Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits


Melissa Nash has been named president of the West Palm Beach Police Athletic League. She has been a PAL board member for two years. Nash will lead the organization in its mission to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities to the youth of West Palm Beach. She is president and CEO of Accounts Receivables Inc. Nash is a native Palm Beach County resident and an avid supporter of many other community organizations, including, Nonprofits First, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society, Girls Scouts of Southeast Florida, American Cancer Society and Distributive Education Clubs of America. She is also a volunteer at South Tech Academy and an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County.

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has appointed three to its board of directors for 2017-18. Penny Bank is president of the Helen S. and Merrill L. Bank Foundation. She is a founder member and serves on the education advisory committee for the Kravis Center.

Bradley Hurston is vice president and portfolio manager at Iberia Wealth Advisors. He is the chairman of the Kravis Center’s community relations committee and an executive committee member of the Young Friends of the Kravis Center.

Irene Karp is has served on the Kravis Center’s development committee for more than five years. She is on the executive board of the Norton Museum and vice president of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.


Christina Lambert has joined Productive Power as a digital productivity strategist. She works at the firm’s West Palm Beach office. Lambert previously served as president and CEO of The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.


Michelle Phillips has been appointed director of marketing and communications at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in Wellington. Phillips will oversee the marketing team while assisting with the development and implementation of the Club’s marketing plan. She will also collaborate on the branding, public relations and strategic planning initiatives related to marketing. She held various roles in the marketing department including marketing manager and assistant marketing director. Phillips previously worked as the director of branding at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. She has 15 years of experience in the hospitality business, and has worked in marketing for various hotels including the Starwood Hotel group and Sunstream Hotel and Resorts. Phillips has a master’s degree in integrated marketing and management communications, with an emphasis in advertising, marketing and public relations. She resides in Wellington.


Leadership Florida has named Sarah Alsofrom chair of the regional council for the Gulfstream region to include Palm Beach County. She is the director of community relations for GL Homes, and manages the company’s statewide philanthropic efforts with a focus on charities that work to break the cycle of homelessness. Alsofrom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and a lifetime member. An active community leader, Alsofrom has served as past president of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, past chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and served on the board of directors of the 211 Helpline Palm Beach/Treasure Coast.


The City of West Palm Beach’s Community Events Division has won 20 2017 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards from The International Festivals and Events Association. The division was recognized for its holiday events and creative promotional materials.

Two Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisors have been named to Forbes’ inaugural America’s Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors list. Rachel Barzilay is a managing director, wealth management advisor and senior portfolio manager in the firm’s Boca Raton office. She focuses on advising clients about municipal bonds, retirement and estate planning services, education savings accounts, philanthropic trusts and foundations as well as corporate lending through access to Bank of America. Barzilay earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in finance from the University of Florida. She is a resident of Boca Raton.

Paul Abbott is a financial advisor in the firm’s Palm Beach Gardens office. He caters to the specialized financial needs of affluent individuals, families and private enterprises. Abbott graduated from the University of Phoenix. He grew up in West Palm Beach.

Todd Barron has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services. He is a portfolio manager with The Barron Group of UBS Financial Services. Todd is the immediate past president of the executive board of the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club in Wellington. He also sits on the executive board of The Young Friends of The Palm Beach Symphony. Barron resides in Wellington.

Vittorio Bertuzzelli has earned the Certified Financial Planner certification mark by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Bertuzzelli works at Edward Jones’ North Palm Beach office.


The Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association is holding its October lunch Tuesday at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens, 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Cost is $35 members, $45 nonmembers, who must pay in advance. $40 members at the door. Call 561-882-9819 or email info@hotelassociation.com

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