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Executive Committee

The Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission is governed by a Board of Directors.
The Executive Committee is comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

James L. Bearden, Esq.

Secretary

James L. Bearden has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate, communications and entertainment law.  Currently, Mr. Bearden is the Managing Partner of the CBR Law Group, LLLP in Boca Raton, Florida.  Mr. Bearden's current practice emphasizes the representation of individuals, corporate and business entities involved in the entertainment industry. Mr. Bearden has extensive experience in the negotiation, preparation and administration of a wide range of contracts involving music/television/film production and distribution companies, artist and entertainers, publishing, Internet companies, radio networks, boxing promotions, concert and sporting event sites and venues. Transactions in which Mr. Bearden has participated include corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, civil litigation, the representation of radio and television stations, cable and broadband systems.  Also, Mr. Bearden has held the positions of Associate General Counsel at Don King Productions, Inc. in Deerfield Beach, Florida, of counsel at the law firm of Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson in Miami, Florida and of counsel at The Thomas Law Group, PA, in Boca Raton, Florida.  He is a graduate of the University of Detroit and of the Howard University School of Law. At the University of Detroit Mr. Bearden majored in radio, television & film production. Mr. Bearden holds memberships in the Federal Communications Bar, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, and is also an agent/signatory of the Writers Guild of America, East and West. Mr. Bearden is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, the District of Columbia, before the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the US District Court for the District of Maryland. 

Douglas Rill

Treasurer

Douglas Rill is the Owner, Founder and Broker for "CENTURY 21 America's Choice", a full service real estate company founded in 1994. Douglas has over 40 Years of experience in all facets of the Real Estate Industry and in 1997 he acquired the "CENTURY 21 Academy of Learning", a Real Estate School for over 20 years. Douglas began giving real estate advice on Public Radio in 1978, in 1979, the show was moved to WJNO, where it became the longest running real estate show and ended in 2010.  In 1985, Douglas became the Executive Producer of the "House Detective", a video magazine which aired on WPEC TV-12, for five consecutive years. Douglas served on several Boards including; The Palm Beach International Film Festival, the President of CENTURY 21 Treasure/Palm Beach Council. Mr. Rill holds a BBA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He also holds a Realtor Emeritus designation from the National Association of Realtors. Douglas currently lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Angela Murray, former radio news anchor in Miami & West Palm Beach.

Carol Roberts

Chair

Carol A. Roberts attended Palm Beach Community College, University of Miami and Tufts University. Over the years, Ms. Roberts has held several official positions in Palm Beach County, including: West Palm Beach City Commissioner; Mayor of West Palm Beach; Palm Beach County Commissioner; Member of the Solid Waste Authority; Member of Tri-Rail Board; Board Member and Development Director Palm Beach Photographic Center; City of West Palm Beach Budget Committee; Chair of the City of West Palm Beach Transportation Committee; member of the City of West Palm Beach Comprehensive Plan Review Board; member of the West Palm Beach Cultural Committee; and member and Chair of the Palm Beach Health Care District. Ms. Roberts was married to Hyman J. Roberts for 59 years, is mother to six children and has eleven grandchildren.

Robert Sanders

Vice Chair

Bob Sanders, one of West Palm Beach's well-known fundraisers and politically adept dealmakers is a leader in his community.  An accountant, lawyer and businessman, he gives back to the community that has been so very good to him. Sanders, raised in a Philadelphia orphanage until age 8, learned the true meaning of hard work at a very early age.  As a teenager, he toiled at a Philadelphia warehouse, loading and unloading pallets. After this enlightening  experience, Sanders  became determined to excel in  school  and  the  business  world,  and  succeed  he  did. He graduated from Temple University with degrees in accounting and law. This education became the foundation for his future business successes. After law school and a judicial clerkship with Federal  District Court  Judge  John  W. Lord, Jr.,  Sanders  became a name  partner at a Philadelphia law firm  and  then  Vice President and General  Counsel of the Goodman Company, a leading national developer, where he supervised  real-estate developments  such as the Phillips  Point  twin towers  in West Palm Beach  and  the  Esplanade shopping  via in Palm  Beach.  After a period of 20 years, he retired in 1990 as the company's president. After relocating to Florida in 1982, Sanders established a reputation as a trusted political advisor to area politicians and notables.   Mayor Nancy Graham brought Sanders, a past board member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, out of his retirement to serve as Deputy City Attorney.  In that position, Sanders was in charge of city transactions and pivotal economic development projects. Now involved in city and county politics, Sanders became determined to make a marked difference in his community. Sanders began playing the role of key negotiator and advisor, crafting deals in West Palm Beach, including projects such as the Convention Center,  the redevelopment  of the West Palm Beach Auditorium and  baseball stadium  site, and  today's  CityPlace,  a $500,000,000 development   of  72  vacant   acres  in  downtown  West  Palm  Beach.   Sanders is a past President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and is the current Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority. However, Sanders' passionate involvement in his community has never  been  limited  to strictly  business deals.  With his gracious and approachable nature and his savvy problem­ solving skills, he has volunteered his time as fundraiser and chairman for several worthy causes including the West Palm  Beach Library Foundation, the Adam Walsh  Children's Fund,  the  Palm  Beach  International Film  Festival,  the  Epilepsy  Foundation of Eastern Florida  and Cities in Schools, a high school dropout prevention  program.

Kenneth Spillias

Past Chair

Kenneth G. Spillias recently retired from the active practice of law after a career of over 44 years in law and government service. He is following up his novels, the Widow’s Walk series with a non-fiction account of a family’s experiences in Greece and Germany during the Nazi occupation of World War II.  Kenneth also remains active in civic and community activities. He has served as a Palm Beach County Commissioner from 1982-1986, chairing the board in 1984.  He is also the former Chair of Palm Beach County's Tourist Development Council, Children's Services Council and a variety of other governmental and civic boards. He has served on a number of civic and community boards including those of cultural organizations such as the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts (now known as the Cultural Council) and Bob Carter's Actor's Workshop and Repertory Company. Kenneth continues to serve on the board of directors of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, of which he is a founding member and former President.  Kenneth has been married to his wife Monica for 45 years and has three grown children and three grandchildren.