Welcome to the Big Bend Chapter!
The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. Big Bend Chapter is based in our State’s lovely capital city and serves several Florida counties in the Big Bend region.
Luncheon meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Capital City Country Club, 1601 Golf Terrace Drive, Tallahassee, FL (850-222-0419). Non-members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. (Further information on meetings can be found in the ‘Chapter Calendar of Events’ and on our Facebook page: @tallahasseeparalegals.)
Speakers from various practice areas offer their knowledge and insight at each of these meetings, and during one-day seminars offered by the Chapter. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for the luncheons and seminars is approved by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and accepted by the Florida bar. Our monthly newsletter, Headnotes, provides interesting and informative articles. Non-members may subscribe to Headnotes for $10/year.
Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting our Director at Large, Hugh Butler, at Hugh170@comcast.net, no later than noon on the Monday before the meeting. Cost is $18.00 for Chapter Members, and $23.00 for non-members. Checks may be brought to the luncheon or mailed to Big Bend Chapter of The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., PO Box 43, Tallahassee, FL 32302.
The winner of the Big Bend Chapter gift basket at the Spring Seminar in Tampa was Olga Patterson.
“Where Perfection is the Process”
Today we interviewed one of our local sponsors, Brennan Fogarty of Accurate Serve of Tallahassee. Many of you may be familiar with Brennan since his first introduction to PAF in September 2016, as he has become a regular attendee at both the Tallahassee lunches, as well as the Jacksonville lunches/dinners.
In fact, last month, he was the sole sponsor for the Friday night reception at Big Bend’s Spring Seminar. Brennan commented that he really
enjoyed the affair as it gave him an opportunity to “get to know folks in a more relaxed setting”. But true to his nature, his generosity didn’t stop with the Friday night event, nope – not him! The following day, he brought the seminar attendees cupcakes from the local favorite – Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery.
Brennan grew up outside of Chicago with his 3 sisters and brother. He graduated from Florida State University “FSU” with a degree of Integrated Social Science, and he likes to say he is really “good with trivia”.
He worked his way through college in the local bar and restaurants of Tallahassee. Eventually he moved into the hospitality industry and worked his way up to managing a Courtyard Marriott for 5 years. You can clearly see where he acquired his strong customer service ethic. Brennan and his wife have established deep roots in the North Florida area.
Brennan owns and operates Accurate Serve of Tallahassee, Accurate Serve – Jacksonville and Accurate Serve of Pensacola (which has 3 offices in the Pensacola area). Process service is a family affair in that his sister, Erin, manages Accurate Serve – Jacksonville and his cousin, Beau, owns Accurate Service – Tampa and Accurate Service FL: Lakeland Office. In fact, Accurate Serve has 24 statewide office locations to handle your service needs throughout the state. Oh – and if you have a need for out of state service – Accurate Serve is your company! When asked about out of state service he was very adamant that they ONLY use companies “we want to work with”. That level of discrimination demonstrates a higher quality work product.
Brennan says that his staff is the reason why he “enjoys coming to work every day”. How many bosses can tout such accolades about their office? While Brennan is very familiar with Chapter 48 (Process and Service of Process) of the Florida Statutes, he says that all of his office managers are certified process servers as well as Accredited Florida Process Servers (AFPS). AFPS is the highest level of certification and training available in the state. His office is equipped with a structured system where information/documents are organized in such a manner that clients can monitor the status of service. His website offers the ability to log in and check the status of service which accurately reflects the truth of the company’s motto “We Give Attorneys Peace of Mind”.
Accurate Serve of Tallahassee is featured as one of the top process serving companies in the Tallahassee according to Google and has achieved a 5-star rating from reviews posted on their Facebook page.
Brennan says that attending the PAF lunches/dinners has given him a better understanding of our beloved paralegal world. He said shortly after attending an employment law CLE he immediately enacted new policies at his offices!
It is good to hear that our lunches/dinners offer everyone the opportunity to learn something. On behalf of both the Big Bend Chapter and First Coast Chapter we would like to say thank you! Brennan is always quick to ask what we need and what can he assist with. We value your sponsorship with our organization. If you can’t find Brennan at Lucky Goat grabbing a cup of joe, give him a call at (850) 519-5494.
Brennan will be happy to provide more information about his business, so feel free to chat with him at any of our meetings. If you are lucky, you may be the next winner of an hour-long massage he raffles off at every CLE.
**Interview and article was read and approved by Brennan Fogarty, authored by Michelle Ridge, and edited by Asha Maharaj-Lucas and Jennifer Heape.