Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits


BANKING

Florida Community Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey Wolfson as branch manager of its Delray Beach banking center. In this role, Wolfson will be responsible for leading the daily operations of the branch office and expanding the bank’s market share in Delray Beach by establishing and maintaining relationships with customers, business partners and members of the community. With more than 19 years of banking and financial sales experience, Wolfson has held several roles in Boca Raton throughout her financial banking career, most recently serving as a senior relationship banker at Bank United. Wolfson’s most recent banking history includes roles as vice president, business banking relationship manager at Wells Fargo; assistant vice president, personal and business banking officer at City National Bank; and vice president, branch manager at AmTrust Bank. Wolfson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Russian. She is active within the local community in organizations such as the West Boca Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society of South Palm Beach County, and was named Business Person of the Year from the West Boca Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Fred A. Cunningham, a board certified civil trial lawyer and shareholder in the law firm of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates . Membership for this distinguished organization is by invitation only and extended to trial lawyers whose high personal character and honorable reputation are evident by their skill, civility, and integrity. Cunningham has a national practice devoted to representing victims of catastrophic personal injury and insurance bad faith. His extensive record of leadership includes service as past president of both the Palm Beach County Justice Association and the Florida Justice Association. In addition to ABOTA, he has the distinct privilege of serving as a member of the Melvin M. Belli Society, as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and as a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Barbara Miedema, vice president of public affairs and communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, to the five-member Palm Beach State College board of trustees. Miedema is appointed for a term that began Feb. 10 and ends May 31, 2019. Miedema has worked in the sugar industry for 31 years. She worked as vice president of public relations for the Florida Sugar Cane League, a nonprofit trade association, for five years before moving into her current role in 1991 at the Belle Glade-based cooperative, which comprises 45 small and medium-sized sugarcane farms in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Miedema served on 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 and a member of the Florida Fruit and Vegetables Association’s environmental and pest management committee. She sits on the board and is a member of the executive committee of the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance, a trustee of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and a participant in the Glades Career Workforce Readiness Roundtable. Miedema is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Leadership Palm Beach County and Leadership Glades programs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications, arts and sciences from Michigan State University. She is an accredited public relations professional through the Florida Public Relations Association and has received 15 statewide awards of recognition for her work.

Palm Beach resident and senior advisor of Chrysalis Ventures, Irv Bailey, has been elected to Save the Children’s board of trustees, the international humanitarian organization. Bailey has 40 years of formal portfolio management experience, having held senior positions at Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company. From 1988 until 1997, he was chairman and CEO of Providian Corporation, a Fortune 200 company. Bailey earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and his Master of Business Administration from New York University. He has been a director of a number of boards, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Hospira, Inc. and AEGON, NV.

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries announces that Sophia Stone has joined the board of directors. Stone is the creative director and founder of Halotopia, L.L.C., headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, which is a luxury fashion accessories brand for women of faith. Stone balances her professional life with quality time spent with her family and a passion for helping others. For years she has been serving as a dedicated volunteer in the community and positively impacting the lives of women and children. Stone is has had the opportunity to serve as a keynote speaker for Order of Ahepa Palm Beach Chapter 18 and as an inspirational speaker to various organizations, schools and churches throughout our community. Stone is currently also an active board member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.

Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway has recently appointed Donald Kiselewski as the new chairman to its advisory board. The FAU Tech Runway advisory board serves as an advisory body for the mission, strategy and programs of FAU Tech Runway. Kiselewski is currently the senior director of external affairs for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida. Prior to joining FPL, he served as a congressional chief of staff and was a 14-year employee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kiselewski earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University.

FINANCE

Palm Planning Group and Anthony M. Lofaso announced that Alejandro Lofaso has joined the practice as an investment advisor representative. Lofaso received a bachelor’s degree in finance and multinational business from Florida State University, a teaching degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a master’s degree in bilingual education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lofaso is a member of NAIFA Palm Beach County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County.

LEGAL

The law firm Kaye Bender Rembaum has announced that a new firm member and senior associate have joined the firm’s office in Palm Beach Gardens. Peter C. Mollengarden joins as a firm member and was previously a shareholder of Rosenbaum Mollengarden and leader of its community association law practice. He has represented community associations and country club communities in South Florida since 1992. Prior to that, he was an attorney in the Washington D.C. metro area representing developers and preparing condominium and homeowners association documents. Mollengarden is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on the topic of association law. He co-hosts radio talk show “Condo Solutions,” which airs weekly on 1450 AM in Stuart. Mollengarden received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Allison L. Hertz joins as a senior associate and was previously with Rosenbaum Mollengarden’s community association law practice. Hertz brings 10 years of experience in counseling condominium, homeowner and cooperative associations on issues of importance including day-to-day operational issues, such as covenant enforcement, covenant preservation and revitalization, contracts, amendments to governing documents and collection and foreclosure issues. Hertz received a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center.

Both Mollengarden and Hertz are members of the South Florida Chapter of Building Managers International and the Gold Coast Chapter of the Community Association Institute.

West Palm Beach law firm Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. announces that Michael J. Gore has joined the firm’s employment law group. Gore focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, construction litigation and securities litigation. He has developed and implemented defense strategies in complex litigation matters, and assisted employers with preventative measures designed to reduce or avoid lawsuits including conducting audits, providing on-site training, and drafting employment policies and handbooks in accordance with state and federal employment laws. Gore is a candidate for a Master of Laws in securities and financial regulation at Georgetown University Law Center. He earned his law degree from New York Law School and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2004.

Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. also announces that two attorneys have been promoted to firm shareholders. James C. Gavigan, Jr. focuses his practice in the areas of complex business litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation and intellectual property litigation. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, serving on its judicial relations and professionalism committees, and its young lawyers section executive board. He is president of the Georgetown University Club of Palm Beach.

William G. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, taxation and transactional corporate law. He graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2010. After being admitted to the Florida Bar, he went on to earn his Master of Laws in taxation from the graduate tax program at the University of Florida. He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership West Palm Beach.

RECOGNITION

Brett Morris, acting chief operating officer of The Polo Club of Boca Raton, has received the prestigious James H. Brewer Award as part of Club and Resort Business’ Excellence in Club Management Awards. Morris received the award for his outstanding performance in 2016. Under Morris’ guidance this past year, The Polo Club has gone through quite an evolution. Morris helped launch a new 10-year golf and tennis membership option. This first-of-its-kind program broke the South Florida Club industry mold, eliminating lifetime membership barriers and providing flexibility to new home buyers and members.

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced six of its West Palm Beach attorneys have been included in the Best Lawyers in America 2017. The following attorneys recognized include Patricia Lebow, managing partner; Steven Ellison, partner; Clifford I. Hertz, partner; Carl V. Romano, partner; Jacqueline S. Miller, of counsel; and Mark R. Osherow, of counsel. In total, 45 of the firm’s attorneys were recognized from six offices across the state.

Additionally, Hertz was named a “Lawyer of the Year,” a designation held by only one attorney in each region for that specific practice area. Hertz was recognized for land use and zoning law in West Palm Beach.

Palmer Kent Associates, an executive search firm based in Boca Raton, was named to the University of Florida’s 2017 Gator100 during a ceremony Feb. 10. Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate over the past three years to generate the ranking. Palmer Kent Associates is ranked 57th with a compound annual growth rate of 44.28 percent. This is Palmer Kent’s second consecutive year being ranked on the Gator100. Last year, Palmer Kent was ranked 71st with a compound annual growth rate of 32.66 percent. Doug Horn and Alyssa Lerner are co-managing directors of Palmer Kent Associates. Since founding the company in 1996, Horn and Lerner have built Palmer Kent Associates into one of the most effective and innovative legal recruiting firms in the world. The firm focuses on supporting and advising attorneys at all levels to enhance their professional careers at prominent law firms, financial institutions and corporations.

CALENDAR

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants will be opening its first Palm Beach County location at The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens in April. There will be a hiring event today and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at The Gardens Mall. Positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants. Cooper’s Hawk will be conducting open interviews with applicants on the spot.

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