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Rudy Johnson Founding Member / Membership Committee Chairman
Greg Thogersen Founding Member / Co-Chairman
Kyle Mueller Membership Committee Co-Chairman
Jill Brotherton Founding Member / Treasurer
Deborah Hollister Founding Member / Secretary
Larry and Jeanette Mueller Founding Members
Adam Emanuel Founder and President of Arnold's Air Conditioning
Msebenzi Masondo Real Estate Advisor
Christopher Anthony Gaston Immigration Attorney
Stephen Pinnacoli Esq., LL.M
Judith (Judi) Thogersen
Founding Member / Membership Committee Chairman
Robert C. “Rudy” Johnson, President of R.V. Johnson Insurance Agency, is a third generation Floridian growing up in Stuart, Florida. He has been active with numerous community organizations throughout his career.
Assuming control of the business in 1990 from his father, R.V. Johnson, he led the organization in geometric growth to where they are today. Kelly, his daughter joined the firm in 2006 and today is an integral cog in management, marketing, and production. Established in 1921, R.V. Johnson Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency that proudly serves the Palm Beaches, Martin County, Treasure Coast and surrounding areas in Florida.
Founding Member / Co-Chairman
Greg is very involved in the communities along the Treasure Coast. Greg and his wife, Sheryll, will chair for the 2018 American Cancer Society Celestial Gala. He is the former Castle Foundation Board President, working to prevent child abuse and neglect. He has also previously sat on the boards of Hospice and the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee. Greg enjoys mentoring to young people. When Greg is not at work, he enjoys time with his family, his wife, Sheryll, and their children, Austen, Cristin, Jared, and William. Greg also enjoys sports, music, and traveling.
Membership Committee Co-Chairman
A seasoned Internet marketing professional with over 9 years of solid experience in the online/digital marketing industry. Kyle is constantly adding to his knowledge towards online mediums, strategies, services and campaigns. He continues to excel in his field and helps create cost effective Internet marketing campaigns for local businesses. In addition to Kyle’s professional career, he is also an avid basketball, golf and table tennis player. He enjoys cooking, spending time with his family and friends and exploring the world with his wife, Marisa.
Son to Larry Mueller, Kyle grew up in a household where giving back to the community was an important lesson in life. The Mueller family has constantly had involvement with philanthropic efforts and strives to teach this mindset to their children and close friends. As a young professional in Martin County, Kyle is an up and coming business owner looking to make progress, not only with his company, but also with his charitable efforts to give back to the community.
Founding Member / Treasurer
Jill Brotherton is the Owner of South Florida Title Services, Inc. in Stuart, Florida since 1984. She has 41 years experience in the title industry. During those years, she was involved with many multi-million dollar commercial and residential projects. Jill graduated with a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. As a resident of Martin County since 1983, she has continued to support community and economic growth in the area. Passionate about music, food and history, Jill spends much of her free time traveling to New Orleans.
Founding Member / Secretary
Debbie is the founder of Hollister Insurance, Inc. and has over 19 years of experience in the health insurance industry. Debbie is a member of the Palm Coast Association of Health Underwriters, the Florida Association of Health Underwriters, and the National Association of Health Underwriters, and has been recognized by each organization for her accomplishments in the health insurance industry. Debbie interacts with elected officials in Tallahassee, Florida and Washington, DC on a regular basis to better the health insurance industry. Debbie has served on numerous boards and is active in local charity work.
Larry and Jeanette Mueller
Spoken from the heart by Larry and Jeanette Mueller… 30 year residents of Martin County. Larry is a retired Real Estate Developer and businessman. Jeanette is a fitness instructor for Martin Health System and an active grandmother. Ever since Larry and Jeanette moved to Martin County they fell in love with the relaxed lifestyle and the wonderful quality of life on the Treasure Coast.
We have raised three incredible children that all reside and work in Martin County and have two wonderful, young grandchildren. As soon as we moved to Martin County, we got involved in various nonprofits. Supporting causes that we are passionate about comes easy for us. We have always understood how fortunate we are and that we have a moral and social responsibility to give back to those in need. Philanthropy is part of our life and we both get as much, or more enjoyment out of seeing young people succeed and grow into productive members of our community.
We could not be prouder to be founding members of the Treasure Coast Philanthropy Circle. We are committed to the Mission- Vision of the Circle and we pledge our efforts to work diligently to help as many young people as possible. By giving hope, mentoring and resources to struggling, young people, will only make the Treasure Coast a better community for all of us.
Bruce Abernethy, Jr. is an Attorney and Counselor at Law, Board Certified in Wills, Trusts, and Estates. He has his Masters degree in tax law (LL.M. Taxation) and is a former practicing Florida CPA. His practice specializes in estate and business planning, asset protection planning, estate, gift, and generation skipping tax minimization planning, charitable gift planning, and trust and estate administration. Abernethy holds the Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, the highest peer review rating achievable. Martindale-Hubbell ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions. The AV Peer Review Rating is achieved by only 5% of attorneys.
With over 32 years of experience, Abernethy delivers plan designs that are technically superior, comprehensive, and thorough – all while ensuring his clients navigate their estate and asset planning needs with ease.
Abernethy is a Past Director of the Sunrise Theatre Foundation, Past President of the Rotary Club of Fort Pierce, and Fundraising Chair and General Coordinator of Kids Crossing, a community built playground facility.
Founder and President of Arnold's Air Conditioning
Adam Emanuel is Founder and President of Arnold’s Air Conditioning of South Florida. For 30 years on the Treasure Coast, Adam has owned and operated several successful businesses including two air conditioning companies, a chain of appliance stores, and an indoor air quality consulting business. He is currently involved in creating a not for profit trade school to help teenagers and young adults find their way into a productive life. He and his family of five children and six grandchildren enjoy spending time together. When not working or spending time with his family, he is playing music, his favorite hobby. Adam’s education includes, Middlesex College in New Jersey and Indian River State University in Florida.
Rick Rastrelli, a long time resident of Martin County, enjoyed a successful career in construction where he was known for his drive, determination and resourcefulness. He continues to be passionate about his current work as owner/ property manager, but now focuses more on his love of nature including hunting, diving, skiing and caring for his cows at his hunting camp in Ft. Drum. Rick has always valued participation in community service having been an active member of the Stuart Jaycees, Palm City and Martin County Chambers of Commerce and SERTOMA. He is delighted to have this opportunity to participate in TCPC.
Real Estate Advisor
Msebenzi Masondo is a long time Florida resident with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for service. Masondo moved with his family to the Treasure Coast in 1992. He left the area to attend Baptist Bible College where he played college soccer before moving back to the Treasure Coast to finish college at Indian River State College. After college, he went on to found an online magazine focused on the local community and later worked as a management consultant working with small businesses helping them with business strategy and online marketing.
Known for his integrity and work ethic, Masondo brings years of customer service experience and high standards to the Engel and Völkers Stuart team. These qualities come from his family values and personal and business experiences. Given his traits and his passion for bringing people together, real estate advising became a natural transition in his career.
If Masondo is not working, he can be found serving. He has served on several fundraising committees and community non-profit boards. For 2017, Masondo is the President of the Young Professionals of Martin County. Mentorship is also an important part of his life both as a recipient and mentor to young people in the community. In fact, he has joined Engel and Völkers Stuart in large part with the support and encouragement of his mentor and one of our offices’ License Partner, John Gonzalez.
Msebenzi is looking forward to meeting you, helping you reach your real estate goals, and building a long lasting relationship in the process. Feel free to contact him via email or telephone and expect an answer as soon as possible.
Michael A. Kelly is a principal with ArbCap Family Office in Sewall’s Point where he runs an internal hedge fund, and allocates to private equity, midstream assets, and other hedge funds. With much of his financial career based in Houston, Texas he has given back to the community over the years by serving on numerous boards and committees of nonprofits, and presently serves the Martin County Community Foundation, the Dominican Sisters in Houston, and on the investment committee of the College of Mount St Vincent in NY. He has served as a panelist ofr speaker at numerous investment forums, and was named the Endowment and Foundation Chief Investment Officer of the Year by Institutional Investor Money Market News.
Christopher Anthony Gaston
Mr. Christopher A. Gaston, Esq., is an entrepreneur and attorney. In July 2011, Mr. Gaston founded The Gaston Law Firm, P.A., an immigration law firm that represents businesses, familiesand individuals throughout South Florida and worldwide. Mr. Gaston’s clients include international investors and entrepreneurs, multi-million-dollar commercial entities, start-up companies, religious institutions, as well as families and individuals seeking to make the United States their home.
The son of a U.S. Army veteran and an immigrant, Mr. Gaston became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Gaston balanced the rigors of varsity athletics, high academic achievement and employment to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice as an Honor Graduate. Mr. Gaston obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, a top-tier law school with an excellent reputation for international law.
Before graduating from law school, Mr. Gaston gained valuable, practical experience with several government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Counsel in Atlanta, GA, the Department of Justice’s United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the District Attorney’s Office for the Western District. Prior to founding his own immigration practice, Mr. Gaston was a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Offices for Miami-Dade County and Martin County, Florida.
Mr. Gaston has lived in Germany and traveled in South America, Central America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. Through this experience, Mr. Gaston has developed an enhanced ability to relate to individuals from various cultures around the world.
Currently, Mr. Gaston operates a private immigration law practice in Stuart, FL where he lives will his wife of ten years, Alana, and their three daughters.
Steve is a Partner with the law firm of Keane Thomas & Pinnacoli, where he started practicing in 2010 and focuses his practice in Estate & Tax Planning, Estate Administration, and Elder Law. Steve received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from King’s College, his Law Degree from Widener University, and his Masters of Tax Law from the University of Florida.
Steve is involved in the community as a board member of the United Way Foundation, a member of the Leader’s United Steering Committee, a member of the Molly’s House Development Committee, and as a board member with the Martin County Estate Planning Council.
Steve married his wife, Tara, in October 2015, has two daughters, Alianna and Genevieve, and two dogs, Eddie and Moose.
Judith (Judi) Thogersen