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Stan Bronson – Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation

Stan Bronson - Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation

Stan Bronson - Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation

Stan Bronson is a seven generation Floridian, born in Orlando, with undergrad education done at Florida Southern College and grad work done at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida.  Spending most of his career in the citrus industry, 14 years of which was COO of a large citrus operation, in 1999 he joined the extension faculty of the University of Florida, developing a natural resources education program for South Florida ecosystem restoration initiatives. That program has evolved into the Florida Earth Foundation, begun in January 2002.  FEF is a public-private partnership of over 120 agencies, universities, industries and not-for-profits, whose mission is to “put people together through education, outreach and facilitation to ensure the environmental integrity of Florida and quality of life”  Bronson now serves as Executive Director of Florida Earth, which administers Florida’s only permanent program with the United Nations, the UNESCO-IHE/Florida Earth Partnership.  Florida Earth also runs the US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) program, which brings teams of delegates from the US to the Netherlands to see Dutch expertise in water infrastructure and management, especially as it relates to sea-level rise adaptation and resilience.    Coming from a ranching family who supplied the land for Walt Disney World in the 1960’s, Stan’s love of the land has always been an inspiration throughout his career.

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Jeramy Pritchett, Editor in Chief of Blindfold Magazine

Jeramy Pritchett, Editor in Chief of Blindfold Magazine

Jeramy Pritchett, Editor in Chief of Blindfold Magazine

Jeramy Pritchett started taking pictures in the 2nd grade and was hooked.  He loved the emotion that he could capture and the stories that each picture told.  However, as he grew up he was tricked into thinking money was the key to happiness and having more and more was the right way to live.  A few years ago he woke up and realized he had been very, very wrong.  Now he's back to living his dream shooting photos, writing and running the first socially conscious photojournalism magazine in the world, Blindfold.  A magazine he founded less than two years ago that is now in Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Markets across all of North America.

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Keith W. Rizzardi – Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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Keith W. Rizzardi

Keith W.Rizzardi advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters as the Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. A board certified lawyer, with experience in administrative law, environmental law, and legal ethics, he has worked on the Everglades restoration for the South Florida Water Management District, litigated endangered species cases from coast to coast for the U.S. Department of Justice and taught water law at the United Nations in the Netherlands. Married with three children, he lives in Palm Beach County and earns his living as a law professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens and as consultant to Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach

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Dr. Roy Periana – Director, Scripps Energy and Materials Laboratories

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Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Qateomix, Inc. Covina, CA Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2007 Topics in Current Chemistry. Volume Editor: C-H Activation, 2005 “Seminaire Hors-Ville en Chimie Inorganique” Switzerland, September, 2001 Catalytica Adv. Technologies, Inc. Co-Founder and Vice President 1994 – 2000 Chairman of National ACS Inorganic Symposium in 1999

 Research Focus: Design and Study of Coordination Catalysts for Small Molecule Conversion

CH4 (and other hydrocarbons) N2, O2, H2O and CO2 are among the most abundant raw materials on Earth. The chemical conversions of these small molecules generate the majority of the World's energy and materials. However, in spite of over 75 years of research, key fundamental chemistry challenges remain that lead to the generation of substantially more emissions, faster depletion of reserves, higher costs and greater dependence on petroleum than required. The focus of our research is to address these challenges and to design a new generation, Single-Site, coordination catalysts for the direct, selective, low temperature conversion of these molecules that would be substantially more efficient, lower cost and allow the use of abundant CH4 for the production of Energy, Fuels and Chemicals.

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Dr. Jean Wihbey – Provost, Palm Beach State College

Dr. WihbeyJean A. Wihbey, Ph.D. is the Provost for Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus. As the campus’ chief executive officer, she is responsible for providing leadership and inspiration to a campus of over 9000 students and 225 employees so that its culture is vibrant and welcoming to the public it serves. Dr. Wihbey ensures the quality and relevance of the campus’ academic programs, oversees campus operational activities, and leads through encouraging ideas and strong relationships. She offers a progressive academic vision and leadership that maintains a highly collaborative, student-centered environment.

Dr. Wihbey believes in and enjoys community service and is actively involved in the PGA Corridor Association Board of Directors as Vice President, the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a Trustee, on the Board of Director’s Executive Committee and on the Women in Business Steering Council. She also serves on the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Board of Directors, the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board, the Max Fisher Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beach as Board Member and Secretary, the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Governing Board and the Florida Association of Colleges. She also participates in the Executive Women of Palm Beaches and the Forum Club. It would be unusual to not see her at a local event that is raising money or awareness for education, health or general support of the community. Dr. Wihbey was recently honored as the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Community Leader of the Year, and this July the Jupiter Magazine's Impact Player. She received the University of Connecticut's 2012 Outstanding Higher Education Professional Award, is a Florida Weekly Power Woman, and has been recognized by both the New England College Board and the Chair Academy with their Exemplary Leader awards.  Dr. Wihbey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a national certified counselor and has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.

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Farmer Jay – Expert in Sustainable Agriculture

farmerjayJason McCobb is an expert in Sustainable Agriculture specializing in Urban Gardening.  Jason gained most of his experience in Sonoma, California from Bob Cannard, long time farmer for Alice Waters and her critically acclaimed restaurant Chez Panisse.  With the belief that the garden is an extension of nature and something that must be protected and nurtured, Jay never uses pesticides, synthetic chemicals or any other adversity.

In addition to the farming and building gardens, Farmer Jay has also started a program for children called Farmer Jay’s Jr Sprouts and an advanced program for older kids and adults teaching them the lost art of Sustainable Agriculture.

Jason built a sustainable garden for the chefs at The Breakers Hotel which digested over 3000 pounds per week of vegetable waste from the kitchen that he utilized to grow specialty salads, herbs, and micro greens on a half acre plot.  Other noteworthy gardens Jay has built and done consultation for are, Calloway Gardens, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Pine Jog Environmental Center, Palm Beach County Schools, various Palm Beach County private schools, Federation of Gardens, Herb Society of Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Extension/UF, the South Florida Fair, Sublime, Dig, Max’s Harvest, Kapow, Delray Community Garden, Boca Raton Community Garden, IPic, and Green Gourmet. Jay also was a guest host for The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television Network and the lead consultant for the Backyard Gardens infomercial. McCobb is also a writer for Blindfold Magazine and has his own blog called Farmer Jay’s Soapbox for New Times.

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Paul Williams – Technical Advisor

 

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Paul Williams

Paul hosted two of the first area TEDx events in 2009,  TEDxPalmBeach. Paul is an inventor, entrepreneur, businessman and long time Jupiter resident who also bears a striking resemblance to a crazy looking guy dancing in this video from Burningman's TEDxBlackRockCity.

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