Are you our new intern?

Founded in 2013, SACC-SFL has the reputation of being a fast-moving and energetic chamber. As an intern at SACC-SFL, you get the unique opportunity to be part of the cutting-edge setting that is South Florida today. You will be able to expand your professional network, gain new experience and advance your skills by meeting and collaborating with industry leaders and professionals in a variety of business sectors. This is a chance to gain a competitive edge, in Sweden and internationally.

  • We introduce and promote Swedish innovations, entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies in the South Florida area.
  • We link American and Swedish companies for mutually advantageous business opportunities.
  • We foster knowledge sharing and cultural exchange across borders.

Job Description

SACC-SFL is looking for two outgoing and ambitious interns who are passionate about marketing and operations management. Experience in WordPress, graphic design and communication is an advantage as well as previous international experience. Most importantly, you enjoy networking and meeting new people. The intern’s primary tasks will be to assist with general operations, marketing, and event management.

TASKS WILL INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Promoting the Chamber and Chamber events through marketing activities
  • Update the Chamber databases
  • Help providing general office administration
  • Support our treasurer with Chamber financial management
  • Organizing Chamber events, including coordinating volunteers for these
  • Attending Chamber specific networking events
  • Assisting in recruiting new Chamber members
  • Assisting in membership program development
  • Preparing board meetings • Help providing general office administration
  • Ensuring that the Chamber website is up to date
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Write and update procedures (office manual, etc.)

Required Skills

  • Higher education within Business, Marketing, or Project management
  • Related work or extracurricular experience
  • Outgoing personality, salesmanship and initiative skills
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in Swedish and English
  • Swedish citizenship

Apply here: https://sacc-usa.org/trainee/positions/us/

Meet our New Trainees

At SACC-SFL, we are very happy to welcome our new trainees –
Lovisa Sennerman and Katrina Hedencrona!

Hello, my name is Lovisa Sennerman. I am 22 years old and come from Gothenburg, Sweden. I am currently studying international sales and marketing. I am interested in traveling and to meet new people. When I saw this internship at The Swedish- American Chamber of Commerce here in Fort Lauderdale, I took the opportunity to come here to learn more about the things I’ve learn in school, and about the American culture. I am looking forward to learn more about SACC Fort Lauderdale and the culture here.

My name is Katarina Hedencrona and I am from Gothenburg. I recently finished my bachelor’s degree in management. I’ve always had my mind set on moving abroad and I consider myself as an ’’all inclusive, non exclusive’’- person. Those are two of the reasons why I chose to apply to SACC-SFL. Now you know a little bit about me and I hope that if we meet, you can tell me a bit about yourself. Looking forward to that!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Small Business Member –  EquiSafe®

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Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 2, 2019 – As far as fencing goes, EquiSafe® is the
international standard. The fencing company that changed the industry
now has a permanent home in Wellington, Florida. The acquisition of thenew EquiSafe® International headquarters positions the evolutionary
company prominently in the epicenter of the “Winter Horse Capital of theWorld” with over 13,500 sq. feet of deluxe office and warehouse space onFairlane Farms Road.

Tommy Hallander, EquiSafe® International Founder and CEO stated,
“After four successful years in the United States, the natural next step in
our progression was to bring the product within closer proximity,
negating all unnecessary and environmentally irresponsible shipping
from Sweden. If we are to be 100% Green, bringing the factory here to thestates was imperative. This move has finally become a reality with our
two new investors/partners Aisling Zetterman and James Roberts.”

The products EquiSafe® provides are unparalleled, with safety and environmental responsibility at the forefront of its design and success. Featuring a standard embedded spiral conductor, rounded posts and rails, as well as sliding gates and LED lighting upgrades, the well-being of the horse is at the pinnacle of the design.

EquiSafe® is the brain-child of Swedish founder and owner Tomas Möller. After 32 years of international success, Möller feels content transferring his company to the EquiSafe® International team, furthering his initiatives and promising the company’s future globally. “I’m glad Tommy and his new partners will keep developing and expanding my evolutionary fencing design. When speaking with Tommy, it is apparent that the company is in the right hands, and the advancement is continuing with a new product line in 2019 that will change the fencing industry!”

James Roberts, EquiSafe® International Co-Founder and CTO, will lead the charge into emerging technologies and product lines. James commented, “Making the move full-time to Wellington was the obvious decision as a company. Although EquiSafe® had its founding in Sweden, and has seen worldwide success, the United States has no products that even compare to all that we offer. With the advent of smart technologies and cloud-based services, EquiSafe® will continue to raise the bar by developing smarter, more efficient and more environmentally friendly products.”

Roberts continued, “The purchase of the new EquiSafe® headquarters, and the move to South Florida, creates an amazing R&D and manufacturing environment, reduces our cost per linear foot, provides ease of accessibility to clients and distributors, and will facilitate faster delivery and installations. Starting today, due to the move, we are proud to announce that we will be reducing the base price of our safety fencing to $7 per linear foot.”

The new EquiSafe® headquarters was previously owned by Nike, and most recently, Skeleton Optics. Its picturesque facilities include an array of features complete with individual office suites, an elegant reception area, a well-appointed conference room and casual meeting room. The warehouse facility is fully air-conditioned, promising the perfect manufacturing and R&D space for EquiSafe® to design and produce its high-impact memory-shape fencing with ease, affordability and efficiency, and continue to pioneer new ways to provide superior products, at lower prices, with zero impact on the environment.

EquiSafe® first began distributing and installing in the United States in 2014, effectively reaching over 60 facilities coast to coast, including the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. The driving factor behind the success of the fencing is EquiSafe®’s proprietary high-density polyethylene (HDPE) formula, resulting in durability and maintenance-free qualities without negative impacts to the environment. Traditional fencing splinters, cracks and rots, often needing frequent replacement and consistent maintenance. However, the EquiSafe® difference means that the fencing will outlast subzero temperatures, and has been tested to withstand heat up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. EquiSafe® believes so strongly in its product that it carries a 20-year safety guarantee.

Aisling Zetterman, owner and manager of Springfield Show Jumpers, invested in the company and facilitated the move to Wellington due to EquiSafe’s one-of-a-kind all-inclusive approach to fencing and safety, which she has seen in action at her facility. Zetterman is actively on board with the company as EquiSafe® International CCO.

“Both of my sons [Alexander and Daniel] successfully compete at the highest levels of the sport, and when they sponsored Alex with beautiful fencing at home, I thought it was fabulous concept—no nails, no wires, no painting and no maintenance makes the product a great value and investment for our farm and home. The environmental aspect of the HDPE and their green initiatives also are inspiring as the equestrian industry focuses more on the reduction of waste and impacting the environment. There is no other product or company I would trust.”

For more than 30 years, EquiSafe® has led the evolution of equestrian fencing. EquiSafe® focuses on durable, affordable and environmentally friendly products. Originally founded in Sweden, EquiSafe® dominated the European market, and is now available in the United States. Established as “The Equestrian Fencing,” all EquiSafe® products are backed by a 20-year warranty. EquiSafe® International is now open to regional, national and worldwide distributors who wish to join the company’s growth and progression. Find out more information at www.EquiSafe®Int.com or call 844-831-5988. EquiSafe® International is headquartered at 3280 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington, Florida.

Bollnäs Stanley Cup-mästare lär ut hockey i Florida med bandyklubbor – Text av Sven Gustavsson

Daytona. Anders Eriksson vann Stanley Cup 1998. Han avslutade karriären i Modo, flyttade tillbaka till USA och nu lär han ut hockey till unga amerikaner i Florida. Han driver eget företag i byggbranschen och spelar även veteranhockey. Här berättar han när han blir en ”Mange Wernblom” Text av Sven Gustavsson.


Har man en svensk Stanley Cup-mästare från bandyfästet Bollnäs, som ledare för ett hockeyläger i Florida, är det klart att uppvärmningen sker med en rosa boll och bandyklubbor.

43-årige Anders Eriksson följer förnöjsamt när de amerikanska barnen för första gången bekantar sig med de konstiga krokiga klubborna.

Det tar inte lång tid för de mest talangfulla att förstå hur den ska hanteras, men när det kommer till skott är det fortfarande ett slags handledare som gäller.

Det är tropiskt hett ute och rejält kyligt inne i ishallen, som ligger i anslutning till ett köpcenter i Daytona strax söder om den världsberömda racingbanan.

Här drillar Anders Eriksson, Peter Nyman och Sören Strandberg ett knappt 30-tal amerikanska barn.

Peter från Mjölby spelade back med Calle Johansson i juniorlandslaget och division 1-hockey i Tranås innan han hade en kortare karriär i England. Nu bor han i Orlando.

Sören är före detta bandytränare, som flyttade till Mount Dora strax norr om Orlando och startade ett bed & breakfast.

Tillsammans hoppas de tre svenskarna att det här hockeylägret ska bli återkommande. Peter har en vision om utbyte med någon svensk hockeyskola.

– Jag hjälpte en del kompisars barn när jag flyttade hit. Men mina egna barn och det de höll på med tog all tid. Nu har de blivit så stora att jag har mer tid. Det är kul att jobba med barn. Visar man dem något och de ser att det fungerar, blir det som en snöboll. De växer, säger Anders engagerat.

Att skjuta med bandyklubba är inte helt lätt.

Uppväxt i den svenska idrottsrörelsen har han sin egen vision han vill föra över till barnen här:

– Barnen ska förstå att det är okej att göra annat också och att det är okej att göra fel. Funkar det inte på ett sätt, så pröva något annat. Det är den inställningen man fick med sig hemifrån Sverige.

Han var också med och ledde ett par läger i West Palm Beach efter Daytona under maj.

– Allt är så direkt för barn i dag med telefoner och datorer. Det är också viktigt att de rör sig. Vi har visat dem innebandy här. Det är ju jättebra. 60 dollar för klubba och boll. Det har alla råd med.

Anders Eriksson vill jobba ännu mer med utveckling, gärna i något NHL-lag.

– Men det är svårt. Jag jobbar en del med Florida Panthers för att få unga intresserade och även med deras stipendier.

Florida var ett av totalt 14 lag han spelade i under sin aktiva tid i Nordamerika och hans gamla lag har inte glömt honom.

– Jag var med när de hängde ”Lidas” tröja i taket och sista matchen i Joe Louis Arena, säger han om Nicklas Lidström och Detroit.

Han har också valts in i Chicagos veteranlag, även om debuten fortfarande väntar.

Hur är det med de egna barnen, ser du någon ny storväxt defensiv backklippa där?

– Sjuåringen har noll intresse av sport. Han gillar att dansa och uppträda. Yngsta dottern är tio. Hon är sportfanatiker och jätteduktig på basket. Hon vill också pröva på hockey. Äldsta dottern är mer intresserad av dans och höll på med konståkning som yngre.

Som före detta NHL-spelare, som valt att stanna i USA, ser han fördelarna med att ge sina barn olika uppväxtmiljöer.

– Vi tar hem dem till Sverige varje sommar och så har vi hus utanför Toronto. Det blir mycket utomhusaktiviteter och det gillar de. Jag försöker ge dem samma uppväxt jag hade hemma i Bollnäs, fast i Florida då.

Efter att 1991 ha utsetts till bästa back i Tv-pucken tog han dubbla JSM-guld (både J18 och J20) med Modo åren efter, samt var med och förlorade SM-finalen 1994.

1995–96 debuterade han i Detroit i NHL, där han också vann Stanley Cup 1998. Totalt spelade han 608 matcher för nio olika NHL-klubbar under 13 säsonger. 2011 avslutade han karriären i kvalserien, med Modo.

– Men jag var inte där när de åkte ur, understryker han.

Efter karriären flyttade han tillbaka till USA och Delray Beach i sydöstra Florida.

– Jag har varit här i Nordamerika i 23 år. Längre än i Sverige. Det var hela tiden tanken att komma tillbaka hit och mysa.

Anders Eriksson spelar själv veteranhockey – när han inte tränar ungdomar.Han spelar fortfarande hockey ett par gånger i veckan.

– Det är fortfarande skitkul. Spelar i Labatt Blue. Det är Beer League. Det är faktiskt en riktigt bra liga.

Beer League är veteranhockeyn i Nordamerika, som håller långt över 170.000 spelare aktiva i USA, varav 17.000 kvinnor. Det är också stort i Kanada.

Har de koll på vem du är och vad du gjort?

– Jadå, och jag kan åka och göra mål lite när jag vill. Men det gör jag inte. Jag är där för att ha kul, dricka en öl och mysa. Jag håller i pucken och försöker få alla andra att göra mål i stället. Det ger väldigt kul respons från de andra.

Försöker de testa dig?

– Jag har sagt att de kan haka mig och allt, men slå inte på armarna, för då blir jag ”Mange” Wernblom, säger Anders Eriksson och skrattar åt liknelsen med Modos tuffing Magnus Wernblom.

– En gång var det en som åkte och hackade. Nästa gång smackade jag till honom rejält och sa att ”gör inte om det där igen”. Det blev alldeles tyst i rinken. Vi får ju inte tacklas, men jag tog min tvåminutare för det.

– Efteråt kom han och sa ”vilken jäkla tackling”. Jag svarade bara att ”jag tog inte ens i”.

Hur mycket följer du NHL?

– Inte speciellt mycket. Men när det kommer till slutspel, då är jag med. Det har ju varit sjukt bra hockey i år.

– När vi hade en samling med vårt lag i Beer League sa vi ”undrar hur långsam man skulle se ut om man hoppade ut på isen?”. Man skulle bli snuvig och sjuk i tre veckor av draget. Gud va snabb dom är, säger Anders Eriksson och norrländskan bryter igenom ordentligt.

– Jag tror Vegas har riktigt bra chans att gå hela vägen. Jag hade ju Gerard Gallant i Columbus, så honom har jag känt länge.

Fakta.Anders Erikssons brokiga karriär

1991–95. Modo, 109 matcher i elitserien och SM-slutspel.

1995–99. Detroit, 172 matcher (samt 119 i AHL i Adironduck Red Wings).

1999–2000. Chicago, 97.

2000–01. Florida, 60.

2001–03. Toronto, 48 (97 AHL-matcher i St. John’s).

2003–04. Columbus, 66.

2004–05. HV71 (lockout), 32.

2005–06. Springfield Falcons, 12 AHL-matcher och 28 med Metallurg Magnitogorsk i KHL.

2006–07. Columbus, 79.

2007–08. Calgary, 61.

2008–09. Quad City Flames, 66 i AHL.

2009–10. Phoenix, 12 matcher, 10 med New York Rangers, 10 i AHL med San Antonia Rampage och 8 i Hartford Wolfpack.

2010–11. Timrå, 6 matcher i elitserien och 35 med Modo i elitserien och kvalserien.


Texten är även tillgänglig på https://www.dn.se/sport/ishockey/bollnas-stanley-cup-mastare-lar-ut-hockey-i-florida-med-bandyklubbor/ 

Interview with Susanna Grubb from Ultimate Florida Real Estate

SACC-SFL had a talk with new Trust Member Susanna Grubb to chat about her new company Ultimate Florida Real Estate and what to think about when selling or buying. 


You recently started the ”Ultimate Florida Real Estate”, tell me about it!
Yes, I did! I’m very excited about what 2018 has to offer. I was a real estate agent for various companies in Jupiter and Palm Beach for 12 years. I tried mom-and-pop brokerages and global realty brands. As an agent, you pay a portion of your commission to a broker. As I was generating 100% of my leads, I saw less and less value in what the brokers had to offer me. It was time to venture out on my own. Now I’m focusing on creating and establishing my brand and in about 6-12 months, I’ll start hiring.

What are your biggest strengths you think?
I already have an existing buyer and seller client base, referral network and presence across social media and about 50-60% of my clients are Swedish. Many companies market themselves as both “local” and “global”, but I truly represent that. I have lived, worked and raised a family in Palm Beach County since 2003 so I have a lot of local knowledge for people relocating here. My biggest strengths are my higher education, vast travel experiences and respect for people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. My graduate thesis was about “schema theory”. I have a passion for SEO and that will take me to the next level.

I also know you have a masters degree in Technical Communication, how did you get in to the real estate business? 
Yes, I do. When I graduated I was 7 months pregnant and had an 18 month old toddler. I also moved a week later from hightech Seattle to old-world Normandy. I consulted in webdesign for a while. When we moved to Florida, I got attracted to real estate because of the flexible work hours. I managed my husband’s triplex in Newport RI 1992-1999 so I had handled many contracts before but as a landlord.

How is the real estate market in South Florida right now? Is it a good time for selling?
We have a great market right now – for both buyers and sellers. As more people can work remotely, we have much younger buyers moving to Florida than in the past. The market is more year-around and less seasonal. Homes in low crime areas with good schools, golf courses and medical facilities as well as beach condos and waterfront homes are hot. Look at comps sold in the past 90 days. What the seller paid is irrelevant. Realistic pricing is key!

For everyone that will sell or buy real estate, do you have some good advice?
When selling a home:
– Maximize your square footage under air. Get quotes for possible improvements and ask an experienced agent how this would effect the selling price.
– Unclutter the entire home or condo. Neutralize it so it appeals to as many potential buyers as possible.
– Ask your listing agent to hire the best photographer they know and get drone shots immediately (not as an add-on).

When buying a home:
– Request the price per square foot for the most similar active, sold and pending comps. This will show you the true value.
– Ask about pending or upcoming assessments for the condo or community. Get all financials during due diligence period.
– Find out the pet, vehicle and rental restrictions. Towns are following up on Airbnb rentals and few of them meet the HOA rules.

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