Past Speakers

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Jeff Suat – Chief Investment Strategist – Raymond James

Jeff Suat – Chief Investment Strategist – Raymond James

Depth and Variety
We invite speakers from both the national and local scene to address an eclectic range of issues related to commerce and the economy, ranging from real estate to agriculture to downtown revitalization.

National speakers from NASDAQ and Wall Street have addressed issues affecting the rise and fall of the stock market. Economists from the Federal Reserve Bank have flown in to discuss interest rates and banking issues.

2014

  • January: Charles White – Executive Managing Director, Fixed Income Division – Sterne, Agee and Leach

2013

  • January: Mark Vitner – Senior Economist – Wells Fargo
  • February: Eric I. Bustillo – Regional Director – Securities Exchange Commission
  • March: Randy Schultz – Editor of the Editorial Page – The Palm Beach Post
  • April: Joe Rooney – Vice President – Palm Beach Kennel Club
  • May: Dominic M. Calabro – President & CEO – Florida Tax Watch
  • June: Paul Stebbins, of World Fuel Services, Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition and Mr. Julio Fuentes, former President of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • July: Gary S. Lesser, Esquire – “Lawyers Who Run Away With Your Money and Other Issues”
  • August: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • September: George Gentile – “New Projects – New Developments – New Dollars”
  • December: Dave Kerner – State Representative – “What the Legislature did Last Session and What is Planned for Next Session”

2012

  • January: Sheryl G. Steckler -Palm Beach County Inspector General
  • February: Ron Klein – Former Congressman and Member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
  • March: Robert A. Dye, Ph.D. – Chief Economist – Comerica Bank
  • April: Adam H. Putnam – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
  • May: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • June: Palm Beach County Judicial Candidates – Circuit & County Courts
  • July: State Attorney Candidates – Dave Aronberg – Robert Gershman – Dina Keever
  • August: Karen Marcus – Palm Beach County Commissioner
  • September: Candidates for PB County Commission – Davis Levy – Hal Valeche
  • October: Members Only Evening Event – Brazilian Court/Cafe Boulud
  • November: James McTevia – Author & Financial Expert
  • December: Alan R. Durham – Executive Director of Economic Development – City of West Palm Beach

2011

  • January Charles White -Fixed Income Division – Sterne, Agee & Leach
  • February Robert Weisman – Palm Beach County Administrator
  • March Christopher P. Ramey – Chairman, Luxury Marketing Council Florida
  • April Richard Rampell – Trustee, National Public Radio Foundation
  • May Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • June Members Only Event
  • July Dr. Claudia Hillinger – President, Max Planck Florida Foundation
  • September William N. Shepherd – Former Florida Statewide Prosecutor
  • October George Linley – Executive Director – Palm Beach County Sports Commission
  • November Members Only Evening Event at Palm Beach DramaWorks
  • December Randy Schultz – Editor of the Editorial Page – The Palm Beach Post

2010

  • January: Charles Tontar, Ph.D. – Economics Chair – Merrimack College
  • February: John Gillies -Special Agent in Charge – FBI Miami Office
  • March: Hugh F. Kelly – Real Estate Economist
  • April: Phil Smith – National Political Director – The Concord Coalition
  • May: Mark Vitner – Managing Director & Senior Economist – Wells Fargo Securities
  • June: Roger Amidon – Executive Director Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
  • July: John L. Fiveash – Lewis Longman & Walker – “The Oil Spill & South Florida”
  • August: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • October: Jeff Suat – Chief Investment Strategist – Raymond James

2009

  • January: Eric Silagy – Chief Development Officer – FPL
  • February: Alex Taylor – Publisher – The Palm Beach Post
  • March: Robert Weisman – Palm Beach County Administrator
  • April: Clinton C. Glass – Balfour Beatty Construction
  • June: Jeff Saut – Chief Investment Strategist – Raymond James
  • July: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • August: Florida State Representative Mary Brandenburg
  • September: Randy Schultz – Editor of the Editorial Page – The Palm Beach Post
  • October: William C. Davis – Past President of Florida Assoc. of Mortgage Brokers (PBC)

2008

  • January: Scott J. Brown, Ph.D. – Chief Economist – Raymond James
  • February: Mark Vitner – Senior Economist – Wachovia
  • March: Tom Kloza – Chief Oil Analyst – Oil Price Information Service
  • April: Harry Zeeve – National Field Director – The Concord Coalition
  • May: Bruce Adams – Founding Director – Florida Water Wise Council
  • June: Candidates for State Attorney – Michael McAuliffe – Paula Russell – Joseph A. Tringali
  • July: Candidates for PBC Property Appraiser – Richard Machek – Gary Nikolits
  • September: Randy Schultz – Editor of the Editorial Page – The Palm Beach Post
  • October: Candidates for State House Seat – Carl Domino & Bryan Miller
  • November: J. Russell Greene – President & CEO – Grand Bank & Trust of Florida

2007

  • January: Kendall Coffey – CNN Legal Analyst & Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida
  • February: Stephen R. Conafay – Pfizer Lobbyist
  • April: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • May: Former Congressman Harry Johnston – “Africa/Iran – The Potential Economic Impact on the U.S.A.”
  • July: Karen Marcus – Palm Beach County Commissioner
  • September: Mary Brandenburg – Florida State Representative
  • October: William C. Davis – Past President of Florida Assoc. of Mortgage Brokers (PBC)
  • November: Randy Schultz – Editor of the Editorial Page – Palm Beach Post

2006

  • February: Mark P. Vitner – Senior Economist – Wachovia
  • March: John W. Little III – Brigham Moore Law Firm
  • April: Dr. David Lereah – Chief Economist – National Association of Realtors
  • May: Randy Schultz – Editor of the Editorial Page – Palm Beach Post
  • June: Mary Brandenburg – Florida State Representative
  • July: Sarah Tobocman & Joseph Santoro – Gunster Yoakley Law Firm
  • September: Robert Pick – Bernstein Research & Management
  • October: Dr. Henry Fishkind, Ph.D. – Fishkind & Associates
  • November: Tom Kloza – Chief Oil Analyst – Oil Price Information Service

2005

  • January: Neisen Kasdin – Urban Land Institute
  • February: Rob Coble – District Manager – Lowe’s
  • March: Ken Foster – General Manager – Palm Beach County Convention Center
  • April: Mark Levinson – Chief Economist for UNITE
  • May: Jim Lushine – National Weather Service
  • June: Clifford R. Bragdon, Ph.D AICP
  • July: Robert Pick – Bernstein Research & Management
  • August: Mary Brandenburg – Florida State Representative
  • September: Charles Lehmann – Director of Tourist Development Council
  • November: Barney T. Bishop III – Associated Industries of Florida

2004

  • January: Richard Lordan, P.E. – Electric Power Research Institute
  • February: Dr. Christopher Hart – President, Spire Group, Boston
  • March: Randy Schultz – Palm Beach Post
  • April: Tom Gallagher – Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida
  • May: Warren Newell – Palm Beach County Commissioner
  • June: Dr. Martin Weiss, PhD – Weiss Ratings
  • July: Charlie Crist – Florida Attorney General
  • August: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • September: Mayor Lois Frankel – City of West Palm Beach
  • October: Mark P. Vitner – Senior Economist – Wachovia Corp.
  • November: Les Breedlove – Slaton Insurance

2003

  • January: Ken Foster – Palm Beach Convention County Center, Bob Alman – National Croquet Center
  • February: J.J. Klein – Demographer
  • March: Scott Newquist – Wall Street Expert
  • April: Gary Nikolits – Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
  • May: Nancy Graham – Downtown Development Authority – Former Mayor of WPB
  • June: No Meeting
  • September: 75th Anniversity of 1928 Hurricane – Chris Landsea – NOAA
  • October: Alex Dreyfoos & Judith Mitchell – Kravis Center
  • November: Mark Vitner – Wachovia Bank Economist

2002

  • January: Jeffrey Stoops – SBA Communications
  • February: Gregory Miller – SunTrust economist
  • March: Jody Gleason – Tom Lynch PBC Education Commission
  • April: George Wedgworth – Sugar Cane Growers Co-op of FL
  • May: Randy Schultz – PB POST, Editor or editorial page
  • June: Karen Marcus – Chairperson, PBC Commission
  • July: Bennett Marks – RailAmerica
  • September: John Tompson – Kolter Properties
  • October: Mark Vitner – Wachovia economist
  • November: Bill Yeargin – Rybovich Spencer