a great reputation, good connections with many local businesses, as well as their specialty of European food, it is not a surprise that Eten Catering  is expanding. Owner and Executive Chef, Dirk is a classically trained European chef who has over 20 years experience in Michelin star restaurants, private estates and yachts.

When asked why they chose to establish a business in Fort Lauderdale, Allison says that they had been coming in and out of the city since they worked in the yachting industry. This helped them to create many good connections and become familiar with the area and the people in Fort Lauderdale.   Since they both started to come to Fort Lauderdale over 20 years ago, the city has become busier and busier with lots of international people and companies which increases the opportunity to create valuable contacts. They support many non-profit organizations and really enjoy catering charity events. The downside according to Allison is the traffic which they are always having to take into consideration in order to ensure all their deliveries are on time.

Regarding sustainability and future goals, Eten Catering is introducing eco-friendly packaging and often use real glassware and plates during many of their events rather than using so much plastic. “As companies notice that Eten Catering is considering eco-friendly options, they contact us and want to work with us because of that”.

Their goal for the future is to continue to grow and expand their catering business in and around Fort Lauderdale and the South Florida Area.

We would like to thank Allison and Dirk at Eten Foods for giving us the opportunity to learn more about their catering company. Are you interested in being the next member standing in the spotlight? Please email info@sacc-sfl.org for more information.

Polatsek – Counsellors at Law

Last week we had the pleasure of meeting with Harry D. Polatsek- the founder of Polatsek, Counsellors at Law. Harry started his career in 1977 as a lawyer in New York and in 1983; he opened Polatsek Counsellors at Law, a firm specializing in immigration law. From the early 1980’s, he began representing Swedish clients that were involved in the horse business who were looking to move to the United States in order to start their careers. Today, the firm concentrates in the area of business and family immigration with clients from all over the world.

Mr. Polatsek describes the immigration process as having evolved tremendously over the years. The circumstances surrounding immigration today is different than it has ever been before. Historically, the visa process has been a manageable experience but in recent years, the procedure has become significantly stricter. According to Mr. Polatsek, you cannot take anything for granted and what was once a simple process has now become increasingly more challenging.

Polatsek Counsellors at Law is located in Fort Lauderdale, a city recognized as a melting pot of immigrants, making it a remarkable location for the firm. “Since there are so many people from all over the world coming to South Florida, it is an excellent place for this type of practice”, explains Mr. Polatsek. The firm works with many nationalities and their most common type of clients are investors or individuals seeking employment in professional, technical or specialty occupations.

The attorneys at Polatsek Counsellors at Law value personal relationships with their clients and encourage them to communicate any concerns or questions regarding their case. Additionally, the firm provides professional legal analysis and are cautious in selecting the cases that have the greatest opportunity for success. They aim for the highest level of efficiency and know how to provide their clients with the best results at the end of the day.

Vikand

Last week we had the opportunity to meet with Len Quist – Vice President and General 
Manager at VIKAND Solutions. It was a pleasure to meet Len, who is also one of the five 
founders and the former President of our Chamber.

The name VIKAND stands for “We can” or “Vi kan” in Swedish. The D stands for on demand 
and emphasizes the company’s flexibility and goal to meet their clients’ needs. VIKAND is an 
American based company, with global operations and with a dash of Swedish culture. 
VIKAND was founded in 2010. Len describes the organization as culturally diverse with a 
flat organizational structure. Working with almost 200 cruise vessels, their goal is to make life 
better at sea by providing excellent maritime medical services and improving health and 
hygiene on board. 

VIKAND offers a tailor-made medical service solution to fit each clients’ individual needs. This 
means running the onboard medical operations and providing biomedical services to over 
170 cruise ships. Besides the above services, VIKAND also offers various technical solutions, 
such as air purification systems that break down tobacco smoke, reduce and eliminate 
bacteria and viruses and even kill mold. Some other technical solutions include a bedbug 
solution, a wearable anti-sea and motion sickness, and equipment monitoring the 
effectiveness of employees’ hand washing routines.   

Working at sea is very different from working in a land-based environment. Running the 
medical operation onboard requires firsthand onboard experience, a good understanding of 
and an appreciation for the multi-cultural environment on board. The majority of VIKAND’s 
medical personnel have worked at sea and have extensive medical experience both at sea 
and ashore.  

So, what is the advantage of working in Fort Lauderdale, Florida? First of all, we are in close 
proximity to many of our clients that are based here in South Florida, Len explains. Fort 
Lauderdale and Miami are the world’s biggest home ports for cruise lines. The cost of doing 
business in Florida is less than in many other places in the US. Excellent international air 
travel options both to Europe and Latin America. Compared to the West coast, the lesser time 
difference allows us to communicate with our colleagues in Europe during business hours, as 
well as interacting with many of our clients that are also based out of Europe. Fort 
Lauderdale is very international with many European, Canadian and Latin Americans expats 
calling this home. “I lived in New York for many years and for its size Fort Lauderdale is truly 
a global melting pot”. Several Scandinavian companies have established themselves in this 
area and not to forget – Fort Lauderdale is also the yachting capital of the world.  

 With sustainability in mind, VIKAND sells equipment and products with long life-expectancy. 
VIKAND’s future goal is to expand into commercial shipping and also to become a remote 
location medical service provider. “Our company and our staff work hard trying to make a 
real difference to our clients on land and at sea”.  

Unitec Marine

Unitec Marine is an engineering company that provides mechanical and electrical services to the oil and marine industry worldwide, both on- and offshore. The three owners started the company in October four years ago, while they were employed on a ship. They came up with an idea to build a company that could do the same job as their current employer, just better! 

Today, Unitec Marine has about 50 employees, whereof six are based at the office and three are based out on the ships. Jonas and Nils claim that being Swedish is an advantage in the sense that they were raised with good work ethics. They have taught in their employees the same quality, and have therefore managed to implement large projects for their contractors. 

Nils and Jonas classify their company as medium/large. They don’t want to become a large company because it wouldn’t be beneficial for them. They would rather grow geographically. Today, Unitec Marine do projects in France and Finland where the drydocks are located. Recently, they expanded to Norway where they have sex to eight people working. 

It’s a fast growing business, and Nils and Jonas know the importance of having the right resources. For that reason, they work on maintaining good contact with old and new contractors.

Membership Spotlight with Frederick Burman from Skanska

Frederick Burman is the Senior Vice President of the Skanska Group Asset Management function, based in the US  in Miami, FL. Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups.

Skanska US was founded in the 1970:ies and has grown to include two nationwide construction units, Skanska USA Building and Skanska USA Civil, as well Commercial Development in five US urban markets; LA, Houston, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Boston. Frederick’s main role is to represent Skanska on the boards of its three US Public-Private Partnership concession companies – the Midtown/Downtown Tunnel in Norfolk/Portsmouth, Virginia, LaGuardia Terminal B in New York and the I-4 Ultimate highway in Orlando. The projects typically involve construction periods of 4-6 years, and thereafter operations and maintenance responsibilities for up to 30-50+ years. Frederick’s main work duties entail visiting Skanska’s customers and the projects on site, traveling to Virginia, New York and Orlando on a frequent basis. He has been working for Skanska and living in Florida since 2006, and is currently the single employee at the Miami location. Skanska Asset Management’s headquarters in the US is located in Arlington, Virginia. Frederick also works closely with Skanska in Sweden as he reports back onproject progress.

Skanska’s presence in the US started in the 1970’s, when it bought several construction companies in select markets, in order to diversify its business. At first, the companies bought did not change their company names, given their strong local reputations and know-how. Today, all companies have been fully integrated into the Skanska fold, in an effort of streamlining overhead, promoting Skanska as single brand under one set of values. As a consequence thereof, Skanska has a strong company culture across all its international markets today, including its strong focus on safety, living up to customer commitments, global leadership in sustainability and green construction, as well as in diversity and ethics. Skanska also is committed to being a leading employer of choice for talent within our industry.

Frederick finishes off the interview by stating that in the US, Skanska as a whole is here to stay!

Susanna Grubb – a future’s broker

We had the opportunity to meet with Susanna Grubb from the Ultimate Florida Real Estate in Jupiter. Susanna has many years of experience working as a real estate agent. Last year, she decided to make a major change in her life. She decided to do what many people dream of doing – start her own company. One year later, the company has expanded to three employees. 

Ultimate Florida Real Estate is not a regular brokers agency. The company sells more than houses – they sell a lifestyle. If it’s the boat life, the golf life, or simply the beach life you want – then Ultimate Florida Real Estate can assist. 

Since Susanna holds a master’s degree in Technical Communication, she can successfully combine the best of both worlds to expand her company. In addition to selling a lifestyle, the Ultimate Florida Real Estate differentiates in the way they hold an open house. When buying through the Ultimate Florida Real Estate, you don’t necessarily need to physically be in the house in order to see it. Through Matterport 3D (a new technology), you can virtually ”walk” around in the house in front of your computer screen. Especially foreigners appreciate this technology. The Ultimate Florida Real Estate offer all their customers selling their properties a Matterport 3D Tour, regardless of the price range. Susanna believes voice search is the next big thing. Voice search is talking to your digital devices instead of writing. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your company comes as an alternative up when someone asks for companies in the industry. Because of her use of new technology, Susanna Grubb is truly a broker of the future. 

Susanna has been through quite the journey in the past year! However, she says that building a brand and website is difficult and time-consuming. You must be willing to give those extra hours. 

We would like to thank Susanna Grubb for giving us the insights of a broker in South Florida. Are you interested in being the next member standing in the spotlight? Please email info@sacc-sfl.org for more information.