Dr. Jeri Muoio was first elected Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach in March 2011. She was re-elected to the office of Mayor in March 2015. Previously, Mayor Muoio served on the West Palm Beach City Commission for four years.
During her administration, Mayor Muoio has presided over an economic resurgence in the city. Her focus on strengthening the economy has led to hundreds of new jobs in West Palm Beach since taking office. Under her leadership, business tax receipts have gone up 61%, property values have increased by 45% in the last five years and job growth has risen 20%, more than double the national average. She created the Flagler Financial District, now home to more than 250 financial services companies.
Building a resilient city is another one of Mayor Muoio’s goals. She established the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and West Palm Beach earned a 4-STAR rating from the national STAR Community Rating System, becoming the only city in Florida to have earned this distinction. Under Muoio’s leadership, the city pledged to convert its fleet to non-fossil fuel by 2025 and committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The City of West Palm Beach was awarded “SolSmart Gold” by the Department of Energy for advancing solar energy growth.
Mayor Muoio has also focused on making West Palm Beach a great place for employees to work, believing that employees who are proud of where they work better serve the community.
Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Muoio served as Assistant Superintendent in both the Chappaqua School District and the Fayetteville-Manlius School District and as Director of Special Education in the Mexico School District and the Liverpool School District. Dr. Muoio began her work in schools as a school psychologist.
Dr. Muoio is currently President and CEO of Great Cities for All, a business focused on building great work cultures.
Throughout her career, Dr. Muoio has worked to make organizations great places for all; schools great places for all children, city government a great place to work and the City of West Palm Beach a city where all are welcome.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Geneseo, a Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Oswego, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Darryl T. Bey a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has lived in Florida since July of 1994. Mr. Bey attended The Cleveland Institute of Music, Max S. Hayes Vocational School in Cleveland where he studied Construction Technology and earned a certificate of Journeyman Painter, the Alabama School of Real Estate where he was awarded a certificate of completion of general real estate studies.
Mr. Bey worked in the construction industry for more than 40 years having had, among others, the experience of working in water treatment plants, wastewater treatment facilities, and nuclear power plants as a nuclear coatings technician. Mr. Bey has been a professional music and concert impresario and independent businessman with decades of successful experience in management, marketing, and development. Mr. Bey has served on various boards such as the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Board, the West Palm Beach Center for Arts and Technology as past board chair, the Sunrise Theatre Board, the Fort Pierce City Planning and Zoning Board, the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society board as board President and co-founder.
Upon returning from Vietnam in 1966, Stewart (Boz) Bosley was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked full time at the Main Post Office in downtown Pittsburgh.
In 1969, Boz joined Xerox Corporation as a Sales Representative in Pittsburgh. In 1972, he was hired by ABC Network to sell advertising time for KQV Radio. The following year, Boz moved over to Sheridan Broadcasting as Local Sales Manager for WAMO Radio. In 1975, Boz returned to his native New York City and formed Gazebo Productions, a multi-media production company.
Over a period of 30 years, Boz has produced advertising commercials for television and radio, created print adverting utilizing illustration art and photography, managed musicians, and promoted musical events. In recent years, utilizing his skills and experience in the advertising, communications, and entertainment sectors, Boz has been involved in Executive Recruitment.
Since moving to West Palm Beach 10 years ago, Boz has been involved with various Community Development Projects. He formed Urban Growers Community Economic Development Corporation, a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization that built the only Urban Farm in the City of West Palm Beach: The Henrietta Bridge Farm Project.
The Urban Growers/Henrietta Bridge Farm Project has a mission to reverse the conditions and effects of living in a “Food Desert” and benefits residents living in the communities of Coleman Park, Pleasant City, and the Northwest…an area in WPB primarily comprised of low income and minority racial groups. Presently, the nearest availability for fresh produce and fruit is located more than 2 miles away in any direction from the growing center. The Urban Growers/Henrietta Bridge Farm Project offers Outreach Programs that aid in at-risk youth development, provide education programs on nutrition to Students/Seniors, and instruction on basic gardening techniques to owners of community gardens in the aforementioned areas. Working to feed our surrounding community is practical…it builds a powerful efficiency into our system, and turns a food desert into an oasis of abundant local produce.
Don Chester is the Assistant Administrator-Community and Government Relations of St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children's Hospital, where he has worked since 1973. He has been Chairman of the Board of nine local volunteer organizations, and currently serves on the boards of Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, West Palm Beach Police Foundation, Tenet Political Contributions Board, West Palm Beach Center for Arts & Technology and is an Honorary Life Member of the Komen Foundation.
Don is most proud of the leadership role he played in the founding of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County (HCD). Recently he was honored with a Legacy Award on District’s 30th anniversary.
Don is a graduate of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 1986. He holds a BA degree in Biology from Ripon College and an MS in Health Services Administration from Nova University.
Formally an avid triathlete he was critically injured while on a training run in 2004 and returned to work in 2005 at St. Mary's Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Don is also dedicated to mentoring those who are newly injured so that they can believe in the small victories that will lead to large victories that are in their future.
Michael Corbit is Assistant Vice President of Business Services for CareerSource Palm Beach County, our regional workforce board. Through CareerSource Michael collaborates with regional businesses, government, education & industry leaders to spur job growth and business development.
He represents CareerSource on a variety of boards and committees across South Florida including Palm Beach County League of Cities, City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Village Initiative, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies, Miami Dade College Science and Biotechnology Advisory Board, Florida Manufacturing Trade Grant, City of West Palm Beach National Center for Arts & Technology, City of Delray Beach WARC, Palm Beach Tech, South Florida Manufacturing Association, and Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County.
Peter M. Dyga, CAE, is the President & CEO of Florida’s largest contractor organization, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, as well as the ABC Institute, the ABC Cares Foundation, and ABC Service Corp.
Peter has served in this capacity since November of 2011 and previously was the ABC Chapter Vice President of Government Affairs for twelve (12) years.
The ABC Florida East Coast Chapter has two active student chapters (Florida International University and the Florida Institute of Technology) and holds numerous industry collaboration events every year.
In addition to supporting construction management education, the ABC Institute Apprenticeship College is Florida’s single largest provider of apprenticeship education, investing over $2 Million locally each year in safety, management and apprenticeship education for nearly 1,000 craft and industry professionals.
John M. Howe is well-known and well-respected attorney as a leader in Palm Beach County’s legal and civic community. He is a Past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, John Howe completed high school at the King’s Academy. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1994. He then advanced to the University of Florida where he was dually enrolled in the College of Business and the Levin College of Law and concurrently earned Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
John Howe is an experienced trial attorney with over 23 years of experience pursuing justice for individuals and families who have been devasted by serious or fatal injuries, due the negligence of others. He enforces the Constitution’s presumption of innocence and champions the cause of liberty for those who stand accused of committing crime. He also defends the business interests of individuals and corporations involved in business disputes and provides counsel on how they might avoid litigation.
John Howe also assists families seeking relief in various types of immigration matters. John Howe’s abilities as a listener and compassionate advocate is what his clients value most.
Bruce N. Lewis is the Founder and CEO of L B Limited & Associates, Incorporated, Strategic Public Relations. The company is in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. The firm has been in business for 29 years and specializes in Public Involvement processes directly related to large scale public/private development projects. Bruce is responsible for new business development, all Government and Community Relations, strategic planning, Construction Program Management, corporate image development, brand strategies, business model development/refinement and serves as Sr. Program/Project Manager for the firm. Mr. Lewis has a BSEE degree with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and is a research-oriented professional.
On January 30, 2012, Bruce was elected Chairman of the Board for the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. Mr. Lewis will lead the charge by assembling a team of professionals with a wide range of resources and skills to assist in elevating the Black Chamber of Commerce to new heights. Under Bruce’s direction, the focus will be on increasing membership, developing useful programs, providing technical assistance to build capacity for members, form strategic partnerships and fundraising. It’s a challenge and honor that I eagerly accept.
Mr. Lewis served on the Board of the City of West Palm Beach, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for twelve years (2001- 2013). Six of those years, Mr. Lewis served in the capacity of Board Chairman at the pleasure of four different Mayors/City Administrations – another unknown Black History fact. His service is a true testimony of his natural ability to be an effective Communicator/Leader and a vote of confidence for being a result-oriented business professional.
Bruce also served as the 2005/2006 Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Palm Beach County raising a record of $15.5 million. To date, the amount raised is distinguished as the largest amount of money raised in the past 13 years. The campaign results, to a large degree, can be attributed to the coordinated efforts and support from the Small Business community. He was the first small business owner to run the Campaign and the first African American to serve in this capacity in the County’s history.
Bruce is a Public Policy Influencer, Small Business Advocate and has mentored 43 businesses (and counting) over a 29-year period serves as Business Adviser to several community-based organizations and continues to have an open-door policy that has helped numerous Small Businesses.
Previous Professional Career Experience includes Sr. R&D Chemical Design Engineer (semiconductors) for Fortune 500 corporations including Honeywell, Digital Equipment Corporation, RCA, General Electric (GE), Project Engineer for Intel and Commodore Computer Corporation.
Interests and Hobbies: Bruce is an avid tennis player of 40 + years and enjoys teaching underserved children as well as Adult Instructional Tennis Lessons.
Stacey Watson-Melsey brings 20 years of nonprofit management and education experience to the role with a clear passion for the mission of providing one-to-one mentoring for children and youth.
During her teen years, Stacey Watson-Mesley overcame adversity through the power of education and mentorship and whole-heartedly believes in the long-term impact of trusted adults investing time and energy in the future of children.
Stacey Watson-Mesley’s experience working on behalf of children and youth began early in her career and continues today. Most recently she served as executive director of the Achieve Palm Beach County collective impact initiative hosted by the United Way of Palm Beach County, following many years as chief operating officer of the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, an affiliate of Bill Strickland’s National Center for Technology, and executive director of the South Buffalo Education Center.
Her curriculum geared at supporting underserved communities resulted in an appointment to the New York State Governor’s Team on School Engagement and Drop-out Prevention and the New York Statewide Alternative Education Committee. Her commitment to education and personal growth continues and in 2015 she attended and completed Duke University’s Non-Profit Management program.
John Carpenter is the Assistant Director of Executive Education for the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, the largest provider of graduate degree and professional development certificate programs in the State of Florida. He oversees recruitment, marketing strategies, program management, and corporate partnerships for business professionals throughout South Florida, nationwide and internationally. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Finance for International Education Corporation in Orlando, Florida for five years.
John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning, an Executive Master of Business Administration, as well as several professional certifications in sustainable cities, project management, and urban development. John serves on the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, which focuses on social and urban redevelopment for blighted and underserved communities in the northwest district of West Palm Beach. He is the liaison to the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE) South Florida Chapters. John co-founded and is a mentor for the FAU Business Mentor Program and served for eight years as the Florida Chapter Regional Director of Administration for Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity, Inc., which promotes leadership, professional development, and community engagement amongst college students from minority and marginalized communities.
John’s extracurricular interests include worldwide travel, volunteering, cycling, as well as an affinity for various forms of art, music, literature, and city planning.
Sal is an experienced executive with sales, marketing and operational knowledge in leading businesses both nationally and internationally.
He retired in 2000 from IBM after working 30 years with geographic responsibilities for customers within the United States, Europe and South Africa.
His organizations were responsible for significant revenue and profits. He held positions such as General Manager for all sales within the Midwest United States, he was CEO of IBM South Africa, a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and worked with Emerging markets in Europe.
Soon after retiring he engaged with the local communities, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens and became a civic leader. He led the Transition Team for the mayor of West Palm Beach in 2011 and had chaired the City Budget committee and conducted the Fire and Police Pension Task Force. He participated in activities for the WPB and PBG Police radio dispatch system. He currently serves on his community Property Owners Association Board of Directors.
The North County Neighborhood Coalition was formed in 2010 with seven communities and now has grown to 23 communities with 45,000 residents and 36, 0000 voters. The NCNC promotes working with Government, Business and Community leadership to plan for a better county. The NCNC is a not for profit organization filed as a 617 chapter in the State of Florida.
He recently became the President of the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a member of the Strategic Planning committee and Technology and Connectivity committee.
He and his wife celebrated 51 years of marriage and they have two children and four grandsons. Loves golf, tennis and the Arts (Opera). He is a native Floridian born in Coral Gables and graduated from the University of Miami.
He served in the US Army as a First Lieutenant Artillery Battery Commander 1967-70.
Christina Worley is the Founder and Managing Member of Castle Wealth Management. Under Mrs. Worley’s guidance, Castle Wealth Management has grown since 1997 to become an established, fee-only fiduciary provider of wealth management services with approximately $200 million of assets under management by the firm.
Christina graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania at age 19 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. She completed both high school and college in three years each. She worked in New York City for seven years, where she first earned her CPA working for Arthur Young, and then worked as an analyst for Merrill Lynch International Bank and at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a Territorial Controller of Real Estate Investments. She then moved to New Hampshire with her family for four years working in a family-owned real estate development company before settling in Palm Beach County in 1993.
Her professional associations include the CFA Society of South Florida (currently serves as a Board Member), the FICPA (currently serves on the Investment Policy Committee of the Board), the FPA, the AICPA, Toastmasters, and the Palm Beach Investment Research Group.
She has always given back to her community via volunteering, currently as Vice-Chair of the Palm Beach County Early Childhood Cabinet and a Gubernatorially Appointed Board Member under the last three governors to the Palm Beach County Early Learning Coalition, where she also serves as Audit Committee Chair. She has taught Financial Literacy to Women and teens, taught the Jr. Achievement to students in NYC and Florida, and provides pro-bono Financial Planning to returning veterans via the FPA. Christina also serves as President for a former client’s charitable foundation, the Elise Besthoff Charitable Foundation Inc.
In 2016 Christina was nominated to the Women in Wealth Awards hosted by Wealth and Finance Magazine. Mrs. Worley was nominated by the FICPA as an Experienced “Women to Watch Leader” in both 2011 and 2014. In 2009 her firm was selected as one of the top 100 small business firms of South Florida and in 2010 she was selected as a Top Women Business Leader in South Florida.
Christina has been married over 30 years, to Scott, and they have three sons. After recently giving up horseback riding which she enjoyed since she was a child, she is now working on her private pilot’s license. She is an avid reader and loves learning.
Martine Pierre-Paul is a First Vice President, Regional Director of Community Lending for Valley Bank. A banking executive with a career spanning over 20 years, Martine has been helping Businesses and Entrepreneurs achieve their financial goals since 2000. Her background includes leadership roles in the Financial Services Industry in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Alabama. A graduate of Leadership Boca, Class of 2017, she completed her undergraduate studies at Queens College, City University of New York, and the University of Paris, Nanterre, where she studied Legal Communications and International Relations.
Martine’s community involvement is extensive and includes active service to numerous non-profit organizations such as Boca Helping Hands, The Faulk Center for Counseling, National
Jewish Health, The American Cancer Society, eat Better Live Better, Saint Ann Church, the Salvation Army, and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Academy. Martine has two children and enjoys her life as a dance, cheer, lacrosse, golf, and soccer mom. She is the founder of the Modern Etiquette and Leadership Academy and enjoys coaching young adults and young professionals on social graces, dining, and business protocol.
Fred Barch has been a noteworthy leader in Education for over 35 years. His work began in 1986 as a teacher of Earth Science, Chemistry, Marine, Environmental and Physical Science at Spanish River High School. His passion for science and his vision for expanding the program was quickly recognized and in 2000 he became the District Science Supervisor. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating curriculum programs for eight hundred science teachers.
In 2017, he was promoted to the Director of Adult and Community Education. Since then, he developed multiple career and technical education programs in medical, CDL, Class A Driver’s License, and expanded the pre-apprenticeship programs at North Tech and West Tech. In 2018, he was elected to the ACE of Florida Board of Directors. Over the past 18 months, he received over $1,300,000 in the competitive Pathways to Career Opportunity Grants from the Florida Department of Education.
Pamela Stewart Wade has twenty-five plus years in business and economic development. Including ten years as President and CEO of a CDFI. Also held positions as the Director of the Florida Women’s Business Center, The Small Business Division Manager for the City of West Palm Beach, and a Finance Manager for an international franchisor working to assist new franchisees with obtaining SBA 7A loans for a large co-working franchise. She currently serves as the Small Business Loan Officer for the Black Business Investment Corporation and Pathway Capital Funding.