Joan Eckey is originally from Rockledge Florida and was a teacher with Brevard County Schools for 7 years. Joan is passionate about helping others to find the health insurance that is going to meet their needs as well as be affordable. Joan has worked for Keiser Permanente, Healthnet, Florida Blue and Minnesota Blue. She is currently contracted with United Health Care, Health First. Cigna, Humana and several other carriers through Health Solutions Team. Joan is a veteran and therefore believes in serving others first and foremost.
When I began my career in HR over 20 years ago, I wanted to help people have more positive employment experiences. I’ve been blessed to have had some amazing jobs and grateful for the lessons that were less than amazing. I’ve realized that when HR is a strategic partner to an organization, rather than a necessary evil, satisfaction increases for both the employer and the employee. I offer fractional HR services as well as special projects.
Established in 2008, our locally and family-owned business will always give you personal attention and quality roofing work. We offer workmanship warranties for residential and commercial jobs and are fully licensed and insured. We also install solar energy panels backed by the best warranty in the business!
I was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada on May 31, 1956, and am a naturalized US Citizen by adoption. My late adoptive parents were in the US Air Force and stationed at what was then Pepperrell Air Force Base. My younger sister Janet and I share the same biological mother and we grew up together. She lives nearby to this day and we remain close.
As children in an Air Force family we lived in Arlington, Virginia, and Wiesbaden, Germany. I have lived in Brevard County since the summer of 1967. I attended Holland Elementary (6th grade) and DeLaura Junior High. After graduating Satellite High School in 1974, I attended Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College) in Cocoa and received an AS Degree in Electronics. What followed was a thirty-one year career working at Kennedy Space Center during the height of the Shuttle era. From December of 2008 until the end of March of 2015 I worked on the Navy side of the Air Force 45th Space Wing supporting submarine missile tests. It was an excellent ride. I am now officially retired from “regular” work.
I have lived in Suntree close to US1, the Rotary Park and the Pineda Inn for 19 years as of March, 2021. This area has much to offer and is centrally located to serve the events.
When I'm not organizing events, I work out, occasionally kayak, ride my bicycle and walk, the latter two considerable distances. I occasionally participate in living history reenacting and years ago was active as a Civil War reenactor (7th Florida & 35th Massachusetts) also having had the honor of being an ‘extra’ (they called us ‘background artists’) in the movies GLORY and GETTYSBURG. I am currently a member of a colonial era cannon crew in St. Augustine, the HMS Falcon, where we hope to return to regular cannon firing demonstrations later this year. I enjoy being connected to the local community and am a frequent blood donor. I’m out the door most evenings and can be found patronizing venues that support the local live music scene.
I'm now serving you as the Mad Hatter full time. I organize, promote and host, events from small scale happy hours to theme parties. I have also organized, co-organized or supported events as diversified as street parties, bicycle rides, pub crawls, weekend road trips, costume parties and charity events, often in combinations. There is always a charity involved and we have contributed to the Children’s Hunger Project, Candlelighters, National Veterans Homeless Support and the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, among others. We will soon be adding Brevard Music Aid to the list. Themes have been as varied as Pirates, Togas, Zombies, St. Paddy’s Day, Krampus, Mardi Gras, Easter Bunny, Woodstock, Santa Stumble, and many more. My ‘signature’ event is an annual Pirate Costume Bash held each winter and this year was our 18th annual now held at Squid Lips Melbourne. I maintain memberships with social organizations as diverse as Trailblazers Singles, Outdoors and Active, Brevard Social Scene, Brevard Outdoor Adventures, Space Coast Parrot Head Club, the Brevard Hash House Harriers, The Brevard Astronomical Society, and more.
www.MadHatterPromotions.com is an LLC. I have a registered Fictitious Name and a State of Florida Business License. MadHatterPromotions.com is also a partner with the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of commerce. Stay tuned for the soon to be released and promoted www.SpaceCoastPubCrawls.com.
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Having led a successful and fulfilled career in IT for over 20 years, I finally seized the opportunity to build my own business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning what could have been an insurmountable challenge into a chance to pursue my most ambitious goals, I leveraged my experience in the tech arena to establish Bel Tech Services - a full-service IT consulting company that specializes in cybersecurity for small- to medium-sized businesses across the nation.
Armed with a Multimedia and Web Design Bachelor of Arts degree, I had my start in the working world managing a local company's websites. Without anyone to manage their IT issues, my web design job quickly transformed into an IT support role, and just like that, my career as a woman in tech was born.
At the time, I was one of the few women in the industry, and I spent the next several years attending conferences where I was notably one of the only females in attendance. I chose to see this as an opportunity to stand out and expand my network, and my hard work and dedication paid off when I joined a small business and worked my way up the ranks to IT Director.
I spent the next two decades growing with the company, which stretched not only my technical abilities but also my leadership and project management skills as the business grew from 40 users to over 300 users while I held my position. I became intimately familiar with the pain points that many SMBs experience as they grow and change, and I knew that I could provide a much needed solution with my own company.
When the pandemic hit, my family and I had just made the move to Satellite Beach from South Florida, and many businesses were being forced to shutter their doors. Driven to help small businesses succeed despite the challenging landscape, I took a leap of faith and launched Bel Tech with a vision of educating SMBs on the importance of cybersecurity and helping them to implement the best possible defenses against attacks. My passion for helping businesses protect their data, ensuring that they avoid the pitfalls that many SMBs encounter while scaling, and empowering them to succeed in the digital age is what has shaped our dynamic service offering and what fuels me to continue making a tangible difference in their growth trajectory.
The smiles on my clients' faces when they tell me that I've helped them to avoid a costly data breach, a catastrophic cyber-attack, or even saved some of their budget with a simple internet service review are what make all of the hard work worth it. As Bel Tech grows forward, I'm excited to see the innovative ways that we can continue supporting SMBs as they thrive into the future with the knowledge that their most important asset - their data - is protected.
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