Category Archives:Intellectual Property

Client Spotlight: Belvit Jordan, Founder of Next Weekend Productions

One of our clients we hold close to our hearts here at Santucci Priore P.L. is Belvit Jordan, Founder and Managing Partner of South Florida based Next Weekend Productions. Her special events and production company oversees the coordination, design, development, and production of many high-profile events across the nation. Next Weekend Productions was created to “edutain” and filled a void for events that both bring awareness and entertainment to our community. Events produced by Next Weekend provide needed information and resources with regards to accessing social services and get support for those in need.

Belvit has also served as the Director of Creative Arts Unit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward. She produced events with major corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nike, and AutoNation, and launched the only club center dedicated to the Performing Arts. Belvit also launched fundraisers that enabled children to attend performance art camps both here in the States and overseas.

With over 15 years of experience as a producer for special events such as concerts, festivals, conferences, plays, award galas, videos, campaigns, fundraisers, and film documentaries, Belvit has enjoyed her hard-earned success and uses it to create bridges between businesses and our communities. One great example is the continued success of the “Save the Twinz”: Live PINK! Initiative, now in its fifth year. Because of this, Belvit has brought awareness about breast cancer in minority communities and encourages both men and women to take charge of their health, especially in high risk communities. Because of her contributions to the community, Ms. Jordan was honored as a 2011 Local Hero from the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards and she was nominated for the African-American Achievers Award in both 1998 and 2013.

In October of this year, Belvit received a Certification of Achievement for Large Special Event Management with the Special Event Seminars Organization, the first African-American Female Producer in the country to receive such a certification. Belvit also serves as a Committee Member for the Women of Color Empowerment Conference, the publishers of Women Lead magazine. The Women of Color Empowerment Conference is one of the largest conferences in the country for women of color.

Belvit is currently producing Laughing on the Green, a Hurricane Irma comedy relief benefit taking place on December 9th, 2017 at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium. Laughing on the Green will feature four nationally and internationally known comedians, and is hosted by ComicView’s Howie Bell.

You can purchase tickets for Laughing on the Green HERE

Michael Santucci Judges for 2017 UPS XPORT Challenge

Attorney Michael Santucci recently acted as a judge for the 2017 UPS XPORT Challenge, where small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups pitched their ideas for a chance to win up to $10,000 in export shipping credits to help get their products and solutions across the globe and $25,000 in cash. This year, the Florida District event was held in the Tampa Bay area, in beautiful St. Petersberg, Florida.

An esteemed panel of judges choose finalists from regional competitions for a “Pitch Off” event where finalists are judged on various criteria, including their level of preparation for global expansion. Finalists are chosen based off their execution and international appeal. District winners then compete in a virtual contest, with three finalists moving forward to compete in the National Pitch Off.

Judges for this year’s UPS XPORT Challenge included Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law, Valerie L. McDevitt, associate Vice President of USF’s Technology Transfer and Business

Partnerships, Marco A. Perez, the Head of Procurement USA for Royal Bank of Canada and Mike Horman, the Florida Director of Sales for UPS.

Previous district winners for the XPORT Challenge include:

This year’s Florida district winner was Nistaa, creators of a waterproof, transparent barrier to protect surgical incisions, catheters, and the like when a patient bathes or showers. Their product is usable throughout the globe and should prove to become a well-known and much used item among hospitals and caregivers.

Second place went to Anders Productions, LLC, who make and sell Poolgles, an easy-to-use, floating swimming goggles for children.

Third place went to Sprinkler Magician, LLC who make and sell a mosquito repellant and unique delivery system through sprinkler systems.

Special thank you from everyone at Santucci Priore, P.L., and to UPS Florida District Marketing Manager, Erick Montealegre for making this happen.
Find more information about the X-Port Challenge, click here.