Palm Beach Atlantic University Honors Four Local Business Leaders on Free Enterprise Day November 14

November 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Four prominent figures in the local business community will be honored with companion medals during Palm Beach Atlantic University’s American Free Enterprise Day ceremony November 14.

American Free Enterprise Day has been an event at Palm Beach Atlantic since 1984 and honors individuals whose hard work and achievement exemplify the best of the American free enterprise system.

David S. Donten is a CPA, and one of the founding shareholders of Caler, Donten, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. He began his career with Ernst & Young in Hackensack, New Jersey after graduating from Montclair State College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He has more than 35 years of public accounting experience specializing in taxation and serves clients in corporate, individual, fiduciary, real-estate and construction taxation. In addition, Donten has served as co-trustee for over 20 years with the C. Kenneth and Laura Baxter Foundation.

Donten is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the board of directors at the Boys and Girl Club of Palm Beach County, the Baxter Foundation and the Florida Easter Seals. He is on the advisory board at the Place of Hope and on the advisory council at the Quantum House.

James Donnelly is the founder and CEO of the Castle Group. He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization since 1998, is a past chair of the Florida Chapter and the Southern U.S. Region, and sat on the International Regional Chairs Council.

He currently serves as chair of the Broward Workshop, sits on the Community Foundation board of directors, as well as the board of advisors of the LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Donnelly and his wife Cathy are active members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Legacy Society, the United Way Tocqueville Society, benefactors of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, and the Youth and Education Committee of the Broward Workshop. In 2010 they established CastleCares as the philanthropic arm of the Castle Group, which serves children and families in need throughout the state of Florida.

Judith Mitchell is the chief executive officer of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Her commitment to and passion for fulfilling the Center’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in Palm Beach County is exemplified in her hands-on approach to leadership.

Before becoming CEO in 1992, as the center’s director of Development, Mitchell was a driving force with the center’s board of directors in the fundraising efforts that led to the center opening its doors fully funded. Since then, she’s been involved in every aspect of the center’s operations—from overseeing 200 employees and 500 volunteers, and managing an annual operating budget of $27 million, to guiding programming, fundraising and administration and spearheading the initiative to create Kravis on Broadway, the center’s lineup of nationally touring blockbuster shows.

David Wright is the owner of Butterfield Pharmacy & Medical Supply in Ft. Pierce. His pharmacy expertise is in consulting, long term care, compounding and community pharmacy. Wright serves as vice chairman of the American Pharmacy Coop board of directors and was recognized as McKesson’s Pharmacy of the year at the 2014 Ideashare for the south region. He was also recently appointed to the McKesson National Independent Pharmacy Advisory Board. Wright is married to his wife, Joy, and have three children.

Donten, Donnelly, Mitchell and Wright will be honored at the same ceremony when the American Free Enterprise Medal will be presented to David C. Novak, co-founder retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands Inc.

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in West Palm Beach, Orlando and online. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service. 

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