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Mayor Keith A. James Announces Transition Team Committee
Mayor James brings together a diverse group of residents, leaders and experts to provide policy recommendations, ideas and goals for the city
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (April 19, 2019) – 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
Entrepreneur
 
 
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
Realtor
 
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.
Gunster
 
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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