Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.


The Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) is a public-private partnership working to promote balanced and orderly economic growth in Martin County. As the official economic development organization for Martin County, the BDBMC is charged with the responsibility of supporting existing companies in their expansion and growth needs and attracting new companies to the community. BDBMC is the official partner of Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), the state’s official economic development organization. The Business Development Board is dedicated to bringing resources to existing and new companies, and maintaining a business climate that will help them grow locally, while achieving success on a global scale.


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 77 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

  • ABC is the construction industry’s voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.
  • ABC’s mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
  • Through its national office and chapters, ABC’s objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
  • ABC’s activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.

ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md. to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest-growing association in the United States. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry.

American Red Cross Announces Board

The American Red Cross Martin County Chapter recently welcomed new and returning members of its board of directors. Members of the local Chapter’s Board of Directors elected to serve their first year of a three year term include:
Tom Campenni owner, Thomas F. Campenni Company;
Art Davie adjunct professor, Indian River State College;
Robert Kilbride attorney, Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Sobel, Bush & McCluskey, L.L.P.;
Joe Serra financial advisor, Merrill Lynch;
Rev. Ed Skiba chaplain, Treasure Coast Hospice;
Jeff Weber retired senior vice president, Gulfstream Business Bank;
Shannon Johnson, youth representative, Martin County High School.
Board members reelected for their second year of a three year term include:
Loire Lucas representative, AFLAC;
Scott Eccleston executive vice president, Stryker Electrical Contracting.
include:Officers for this year’s Board of Directors include
Scott Eccleston, chapter chair;

Michael Koplas, vice chair;
Jeff Nichols, secretary;
Art Davie, treasurer.





Stryker Electric Juiced About Industry Award

Palm City-based Stryker Electric is that company you hear about because it is both doing well financially and doing good for the community.

The electrical contractor is the Palm City Chamber of Commerce’s representative for an Industry Appreciation Award to be given by the Martin County Business Development Board in mid-October. The company is being recognized for its long history of giving time, finances and expertise to a number of local organizations.

“Giving back to the community you serve is vital,” said Scott B. Eccleston, who holds several titles at Stryker including chairman. He is one of five partners in the privately held company. “I say that to anyone getting into business.”

The company donates to and Eccleston is personally involved in the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Caring Children, Clothing Children.

Eccleston credits the example set by company president and co-founder Michael G. Bryan.

“Our company has been rewarded because of his generosity to the community,” Eccleston said.

The proof is in the financial numbers. Eccleston, 44, who directs the company’s finances and administration, said that 2007 will be Stryker’s best year ever despite the slowdown in the economy generally and the construction business specifically. The company is still operating on a backlog of multi-year contracts signed in previous years.

When Eccleston joined the company in 1993, Stryker had $4 million in revenues. From 2005 to 2006, service revenues increased 40 percent.

Today, annual revenues total $30 million, he said. Most of that comes from installing electrical wiring in buildings, primarily new construction.

More than half of revenues comes from institutional work, including schools, hospitals and correctional facilities. One of its major projects: construction of the new Palm Beach Gardens High School.

Another 35 percent of revenues comes from multi-family building construction, such as Jade Beach and Brickell on the River, high-rise condominiums in Miami-Dade County.

A small but growing portion of the business, which already accounts for the remaining 10 percent of revenues, is the service department. It does work for retailers such as Home Depot, WalMart and BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Stryker serves customers from Indian River County to Miami-Dade County. The company once had an office in Charlotte, N.C. It closed, but the firm continues to serve existing clients in the Carolinas and Georgia.

At its current size, Stryker is geared for large projects, Eccleston said.

The company bids on projects worth $3 million and up. The ideal job is worth between $3 million and $14 million.

Projects of that size keeps busy the company’s 285 employees, 246 of which are electricians. Another 23 people work in the service department and 16 in administration.

Eccleston also has an apprenticeship program, which pays the total cost of sending any interested employee to Indian River Community College’s four-year program leading to journeyman status.

“We want young people to know these are good jobs,” Eccleston said. “Electricians can earn up to $50,000 after about five years.”

All employees are full time and their benefits include vacation time, medical, dental, life insurance and a company-matching 401(k) retirement program.

Stryker’s has stayed busy in recent years with school construction projects from Martin County to Miami-Dade. With recent a downturn in school enrollment and cutbacks in funding, some school boards taking projects off the board, Eccleston said.

At the same time, capital for condo construction has begun to dry up.

Anticipating a slowdown, Stryker shrank its workforce over the past year or so. The company once had more than 400 workers and cut that to less than 300 through attrition. Company leaders also became more selective in choosing projects.

“We feel we shouldn’t have to lay anybody off,” Eccleston said. “We will continue to handle personnel levels through attrition if the market continues down.”

Stryker has also trimmed back its office space. Eccleston opted to move all but administration personnel to the field.

“We need our guys on the job,” Eccleston said. “I set up a compound for them at their sites. They take their vehicles home since they’re on call 24 hours a day.”

From 15,000 square feet at its old location in the Turnpike Industrial Park in Palm City, the company moved just last March to a new 4,800-square-foot facility in the Palm City Business Park on High Meadows Avenue. The company also maintains a small office in North Miami and three more at major job sites.

Stryker competes on the Treasure Coast primarily with Gerelco Electrical Contractors, a large company, and the smaller Fast Track and Arlington firms.

Brothers Joe and Michael Bryan founded Stryker in 1983 when they purchased the former Charter Electric. They changed the name to Stryker because they liked the popular fishing boat of the same name. The company was based in Jupiter until 2000, when it moved to Palm City where both Bryan and Eccleston live. They also wanted to make the company more focused on the Treasure Coast.

Joe has retired but Michael, 64, a licensed electrician, remains active not just as president, but also as a field worker.

“He just wants to be out there with the guys, working alongside them,” Eccleston said. “He’s their leader, their mentor.”

Eccleston joined Stryker in 1993 after an earlier career as a bartender and then in country club food and beverage management. Unfortunately, he says, his product got the best of him. A recovering alcoholic, he has been sober since 1990.

“I was lucky that I realized I had a problem at the young age of 26 when I could do something about it,” Eccleston said.

He went on to earn his degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University and worked his way up to his present leadership role at Stryker.


Headquarters: 4241 S.W. High Meadow Ave., Palm City
Telephone: (772) 219-3389
Employees: 285
Executives: Michael G. Bryan, president; William C. Bryan, executive vice president; Scott B. Eccleston, executive vice president, secretary and treasurer; Steven E. Dixon, senior vice president and chief estimator.