Heather Anstaett has been elected chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs Palm Beach Chapter. Anstaett has been a member of FICPA’s Palm Beach chapter for almost 15 years and has been on the chapter’s board for the past three years. In addition to her involvement with the FICPA, Anstaett also volunteers her time to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach Chapter.
First Bank of the Palm Beaches has hired Michael Lay as senior loan officer. Lay joins a lending team responsible for providing a positive experience for First Bank customers as they finance the purchase of their new home, as well as raising awareness of the bank’s lending capabilities in the community.
Palm Beach SCORE has elected two new co-chairs. Irene Dec served as the organization’s vice chair of education, developing educational programs for the non-profit small business mentoring organization, a Small Business Administration resource partner. She continues to mentor small businesses with guidance on business plans, marketing, operations and management support. Dec was head of IT, then vice president and head of international operations management for Prudential Financial, Inc. where she served as international executive leading global business initiatives.She received her bachelor and master’s degrees from Montclair State University in mathematics and taught mathematics as an adjunct professor.
Paul Gross began his career as an insurance agent in his grandfather’s small insurance agency. He previously worked for the NIA group. Gross has served in community affairs and philanthropic organizations. He has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit and business organizations including the Norton Museum of Art and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Gross received a BS in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a SCMP degree from Harvard Business School.
Nicholas C. Johnson has been made president of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association. He has been a member since 2015 and will serve as president for the 2017-2018 executive board. Johnson has also been reappointed to serve as a director on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s North County Section board of directors. He began his legal career in the courtroom as an assistant public defender in Palm Beach County, where he represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Johnson has worked for Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll since 2014.
Cary Stamp has been elected board president of the West Jupiter Community Center. He is president of Cary Stamp & Company, an investment management company in Tequesta. In addition to his volunteering at the center for the past five years, he serves on the board the of American Cancer Society for Northern Palm Beach County, is an ambassador for the Honda Classic Golf Tournament and is a member of the 100 Friends of the First Tee of the Palm Beaches.
Andrea Corsi has joined the Boca Raton Police Foundation’s board of directors. Corsi is the executive director of employee relations at the National Council on Compensation Insurance in Boca Raton.
Roy Vargas has been named a 2017 Hispanic Leadership Program Fellow by the National Community College Hispanic Council. Vargas is the dean of academic affairs for Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses. He joined PBSC last year. Prior to that, Vargas served as interim dean of the schools of business and media & creative arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Before his role as interim dean, he was associate dean of the school of business for two and a half years, as well as a full time business/supervisory management instructor for 11 years. Vargas has served as a lecturer and adjunct business professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as a chemistry professor at two universities in his native country of Costa Rica.
Palm Beach Atlantic University has promoted six professors. Fred J. Browning was promoted to professor of physics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Browning resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Victor A. Copan was promoted to professor of ministry, leadership and biblical studies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia International University, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Trinity International University and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. Copan resides in Wellington.
Philip Henry has been promoted to professor of counseling. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1979, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Science from Chestnut Hill College and a Ph.D. from Temple University. Henry resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Gary R. Poe was promoted to professor of history. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University, a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Poe resides in Lantana.
Alex M. Wainer was promoted to professor of communication and media studies. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valdosta State University and Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from Regent University. Wainer resides in West Palm Beach.
Paul Hauptmann was promoted to assistant professor of English. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science and Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Hauptmann resides in Boca Raton.
Joe Natoli has been named executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Baptist Health South Florida. He will be responsible for human resources, international services, legal counsel, construction administration, government and community relations, hospitality and business relations, corporate diversity and the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation. Before joining Baptist Health, Natoli was senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer for the University of Miami. From 2013 to 2015, he also served as interim chief operating officer for the University of Miami Health System, where he managed hospitals and clinics, the multi-disciplinary physician practice plan and related support organizations. Prior to Natoli’s work at the University of Miami, he worked for Knight Ridder, Inc., serving as chairman and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, president and publisher of San Jose Mercury News and president of The Miami Herald Publishing Company.
The Center for Creative Education has added two to its board of directors. James B. Meany has been regional director of First Republic Bank since 2013, and has 25 years of banking and wealth management experience. He devotes his time to overseeing financial literacy programs for under-served elementary school students and advises multiple charitable and philanthropic organizations.
Barbara McQuinn is the District 1 representative for the Palm Beach County School Board. She has been an integral part of the Palm Beach County school system, previously serving as principal at Palm Beach Gardens High School. McQuinn completed her career with the school district as an area superintendent.
Mark Holmes has joined Landmark Realty Professionals. Holmes is a commercial and residential expert and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. He currently serves on the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, and is a past board member of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and Easter Seals. Holmes is a graduate of University of Florida.
Cindy Appelbaum has been promoted to assistant director of marketing and business development at Town Center in Boca Raton. Appelbaum will work to assist the director of marketing and business development in creating, developing and implementing the overall strategic marketing direction of the shopping center in order to meet corporate and property business and marketing objectives. She is also responsible for assisting with staff supervision of customer service, sponsorships and business development, budgeting and monthly marketing analysis, along with maintaining community, tenant and public relations. Appelbaum began her career in April 2016 as the marketing assistant and transportation coordinator. Prior to working for Simon, she gained retail experience working at The Mall at Millenia. She has In 2015, Abbelbaum earned a bachelor’s degree in event management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.
Sharp 10 Group has received the Veteran Institute Procurement GROW certification for its work with military and civilian agencies, doing business with those who have served in uniform.
Bruce B. Blitman received the Justice Teaching Volunteer of the Year Award from The Florida Bar. He has been honored for his dedication in teaching students about the Florida government and courts. Blitman has been a member of the Florida Bar for 35 years and a full time Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil, county and family mediator for 28 years. He and his family are residents of Palm Beach Gardens.
Chevelle Nubin has been given a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award by the Florida League of Cities. She has been recognized for her efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda to protect the Home of Rule powers of Florida’s cities. Nubin is the clerk for the Village of Wellington.
The Building Officials Association of Palm Beach County has recognized three Wellington Building Department employees with awards. Chief plans examiner Orestes Feliz received the 2017 Plans Examiner of the Year Award. He was recognized for furthering the cause of safety in the built environment within his jurisdiction and state.
Jacek Tomasik received the 2017 Building Official of the Year Award. He was recognized for his professionalism in code enforcement.
Building inspector Joseph Crisafulle, Jr. received the 2017 Inspector of the Year Award. He was recognized for consistently representing the spirit of public service to the enforcement of codes and standards.
Palm Beach SCORE will host a workshop for business owners from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27 at Fifth Third Bank, 515 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. Experts will educate business owners on various types of employee related insurance coverages including Health Savings Accounts, and insurance coverage to protect business assets. Cost is $20 in advance, $40 at the door. Cost includes lunch. To register call 561-833-1672 or visit palmbeach.score.org