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 is Pharus Group's Operations Coordinator. 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 Bernstein is Pharus Group’s Chief Executive Officer, 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 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.
Doug has over 30 years experience in successfully managing businesses and people as a global investment banker and corporate executive. Most recently, as CEO of Galante Studio Distribution, LLC, he repositioned this 80 year old family business transitioning from a wholesale manufacturers representative to an ecommerce retailer. Prior to Galante Studio Distribution, Doug was COO at Momentis Property Group a company setup to manage the assets acquired in foreclosure of a South Florida developer. In his role as COO, Doug was responsible for day to day operations of the company with specific oversight responsibility for customer service, construction, risk management, property management, association management and strategy. In the years leading up to his role as COO, Doug was a consultant with Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company where he performed due diligence and transition management of companies being acquired by Cerberus Capital Management. In addition, Doug has worked as an Investment Banker where he, as a global product head and head of equity syndication, was responsible for closing in excess of $7 billion in transactions with clients around the world.
Doug has lived in New York and London and is now located in South Florida.
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.
Francesco Avitto is a designer who graduated from Indian River StateCollege May 2014 with a Bachelor Degree in Graphics and Web Design. He has been awarded of multiple design awards including a Silver ADDY Award in early 2014 from the American Advertising Federation. His background and roots in graphic design are in his Italian heritage and deeply invested in his culture's traditions. His passion for design enables his creativity to unpredictable problem solving ideas with unique style through the use of type, space, shapes and image.
He enjoys illustration, publication design, website development and creating logos for local or international businesses. Working right next to the marketing director Francesco's assets help the team reach creativity in conceptual design both in print and electronic media.
Courtney Chronister graduated from Full Sail University in May 2014 with a Bachelor Degree in Film. She received the Course Directors’ Award for Editing and was also one of six nominees in her entire graduating class for the Advanced Achievement Award, which recognizes effort, dedication, energy, sacrifice, skill, and leadership. Her passion for film making and editing has come from her love of movies and television shows, but also from her stepfather who also works in the entertainment business. She has had experience editing and camera operating for 3 years at Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce and has also camera operated for Christian singer Michael W. Smith. Courtney’s efficiency, organization, and time management skills are beneficial to the marketing team.
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 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.
Susan Lanigan is Pharus Group’s highly talented Office Assistant/Human Resource Assistant whose background spans a spectrum of businesses from medical services to insurance to shipping. She brings over 25 years of experience in support and service roles such as office administration, customer service and human resources. A trusted team player, Susan has built her career through a strong attention to detail, organization and operations aptitude, and a dedication for providing quality customer service experiences. She leverages her background and these same attributed to further the success of Pharus Group and our clients.
Deb is a seasoned Human Resources professional who started her career on the business side of the insurance business. She brings leadership, vision, operational excellence and a twenty-five year plus track record of positively impacting organizational effectiveness and change through business driven Human Resources practices and programs. Her decisive, pragmatic and values-based leadership style, strong consultative partnerships at all levels of the organization and a balanced risk managed approach to achieving results has engendered trusted relationships with CEO’s, CFO’s CIO’s and COO’s and has led to significant success in aligning organizational practices with corporate business strategies. Deb graduated Magna Cum Laude upon completion of her Bachelor of Science from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts and continued her education with an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford, Connecticut. Her experience spans Fortune 100 and mid-size financial and medical services companies, including International, merged and acquired organizations.
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 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.
Mr. Gordon brings to Pharus Group an analytical & operational background in sales, marketing, and business operations with a focus on product development and business planning strategy. Before his current role, he was Vice President/Market Manager for BankAtlantic, responsible for the Royal Palm Beach area.
Eric had been involved with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber for approximately 18 years, serving as a leader in a various positions and has been selected to serve as District Governor 2016 -2017 of Rotary International District 6930. He is also a board member of My Brother Sisters Keeper Charitable Trust. Eric is a native New Yorker who moved to Florida in 1996 after working in the New York Fashion Industry for many years.
He is a single parent with two young adult children, a daughter who is attending law school and a son who is studying at a University in Florida. Eric attended SUC Brockport for political science.