James "Jim" Bronstien
 

Jim Bronstien is a long time South Florida Marine Industry veteran and resident of Palm Beach County. He is widely known in the area as the former Owner and President of Rybovich where he presided for over 20 years before selling the company to the Huizenga family and turning over the reins in 2005.

 

Since 2006, Jim has partnered with numerous marine businesses in either an executive advisory role or partnership role or consulting role thru his company Marine Business Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in assisting marina and boatyard and marine related business. www.marineba.com.

 

Jim also has ownership interests in a yacht service facility on the Gulf Coast of Alabama named Saunders Yachtworks, and a Marina Management company named US Marina Group which currently includes two operating Marinas – Marina Palms in Aventura and Hilton Marina 17th St in Ft. Lauderdale. He also has active several advisory clients with several local and regional marine businesses as well

 

A finance and marketing business graduate from the University of Colorado, Jim has amassed a vast amount of knowledge and experience in all facets of business and has been highly regarded by all customers, employees and peers who have worked with or for him. 

 

Jim has also been a very active in both his community and industry over the years and has served in a leadership role on a number of area boards including being past-president/long term board member of groups such as Palm Beach Area Red Cross Chapter, Sunfest, Palm Beach Rotary, and Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County (an organization he also co-founded). He has also chaired three other regional and national marine industry boards over the years.

 

He also continues to serve as a long-standing member of the Tourist Development Council while also serving as chair of the Finance Committee.

 

Jim also played an active role over the years in the uses for the West Palm Beach Waterfront, including leading the team that brought the Palm Beach International Boat show to town.

 

Jim currently lives in North Palm Beach with his wife Kathy and has three grown daughters.


Glenn Jergensen

Glenn Jergensen has served as the Executive Director of the Tourist Development Council for five 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, the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, and oversight of the Palm Beach County Convention Center has resulted in increasing visitation to the county through a growing and intensive collaborative marketing program.


Todd Kolich
 

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.


Dr. Mami Kisner

Dr. 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 eight 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 serves 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 Film and Television Commission’s board, she is also on the Board of Trustees for Palm Beach Atlantic University, is a former Board Member of the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County,  and was the 2008 Riviera Beach Music Festival Advisory Committee Chair. Dr. Kisner has been recognized as a community leader and mentors young women around the country.  She is married to Rev. Gerald Kisner.  They have three children (LaVerne, Kimberly, and Samuel), two grandchildren (Jasmine and DeVon), and one great-grandchild (MacKinley).


William "Bill" M. Nix
 

William (Bill) M. Nix is President of Nix Communications Group, Inc.(NCG), started in 1987 in South Florida. Initially, NCG was a printing and publishing company. It now has moved into a marketing consultancy, focused on culture, history, and heritage tourism issues and economic development through the arts.  In 1999 Bill began work with the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.  After 15 years he retired as 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. 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 on NPR’s WLRN in Miami. He was the executive editor of Art & Culture of Palm Beach County, a multiple award winning magazine . Bill served on a number of regional and national committees including the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, 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  expert panelist for National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts State Cultural Council, and several state panels. Bill is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds an MBA degree in Finance from Northwestern University. He worked for IBM Corporation for 20 years in strategic planning and financial management before leaving to open Nix Communications Group, Inc. He has been a college professor in business management, 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 an adult son, William.

 

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