Progress Palm Beach County Virtual Economic Summit Sept. 17

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, along with Presenting Partner Amerant, will host the Progress Palm Beach County Virtual Economic Summit, via Zoom, with special guest panelists, moderators and keynote speakers presenting. This year’s event will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the development, tourism and financial services industries in Palm Beach County.

Virtual attendees will be greeted with special remarks by representatives from Amerant and Corporate Partner Florida Public Utilities. The event will be divided into three sessions with 30 minute virtual breaks in between. Session 1, Development, will feature panelists Jeff Brophy, vice president of Land Development for WGI; John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities and Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce board chairman; Neil Merin, chairman of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman; and Jack Weir, principal and president of Eastwind Development LLC. The panel will be moderated by Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Board Member Al Malefatto, a shareholder of Lewis, Longman, & Walker.

Session 2, Tourism, will be moderated by Glenn Jergensen, executive director of the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County. This panel will feature Jodi Cross, FLRA; Dave Lawrence, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission; and Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover the Palm Beaches.

The final session will include keynote addresses from Alex Sanchez, president and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association, and Dr. Jerry Parrish, chief economist and the director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. A panel discussion will address the financial services industry’s response to business and community needs as a result of COVID-19. Panelists will be Yvonne Boucugnani of Amerant; Debra Salas of the South Florida District Office of U.S. Small Business Administration; and Alex Sanchez, president and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association. This discussion will be moderated by Laura Trosclair of Amerant, an executive board member of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

The summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. This virtual event is free to attendees upon registration. To reserve a virtual seat and receive the Zoom link, or for additional event information, visit

This Economic Summit would not be possible without the support of Presenting Partner, Amerant, Corporate Partner, Florida Public Utilities, Community Partner, Minto Communities, and Progress Partner, Wellington Regional Medical Center.