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A Letter from the CEO To our Members and Partners: The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County moves into a new fiscal year, it’s important to note our goals and missions for the coming months. As Palm Beach County’s economic development partner, our goal is to create 1,500 new jobs from new companies relocating into our community and expanding corporation that already have a Palm Beach County address. While creating jobs, we will continue to focus on the economic development ecosystem of key industry sectors, ensuring that our business climate remains competitive and attractive.

Our work, will of course, continue with building our economic development website, www.SmartStartPalmBeach.com with its database and mapping of all shovel ready property, and the listing of cities and towns that support expedited permitting and economic development incentives. We are also working on a unique marketing outreach campaign with new printed and digital materials. In the months of September and October, the BDB collaborated with the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Tourist Development Council, Cultural Council and many others on a marketing piece with Delta Airlines. In December, Palm Beach County was featured in Delta Air Line’s signature magazine, Delta Sky, which has 5.3 million readers and is ranked as one of the highest read magazines by C-Suite executives. The story titled, “The Perfect Business Climate,” talked about why Palm Beach County is the ideal location to live, to work, to learn and to play. We especially want to thank our friends at the CVB and Jorge Pesquera for their partnership. Lastly, I want to take the opportunity to thank those who partner and collaborate with us daily for economic development success in Palm Beach

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County. The financial support from our Board of County Commissioners and the partnership with the Palm Beach County Economic Development Office is critical to our success. We also work very closely with our Chambers of Commerce, Workforce Alliance, Enterprise Florida, Economic Council, and public/private educational institutions as we travel all parts of this county. Last but not least, we thank you, our members, for your financial contribution, expertise, time and ideas. Your continued support at the highest level is critical to the economic sustainability of this county.

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Kelly Smallridge President & CEO Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Inc.


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Anspach Effort, Inc., The Bank of America Citi Bank Flagler Real Estate Services Florida Crystals Corporation Florida Power & Light Company Florida Trend Magazine GeoGlobal Partners/GMJ Holdings Gunster Hardrives, Inc. LRP Publications McGladrey Nova Southeastern University - Palm Beach Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Plastridge Insurance Agency PNC Bank Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Regions Bank South Florida Business Journal Templeton & Company Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company Workforce Alliance, Inc.

1st United Bank AFLAC Alpern Rosenthal Anderson-Moore Construction Corp. Applefield Waxman, Inc. Aquila Property Company, Inc./Binks Forest Golf Club B/E Aerospace, Inc. Baron Sign Manufacturing Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Blackstone Property Management Broad and Cassel Campus Management Corp. Celedinas Insurance Group Compson Associates, Inc. DoubleTree Hotel in the Gardens Duane Morris LLP Ecclestone Organization Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP Ernst & Young LLP Florida Public Utilities Company Fuoco Group GL Homes Greenspoon Marder, P.A. Hedrick Brothers Construction Co., Inc. JFK Medical Center Lockheed Martin Corporation Office Depot Foundation Palm Beach Gardens Marriott Rendina Companies Rutherford Mulhall, P.A. Sabadell United Bank SBA Communications Corporation TD Bank Thinsolutions West Palm Beach Marriott


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Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club/Cafe Boulud Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. Carey O’Donnell Public Relations Group Catalfumo Construction and Development, Inc. CB Richard Ellis, Inc. CBIZ Goldstein Lewin Cleveland Clinic Florida Health & Wellness COMCAST ComDesign Comerica Bank Crocker Partners LLC CS Media Works Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc. Dale Carnegie Training DaszkalBolton LLP Dewhurst Associates, Inc. DPR Construction Express Employment Professionals First Park South Florida Florida Atlantic University Florida Research Park Forte Interactive Frank Crystal & Company G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Gardens Mall, The Hoffman’s Chocolate Shoppes Hollywood Media Corp. Honda Classic, The HSBC Bank Iberia Bank IBM Southeast Employees’ Federal Credit Union, Parent Company of PGA Credit Union Jade Communications Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Jupiter Medical Center Kaufman Lynn, Inc. General Contractors Keyes Company/Realtors, The Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Leboffe & Associates Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC Lots of Yachts/Lots of Spots Max Planck Florida Institute McCraney Property Company

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is working with GrowFL in an outreach effort to assist companies that may need technical and information tools to continue growing. GrowFL is the centerpiece of Florida’s new entrepreneurial strategy of “economic gardening,” which focuses on cultivating companies with the potential to grow into the powerhouses of the state’s economy. In 2009, UCF was selected to administer the statewide program. The GrowFL program is free of charge for companies that have grown beyond the startup phase and meet certain criteria. “The continuing challenge for GrowFL is to recruit from companies that fit the specific criteria of second-stage growth companies, said Becky Magaw, VP of Business Retention and Expansion, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. “ So we are putting out the call to: forprofit, privately held businesses which employ between 10 and 50 people, generate $1 million to $25 million in annual revenue, demonstrate growth in number of employees and gross revenues during three of the past five years.” The program offers a full range of free growth services, which include everything from market research to web and social media strategy to capital and labor referrals. As many as 5,000 Florida firms would qualify for this promising program in the areas of biotechnology, software development, energy and professional, technical or other services. For more information go to GrowFL.com

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PRESIDENTS LEVEL MEMBERS (continued) Nexus Energy Solutions Northwood University Oasis Outsourcing Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa Palm Beach State College PGA of America PGAL Port of Palm Beach Preferred Printing & Graphics

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Shovel Ready Palm Beach is one of the BDB’s most successful economic development initiatives. It is focused on analyzing, mapping and showcasing available land in Palm Beach County. The program systematically reviews shovel ready land and then lists qualified sites on the BDB’s new website: SmartStartPalmBeach.com. Each month, the BDB’s Shovel Ready committee reviews qualifying applications from across the county. The BDB’s Shovel Ready Palm Beach program is one of the few true shovel ready programs in the US. If you need more information about ShovelReadyPalmBeach, or if you have land that may qualify for this program, contact Shawn Rowan at srowan@bdb.org.

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The International Economic Forum of the Americas is coming to Palm Beach County in spring 2011 and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is supporting the effort. The event in Palm Beach County will focus on world finance, competition, trade, life science and green energy. Nicholas Remillard, Vice President of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, has been meeting with BDB partners as the event planning is underway.

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Palm Beach Aggregates: Helping to Build Palm Beach County For nearly 20 years, Palm Beach Aggregates has been helping to build Palm Beach County. Today, the company – whose products are in place throughout the region – is looking forward to a bright future. Enrique A. Tomeu

“I firmly believe that the best years in Palm Beach County’s history are still ahead of us,” says Enrique A. Tomeu president. “The BDB plays a critical role in moving us forward with its highly effective economic development efforts.” Based in Loxahatchee, Palm Beach Aggregates was established on approximately 3,000 acres in western Palm Beach County in 1990 as GKK Corporation. In 1997, GKK came under new ownership and management and became Palm Beach Aggregates. “We saw the growth potential for the region, and decided to make a major investment,” says Tomeu. “At that time, the land was being used for mining and farming, including sugar cane, sod and vegetables.” Palm Beach Aggregates has steadily invested in and expanded its mining operation over the years. Now, the company operates on over 3,200 acres in the western region, producing aggregate, a broad category of construction materials, including crushed stone, sand, gravel, that add strength and durability to other products. “We provide the raw material used for concrete, asphalt production and

baserock for road construction,” says Tomeu. “We are very focused on aggregate as our core business, and we service Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Palm Beach Aggregates’ customers include contractors and roadbuilders, as well as concrete and asphalt companies serving the public and private sectors. Its products can be found in all major highways, county and state roads, private developments, utility projects, and environmental restoration projects in South Florida. “We also provide the raw materials for the construction business, including asphalt, paving and concrete for homebuilding,” Tomeu adds. In recent years, Palm Beach Aggregate has also created water storage reservoirs, taking advantage of the region’s unique geological formation that holds water naturally. Today, Palm Beach Aggregates serves the construction needs of the South Florida region, drawing on an extensive network of long-time clients. As Tomeu says, “We have a close-knit business community here that encourages cooperation and nurtures new companies.” For more information, www.palmbeachag.com.

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BDB Accredited by International Economic Development Council The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently recognized the BDB as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) – the second in the state of Florida. “The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC president and CEO Jeff Finkle. “Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the BDB has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands.” The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The

program consists of two phases: documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, programs and staff of the candidate economic development organization. Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee. “We are very honored to be part of an elite group of economic development organizations not only in Florida, but throughout the nation,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO. “This recognition affirms that we have the highest level of infrastructure, staff and programs in place to be ranked among the best.”

Hedrick Brothers Construction: Bringing Visions to Reality From “green” office buildings and historic restorations, to educational facilities, country clubs and estate homes Hedrick Brothers Construction brings visions to reality. “We take great pride in the quality of our work, and we strive to ensure our clients receive the very best,” says Dale Hedrick, LEED AP, president of the West Palm Beach company founded in 1979. “Our culture of accountability has helped us produce excellent results.” Known for meticulous craftsmanship, innovative technologies and project management systems, Hedrick Brothers Construction is a leader in sustainable practices that provide a healthier workspace, energy efficiency, minimal environmental impact and cost savings. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Hedrick Brothers Construction has completed five sustainable projects in Palm Beach County, including EcoPlex, a West Palm Beach office building. “With our long track record and financial stability, we build lasting relationships with owners,” Hedrick says. “We have grown considerably over the years, not only in project size and type, but also in the ability to give back to our community.” Hedrick Brothers Construction has been a member of the BDB for more than a decade. “The relationships we have developed through this organization have contributed to the growth of our company,” says Hedrick. “By bringing new businesses to Palm Beach County, the BDB is strengthening the economy of our community.” For more information, www.hedrickbrothers.com. Dale Hedrick

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BankAtlantic: ‘Florida’s Most Convenient Bank’

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BankAtlantic began in 1952 in Fort Lauderdale. Today, BankAtlantic is one of the oldest and largest Florida based community banks, employing 1,400 people who work at 100 branches across South Florida and the Tampa Bay area. “Our ongoing commitment to service, efficiency and convenience allows us to successfully compete as a community bank with larger national banks,” says Ken Binger, president, Palm Beach/Treasure Coast. “While we offer the same innovative products and services as our bigger competitors, they can’t match our level of personalized service. Binger adds, “We pioneered seven-day banking in Florida, plus we’re open early and late. Our free online banking and bill pay, mobile banking and telephone banking services let customers conduct banking transactions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making us ‘Florida’s Most Convenient Bank.’” For the business community, BankAtlantic offers a full range of business checking accounts, savings accounts and business services including merchant credit card processing, online banking and bill pay, treasury management and business debit and credit cards. Community involvement is an integral part of the BankAtlantic philosophy. “Our employees have provided their talent, resources and countless hours of volunteer work, while BankAtlantic and the BankAtlantic Foundation have provided over $15 million in grants to charitable organizations that promote programs in education and literacy, the arts and human services across the state,” Binger said. Similar to the BDB’s mission to stimulate economic energy, promote diversity and enrich the vitality of Palm Beach County, BankAtlantic aims to provide financial solutions that will strengthen the relationships, while assisting its vision to be known as Florida’s best bank. For more information, www.bankatlantic.com.

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Relocating, Expanding Businesses Choose Palm Beach County space in Riviera Beach. The capital investment for the project is estimated to be $700,000. LRP Publications currently has more than 200 employees in Palm Beach County. The company publishes industry magazines, newsletters, books, videos, case reporters and web products in specialized areas such as human resources, worker’s compensation, and education administration. MDVIP, Inc., a national leader in personalized, preventive healthcare will relocate its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton. MDVIP, Inc. will relocate its 150 employees to 20,000 square feet of corporate space at the Lynn Financial Center. MDVIP, Inc. was founded in 2000 with a network of affiliated physicians that specializes in personalized, preventive care. There are currently more than 430 MDVIP-affiliated physicians providing care to more than 135,000 patients throughout the country. “We are delighted about our new location and appreciate the partnership with the BDB,” said Dan Hecht, CEO, MDVIP, Inc. “The new facility will also play host to hundreds of visiting physicians from all around the country as MDVIP continues to expand its national network of exceptional physicians. These visiting physicians and their guests will have the opportunity to enjoy all the local services that Boca Raton has to offer,”

RELOCATIONS Florida Flavors and Concentrates, Inc., the second largest beverage company in Brazil, will add a manufacturing plant and 16 additional jobs in Riviera Beach to its corporate portfolio. The plant will manufacture and mix cola and other flavored beverages for shipment to Brazil and worldwide markets. The company has leased a 13,000-square-foot building and, with help from the City of Riviera Beach expedited permitting process, the company has completed its interior renovation efforts. The total economic impact of the project will be $11.7 million. “The assistance from the Business Development Board and the responsiveness of the city of Riviera Beach confirmed that we made the right decision in locating in Palm Beach County,” said Didier Hardy, president of Florida Flavors and Concentrates, Inc. Modernizing Medicine Inc. is opening its corporate headquarters in Boynton Beach. Initially, the company will create at least nine new jobs, growing to over 18 in Palm Beach County. Led by CEO Dan Cane, Modernizing Medicine Inc. is a software provider that delivers the next generation of healthcare IT solutions for small and medium-sized specialty medical practices. The company received $22,000 in financial assistance from the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency for building improvements and rent subsidies. The company’s exclusive product called Electronic Medical Assistant, EMA, is an intuitive software system that saves time for doctors and staff with patient notes, prescriptions, test orders, billing and documentation.

EXPANSIONS LRP, Inc., a specialty publishing company with headquarters in Palm Beach County, will be expanding its South Florida operations, adding jobs and leasing new warehouse space. LRP Publications will relocate its Pennsylvania-based printing and mailing facilities and expand its Palm Beach County operations, including renovations to its current corporate offices, during the next six months. LRP will add 40 new jobs and lease an additional 5,000 square feet of warehouse

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ADT Security Services, a business unit of Tyco International and one of Palm Beach County’s largest employers, plans to expand and strengthen its corporate headquarters offices in Boca Raton, after receiving assistance from the BDB. ADT North America plans to grow at a new office location at 1501 Yamato Road, where it will be joined by the Boca-based corporate operations of Simplex Grinnell, ADT Latin America, and some Tyco corporate employees. Tyco and ADT are among the largest employers in Boca Raton with 700 employees at the One Town Center Road location and more than 1,200 employees in Palm Beach County. The State of Florida and the City of Boca Raton offered economic incentives totaling approximately $1.3 million through the Governor’s Quick Action Closing fund. The agreement secures hundreds of well-paying Florida jobs, many in managerial and technical fields and sets the stage for future employment growth. The recent acquisition of Broadview Security combined with the realignment of ADT North America into separate Commercial and Residential/Small Business organizations, created a need for additional capacity at the current Boca Raton corporate headquarters. “As ADT continues to grow, the incentives from the state and the city of Boca Raton allow us to better match real estate assets to our changing business needs while helping grow and improve our corporate headquarters offices and customer demonstration areas. In the process we have the opportunity to create an exceptional new work environment for our employees,” said ADT North America Residential/Small Business President John Koch. SURGItrace, LLC, a company specializing in the research, design and development of “real-time” global tracking solutions for the medical devices industry supply chains, is establishing its headquarters operations at the Florida Atlantic University Research and Development Park in Boca Raton. The company currently employs four people and will add 35 new jobs as it creates its emerging company at the Research Park.


Celedinas Insurance Group: Delivering Insurance Solutions With more than 50 years of experience, Celedinas Insurance Group delivers insurance solutions and personal service. The national full-service insurance firm based in South Florida was recently recognized by The Insurance Journal as one of the “Top 100 Privately Owned Insurance Advisory Firms in America.” Led by Ray Celedinas, president and CEO, the Celedinas Insurance Group specializes in the negotiation of terms, conditions and placement of all aspects of business insurance, personal lines coverage, employee benefit programs, and life insurance. Celedinas is a Certified Insurance Counselor with more than 29 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is also a principal in Orchid Insurance, Florida’s top wholesale provider of high-value home insurance products, and Vero Insurance, the top insurance advisory firm focused on the insurance needs of affluent clientele on the Treasure Coast. Celedinas has received numerous company and industry awards for excellence, service and performance. He is supports numerous philanthropic causes, and serves on the boards of The Benjamin School and First Tee of the Palm Beaches. He resides in Palm Beach with his wife of 25 years and their two daughters. “The competition among counties and cites to attract the very best employers has reached an unprecedented level,” says Celedinas. “Thanks to the efforts of The Business Development Board, we have a cohesive entity working to attract the very best companies to our area and retain them.” For more information, www.celedinas.com. Ray Celedinas

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Pharus Group: Providing Resources for Successful Business Management Whether providing strategic consulting services or operational support, Pharus Group is dedicated to helping small to mid-size companies succeed. “We provide a comprehensive scope of services to support the core competency of busy entrepreneurs,” says Christopher Morhardt, president and founder of the Port St. Lucie-based firm. “We become part of the management team, providing expertise and advice on an as-needed basis.” Pharus Group’s services encompass strategic planning and implementation, cash flow management, human resources, executive level advisory services, and sales and marketing. The firm also has a medical practice management division and experience with biotech spinoffs. “We provide the non-core technology support to run a balanced, intelligent business,” says CEO and managing partner David Bernstein. “That could include branding, financial analysis or developing an exit strategy – whatever is needed to assist the business owner(s) in achieving their ultimate success.” In the past year, Pharus Group has also helped several clients obtain bank financing or equity investments – a valued service in today’s tight credit market, according to Bernstein, who has more than 35 years of corporate management experience, including several successful turnarounds.

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Pharus Group maintains an active role in the South Florida business community through participation in multiple Chambers of Commerce and Business Development Board memberships. The company is proud of the support and working relationship with attorney William Berger, Esq. and the law office of Greenspoon Marder. For more information visit, www.pharusgroup.com

Delivering Clean, Natural Gas By delivering clean, natural gas to residences and commercial establishments, Florida Public Utilities Company provides energy-efficient, cost-saving solutions to Palm Beach County homes and businesses. Cooking tops and ranges, tankless water heaters, pool/spa heaters and outdoor grills are among the most popular natural gas applications, according to Jason Van Hoffman, manager, marketing services, in West Palm Beach. “We have seen a significant upturn in demand this past year,” says Van Hoffman. “Gas appliances really reduce a customer’s electric bill, while reducing carbon emissions as well.” For instance, a tankless heater provides on-demand hot water without the need for continual heat – a potential savings of 3,000 pounds of carbon a year for a residential system. Restaurants and hotels can enjoy substantial cost benefits as well, because of the greater demand for hot water and meal preparation. “We have also been working with Palm Beach companies deploying new technologies, such as large airconditioning units powered with natural gas.” Many new businesses coming to Palm Beach County with assistance from the BDB are also considering natural gas, Van Hoffman says. “Like the BDB, we believe in providing support for new companies to relocate here.” Florida Public Utilities Company also provides propane gas and electric service. For more information, www.fpuc.com

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A “Professional Touch” for Meetings and Events For more than 30 years, Professional Touch International (PTI) has been orchestrating special events, meetings and travel incentive programs for a “who’s who” roster of clients. “Our services surpass our promises,” says founder and president Lexye Aversa, espousing “We become your extension and arrange everything except the air you breathe.” Aversa’s savoire faire, extensive local and international connections, and creativity bring meetings and special events to life, supported by a seasoned, multilingual staff who share her passion and vision. Featured as Best Global Event Planner on the Fox TV series, “The Best of South Florida,” she is also a guest host on Seaview Radio’s “Living in Palm Beach County.” The firm’s Destination Management Company handles incoming programs throughout Florida, while the international division arranges unique ROI extravaganzas. “Imagine corporate games in the Barcelona Olympic Stadium or an awards banquet in an authentic palace or castle, even Stockholm’s Nobel Prize Hall,” beams Aversa. “We also offer insider expertise with tours and trips to Italy thanks to my husband and partner Gianni, who hails from Rome.” PTI’s capabilities also encompass promotional campaigns, strategic marketing services and multimedia productions. “We find value in the BDB’s exceptional ability to forge intra-community collaborations among Lexye Aversa its members,” says Aversa, active in many philanthropic endeavors and serving on several boards such as the hotel association, maintaining close relationships with general managers. “PTI delivers results-oriented, lifetasting experiences for our sophisticated clientele,” she says, “with dedication to top-caliber kid glove services, befitting our name.” For more information, call 561-776-1173 or email LexAversa@ProfessionalTouchIntl.com.

Ernst & Young: Recognizing Entrepreneurial Success Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. They are 144,000 people committed to making a difference in capital markets around the world through quality of services provided and through their commitment to areas served, like South Florida. “Similar to the Business Development Board, we work hard to attract and recognize businesses”, says Steve Belous, managing partner. “Which is why for nearly 25 years, Ernst & Young has honored the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs through our annual Entrepreneur Of The Year award (EOY).” EOY is known as the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The program not only honors business owners locally, many also gain international recognition. Ernst & Young understands innovation and entrepreneurship are differentiators setting them apart from competitors, as well as key elements to economic recovery and growth. Through EOY and Ernst & Young’s annual Strategic Growth Forum, they provide programs and resources to help businesses connect, develop solutions and operate effectively. To learn more about Ernst & Young, EOY and the Strategic Growth Forum, visit www.ey.com or call 561-955-8000.

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Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith: The Quiet Personal Injury Firm There’s a good reason Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC is known as the quiet personal injury law firm. “We have grown through the years by excellent client service and our ability to represent clients effectively in meritorious cases,” says Gary S. Lesser, managing partner. “We have the experience to push to get the best possible results, and we respect our clients’ desire for good communication in these cases.” Founded in 1927, the firm handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. “We do no formal advertising, and most of our clients are referred to us by past clients, other professionals, and our friends in the community,” says Lesser, a native of West Palm Beach who has handled numerous high-profile matters during the past 18 years. Lesser has lectured at seminars throughout Florida on legal ethics and various personal injury legal issues. Known for being seasoned trial lawyers with high ethical standards, Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith also believes in giving back to the legal profession and the community. The firm’s lawyers have served in leadership roles in various associations, including the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee. “We are active in numerous charitable organizations as well as being big believers in the BDB,” says Lesser. “Palm Beach County needs a strong business community in order to be successful.” For more information, www.lesserlawfirm.com

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ProspectorPlus Winter 2011  

The official newsletter of the BDB.

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