Report by Jennifer McCrate
Jupiter Community High School
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Business and Economic Development Day began at the Breakers Hotel & Resort. Breakfast at the Breakers was exactly what you would expect—the food was delicious, the room impeccable, and the staff always ready with a smile. Afterwards, we spoke to some of Palm Beach County’s most successful entrepreneurs; Mr. Douglas Brown, Mr. Jason Brian, and Ms. Ana Blanchard spoke to us about their experiences working in the business world, whether as part of the team who made Enterprise Rent-A-Car a success, or as self-employed businesspeople at Autocricket.com or an accounting firm.
They encouraged us to set goals for our future, but also urged us to keep an eye out for life’s unexpected opportunities; sometimes venturing off the beaten path is not what makes us lost, but what helps us discover true success.
Afterwards, Mr. Paul Leone of the Breakers Resort & Hotel graciously agreed to speak to us about the secrets to success in the hospitality business—an energetic staff, a prodigious attention to detail, and above all, a commitment to customers.
The next stop was the Gardens Mall, where Mr. Gary Frechette, the security director, gave us insight into the challenges of working in retail. He raffled off fifty dollar gift certificates to the mall for four lucky students—they were definitely excited to return to the mall again later and spend them! After a delicious lunch of Sbarros’s pizza, Starbucks came and spoke to us about the qualities that make their company flourish—a sense of community responsibility, personalized service, and satisfied employees. They also gave us samples of their delicious drinks. For many of us, it was our first sip of Starbucks coffee—I know we will be back for more soon!
We ended the day at the Scripps Research Institute, where we met with representatives from Scripps, Max Planck, and Biomet 3i. They spoke about the groundbreaking research currently underway at their respective organizations, and introduced us to the diverse array of professions in the biomedical and technology fields.
We all left today feeling regretful—it is sad to think that this was the last Youth Leadership trip we would all be on together.
These last eight months have proved instrumental in guiding us as we begin to make our college and career choices, and we made a lot of unforgettable memories along the way.