Your Leadership Palm Beach County Class Year: 2012
Who encouraged you to apply for LPBC/How did you get involved in LPBC: Sid Stubbs of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. and David Goodlett of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida encouraged me to apply. Both are long time alumni of LPBC.
How has LPBC affected you? It’s really opened my eyes to issues facing the county and has inspired me to get even more involved locally.
What is your fondest LPBC memory? Our Class Days and all the time spent bonding with my classmates at LPBC events (on the bus, at Second Wednesdays, Songwriters, LEA Awards… the list could go on and on).
What is something unexpected or surprising that you have derived from your involvement with LPBC? I was surprised at how “small” Palm Beach County really is, in terms of how connected everyone is and how everyone seems to have at least one common contact in the area.
Where do you work and what do you do for a living: I am an attorney at Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach. I do commercial litigation and transaction real estate.
What is your favorite aspect of your job: Getting to work with great people and amazing clients.
Your education: B.B.A. in Finance and Business Law from the University of Miami; J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Your civic and community involvement: LPBC Board of Governors (and various LPBC committees), University of Florida’s Law Alumni Council
Your professional/trade industry associations: PBCBA Young Lawyers Section, PBCBA Professionalism Committee,
Your family: Parents (Carlos and Kathy Cortez), Younger Sister (Kimberly Cortez)
City of birth: West Palm Beach, FL
Place of residence: Lake Clarke Shores, FL
First job: Working for my father at his store (ASAP Appliance Parts, Inc.)
Word that best describes you: Diligent
Your motto: Do what’s right.
How long have you lived in PBC: All of my life. I am third generation Palm Beach County.
Where we would find you on a Saturday afternoon: If it’s during college football season, in Miami cheering on my Miami Hurricanes. If it’s not college football season, I’d probably be fishing, golfing or hanging out with friends.
What do you consider your greatest achievement: To date, I would say marrying my best friend, my beautiful wife, Christina, but if you ask me after February 2013, I’d say the birth of my son/daughter. My wife and I are due February 1, 2013. We find out if it’s a boy or girl on September 5, 2012. We are very excited!
Who are your real life heroes: My parents
Life motto: Success is being at the right place and the right time and knowing it.
Best vacation you have taken: Alaskan Cruise
Last vacation: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Favorite restaurant: Tie between The Station House in Lantana or Leftovers in Jupiter
Favorite movie: Top Gun
Favorite TV show: The Five