Dale Dettmer ’71, Florida Tech’s First Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Awardee

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Dale Dettmer, a partner in the law firm of Krasny and Dettmer, Melbourne, Florida is the first recipient of the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni award. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business law, real estate and estate planning. He is board certified in taxation by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1967; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida in 1971; and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida in 1973. He is a member of the University of Florida Law Review.

Mr. Dettmer is a member of the Florida Bar and the Brevard County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the United States Tax Court. He is also a member of the Tax Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Mr. Dettmer is past Chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Institute of Technology; a member of the Board of Trustees of Health First Health Plans; past member of the Board of Trustees of Health First, Inc.; past chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Health First Foundation, Inc., past Chairman and Director Emeritus of the Community Foundation for Brevard, Inc., and past member of the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Kidney Centers, Inc.

Mr. Dettmer was a founding shareholder and later Chairman of the Board of The Bank Brevard, Inc. when it merged with and into BankFIRST. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of BankFIRST and a member of the board of directors of The BANKshares, Inc., a bank holding company, which subsequently merged with and into Seacoast National Bank.

Mr. Dettmer has practiced law in Melbourne, Florida since 1974. He is married to Pamela Joan Dettmer and has three children. He enjoys cycling, traveling and reading.

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