As vice president and branch manager for Capital Bank, Adam Hellman has a demanding job. But he isn’t one to shy away from challenges and when he was nominated to be president of the Pinecrest Business Association, he accepted without hesitation.
“Business development, business growth and trying to help the business community succeed and thrive is something I’m naturally pretty good at,” said Hellman, Brooklyn born, but raised in Baltimore. “I like promoting businesses. When you’re in a position to help others, you’re only helping yourself.”
Hellman, 39, a West Kendall resident, joined the Pinecrest Business Association in 2008 as an Ambassador. He became chairman of the Ambassadors and is the vice president of membership until January, when he will assume his next role as President, succeeding Larry Barditch who is concluding a second two-year term.
Prior to joining the Pinecrest Business Association, Hellman ran a small private mortgage company for 15 years. He moved to banking and became vice president of Turnberry Bank. When the bank was acquired by Capital Bank, Hellman remained as vice president and became manager of both the Pinecrest and Dadeland branches. This month, the branches will fold into one.
At the Pinecrest Business Association, Hellman’s job as president will be to help come up with new and innovative ways to promote the businesses in and around the community. He will reach out to new businesses through monthly luncheons (third Tuesday of every month at Evelyn Greer Park) and other networking events such as business expos and the annual Taste of Pinecrest, which has raised more than $250,000 for Village public schools. The association has 175 members.
“A great responsibility for the President is succession planning, making sure to select the best person to carry out the association’s mission after you’ve stepped down,” said Barditch, director of sales and marketing for Warren Henry Auto Group. “I’ve had a wonderful four years as president of this association. In Adam, you have a successor who is greatly respected in the community and has great leadership skills. I know he will make a fine president.”
Hellman is eager to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps and bring the Pinecrest Business Association to new heights in 2012.
“Larry has done a remarkable job during the association’s more challenging and difficult years,” Hellman said. “As the next president, I hope to be able to attract more members and make sure our current members continue to share their best business practices. This will be a terrific opportunity for me, both personally and professionally.”