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2018-08-06 Print

Peggy Nordeen Named Seafarers’ House Business Leader of the Year

Nordeen will be honored at the 23rd Annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon hosted by Holland America Line to benefit Seafarers’ House.


Seafarers’ House is pleased to announce that Peggy Nordeen, CEO of Starmark International, Inc. has been selected as Seafarers’ House 2018 South Florida Business Leader of the Year.

Nordeen will be honored at the 23rd Annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon hosted by Holland America Line to benefit Seafarers’ House. The luncheon will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14 aboard the ms Zuiderdam docked at Port Everglades.

“Peggy is well known in the South Florida community, not only for her long-time participation in the economic development of Broward County, but also for her company’s marketing of Port Everglades, various cruise lines and others in the maritime industry,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “Peggy’s leadership extends beyond her renowned agency to significant service and leadership with a variety of South Florida community organizations, positively impacting countless lives in our community. As a female leader, I have watched her career with great interest and respect, learning by watching her example and drawing inspiration from her clear-eyed focus, her pragmatic approach and her unfailing kindness.”

Honorees for the South Florida Business Leaders Award are selected by their peers. Acknowledged leadership, entrepreneurial background, philanthropic contributions to the communities where they live and work, as well as long-term contributions to the success, diversity and breadth of the South Florida business community, are all considerations for this award.

“For many years, I have admired Seafarers’ House faith-based services for our crews landing in Port Everglades. Lesley Warrick has brought the organization to new heights of caring service and has an even greater vision with the Place of Welcome capital campaign for the organization’s new facilities,” said Nordeen. “While I have not served on a commercial vessel, I have spent more than 4,000 hours on our oceans fishing and boating, sometimes traveling for 21 hours in rough seas before reaching a marina. I can tell you that on several occasions, prayers seemed to be the only thing that saved our lives and our sanity. The welcoming work of Seafarers’ House for crew members’ long-enduring hours, days and weeks at sea provides the supply of prayers and provisions they all need. God Bless Seafarers’ House for all they do!”

Having established Starmark in 1978 in Chicago, the company launched its South Florida headquarters in 1998 to be close to the ocean and great fishing and boating. Her business partner and husband, Dan Estes passed away in 2011, and the company has continued to grow under Nordeen’s leadership with partners Jacqui Hartnett, President; Brett Circe, Chief Digital Officer; and Dale Baron, Vice President/Creative Director. Starmark has a Central Florida Office in Orlando and clients in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as throughout South Florida.

Nordeen is active in the Marine Research Hub and economic development initiatives. She is past chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and current vice chair of the Broward Workshop. She also is involved in a number of nonprofit organizations including A Child is Missing and Boys & Girls Clubs. She’s received numerous awards and recognitions.

Nordeen joins the ranks of distinguished previous honorees including Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Bob Moss, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Moss & Associates; J. David Armstrong Jr., President, Broward College; Nicki Englander Grossman, Past President Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Denise Johnston, Resolve Maritime Academy/RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.; Betty Ann Rogacki, International Warehouse Services, Inc.; Lynn Shatas, Florida Power & Light; Phil Allen, Past Port Director, Port Everglades; Cliff Berry, Sr. of Cliff Berry & Associates; William J. Burke, Paradise Bank; Joseph Farrell, Jr., RESOLVE Marine Group; Robert Toney of National Maritime Services; and Joseph J. “Joe” Rubano of RPM Diesel Engine Company and Diesel Services of America.

This year’s event chair is Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, president and founder of Total Marine Solutions.

Seafarers' House at Port Everglades is an award-winning non-profit organization supported by the faith-based community as well as by labor, business and civic leaders with a mission "to offer refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community through multi-faith service." Open throughout the year, Seafarers' House is a safe, friendly place where mariners can connect with their families, relax, or get emergency assistance if needed. With the help of its supporters and volunteers, Seafarers' House offers many services including free transportation, Internet access, counseling services, and liaison with authorities as well as recreational facilities. Seafarers' House was honored as the 2015 Seafarer Advocate of the Year by Lloyd’s List North America and received the 2014 Salute to Business award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Seafarers’ House was honored with the Seafarers' Center of the Year award from the International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare - the first American agency to receive this international honor. Seafarers' House annually hosts more than 150,000 visits by cruise and cargo ship crewmembers. For additional information visit

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2550 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 207
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Phone: 954-294-4973