Founding and Charter Members

Founding Members

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Claudia Camacho, SunTrust Bank

Claudia Camacho is the Vice President, Branch Manager of SunTrust Bank since 2011.  Claudia has dedicated over 30 years to working within the banking industry in Palm Beach County.  She has experience in business banking, commercial lending, cash management, operations and the last 15 years have been directly in managing a retail branch location.  Claudia’s primary goal these days are to learn as much as she can about her small business clients and become an advisor to them for any banking needs they may have.  Claudia served on the Central Palm Beach Chamber’s Board from 2011 – 2014 and during 2013 served as the Chamber’s Treasurer on the Executive Board.  She is also involved with Network Professionals, a referral lead group, and also serves as their Treasurer for the past 2 years.

Currently, Claudia is also a Trustee of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for SunTrust Bank.  Claudia’s other involvement was being a member of the Royal Palm Beach Rotary and wish-granter for the Make A Wish Foundation.   She served the past 3 years on the Finance Committee for SunFest including one year as Vice Chair for Finance.  Claudia is a native Floridian of Palm Beach County.

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Eric Gordon, Pharus Group, LLC

Eric Gordon is Vice President Business Development for the Pharus Group which specializes in providing multi-disciplined business management and sell-side advisory services to drive profitability, growth and equity development. Before going into consulting he was Vice President/Market Manager for BankAtlantic responsible for the Royal Palm Beach area.

Eric is a past president of the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club and currently Foundation Chair. He has held various district positions which included Area 3 Governor, Conference Chair, Sargent at Arms, Interact Chair, and is a Discussion Leader for Rotary Leadership Institute. He has been selected to serve as District Governor 2016 -2017 of Rotary International District 6930, District RYE Youth Protection Officer 2015-2016, and was Chief of Staff for 2014 -2015, is a board member of My Brother Sisters Keeper Charitable Trust, and is a Founding Member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Western Business Alliance.

Eric has been involved with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber for approximately 18 years, serving as a leader in a very broad range of activities and most recently as Vice Chairman Board of Directors for Education where he has worked very closely with the Palm Beach County School District on educational initiatives he helped create.

He has been named Rotarian of the Year and Member of the Year from the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club and received a District 6930 Service Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He has received the Chairman’s Choice Award and Ambassador of the Year from the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

Eric is a native New Yorker who moved to Florida in 1996 after working in the New York Fashion Industry for many years. He is a single parent with two young adult children, a daughter who is attending law school up north and a son who is studying at a University in Florida. Eric attended SUC Brockport for political science.

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Selena Smith, Quad S Solutions

Selena is the principal and creative mastermind of Quad S Solutions. With over 24 years experience, Quad S Solutions supports small businesses and non-profits with public relations, social media, business development and marketing.

Prior to starting her own business, Selena spent 16 years in the sports and entertainment industry working for the Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, and the National Hockey League as an off-ice official. She continued her career in Milwaukee, WI with the Bradley Center and Clear Channel Radio before returning to South Florida as the marketing director of Roger Dean Stadium.

Selena serves on several boards including the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. She is a member of Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2012 and co-chairs the civic engagement committee and is a member of the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach. Selena has her BS in Marketing from Barry University and her MBA from the University of Miami.

 

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Ron Tomchin, RPB Technologies, LLC

RPB Technologies provides technology solutions for small business. Ron prides himself in providing just the right mix of technologies and common sense for each of his clients. From computers and networking to automation and websites, he will review existing technologies and suggest the products and support necessary to help you reach your business goals.

Ron serves as the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club’s Webmaster and as Webmaster for Rotary District 6930.  He is a board member and webmaster of My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust. He has been a Board Member of Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, Inc. for five years and Chair of its Website Committee. He has been a Board member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and has guided its technology growth for eighteen years.  He is a member of the Palms West Leadership Class of 2007.   Ron has earned the coveted President’s Choice award an unprecedented two times. He has served on the IT Academy Advisory Board of Palm Beach Central High School. Ron is a member and webmaster of the Western Community Business Associates.

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Peter Wein, The World Entertainment and Information Network

A leader in the world of Internet Entertainment and Information, The WEI Network has made in roads into the global market not only through on line media but also through sponsorships and producing events throughout Florida. Known for its expanding listenership, WEI Network has been a go to location for residents and business alike. AN affordable way for businesses to reach their targeted clientele as well as an outlet that our listeners use for education, information and referrals to businesses in their area. With shows about entertainment, Kids Issues, Musical education, Health and legal topics, there are shows that attract listeners to multiple topics. Our average listener stays with programming more than 2x longer than typical terrestrial radio.

With the increase in mobile and wireless internet access, the availability of Internet radio has skyrocketed. With that, WEI Network is in the forefront of this emerging marketplace.

Charter Members

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Hope Barron, Barron & Kogan, CPAs, P.A.

Hope and her partner, Galina Kogan, founded Barron & Kogan, CPAs in 2002. Hope, Galina and their amazing staff are devoted to providing personal service, business expertise and financial wellness in a friendly, comfortable, professional environment. Hope became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987 after receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan (1984). Hope is a big fan of University of Michigan sports teams (Go Blue!). In 1997, Hope attended Nova Southeastern University earning a Master of Accounting and Finance while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Hope is a member of the AICPA. Philanthropy plays a vital role in Hope’s life. She chaired the Howlin’ Hoedown fundraiser for the past three years, earning almost $100,000 for local animal rescues. Hope has also volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club, American Cancer Society and other charities. Hope is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and she enjoys reading, crafting fused glass and laughing with family and friends.

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Ken Bell, Bell Business Forms

Bell business forms is a family owned business that was established in 1984.

Ken Bell got his start in the business forms industry in 1969 working for Moore Business Forms as an outside sales person. During his 15 year career with Moore, he had several sales positions in addition to sales management. His last 4 years with the company was managing an in-house print shop and a retail computer supply store. In 1984, he decided to take his extensive experience and start his own company as a business forms distributor.  Over the years, Ken has added all types of printing services, ink and toner, and promotional products.

“Our goal has always been to put the customer’s interest first. By offering a complete line of quality products, competitive pricing, excellent service and honest answers, we have enjoyed long term relationships with our customers.”

Remember, no order is too small and no customer is too large.

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Marcia Berwick, A Vacation of a Lifetime

My business life began in the garment center in New York City where I worked as a dress buyer for 25 years. I became the youngest full-fledged buyer in the industry. Moved to Florida, began work at a window treatment shop, and once again, delved into all aspects of the industry, making it a successful business experience. I received my travel agent certification in 1982 and immediately began working for a travel agency as an outside agent. My travel agency, “A Vacation of a Lifetime” was opened in August 2002 as a full service agency specializing in Cruises and Tours. I am listed as an expert’ with the major cruise lines and tour operators. I have 4 outside agents working with me. I have been serving the western communities for over 30 years. She was an Ambassador with the Palms West Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the West Communities Business Associates, Inc., Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the International Airport Travel Association (IATA) and a member of The Royal Palm Beach Rotary. Marcia has been married 33 years in December, has a daughter Hallie, married with two daughters, ages 12 and 9.

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Mario Camacho, SunTrust Bank

Mario Camacho has been the Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of SunTrust Bank since 2013.  Mario has been working in the banking industry over 17 years within the Palm Beach County market.  He has experience working with small business owners by helping improve their cash flow and assisting them with their finances.  Mario is Co-Director of the “ICARE Social Group” in Jupiter Abacoa and has volunteered for the past 3 years on the Finance Committee of SunFest through SunTrust Bank.

He has also been involved with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Mario was born in California but raised in Lima, Peru for most of his childhood.  He returned to the United States at the age of 18 and has held managerial positions since then.

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Don & Maureen Gross, Don and Maureen Gross – Keller Williams

My name is Maureen Gross, and my husband, Donald Gross, and I work as a team—Your Wellington Home Team—to ensure that you have the optimal service and experience in your search for a new home, or while selling your current home. We have lived and worked in the Western Communities of Palm Beach County, and in Wellington specifically, for over 22 years. We raised our son, Sean, here in Wellington and he attended the public schools in town from Kindergarten through his High School graduation. We have both been activley involved in, and served on the Boards of many civic organizations such as the Rotary of Wellington and the Wellington Women’s Club in order to help strengthen our local community as the area rapidly grew over the past 20+ years. We have seen amazing changes in our community and are proud to call it our home. As a consequence, Donald and I bring a wealth of first-hand knowledge and expertise about the area and we can help you in your pursuit of buying and/or selling real estate here. It’s not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. We are eager to serve you. Here are some of the things we can do for you.

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Lynne Keane, Keane Telecom Solutions, Inc.

Lynne’s background as an expert in the telecom industry began with her career at Windstream Communications. She repeatedly won the awards & prizes including #1 in percentage of sales during her ten plus years with the company (previously FDN). Her greatest asset is in helping business reduce their telecommunication expenses without sacrificing quality and being able to advise on increasing productivity by taking advantage of the various options available in today’s market.

Keane Telecom Solutions, Inc. helps companies from Broward to St. Lucie County. She represents all the carriers, offers redundancy options for phone and Internet services, sells traditional and VoIP options for phones, surveillance cameras and so much more. She is a long standing member of the Palm Beach IT Association and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Information Technology Network Administration Program at Southeastern College. She has volunteered her time with Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue, Sunfest, Boys and Girls Club of Martin County and United for Families Road to Success.

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Barry S. Manning, The Town-Crier

Barry Manning is the Publisher of The Town-Crier, “Your Community Newspaper”. The Town-Crier newspaper is published weekly, serving the central Palm Beach County, Florida communities of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and The Acreage. He is a Charter Member of The Western Business Alliance, Inc.

Barry is also the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington The Magazine, “Bringing You The Best of Wellington” as well as numerous other local publications.  He is a Board Member of My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust and a Past President and active member of the Wellington Rotary Club.

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John P Marinelli, Law Offices of John P Marinelli, LLC

John P Marinelli has been practicing law in Palm Beach County, Florida for over 30 years. He offers free consultations and wants to be your lawyer when you need help.

John is an experienced litigator in all areas of law, including bankruptcy, personal injury, DUI, criminal defense, divorce, child custody, business litigation,corporations, commercial & transactional law, real estate, Wills & Trusts (revocable and irrrevocable), elder law, VA benefits.

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Martha Webster

Martha Webster has lived and worked throughout Palm Beach County for 47 years, living in the Village of Royal Palm Beach for the past 17 years. During that time she has worked to make a difference in the community in her personal, professional, and elected positions.

Most know her for her service as the Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman where she was a strong advocate for the citizens of the Village, representing RPB as the Vice Chair of the PBC League of Cities, Vice Chair of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, and as a member of the PBC Metropolitan Planning Organization. She was a strong advocate for fiscal restraint, active in representing Villagers in updating code ordinances to better serve the residents’ needs, championing improved roadways, and supporting small businesses throughout the Village. Her public service also includes a year as the chair of the RPB Community Revitalization Advisory Board and 6 years as the Vice Chair of the City of Greenacres Planning & Zoning Commission.

Before entering public service, Martha was a member of many community policy boards that worked to better communities in the tri-county area. Some of her community services include: serving on the Central Palm Beach Chamber government affairs, economic, and Farm City committees; the PBC Homeless Coalition, PBC Affordable Housing Coalition, and PBC Health Care District PATCH Board; Habitat for Humanity; and Glades Interagency Network Board.