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Thomas M. Wenham is Executive Director of The Wellington Preservation Coalition. The Coalition is a group of Wellington residents committed to preserving and maintaining the character, nature and quality of life in this place we call Wellington. We aim to be a voice for all residents - to protect our community’s assets. These assets include parks, open spaces, equestrian areas - all created through Wellington’s history of strong planning, zoning and building codes. We are supportive of the many causes and different interests found in our community’s arts, environmental, business and sports groups. Tom is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He served with the 8th Bomb Squadron of the 5th U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He is a founding member and past commander of Wellington American Legion Post 390. Tom was elected to the Acme Improvement District in 1994. In 1996 was elected to the first Wellington Village Council. In 2000 was selected Mayor by the Village Council. In 2003, Tom was the first elected Mayor of Wellington and served until 2008. Tom worked for Palm Beach County for 31 years; the last 17 years were with Fire Rescue. He is currently Vice Chair of the Village of Wellington’s Parks and Recreation Committee and serves on the Board of Governors of Wellington Regional Medical Center. Tom and his wife Regis have lived in Wellington since February 1981.
“Since being founded by the du Pont family in 1903, Wilmington Trust has provided financial guidance to individuals, families and institutions in order to grow and transition wealth over generations. Wilmington Trust recognizes that long-term financial security and the advancement of societal values can only be achieved through customized investment, tax, financial, and estate planning, as well as the development of a family’s or institution’s human and intellectual capital. In this regard, we provide a holistic environment where future generations are prepared to accept the responsibility associated with substantial wealth.”
Caroline Villanueva joined Florida Crystals Corp. as project coordinator of real estate in July 2011. Her responsibilities include land planning and policy. Prior to joining Florida Crystals Corp., she was a senior planner at Urban Design Kilday Studios, where she prepared comprehensive plan amendments including for the Florida Crystals inland port in western Palm Beach County. Prior to UDKS, she 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 property holdings. Villanueva 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. Villanueva is the company’s trustee for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and board member for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. She is co-chairwoman of the legislative affairs committee at the Hispanic Chamber. She is also a board member of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County.
Jess R. Santamaria arrived in the western communities in 1974 and since then has been involved in countless civic and business activities, too numerous to include in this biographical sketch. Among his accomplishments is performance as builder/developer of some 3,000 homes and nine commercial projects, some of which he currently owns and manages with his lawyer son, Chris. Santamaria has a chemical engineering degree and a master’s of business administration from the prestigious Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a founding member and 2000 president of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber, where he also served as chairman of the Chairman’s Club. Santamaria has received numerous “Man of the Year” and “Hall of Fame” awards from many Palm Beach County organizations, and he has been honored as “outstanding citizen” by both the villages of Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. In 2006, Santamaria was elected Palm Beach County commissioner for District 6, which includes the western communities. He has been married to his wife, Victoria, for 44 years, and the couple has three children (two lawyers and a computer specialist) and three grandchildren.
Boynton Financial Group, Inc., An Independent Firm / Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC Benjamin G. Boynton is President of Boynton Financial Group, Inc., and an owner of the Wellington branch office of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ with major responsibilities in financial planning and investment management. Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. He has been an active community leader in a variety of non-profit organizations such as: Junior Achievement, Wellington Rotary Club, Hospice of Palm Beach County, the Central Palm Beach County and Wellington Chambers of Commerce and a member of the Wellington Regional Medical Center’s Board of Governors. Ben is also proud to be a Board member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and of his involvement with Leadership Palm Beach County. Ben and his wife Joanna reside in Fox Trail with their two children, William and Catherine, a Sheltie named Lassito and their herd of purebred Hereford beef cattle.
Heather Fiona DiNardo is the General Manager of Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens & Cemetery, located at 3041 Kirk Rd., Lake Worth. Dorsey-E. Earl Smith is the part of the parent company SCI (Dignity) which has over 1800 Funeral Homes and Cemeteries across the United States and Canada. She has been with the Company for 8 years working in various Funeral Homes and cemeteries in Palm Beach and Broward County. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida over 20 years ago. She is married to Tony and they just had a baby girl named Olivia.
Rick Vymlatil is president and chief executive officer of South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions Inc. He is charged with overall responsibilities of the South Florida Fair and the year-round operations of the South Florida Fairgrounds, where he leads a 40-person full-time staff. Vymlatil holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Wilmington College. He is active in industry-related organizations, and is past president and current legislative chairman for the Florida Federation of Fairs. A past chairman of the Florida Festival and Events Association and an active member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, Vymlatil is also active in the Historical/Centennial Committee for Palm Beach County and is a longtime member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Denise, are the parents of two adult children.
Harvey Montijo, M.D. is CEO of The Center for Bone and Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and total hip and knee joint replacement specialist. He has extensive knowledge in the latest surgical techniques and trains surgeons around the world. Montijo is part of the Physicians Leadership Group at Good Samaritan Medical Center and founder of OptimalWellness and Longevity Institute. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Orthopaedic Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico. As a major in the Army, he completed his surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery service at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort. Gordon, Ga. Montijo made the dean’s list as a student and was a four-year judo state champion in Puerto Rico and a gold and bronze medal winner at the Judo Central American Games. His research is published in several peer-reviewed medical journals. In his leisure time, Montijo enjoys ministry work and being a pastor. He is also involved in medical missionary work; he has volunteered his time as a surgeon in Vietnam and during the Haiti relief efforts.
Larry Tabloff is the General Manager of Royal Palm Mazda located on Southern Blvd and 441, (just west of the South Florida fairgrounds), a division of Penske Automotive Group. Royal Palm Mazda is a top 25 store in the nation and the #1 certified store Mazda in the South East. Royal Palm Mazda is the #1 rated Mazda store in the entire state of Florida according to DealerRater.com. Google Reviews rates Royal Palm Mazda as a 5 Star Rating, the highest available rating. Larry and his team pride themselves on consistently beating every customer’s satisfaction in both sales and service, which is why they keep coming back to Royal Palm Mazda for their car buying and service needs. Larry believes in giving back to the community in which we live, so with each sale he gives a charitable donation to either Little Smiles of Florida or Justin Bartlett Foundation Pet Rescue, the choice made by the customer. Larry and his wife, Karen, have lived in Palm Beach Gardens since 2001. They have two children, Xander and Hunter.
Scott Bedford is owner and president of Signs by Tomorrow, a full service sign company serving Palm Beach County since 1997. The company provides state of the art custom signs, digital printing of custom graphics, vehicle wraps, interior and exterior signs for business, retail, real estate, office buildings, medical facilities and hospitality. Scott believes in giving back to the region and Signs by Tomorrow has supported many local charitable organizations and recreational sports teams. He lives in Wellington with his wife, Mary Lou and their two daughters, Hilary and Amy.
Douglas M. Kingera is Vice President, Sales and Service Manager for the domestic personal and commercial divisions of Mercantil Commercebank. He oversees Palm Beach County in all aspects of retail and commercial lending as well as the day-to-day operations of the Lantana West Banking Center. Kingera has more than 14 years of banking experience, specializing in lending and credit activities. He has held positions in corporate banking, real estate, business banking and retail banking. He is an avid golfer as well as an all-around water lover, and often goes boating, fishing, etc. Active in community endeavors, Kingera serves as a board member and trustee for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He is also quite active in various non-profit organizations, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the United Way and Pets for Vets. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Ohio State University.
Ellen Sanita is responsible for managing 4 order fulfillment teams, each consisting of an Order Services Supervisor and a team of Order Service Assistants, located at each of our 4 Newspaper properties: Atlanta Journal Constitution in Atlanta, GA; Austin American Statesman in Austin, TX; Dayton Daily News in Dayton, OH; Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in West Palm Beach, FL. These teams handle all order fulfillment needs for the sales staff from point of sale to publication of advertising for all of our print and digital media. Sanita and her husband, Mark, are residents of Wellington, where they live with their two sons, Jordan and Dylan.
Joanne Stanley is Municipal Services Manager for Republic Services, responsible for achieving corporate growth and retention goals in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. Since its merger with Allied Waste in 2008, Republic Services is the second-largest waste and environmental company in North America, serving more than 2,800 counties and municipalities in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Stanley's 20 plus years of industry experiences provide her with a wealth of business and corporate knowledge. She earned her bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 1983. Heavily engaged in community activities that enhance the quality of life for the customer base served by Republic, she sits not only on the Board of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Palms West Foundation but also is a Board Member at the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce. Joanne is a recent graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and also works actively with other non-profit organizations such as the Lord's Place; Boca Helping Hands and St Laurence Chapel.
Keith Jordano, President and CEO of, Jordano Insurance Group has provided Florida businesses and families with comprehensive insurance services for almost two decades. Founded on the principles of customer service, satisfaction, professionalism and long-term relationships, these concepts are stronger today than ever. Our slogan “For All Your Insurance Needs and First in Service”. We know that every client is unique and that why we make the time to understand their specific needs and challenges. I’m pleased to say that many of our valued clients have been with us for years. It is our policy to always recommend what is in our clients’ best interests and never promise them anything we aren’t sure we can deliver. Our expertise in all types of industries and products allow us to create customized solutions unique to each of our clients’ needs! We are also the local District of Colonial Life the oldest and highest rated voluntary product provider by Benefit Selling Magazine. Due to our concern for our clients and the overall health of the industry, our founder and President has spent the past decade lobbying in Tallahassee and Washington for health care reform. We believe that coverage should be available and affordable for all but not at any cost. Mr. Jordano is Vice-President of Palm Coast Association of Health Underwriters, Past President of Royal Palm Beach Rotary, Past executive Board member of the Palms West Chamber as well as past small business of the year and member of the year. Just to name a few, as he be leaves in being involved in the community to make it a better place to live and raise a family.
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.
Judith Schumacher, a vice president with Anderson-Moore Construction Corp., has been an integral part of the Anderson-Moore Construction management team since 2004. She has more than 15 years of experience with client development, preconstruction services, marketing and communications for general contractors. Schumacher’s experience also includes a background in association management, specific to the construction industry. Locally, she serves as President of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and is a member of NAIOP, RCA, the Economic Forum, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the USGBC, and numerous other organizations affiliated with the construction industry. Judith is also very involved with the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, serving on various committees and supporting the many functions and events hosted by the CPBC.
Mickey Smith received his law degree from Duke University School of Law and has practiced law in Florida for more than 25 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 for more than a decade now, 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). He has lived in the western communities for more than 20 years with his wife, Elizabeth, a public school teacher. He realizes that being a good lawyer involves not only knowledge but also being responsive to clients’ needs.
Dr. Brad P. Glick is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Margate and Wellington. Glick graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and received his master’s from The Emory University School of Public Health. He earned his medical osteopathic degree at Nova Southeastern University. His internship in internal medicine was performed at Humana South Broward Hospital, and his residency in family medicine was performed at Wellington Regional Medical Center and the Palm Beach County Public Health Unit. His dermatology residency was performed at the Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center at Mount Sinai Medical and focused on dermatologic , Mohs micrographic and laser surgery. He held staff positions at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Northwest Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Glick is director of dermatology residency training at Wellington Regional Center. He is a guest lecturer for the Abbott, Amgen, Stiefel, Medicis and Merz Pharmaceutical Speakers Bureaus and has received numerous honors during his career. Dr. Glick is the current president of the American Osteopathic Collage of Dermatology, president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Dermatology and past president of the Broward County Dermatologic Society.
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.
Al Young is the dealer/operating partner of Wayne Akers Ford, one of the largest Ford dealers in Palm Beach County, South Florida and the nation. He is chairman of the South Florida Ford Dealers and has served on their board as a member in the past. He has sat on many national dealer committees representing Ford and the South Florida Ford Dealers. Young has also sat on the board of the Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce and was involved in many of its sponsored events prior to the merger that produced the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He has been a resident of Florida since 1981, moving here from Ohio where he attended Youngstown State University, and has been involved in the automotive industry since arriving in Florida. Young is also a supporter of the Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars program benefiting students at Lake Worth High School, the Komen Race for the Cure and many other civic groups in the area. He and his wife, Rose, have two children, Payton and Aly, and reside in the western Lake Worth area.
Julie Kime was the proud owner of the Allstate office in Wellington for thirty years. Julie retired and sold the agency to another long term agent that lives in Wellington by the name of Erica Clark. She is a founding member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Chamber’s Business of the Year Award, and in 2011, she was honored with the Stiletto Award. Julie is also active in the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, where she has been recognized with a Leadership Award. Kime serves on the corporate board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, where she has been an active participant and major supporter for many years. For her contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Julie Kime was recognized and nominated to the prestigious Jeremiah Milbank Society, an elite group of individuals dedicated to serving their local Boys and Girls Clubs. Kime and her husband, John, also an Allstate agent, reside in Palm Beach Gardens.
Dennis P. Gallon became the fifth president of Palm Beach State College (then Palm Beach Community College) in 1997. Before that, he served as president of the Kent Campus at Florida Community College in Jacksonville. Gallon had a long and successful career in the secondary and postsecondary levels of education. After serving as a tenured faculty member at FCCJ, his administrative career there included campus business manager, campus dean of occupational, adult and continuing education, campus dean of instructions, and college-wide associate vice president of academic programs. He also served as an adjunct professor in the doctoral program in higher education administration at the University of Florida. Gallon completed the requirements for the Ph.D. in higher education at UF. He received his master’s degree in business from Indiana University and his bachelor’s in business from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville. Gallon’s professional involvement includes serving on the American Association of Community Colleges Presidents’ Roundtable, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, board member and past president of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, Leadership Florida and the University of Florida Alumni Board, and he’s served as a Fulbright Scholar in Israel through the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.
John Spillane is the founder and managing principal of this Wellington based accounting, tax, financial and business consulting practice. The firm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013, and is comprised of experienced accountants that provide real value and exceptional personal care and service to its many clients over its many years. John is a member of both the American and Florida Institute of CPAs. He also has been an active member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber for over twenty years, serving as Chairman and Treasurer for many of those years. John also belongs to the local Rotary Club and is the current Treasurer of St, Peters United Methodist Church. He also is also an officer and director on several local boards. Spillane and his wife, Linda, have lived in the local area for many years, and have two daughters and three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling , and spend a lot of time at their second home in Asheville, North Carolina.
Claudia Camacho is Vice President / Business Banking Relationship Manager for SunTrust Bank in the Wellington area. Her main responsibilities are to handle the business depository and lending needs of the western community clients. She has been in the banking industry over 29 years. Claudia has been very active in the Central Palm Beach County Chamber since 2002 and has been a member of the Ambassador Committee where she has been named “Ambassador of the Month” four times since 2007. She has also volunteered her time with SalsaFest, Taste/Chocolate Lover’s Festival, chaired the Membership Committee and currently is active on the Finance Committee for the past 2 years. Claudia has been involved with the Make A Wish Foundation, Rotary International, Project Graduation and Network Professionals. Claudia most recently has taken on a committee seat with SunTrust Diversity Council where she is chairs the women’s committee for South Florida. Claudia is a Palm Beach County native and resides in Royal Palm Beach with her husband, Mario, another fellow banker. They have 2 daughters, Briana and Brittany, who also volunteer their time throughout the year with the Chamber. Briana is in her 2nd year at Palm Beach State College and Brittany attends Royal Palm Beach Community High School. During her spare time, she loves to spend family time at Walt Disney World (a total Disney-fanatic), cruise vacations, shopping and going to the beach to snorkel.
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.
Maggie Zeller is an Account Executive with Evergreen Insurance in Royal Palm Beach. Evergreen Insurance is an independent insurance agency committed to working for the client. Evergreen is a private family-owned agency that believes in building long lasting relationships with its clients and to find the best protection for the most competitive premium. Maggie has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, including previous stints working at Morgan Stanley, Sterling Bank, Iberiabank and Gateway Insurance. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She moved to Florida from Westchester County, N.Y., in 1991. Maggie has been very active in the western communities, volunteering with numerous charitable organizations, including the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Wellington, Little Smiles, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Women of the Western Communities, The Lord’s Place, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement, Palms West Community Foundation, Kids Cancer Foundation, Back to Basics and My Brothers Sisters Keeper. She was the recipient of the 2011 Palms West Community Foundation Stiletto Award and is the 2012 Wellington Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year. She has two grown sons, Christopher and Adam, who both live locally. When she is not volunteering or traveling, she can be found reading a book on the beach.
Silvia C. Garcia, President/Founder, is Past Chair of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and founder of an insurance agency that was recognized as Business of the Year in 2008 by the CPBCC. She is a Cuban entrepreneur with over 28 years of insurance industry experience and community efforts. Ms. Garcia is a bilingual, multi-licensed, insurance broker with experience in sales, management and negotiations. After several years of being a leading producer for a major carrier, Garcia realized that in order to better serve her clients she needed to partner with other professionals, represent numerous reputable insurance companies and offer an array of products. Her exposure to chamber friends provided the opportunity to have a few entrepreneurs and community leaders take her under their wing and guide her through the process of starting a business from scratch; she founded the first agency back in 1990 and the rest is history. A team of experienced advisors is ready to evaluate your current insurance policy(ies), make necessary recommendations, and achieve the mutual goal of “Excelling at Exceeding Your Expectations”. Together you are bound to find the solution to your insurance needs due to their many years of experience with Life and Health, Personal and Commercial insurance lines; their expertise includes helping individuals, families, small and large business owners and negotiating contracts for municipalities, unions and chambers of commerce.
Patrick J. Rooney Jr. is President of the Palm Beach Kennel Club and Managing Director/President for Rooney’s Public House and Rooney’s All In Sports Bar and Grille. Rooney graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, went on to Villanova University School of Law for his Juris Doctor and then earned his MBA from Lehigh University. Rooney serves as a Director for the Autism Project of Palm Beach County. He has served as Governing Board Member of South Florida Water Management District and Director/Co-Chair for Rooney’s Golf Foundation, Inc. and was the Vice President for Renaissance Learning Academy. Other past community endeavors include Former Director and Board President of Home Safe of Palm Beach County, Director and Board President of the FAU Honors College and President of the Palm Beach County Golf Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, the Republican Party of Palm Beach County, Leadership Palm Beach County and the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Pat currently is serving as Representative in the Florida House for District 83, which serves Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Juno, Acreage, Singer Island and a part of West Palm Beach.
Aleida Socarras is the Director of Marketing and Sales at Florida Public Utilities, a natural gas, propane and electric company. Aleida joined Florida Public Utilities in March 2011. Aleida oversees the company’s marketing, sales and energy conservations departments providing leadership for the company’s growth strategy and program and business development efforts. Prior to joining Florida Public Utilities Company, Aleida was Senior Sales Manager of TECO Partners, a Florida sales and marketing company representing multiple energy related companies. Highly-motivated and driven, Aleida enjoys working with others to achieve goals and ensure success in whatever endeavor she’s involved with. She currently serves on the board of the Central Palm Chamber and has been past chair of the FNGA Marketing Committee, Past President of Women in Communications, a Leadership Miami Service Award Recipient, PRSA board member and an active participant in other not-for-profit organizations. Aleida earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University and a Masters of Industrial Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Nat Roberts is general manager of Callery-Judge Grove, a 4,000-acre orange, tangerine and grapefruit grove located approximately 14 miles west of West Palm Beach. Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in business and community affairs and serves on the boards of the Indian River Citrus League, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Palms West Hospital and Dewey Electronics. Nat serves as a trustee of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and is incoming chairman of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.
Cristian Lopez is the Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Leader at BB&T Community Bank. Ms. Lopez, who joined BB&T in June 2006, is the financial center leader for BB&T’s 151 S. State Road office in Wellington, Fla. Her responsibilities include the sales management within the branch, in addition to provide quality leadership while ensuring that clients receive superior client service quality. She was born in Managua, Nicaragua and received her Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Univesidad Autonoma Nicaraguense– Managua, Nicaragua.
Eric Goldman comes to Palms West from Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, an affiliate HCA facility, where he was the chief operating officer since 2006. Eric has 17 years of healthcare experience with HCA. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Goldman was chief operating officer at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach. He received his bachelor’s degree at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master’s of health science in health finance management at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Being involved in the community is important to Goldman. He most recently served as chairman of the University of North Florida Healthcare Administration Program and is on the board of directors for The Blood Alliance, Blood Bank and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. He was also an inaugural participant in United Way’s Stein Fellowship Program.
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. Additionally, he serves as center operations resource for Taubman Asia in Korea and China, and is assisting Taubman with The Mall of San Juan opening in Puerto Rico next year. 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 Golden Retriever.
Anna Lee is vice president and branch manager of the Chase Bank at 6835 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Lee worked in the banking industry in New York for 20 years before moving to Wellington and has recently assumed the manager position at Chase. With passion and years of banking experience, Lee is looking forward to continuing her active involvement with her community and providing a great customer service experience at Chase. She said she views her trustee membership as a wonderful opportunity to develop and grow new trusting relationships with other business leaders. Lee lives in Wellington with her husband, Robert, and her daughter, Jessica.
Robert Campion is new to South Florida in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received a master’s degree in physical therapy from Emory University. He has worked as a physical therapist and district manager in California and Wisconsin for Aegis Therapies for 10-plus years. Campion held the position of executive director for a Golden Living Rehabilitation Center for eight years, before taking the position of chief executive officer of NuVista Living at Wellington Green in March 2011. Robert is married with two children, ages 17 and 5.
Barbara Miedema is vice president of public affairs and communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The Cooperative, based in Belle Glade, is made up of 46 small and medium-sized sugarcane farms located in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Miedema is responsible for coordinating all internal and external communications for the Cooperative. She served on Gov. Rick Scott’s 2010 Transition Team for Regulatory Reform that provided input on how to streamline regulations that hinder job creation in Florida. She is a charter member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resource Advisory Commission, which provides recommendations to the Governing Board on regional water policy issues. She serves as the point person on all water resource issues for the Cooperative, including water quality and supply challenges, Lake Okeechobee management and support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. She is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Leadership Palm Beach County and Leadership Glades programs. Miedema earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts and Sciences from Michigan State University. She is an accredited public relations professional through the Florida Public Relations Association who has received 15 statewide awards of recognition for her work.
Carmine Priore III is vice president of wind operations and management for NextEra Energy Resources, where he is accountable for wind energy sites and production in the United States and Canada. Previously, he was the vice president of thermal, hydro and solar operations. Priore has also served as regional plant general manager for the startup and initial operations of the West County Energy Center in Loxahatchee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in 1989. He is a registered professional engineer and obtained a combined master’s degree in industrial engineering and business administration from the University of South Florida. Priore is past-chairman of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington Planning & Zoning Adjustment Board. He serves on the Palm Beach Central High School Academy Advisory Board and is also chairman of the Palm Beach County Regional Economic Development Task Force. He and his wife Terri have volunteered their efforts to the Renaissance Learning Center, School for Autism, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and have co-chaired two events for the Diabetes Research Institute. He lives in Wellington with his wife and their three children.
Natalie Stolbach is an owner/partner of Barry's Jewelry spa, responsible for day-to-day business, sales, buying and marketing. For more than 33 years, Barry’s Jewelry Spa has offered fast and efficient expert jewelry repair and custom design, as well as a full range of wholesale items, including bridal, gold, diamonds, sterling, alternative metals and fashion jewelry. Barry’s also purchases gold, diamonds and sterling silver. Stolbach is from northern New Jersey and moved to Florida in 1997. Her family had been in the diamond industry for years. Natalie’s husband, Barry, was a natural in the business so they followed in the footsteps of great jewelers before them. Stolbach is on the CPBCCC board of directors and is immediate past chairwoman of the Lake Worth Ambassador Committee and Leadership Lake Worth. “I look forward to the amazing networking opportunities the merger has created and look forward to all the amazing people I will meet and the new businesses I will discover,” she said. Natalie and Barry have been married 31 years and have two adult children, Scott and Danielle. Natalie enjoys taking cruises in her spare time.
Kerri Burke is the Vice President Banking Center Manager of Comerica. A native of Palm Beach County, Kerri was born and raised in Delray Beach, Florida. She began her career in 1981 at Flagship Bank in Palm Beach County. She continued her career at Barnett Bank/Bank of America in south Palm Beach County where she worked for 16 years. She spent the last 9 years at Gulfstream Business Bank before joining Comerica in 2012. Kerri has been in the banking industry managing the service operations, sales and growth of banking centers. Kerri has received several customer service and sales awards throughout her career. Kerri works closely with the medical profession, CPA's, attorneys and entrepreneurs. She takes the time to understand their businesses and develops a plan to achieve their goals. She provides personalized one-on-one relationship banking. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her youngest daughter play competitive golf on the Junior PGA Tour.
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Mason Phelps Jr. is a lifelong horseman who has participated in many aspects of the equestrian world, including as a rider/trainer, event manager, governance leader, charity organizer and multi-media executive. Phelps was a rider and trainer in his early years, competing in eventing and the hunter/jumper ranks, where he earned national and international recognition as an equestrian athlete. Phelps was named as alternate to the U.S. Three Day Equestrian Team in the 1968 Olympics and, the same year, was named as the U.S. Combined Training Association’s Rider of the Year. He began to expand his role and became involved in the production and management of many competitive equestrian events around the United States. During the 1970s, Phelps developed his own training stable for hunters and jumpers, working with riders on both coasts of the U.S. until his retirement from competition in the late 1990s. But he became increasingly involved in the governance aspect of the industry and by organizing many charity events. Phelps is chairman of the famous National Horse Show and owns Phelps Media Group, Inc. International, an equestrian public relations and media firm based in Wellington. In 2006, he founded PhelpsSports.com, an equestrian news website.
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.
Bob Parsons has an exceptional record of allocating and managing the resources an educational organization needs to thrive. Prior to joining Oxbridge Academy, he served for 12 years as the Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the United States Naval Academy. In this capacity he was responsible for planning, programming, budgeting and execution for federal appropriated funding, as well as all private funding from the United States Naval Academy Foundation and the Naval Academy Athletic Association. In addition to financial responsibilities, he was responsible for civilian human resource management and the entire range of Naval Academy business and service operations. He was also the Naval Academy’s principal liaison to the Naval Academy Foundation during the first comprehensive private fund campaign in Naval Academy history. Mr. Parsons is the recipient of three Legion of Merit awards, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal and two Navy Commendation Medals. He also wears the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal and the Expert Pistol Medal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the United States Naval Academy and his master’s degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. After a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Parsons chose to become part of Oxbridge Academy’s founding team, in part, because of the school’s strong emphasis on developing leadership skills and teaching subjects from a real-world perspective: "Bill Koch’s vision for a high school centered on scholarship, leadership, service, character and athletic development matches perfectly with the mission of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Oxbridge will provide truly remarkable opportunities for young men and women with demonstrated abilities and potential, regardless of their background or economic situation. And for me, personally, to be a part of the founding team at Oxbridge Academy exceeds all reasonable expectations.”
Angela Mattingly is the Vice President and Commercial Lending Relationship Manager for TD Bank “America’s Most Convenient Bank”. Angela has been in the financial industry for 18 years, with experience in business banking, private banking, and retail banking. She assists TD offices in Palm Beach County in business development, business banking and commercial lending, consumer lending, and mortgage lending. She is very involved in the community as well as serving on the Board for Place of Hope. Angela is a native Floridian and resides in Royal Palm Beach with her husband, Pierre Rodriguez, and two boys, Kyle and Kasey.
Ellen C. Smith is the government and community affairs manager for Waste Management Inc. of Florida, responsible for Palm Beach County affairs. Waste Management is the largest provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America, as well as North America’s largest municipal waste recycler and a leader in waste-based energy technologies. Waste Management is the only waste services company in the Fortune 500 and has been named to Ethisphere’s 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fifth consecutive year. Smith is a Palm Beach County native. She graduated from Stetson University with a degree in political science and the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Policy with a master’s degree in public affairs. She has worked at the regional, state and local levels of government and also has 20 years of private-sector lobbying experience, guiding clients through complex governmental issues. Ellen lives in Juno Isles with her two children, Isaac, 15 and Alexis, 13.
Howard K. Coates Jr. has been practicing law in Palm Beach County for more than 20 years and has extensive experience representing clients in complex litigation matters. Coates has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida and other jurisdictions. He was a shareholder of the Coates Law Firm before joining McDonald Hopkins, where he continues to represent clients on regulatory and liability issues. Coates also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution and participates actively in this trend toward mediated and non-judicial resolutions. His activity in this specialty is evidenced by the fact that he has mediated more than 100 cases and arbitrated matters in numerous resolution forums, including the American Arbitration Association and the New York Stock Exchange. Coates is committed to his profession and the community. The Yale Law School graduate sits on a variety of major nonprofit community organization boards of directors, was a founding member of the Palms West Estate Planning Council and serves as an elected member of the Wellington Village Council.
Dr. Juan F. Ortega has extensive local, national and international experience on traffic engineering and transportation planning issues. His expertise includes design, coordination and implementation of multidisciplinary projects including policy and systems planning, transportation statistical analysis, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dr. Ortega’s work on the transportation field has been presented at national and international conferences. He just published a book that addresses interagency partnerships for the development of Housing, Transportation and Economic Development projects that maximize Accessibility and Mobility. At the local level, he has worked with both public and private entities on a wide variety of projects including several municipalities and counties in South Florida. At the national level, Dr. Ortega worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. During his tenure at this office, he worked with policy analysts and decision makers for transportation and multimodal projects at the Federal level. At the international level, Dr. Ortega is a consultant to The World Bank for the implementation of mass rapid transit systems in Latin America. In this assignment, he works hand-in-hand with consultants from multidisciplinary teams as well as with local transportation agencies and governments.
Eddy L. Rodriguez is Vice President Senior Business Relationship Manager and Agriculture Specialist for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. He manages the South Florida agriculture portfolio (which includes Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe County) as well as commercial business accounts in Palm Beach County. Eddy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Financing as well as his Masters in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also has over 14-years of experience in banking and agriculture financing and 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.
John Wash is president of operations for both the International Polo Club and the Wanderers Golf Club in Wellington. He came to Florida after serving as president of operations at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club, the only private, gated, waterfront community in Texas with 54-holes of championship golf, a Country Club, Yacht Club & Marina, a Racquet Club, Fitness Center, Day Spa, Pro Shops, and two private islands. Before arriving in Wellington, Mr. Wash helped develop and open the Golf Club of Purchase, in Westchester N.Y., designed by Jack Nicklaus. Prior to that, Mr. Wash directed the Atlanta-based Country Club of the South, developed as a 900 home residential resort club by Bob Sierra and Jack Nicklaus. Wash was raised in New York and is a graduate of Hyde Park’s famed Culinary Institute of America. He is currently directing the complexities of two clubs on separate sites. On one hand is the world-renowned International Polo Club, host of the top polo tournaments in North America and attracting players from all over the world. Tennis courts, a croquet lawn, spa and three restaurants offer the most pampered amenities. On the other hand is the Wanderers Golf Club in Wellington, a friendly, top-flight membership club offering golf, tennis, swimming and a fitness center. Considered a specialist in the Hospitality field, Wash is active in multiple community, civic and charitable associations John and wife Toy are Florida residents.
Max Macon is External Affairs Area Manager for Florida Power & Light Company, the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. Max joined FPL in January 1999 upon graduation from college. He has worked in FPL’s Customer Service, Distribution, and Marketing & Communication business units during his 14 years with the company. Max holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. He currently lives in Jupiter with his wife, Kaile.
Scott Armand is president and CEO of Armand Professional Services, Inc. He is responsible for the daily operations of this growing family business. Armand is active in the community, serving in leadership roles with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as vice chairman of membership, and the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach, which he serves as the President. Armand and his wife, Mary (Mair), are the parents of five children and have three grandchildren. They have resided in the western communities for more than 25 years.
Kimberly H. Leland is co-owner of PRINT-IT Plus, a long-established printing firm based in Royal Palm Beach. She has been an active member of the Chamber for twenty–four years and served on the Marketing Committee during the Chamber’s critical branding and merger transition period. She is the art director and oversees her firm’s marketing. She is also the in-house information technology person. Leland is married to her business partner, David T. Leland, who is a past president and current vice president of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, they have devoted much time and effort to youth sports, high school debate and Central Palm Beach County Chamber events, including the Holiday Parade and Royal Palm Beach Art and Music Festival. The Lelands live in the western communities and have two adult daughters, one currently employed by E.J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, Calif., and attending the University of Berkeley Haas School of Business, the other is a practicing attorney at Sedgwick, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL; and an adult son who is a student attending University of Central Florida for Biomedical Sciences.
Benjamin P. Shenkman has practiced law in Palm Beach County for nearly 20 years, focusing his practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law and asset protection planning. He is a frequent lecturer on estate planning topics, and has appeared in the media on topics related to estate planning, including several appearances on the public television program, “Wealth & Wisdom.” He has also appeared as a guest on local radio shows and is a former contributor to the Palm Beach Post column “The Law and You.” Shenkman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University; a Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami; and a master of laws degree in estate planning from the University Of Miami School Of Law. Mr. Shenkman is a member of The Florida Bar and the Bar’s Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. He is also a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and is a founding member and director of the Palms West Estate Planning Council. He was recently named to the board of directors of the Arthur P. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades.
Ryan Lewis serves as the Regional Leasing Director for the Management Services Group of Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE: HCN). He is responsible for overseeing the leasing activities of a portfolio of over 1,000,000 square feet of the company’s medical office space. Here locally, in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Health Care REIT, Inc. owns and manages twenty medical office buildings on, or near, hospital campuses, including both Wellington Regional Medical Center and Palms West Hospital. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace University, located in Berea, Ohio. While at Baldwin-Wallace, Lewis was a member of the university’s football team, earning All-American honors during his senior campaign. Relatively new to South Florida, he relocated from Ohio in 2009 and currently resides in North Palm Beach.
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.
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 (FAU). She is passionate about eco-friendly technology and loves helping business owners expand their business while using fewer resources. Her potential was recognized in 2010 when she received the "Woman to Watch" award from Women in Technology International South Florida. Her company specializes in Flat Rate IT Support, Cloud Computing, Network Management, Backup and Disaster Recovery, IT Consulting, Hosted Email, Office Moves, Voice and Data Structured Cabling and Healthcare/HIPAA IT consulting. Deana is a loving wife, and has two children, ages 10 and 13. 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 class of 2014.