The Presidents Circle 2022-2023

Peter Bartuska

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 grown children.

Peter received his BA in Christian Education/Psychology from Taylor University, M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also Certified in Human Resource Administration from Florida Atlantic University.  Peter has been working in pastoral ministry since 1990 and has been serving at the Church in Wellington for the past ten years.  Peter is also serving as the Chairman of the Board of Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John D. Couris -President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital

John D. Couris is the President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, academic, and research health system partnered with the University of South Florida.

As a visionary leader, Couris has had continued success in building health care companies throughout the country by driving innovation, operational excellence, and strategic collaborations. He is best known for creating an organizational culture that thrives on authenticity, kindness, vulnerability, and transparency. Couris believes that focusing on his team’s well-being drives positive experiences for health care consumers.

Since taking the helm of Tampa General in 2017, Couris has championed innovation. Under his leadership, Tampa General Hospital was the first health care provider in the State of Florida to partner with GE Healthcare to launch CareComm, a care coordination center using artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and industrial engineering to improve safety, quality, and cost. Couris has launched Tampa General Hospital Innoventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to driving a culture of innovation within the organization while supporting early-stage startups and direct investments. Additionally, and under Couris’ leadership, Tampa General recently opened the Global Emerging Diseases Institute (GEDI), a new facility and the first of its kind in Florida devoted to clinical care, cutting-edge research, and education for emerging infectious diseases. Couris has led Tampa General and the region through the pandemic, collaborating with hospital systems statewide to improve health outcomes related to COVID-19.

Today, Couris is in the midst of executing TGH’s largest master facilities plan in the hospital’s history, a $550 million capital commitment to bring the most advanced technology and innovative care to patients through the creation of a growing medical district in downtown Tampa. Under his leadership and in partnership with Shields Capital, the team is also launching TGH at Home, which provides patients with hospital-level care in the comfortable setting of their own home. Hospital at home programs, such as TGH at Home, have been shown to reduce costs, improve health outcomes and enhance the patient experience.

Before joining Tampa General, Couris served as President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla., for eight years. There, he forged partnerships with notable institutions such as The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, creating robust service lines and elevating the hospital to a regional medical center. Couris served in various executive leadership roles at BayCare Health System for 10 years before his move to Jupiter. He began his career at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers.

Not only a nationally recognized leader in the health care industry, Couris also devotes significant time to serving his community and professional organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hospital Association, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, PGA TOUR Valspar Championship, and The Florida Aquarium. In addition, he is a member of the Florida Council of 100, the Young Presidents’ Organization and many national health care associations. Recently, he was appointed Vice Chair to both the Florida Council of 100 Healthy Florida Committee and the Florida Hospital Association Political Advisory Committee and Chair of the Advocacy Committee.

Couris is the recipient of multiple awards, including being named to Modern Healthcare’s 2022 class of Top Innovators which recognizes leaders who are instituting innovation and leading transformative programs that improve care by achieving measurable results and contributing to the clinical and financial goals of their organization. He was honored with the 2022 Tampa Bay Chamber H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award and named to Becker’s Hospital Review 113 Great Leaders in Healthcare 2022. Couris has also been named to Florida Trend’s “Florida 500” list of most influential business leaders in the state, Florida Politics’ “Influence 100” list of most influential people in Florida politics, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Power 100” list of Tampa Bay’s most influential leaders and “25 People to Watch in 2022.”

Couris is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master of Science in management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He holds a doctorate in business administration, management sciences from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. His dissertation examined the impact of the practice of authentic leadership on teams and organizations. Couris resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, two children, and several beloved pets.

 

Alec L. Domb PA

Alec L. Domb

Alexander L. Domb is presently a shareholder in The Law Office of Alexander L. Domb, P.A., a law firm specializing in real estate transactions for more than 38 years. In addition to practicing law, Domb 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, New York, Domb 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 and his wife, Melody reside in Wellington, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodi Gast

Jodi is the co-founder of Gast Construction Group, a full-service Construction Management Firm specializing in Commercial and Residential Construction as well as Estate Management.  Jodi and her husband, Allen, built their company with the belief that supporting other local companies, organizations, and non-profits was the right way to do business, and to date that has helped their company grow and thrive.  Gast Construction Group is a booming Construction Management Firm employing likeminded construction professionals that share in the same ethics and morals the company was built on.

Jodi was born in a small town in Iowa, and she had big dreams and goals from an early age.  She is a graduate of Iowa State University, and prior to helping form Gast Construction Group, Jodi had a successful fifteen-year career in the Pharmacy Technology industry where she worked with thousands of pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors, helping them to open their own businesses and to automate their pharmacies with technology.  Jodi walked away from her Pharmacy Technology career, and she couldn’t be more thrilled that she now works in the Construction industry. 

Jodi loves being part of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to her President’s Circle Membership, Jodi is an Executive Board Member, the current Chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, a member of the Business and Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Women of the Wellington.  She was honored to be featured as a panelist at one of the Chamber’s most dynamic special events, “Not Just Jobs For the Men:  Meet The Women Working In Male-Dominated Sectors”, allowing her to share her strategies for success.  Jodi has been a Moderator for multiple Chamber events – a special event highlighting “Multi-Generational Purchasing Trends” showing the differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials, and Gen Z’ers, a “Meet The Candidates Forum” for Wellington Village Council Seat 2 & Seat 3, an “Executive Leaders Panel Discussion” at Palm Beach State College to help students discover future employment, internship opportunities, and careers, and a “Meet The Candidates Forum” for District 22 United States Representative. 

Jodi loves spending time with Allen, their two sons, and their three rescue dogs.  Their most recent and much-loved rescue dog, a senior hound dog named Stan, was adopted from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control as a part of the Chamber’s “Clear The Shelters” and “Dudes and Dogs” campaigns.

 

 

 

 

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Stuart Hack

Stuart A. Hack, EA, MS is the managing member of Hack Tax and Accounting Services LLC.  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 on getting to know each client well so that he can serve them on an ongoing basis.

 

 Stuart received a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s 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.  Enrolled Agents are the only federal licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

 

Stuart is a past President (2019-2020) and the current Treasurer of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He also chairs the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee and is the former chair of the Small Business Committee. Additionally, Stuart has served on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Torah.  Stuart has been a finalist the last two years for Best Accountant in the Best of Palm Beach County contest run by the Palm Beach Post, winning the award in 2021.

 

 A Wellington resident since 2005, Stuart lives with his wife of 30 years, Diann.  They have two children, Leah and Corey.  In his spare time this lifelong New York Mets fan watches most sports and in 2015 performed two standup comedy shows at the Palm Beach Improv.  His Internet Sports Talk Radio show, Hack Attack on Sports which ran for two years had national sports writers, media personalities and former athletes as guests.

 

Daryl Lyon

Lyon has nearly 30 years of experience as a commercial loan officer and has served business relationships at several local community banks, including Great Southern Bank, Grand Bank & Trust, Enterprise Bank, Regent Bank and most recently Flagler Bank.

 

Lyon is a Florida State University alum and is a past president of and currently serves on the board of the Palm Beach County Seminole Club. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. Additionally, he has completed numerous commercial lending and compliance financial training courses.

 

Daryl Lyon is an Executive Board Member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Ambassadorial and Business & Economic Development Committees and is President-Elect for 2023-24.

 

FNBCC is a locally managed $430-million-asset bank with four branches in Wellington, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Gardens serving personal and business clients with traditional and digital banking services, lending, mortgages, treasury management services, credit cards and more.

 

Doug Marty

Mr. Doug Marty is the President and CEO of AirGuide Manufacturing.  AirGuide Manufacturing manufactures grilles, registers, and diffusers for the HVAC industry and currently employs over 160 positions with revenues approaching $20 Million.   

Mr. Marty is responsible for the purchase and renovation of Wellington National Golf Club and the completely restored Johnny Miller designed 18-hole golf course. 

Wellington National is a convenient and exclusive family facility that features a stunning clubhouse and events facilities, casual and fine dining, a refreshing swimming pool, all-season golf store, fitness center, massage and yoga rooms, and fantastic membership amenities.

Mr. Marty began in youth baseball and rose to the ranks of high school and then college through scouting, coaching and administrator duties.  He was fortunate to earn two college World Series Championship rings from the University of Miami and Louisiana State University.

Doug Marty has homes in both Wellington and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His passions are flying, boating, golf and giving back to the community.  He is a current member of The Boys and Girls Club of Wellington and is proud to be appointed to the 2022-2023 Wellington Chamber of Commerce President’s Circle.

 

Michelle McGovern

Michelle Oyola McGovern serves as Corporate Director of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health, South Florida’s largest non-profit healthcare system.

Prior to joining Baptist Health 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 chairs The Palm Beach County Commission on Women, serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Board of PBC, The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County Board of Directors,  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.

 

 

 

Dermot MacMahon

Dermot P. Mac Mahon is a licensed member of The Florida Bar and a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist (B.C.S.) in Real Estate Law. Mr. Mac Mahon graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. The law firm of Dermot Mac Mahon, P.A. specializes in real estate law, including real estate transactions and title insurance, estate planning/probate, and business/corporate law.

In addition to his law practice, Dermot is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Worth Beach, serving as past President, current Board of Directors Member, and President Elect. Dermot also serves on the Board of Directors and is Chamber Counsel for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Professional affiliations include the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, and past Director of the Real Estate Council of the Palm Beach County.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised in Miami, Florida, Dermot relocated to Wellington in 2000, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Prior to practicing law in Palm Beach County, Dermot was a partner in a successful general practice law firm with affiliated title company in Marathon, Florida Keys. An avid sailor, Dermot was President of the UM Sailing Club and led several trips to Bimini.

Dermot’s hobbies include competing in a ninja obstacle course league, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing, and tennis. In his free time, he enjoys exploring South Florida’s parks and nature trails.

 

 

 

 

Dawn Quaranta

Dawn Quaranta is the Vice President of Regional Operations at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  She is responsible for all operations for the hospital’s newest Pediatric Specialty Center that recently opened in Wellington in February 2019. She is also responsible for regional growth initiatives and development.

Dawn has more than 18 years of service with the Memorial Healthcare System and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Prior to her role in operations, she was the Vice President of Palm Beach Operations, and Director of Business Development and Physician Relations for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. In addition, she served as the Director of Government Relations for the Memorial Healthcare System for 10 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Michael Stone

Michael Stone is an integral part of the Wellington International (WI) team. Wellington International is the new name for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the operating company Equestrian Sport Productions recently acquired by the Global Equestrian Group based in Denmark. He currently serves as the President of WI, overseeing all aspects of management of the company, as well as holds responsibility for community outreach efforts, alongside marketing and promotional campaigns for WI.  He is the representative and liaison to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and other related organizations.

Before joining the ESP Team, Stone worked for the FEI for 10 years, holding an array of job responsibilities during his tenure there. He served as the Secretary General (CEO), Sports Director, Assistant Secretary General, and Development Officer during his time in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Stone also held the position of Secretary General for the Equestrian Federation of Ireland (EFI) in Dublin early in his career. A former International show jumper, he strengthened the Irish show jumping teams, serving as Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager for Irish Equestrian Teams including the Olympics and World Equestrian Games in the 90s.

Stone is committed to giving back and serving the community, holding multiple positions in several different committees during his time in Wellington, FL. He was elected President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for the 2011, and is currently a Board Member of the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of several  United States Hunter Jumper Association and United States Equestrian Federation Committee as well as a Board Member of the International Jumping Organizers group.

 

 

Scott Sweigart 

Scott H. Sweigart is the 2022-2023 President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he serves on the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board, Business and Economic Development Committee and Equestrian Committee.

Mr. Sweigart is a Florida Bar licensed attorney who is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.   Martindale-Hubbell’s AV-Preeminent Rating has been used to recognize lawyers for their legal ability and ethical standards for over 100 years.   Mr. Sweigart’s accomplishments include achieving multi-million-dollar results for clients. 

Mr. Sweigart is the managing partner of Sweigart Law Group. P.A. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, the Federal Courts for the Southern District of Florida, and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Sweigart is also the Chairman of Alanti Capital Corp. Alanti Capital Corp. is proud to be in its fourth decade of business.  Alanti Capital Corp. is a business development company and a real estate investment company. Companies under the Alanti Capital Corp. umbrella include:  Alanti Aviation, Alanti Homes, Alanti Realty Services, American Fidelity Title, and Assured Financial Corp.

In addition to being actively involved with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, some of Mr. Sweigart’s other memberships include:  the Florida Justice Association, the Justice Association of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, where he serves on the Judicial Relations Committee and the Circuit Civil Committee, and the Forum Club.