The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Trustee VIP Investor package provides Palm Beach County’s top executives who want to engage the key decision makers in Palm Beach County businesses and industries with numerous opportunities to participate and build relationships in unique professional and social settings not offered to other chamber members, and not offered to you in the same successful format by any other chamber of commerce in the region. Attend out VIP only special events and gatherings, and get engaged in strategic planning or serve in a leadership advisory capacity while experiencing camaraderie and developing rapport with other decision makers who are highly likely to become among your most valued clients, customers, or vital contacts as a direct result of your Trustee investment in the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.
|Peter Schorr, CEO, Retreat at Palm Beach County |
Peter Schorr is the Founder and CEO of Retreat at Palm Beach County and Retreat at Lancaster County. While having realized his vision of creating the highest quality substance abuse treatment center on the East Coast, he is simultaneously leading an expansion of treatment services through the construction of a new, state of the art, treatment facility in Palm Springs, Florida. With over 30 years’ experience as both a clinician and executive of multiple health care facilities, Mr. Schorr has developed innovative programs to treat those suffering from the disease of addiction. He has assembled and leads a professional and dedicated team to carry out his and Retreat’s mission: To provide a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery by providing enlightenment and education to the individual and their families.
|Dr. Adam Bromberg, Director of Education and Technology, Wellington Regional Medical Center |
Member of Medical Board of Governors
I was born in Philadelphia, Pa. It was great growing up in a large city with access to all the culture and diversity. I had early exposure to medicine because I had family in the field. I began volunteering as an EMT and later became a paramedic. Through this work, I gained valuable medical experience and developed passion for helping people. I worked as a paramedic in college and that's when I fell in love with emergency medicine. I enjoy the interaction between the staff, patients and family members and find it very gratifying to do something that impacts patients' lives.
|Jess R. Santamaria, Owner, Royal Inn Hotel Resort |
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.
|Judy Clayton Sanchez, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, United States Sugar Corporation |
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.
|Dr. Georgis Patsias, Urologist, Palm Beach Urology Associates, P.A. |
Member of Medical Board of Governors
Dr. Georgis Patsias is a Board Certified Urologist. He received his M.D. degree from Cayetano Heredia University in 1982. Dr. Patsias served as a Surgical and Urology Resident at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. and in 1992 he finished his urological training as Chief Resident. Once he completed his residency, Dr. Patsias went to New York where he obtained a fellowship in Male Infertility and Impotence at the New York University. Since 1993, he has been in private practice in the Palm Beach County, Florida. He has authored national and international abstracts and has lectured, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Patsias is certified by the American Board of Urology. He also holds current membership with the American Medical Association, the American Urological Association, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, and Palm Beach County Medical Society. Dr. Patsias specializes in microscopic vas reversal, non-scalpel vasectomy and penile implants.
|Kerri Burke, Vice President/Banking Center Manager, Comerica Bank |
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.
|Heather DiNardo, General Manager, Dorsey - E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens |
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.
|Thomas M. Wenham, Executive Director, Wellington Preservation Coalition |
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.
|Shelby Bigelow, General Manager, Royal Palm Toyota |
Bio Coming Soon!
|Julie Kime, Retired, Founding Member |
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.
|Ellen C. Smith, Government and Community Affairs Manager, Waste Management of South Florida |
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.
|Enrique Tomeu, President, Palm Beach Aggregates, Inc. |
Bio coming soon.
|Al Young, Dealer/Operating Partner, Wayne Akers Ford |
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.
|Deana Pizzo, Chief Executive Officer, IT Solutions of South Florida |
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 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 by helping to advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the community. 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 11 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.
|Benjamin Shenkman, Owner and Partner, Gonzalez & Shenkman, P.L. |
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.
|Judith Schumacher, Vice President, Anderson-Moore Construction Corporation |
Central Palm Beach Community Foundation Board Member
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.
|Dr. Daxa Patel, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, |
Member of Medical Board of Governors
Dr. Daxa Patel is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Wellington, Florida. She is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Palms West Hospital and Wellington Regional Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and has been in practice for 19 years. Dr. Patel accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. She is one of 42 doctors at Palms West Hospital and one of 58 at Wellington Regional Medical Center who specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
|Bob Parsons, President and CEO, Oxbridge Academy Foundation |
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.”
|Jeff Korentur, Director of Client Relations, Visiting Angels of SE Florida |
Jeff Korentur, CSA – Jeff Korentur is the Director of Client Relations at the award winning Visiting Angels of SE Florida – ranked in the top 5% of senior home care companies in the country. Jeff is a Certified Senior Advisor, and has been with Visiting Angels for more than eight years. He is responsible for establishing and nurturing relationships with clients and their families, caregivers, and the local business community. Jeff is the Visiting Angels point person for several local philanthropic and veteran organizations; and is the Secretary of the Temple Shaarei Shalom Brotherhood. Jeff earned a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems at the Tucson campus of the University of Phoenix. Jeff proudly served our nation as both a helicopter pilot and counterintelligence special agent during nearly 10 years of active duty in the US Army. He currently lives in Boynton Beach with his wife and their four children.
|Manny Tavares, General Manager, Royal Palm Nissan |
Bio Coming Soon!
|Robbin Lee, RN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Regional Medical Center |
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.
|John A. Wash, President of Operations, International Polo Club |
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.
|Rick Vymlatil, President and CEO, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach Expo |
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.
|Seat Open, Republic Services of Palm Beach |
|Keith Jordano, President and CEO, Jordano Insurance Group |
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.
|Howard Coates, Attorney, McDonald Hopkins LLC |
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.
|Mark Eggen, Founder and CEO, TSI Supercool |
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.
|Halsey Smith, Managing Director, Wilmington Trust NA |
“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.”
|Claudia Camacho, SunTrust Bank |
Claudia Camacho is the Vice President, Branch Manager of SunTrust Bank for the past 3 years. Claudia has dedicated over 30 years to working within the banking industry in Palm Beach County. She has experience in business banking, commercial lending, cash management, operations and the last 15 years have been directly in managing a retail branch location. Claudia’s primary goal these days are to learn as much as she can about her small business clients and become an advisor to them for any banking needs they may have. Claudia served on the Central Palm Beach Chamber’s Board from 2011 – 2014 and during 2013 served as the Chamber’s Treasurer on the Executive Board. She is also involved with Network Professionals, a referral lead group, and also serves as their Treasurer for the past 2 years. Currently, Claudia is also a Trustee of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for SunTrust Bank. Claudia’s other involvement was being a member of the Royal Palm Beach Rotary and wish-granter for the Make A Wish Foundation. She served the past 3 years on the Finance Committee for SunFest including one year as Vice Chair for Finance. Claudia is a native Floridian of Palm Beach County. She lives in Royal Palm Beach with her husband, Mario Camacho and 2 beautiful daughters, Briana and Brittany.
|Dr. Dennis Gallon, President, Palm Beach State College |
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 Hornberger, Chief Executive Officer, Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County |
Member of Medical Board of Governors
John Hornberger is the Chief Executive Officer of the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County. John has over 20 years of proven experience managing large medical groups and has achieved consistently successful results in both private practice and corporate medical settings. John specializes in healthcare business analysis and improvement, operational analysis and improvement, strategic planning, and physician relations as well as practice mergers and consolidations. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Campbell University in North Carolina.
|Jennifer Jager, Creative Director, Plum Productions |
Bio Coming Soon!
|Rick Murrell, CEO, Tropical Shipping |
Rick started his career with Tropical in 1969 initially working in the Bahamas for 5 years. In 1987, Rick assumed the leadership of Tropical Shipping, which has since become a leading ocean carrier and logistics provider for U.S. and Canadian manufactured exports to the Bahamas and Caribbean. Tropical Shipping, headquartered in Palm Beach County, operates regularly scheduled sailings from the ports of Saint John, Canada, Port of Palm Beach and Caucedo in the Dominican Republic, to 28 ports in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Tropical’s associated logistics businesses also offer weekly service from most major worldwide ports to and from the Bahamas and Caribbean. In 2005, Rick was presented with the “Golden Star of the Caribbean Award” by Caribbean Central American Action, a Washington based organization focused on the Caribbean. In 2006, Rick was presented with the “Caribbean Hotel Association Award” for leadership of Caribbean disaster recovery efforts. More recently, Tropical Shipping was selected as recipient of the Florida Governors 2011 Corporate Award at the 2011 Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference for Tropical’s support in disaster recovery and preparedness. Rick also serves as Chair of the South Florida Disaster Resiliency Coalition (SFDRC), a private-public partnership, with the Emergency Operations Centers of Palm Beach Broward, Dade, and Monroe counties. Tropical Shipping is the international shipping and logistics line of business owned by the Saltchuk family of companies, headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
|Mike Pike, Partner, Turnpike Law |
Attorney Mike Pike (“Pike”) is a Florida native. Before opening his own law firm, Pike spent several years practicing law as an associate and partner at some of Florida’s most prestigious firms. He has been practicing law for more than 10 years. Pike has secured numerous verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients within the areas of personal injury, auto accidents, highway accidents, wrongful death, insurance litigation, business litigation, sexual battery & assault and RICO. Pike is a State and Federal Court practitioner, having handled several cases in the United States District Courts involving complex business disputes. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and is a past president of the Palm Beach County Justice Association (PBCJA). Pike has received numerous accolades and awards including “Top Up and Comer” by the South Florida Legal Guide, “Up & Comers” by South Florida Business Journal; “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine; a “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine; and a “Person On The Move” numerous times by both the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post. Pike is also very active within the community and involved with numerous organizations, including service as a Board member of SOS Children’s Village. He is also an avid fisherman and a member of Florida’s CrossFit community.
|Max Macon, External Affairs Manager, Florida Power & Light Company |
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.
|Barbara J. Miedema, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida |
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.
|Brad Glick, D.O., Dermatologist, South Florida Skin & Laser Center |
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.
|Eddy L. Rodriguez , Vice President Senior Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. |
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.
|Robert Campion, President and CEO, NuVista Living at Welington Green |
Board of Directors Member
Medical Board of Governors Member
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.
|Ryan Lewis, Regional Leasing Director, Health Care REIT, Inc. |
Medical Board of Governors Member
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.
|Kimberly Leland, Co-Owner, PRINT-IT Plus |
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 G. Boynton, President, Boynton Financial Group, Inc. |
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.
|Patrick Rooney, President, The Palm Beach Kennel Club |
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.
|Scott Bedford, Owner and President, Signs by Tomorrow |
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.
|Madeleine G. Burroughs, Director of Marketing, AIG Financial Network |
Madeleine Burroughs is the Director of Marketing for AIG Financial Network, based out of Palm Beach Gardens and oversees marketing for all South Florida offices. She is a highly skilled professional with over 23 years of experience in the financial and insurance industries. She has been an insurance specialist and resource on a regional and national level for companies such as Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley), MetLife Investors, Symetra Financial, and Prudential. She has worked within multiple sales distributions including wirehouses, independent broker dealers, banks, and property and casualty agencies. As AIG Financial Network’s Director of Marketing in South Florida, Madeleine helps build AIG’s corporate brand in the territory. She also develops, executes, and evaluates targeted sales campaigns, works in partnership with the Director of Training to bring top notch training to financial representatives, and keeps South Florida’s team abreast of any competitive and market trends. Madeleine holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 registrations. She has a Florida 215 Life, Health, and Variable Annuity licenses and has nonresident licenses in multiple states. She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing. She has the CLU ® (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC ® (Chartered Financial Consultant) designations from the American College. Madeleine is a member of the Broward County Estate Planning Council and the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia. Madeleine, her husband of 21 years Phil, and their Boston terrier named Shula live in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida.
|John Spillane, Founder and Managing Principal, J.P. Spillane, CPA, PA |
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.
|Paul Mammolito, Assistant Vice President and Associate Relationship Manager, PNC Wealth Management |
As Assistant Vice President and Associate Relationship Manager, Paul Mammolito serves as the primary contact for the delivery of all Wealth Management services for his clients. He works closely with a seasoned team of professionals to develop, implement and execute strategies to help high net worth individuals and families achieve their financial goals. Paul coordinates the efforts of his colleagues in the areas of investment management, financial planning, trust and estate administration, and banking to provide completely customized advice and solutions to each client. Paul Mammolito joined PNC Bank in January 2009 and has held various positions in management and business development prior to joining PNC Wealth Management in 2014. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University, where he graduated with honors. He is an active participant and volunteer in the local community through various charitable and non-profit organizations and is an active Trustee member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.
|Caroline Villanueva, Project Coordinator of Real Estate, Florida Crystals |
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.