Kenneth Spillias: 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.


Carol Roberts: 1st Vice-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 “Bob” Peterson: 2nd Vice-Chair

Robert Peterson is the President and owner of National Teleproductions, Inc. where he has been producing, directing and managing film and television projects for over 25 years.  Starting behind a camera with PBS, he moved up to directing and a change to ABC Wide World of Sports covering the NCAA and the opportunity to work with the rapidly changing technology of remote location video.  This experience took Robert to a consultant position with Scripps Howard as Director of Remote Operations.  In 1980, he formed National Teleproductions to supply reality-based programming to the networks.  The business grew and evolved to include mobile units and multiple field packages serving clients around the world across North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and even Antarctica. He continues to travel extensively for entertainment, sports, documentary and live Pay-Per-View events. Robert has served on the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission Board of Directors since 1989.


Douglas Rill: Secretary

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.


Robert Sanders: Treasurer

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.


Penelope A. Douglas

Penelope has been in television news management and documentary production for more than 20 years, beginning as a TV reporter for an NBC- affiliate and going on to supervise the launch of several award-winning nationally broadcast series on major networks including The Discovery Health Network, NBC Universal and American Public Television. She was responsible for hiring the staff producers & writers, creating the graphic look and working with the executive producers at the networks to finalize the series and deliver them for broadcast. In 2014 Penelope helped launch a national cable political news network and worked to make that network competitive with the established cable channels throughout the 2016 presidential election. In 2017 Penelope began PD Media, a media company focusing on educational & marketing videos and television documentaries. PD Media clients include major telecommunications companies and television networks. She and her husband live in Boca Raton and have three children.

 

 

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