Mark J. Bellissimo is Managing Partner and the largest Shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC (WEP). As such, he is responsible for all operations of the partnership, including Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC that owns and manages the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. The Partnership has invested over $200 million dollars acquiring 500 acres of real estate in and around the Wellington Equestrian Preserve. In that past four years the partnership has invested over $30 million dollars upgrading the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and it now considered one of the finest Equestrian Facilities in the World.
ESP operates the world famous Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world which attracts more than 5,000 horses from 49 states and 30 countries and gives away over $6 million dollars in prize money. Mr. Bellissimo received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mark along with his daughter Paige are the co-founders of the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, which is run by ESP and supported by the WEP partners. The event has raised over $1.5 million in the last two years for 50 Palm Beach County charities and it is expected to raise an additional $1.5 million dollars in 2012. Mark Bellissimo is active in a variety of local, national and international charities.
Peter was born in Camden, NJ but calls Boca Raton, FL his hometown. He has been married to his wife, Terri, since 1988. Terri is originally from Knoxville, TN but has always “felt led” to the beach. She is a Pediatric Nurse and they have three children – Taylor (Reformed University Fellowship Intern – Georgia Southern) who is with the Breakers Palm Beach, Andrew- who is married to Anna and is a Medical Student at Harvard Medical School, and Shelby who is married to Nate and is an Accountant at Ernst & Young in Denver.
Peter received his BA in Christian Education/Psychology from Taylor University, M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. Peter has been working in pastoral ministry since 1990 – Youth Minister at Howell Branch Fellowship in Winter Park, FL 1990-1992, Church Planting Intern at Spanish River Presbyterian Church from 1992-1993, started a church and pastored that same church in Danville, Kentucky from 1993 to 2005, Pastor of Treasure Coast Presbyterian Church from 2006-2010, Stated Clerk of Gulfstream Presbytery from 2006 until 2014.
Peter is an avid runner, water lover, sometimes golfer, always reader, and loves to simply connect with people. Terri is also an avid runner, water lover, and gifted wife and mom. Keep up with Peter on Christ Community website www.cccpalmbeach.com or Contact Peter by email.
Carrie Combes, CFP®
12798 West Forest Hill Blvd
Wellington, FL 33414
I joined Edward Jones in 2014 as a financial advisor in Wellington, FL and
continue to serve investors across the country. I began my career in the financial
services industry in 2002, focusing on retirement and estate considerations. I
became a limited partner with Edward Jones in 2018.
I am a graduate of the University of Illinois where I earned a BS (1998) in
International, Consumer and Resource Economics and an MS (2001) in
In 2015, I was awarded the CFP® certification. The Certified Financial Planner
Board of Standards Inc. awards CFP® certification to individuals who meet the
board’s requirements for professionalism in financial services. To gain certification,
a financial advisor must pass the CFP® Certification Examination and the CFP
Board’s Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants, agree to abide by the
CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and comply with the
Financial Planning Practice Standards.
I have served Edward Jones through numerous leadership roles, such as a hiring
team leader and mentor. I currently serve as the Culture of Compliance Leader for
more than 40 branch teams on the east coast of Florida.
My husband, Paul and I have one son, George. We are originally from Central
Illinois and relocated to Florida in 2012. I am a President’s Circle member of the
Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Beach Four Arts Society
Along with branch office administrator Margaret Morrissette, our branch offers over
30 years of combined experience and we are dedicated to providing our clients
with the highest level of service possible. We strive to provide highly personalized service. All aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our clients’ unique goals and needs.
Margaret and I look forward to serving you and your family.
Alec L. Domb PA
Alexander L. Domb is presently a shareholder in The Law Office of Alexander L. Domb, P.A., a law firm specializing in commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate matters, including real estate transactions and wills and trusts, for over 32 years.
In addition to practicing law, Alec is a member of the Palms West Hospital Board of Trustees, and is a former president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Alec attended the University of Miami undergraduate school of Business Administration and graduated with a degree in Finance. He also attended the Nova Southeastern School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor. He is presently a member of The Florida Bar, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. He also maintains a Florida Real Estate Brokers License.
Alec has been married to the former Melody Shernoff for almost 32 years. Melody is a registered nurse and owner of jewelry design firm, Melody Creates. They reside in Wellington, Florida.
Michael Ferreira is currently the president and executive producer of ChukkerTV. He has been featured in the Palm Beach Post and the Wellington magazine, in addition to several technology, software and digital media journals and websites.
In January 2014, the entrepreneur founded ChukkerTV, which has already become the leader in polo broadcasting. The independent media company produces content for the internet and television, operates instant replay and develops state-of-the art technology.
In addition, Ferreira implemented a system where umpires can hold an iPad device, watch the game in real time and ask to return to any part of the game without interrupting any ongoing challenges or live broadcasts.
At 19, Ferreira sold his first tech idea, a YouTube-like platform for bands to upload their music. Shortly after that, he pioneered live streaming technology and has created a following among leading tech companies.
One of his primary objectives, Ferreira said, is to bring polo to the masses through ChukkerTV. His technology has given the U.S. Polo Association, the sport’s national governing body, the chance to use instant replay to help improve the sport and officiating during the current high-goal polo season in Wellington.
Ferreira served as the 2017/2018 Wellington Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Board Member. He resides in Wellington with his wife and three children.
Professional Bank, one of Florida’s fastest-growing financial institutions, announced the arrival of Lee Frankhouser as Executive Vice President/Private Banker. Based in the Palm Beach Gardens office, Frankhouser brings nearly four decades of banking experience to the Bank.
Frankhouser spent 10 years as President and COO of Floridian Community Bank, previously based in Davie, which is now owned by Synovus Financial Corp. Under his leadership, Floridian Community Bank grew from $65 million in assets to $650 million. Before that, he served in various executive roles at the former National City Bank (now part of PNC) for nearly three decades.
Joining other recent high-level hires in the Palm Beach Gardens office, Frankhouser’s addition is another example of how the Bank is consistently expanding by hiring top talent. South Florida bankers from large institutions are increasingly attracted to the Bank’s entrepreneurial and nimble nature.
“We are excited to welcome Lee Frankhouser to our growing team in Palm Beach County,” said Daniel R. Sheehan, Executive Chairman of Professional Bank. “His experience, passion and relationships will undoubtedly complement the strong existing group servicing clients throughout the market.”
Frankhouser will initially focus on building the Bank’s presence in Wellington, where he maintains strong business relationships.
A native of Pittsburgh, Frankhouser has been based in South Florida for more than 15 years. The Jupiter resident is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Ambassadors of the Honda Classic, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department Foundation, Nova Southeastern University Ambassadors and Advisory boards and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Wellington.
Frankhouser played collegiate baseball and football before earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bethany College in Bethany, W. Va., and master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa.
“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work closely with people I can learn from and share a mutual respect,” said Frankhouser. “As more community banks are acquired by large institutions, we are filling a void to accommodate the small-to-mid-size business owner with high-touch service in a way that creates a desirable experience for the client.”
Melissa Ganzi grew up in Philadelphia, riding horses and competing in equestrian events where she was an accomplished horsewoman in dressage, show jumping and cross-country.
One of the nation’s top woman polo players, she plays professionally with and against men and is team captain of Flexjet, based at Wellington’s Grand Champions Club, which she and her husband, Marc, also a top amateur player, own and maintain year-round.
Ganzi was elected the USPA (sport’s national governing body) Florida Circuit Governor, the first woman to be named to the prestigious position in the southeast United States. Additionally, she is president and top fund-raiser for the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Secretary of the Polo Training Foundation. And, she is currently one of only two women to play full-time high goal polo at International Polo Club that attracts most of the top players in Wellington.
Ganzi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a master’s degree in family therapy from Hahnemann University Medical School, now part of Drexel University College of Medicine. The wife, mother, athlete, businesswoman and philanthropist’s proudest moments are sharing her passion with her children Riley, and Grant. Both play polo and hope to carry on the family tradition as third-generation players.
Ganzi hopes to continue to promote polo at the international and national level, particularly in her community and leave a lasting legacy in Wellington and the sport.
Stuart A. Hack, EA MS is the Managing Member of Hack Tax and Accounting Services LLC since 2012. He has provided Tax and Accounting Services to Individuals and Small Businesses since 1988. He has worked closely with high net worth individuals including investment banking executives and business owners providing them with Individual, Trust, Estate, Business and Not for Profit Tax Preparation and Advice. Stuart prides himself with getting to know each client well so that he can serve them on an ongoing basis.
Stuart received both a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Masters in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany where he also served as one of the play by play voices for Albany State Great Dane Football and Basketball. He is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents.
Stuart is currently on the Executive Board of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce as both its Treasurer and Immediate Past- President. In addition he is a co-chair of the Ambassador Committee. He has been a head coach for Wellington Rec Softball and Soccer as well as serving as a voting member of the Wellington High School Student Advisory Council.
A Wellington resident since 2005, Stuart lives with his wife of 28 years Diann, and their children Leah and Corey. In his spare time this lifelong New York Mets fan watches most sports, likes to walk and in 2015 performed two standup comedy shows at the West Palm Beach Improv. He is also the host of a Sports Talk Radio – Hack Attack on Sports airing weekly Mondays at 6PM on the WEI Network.
Dr. Randy Laurich
Dermot P. Mac Mahon is a Florida Bar licensed attorney and certified with the Board of Legal Specialization and Education in Real Estate Law. Mr. Mac Mahon was born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised in Miami, Florida. He currently resides in Wellington, Florida with his wife and two children and enjoys water skiing, windsurfing, fishing and tennis.
Michelle Oyola McGovern serves as Director of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida, South Florida’s largest non-profit healthcare system.
Prior to joining Baptist Health South Florida in 2019, Michelle served as a United States Senate State Director and was an 18 year employee with in the office of US Senator Bill Nelson.
Michelle is past President of The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, past president of SunFest, and a founding member of West Palm 100. In addition to being a proud member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Trustees of The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.
Michelle is a Florida native and graduate of Florida Atlantic University. Michelle and her husband, Wellington Councilman John McGovern, have two daughters, Emilia and Victoria.
Stephanie Mitrione External Affairs Manager
Florida Power & Light Company External Affairs Manager Stephanie Mitrione is responsible for the communities of Northern and Western Palm Beach County, as well as Okeechobee County. Stephanie joined FPL, the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida, in April 2009.
Stephanie takes great pride in being active in her community. Currently, she serves as Chair Elect of the Board of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board for Quantum House, the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance, the South Florida Fair, SunFest, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Council of Okeechobee County. In addition, she is a graduate of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2015 and was the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She’s a Palm Beach County native, and currently resides in Jupiter with her husband and son.
Henry N. Mosley, Jr.
Henry is an Army Veteran with extensive training as a Mechanic. An injury ended his career as a Diesel Mechanic after 20 years of service. However, Henry rebounded as an Entrepreneur. Henry launched HNM Menswear LLC to solve many of his personal struggles to find fashionable clothing to suit his needs. Opening in Winter Haven, FL in August 2013, HNM Menswear had a great beginning. The store was received well by the community but was closed in October 2014 due to Henry’s wife Tonja receiving an opportunity to work as CFO for Good Samaritan Medical Center, bringing them closer to Home. His wife is now the CFO for Wellington Regional Medical Center.
Henry and Tonja are both graduates of Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, FL. Moving to Wellington gave them an opportunity to reside and raise their young family near relatives. Upon relocating to Wellington, Henry began to seek a new location for HNM Menswear. With personal savings and the help of Paragon Foundation, Henry opened HNM Menswear in 2016.
Henry noticed that the interest of men dressing up was on the decline. Back to the drawing board he went and launched Tyler Brooke in the Spring of 2018 (named for) his children. The Tyler Brooke concept is for both men and women and is conveniently located in the Mall at Wellington Green. Tyler Brook features the beloved Lilly Pulitzer line! Henry give credit to his wife for reaching out to the Lilly corporation and it was a perfect match.
Henry is a Minister in his local church and very active in the community serving on committees for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. Henry and his wife have three children and have been married for 21 years.
Jessica Poveda, FNP-BC, CDE
Jessica Poveda is Co-founder and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for Grace Family Medicine, Wellington’s first Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice.
Jessica was born in Miami and spent much of her childhood in West Palm Beach, FL. Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University of Florida in Gainesville; before returning to south Florida and obtaining her advanced nursing degree at Florida Atlantic University, she spent years working at UF Health Shands Hospital in the cardiac unit and later as a pediatric hematology-oncology nurse.
When the opportunity for a leadership position in a primary care setting presented itself Jessica realized her passion for building meaningful patient relationships would be found in family medicine. It was there that her desire to educate patients with a focus on preventative care led her to obtain her certification as a diabetes educator and motivated her to pursue an advanced degree and become a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. After completing her advanced degree Jessica worked at Florida Atlantic University’s Community Health Center in West Palm Beach, FL as a Nurse Practitioner and faculty member allowing her to continue to educate the next generation of healers. Additionally Jessica became the Director transforming the clinic to become a true medical home for many who are underserved and a training center that embodies community healthcare.
Jessica aims to change the manner in which healthcare is delivered, putting the emphasis on keeping people well rather than solely stepping in and treating the sick. Her professional interest and area of expertise include preventative medicine, women’s health, diabetes education and a holistic approach to care. Jessica enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and her 2 amazing son’s Christian and Jaxon. She also enjoys cooking, reading, dancing, learning about nutrition, spending time at the beach and attending Mass at St. Rita’s Church in Wellington, FL.
Grace Family Medicine is a family owned and operated business located in Wellington, FL. Jessica works alongside her Father-in-Law, Dr. Leon Poveda, M.D., Board Certified Family Physician and her husband Carlos Poveda, MHA, a seasoned healthcare executive. Throughout their careers, the Poveda family noticed that insurance and the government continue to add barriers, complexity and cost to the delivery of healthcare to families. Not surprisingly, as complexities increased their ability to spend time with patients decreased. This situation prompted them to offer a new practice model called Direct Primary Care – it’s the direct relationship between you and your healthcare provider, just like how it used to be. Through a fair transparent monthly fee, they are able to provide personalized comprehensive primary care.
Tiffany Rodriguez is originally from Steubenville, Ohio, and is one of eight children. She moved to Florida in 2001.
Tiffany Rodriguez is the Chief Operating Officer with The Wellington Agency, a full-service domestic staffing agency providing clients in New York, Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Greenwich, CT, and London with high quality experienced domestic staff.
As a proud member of the Woman of Wellington (WOW) through the Wellington Chamber and the Wellington Rotary Club, Rodriguez enjoys volunteering her time. She is a past executive board member and Health and Wellness Committee Chairwoman.
Rodriguez has two children, Alyssandra, 14, and Vincent, 11.
Jess R. Santamaria
After completing his MBA from the Wharton Graduate Business School and working with IBM in Philadelphia, Jess Santamaria and family in 1974 decided to come to our Western Communities, when Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, The Acreage and Loxahatchee Groves had a combined population of less than 4,000 residents.
Jess and his wife Victoria were a young couple with three very young children, who needed normal services closer to home. A few years later, Jess started planning the first neighborhood commercial development at the northeast corner of Southern Boulevard and Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. In 1981, Jess brought the first supermarket, the first major drug store, the first medical center (doctors and dentist), the first bank, the first gasoline station, the first McDonalds, etc. Business was not easy as Jess had to survive the three economic recessions from 1974 through 1993, and the most recent (2006-2011).
Together with the economic difficulties, also came opportunities. Working 80 hours a week, Jess and his wife Victoria have converted the above three projects into major successes – the Royal Inn now has 166 suites and rooms; Saratoga Pines and Lakes has 660 homes and the “Original Wellington Mall” are now very successful. Jess also has built over 3,000 homes in Wellington, the Acreage, Loxahatchee and Royal Palm Beach and several other smaller commercial developments.
Jess has been heavily involved in many public and civic activities since his arrival in 1974, among them: Palm Beach County Commissioner (2006-2014); Palms West Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1986-1992); Wellington Regional Medical Center Board of Governors (2002-present); Palms West Chamber of Commerce, President (2000-2001); My Brothers’/Sisters’ Keeper Scholarship Foundation (Founder); My Brothers’/Sisters’ Keeper Charitable Trust (Founder); Citizens for Open Government (Co-Founder); Crestwood Performing Arts League (Co-Founder).
Today, after 45 years in our Western Communities, Jess continues all his business, civic and community activities together with his wife, Victoria and eldest son, Chris, who is an attorney.
Born and raised in Ireland Michael is President of Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) the management company that runs the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington Florida, the largest longest running horse show in the world. He was an International Jumping rider for Ireland and has been Manager of the Irish Olympic Team in Atlanta as well as the World Equestrian Games in The Hague. On a national level as well as Jumping he has ridden Eventing and Dressage and was Secretary General of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland for 10 years. He was Managing Director of his family’s horse feed business for 5 years before joining the Federation Equestre Internationale) FEI in 1997 as their Development officer. In 1998 he became FEI Assistant Secretary General and in 2003 he was appointed to the new position of FEI Sports Director .In 2006 he became FEI Secretary General and resigned in 2007 and joined ESP. He is a keen tennis player and golfer and plays off a handicap of 16. He has also played soccer and rugby. Other interests include the cinema, cooking and travel.
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