2017 - 2018 Slate of Directors

Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Nominating Committee for this year is comprised of Chair Gina Melby, Past Chair Frank Compiani, and Vice Chair Ben Boynton. The Committee met several times to evaluate appropriate candidates for “At-Large Seats” available for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  

According to Section 9A of the Business Development Board’s Bylaws, all members should be informed 15 days prior to the annual meeting of the names of persons nominated as “At-Large Directors” by the nominating committee of the Board of Directors and the right of petition as provided in Article V, Section 9B.  The annual meeting/luncheon will take place on Thursday, September 28 at 11:30am at the Kravis Center. Click here to register

The Nominating Committee is proposing the following candidates to fill the At-Large seats for the upcoming fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2017:
Mark Bellissimo – Equestrian Sport Productions 
Bill Berger - Greenspoon Marder, P.A.
Richard Bernstein – Richard S. Bernstein Insurance Group, Inc.
Ben Boynton - Boynton Financial Group 
Fabiola Brumley
 – Bank of America Merrill Lynch  
Marty Cass – BDO
Ray Celedinas – Celedinas Insurance Group, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company
Bobby D’Angelo – Compson Associates
Walker Duvall – Wells Fargo
George Elmore - Hardrives, Chair Emeritus
Pepe Fanjul Jr. - Florida Crystals
Ken Kahn - LRP Publications   
Don Kiselewski – FPL 
Brendan Lynch - Plastridge Insurance 
Jim Maus – Aerojet Rocketdyne 
Gina Melby – HCA Palm Beach Hospitals
Mike O'Neill – Pratt & Whitney 
Val Perez – TD Bank
*Richard Rendina - Rendina RE Development

Brian Seymour - Gunster
*Juan Tagle - JP Morgan Chase
* New Directors for 2017-2018 

Chamber Appointees for 2017-2018 are as follows:

Don Hearing – Cotleur and Hearing, Inc., Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce  
Earnie Ellison – Ellison Consulting Group, Black Chamber of Commerce 
Bob Tucker - ADT, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce 
Francisco Gonzalez - Gonzalez, Shenkman & Buckstein, P.L., Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
Harvey Oyer - Shutts & Bowen LLP, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches 
James Nugent - Palm Beach Community Bank, Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce 

The Economic Council appointed seats for 2017-2018:

Frank Compiani – RSM US LLP
Gary Lesser - Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith
Maziar Keshavarz – Keshavarz Associates
Neil Merin - NAI Merin Hunter Codman

Port of Palm Beach Representative is as follows:

Dr. Jean Enright - Port Commissioner - Port of Palm Beach

Business Representatives appointed by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners are as follows:

Andy Amoroso - City Commissioner of Lake Worth, Representing Commissioner Dave Kerner
Sandie Foland – Baron Sign Manufacturing, Representing Commissioner Hal Valeche 
Carey O'Donnell - O'Donnell Agency, Representing Mayor Paulette Burdick 
Constance Scott - FAU, Representing Commissioner Steven Abrams 
Lee Waring- Seaside National Bank & Trust
, Representing Commissioner Mary Lou Berger
Richard Ryles - Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, Representing Commissioner Mack Bernard
Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay - Representing the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

Ex-Officio Board Members are as follows:

Dr. Robert Avossa – Palm Beach County School District 
Steve Craig – CareerSource Palm Beach County 
Dr. John Kelly - Florida Atlantic University 

Ava Parker – Palm Beach State College
Wendy Link – Economic Council, Outgoing/Past Chair

We look forward to seeing you at our 4th Quarter Luncheon on September 28 at 11:30am at the Kravis Center. Please RSVP here


#1 Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Aerojet Rocketdyne Bank of America Bank United Baptist Health South Florida
Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. CareerSource DePuy Synthes Power Tools, a Johnson & Johnson Company Equestrian Center Florida Crystals Corporation
FPL Greenberg Traurig Gunster Hardrives, Inc. HCA Palm Beach Hospitals
Hedrick Brothers Construction Hospital for Special Surgery J.C. White JP Morgan Chase LRP Publications
Martens Group Minto Communities, LLC NCCI Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC
Palm Beach Park of Commerce PNC Bank Pratt & Whitney (A United Technologies Company) Raymond James Financial Services/Boynton Financial Group, Inc. RSM
South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine South Florida Business Journal Stiles-Nicholson Foundation TD Bank Tortoise Properties
Wells Fargo & Company Wexford Capital