Officers and Executive Committee
Chair of the Board
Medical Board of Governors Member
Robbin Lee currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Wellington Regional Medical Center and has over twenty-five years as a seasoned, senior health care executive. Before joining Wellington Regional Medical Center, Robbin served as Chief Operating Officer at HCA’s Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and JFK Medical Center, as well as the Chief Executive Officer at Northlake Medical Center in Atlanta. Robbin’s major focus is leading not-for-profit and for-profit, academic and community based healthcare organizations and is a results-oriented, decisive leader with success in providing overall leadership and direction supporting strategic visioning, operational improvements, financial performance and physician alignment initiatives. She has a proven track record of building teams, physician relations, and strategic planning. Robbin holds a Masters in Business Administration from Goizueta Business School, Emory University in Georgia, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Magna cum Laude, from Shorter College in Georgia and a Diploma in Nursing from Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Georgia. Robbin has professional associations with the American College of Healthcare Executives and Women’s Healthcare Executive Association.
Chair of the Finance Committee
John Carter is the Vice President of Planning & Development with Minto Communities – Southeast Florida. John Carter is a 20+ year veteran of the civil engineering/development industry. Over his career he has specialized in program management of large-scale development programs and building successful teams to implement development programs. John is also a Certified Professional Planner. John’s first professional post was with a national engineering company (Kimley-Horn) where he departed after building a successful practice and being invited into the ownership structure of the company. Most recently John focused his talents as Vice President of Planning and Development for WCI Communities where he managed a development portfolio of $700 million with an annual cash flow in excess of $100 million. In this leadership role John and his team were responsible for all land acquisition, planning, engineering, and construction of amenity-rich master planned communities. Currently, John directs the land acquisition, planning and development activities for Minto-Southeast Florida operations.
Andrew McGinnis is Regional Vice President of the Palm Beach & Treasure Coast Market for TD Bank. Andrew’s primary responsibilities include managing the Middle Market, Commercial and Small Business lines of business for Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties. Andrew began covering the Palm Beach market in May 2015, and prior to that he spent the majority of his 23+ year banking career in Central Florida. Andrew is a 1993 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. His wife Laura is a grammar school principal and they have two daughters, Meredith and Elizabeth.
Laura Trosclair is Executive Vice President of Domestic Retail Banking for Mercantil Bank, heading the bank’s retail operations, and the strategy for the Bank’s domestic retail expansion, which includes branches in Florida, New York, and Texas. Prior to joining Mercantil Bank, Trosclair was Executive Vice President for Regions Bank, responsible for retail franchising, which included the oversight of the organization’s 110 banking centers throughout the region. Her 27-year career at Regions included roles as Senior Retail Executive, Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer, and Executive Vice President, to name a few. She is a Board Member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and a former Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Laura holds a Bachelors Degree in Science in Business Administration from Florida Southern College and is a graduate from the University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School.
Thomas Bean is Director of Public & Community Engagement for Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation’s leading electric utilities, and foundation manager for NextEra Energy Foundation. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, council member with Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and board member for Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Prior to joining FPL in 2009, Thomas spent seven years as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, including serving as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami, FL. Thomas earned a B.S. degree in Journalism from the University of Florida and a M.A. degree in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife, Ramona, and three children.
Central Palm Beach Community Foundation Board Member
Francisco J. Gonzalez is an attorney and partner at the Wellington-based law firm of Gonzalez, Shenkman & Buckstein, P.L., where he heads the firm’s commercial and residential real estate and business transactions practice. Gonzalez, formerly of Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP, earned his B.S. with honors in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida in 1991, after which he attended the Catholic University of America, graduating in 1994 with his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Active in the community, Gonzalez sits on Board member and is legal counsel for our association; concurrently, serves as vice-chair of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber Economic Development Task Force. He has served on the board of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and is a Class of 2002 graduate of Leadership West Palm Beach. Frank and his wife, Christina, reside in Wellington with their three sons, Nicholas, Nathan and Daniel.
Chair of Economic Development Advisory Council
Marc Philippe Strich is the General Manager of The Mall at Wellington Green. In this role, he oversees the daily operations of this premier, year-round shopping destination. Marc also leads the Chamber’s Economic Development Advisory Council, which is comprised of very dedicated CPBCC Board members that are focused on the priorities defined by Chamber membership to help stimulate and facilitate the economic development initiatives in the communities we serve. The multilingual Strich attended the International School for the French Language in Dijon, France as well as the Colegio Ponceno de Varones in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Marc and his wife (Christine) have relocated from the Chicago area where he was the general manager at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. They enjoy power boating, motorcycling, and walking the community with their two Golden Retrievers.
Board of Directors – Executive Committee Member
Mary Lou Bedford became the CEO of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2015. Since accepting the position, Mary Lou has provided direction to maintain the organization’s philosophy, vision, mission, while focusing on the goals and objections. She has implemented new procedures as well as improved programs to better serve the membership. Under her leadership, there has been a greater emphasis on advocacy and economic development resulting in higher levels of partnering, collaboration, and finding solutions to better serve the needs of the business community.
Mary Lou received her B.S. in Communications with concentrations in Public Relations and Media from California State University, Sacramento.
A resident of Wellington for the past 23 years, Mary Lou and her husband, Scott, are involved in many organizations throughout Palm Beach County. They have two wonderful daughters, Hilary and Amy.
Aaron recently joined BB&T on April 4th, 2016 as a Business Services Officer and Vice President in Palm Beach County. He relocated from the Pensacola, FL area where he held the position of Treasury Services Officer and Vice President for Synovus Bank. While in Pensacola, Aaron was involved with many non-profits in the community that included; Board Treasurer of Community Drug & Alcohol Council of Escambia & Santa Rosa County, Pensacola Young Professionals Quality of Life Chair, and Day of Caring Committee Member and Project Coordinator for United Way of Escambia County.
Aaron was born in Seoul, South Korea. He was adopted at the age of 2 ½, and was raised in Iowa. He attended Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL. He majored in Business and minored in Marketing. After college, Aaron joined AmSouth Bank in Pensacola where he managed a team of Representatives in the Customer Service Department. He then joined Synovus Bank in 2005 to manage their local Call Center. Next he managed the local Loan Operations Department. After Loan Operations, Aaron oversaw all Sales activity as the Bank’s Sales Manager. Aaron completed his career with Synovus as the Treasury Services Officer. Aaron has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Independent News Pensacola, received the Pensacola Young Professionals “Leader of the Year” Award, and graduated from Pensacola’s Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Pensacola” Program.
Aaron recently completed the Business Academy through BB&T University, and he resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL with his wife Carla.
Kimberly is passionate about the role education plays in improving lives and creating opportunities for students and communities. She serves as the Campus President of Keiser University, Florida’s Career University, in West Palm Beach. She is on numerous local boards including the Career Source of Palm Beach County, the Economic Council, the Education Foundation, the Literacy Council, the YWCA, and Junior Achievement and is a Class of 2016 graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County. Kimberly has served on multiple panels discussing issues in higher education and leadership. She enjoys supporting organizations which are dedicated to promoting education as well as helping to advance and support women and children. Kimberly lives in Jupiter and has four amazing children.
David G. Bates is a shareholder, serves on Gunster’s board of directors, and is co-chair of the firm’s Technology & Emerging Companies practice. David joined the firm in 1992 after graduating from Tulane University with his JD/MBA in 1991. For over two decades, David has counseled clients in the areas of technology law, venture capital, licensing and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance and securities. David has represented companies and investors in a wide variety of industries and at all stages of growth, from private start-up ventures to large public companies. David provides strategic counseling on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, corporate governance and joint ventures. David also advises clients on corporate structuring and restructuring, employment, compensation and non-compete arrangements, securities, franchising and licensing, distribution, sports and other business agreements. David is the president of the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association and two-term chairman of the Enterprise Development Corporation. David’s honors include being named Corporate Lawyer of the Year for West Palm Beach in 2016 and 2013 by Best Lawyers in America, as well as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers. He has been listed among Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for more than 10 consecutive years, and in Best Lawyers for corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and technology law.
As Vice President of Land Development for WGI, Jeff oversees the design and approvals of private land planning projects throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties. His experience includes all aspects of the approval process from due diligence and design through entitlements and construction on a diverse range of projects including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, infill and redevelopment efforts. Originally from Canada, Jeff relocated to West Palm Beach in 2000 to join the planning firm of Land Design South, where he was managing partner. He is a registered Landscape Architect in FL, having previously served as State Chapter President of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Carol Barrett is the CFO of The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News. She has been with the company 12 years and is a member of the newspapers’ senior executive leadership team. Carol oversees the finance and business operations of the newspapers and also has responsibility for the Company’s real estate assets in Palm Beach County. The newspapers are a division of Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. She is a board member of Season to Share, a non-profit charitable organization and has served on the board of Pathfinders, a non-profit educational organization. Carol resides with her husband Robert and daughter Emily in Lake Worth.
Lyn Cacella joined Florida Public Utilities, a 92-year old company providing electric, natural gas and propane products and services, in November of 2013 as Dealer Services Account Manager and in January, 2016 was promoted to Residential Growth & Retention Manager. In her current position, she provides leadership to the Company’s inside sales team and manages the state-wide Energy Partner program and merchandise manufacturers and suppliers as they relate to the sales team.
During the course of her career, Lyn has held senior management positions with one of Florida’s largest agricultural financial institutions as their Director of Marketing, she was the Direct Sales Manager for Palm Beach County’s largest citrus grower/packer and served as the Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Growing Tours and Agritourism Association.
She is currently the Secretary for the Deerfield Beach Historical Society and the immediate Past-President of the Board of Directors for the Florida Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association. Lyn has served on numerous other Florida agricultural associations and boards over the years, including Florida Ag in the Classroom, Leadership Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association.
She is a graduate of the Wedgworth Leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources program, Florida Atlantic University’s Frontline Leadership Training/Leadership Skills for Women in Management program; and recently earned her Range Officer Certification from the National Rifle Association, her Level I Instructor certification from the National Sporting Clays Association and a Six Sigma, Green Belt Certification from Florida Atlantic University.
Matt Chait is a business litigation partner in the West Palm Beach office of statewide law firm Shutts & Bowen LLP, which handles commercial litigation and transactional matters throughout Florida. Matt’s practice focuses on counseling businesses and individuals in court, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution all over the state. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, his Juris Doctor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York and New Jersey. Matt has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, was named to the Daily Business Review’s top 40 South Florida attorneys under 40, and has been designated a Business Litigation Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers. Outside of his law practice, Matt is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and a member of the University of Pennsylvania Secondary School Committee, which interviews applicants to his alma mater. He serves on the board of Resource Depot and previously co-chaired the American Heart Association’s Lawyers Have Heart 5K Run.
Sal Delgreco is Executive Manager at Infiniti of the Palm Beaches, a member of the Schumacher Family of Dealerships. Infiniti of the Palm Beaches is located at 3101 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Sal has been with the Schumacher Auto Group for 12 years. The Schumacher Family of Dealerships also includes Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Mitsubishi . The employees of Schumacher strive to offer superior automotive sales and service to carry out their Mission Statement: To Serve Customers For Life. Sal and his wife, Michelle, have lived in Wellington since 2003. They have two children – Arianna and Giovanni. A transplant from the Boston area, Delgreco’s allegiance to sports teams still lies up north, but he doesn’t miss the winters. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and being out in the South Florida sun.
Mark Eggen is founder and CEO of TSI Supercool, an ISO: 9001:2008 certified basic manufacturer of Specialty Synthetic Lubricants, U/V Dye, Leak Stops, and Flush products. TSI Supercool has earned a reputation for superior quality throughout the international marketplace and will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014. Mark is a lifelong resident of Palm Beach County and serves as chairman of the finance board at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Worth. He and his wife Eileen have 2 daughters, Erica Dunhill and Rachel Azqueta, who also currently live in Palm Beach County.
Dr. Ghiragossian obtained his degree of Doctor in Medicine from the University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine and completed his pediatric fellowship at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington,Delaware. From 1990 to 2000, Dr.Ghiragossian held the position of Director of the Orthopedic Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was also a part of the faculty at Hughston Orthopedic Foundation in Columbus, Georgia from 2004 to 2013. He has obtained degrees in Hospital Administration and Health Care Management while also being highly involved with the latest in new product development and quality care management.
Currently Dr Ghiragossian is the CEO of Independent Imaging LLC located in Wellington, as well as holding the title of CEO of Palms West MRI LLC since 2008.Dr. Ghiragossian is an integral part and one of the founders of Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, which was established to improve healthcare delivery based on Accountable Care Organizations’ principles and purpose; the “thee part aim” of improving patient experience, improving population health, and decreasing per capita healthcare costs. The PBACO gathers over 400 physicians and in its first year has saved 40 million dollars in profit generated from Medicare services. Dr Ghiragossian has been an orthopedic surgeon with 29 years experience in practice and healthcare.
Member of Medical Board of Governors
Lorna Kernizan, FACHE, recently appointed Chief Operating Officer at Palms West Hospital, has been working in the South Florida hospital and healthcare community since 1994. Lorna began her career at Aventura Hospital as a part time Administrative Intern in March, 1994, earning credit towards her Masters in Business Administration, at University of Miami. Upon completion, she received a position in their Medical Staff Office. Eventually, she was promoted to Assistant Administrator at Aventura Hospital. In 2002, Lorna was promoted to Associate VP Operations at Cedars Medical Center (Univ of Miami Hospital) and held a brief administrative position at the Broward Health. She returned to HCA, to build and start the Miami Lakes Surgery Center in 2006. Her career came full circle when she returned to Aventura Hospital as Chief Operating Officer 2012.
Lorna looks forward to relocating to West Palm Beach from Pembroke Pines in the near future where she currently lives with her husband and two boys.
Rob Holden has been a part of the Palm Beach County business community for over 10 years. He spent his early childhood with his family in England, before returning to the states where he completed his education and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor Degree in Marketing. His career spans retail sales and management, waste management, recycling and event operations. His career began at Olde Native Trading Company where he served as the Territory Manager for South Florida and then National Sales Manager. In 2008 he joined the team at Southern Waste Systems where he served as the Senior Account Manager until their recent acquisition. Currently, Rob oversees the Construction Accounts Division for Waste Management of Florida, Inc.
His dedication to serving the community includes serving on the Habitat for Humanity Northern Palm Beach County Golf Committee and the PGA Hope Foundation Committee. He is a member of the Construction Association of South Florida, the Associated General Contractors of America and the AEC Trendsetters as well as a Honda Classic Ambassador.
Holden is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Palm Beach County Focus Program and a member of the 2009 Central Palm Beach County Chamber Leadership class.
Rob and his wife Lauren live in Jupiter with their daughters, Emma and Ealyn.
Joanne Stanley is the Manager of Municipal Services for Republic Services which a leading recycling and solid waste collection company. Republic Services is a reliable an environmental responsibility company that provides simple solutions. Joanne has 25 years of waste industry experience and has been with Republic Services for 12 years. She has held various sales and municipal positions in the industry and is currently responsible for procuring and maintaining Municipal Contracts in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Additional responsibilities include marketing, public education, project development and governmental relations and negotiations. Joanne is very active in the community, serving on a variety of boards and volunteers for many nonprofit organizations.
David Leland is the co-founder and CEO of Print It Plus, a commercial printing company that he and his wife, Kimberly Leland, started in Royal Palm Beach in 1988. David has worked to improve the western communities where he has lived and owned his business for nearly 30 years. As an active member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce since 1989, serving on the board from 1990 to 2000 and most notably serving as Vice President of Operations in 1993 and President in 1995. In his 28 year tenure as a member of the chamber, David has given his time to assisting in the staging and production of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber Holiday Parade nearly every year. In addition to his dedication to the chamber, David sits on the Planning and Zoning board of the Village of Royal Palm Beach and has also been involved in the Crestwood Middle School SAC Committee, the Royal Palm Beach Jaycees, the Royal Palm Beach High School Parental Debate Committee, and was a youth football coach for over 30 years. David and his wife have three children. Their oldest daughter Kathryn Leland Napier works for E.J. Gallo Winery. Their middle child, Kayla Leland Pragid works as an attorney at the Law Firm of Akerman. Their youngest child, Dallas Leland is in College at UCF.
Mr. Malefatto has been practicing environmental, land use and administrative law in Florida since 1980. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, developers, home builders, small businesses, and local governments in a variety of environmental permitting, enforcement and transactional matters, and in all manner of Florida land use proceedings.
He leverages his in-depth knowledge and broad experience in environmental and land use law to keep clients up-to-date on regulatory trends before regulations are adopted and counsels clients when environmental issues arise. Mr. Malefatto is intimately familiar with all aspects of environmental permitting and land development entitlements, and has handled a broad range of projects and activities, including condominium, marina and mixed-use developments, brownfields redevelopment, land use and environmental approvals for utility plants, contaminated property remediation and the defense of enforcement actions by local, state and federal governmental agencies. He also guides clients involved in corporate and real estate transactions through necessary and Important due diligence evaluations.
Mr. Malefatto holds an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and every edition of Chambers & Partners USA Guide since its inception in 2003. Mr. Malefatto earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1979, and a B.A. from New York University in 1975.
Finance Committee Member
Was born and raised in Vermont. Received his education and training in the Printing Industry beginning with Lane Press in 1972. Later went to work with Simmonds Precision Press and then with Sir Speedy Printing as shop manager Moved to South Florida in 1980 and worked for Max Davis Associates for a short period of time. Then in 1980, he had the opportunity to work with Sir Speedy Printing in Lake Worth. In 1992 he purchased Sir Speedy Printing, and shortly thereafter he left the Franchise and became Banyan Printing. He has been a Lake Worth Chamber Board Member for 25 years, a Past Chairman of the Board in 2006. Banyan Printing received the 2012 Business of the Year Award from the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Banyan has been delivering personalized and relevant printed communication solutions to business enterprises since 1976. They are a 35 years young company providing a comprehensive approach as a total solutions provider.
Michael Morgan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Bone and Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches, PA. Michael has been in the healthcare industry for six years, demonstrating a commitment to providing the citizens of Palm Beach County accessible, quality orthopedic care in the midst of a vastly changing industry. Michael graduated with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance at the University of Kentucky and is currently finishing his MBA at Florida Atlantic University.
With 20-plus years in the financial services industry, Carol O’Neil founded CEO Financial Services about five years ago to help people get their “financial house in order” – and keep it that way for the rest of their lives. Her idea was simple: create a comprehensive financial plan for each client and then manage this plan toward each goal. This allows clients more time to concentrate on things they cannot delegate. The business has expanded and now offers far more comprehensive financial services. “After many years in this business, the financial issues have become the easy part; what motivates me now is empowering our clients to make the most intelligent choices with their money, fulfill their aspirations and seeing them experience genuine happiness and security in their lives,” O’Neil said. “This gives us a sense that we are making a difference helping coach people.” She holds degrees in economics and communications from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and is a certified financial divorce analyst. She is pursuing her certified financial planner designation and a master’s in taxation. O’Neil and her husband, Jim, live in Lake Worth. Most of their free time is spent with their immediate family or involved with the community.
Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker leads Palm Beach County’s largest higher education institution with a strategic approach emphasizing innovation, student success, and business and community collaboration. Parker is the first female president of the institution, which opened in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college. Growing with the county, the College now offers more than 130 programs of study, including bachelor’s and associate degrees, professional certificates and career training. Serving 48,000 students annually, Palm Beach State has earned national distinction as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College.
Parker previously was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Florida Polytechnic University, the state’s first public university focused on applied research in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. She also served for more than a decade on the Florida Board of Governors of the State University System and on the University of Central Florida’s Board of Trustees. She was a partner in the Jacksonville law firm of Lawrence & Parker, general counsel at Edward Waters College, general counsel for the 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church, assistant general counsel for the state Department of Transportation, and assistant public defender in Miami-Dade County. She is on the board of directors of Orchid Island Capital, a publicly-traded specialty finance company.
Parker earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Joe Gibbons, have two children.
Deana Pizzo is the CEO of I.T. Solutions of South Florida, a Technology Solutions Provider serving South Florida. Being a hands-on CEO, Deana is responsible for the company’s business marketing, development and management. Deana attended Florida Atlantic University. She is passionate about eco-friendly technology and loves helping business owners expand their business while using fewer resources. Her potential was recognized in when she received the “Woman to Watch” award from Women in Technology International (WITI)- South Florida and again in March 2014 as a recipient of the Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation “WOW (Women of Worth) Stiletto Awards- Entrepreneur Category” to honor outstanding women who have achieved professional excellence, serve their community, and have strengthened and enriched the quality of life in Palm Beach County by helping to advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the community. She also serves as Board Chair for NonProfits First. Her company specializes in Flat Rate IT Support, Cloud Computing, Network Management, Colocation Services, Backup and Disaster Recovery, IT Consulting, Hosted Email, Office Moves, Voice and Data Structured Cabling and Construction IT consulting. Deana is a loving wife, and has three children, ages 14(2) and 17. She is very involved in her church and strives to honor God in every way, in her personal life and business. She is an active volunteer within the community and a proud member of the Leadership Palm Beach County.
John Powell is Senior Vice President and Area Business Banking Manager for the Gold Coast area at Wells Fargo serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Wells Fargo’s Business Banking, part of Wholesale Banking, primarily serves small to lower middle market businesses that have annual sales from $5 to $25 million. Business Banking provides a comprehensive offering of business lending, and cash and business risk management products and services. John has more than 30 years experience in commercial banking and commercial real estate finance and has been in the South Florida market since 1987. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, he held various senior positions with GE Capital, Wachovia and Bank of America. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County, Trustee of Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and past Board President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach County. John graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. degree in finance.
Eddy L. Rodriguez is a Senior Vice President in Commercial Banking for SunTrust Bank. He manages the Commercial Portfolio for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast focusing on Middle Market Companies ranging from $10MM to over $250MM in revenue. Although Eddy specializes in the Agribusiness and Healthcare industries, he also serves clients in Importing/Export, Manufacturing, and Service Industries throughout the footprint. Eddy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Financing as well as his Master’s in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also has over 17-years of experience in commercial banking and the finance industry; also, he has been an active member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber since 2005. Eddy is a Palm Beach County native and resides in Wellington with his wife Lisa and their two children, Eduardo and Zoë.
Tad Rowe was born in Florida, graduated from Forest Hill High School in 1985 and received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 1994. He currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife and 2 children. Tad is a professional engineer and has been with Simmons & White since 1996. His areas of expertise include commercial, residential and equestrian land development including design and permitting of paving, drainage, and water and wastewater systems. Mr. Rowe has managed and supervised many projects from inception through completion, working with all involved parties – clients, elected officials, regulatory agencies, attorneys, funding agencies, sub-consultants, construction contractors, and the public.
Judy Clayton Sanchez is the Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for the United States Sugar Corp. She joined U.S. Sugar in 1994, transferring from its South Bay Growers vegetable operations. She is responsible for U. S. Sugar’s media and public relations activities and its public education/information programs, and coordinates all external and internal communications functions, acts as corporate spokeswoman and assists with the company’s public affairs efforts. Sanchez has a bachelor’s degree in communications and attended the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication and Florida Atlantic University. She serves on the board of directors for the Agriculture Institute of Florida, Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau, Sustainable Florida and the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County. Sanchez serves on the Public Education Advisory Committee for The Sugar Association and the steering committee of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Initiative, Collins Center. She is member of the Belle Glade and Clewiston chambers of commerce. She also served on the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resources and Advisory Council and its Lake Okeechobee subcommittee. Sanchez and her husband, Julio, live in Belle Glade and have two grown sons. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Central Palm Beach Community Foundation Board Member
Mickey Smith received his undergraduate degree, in engineering, from Virginia Tech and his law degree, with high honors, from Duke University School of Law. Smith has practiced trial law in Florida for more than 30 years. He is board-certified and recertified as a specialist in civil trial law by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Smith’s practice is limited to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury, wrongful death or have been victimized by the bad-faith practices of an insurance company. For many years, Smith represented the interests of insurance companies, but since 2002, he has exclusively represented ordinary people with valid claims. His efforts have been repeatedly recognized by his peers. Smith has been elected to The Best Lawyers in America (personal injury and insurance law); The Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America; Florida Super Lawyers; Florida Legal Elite; Florida’s Top Lawyers; and the American Board of Trial Advocates (past president of Palm Beach chapter and current executive committee member). Smith is also a member of MENSA. He has lived in the western communities for more than 25 years with his wife, Elizabeth, a public school teacher. He realizes that being a good lawyer involves not only knowledge of the law, but also being compassionate and responsive to clients’ needs.
Michael Stone is an integral part of the Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) and International Equestrian Group (IEG) team. He currently serves as the President of ESP, overseeing all aspects of management at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), as well as holds responsibility for community outreach efforts, alongside marketing and promotional campaigns for ESP. In addition, he oversees management at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, the Colorado Horse Park, and the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. He is the representative and liaison to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and other related organizations.
Scott Storick was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida and is a committed husband and proud father of three. He is an Alumni of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, he endows four athletic scholarships per year and has served on the athletic board of directors for the University for over 12 years. He has the designation RFC, Register Financial Consultant, he is a 27-year Million Dollar Round Table member and a 19-time Top of the Table qualifier. He takes great pride in helping individuals take meaningful, manageable steps toward developing an integrated strategy to help achieve a secure financial future. He is also actively involved in many charities, such as, the Special Olympics of Florida and the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.
Scott Storick is a registered representative of and offers securities through MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC. Supervisory Office 1000 Corporate Drive Suite 700 Fort Lauderdale FL 33334-3638 (954) 938-8800.
Caroline Villanueva is South Florida External Affairs Manager for Florida Crystals Corporation where she is responsible for projects pertaining to policy, economic development and community relations in Palm Beach County. Ms. Villanueva has worked closely with agricultural property owners and local governments for over a decade.
Prior to joining Florida Crystals Corporation, Caroline was a senior land planner at Urban Design Kilday Studios where she prepared comprehensive plan amendments including for the Florida Crystals’ South Florida Intermodal Logistics Center in western Palm Beach County. Prior to UDKS, Caroline was an Asset Manager for Lennar Homes’ joint venture projects in St. Lucie County. She was responsible for managing corporate partnerships and entitlements of large, master planned property holdings. Caroline began her career at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Atlanta where she was responsible for policy analysis of certain federal programs. She received her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University and undergraduate business degree from the University of Miami.
Caroline is the company’s board member to the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. She is a board member of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County and a board member of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County. Caroline also represents the company at the Glades Career Readiness Roundtable. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County. Caroline is a member of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress. She also is a mentor in HMHB’s Cribs to Caps Program and volunteers with Junior Achievement.