Nat Harrington is President and CEO of National Strategic Partners, LLC, a business consulting firm that provides contracting, marketing, public relations, training and editorial services. As an award-winning TV journalist, Nat has traveled the world on political and military assignments and contributed content and coverage to local and national network news. After serving in high profile public relations positions for major school districts, Nat created businesses and a non-profit corporation that focus on the nation's technical skills gap, post-secondary training and business services.
Nat is known for building and developing award-winning communication teams and programs; leading and turning around local and national media coverage; internal communications; training top professionals in media, marketing and public relations; and consulting to bring together business partners and talent for clients. In his 16 years (1997- 2013) at The School District of Palm Beach County, Nat was the liaison for the Film Commission. His policy work was instrumental in helping create the commission's One-Stop permitting process, giving quicker and easier access to school district properties and, thereby, creating new opportunities for filmmakers.
National Strategic Partners Co-founder Nancy Valle-Harrington produced big-market TV news casts, managed news staffs, lead Fortune 500 cable TV advertising sales teams and directed digital marketing for major political and financial publications. She is known and respected throughout the industry.
Glenn Jergensen has served as the Executive Director of the Tourist Development Council for three years. He assumed this tourism industry role after spending a year as Senior Vice President of Operations with Discover Palm Beach County, Inc. managing the financial, administrative, contractual, research and visitor-related service functions. Mr. Jergensen received a degree in Business Administration from Bryant University in Providence, Rhode Island before joining Collyer Insulated Wire in 1977. In 1981, he joined Motorola Inc. With 30 years of business administration and operational expertise in similar capacities at two Fortune 100 companies, he assumed a non-profit position as President and CEO of the Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce for nine years. In his current tourism role, he provides business and technical expertise to the Palm Beach County Convention center, as well as oversight and development support for one of the largest industries in Palm Beach County, tourism. His leadership, through management of the County agreements with Discover Palm Beach County, Inc., the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, has resulted in increasing visitation to the county through a growing and intensive collaborative marketing program.
Todd Kolich is President and founder of KO-MAR Productions. Todd's the guy who started this whole thing back in 1980. Schooled as a cameraman/director coming out of Loyola University, New Orleans Todd didn't know much about the production business when he started, but how he's learned. In 36 years Todd has navigated KO-MAR to become one of the leading full-service production companies in Florida. Todd's expertise is shooting and directing. He's traveled well over a million miles around the world and loved every minute of it. "Where else can you get someone to pay you to do interesting and fun stuff?" At any cocktail party Todd has the stories to tell - from interviewing Mike Tyson to Margaret Thatcher, and Jamaica to the Soviet Union, he's seen it all.
Mami Kisner specializes in the area of Public Relations and Marketing. During her 20 years in the airline industry, Mami served as a senior management–training instructor where she was responsible for training employees in six different states. She also worked as an in-flight recruiter, designed programs for training, and produced training videos. Mami has been the Director of Development for the Trumpet Awards television show, which highlights African-American achievement around the world. She directed the 2008 preshow for the Trumpet Awards which featured First Lady Michelle Obama and has served on the Trumpet Awards selection committee. Mami has produced a one-woman show called "An evening with Xernona Clayton " starring Xernona Clayton, Dick Gregory and Richard Roundtree which has toured the country, after a debut at the Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Program. She also serves on the planning team for the Civil Rights Walk of Fame located at the Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Atlanta. In addition to serving on the PBC Tourist Development Board and Film & Television Commission boards, she is also on the Board of Trustees for Palm Beach Atlantic University and was the 2008 Riviera Beach Music Festival Advisory Committee Chair. Mrs. Kisner is very involved in the community and mentors young women around the country. She is a well-recognized speaker on leadership.
William (Bill) M. Nix is currently President of Nix Communications Group, Inc., a business started in 1987 in South Florida. Initially, Nix Communications was started as a printing and publishing company. It now has moved into a marketing consultancy, focused on cultural and heritage tourism issues and economic development through the arts. Bill retired in August 2013 from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County after 15 years. His last position was Vice President of Marketing and Governmental Affairs. He was responsible for planning and managing programs in all marketing channels, public relations, and advocacy on behalf of the cultural industry. As part of the Tourist Development Council, Bill promoted cultural tourism on a local, regional, and national level. Over the years he designed and managed many innovative marketing programs unique in the area of Local Arts Agencies. His work with statewide and national groups led to many opportunities to speak and advocate for economic development using the arts. His advocacy work covered local, state and federal issues and assisted in gaining increased funding for the arts. Bill produced and hosted Cultural Capital, a weekly television program on arts and culture in Palm Beach County which won an OVATION TV award for best performing arts show. For more than 10 years he was heard weekly on WXEL radio, monthly on South Florida Arts Beat, and on NPR’s WLRN in Miami. He was the executive editor of the 16 time award winning magazine Art & Culture of Palm Beach County. Bill has served on a number of regional and national committees including the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, the New Product Development Committee of Visit Florida, the national steering committee of the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Alliance, and on the Board of South Arts. He is a conference speaker and has been a panelist for National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts State Cultural Council, and state grant panels. Bill is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds an MBA degree in Finance from Northwestern University. He worked for the IBM Corporation for 20 years in strategic planning and financial management before leaving in 1987 to open Nix Communications Group, Inc. He has been a college professor in business management, has received many awards and honors, and served on a number of local civic and social boards. He is originally from Atlanta GA, is married to Deborah, a retired school counselor, and has a son, William.
Mr. Rodriguez is the Audit and Accounting Manager at Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. Javier graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico. He had several years’ experience with other CPA firms before joining Holyfield & Thomas in 2002. He has extensive experience in auditing for Not-for-Profit organizations and Single Audits. He also has strong computer skills, which have resulted in offering new services to clients, and increasing the efficiency of audit production. He resides in West Palm Beach.