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Board of Directors

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce 
2017 Board of Directors

2017 Executive Committee

Keith Costello
First Green Bank
Chair 2017

Heiko Dobrikow
Riverside Hotel
Immediate Past Chair


Juliet Roulhac
Florida Power & Light


Suzanne Bogdan
Fisher Phillips
Chair-Elect Designate

Stephanie Toothaker
Tripp Scott

Legal Council

Roya Baxter

Robert Esposito
Stiles Corporation
Vice Chair, Finance

Genia Ellis
Riverwalk Trust
Elected Director

David Black
Berger, Singerman LLP
Elected Director

Jon Polenberg
Polenberg Cooper
Chair, Government Affairs

 Karen Prescod
Prescod Life and Health
Council Chair Liaison


Bernie Friedman
Becker Poliakoff
Chair, Membership

Dan Lindblade, CAE
President & CEO


 2017 Board of Directors

Anthony Abbate
Florida Atlantic University
Vice Chair, Education and Workforce Development

Pamela Adams
Midtown Business Association
Honorary Director

Joe Akin
Oriental Rug Care
Chair, OPWMU Council


Diana Alarcon
City of Fort Lauderdale
Chair, Transportation

Gerry Angeli

Washington Summit 2017

Jason Aube

Sandra Birdsong
OK Generators
Co-Vice Chair, South Florida Regional Partnership


Gary Bitner 
 Bitner Group


Robert Boo
The Pride Center at Equality Park
Vice Chair, NonProfits

Alfred Bove
Bove Dental
Chair, Small Business

Ashley Boxer
Memorial Healthcare
Chair, Healthcare


Kathleen Cannon
United Way of
Broward County

Steven Cernak
Port Everglades

Lori Chevy
Bank of America

Richard Clark
Clark Leadership Consulting

Danielle Y. Clermont
Miami Association
of Realtors
Vice Chair, Business First


David Coddington
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance


Courtney Crush
Crush Law

Diane D'Angelo
The Las Olas Company, Inc.

Angie Davis
TD Bank

Heidi Dennis
Pelican Grand Resort

Sheryl Dickey
Dickey Consulting Service
Vice Chair, Transportation

Andrew Doole
Show Management

Lori Duarte-Roberts
SunTrust Banks, Inc.

James Dunn
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Robert Esposito
Stiles Corp

Adrianna Fazzano
Broward College

Bill Feinberg
Allied Kitchen & Bath

Eduardo Fernandez
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Mark Gale
Broward County
Aviation Department

Calvin Glidewell
Broward Health


Lynn Goldman
Broward Technical Colleges
Chair, Education and Workforce Development

Michael Goldstein
LAN Infotech
Chair, Technology


Janet Granger
Janet Granger Digital Consulting
Co-Chair, Branding


Ric Green
Greater Pompano
Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Guy
Sunshine State
Health Plan
Sunshine Health


Suzanne Higgins
Behavioral Health
Vice Chair, Membership

Anne Hotte
Greater Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce 

Golden Johansson
Legacy Bank
Chair, Small Business Committee

Denise Jones
Resolve Maritime Academy

Kelly Kolb
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Chair, BusinessF1rst

Ed Kwoka
Tropical Global Trading Partners, Inc.


Ina Lee
Travelhost Media

Fred Livingston
PNC Bank

Michael Long
Broward Partnership for the Homeless
Vice Chair,
Community Outreach and Veteran Affairs


Peter Luukko
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment
Florida Panthers Hockey Club BB&T Center

Christine Madsen
Mad 4 Marketing

Jon Marcus
Holland & Knight, LLP


Doug McCraw
FAT Village Arts District

Jean McIntyre
Chair, Trustee Advisory

Stan Meadows
Holy Cross Hospital, Inc.

Laurie Menekou
Conceptual Communications
Co-Chair, Branding

Gordon Merle 
SL Powers

Melissa Milroy
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale 

Chuck Mohr
Fish Verify

Jenni Morejon 
Development Authority
Vice Chair, Leadership
Fort Lauderdale

Marilyn Oliva
MPower Strategies
Vice Chair, Tallahassee Summit


Andy Perrott
Lightship Media, Inc.


Dr. Colin Polsky


Phil Purcell
Marine Industries Association of
South Florida


Stacy Ritter
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jean Francois Roy
Ocean Land Investments, Inc.

Anne Sallee
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Orlando Sharpe
Sharpe Project Development

Dr. Ben Sorensen
Optimum Associates, LLC

Adam Spiegel

Steven Stepniewski
Circle Enterprises, Inc.

Marcel Summermatter
Regions Bank
Chair, International Trade


Steve Tilbrook
Gray Robinson
Vice Chair,
Government Affairs

Sandra Veszi Einhorn
Nonprofit Executive
Alliance of Broward
Chair, Non Profits


Ashley Walker
Mercury Florida


William Walker
Water Taxi
Chair, Marine Advisory 

Jay Wallace
Coral Ridge Yacht Club


Douglas Watt
Doug Watt, Inc.

James Woods
Republic Services

Michelle Young
Weston Hills Country Club, LLC






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May 2017 Member of the Month 

Graciela Valdes, Graciela Valdes Fine Art Photography

Graciela Valdes, CPP is a professionally credentialed, published, and award-winning portrait photographer specializing in Personal Branding, Boudoir and Family portraiture. She holds a Bachelor Degree from Florida International University and a Professional Certification from Professional Photographers of America. Graciela is involved in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as Chairperson of the Lunch Bunch Leads Group and is on the Board for the Women’s Council where she serves as Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee.  Graciela enjoys donating much of her time and services to various local charities, including Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, PACE Center for Girls, Tomorrow’s Rainbow and VACC Camp. She and her life partner, Tim, are parents to elementary school-age twins, two adult children and have a toddler granddaughter.