Published Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:00 am
July 12, 2011
Contact:  Christine Wells
Marketing, Website and Media Relations

Business Development Board Announces 
New Corporate Headquarters and Corporate Expansion 
A Total of 80 New Jobs will be created in Palm Beach County


The Country Network  -
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The Country Network has selected Boca Raton as the location for its new corporate headquarters.

The Country Network has signed a lease for 3,800 square feet of space at 800 Yamato Road, Suite 102, Boca Raton, FL.  This space will serve as The Country Network’s new corporate headquarters.  The Country Network still maintains its office and studio on Music Row in Nashville, TN, and will continue to have an office in Nashville, TN.  The Country Network plans to create 20 new jobs by the end of the year at the new Boca Raton location.

The Country Network is a television broadcast network featuring country music video content 24/7 365 days a year.  The Country Network broadcasts on television in 40 markets, reaching 35 million television households and has a world-wide market through the Internet, mobile and IPTV.  The Country Network is the only television broadcast network that streams a live signal 24 hours per day, seven days per week over the Internet.  The Country Network is one of the fastest growing networks ever – since October 2010, it has increased its market from 200,000 households to 35 million households.  The network plans to increase its market further by the end of this year.

The Business Development Board (BDB) assisted the Country Music Network in its search for office facilities and studio space.  The BDB also introduced The Country Network to other broadcasting industry leaders in Palm Beach County.

“The Country Network is more than a broadcaster, we are a technology company,” said Warren Hansen, CEO of The Country Network.  “When looking for a home we had to consider access to both production / creative skill sets as well as IT.  Kelly educated us as to the types of skillsets available in Palm Beach which prompted our selection in Boca Raton.  Our corporate vision included the creation of a production studio and the centralization of sales, operations, and IT.  Palm Beach will make a very good home for The Country Network,” Hansen continued.

“We are very excited that The Country Network chose Palm Beach County for their new corporate headquarters.  The Country Network is a company that merges aspects of three targeted industry clusters: corporate headquarters; IT; and film and entertainment and is indicative of the types of companies that are choosing Palm Beach County due to its quality of life, workforce, and business environment,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board.

Syntechs -
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Synergy Technical Solutions Corporation (Syntechs) is the recipient of a $250,000 loan from Florida’s GrowFL program.  With the support from GrowFL, the company plans to continue expanding their operations and adding 60 jobs.

Currently headquartered in Boca Raton, Syntechs was established in 1994 and is a privately held company.  They provide a broad range of IT services, including help desk and call center services, depot repair, spare parts & logistics, and onsite technology installation, maintenance, and managed services. These services are provided to customers nation-wide.  Providing complementary services for HDTV repair is their sister company, HDRepair Corporation. 

HDRepair ( was established in 2008 to meet the needs of the constantly changing service environment, with a dedicated focus on flat panel repair.  They service small and large business customers in multiple locations, as well as in-home service directly for the consumer.  This includes in-warranty work for several large brand manufacturers, warranty companies, and out of warranty consumers.  Together the companies plan to expand their footprint in Boca Raton, expanding to 33,000sq ft from their existing 6,000sq ft.  Their new location has not yet been finalized.

The Business Development Board introduced these companies to Workforce Alliance and GrowFL as they explored resources for their expansion plans. The GrowFL program was established by the Florida Legislature in 2009 to provide support for 2nd stage growth companies in target industries, and has provided technical assistance for market research, CEO Forums and Roundtables for networking and management assistance, and loans for eligible companies.  One of the main goals of the loan program is to assist companies in creating jobs. Although Syntechs has already exceeded its initial commitment on job creation less than 2 months after receiving the funds, they plan to continue growing and adding jobs.  The jobs will primarily be in the technical and customer support areas, with average annual salaries of approximately $40,000.

"Receiving supplementary funds from Florida’s GrowFL program gives Syntechs and HDRepair a tremendous advantage.  Florida’s GrowFL Program directly supports our growth initiatives and these funds will further enable us to confidently team with our customers and move forward to meet the challenges of expanding our business development.” said Kevin Raftery, Vice President, Business Development, Syntechs.
“We are very excited to receive this loan as it is allowing us to accelerate are already aggressive growth plans”, said Steven Friedman, CFO, “We want to thank the State of Florida for creating the GrowFL program.” “In addition, we give special thanks to the Business Development Board, who educated us on the GrowFL program, as well as assisting us every step of the way,” Friedman added.

“We have been able to utilize these funds to accelerate our training, recruiting and sales initiatives,” said Clarissa Roxberry, president and owner of HDRepair. “We are in talks with manufacturers and retailers to provide onsite service for them nationally and globally. In addition, our out of warranty business continues to grow exponentially, and we will use the funds to invest in these business opportunities."

With the aid of these funds, the company is looking to expand its call center, and field service network even more.  "We are continually looking to add to our 1,500+ technician network to help us meet our service initiatives,"  stated Robert Roxberry, owner and President of Syntechs.

“We are very excited to see the growth of second stage companies such as Syntechs and HDRepair.  It restates the trend we continue to see in the IT/Technology cluster in Palm Beach County,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board. 

About the Business Development Board

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.  Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, our primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade.  During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created or retained more than 10,200 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $56,000 resulting in more than $644 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact exceeding $3 billion. Additional information can be found at the BDB’s Web sites and