The new 2014 board of directors of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce stepped into their roles May 1. Earlier in the year, the board voted unanimously to elevate the criteria for board eligibility.
New board members include Laura Trosclair, domestic retail banking manager/executive vice president of Mercantil Commercebank, and Marc Strich, general manager of the Mall at Wellington Green, both of whom will be on the board’s executive committee. Frank Gonzalez will continue as chairman until his term ends in October.
“A strong chamber begins with a strong board of directors,” said Wayne Burns, CEO of the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We have a very strong, robust board and are ready to execute our five-year strategic economic development and business services plan.”
The geographic footprint of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber extends from the sugar cane fields near Lake Okeechobee to the coral reefs of the Atlantic Ocean, encompassing 15 incorporated municipalities and serving a population of more than 490,000 residents, roughly 36 percent of the population of Palm Beach County.
Communities located within the chamber’s footprint are: The Acreage, Atlantis, Belle Glade, Greenacres, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth, Lantana, Loxahatchee, Loxahatchee Groves, Manalapan, Palm Springs, Royal Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, Wellington and West Palm Beach.
More than 1,000 member businesses receive benefits through the chamber’s programs and services. The chamber also produces events such as SalsaFest and the Wellington Holiday Parade.