Who encouraged you to apply for LPBC/How did you get involved in LPBC: I got involved at the suggestion of Krista Springer-Basore after working with her through Leadership PBC's participation in the Easter Seals' Get Down to Business Lunch. I attended Focus first...then applied for the Class of 2010. After not getting in that first attempt, I engaged in further activities that made me better eligible and then re-applied and was accepted into the Class of 2011.
How has LPBC affected you? LPBC has affected me in such a positive manner. I have developed a much deeper understanding of how our County works and what makes it so wonderful. I have also made some extraordinary friendships and contacts through the organization and have stayed very involved since graduation.
What is your fondest LPBC memory? There are so many, but if I had to pick one, my fondest memory of LPBC so far is the impact our experience our Class had on me when we threw a birthday party for a little boy who was receiving the benefits of the Quantum House while he and his family were there receiving services. Providing such joy to him, his family and all the kids that day really showed me the positive impact a group can have on the community in which we live/work.
What is something unexpected or surprising that you have derived from your involvement with LPBC? The most unexpected or surprising experience I have had from my involvement with LPBC...well, I have had two. The first was at my Class' retreat during the shield exercise. It was at that time when I had an epiphany regarding my marriage and the lack of support I had from my spouse. After hearing 40 something people share about their experiences of encouragement, love and support they had in their relationships and I realized I wanted, needed and deserved more. It was through this experience I realized I needed to eliminate this negativity from my life and seek greater happiness and balance...and I ultimately wound up getting a divorce. It was one of the most empowering experiences that had an exemplary effect on the direction of my life...and has been one of the best choices I have ever made for myself.
The second was meeting Alyssa Freeman of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County at Rybovich on Marine Industries & Transportation Day. Alyssa and I stayed in contact and have become friends. Meeting her has had a tremendous impact on my life and my business. I have since become an active member in the Association, which has provided me with access, insight and involvement within the Marine industry in Palm Beach County that has been invaluable to my personal growth and my business. Even though my business is based in Miami many of my colleagues and customers are here. Palm Beach County is my home, my community and it feels right to be a part of my industry here. Because of my exposure to my industry in Palm Beach County through that day in LPBC, I know I have had and will continue to have tremendous opportunities for my personal and business' future.
How have you stayed involved in LPBC since graduating? I was lucky enough to have been chosen as one of my Class' representatives to sit on the Board. It has been an honor to be a part of the organization in this way and I like to think that my contributions, ideas and insight have made a difference. I Chaired the 2nd Wednesdays for the Class of 2012 and when the format changed, moved to Co-Chair the Alumni Relations Committee. After graduating, I also felt it was important to stay involved in the class day that had the most impact on me. I have been a Day Co-Chair for the Marine Industries & Transportation Day. I also do my best to stay involved with my Class and the events we plan, as well as participate in as many LPBC events as I can manage from Leadership Plus, helping at retreat, attending and volunteering at alumni events such as The South Florida Fair and Polo and our volunteer initiatives such as Paint Your Heart Out. Last but not least, I have enjoyed staying in touch and continuing to develop the friendships I have made by supporting my LPBC Classmates and other Alumni in their efforts to enhance and improve our community.
Where do you work and what do you do for a living: I have the privilege of continuing my family's legacy. Our company is Frigibar Industries, Inc. Over the past 42 years, we have manufactured high quality marine refrigeration products to include freezer, refrigerators, dock/deck boxes, fish boxes, ice boxes and conversion kits for the marine industry. We are best known for our fiberglass cockpit freezers seen on yachts worldwide. We also produce custom fiberglass and stainless steel refrigeration solutions for individuals with specific needs, as well as OEM products for boat builders. Our facility is located in Miami, FL.
What is your favorite aspect of your job: The Marine industry is a very close knit group and a "little big industry". I enjoy providing a niche solution to a well known problem in boating...not having enough cold storage. The impact that solving such a problem affords us, the opportunity to be a valuable addition to our customer's vessels, is a favorite aspect of my job. The Marine industry is also a very social one and I enjoy the people I get to meet, work and socialize with. It is a great and fun environment to work in and has a significant economic impact on our community, which I am proud to be a part of. The view is not bad either!
Your education: Attended University of Tampa '95-'96. BS - University of Phoenix, 2005 and MBA - University of Phoenix, 2007
Your civic and community involvement: Aside from my involvement in LPBC, I have been involved with Easter Seals for over 9 years. Currently, I serve as the Advisory Board Chair for our Igoe-Amar Child Development Center in West Palm Beach and as a State Board Member for the Center's parent, Easter Seals Florida, which services individuals with disabilities in over 40 Counties within the State. I have been on the committee for one of the Amar Center's largest fundraising events, an annual business lunch called Get Down to Business which is presented in partnership with Leadership Palm Beach County and incorporates one of LPBC's Up Close and Personal events. I have been involved with this event since its inception and over the last 2 years I have had the honor and pleasure of serving as the Junior Chair for the event.
Your professional/trade industry associations: My organization is a member of the Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County and I have had the privilege of volunteering at the Annual Boat Parade, MIAPBC's gift each year to the community which supports Toys for Tots and collected over 18,000 toys for children in 2012. The MIAPBC is proud to be one of the top toy collectors in the nation for this annual initiative. This year I was invited to participate on the Events Committee at MIAPBC which is responsible for bringing the Boat Show to our community and producing the Beacon of Light Awards dinner the night prior to the opening of the show. Frigibar Industries, Inc. is also an affiliate member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) which holds a Broker Open House once a year at Palm Harbour Marina and a long-standing member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
Your family: I grew up in Miami, FL (Kendall to be exact) with my Mom, Dad and sister. My Dad passed away in 2010 after a battle with ALS (Lou Gerrig's Disease). My Mom and sister are now proud Palm Beach County residents, living in Boca. My sister is married to a wonderful guy and gave me one of the greatest gifts ever, my 2-1/2 year old niece.
City of birth: Miami, FL
Place of residence: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
First job: Working the Boat Shows with my Dad.
Words that best describes you: Positive and happy
Your motto: Be nice...especially to yourself. (and) Your happiness in your responsibility.
What brought you to Palm Beach County: Well...I was living in Tampa and started dating this guy who lived in Jupiter, FL...
How long have you lived in PBC:. 13 years
Where we would find you on a Saturday afternoon: Volunteering or out with friends.
What is your idea of perfect happiness: Just that...perfect happiness.
What talent would you most like to have: To be able to draw
Would not leave home without: My iPhone
What do you consider your greatest achievement: Being able to inspire others
Mentor: Accepting applications.... =)
Who are your real life heroes: My family and friends
Most important lesson you've learned: You only get one shot at this. Make it happen. Make it count. Life motto: Whether you think you can, or you think you can't...you're right.
Last vacation: Was way too long ago
Favorite spot in Palm Beach County: The mile between the Turnpike and I-95 on PGA Blvd. It always makes me so happy when I come home to the place where I live and enjoy so much. I often appreciate what a beautiful place I get to live in when driving that mile.
Favorite restaurant: Too Bizarre
Toughest decision: Deciding to leave my job of 9 years to run my family's business.
Goal yet to be achieved: Making it to tomorrow