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Our unique service has established our place in commerce. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our members.

Fuat Ornarli - President

Fuat Ornarli, P.E., graduated from the Middle East Technical University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After taking several graduate courses such as 'Budgeting in construction' , 'Cost Analysis' , 'Disputes of Contacting', 'Specifications' , and 'Value Engineering', he began his professional career as a Civil Engineer and General Contractor.

Mr. Ornarli started his career working with construction design projects. In 1998, he moved to the United States, starting with structural engineering and gained experience in bridge design, residential, commercial, industrial building design, and inspections. He has also co-authored multiple professional publications for engineers.

After 35 years of experience in engineering, he continues his work as a Professional Structural Engineer with his PSN Consulting company.

Since 1998, Mr. Ornarli has been serving the Turkish-American community as well as interacting with multiple American and Turkish businesses.

Bircan Akcan - Vice President

BA Finance and Mathematics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

EXPERIENCE
Consultant, Pangeo Development, Inc Hospitality industry development

Founder, President, ANKA Group LLC
Commercial and residential property development, construction management, and business development

President, Owner; ZNB Construction and Emergency Response

Taught Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry, Economics, Finance and Accounting

CFO
Aquafilm, FL
Managed project for Proctor and Gamble to launch into the edible water-soluble film industry

SKILLS
Teaching, research, problem solving, critical thinking, networking, leadership, negotiating
Languages: English, Turkish, Italian, Spanish


MELTEM BIRKEGREN, Secretary

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Meltem (Yasaroglu) Birkegren graduated from T.E.D. Ankara Koleji in 1969. She studied at the Academy of Economical & Commercial Sciences in Ankara (AITIA), majoring in Foreign Trade. After graduation in 1973, she joined Ericsson Türk Ticaret, Ltd as Assistant Trade Director, and eventually became the Trade Director. She remained in that position until May 1985 when she got married and moved to Sweden, where she was rehired by Ericsson to work at their headquarters. After two years in Stockholm, she moved to Nassau, Bahamas with her husband where she stayed until August 1988 when she moved to Ft.Lauderdale, Florida in the U.S.A. where she still resides.

She started her own Export company in 1989, and has been in the same business ever since. Her company exports heavy duty machinery parts, especially for ships engines, as well as equipment and parts for larger hotels. She also provides Turkish interpreter services, and she is a partner at Europe House, Inc.

In 2000 she was appointed Chairperson for Turkey at the Greater Ft.Lauderdale Sister Cities International (GFLSCI). Ft.Lauderdale’s sister city in Turkey is Mu?la Province.

She’s the owner & moderator of several Yahoo groups, including SFLTURKS which, with over 500 members, serves as a communication medium between the Turkish community living within the tri-county area of South Florida. She also designed and manages several websites, including "Turkish Digest" and “We are the Turks".

Meltem was awarded Daughters of Ataturk Woman of Distinction award in 2001, got a recognition in 2003, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Meltem speaks Turkish, English, Swedish, Danish and Italian.

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