ADVANCED FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES INC.

When Mike and Linda Brown opened Advanced Fire Protection Services in Fort Walton Beach nearly 30 years ago, they focused on providing quality work and keeping other people safe.

In the last few years, as they looked toward retirement, they pondered the future of AFPS. Their daughter, Dana Sudheimer, provided the solution.

“I joined the team in 2014,” Sudheimer said. “I’m now the president of the company, taking over all the day-to-day operations.”

AFPS provides fire system inspection and service, and new construction fire protection contracting, primarily for properties such as high rises, retail space, hotels, restaurants, airports, military bases and aircraft hangars, hospitals and medical facilities and municipal facilities.

The technicians are trained to inspect, service, repair and maintain fire extinguishers and fire prevention systems, including alarms; they are versed in state-required specifications in fire prevention and control.

“We have a lot of employees who have been with us a long time,” Sudheimer said. “We have one who has been with us since day one, and we have employees who have been with us for 25 years.”

With locations in Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, AFPS covers Northwest Florida.

“We’re really excited,” Sudheimer said. “The team has been growing well.”

LOCATION: 37 Tupelo Ave. S.E.

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays

TELEPHONE: 244-2026

WEBSITE: www.wesavelives.com

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SHOWTIME EVENTS WEDDINGS

Weddings shouldn’t be stressful, but the planning certainly can be. Once a bride and groom select their venue, they can get a little bit of help from a company that is known for its work in supporting corporate events.

“Showtime has been around for 15 years, doing event production,” said Carley Hubbard.

In January, Showtime Events took on weddings; Hubbard was brought into Showtime Events as the wedding specialist by company President Michael Scozzafave and Senior Event Producer Rebecca Scozzafave.

“We provide event productions,” Hubbard said. “Floral needs, lighting, linens — we execute it.

“We’re the designers,” she continued. “We set it up and break it down.”

Showtime Events maintains a large inventory of rentable décor pieces, furniture, draping treatments, bars and even dance floors. Showtime Events Weddings has everything that can create a welcoming, comfortable day for wedding guests, while at the same time taking down the stress levels for the bridal party, Hubbard said.

“Whatever they need, we’re equipped to provide the services,” she added.

LOCATION: 25 Commercial Parkway, Santa Rosa Beach

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays

TELEPHONE: 622-4087

WEBSITE: www.showtimeevents.com/weddings