Mair & Scott Armand
Armand Exterminating, Inc. / Armand Professional Services, Inc. was founded by Scott, Mair, and Michael Armand, in late 2005, after they spent over 20 years in the pest control industry working for two of the most well known pest control firms in Palm Beach County.
Scott was born in New Jersey and moved to Palm Beach County with his family while still in high school. He started in the pest control industry in 1983 with Palm Beach Exterminating, and held various positions in service, sales, and management until 1989. He was then offered a position with Hulett Environmental Services as the Operations Manager of the firm and given the task of growing the small regional business. Over the next 15 years, he became the General Manager and was the driving force in the growth and expansion of the company. During his tenure, his responsibilities included the daily operation of the business, sales, marketing, finance, advertising and acquisitions. In early 2004, Scott left to pursue other interests, and after consulting for other service industries in the Palm Beach area, Scott and his wife Mair, decided to return to the pest control business. Mair was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been a resident of Florida for 35 years. She has held various management positions in retail and customer service industries, including working for both Palm Beach Exterminating and Hulett Environmental Services, where she and Scott first met. Mair now oversees the customer service division, advertising, and marketing, in addition to running her own house cleaning company. They have five children, ranging in age from 35 to 20, and four grandchildren. Scott and Mair are longtime residents of Royal Palm Beach, and are very involved in local community activities, such as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Wellington Rotary, and the Women of the Western Communities women’s club.
The Armand family began their business as a pest control company under the name Armand Exterminating, Inc., but after satisfied customers began to request additional services, they expanded operations to include many other services. Under the name Armand Professional Services, Inc., they now specialize in landscape design and installation, complete landscape maintenance, rock, sod, and mulch installations, rock walls, water features, and landscape lighting, in addition to pest control, lawn care and fertilization, once a year fire ant control, flea/tick treatments, rodent control and wild animal trapping.
Armand Exterminating Inc. /Armand Professional Services, Inc is steadfast in our commitment to provide superior customer service at reasonable prices to our clients throughout South Florida. It is our goal to become the leader in customer service, while providing the most effective pest control and landscaping techniques available. With Armand, you can be assured that we will be respect the trust you have placed in us, and you will receive the unsurpassed services you can depend on…GUARANTEED.
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 and is a Board of Trustee for St Andrews School in Boca as a board member of Palm Beach County’s Business Development Board (BDB) Mark and his wife Katherine have four children, Matthew, Paige, Nicole and Michael.
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), Andrew (working in Duke University lab after graduation), and Shelby (University of Alabama).
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.
Kerrie Brunette is originally from New Jersey and moved down to South Florida back in 2011. Graduating from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship. Kerrie starting working for the Seminole Casino of Coconut Creek back in 2015 as a casino host. Since then she has changed positions and took on a new role as Business Development. She dedicates her time to many local charities and is on the corporate board for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, a committee member for the Waterways Soirée and in her own time has spent the last six years volunteering at her local Humane Shelter. In 2017 she was nominated 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County. In Kerrie’s spare time you can find her spending time with her animals, trying different foods or at the beach relaxing.
Michael Ferreira is currently the president and executive producer of Chukker TV. 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 Chukker TV, 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 and watch the game in real-time and ask to return to any part of the game without interrupting any on-going 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 Chukker TV. 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.
Michael is also a 2016-2017 Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Flavors 2015 as well as Flavors 2016 Chairman. Michael resides in Wellington with his wife and three children.
Grand Champions Polo Club, Wellington, Fla.
Aspen Valley Polo Club, Carbondale, Colo.
The Polo School, Wellington and Carbondale
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.
But it wasn’t until December, 2000 when her father-in-law and polo player Wally Ganzi bought Ganzi her first polo pony for her birthday that she found her true passion.
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 breeds and trains polo ponies at her Santa Rita Polo Farms in Ocala and Wellington, Fla. Among her horse-buying clients is Argentina’s Adolfo Cambiaso, the world’s No. 1 ranked polo player.
When she isn’t competing in the high goal, spring, summer and fall seasons and snow polo, Ganzi is all about diversity in polo. Her vision is to promote the sport of polo among the masses including kids, juniors and women.
Ganzi would like to see polo embraced by the general public and mainstream sports followers and bring new people to the sport. She has also played an integral role in introducing ChukkerTV, worldwide leaders in polo broadcasting. ChukkerTV live streams polo games throughout the world and offers instant replay and team challenges during games at the family’s two polo clubs and various other U.S. sites.
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.
Ganzi is selfless and tireless when it comes to staging polo events including junior tournaments, International Cup, Women’s Championship Tournament, fall, winter and spring seasons, which have nurtured several top rising juniors and pros at Grand Champions, and The Polo School, for all players at all levels.
Grand Champions is one of only two clubs in the nation to offer 20-goal tournaments, only club to offer a 12-goal, $50,000 tournament and revived the 20-goal Sterling Cup and 0-26 winner-take-all $100,000 World Cup during the 2017 winter season.
Ganzi 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.
Ganzi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a masters degree in family therapy from Hahnemann University Medical School, now part of Drexel University College of Medicine.
Ganzi launched an educational project, PET (Polo Education Tour) where she travels to various libraries in South Florida educating adults and children about polo with a full display of polo equipment while talking about her amazing career in polo.
Ganzi has won the Ylvisaker Cup and Butler Handicap Cup, Hall of Fame Cup, Western Badge and Trophy 20-Goal, Mayors Cup, Miami Beach Polo World Cup, Aspen Snow Polo World Championship, North America Cup, U.S. Open Women’s Tournament and played with Prince Charles, Prince Phillip and Prince Harry.
Ganzi has made history several times in the sport. She was the first woman ever to win the Monty Waterbury Cup at the Saratoga Polo Club in 2001, just one year after she started playing the game full-time. She also was part of a world record for most consecutive chukkers played, competing for 30 chukkers in a Wounded Warriors benefit match in Aiken, S.C. She is one of only a few women in the world to compete in the C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open. She also made history in St. Moritz, Switzerland in January, 2016 when she became the first woman to compete in the Snow Polo World Cup in its 31-year history and was also the first woman to win the Aspen Valley Polo Club’s World Snow Polo Championship in December, 2016. She was the first woman to win the coveted Molina Cup at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, the most attended polo event in the country. She also is the first woman to win the 2017 United States Arena Handicap Tournament.
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 was honored during the Portrait Of A Woman Luncheon, part of Women’s History Month, for her significant long term contributions to individuals and various organizations and the positive impact she has had on the community, not only in polo, but charity work and organizations that specialize in helping the disabled. Grand Champions Polo Club has been a long-time employer of disabled workers. She was also named the Polo Training Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year.
The wife, mother, athlete, businesswoman and philanthropist’s proudest moments are sharing her passion with her children Riley, a senior at St. Andrew’s High School, and Grant, a sophomore at Lynn University. Both play polo and hope to carry on the family tradition as third-generation players. Grant Ganzi is a two-time national youth champion and at 17 was the youngest team captain of Casablanca for the 2015 polo season at IPC and Audi-Millarville for the 2016 season. At age 16, his team won the Herbie Pennell Cup season-opening tournament. Riley Ganzi has represented the United States in youth tournaments and won the Polo America Beach Polo Cup where she was named Most Valuable Player.
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.
Dale W. Grimm, CPA has been practicing since 1974. Originally from Ohio, Dale has lived in Florida since In 1987. He graduated, cum laude, from the University of Steubenville and moved to Florida when the regional CPA firm he was with, bought a retiring CPA’s practice in West Palm Beach.
Dale’s practice has evolved over the years and is now strictly a tax practice. His clients receive a high level of personal service, which has been his goals from the inception. Preparing tax returns is a very personal endeavor and people want to feel that you care about their situation. This is the experience that he strives to achieve.
Dales provides services for many local clients as well as clients in several other states from New York to California. Specializing in small to medium sized businesses and personal taxes as well, he has been provided the opportunity to grow as Wellington has grown.
As well as operating his practice, Dale is an Executive Board Member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and serves as Treasurer. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Florida Institute of CPA’s, the Ohio Society of CPA’s, The Western Community Business Association and the Western Business Alliance.
During his free time, Dale is an avid wildlife photographer and has had photos on display around the local area. He resides in Wellington with his wife of 32 years. Their extended family consists of five children, Kevin, Scott, Michael, Beth and Scott.
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 board of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce as its Secretary. In addition he chairs the Chamber’s Small Business Roundtable Committee and 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 almost 24 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 last year performed two standup comedy shows at the West Palm Beach Improv.
In February 2008, Johnny Meier and his wife Meroe founded My Community Pharmacy with the dream of providing extraordinary patient care in their new hometown. They have succeeded in growing the pharmacy and in October, 2010, the business was relocated from Kobosko’s Krossing to the Whole Foods Plaza to accommodate the increasing volume of patients. Johnny has strived to be an active member of the Wellington community. He has been a supporter of local charities such as Hugs and Kisses and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was invited to serve as the Event Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Wellington in 2013, during which he helped raise approximately $40,000. He once again lead the Wellington branch again in 2014. He is a member of the American Legion. Johnny was active duty in the Air Force and finished up his AF career as a reservist. He is the Immediate Past- President (2015-2016) and active member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Johnny is always willing to support the local community.
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, which is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida, in April 2009.
During her time at FPL, she has managed the company’s sponsorships and led home energy and electrical safety makeovers and non-profit energy makeover events all over the state. Originally part of the company’s marketing group, she promoted the company’s energy efficiency and electric vehicles programs, managed trade shows and guided key customer communications. Stephanie also led high-profile events for FPL, including the dedication of the world’s first solar-thermal hybrid power plant, which included participation by Gov. Rick Scott and garnered national media attention.
Prior to joining FPL, Stephanie worked at WPBF-TV 25 and the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.
Stephanie has always been actively engaged in her community. Currently, she serves on the Steering Council for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business group and the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation Board. In addition, she is on the Quantum House Advisory Council and she has been a member of the Steering Committee for the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival for nine years. She was named runner-up for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2012 Woman of the Year campaign, raising more than $23,000, and she is an active campaign candidate mentor. Stephanie is also a member of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2015.
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 Palm Beach Gardens.
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.
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 its current location at 9192 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL on March 21st, 2016.
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 19 years.
Michael J. Pike
Attorney Mike Pike “Pike” is an AV Preeminent® Rated attorney and the Managing Partner of Pike & Lustig, LLP. Before opening his own law firm, Pike spent several years practicing law as an associate and partner at some of Florida’s most prestigious firms. He has been practicing law for more than 13 years. Pike has secured numerous verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients within the areas of personal injury, auto accidents, highway accidents, wrongful death, insurance litigation, business litigation, sexual battery & assault and RICO. Pike is a State and Federal Court practitioner, having handled several cases in the United States District Courts involving complex business disputes.
Pike is a former clerk of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and has also worked with the State Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to practice in Florida and U.S. District Courts – Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Pike received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, and J.D. with honors from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. In addition to serving as president of the Law School’s prestigious trial team, he co-authored an article titled, “Cyber Gossip or Securities Fraud: Some First Amendment Guidance in Drawing the Line,” which had the distinct privilege of being published in www.wallstreetlawyer.com.
He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and is a past president of the Palm Beach County Justice Association. Pike has received numerous accolades and awards including “Top Up and Comer” by the South Florida Legal Guide, “Up & Comers” by South Florida Business Journal; “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine; a “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine; and a “Person On The Move” numerous times by both the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post. Pike is also very active within the community and involved with numerous organizations, including service as a Board member of SOS Children’s Village. He is also an avid fisherman and a member of Florida’s CrossFit and Jiu Jitsu communities.
- Personal Injury (auto accidents, highway accidents, trucking accidents, slips and falls)
- Wrongful Death
- Business Litigation
- Insurance Litigation (Insurance Bad Faith)
- Sexual Assault & Battery – Civil Plaintiff & Defense
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) – State and Federal
- The Florida Bar, 2002
- Current member of the Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 15th Judicial Circuit
- Past member Codes & Rules of Evidence Committee and Past Chairs of the Grievance Committee, 15th Judicial Circuit
- United States Court for the Northern District of Florida
- United States Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Education: University of Florida, J.D.; University of Florida, B.A.
Awards and Honors
- South Florida Legal Guide – Top Up & Comer Attorney
- Super Lawyers magazine – “Rising Star” (2009-2013) and “Super Lawyer” (2013)
- Florida Trend magazine – Florida Legal Elite
- South Florida Business Journal – “Up & Comers”
- 2014 Super Lawyers
- 2014 Esteemed Lawyers of America
- Co-Author: “Cyber Gossip or Securities Fraud: Some First Amendment Guidance in Drawing the Line”: www.wallstreetlawyer.com
- “The Trouble with Offers of Judgment-Proposals for Settlement,” 2009 article, Palm Beach County Justice Association Briefings.
- “Forum Selection Clauses,” 2010 article, Palm Beach County Justice Association 2010 Briefings
- “Interpreting Biomechanical Engineers & Their Reports – Or Trying to,” 2011 article, Palm Beach County Justice Association Briefings.
Professional Associations and Leadership Activities
- Florida Justice Association – Member
- Florida Justice Association – Board of Directors, Local Trial Lawyer Association Representative
- Palm Beach County Bar Association – Member
- Palm Beach County Justice Association – Executive Board Member, Treasurer and President
- Palm Beach County Justice Association – Chair Annual Fishing Tournament
- The Florida Bar – Former Member Codes & Rules of Evidence Committee and Past Chair of the Grievance Committee
Tiffany Rodriguez is originally from Steubenville, OH and moved to Florida in 2001 with her husband Tom. Tiffany and Tom have two children Alyssandra, 9 and Vincent 7 both attending Wellington Elementary School
Tiffany started working for Frank and Herta Suess 14 years ago as a Customer Service Manager at Prescriptions Plus, Inc. She has worked her way through the ranks and is the current General Manager for more than 4 pharmacies. She has also been very active in the Wellington Chamber holding the Chair Person position for the Health and Wellness Committee for the last two years. Tiffany is also the current Vice President of the Chamber Board of Directors and proudly a member of the WOW, Woman of the Wellington Chamber.
Tiffany is also a Rotarian with the Wellington Rotary Club where she has been involved in the World Peace Initiative program bring peace awareness to the 4th grade children at local elementary school and is always ready to volunteer.
In her spare time you can find Tiffany either at the barn wih her daughter or at the ball field with her son. Tiffany enjoys being with her family and friends and takes advantage of the beautiful South Florida weather when she can.
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.
Commercial services was comprised of a small convenience store, a small laundromat and a one lady beauty hair salon. There was also an 18-hole golf course and a small 32 room Inn owned and operated by the developer, Royal Palm Beach Colony.
Most of the residents at that time were retirees from the northeast. 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. The Royal Inn was losing money and the owner/developer offered it to Jess in 1978; Jess accepted and took over. In 1992 a major residential development, Saratoga had financial difficulties was foreclosed by the lender (City Bank of New York) who offered it to Jess, who accepted and built over 600 quality homes with Wally Sanger. In 1988 the “Original Wellington Mall” went bankrupt and the lender (NCNB) tried to sell it for two years – no takers! In 1990 NCNB Bank offered it to Jess who accepted. 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 2,000 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).
Some of the civic awards Jess has received: Excellence in Enterprise Award by Northwood University; Top CEO in Palm Beach County by the Center for Family Services; Man of the Year by the Lion’s Club; Leader of the Year by West County Political Coalition; Hero of the Year by The Kids Cancer Foundation; Environmental Champion of the Year by the Sierra Club; Champion of the Everglades by The Arthur Marshall Foundation; Humanitarian of the Year by the Black Educators Caucus; Education Benefactor award by the Florida Education Foundation; Ending Homelessness Award by The Lord’s Place; Resolution by the Village of Royal Palm Beach for Jess’ contributions and services to the community; Resolution and Key to the Village of Wellington for Jess’ contributions and services to the community.
Today, after 43 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. Jess has been able to effectively multi-task all his businesses and civic activities because they are all within 10 minute drive of his home and his annual car mileage is less than 6,000 miles per year. He says he has no intention of slowing down any time soon.
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.