The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 30, 1998 · Page 54
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 54

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, March 30, 1998
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w s c TWEfPALM,BEACH POST ; ( 'MARCH 30, 1998 ', 3, TOURISM PORT OF PALM BEACH RETAIL ' .-a'" 'y' ' ' X Williams Ciklin Ten years later, divorce is complete WEST PALM BEACH William Meyer, head of Meyer Jabara Hotels in West Palm Beach, got a phone call Tuesday morning congratulating him on the $513 million Servico merger announced the day before. "It will be 10 years since March that I've had no involvement in the company," said Meyer, who in 1978 headed Servico and moved it to West Palm Beach from Memphis. "Even after 10 years, I got a call of congratulations. I guess (the association of Meyer's with Servico) was pretty strong in some people's minds." Servico revealed Monday it had agreed to merge with Atlanta-based Impac, change its name to Lodgian and move its headquarters to Atlanta. The company has 85 corporate employees in office space at the Omni I lotel complex across from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach. The merger and move made business sense to Meyer, whose father Arthur founded Servico. "They had to take some action to enhance the value of their stock. And given the fact that their hotels are across the U.S., it makes no sense they were in South Florida. Their move is probably well reasoned." For Meyer personally, "there was that sentimental factor that they're no longer here, but that completes the separation," he said. Noting that Meyer Jabara Hotels and Servico have headquarters in the same building, Meyer said, "Maybe I can get my old office back." MARGUERITE M. PLUNKETT Friends part company over port lawyer's fate RIVIERA BEACH Port of Palm Beach Commissioners Bob Williams, an accountant, and Blair Ciklin, a stockbroker, have been good friends for years. But when it comes to money, it seems these two financial pros have taken up arms in opposing camps. During a recent debate over whether to fire longtime port attorney Robert Cook for transferring nearly $7,000 of port trust funds into his general office account, Williams and Ciklin disagreed bitterly over the magnitude of Cook's action. Although Cook claimed he made a mistake and quickly returned the money, Williams called the transfer "a violation of trust that is irreparable." "How is it irreparable?" Ciklin exclaimed. "We got all our money." Williams snapped back: "Blair, if you were my stockbroker and you took $7,000, I'd fire you that second too, buddy, and you're one of my best friends." Cook resigned a few minutes later. MICHAEL UTLEY STEPHANIE WElSHStafT Photographer Attorney Joel Weissman (right) is fitted for a new suit by clothier Joel Chiet in Weissman's West Palm Beach office. West Palm clothier makes suits for corporate stars The Nashville-based company, started in 1966, has 160 offices in the United States and abroad. The private company had more than $250 million in sales last year, $4 million of which came from South Florida. Prices range from $295 for a ready-made suit to $6,000 for what the company calls the "initial" suit which is made of custom fabric that features personally inscribed pin stripes. Gosman recently bought one with pin stripes that spell out Chance, his dog Chancellor's nickname. Gosman's wife liked it so much, she ordered a jacket for herself. "They're crazy for their dog," Chiet said. JULIE WARESH WEST PALM BEACH Joel Chiet might be considered a suit maker to the stars. While his clients aren't Academy Award winners, they are stars of the corporate world. Chiefs employer, clothier Tom James Co., counts among its customers local health-care magnate Abe Gosman and downsizing legend Al Dunlap. Gosman is chairman and CEO of West Palm Beach-based Phy-Matrix Corp.; Dunlap is chairman and CEO of Delray Beach-based Sunbeam Corp. Why do some of the busiest and wealthiest of the area's executives choose Tom James? There's this: Instead of having to go to a store or tailor to select and be fitted for sportswear or suits, Tom James comes to them. TECHNOLOGY Motorola works its way into Oscar fashions BOYNTON BEACH When it's Oscar night in Hollywood, everyone wants to get into the act HEALTH CARE Rexall Sundown Inc. COO to 'pursue other interests' BOCA RATON Just weeks after his younger brother was promoted to president of Rexall Sundown Inc. Dean DeSantis has resigned as chief operating officer of the Boca Raton vitamin company. Dean DeSantis, 35, who joined the company in 1985, will remain on Rexall's board of directors. He left his $300,000-a-year position to "pursue other interests," according to a company release. He could not be reached for comment Rexall spokeswoman Carol Walters said there was no connection with Damon De-santis, 33, being named president on Feb. 3, and Dean deciding to leave. She said no family feud existed to succeed their father, Carl DeSantis, who started the company in 1976 and remains chairman. "Dean had planned on leaving for a long time," Walters said. Dean DeSantis is Rexall's third leading shareholder, behind Damon and CarL He owns 43 million shares, or 6.4 percent of the company's common stock, according to the financial reports. At a stock price of $32, that's more than $137 million. , PHIL GALEWTTZ RETAIL 1,1 Motorola is no different For last week's Oscar presentations, the corporation partnered with a fashion-bag designer to come up with limited-edition Academy Award bags and cases for the stars to carry StarTac cellular phones alongside elegant gowns Bloomies, UJA team up to help youth Driver peal Federation system, is meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Israel. In addition, Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton, along with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, is sponsoring a contest to select the top 50 Jewish community builders of southern Palm Beach County. Nomination forms are available at the store's Passover Shop. JULIE WARESH BOCA RATON Blooming-dale's, which from time to time donates a percentage of certain sales to local charities, is in the midst of its first nationwide giving program. Buy selected Passover items at Bloomingdale's through April 13, and 10 percent of the purchase price will go to help Ethiopian youth in Israel. The retailer's program, a team effort with the United Jewish Ap and tuxedos. According to Motorola, actresses Minnie Driver, Linda I Iamilton, Kathy Bates and Bridget Fonda carried designer bags encrusted with crystals to hold their StarTac phones. Oscar-winning director James Cameron carried his phone in a black case with his initials on it STEPHEN POUNDS

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