In an unprecedented partnership between industry and education, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County created the Academic Leaders Council, a sweeping new initiative that joins businesses and schools to ensure curriculum alignment with jobs and creates a skilled workforce for the many companies relocating or growing in Palm Beach County. The Academic Leaders Council includes presidents of six Palm Beach County universities and the Palm Beach County School District Superintendent.

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Academic Leaders

Robert Avossa, Superintendent, Palm Beach County School District
William “Bill” Fleming, President, Palm Beach Atlantic University
George Hanbury, President & CEO, Nova Southeastern University
John Kelly, President, Florida Atlantic University
Gary Vonk, Flagship President, Keiser University
Kimberly Lea, West Palm Beach Campus President, Keiser University
Ava Parker, J.D., President, Palm Beach State College
Kevin Ross, President, Lynn University 

 

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Industry leaders that have participated include:

 

Aviation/Aerospace/Engineering Industry Leaders

Catherine Haas Barre, President, Parametric Solutions, Inc.
Russell Moore, Operations Manager, Belcan Engineering Group, LLC
John Fischetti, General Manager, Sikorsky
Michael O’Neill, Site Manager, Pratt & Whitney


Life Sciences Industry Leaders

Dr. Fred Sancilio, Founder and President, Sancilio & Company
John Swartz, Vice President, KRS Global Biotechnology
Dr. Claudia Zylberberg, Founder & CEO, Akron Biotechnology, LLC 
Dr. Adam Ibrahim, CEO, Horizon Pharma


Information Technologies and Telecommunications Industry Leaders

Daniel Cane, President & CEO, Modernizing Medicine
Jim Milton, CEO, Campus Management Corp.
Lenny Chesal, Chief Evangelist, Host.net
Robert Missroon, VP – Finance, CFO, Document Storage Systems (DSS)


Healthcare Industry Leaders

Jerry J. Fedele, President & CEO, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Molly Ferguson, Director Program Development, Florida Community Health Centers
Gina Melby, President & CEO, JFK Medical Center
Robbin Lee, President & CEO, Wellington  Regional Medical Center


Trades/Construction Industry Leaders

David Aiken, Director Commercial Development, Florida Region, US Operations, Cemex
Michael Daley, President, Hi-Tech Roofing
Rick Seymour, CEO, Carpenter Electric
Dale Hedrick, President, Hedrick Brothers Construction
Alan Poston, Vice President, Hardives, Inc. 
Carol Bowen, VP Govt. Affairs – Associated Builders and Contractors


Distribution/Logistics Industry Leaders

Barbara Miedema, VP Public Affairs, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
Warren Newell, Director  of  Development , Cheney Brothers
Adam Runsdorf, President; Larry Hotz, Marketing Manager, WDSrx - Woodfield Distribution, LLC
Caroline Villanueva, Project Manager, Florida Crystals 


Manufacturing Industry Leaders

Sandie Foland,  CEO, Baron Sign Manufacturing
Scott Frum , Plant Manager, RGF Environmental Group
Subi Katragadda, General Manager, SV Microwave
Kim Lukich, Human Resource Manager , Viking
Sean Quinn, President & CEO, Wafer World
Paul Roraff, Plant Manager, SolarTech Universal