FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – August 15, 2016 — Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that it has named Randall Vitale as the new Regional Vice President of the company. Vitale will be responsible for overseeing and managing all of Hoffman’s Chocolates retail stores, corporate sales, online sales and its new mobile truck, The Sweet Ride. In addition to spearheading the chocolatier’s ongoing expansion, Vitale will also oversee the marketing department.
An accomplished business leader, Vitale was most recently the Senior Vice President and Fort Lauderdale Market Executive for Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. Vitale is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Broward Workshop and
Leadership Florida® and is the Chair of the Broward Housing Council. He is also a member of the Sun-Sentinel’s South Florida 100. His past community involvement efforts include serving as the Chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Visioning Committee and as a Caucus Member for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Leadership Broward Foundation, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, and Business for the Arts Broward. He was the Founding Co-Chair of both Emerge Broward and the Ghost Light Society. He has also served on the Broward Performing Arts Foundation Board of Directors and is a past President of the Seminole Club of Broward County.
“We are thrilled to welcome Randall, an accomplished executive, to Hoffman’s Chocolates,” commented Jarett Levan, CEO of BBX Capital (NYSE: BBX), parent company of Hoffman’s Chocolates. “We are confident that Randall will help grow Hoffman’s Chocolates with tremendous passion, leadership and commitment to our community.”
Hoffman Chocolates’ first Broward County location opened in Fort Lauderdale on East Las Olas Blvd. in the fall of 2014 and additional locations were added over the last two years in the Park Sheridan Plaza in Hollywood, the Fountain Shops in Plantation, The Weston Town Center in Weston and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Hoffman’s Chocolates also has four retail locations in Palm Beach County. The company has plans to continue their expansion throughout Florida including a location set to open later this year at the Delray Beach Marketplace.
Hoffman’s Chocolates is owned and operated by BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE:BBX).
For more information or to find a Hoffman’s Chocolates location please visit www.Hoffmans.com or follow on social media at www.facebook.com/hoffmanschoc, www.instagram.com/hoffmanschocolate, or www.twitter.com/hoffmanschoc.
About Hoffman’s Chocolates
Headquartered in Greenacres, Florida, Hoffman’s Chocolates, a subsidiary of BBX Capital(NYSE: BBX),, is a manufacturer of gourmet chocolates, with nine retail locations throughout South Florida, and mobile food truck, The Sweet Ride. The tradition of legendary chocolates began over 40 years ago in a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth with a commitment to use the finest and freshest ingredients from around the world. The Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory in Greenacres is a popular tourist destination where guests from all over the world are greeted by the aroma of slow-simmering chocolate and caramel and watch the art of candy making first hand at its observation windows. The company is notable for its elaborate December holiday displays, including the Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland, and products such as gift baskets and chocolate covered pretzels.
Hoffman’s Chocolates product lines includes over 70 varieties of confections (all hand made using time honored traditions of candy making). Hoffman’s Chocolates are available via its retail store locations, thru online distribution channels and by direct shipping throughout the U.S. It has been a favorite local brand for residents throughout Florida. For more information, please visit www.Hoffmans.com.
About BBX Capital Corporation
BBX Capital (NYSE: BBX) is involved in the acquisition, ownership and management of joint ventures and investments in real estate and real estate development projects, as well as acquisitions, investments and management of middle market operating businesses. In addition, BBX Capital and its controlling shareholder, BFC Financial Corporation, have a 46% and 54% respective ownership interest in Bluegreen Corporation. As a result of their ownership interests, BBX Capital and BFC together own 100% of Bluegreen. As of June 30, 2016, BBX Capital had total consolidated assets of $390.5 million, shareholders’ equity attributable to BBX Capital of $335.5 million, and total consolidated equity of $337.4 million. BBX Capital’s book value per share at June 30, 2016 was $20.47.
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