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Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A., certified public accountants in West Palm Beach, announces that Dencle McDonald has joined the firm. McDonald is a bookkeeper in the family office department. He brings over 15 years of accounting experience in a family office environment.


Temple Shaarei Shalom is delighted to introduce and welcome one of its own, as the new temple administrator: Caryn Feldman. Feldman was Temple Shaarei Shalom president from 2013-2016 and served as vice president of administration for four years. Feldman offers the temple and community a varied background in nonprofit organization, administration, planning and fundraising. She received her master’s degree in public health administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Benjamin Macfarland, co-founder and CEO of Elite Stor Capital Partners announced today that Rob Consalvo will become the new president and chief technology officer of the company. In his former role as chief operating officer at iStorage, Consalvo managed 70 self-storage locations across 12 states. At Elite, he has extensive plans to build out the management platform. His plans include implementing an automated revenue management system, advanced digital marketing, inquiry and conversion tracking, and various other automated accountability systems to help operations stay in the know and drive profitability at Elite. The addition of top industry talent will help Elite kick off 2017 and continue to build momentum. In 2016, Elite doubled its footprint to nearly 3-million square feet. Coming off the approximate 5.8 million square foot sale of iStorage to National Storage Affiliates, Consalvo has a vision for Elite and is ready to make an impact. Most importantly, Consalvo’s passion for team building and high energy drive fits Elite’s culture. Consalvo has the full support of the executive team and partners to take the reins and manage the company in 2017 and beyond. He will be a compliment to Macfarland’s investment prowess.


Jonathan D. Karp has joined The Karp Law Firm, P.A. He graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad School of Law in 2016. Karp focuses his practice in the area of estate planning. The Karp Law Firm is an elder law/estate planning firm with offices in Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Beach.


Suncoast High School Foundation announces the appointment of Peter Blatt as the new vice president to the board of trustees for 2016-17. Blatt is the president and owner of Blatt Financial Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston University, a law degree and a post doctorate degree in tax from the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to establishing Blatt Financial Group, he ran the financial planning department of a trust company in Palm Beach. He is an active member of the Florida Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the former secretary of the Tax section of the Florida Bar. He is the founder of the North County Advisor’s Council,Blatt said “I’m honored to be on the Foundation Board for one of the top schools not only in the State of Florida, but also in the United States.” and is currently a board member of the Jewish Federation investment committee.


Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk, P.A. announced partner John Farina has been selected a 2017 Top 100 Trusts and Estates lawyer by the American Society of Legal Advocates for the third consecutive year. ASLA draws its membership from lawyers who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards.A Florida Super Lawyer, Farina has been assisting clients in developing estate plans and administrating complex trusts and estates for more than two decades. Farina aggressively represents clients in probate, trust and guardianship litigation and tax court controversies. He is board certified by the Florida Bar and a 2016 Top Rated Lawyer in commercial litigation and trusts and estates, both by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. Farina is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating attainable from one of the nation’s most distinguished and oldest lawyer rating services..

Ackerman Link & Sartory is pleased to announce that founding partners have been selected as a “Top Lawyers” in the 2017 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide. David P. Ackerman concentrates his practice on business litigation, legal ethics and professional malpractice cases, and class action litigation. Board certified in business litigation, Ackerman is AV Preeminent rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Scott J. Link practices in the areas of complex business litigation, property insurance, class action litigation, securities arbitration, and legal ethics and professional malpractice. Board certified in business litigation, Link has an AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is a Litigation Counsel of America fellow.

Wendy S. Link serves as the firm’s managing partner and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate and asset-based financing. She has an AV rating and recognition as one of the Preeminent Women Lawyers from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating attainable.

Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that attorney John W. Little III received the John Arthur Jones Annual Service Award in 2016 from the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law section. Little received the honor at the executive council meeting in July 2016. He has been a member of the executive council since 1997, and previously received the group’s annual service award in 2008. His legal practice principally focuses on the representation of owners and businesses in defense of their private property rights in eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions, regulatory takings, constitutional and Bert J. Harris claims, as well as related land use and zoning matters. Little is also a frequent lecturer and author and recently authored the Florida chapter of the American Bar Association’s book on the law of eminent domain.

Donald W. Richardson, Ph.D., has recently been awarded an honorary fellowship in the Royal Aeronautical Society of the United Kingdom, in recognition of the outstanding and lasting contributions he has made to the aerospace industry over a long and exceptionally distinguished career. His specific accomplishments include directing research that led to the development of the concept of area navigation which has now been implemented worldwide as the air traffic control standard. He has also directed the research that integrated rotary wing aircraft into our primarily fixed-wing air traffic control system. Richardson’s degrees in aeronautical engineering led to a career in human factors, aircraft design, and air traffic control, including three patents for aircraft cockpit display systems. A licensed commercial pilot with instrument, multi-engine and seaplane ratings, he supplemented his engineering career as a research pilot for the FAA, concentrating on air traffic control operational systems. He is a retired Vice President of SAIC, where he was responsible for all corporate civil aviation activities. His election to the Presidency of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – AIAA (2005-5) and to the Council of the RAeS (2012-15), reflect the respect in which he is held by colleagues and peers across the international aerospace community of which he is an eminent and distinguished member. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science from Newark College of Engineering, and a doctorate degree from California Coast University. He served for ten years on the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council, eight of which as its chair. Richardson and his wife Kathleen Watkins-Richardson operate Donrich Research, Inc., based in West Palm Beach, with capabilities in technical aerospace issues, business strategy, and conflict resolution. In addition, Richardson serves on the Advisory Board of the FAU Lifelong Learning Society in Jupiter.

“All Aboard! A History of Florida’s Railroads,” written by local author Stephanie Murphy-Lupo, is the winner in the History category of the 2017 Florida Book Festival. Her book, “Mud 2 Money, Eyes on Moscow: The Adventures of Gordon Devon Gaster,” received Honorable Mention in the Biography category. Murphy-Lupo is a former staff writer and columnist at the Palm Beach Daily News, a former copyeditor at The Palm Beach Post, and a former writer and editor at the Boca Raton News.

Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, a 5-Star Platinum Club of America, has been chosen as the overall and national private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards , which are presented annually by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division. The private, gated golf and country club community that is home to the PGA Champions Tour’s season opener – the Allianz Championship for 10 consecutive years – ranks as the only Florida or southeastern U.S.-based ELGA winner at the national or international leader level. The club, its two Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses, and golf Course maintenance director and environmental consultant Shannon Easter will be recognized Feb. 7 during the opening session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and featured in upcoming issues of Golf Digest and GCSAA’s magazine Golf Course Management.


The Women’s Chamber of Commerce will host Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach County, to discuss the state of our local economy on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at CareerSource Palm Beach County, 3400 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Learn how the BDB works with businesses and other organizations to achieve economic development goals in the areas of business recruitment, retention, expansion, job creation, workforce development, infrastructure, and availability of capital. Registration costs $25 for members, $30 for future members and will be $35 at thr door. Call 561-659-0285 or email for more information.

Amid premium networking, business leaders and professionals will have a unique opportunity to hear from professional sports marketing icon Arthur Adler, who also served as co-president of the New York Yankees and produced albums for recording legends at Columbia Records. Adler, also locally prominent for founding the Boca West Charitable Foundation, which he now chairs, will keynote the season’s second Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series event on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Professionals will gather in Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Breakfast and networking will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $36 per person. To RSVP, call 561-852-3128 or visit

There was a swearing-in ceremony for Dorothy Jacks as Palm Beach County property appraiser on Jan. 3 at the Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach in the Historic Coutroom. Jacks was sworn in by the Mary E. Lupo, retired Palm Beach County Circuit Judge. Jacks was elected as Palm Beach County’s property appraiser in 2016 after a distinguished 28-year career in the office. Presently, she is a certified Florida evaluator and assessment administration specialist, one of the highest international designations for someone who holds the office of property appraiser-elect. Prior to her election, she was the chief deputy property appraiser, where she focused her efforts on hiring professional and technical staff with the highest industry credentials, implementing budget reductions and overseeing effective management information systems. Among her most notable accomplishments is the creation of the award-winning Property Appraiser’s Public Access (PAPA) website, the go-to tool for business, industry and government to access property data.

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