Maria S. Antuña – CEO of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins Mayor Keith A. James Economic Development & Jobs Team Committee

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James announces the establishment of the Mayor’s Transition Team Committee, a group of local residents, community leaders, and experts who have volunteered their time to work with Mayor James and City staff over the next 100 days to review City policies and goals and then make recommendations on how to tackle critical issues to improve the City of West Palm Beach.

Chaired by Don Kiselewski, Florida Power & Light executive and Former Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Mayor’s Transition Team Committee consists of eight policy committees: Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation; Economic Development & Jobs; Environment & Sustainability; Government Efficiency, Budget & Taxes; Homelessness; Neighborhoods First; Public Safety; Transportation, Mobility and Transit.

The Transition Team Committee members were selected by Mayor James based on their experience, diversity of ideas, and ability to fulfill leadership needs.

The Mayor’s Transition Team goals include:

Producing a concise report within 100 days that outlines opportunities, strategies, policies and priorities within eight key focus areas that will launch the success of the Mayor Keith A. James Administration;

Providing Mayor James with a list of recommendations for immediate consideration and potential implementation within the first 100 days;
Identifying ‘near term’ (prior to December 31, 2020) and ‘long-term’ (2021 and beyond) opportunities, strategies, policies and priorities;
Utilizing the best information, community resources and staff input to make recommendations.

“I am focused on listening to our community and ensuring we have a diversity of ideas and experiences to help guide our city forward,” said Mayor James. “I am thankful to Chair Don Kiselewski and to the Transition Team Committee members for their service and commitment to our City. I trust they will take my vision, look at additional opportunities and provide valuable input and recommendations as we work together towards our shared goal: to make our City even better.”

“This will be a big undertaking, and it’s the first of its kind in the City at this scale and scope. Mayor James has assembled the best and brightest in their fields, and we are ready to get to work. Our objective is clear, and we plan to deliver concise recommendations, strategies, and policy ideas that will position West Palm Beach for success,” said Kiselewski.

The Mayor’s Transition Team will first meet during the week of April 29, 2019 and then meet monthly through July. The Transition Team will meet with the Mayor, city staff and outside subject matter experts to develop their recommendations. Each member of the Transition Team is volunteering their time, experience and expertise.

Mayor Keith James Transition Team Committee

Don Kiselewski, Chair
Sr. Director of External Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company

Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation Policy Subcommittee

Phil Growick, Co-Chair
Chair, Art in Public Places for West Palm Beach

Melanie Hill, Co-Chair
Owner, Kofski Antiques, Inc.

Claudia Kirk Barto
President, Junior Achievement

Sue Ellen Beryl
Managing Director, Palm Beach Dramaworks

Lew Crampton
President, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Elliot Bostwick Davis, PH.D.
Director & CEO, Norton Museum of Art

Susy Diaz Piesco
Executive Director, Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation

Dr. Donald Fennoy II
Superintendent, Palm Beach County School District

Rick Gonzalez
Managing Principal, REG Architects, Inc.

William Hayes
Producing Artistic Director, Palm Beach Dramaworks

Margo McKnight
President & CEO, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

Judith Mitchell
CEO, The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Jorge Pesquera
President & CEO, Discover the Palm Beaches

Economic Development & Jobs Policy Subcommittee

Veronica Cooper, Co-Chair
Vice President, Cooper Construction Management & Consulting

Neil Merin, Co-Chair
Chairman, NAI / Merin Hunter Codman

Maria S. Antuña
CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

Francisco “Paco” Gil
General Manager, Morrison Group

Dennis Grady
CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches

Chris Hill
Owner, Kofski Antiques, Inc.

Phillip H. Hutchinson
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Mami Kisner

Matthew Leger
Vice President of Public Policy, RAPB + GFLR

Bruce N. Lewis
CEO, LB Limited, Inc., Strategic Public Relations

Raul Mejia
Florida Crystals

Ezra Saffold
President, All-Site Construction

Kelly Smallridge
President & CEO, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

Grasford W. Smith
Attorney, Jones Foster P.A.

Carlos Vidueira
Vice-President, Rybovich

Margie J. Walden
Board of Directors, Palm Beach County Sports Commission

John Webb

Environment & Sustainability Policy Subcommittee

Steve Scherer, Co-Chair
Retired, Engineer and Utility Executive

Ann Marie Sorrell, Co-Chair
President & CEO, Mosiac Group

Tom Barlow
Business Consultant, Barlow Consulting

Mark Bideau
Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Alex Garcia

Philip Green
Retired, Utility Engineer

Gary Lesser
Managing Partner, Lesser Lesser Landy and Smith

John Mike
Realtor, Remax Prestige Realty West Palm Beach

Peter Pivko
Professional Architect

Jusitice Ira J. Raab (Retired)
Former Chair, West Palm Beach Charter Review Committee

Harriet M. Sacher
Former Board Member, West Palm Beach Water Commission

Government Efficiency, Budget & Taxes Policy Subcommittee

Elizabeth McBride, Co-Chair
Counsel to Inspector General, Palm Beach County School Board

Howard Pincus, Co-Chair
Consultant, Organizational Development & Human Capital Management

Todd Bonlarron
Assistant County Administrator, Palm Beach County

Dale Hedrick
President, Hedrick Brothers Construction

Julie Hermes
Financial Advisor

Judge Rand Hoch (retired)
President and Founder, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council

Eric Lieberman
Managing Member/Loan Originator, Palm Beach First Financial & Mortgage Co. LLC

Alphonso Mayfield
President, SEIU

Michael H. Olenick
Vice President Corporate Affairs, The Morganti Group, Inc.

Hon. Ike Robinson
Former City Commissioner, West Palm Beach

Robert Sanders
Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Brian M. Seymour, Esq.

Geoffrey Sluggett
Geoffrey B. Sluggett & Associates, Inc.

Homelessness Policy Subcommittee

Sally D. Chester, RN, Co-Chair
Board Member, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County

Jonathan “Jack” Frost, Co-Chair
President, Commerce Consulting, Inc

Julian Cover
Cover Realty

Michelle Anaya Depotter
CEO, Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. Florida East Coast Chapter

Patrick J. Franklin
President & CEO, Urban League of Palm Beach County

Robert J. Harvey, Esq.
Partner, Jenks & Harvey LLP

Nicholas T. O’Neal
Housing Commissioner, West Palm Beach Housing Authority

Carey O’Donnell
President & Creative Director, O’Donnell Agency

Sean Scott
Co-owner, Subculture

Diana Stanley
CEO, The Lord’s Place

Bill Watson
Partner, Big Time Restaurant Group

Neighborhoods First Policy Subcommittee

Greg Mermigas, Co-Chair
President, Old Northwood Neighborhood Association

Cathleen D. Ward, Esq., Co-Chair
Chair/President, Northend Coalition of Neighborhoods

Dodger Arp, Esq.
Law Offices of Dodger Arp

Leontyne Brown
Marketing Executive

Ronald A. Davis
President, Mosnar Group LLC

Penny Murphy
President, Pioneer Linens

Peter C. Pivko
Professional Architect

Rick Rose
Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast

Hon. David Smith
Former City Commissioner, West Palm Beach

Denise Smith-Barnes
Executive Director, CTSO/Let’s Help Inc.

Darren Studstill
President, Progressive Northwest Business Association

Public Safety Policy Subcommittee

Joseph Ianno, Jr., Co-Chair
Managing Attorney, Florida Power & Light Company

Public Safety, Co-Chair
William Washington
Pastor, Friendship M B Church

Dave Bernhardt
Florida State Lodge 2nd Vice President, Fraternal Order of Police

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
Palm Beach County Sheriff

Will Davis
President, Northwood Village Merchants Association

Thomas DeRita
Resource Group

Dennis Hardiman
President, West Palm Beach Police Benevolent Association

Hon. Dave Kerner
County Commissioner, Palm Beach County

Tara McCoy
CEO, Good Samartian Medical Center
Patrick Morris
Retired, West Palm Beach Firefighter

Mona Reis
Founder, Presidential Women’s Center

Ryan Stacey
Legislative Vice President, West Palm Beach Association of Firefighters

Transportation, Mobility and Transit Policy Subcommittee

Bill Bone, Co-Chair
Larmoyeux & Bone

Will Corrente, Co-Chair
Entrepreneur, Corrente Consulting International Inc

Hon. Mack Bernard
County Mayor, Palm Beach County

Rebel Cook
President, Rebel Cook Real Estate

Dr. Joaquin Garcia
Owner, El Cid Animal Clinic

Allen Gast
President, Gast Construction Group

Michele Jacobs
President & CEO, Economic Council of Palm Beach County

William P. Jacobson, Esq.
Law Office of William P. Jacobson, P.A.

Sara McCann
President/Owner, McDann Design Group/Hive Home/Hive Collections

Lee McLaughlin

John Pankauski, Esq.
Pankauski Hauser PLLC

Dina Rubio
Don Ramon Restaurante Cubano & Social Club

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