FAQ

When are the breakfasts?

First Thursday of the month, 6:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m.:

Oct., 2016 through June, 2017:  10/6/16, 11/3/16, 12/1/16, 1/5/17, 2/2/17, 3/2/17, 4/6/17, 5/4/17, 6/1/17.

If I bring a car to the breakfast, where can I park?

Parking is gratis up to 9:30 a.m. for each breakfast attendee. Enter on the SE 4th Ave. side of the One Financial Plaza building (north of SE 2nd Street). Have your parking ticket stamped at the reception desk on your way out.

Are the Tower Forum activities in the same location?

Yes. The breakfasts all take place at the Tower Club on the 28th floor of One Financial Plaza (100 SE Third Ave.), Fort Lauderdale

What are the differences between Individual and Corporate Memberships?

Individual Membership ($275):

Participate in stimulating discussions regarding major issues affecting our community.

Network with influential South Florida community/business leaders and professionals.

Enjoy the stunning 28th floor view at one of Fort Lauderdale’s most prestigious private dining clubs.

Partake of 9 monthly full buffet upscale breakfast programs.

Event attendees enjoy complimentary parking at Tower Club indoor lot up to 9:30 a.m.

Members in good standing may invite guests to attend 2 programs at $35/person/program.They are invited to join thereafter.

Sponsorships are available to promote your business as a part of the program. For more information on sponsorship, please scroll down to “What are the benefits of sponsoring a breakfast?”

Click Membership Application for direct access (credit cards are accepted).

Corporate Membership ($550): All of the above, plus:

Entitles corporate contact to bring 2 additional attendees (3 attendees total) to each breakfast program at no additional cost (includes free parking for your guests).

Company name listed 24/7 on homepage of the Tower Forum website

Company name featured on poster placed on registration table of each breakfast

Click Membership Application for direct access (credit cards are accepted).

What are the fees to join Tower Forum?

Tower Forum membership fees, an excellent value, include 9 consecutive breakfast meetings scheduled during the membership year. The Annual Membership fees: Individual – $275; Corporate – $550, entitling the organization to designate 3 attendees for any event scheduled during the membership year. The fee is non-refundable.

Renewal Memberships:  The Membership term is one year from the date of purchase. Renewals within a current term extend the existing expiration date by one year.  Members whose expiration date has passed and have not renewed membership will be charged $35 per breakfast they attend. If a member whose term has expired wishes to rejoin, the new term begins on the new joining date, expiring one year therefrom.

What is the Membership Renewal policy?

Renewal Memberships: The Membership term is one year from the date of purchase. Renewals within a current term extend the existing expiration by one year. If a member whose term has expired has not renewed,  the cost of each breakfast is $35. If a member whose term has expired wishes to rejoin, the new term begins on the new joining date, expiring one year therefrom.

Can I bring a guest to the receptions?

Paid up members may bring the same guest twice to the breakfasts. Of course, the guest must be paid for ($35 per breakfast). They are invited to join thereafter. Corporate members may bring a total of 3 persons to each breakfast gratis. Please rsvp for the guest, so that a nametag can be made up. Uninvited participants to a breakfast are required to pay $35.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Yes, MasterCard, Visa, American Express,or Discover. Click on the secure membership form for Membership or Renewal, or if paying for a breakfast, the RSVP button at the bottom of the breakfast announcement.

Product/service delivery timing and methods. 

Membership in the organization is for one year beginning immediately on the date the credit card payment is made, or the check written. Breakfast is available to paid attendees on the date announced.

Privacy Policy

Our participant’s privacy is of the utmost importance to Tower Forum.  We will not share, sell or rent any of your information to any 3rd parties for purposes other than assisting you with the maintenance and operation of your credit card transaction.  Any information you provide us may be used for purposes of contacting you for reasons strictly related to credit card processing. 

What information do we collect? We collect information from you when you register for membership or pay for a breakfast by filling out a form.When seeking a credit card transaction on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.
What do we use your information for? Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
-To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)-To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
-To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
-To process transactions (Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.)
How do we protect your information? We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.
Do we use cookies? Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties? We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance. Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance. We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
Your Consent.  By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.
Changes to our Privacy Policy. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.
This policy was last modified on 6/27/2014.

Do I have to pay the membership fee to attend the events?

Except for working press, paid breakfast sponsor, featured speakers, guests of paid corporate members, and those specifically identified by Board Members, non-members are required to pay either the membership fee or $35 per event (2 events max) and join as members thereafter.

How can I be guaranteed a seat at the breakfast?

No one, not even members of the Tower Forum in good standing, is guaranteed a seat at the breakfast without a reservation therefor. If not a member in good standing, non-member’s reservation must be accompanied by advance payment for that breakfast. Tower Forum reserves seats only for Program Participants and Press.

Is there a refund / cancellation policy?

Membership fee is non-refundable. Payment for a breakfast reservation is non-refundable.

May a City or other organization enroll as one member and advise which individuals will be attending an event?

The Board of Directors has created a Corporate Membership category. It entitles the organization to designate 3 attendees at any of the events. Not-for-profit organizations are not treated differently.

May I participate in Tower Forum though I am not a resident of Broward County?

Yes.

Do I have to be a paid Tower Forum member to participate on a committee?

Yes.

Do Board members pay to sit on the Board of Directors; how long are their terms; how can I become a director?

Other than being a member in good standing in Tower Forum, a Director’s election to the board is based upon potential for helping the Tower Forum organization and willingness to take on specific responsibility. The term for a director is one year (July 1 to June 30), and many directors are renewed. Candidates  are considered annually by a Nominating Committee which recommends a slate for election by the membership.

Do you have to be a member in order to sponsor a breakfast?

Yes. It is an exclusive benefit to members in good standing. Tower Forum limits solicitation of sponsorship contributions to the membership of the organization. Persons are not granted a membership upon making a sponsorship contribution as a result of any solicitation.

What kind of promoting and marketing can I do? Can I distribute marketing materials to the members? Can you help me get my products to the Tower Club?

The Tower Forum has been around since 1976. Its reputation is not that of a sales venue. Its primary function is that of discussion and exchange of ideas; its secondary function is that of networking. Both have become highly sophisticated and effective.

While we value networking, our members do not distribute marketing materials at large to the membership, unless they are sponsoring a breakfast, at which time they may give a 3-5 minute presentation to the group at the beginning of the breakfast, and provide brochures and marketing materials only at the breakfast they are sponsoring.

Usually, members’ one-on-one relationships are the accepted form at our breakfasts. It is at this time, if you wish, that you can give some marketing material to individuals (please understand, however, that members do not stand at the doorway, handing out materials to attendees as they enter or leave).

Should you become a Tower Forum member, we can then help talk to the Tower Club food and beverage manager regarding your products at the Tower Club.

What are the benefits of sponsoring a breakfast?

Sponsorship of a Tower Forum breakfast is showcased to the business, government, education and non-profit organizations that are part of this dynamic group.

·        In recognition of your sponsorship, your company name and logo are included on the Tower Forum web site home page for the entire year. 

·        Your company name is included on promotional materials announcing the meeting, including media advisories. 

·        At the sponsored breakfast, you are recognized in the introductory and closing remarks, as well as any visual television coverage of the podium.

·        At the sponsored breakfast, you are invited to give a 3-5 minute presentation about your company.*

·        At the sponsored breakfast, you are welcome to distribute literature.

·        A Sponsor is entitled to invite one guest gratis in addition to the sponsor contact, to the sponsored breakfast.

Members may wish to add to their community leadership position by sponsoring breakfasts at $600 per breakfast. Please call Tony Abbate, Sponsorship Committee Chair (2016-2017), 954.236.1285, or Jerry Majzlin, Executive Director, 954.383.0654, with your inquiries.

*(Audio-Visual needs are subject to facility accommodation, must be arranged for at least 2 weeks in advance with the Executive Director, and may incur additional charges).

Does sponsorship of Tower Forum breakfasts pay for or against any specific issue or candidate running for public office?

No. It is an unrestricted sponsorship which is given to help defray costs of Tower Forum. It is a support of the venue – not any specific position on an issue or any candidate running for office.  Tower Forum is not compensated, directly or indirectly, to represent a designated side of an issue or endorse any candidate running for public office.

Does Tower Forum engage in political campaigns of candidates?

No. Tower Forum does not offer endorsements of any candidate for public office nor does it engage in their political campaigns. If at any Tower Forum event, in its publications, or on its web site, statements are issued endorsing candidates for public office, or endorsing partisan positions as such on issues, such statements are the sole responsibility of the individual making them.

Does Tower Forum have a political platform?

No; it offers a venue for becoming educated about or educating either or both sides of issues.

Have you offered need-based scholarship opportunities for membership?

No.

Is Tower Forum an arm of the Tower Club, Broward Legislative Delegation or County Commission?

No. It is an independent organization.

Does my membership in Tower Club automatically allow me to attend Tower Forum events gratis?

No. The two organizations are independent; you must pay the Tower Forum membership fee to join and attend.

Are member or breakfast attendee lists available?

Sorry. It is board policy that such lists are not available.