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.
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.
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.
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.