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Christopher Morhardt President

Christopher Morhardt is the President and Founder of Florida based Pharus Group, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and continued his education in business administration and entrepreneurship at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. In addition to multiple achievements and certifications in small business practice, Mr. Morhardt has been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was presented with two Torch awards from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for business integrity. 

As a “Serial Entrepreneur” having successfully started, grown and sold multiple small businesses, Mr. Morhardt has over 20 years of successful business management experience and maintains a proven strength in business analysis and implementation of success strategies for improved performance and profitability. His diverse background experience lends to an ability to balance practicality with comprehensive solutions and problem solving skills.

Pharus Group LLC., an established business management firm located in Port St. Lucie, was honored at the 30th Annual St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Business & Industry Awards with Business of the Year in the Professional Services Category.

 

"It's an honor to be recognized as the Business of the Year by the chamber," stated Chris Morhardt, president of Pharus Group.

 

"The Professional Services Category is very competitive," added David Berstein, CEO. "To receive the top award is an outstanding achievement in every category. It shows the work we do is being well received by the business community."

 

Pharus Group, LLC provides outsourced operational management support for small to mid-sized businesses to effectively realize profitable growth and long-term equity development. The company is based in Port St. Lucie with additional offices in North Palm Beach, Orlando and Sarasota, and offers services nationwide.

Kevin Clark Operations Manager

Kevin Clark is Pharus Group's Operations Manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Administration from Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, VA. Kevin has a wealth of hands-on small to mid-size business experience, and an exacting way of solving problems with a fresh eye. His ability to present information and work one on one with other business owners, combined with extensive education and innate business knowledge make him a valuable resource for all business solutions. Kevin's ability to identify issues within your business and present solid alternatives for improvement is his area of expertise.

David Staples Social Media Operations Specialist

David Staples has over a decade of experience in the manual labor, heavy equipment operations, driving Class A vehicles and warehousing work fields. He has always worked hard and excelled rapidly within the organizations he has worked at holding team lead, management and ownership roles. He like so many others, found himself without employment in the post 2008 recession era. He decided to take his experiences of real world applications and expand his knowledge in business through continuing education, obtaining multiple certifications in entrepreneurship, business management, business specialist and leadership; he has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indian River State College in Organizational Management; and is currently enrolled pursuing a Master’s in Management from The University of Phoenix.

David is known at Pharus Group as BEN, the Business Empowerment Ninja, for he is adamantly working to pursue one of his biggest life goals of being a competitor on the hit T.V. show American Ninja Warrior. David is well versed in Social Media Marketing across multiple platforms; and his knowledge, expertise and work ethic in social media is truly an asset for any business.

David Bernstein Senior Advisor

David Bernstein is Pharus Group’s Senior Advisor, and works with clients to increase business productivity while helping to instill strong customer satisfaction. David has over 30 years of corporate management experience in strategic planning, operations management, manufacturing, sales, marketing and product development. He has earned supplier excellence awards from Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed, and Raytheon.

 

He is a graduate of Long Island University. David's background as a solutions provider includes the application of proven skills developed and enhanced by pro-active, "hands-on" involvement. This style has always resulted in doing whatever it takes to get the job done. He has functioned in this manner during his career and is able to bring the same talent and experience to Pharus Group clients.

Jeff Manera, MBA Senior Advisor Mergers & Acquisitions


Jeff is an accomplished financial executive with progressive experience in the finance and intellectual property universes. He also provides Pharus Group with years of experience with business brokerage, commercial real estate and mergers and acquisitions. Jeff can assist business owners and buyers with business due diligence, valuation and transactions, including staging businesses for future sale and commercial real estate.

A long-term active inventor and past US agent for in international IP services firm, Jeff was a senior editor and analyst for six different investment newsletters involving deep research into various industries, especially bio-medical, high-tech and clean energy.


He can provide M&A consulting services, assist in structuring deals and start-up assistance. He has dealt with numerous venture capital and private equity firms to expose a number of clean energy, high-tech and bio-medical/healthcare companies for investment evaluation.

 

Additional skills include experience in commercial site selection, valuation and negotiations.

Brad Thomas Marketing Director

For the past 30 years, Brad has been assisting companies in achieving their revenue goals through integrated marketing and sales. He has worked nationally and internationally on marketing and managing professional sales organizations that offered both tangible and intangible goods and services. As a marketing and sales director for a number of national publications, consumer product companies, law firms, associations, and manufacturers, Brad utilizes the latest marketing technologies in research, client development, and branding to increase revenue within a defined marketing budget. With his art degree he works with clients on creative designs both in print and online, develops prospect databases and sales teams, and understands how to implement rich media to enhance a company’s marketing and sales programs.

David Staples Social Media Operations Specialist

David Staples has over a decade of experience in the manual labor, heavy equipment operations, driving Class A vehicles and warehousing work fields. He has always worked hard and excelled rapidly within the organizations he has worked at holding team lead, management and ownership roles. He like so many others, found himself without employment in the post 2008 recession era. He decided to take his experiences of real world applications and expand his knowledge in business through continuing education, obtaining multiple certifications in entrepreneurship, business management, business specialist and leadership; he has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indian River State College in Organizational Management; and is currently enrolled pursuing a Master’s in Management from The University of Phoenix.

David is known at Pharus Group as BEN, the Business Empowerment Ninja, for he is adamantly working to pursue one of his biggest life goals of being a competitor on the hit T.V. show American Ninja Warrior. David is well versed in Social Media Marketing across multiple platforms; and his knowledge, expertise and work ethic in social media is truly an asset for any business.

Wendie R. Smith Financial Specialist

Wendie Smith is a Pharus Group Financial Specialist with over 18 years of progressive growth within the accounting field. She attended Palm Beach State College Accounting Technology program, and is a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor earned upon her graduation from The Boyd School of Business. Wendie began her career as a receptionist in a CPA Firm and rapidly moved up through the ranks of the firm to office manager and staff accountant. After leaving the CPA firm she joined a chiropractic office to manage the office and human resources while handling all the financial aspects of the doctors’ multiple corporations. As a business owner herself and a four-time World Champion in dance, Wendie applies the same drive, determination and operational excellence to her work, leveraging her extensive knowledge and strong consultative style to help her clients’ company succeed and grow.

Angel Pallant Financial Specialist

Angel Pallant received her undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Central Florida and continued her education by pursuing a Master in Public Administration from Walden University. Angel brings to Pharus Group more than eight years experience providing accounting services for small-business owners and non-profit organizations. She has worked with a variety of small to mid size businesses including retail, restaurants and food manufacturing, medical services, construction, specialty, and service companies. Her innate passion for helping others, coupled with a strong attention to detail, led Angel to accounting after gaining 16 years of diversified experience in the banking/financial services industry. Her career progression through bank operations, personal trust and investments, and wealth management services yielded a broad knowledge of business and provided many opportunities to utilize her ability to spot potential problems and institute procedures to prevent future problems. She applies the same approach in serving her clients as a Financial Specialist with Pharus Group.

Leah Cope Human Resource Manager

Leah Cope is a Senior Human Resource Professional with over 15 years of leadership experience. She received her Baccalaureate degree from the University of Florida in Business Management and her Master’s degree from the University of North Florida in Human Resource Management. She works with companies to adapt their Human Resource strategies to match company objectives whether they be to build, organize, transition or divest the organizations. She has been integrally involved in startups, mergers and acquisitions, taking companies public and closing down organizations. She also is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional by the Society of Human Resources.

Sheldon Primus OSHA Compliance Specialist

Sheldon Primus is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with a Masters of Public Administration/Environmental Policy from American Public University System. He has a Bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, Orlando Campus. Sheldon has been in the environmental and occupational safety field for over 18 years and is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for the 10 & 30 hour General Industry and Construction sectors. Additionally, he is a trainer for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) program of the Alliance Safety Council-Baton Rouge, LA. Sheldon’s expertise is in OSHA, EPA, and FDEP regulatory compliance for environmental and occupational safety. Sheldon is also part of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) Water Sector Safety Committee and the US Department of Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) taskforce on All Hazards Communication training for the Water and Wastewater Sector.

Ellen Contreras Treasure Coast

Ellen Contreras is a business development professional who has been in the recruiting and staffing industry since 2005 and has worked with companies in construction, manufacturing, logistics, IT, healthcare, agriculture, finance, etc. to place people in positions from entry to executive levels.  Ellen has also worked in financial services and IT industries.

 

Ellen graduated with an IT degree from Briarcliffe College in NY with the top honor of summa cum laude and as valedictorian or her class. She also completed her MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certification.  Originally from Long Island, she moved to Dania Beach, FL in 2001 and then to Vero Beach in 2009 and is married to Omar Contreras.

 

Currently, Ellen is an active member of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and was part of the Business Resource and Ambassador committees.  She was a board member of the SLC HR Association and part of the Best Places to Work committee.

 

She is also a member of the Economic Development Council and currently part of their Events Taskforce.

 

Ellen is also currently a member of the Fort Pierce Toastmasters club and has completed her Competent Communication certification and has won various club and area level contests.

 

Headquarters

240 NW PEACOCK BLVD. STE 302

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986

 

772-223-3344

Fax. 772-607-6644

Additional Offices

 

Palm Beaches                       Orlando                                  Sarasota

561-228-5621                        407-608-5323                      941-893-1255

www.pharusgroup.com

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