Aventura Marketing Council members took a video tour of the Aquarius,” operated out of Key Largo by Florida International University, when Guy Ben-Shalom, CEO of Any Lab Test Now ~ Aventura and Joseph Geller, Shareholder of Greenspoon Marder, hosted the AMC’s February breakfast meeting.
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders to the Kovens Conference Center anchored at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. Guest speaker was Prof. James W. Fourqurean, Director, Marine Education and Research Initiative for the Florida Keys; and Principal Investigator, Aquarius Reef Base SEAS – Florida International University School of the Environment, Arts and Society.
Fourqurean explained Aquarius Reef Base is a unique ocean science and diving facility within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary providing unparalleled opportunities to study coral reefs and the ocean; test state-of-the-art undersea technology; train students, NASA astronauts and Navy divers; and spark international interest in ocean science, coral reefs, conservation and underwater technology.
“Through saturation diving techniques, Aquarius (about as big as a mobile home) allows scientists to work underwater at depths of 100 feet for up to nine hours per day,” Fourqurean said. “Thousands of marine scientists have conducted groundbreaking research at Aquarius. We’re also heightening awareness about ocean conservation and reaching students around the country – but the future of our program depends on engaging community benefactors to help support and hopefully run this fabulous FIU resource forever.”
Navigating to the best lab on land, AMC members learned Any Lab Test Now~Aventura is the first direct access lab testing services company allowing you to “take control of your own health.” Affordable clinical, DNA and toxicology lab tests are easily accessible at the Aventura area’s professional, convenient location on Biscayne Blvd. & NE 163rd St. Confidential lab tests with results typically in 24-48 hours are available without the need for an appointment or insurance - and the doctor’s order can be provided. Services include drug testing, rapid result screens, wellness tests, allergy panels, comprehensive male and female panels, diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol lipid and STD/HIV screenings, basic checkups, paternity/DNA tests, wellness and B-12 shots.
Charting a course to Greenspoon and Marder, AMC entrepreneurs discovered the full-service business law firm is committed to providing sophisticated and distinctive client service through a cross-disciplinary “client team” approach to international law, labor and employment, land use and zoning, family law, real estate, personal injury, taxation, wills, trusts and estates.
For more information visit Anylabtest-aventura.com, 786-541-1212; Greenspoon Marder: gmlaw.com, 305-940-8440. For current science projects, mission schedules and benefactor opportunities, visit Aquarius.fiu.edu
By Bari Auerbach