Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October 6, 2020 - PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLA - The Business Development Board (BDB), Palm Beach County’s official economic development resource, is pleased to announce that 14 BDB Board of Directors were among Florida Trend's annual issue, “Florida 500”, a list comprised of the most influential business leaders in the state of Florida. 

BDB Board of Directors have led the Business Development Board's efforts to create more than 12,822 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $69,062, resulting in more than $777 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $6.97 billion over the past five years.

“Their hard work, focus, dedication, sacrifice and desire for making Florida a better place to live and work provide a glimmer of hope during this otherwise gloomy time, “ said David G. Denor, Publisher of Florida Trend 500. 

14 of Florida's Most Influential Leaders are BDB Board of Directors:

  • Ava Parker, President, Palm Beach State College
  • Bill Perry, CEO & Managing Shareholder, Gunster
  • Carey O’Donnell, President & Creative Director, O'Donnell Agency
  • Eric Kelly, President & CEO, Quantum Foundation
  • Fabiola Brumley -  Palm Beach County Market President & Vice Chair Business Banking National Executive, Bank of America
  • Frank Compiani, Office Managing Partner, RSM US
  • Gina Melby, CEO, JFK Medical Center
  • Harvey Oyer III, Partner, Shutts & Bowen
  • John Kelly, President, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO, Business Development Board
  • Kenneth Kahn, President, LRP Media Group
  • Mark Bellissimo, CEO, Equestrian Sport Productions
  • Neil Merin, Chairman, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman
  • Pepe Fanjul Jr., Executive Vice President, Florida Crystals

The influencers were categorized in sectors such as agriculture, finance, infotech, law, insurance, life sciences, energy, and manufacturing, as well as arts, entertainment, sports, education, hospitality, tourism, media, non-profits, professional services, real estate, wholesale, and transportation. 


#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 Carrier 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