TV News Veteran | Digital Talk Show Creator | Podcast Host | Author
Suzanne has been creating content since she was a little girl growing up in the tiny North Florida town of Monticello. She started her own local magazine in her bedroom using a typewriter.
Suzanne’s father was hoping she would eventually take an interest in running the family farm, but Suzanne knew at a young age that she was not going to stay in Monticello. After winning the local Watermelon Queen pageant, the 14-year-old was a guest on the Tallahassee CBS affiliate’s morning show and she knew that’s what she wanted to do.
After graduating with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Florida in 1995, Suzanne immediately went to work for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s 24-hour news channel, writing for both the newspaper and television station. She anchored there for 2 ½ years before landing the job in South Florida.
Suzanne was first hired in 1998 as the weekend reporter for CBS 12 and FOX 29 in West Palm Beach and within 6 months, was anchoring the weekend shows. She eventually went on to launch the CBS 12 I-Team and won 3 Associated Press awards for her reporting. Suzanne spent 20 years at CBS12 – most recently as the morning anchor – before she retired from the news business in 2018.
Suzanne is now producing her own shows through her company Suzanne Boyd Productions. She has joined forces with her former TV co-anchor Eric Roby to create a morning digital talk show called “Rise+Live with Roby and Suze”. It airs LIVE every Friday at 9am on Facebook, YouTube and the Rise+Live website.
She also produces a digital live stream show with psychotherapist Shannon Thompson Jones called “What Your Friends Won’t Tell You”. It is a weekly show they broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube and on their WYFWTY podcast. Suzanne and Shannon tackle challenging issues like divorce, addiction, co-dependency and give their viewers insight and tools to deal with those challenges.
Suzanne also created and hosts the “People of Palm Beach” podcast where she interviews inspiring locals and is the co-author of The Dream Pillow storybook, which she wrote with her friend whose daughter created the Dream Pillow to help children sleep.
Suzanne has strong skills in branding, social media, digital marketing, communication and public relations. When she’s not working, you can find Suzanne at the yoga studio. She has been practicing for several years now and lives in Delray Beach with her two children.
Suzanne Boyd Productions
John Prince, co-founder, and CIO of HotelPlanner.com, has been named the winner of South Florida Business Journal’s 2016 Technology Awards. The Technology Awards honor both the Fastest Growing Technology Companies and the top CIO’s in South Florida. In his interview with the South Florida Business Journal, Prince states “Success in the tech world is all about who can innovate the best and fastest. If you’re not doing that, you’re dying.”
HotelPlanner has grown its revenue every year since launching thanks to its cutting-edge technology and talented employees. “All our growth has been organic and now we’re focused on continuing that growth,” says Prince. “We are hiring 25-30 people right now and just moved into our new 15,000 square foot office space where 70 of our 150 employees will be located.” He believes “Tech talent is now one of the most important and hardest-to-retain assets in any technology-oriented business." Prince makes sure to hire only the best and sit back and "let them do what they do”.
The success of HotelPlanner.com can be attributed to its technological innovation. “There was no one doing what we were doing at the time we launched,” said Prince. “Group booking accounts for one out of every three hotel rooms so it’s a giant market but it’s not a simple online transaction. It takes a lot of human involvement and the life cycle of group booking can be anywhere from six months to a year. We automated that process.”
HotelPlanner.com provides group hotel booking services to 2,000 groups per day in the global group travel market. The company’s group hotel booking service ensures the lowest rates by allowing customers to receive quotes online directly from hotel group sales managers. HotelPlanner allows customers to book hotels for business meetings, conferences, conventions, family reunions, weddings, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, and group travels. The company also provides mobile applications for booking group hotel reservations. The company owns and operates Meetings.com, a site that provides information, planning and booking services for group, meeting, and individual hotel stays for the corporate, associations and business to business enterprises. With a mission statement geared towards, “Bringing People Together,” HotelPlanner & Meetings.com are the global experts for hotel sourcing, providing direct clients and market-leading affiliates with unmatched group and event discounted room rates plus localized service levels not available at other travel companies. Founded in 2002, the company has offices in London, England, (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asia Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada
Benjamin Gordon is the founder and Managing Partner of BG Strategic Advisors. He draws on a career spent building supply chain companies and has led the firm’s efforts, advising on over $1 billion worth of supply chain transactions. Benjamin has worked with firms such as UPS, DHL, Kuehne & Nagel, Agility Logistics, NFI Logistics, GENCO, Nations Express, Raytrans, Echo Global, Dixie, Wilpak, and others.
Prior to BGSA, Ben founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Benjamin raised $28 million from blue-chip investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, CNF, and Ionian. 3PLex was then purchased by Maersk. Prior to 3PLex, Benjamin advised transportation and logistics clients at Mercer Management Consulting. Prior to Mercer, Benjamin worked in his family’s transportation business, AMI, where he helped the company expand its logistics operations.
Benjamin is an active civic leader who is committed to giving back to the community. As founder and chairman of GesherCity, he boosted young adult volunteerism, expanding the organization to over 100,000 members in twenty locations. Benjamin has also served on the Boards of several non-profit groups, including the Palm Beach United Way, the Palm Beach Federation, the Palm Beach Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the JDC, the JCCA, the Middle East Forum, and various other community organizations.
Benjamin received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.
For more info on Benjamin, please visit his LinkedIn profile, or follow Ben Gordon’s Blog: Links in the Supply Chain.
BG Strategic Advisors
Mr. Guillama is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare management and operations. He has participated in a number of public companies as merchant banker, principal shareholder, founder or strategic advisor; primarily in healthcare, construction, real estate and information technology. Prior to The Quantum Group, Inc., Mr. Guillama was Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. of West Palm Beach, Florida, (AMEX:MDF) from its inception in January 16, 1996 to February 1, 2000. Metropolitan, at the time of Mr. Guillama's departure, realized revenues of $119 million (USD). Post Mr. Guillama’s departure MDF was acquired in 2012 by Humana, Inc. for an estimated $800 million (USD).
Prior to this, Mr. Guillama was Vice President of Development for MedPartners, Inc. (NYSE:DRX), a Birmingham, Alabama-based physician practice management company with revenues of over $5 billion at the time of his departure.
An active proponent of education, Mr. Guillama serves as immedidate past chairman, director and executive committee member of the Palm Beach County Community College Foundation. In addition, Mr. Guillama has for the last 14 years served as chairman (2010-2011), a director (since 2002), past executive committee member, and treasurer for the Florida International University Foundation (FIU Foundation), a direct support organization that currently manages and administers over $150 million for the advancement of Florida International University and its objectives. At FIU, Mr. Guillama also served as a director and treasurer for the Wolfsonian Museum and as the Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee. Further, he served as chairman for the Academic Committee and is currently a member of the Audit Committee, the Academic Policy Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board. He is also a graduate of the FIU Center for Leadership, Global Leadership Program of 2009. Mr. Guillama has also served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Education Commission and the Education Advisory Committee of the Village of Wellington.
A community advocate, Mr. Guillama has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Western Communities Business, Technology and Education Advancement Board, Inc. (BTE), and as past director of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Wellington Rotary Club. Mr. Guillama has been a member of the Glades Healthcare Foundation past Trustee of Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Florida. The campus-like facility, which services central and western Palm Beach County, sits on a spacious 94 acres and features 175 beds.
Adam Oaks, CEO at Estimating Edge, has more than 25 years of leadership experience and has held various executive positions ranging from start-up to mid-market ventures within construction and manufacturing software and data solutions. Prior to Estimating Edge, he was a partner at TechCXO, which provides on-demand executive services to both start-up and high-growth companies. Oaks was also an Aviation Officer in the U.S. Army prior to joining the corporate world.
Estimating Edge is a team of tradesmen and software experts working together to build "cutting-edge" software for the construction industry. With two solutions, a desktop/cloud solution and a mobile application
The EDGE is a professional-grade take and cost estimating software solution and is the flagship product that's installed on a local machine. For collaboration, multiple estimators can access by hosting critical data in the cloud. Known for its customer support and software that's Smart. Smart enough to calculate materials and labor costs while a user performs the takeoff (clicking directly on imported blueprint images). Once a user completes the on-screen takeoff, they can simply adjust materials and labor rates, correct any missing information, adjust the tax rate, profit target, and bond rate (if needed). All calculations are updated automatically, including change orders, and reports can be generated to assist with project management, accounting, and communication with customers.
EDGE On Site is a mobile application that extends the estimate to the field, allowing teams to track the production including change orders as work is completed. With Virtually zero data entry,
The EDGE and EDGE On Site specialize in providing solutions for the following construction trades: Acoustical, Drywall, Exterior Insulation Finish System, Fireproofing, Flooring, Painting, Roofing, and Wall Panels.
TPindell is an actor, comedian, director, producer and YouTube personality. He is widely known for his self-titled YouTube channel, which features sketch comedy, musical parodies, short films, and a variety of original comedic content.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, T has always enjoyed entertaining others and being a class clown. At the age of 15, he relocated to South Florida and attended American Heritage High School, where he excelled at football, basketball and track & field. After high school, T went on to study Criminal Justice and play college football at Florida Atlantic University.
Taking inspiration from Diddy's Blog, T decided to create his own YouTube channel as an outlet to entertain others and express himself. Since its launch in 2011, T's main YouTube channel has amassed over 1 million subscribers and more than 100 million video views. Featured collaborators include DashieXP, Tré Melvin, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Brittani Louise Taylor, Kain Carter, Road to Hollywood and many more.
TpindellTV, his second YouTube channel, is used primarily for bloopers, vlogging, fan mail and exclusive behind the scenes content. T also provides fitness tutorials, advice on healthy eating, and workout tips for the subscribers of his fitness channel, TpindellFitness.
T recently founded his production company, TPindell Productions LLC, to take his filmmaking to the next level with high-quality, original content. His current project is a pilot and web series titled 427, a comedy/drama that follows the adventures and unglamorous everyday realities of friendship and college life. The cast includes Robert Ri'chard (Coach Carter), Gregg Wayans (A Haunted House 2), Brittany Hall (Drumline: A New Beat), Will Rothhaar (Battle Los Angeles) and Dar Dixon (Grey's Anatomy). This is just the first of many new projects in store for 2015 and beyond...
Troy "Tpendel" Pendel
David Hartmann, CSM, Co-Founder & CEO of The SilverLogic (tsl.io), is a graduate of FAU with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He architects platforms and innovative technology solutions for startups and enterprises in a variety of industries combining APIs and cutting-edge technologies, such as AR, IoT, and Blockchain. His mission is to streamline the process of bringing innovative ideas to life, enabling more people to build amazing user experiences. Before becoming CEO of TSL, he worked as a senior developer on a variety of projects granting him a deep technical background and understanding. At TSL, he has built multiple Scrum development teams exploring and building technology.