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July 2015 Events
July 4     Independence Day
July 8     Mike Grimme, CEO, AMC Liquidators

Michael J. Grimmé


Mr. Grimme’ is Founder and CEO of AMC Liquidators, an upscale hotel and office furniture recycler. which consists of a trading, furniture restoration and logistics operations.  He is also Founder and CEO of AMC Mattresses, etc. which offers a full line of commercial quality mattresses to hotel, motel and assisted living facilities.


Both entities operate from a company owned 5+ acre, 60,000 square foot retail, wholesale and warehousing complex in Tamarac, Florida. The operation also includes a fleet of box trucks and tractor-trailers.  Sales are to local, national and international customers.  To date, AMC Liquidators has sold to 49 countries.


Mr. Grimme’,and his company AMC Liquidators, have appeared multiple times on the internationally broadcast Travel Channel Reality Show Hotel Impossible. 



Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Business Administration from Widener University in Pennsylvania.



Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club –Past President and current member

Fort Lauderdale Executive Association -Past President and current member

Broward County Boys and Girls Club- Past board member

Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce- Past board member and current member

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association –Broward Branch-current board member

Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association – Current allied member 

Regent Bank –Former Advisory Board member

Graduate of Leadership Broward

Served on the City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board, Budget Advisory Board, and Aviation Advisory Board



Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year

South Florida Business Journal Small Business of the Year

Sun Sentinel Excalibur award winner

Junior Achievement of South Florida –Business Hall of Fame




Mr. Grimme moved to Fort Lauderdale after an 18-year career in the international crude oil trading industry, based primarily in Europe and worked for Sunoco and then Phibro Energy where his last position was Vice-Chairman. Phibro Energy is now a division of Occidental after being a part of Salomon, Travelers, and Citigroup.   


His holding company (Grimme’ Holdings) has previously owned several Fort Lauderdale based hotels and also a web development business in the past. The company is now primarily focused on the furniture recycling business, mattress business and real estate investments.



Mike has a wife, Pamela, and four children, Ashley 27, Michael (deceased), Chelsea 23 and Amanda 21.  He has a pilot’s license, an airline transport license, instructor ratings,  and considers flying, competitive rowing, boating, skiing, and occasional mountain climbing his main hobbies. 


Mike frequently lectures at local Universities including Nova and Lynn University on the ups and downs of being and entrepreneur and why a personal life /business life requires frequent balancing.


Since the loss of his son in 2006, the Grimme family has awarded over 20 college scholarships in the local community in their son’s name.

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July 13     Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale First Board Meeting 2015-2016

All new club members are encouraged to attend one or more monthly board meetings to be better informed as to the decision process by which our club's business is legislated.

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July 15     Elizabeth Clemons, Rotary Exchange Student





Elizabeth Clemons

Rotary Youth Exchange Student

to Vilnius, Lithuania


Sponsored by

The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club

Attending UCLA in the fall

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July 18     Rotary District 6990 Soccer Event

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July 22     Tim Ryan, Mayor of Broward County


Mayor Tim Ryan Biography


A lifelong resident of Broward County, Tim Ryan was elected to the Broward County Commission, representing District 7, in November 2012.  He was elected Mayor of Broward County by his fellow County Commissioners in November 2014, after serving as Vice Mayor the previous year.  District 7 includes the cities of Dania Beach, Lazy Lake and Wilton Manors, parts of Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, and the Broadview Park neighborhood in unincorporated Broward County.

Before his election to the Broward County Commission, Tim served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, from 1998 – 2006, before leaving office due to term limits.  During his time in the legislature, Tim focused on legislative initiatives to protect consumers, improve public education, enhance accountability and ethical standards for elected officials, and protect our state’s environment and natural resources.

Born in Broward General Hospital in 1956, Tim was the third of seven children born to Johanna Betty (Rasch) and A.J. Ryan, Jr.  Tim follows in a long family tradition of public service to the people of Broward County.  His father, A.J. Ryan, Jr., served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate from 1956 – 1967.  Grandfather, A.J. Ryan, Sr., served on both the Dania Beach City Commission and Hollywood City Commission in the 1920s and on the Port Everglades Commission in the 1930s. Tim’s grandmother, Genevieve Ryan, was the first woman to be realtor of the year in the state of Florida in 1958 and was elected national president of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in 1965.

A 1974 graduate of Chaminade High School (now Chaminade-Madonna), Tim attended the University of Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics with high honors (1978), as well as his law degree (1981). In 1981, he joined the family law firm of Ryan & Ryan, which was founded by his father in 1955.  Today, he is the firm’s Managing Partner, and knows first-hand both the rewards and challenges faced by owners of small businesses

Tim has been active in a number of community service organizations, including the Dania Beach Improvement Committee, the Fort Lauderdale Jaycees, the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem program, the Hollywood Rotary Club and the Ft. Lauderdale Emerald Society. He has earned recognition while serving as Special Counsel for the City of Dania Beach for the past 28 years, and received the Florida Teaching Profession “Friend of Education” award and the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono award for his volunteer services.

Tim Ryan and his wife, Debbie (Miller), have been married for 28 years, and live in Dania Beach.  They have four children – Johanna, 25, Brendan, 22, Colman, 17, and Catriona, 14.

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July 29     NO MEETING "Tower Club Under Construction"

There will be no end of the month Rotary Social in July because the Tower Club is under construction. Our next regular meeting will be August 5th, at 12 Noon. Enjoy the Summer and get ready for a great Rotary Year!


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