Florida Division of Blind Services logo



The Committee’s bylaws specify the standing subcommittees to represent vendor interests in important issues. There are six subcommittees.


Subcommittee Members: Mr. Joel Rose, Mr. David Kaplan, and Ms. Shirley Smart.

The Grievance Subcommittee will inform licensees of procedures for submitting grievances and serve as advocates for such vendors in connection with such grievances

Promotion and Transfer

Subcommittee Members: Ms. Lilian Pemberton, Mr. Darryl Brinton, and Mr. Mike Renaud.

The Promotion and Transfer Subcommittee will actively participate with the Division in the development and administration for a fair and unbiased system for the transfer and promotion of vendors.

Training, Retraining and Upward Mobility

Subcommittee Members: Ms. Terri Lindstrom, Mr. Woody Matthews, and Ms. Wanda Feldsteen.

The Training Subcommittee actively participates with the Division in the development of training and retraining programs for vendors; and sponsors, with the assistance of the Division, meetings and instructional conferences for vendors within the state.

Finance, Audit and Budgeting

Subcommittee Members: Mr. Kurt Ponchak, Ms. Mitzi Bowen, and Mr. Jim Anderson

The Finance Subcommittee reviews and acts upon data pertaining to inventory, budgeting, and financial arrangements of the Program.

Public Relations

Subcommittee Members: Mr. Alton Palmore, Mr. Joel Rose, and Mr. Sead Bekric.

The Public Relations Subcommittees works closely with the Division in the area of marketing and site development of Business Enterprise opportunities

Policy and Procedures

Subcommittee Members: Mrs. Mitzi Bowen, Mr. Mike McCrea, Mr. Sead Bekric, and Mr. David Stevens.

The Policy and Procedures Subcommittee works closely with the Division in the area of revising and updating the BBE Policy and Procedures Manual.


Subcommittee Members: Mr. Alton Palmore, Ms. Mitzi Bowen, and Mr. Steve Barnes.

The Retirement Subcommittee is responsible for looking into the possibility of forming a group which would qualify for multiple employee retirement plans for vendors.

Florida Bureau of Business Enterprise

Providing Tools and Support for Legally Blind Vendors in the Food Service Industry