Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter 
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 86, Issue 55
January 27, 2019


Bob Ohrablo, President/Partner has more than 30 years' experience in managing professional hockey teams including teams in the National Hockey League (Florida Panthers), American Hockey League (Syracuse Crunch, Binghamton Whalers, as well as Vice President of Marketing for the League).  He was the founding partner of both he ECHL Orlando Solar Bears and now the Jacksonville Icemen.  Other projects have included pro tennis, Bermuda Music Festival and consultant for several AHL teams and organizations.  He has been involved in all aspects of managing teams including hockey administration, marketing, sales, media relations and overall management. 
Ohrablo is most proud of how his teams have become involved in the community.  The Icemen are active with many local non profit organizations American Cancer Association, Autism Cares, The Donna Foundation, Night to Shine, The Christmas Party of Jacksonville and many others.  Ohrablo services on the Board of Communities in Schools, Dreams Come True and Episcopal Children Services, as well as serves on various JaxUSA committees and the JaxChamber Board of Governors.
Ohrablo lives in Jacksonville Beach with his wife, Dr. Sue Ohrablo, an education consultant and author of several books on insuring college success.  Their daughter Liz is a tax accountant for DHG. 


Last week we hosted Jessica Santiago of Art Republic. She gave us an inspiring presentation of the beautiful murals in Downtown Jax. Their organization has commissioned renowned artists from all parts of the world with the goal of enhancing the Jacksonville art presence. 

I'm also pleased to announce that our proposed mission statement has been approved by a unanimous vote! 

Deercreek Country Club

Officials know Deercreek's Robert Miller-designed layout brings out the competitive golfer in each of us with its challenging carries, demanding doglegs and sentinel pines lining the fairways.
Great shots are applauded here not only by your playing partners but also by the wing-beat of snowy egrets, ducks and great blue herons. Fast and true, our greens rise like emerald isles guarded by bunkers and gentle mounding.

Won't You Join Us?
When:   Friday February 22 nd   2019
Where:  Deercreek Country Club 
             7816 McLaurin Road North Jacksonville, FL 32256

First Tee Time: 11:00 a

Cost:  $40.00 Includes Green fee/ Cart fee and lunch from the menu

Reserve Your Tee Time
You may reserve your tee time by contacting the SBMC Golf Chair Matt Vallez at . If you are registering for a foursome, please include the names of all your members.   

Blind Draw
Looking forward to meeting you in person at the bar to collect your $5 for the blind draw.

Do you have a question about the event? Email


We are beginning our Wine Raffle this week. Tickets start at $10 and will be increasing the closer we get to the raffle date. Purchase tickets early for your chance to win some excellent wine selections!! Our drawing will be Wednesday, April 17th! Please contact Michael Best: 
to purchase your tickets or for further details 

Bring a bottle to the meeting as your contribution for the raffle.  Don't forget to attach your business card to get mentioned!

This year we will be holding a New Membership Competition! $250 will be awarded quarterly to the person who brings in the most new members for that period, with a minimum of 3. 
For more information, contact Walter Smith:
During this week's meeting we held our general membership vote for the proposed new mission statement;
"To Promote the Civic, Economic, and Social                    Improvement of Greater Jacksonville"
 A motion was made by Jepp Walter, and seconded by Angelo Volpe. The motion was carried by a unanimous vote!

For questions and comments about the newsletter, 
please email

Thanks to our  
Club Sponsors

Platinum Level

Gold Level

Jon Hill & Jeanne Peterson
Ameriprise Financial Services

Silver Level

Spotlight Speakers  

January 30
Table Talks
No Spotlight Speaker

February 6
Ken Maszy
Zenpura Pest Solutions

February 12
Rene Zook
Keller Williams Realty


Lunch Reservations

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