Published Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Summer interns from across the Nation learned about Palm Beach County’s economy in the Business Development Board’s boardroom. The first-of-its-kind “BDB Lunch and Learn Intern Series” invited summer interns from BDB member organizations to gain a fresh perspective on the area’s business climate. The event included interns from companies such as BDO, Belcan, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Colliers International, Garcia Stromberg, Greenberg Traurig, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Holland & Knight, Kimley-Horn, NAI Merin Hunter Codman, Oxbow Carbon, Palm Beach County, SBA Communications, Sharp Communications, Verdex Construction, and Wells Fargo.

“This new series is a great way to provide soon-to-be professionals with a broad group of peers,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board. In fact, the group was so broad that interns spanned from local Palm Beach County academic institutes to out-of-state schools like Duke University and Harvard University. They were all within the same age group interning for the summer in different industries throughout Palm Beach County.

“Palm Beach County is an exciting place to be. The BDB is a big part of the economic engine and business environment here,“ said William Shepherd, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP. William, today's lunch sponsor, is a member of the BDB Financial Services Task Force and actually shared this idea for the new series at a prior meeting. 

Together, BDB members are ensuring that the future of Palm Beach County’s workforce will choose to stay here over competing locations and retain top talent as they start their careers. Two more events are planned for later this summer. 


Photos from the event >


Aerojet Rocketdyne Bank of America Baptist Health South Florida BB&T Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A.
CareerSource Centennial Bank DePuy Synthes Power Tools, a Johnson & Johnson Company Engel & Volkers Palm Beach Equestrian Center
Florida Crystals Corporation FPL Greenberg Traurig Gunster Hardrives, Inc.
HCA Palm Beach Hospitals Hedrick Brothers Construction J.C. White JP Morgan Chase LRP Publications
MBAF Minto Communities, LLC NCCI NextGen Mgmt dba DxWeb Management, LLC Nova Southeastern University
Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners 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 TD Bank
Tortoise Properties Wells Fargo & Company Wexford Capital