Board of Directors

Michael Athmer

Michael Athmer is multilingual with 35 years of International Sales and Marketing Management experience.

Born in Montreal, Canada and lived in Paris, France, Copenhagen, Denmark and The Hague, The Netherlands and moved to Florida in 2000.

Started an Insurance Agency in Florida in 2000 and later became Sales Manager for Southeast Employee Management Company. Worked as a Business Consultant for Progressive Employer Management Company, Regional Manager for Human Capital Group and is currently Sales Manager with United Tech Employee Management.

Michael is past President of BNI North Palm Beach, Past President of Toastmasters in Jupiter, Graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County Class 2006. Past Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach County, past Board Member of the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County, past Chairman of the Board of The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm beach County, past Board member of The Beyond Blind Institute and past Board Member of Leadership Palm Beach County. Michael is President of the Leadership Business Council and currently serves on the Palm Beach Public Orchestral Strings Foundation board

He is also active with the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Palm Beach County.

Michael is divorced, has a daughter Vivienne and lives in West Palm Beach.

Michael Athmer

Known as “The Motivator” Michael Solomon, is a former NYPD Detective and bestselling author, he is the survivor of a bizarre double murder attempt on his life.

During his tenure in the intelligence division, he was assigned to protect the Shah of Iran and Madame Chang of Taiwan. He has personally met four U.S. Presidents.  Michael was assigned as the intelligence officer to the U.S. State Department, where he participated in treaty negotiations between the United States and Turkey.

During his tenure in the Police Department while he worked as a part-time tax accountant, Michael discovered a flaw in the NYC Payroll procedures. In 1981, he proposed a change to the NYC disability law, which, when enacted, saved the city over $120 million, reduced taxes and balanced the city’s budget.

He retired from the Police Department and joined the corporate sector in finance and management.  After losing three corporate positions, and nearly bankrupt, during the worst recession in 75 years he was motivated to embark on his own. Applying his own style of management, he was nominated by a national magazine for operating the best company in America in his field.

Achieving success, he returned to his old beliefs and started to take care of the less fortunate. His work for various charities earned him the respect and praise of his community.   In 2003, he was cited by both houses of the New York State Legislature in Senate and Assembly Resolutions as Humanitarian of the Year.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Masters with Distinction in Public Administration.   He’s been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities.  In 2008, he presented the keynote address to the graduate school commencement at the New York Institute of Technology.

He is a Bestselling Author of three books.

 “Success By Default– The Depersonalization Of Corporate America” Listed as # 22 on the Amazon bestseller list.  A Forbes Magazine book club review said, “This book belongs on the desk of every CEO in America.

“Where Did My America Go?”  Listed as #6 on the Amazon bestseller list. New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy said, “My only regret is that I didn’t write it.

The Conversion Prophecy.”  It won the 2017 “Reader’s Choice Award” for Best in Fiction.  It has been written for the Hollywood screen.

  • He was selected among others as 2006 Time Magazine Person of the Year.
  • He has Guest appearances on over 350 national radio and television programs including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, FOX, FOX Business News, and
  • He has appeared as a panelist on the Fox Business News show The Mangru Report.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Atlantic University College of Business, an active member of the Forum Club, World Affairs Council, the Economic Forum and a Board Member of The Leadership Business Council.

As a National Business, Motivational and Political speaker, Michael is sought after by many organizations and corporations.   He is known as the speaker who leaves his audiences laughing, inspired, and begging for more.

Michael Athmer

Executive Summary 

Professional advisor, motivational speaker & executive coach who applies a broad range of coaching methods, classic to innovative, depending on each client’s unique situation. I specialize in working with teams & organizations in areas of leadership development, culture change, values alignment, team performance, effective communication, & increased productivity.

The breadth of my work experience equips me to meet my clients as they are; uncovering key problem areas, identifying trigger points &, ultimately, eliminating roadblocks. I am recognized as a leader, educator & creator – known to communicate effectively & comfortably no matter the level, bridging gaps between my clients’ current situations & what they desire to achieve, whether they are individuals, teams, executives or corporations.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Personal Development | Leadership Training | Board Facilitation | Communication Skills | Financial Coaching | Sales Training | Keynote Presentations | Strategic Planning Facilitation | Public Workshops

Michael Athmer

A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Tom has over 30 years’ experience in public accounting and corporate accounting and finance. He began his career in 1985 with Divine, Blalock, Martin and Sellari, LLC and permanently rejoined the team in 2013. Additionally, Tom was the Controller and Treasurer of an international telecom consulting firm, V.P. of Finance of a home construction and development company and CFO of a national manufacturing company. Received Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1984, with a major in Accounting. He became a Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1993 and he received the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the AICPA in 2012. Tom is a member of AICPA, FICPA and serves on the Board of Directors of Anchor Bank, and various professional, civic and charitable organizations.

Michael Athmer

Jack Schulman is with BCoSF Media in Delay Beach and has over 25 years experience in video production and over 30 year in audio engineering.

He provides professionally produced HD and 4k videos for local businesses, individuals, musicians, entrepreneurs, and national corporations, as well as events. He can provide for TV, Bluray, DVD, and internet and also film in 3D.

Michael Athmer

Business Executive

Certified Coach and Trainer

 

Mr. Tart a media executive, sales and talent Coach with over 35 years of seasoned broadcast experience from on-air personality, radio station owner, network executive and entrepreneur, who has owned and operated small-to-mid size radio companies and was President of the Business Talk Radio Network. Over his ownership career, Mr. Tart (with a series of various financial and operating partners) owned, operated and improved stations in markets ranging from communities of under 50,000 to the “top 50” rated markets.  Chet Tart has coached sales and on talent for the past 20 years. Chet Tart has raised over twenty-five million in capital for start up. Chet Tart is a certified trainer for John Maxwell leadership system and certified with the Sander Sales Process.  Sales training for social media and software companies.

Mr. Tart is currently coaching already effective companies, Palm Beach Police and Fire departments and Palm Beach County government entities. Training has included basic leadership keys, fashioning a plan to construct a company’s core values and purpose plus develop a framework to craft a unique culture for each municipality. Today Mr. Tart is a one on one coach for CEOs and their leadership team. In 2016 Mr. Tart increased a broadcast division from barely breaking even to increased sales of 28 percent in 13 months.  Mr. Tart joined a Treasure Coast Radio station and in two years improved the internal team culture environment and increased sales to over 27 percent.

Mr. Tart has created a provocative series of interviews with the Palm Beach Leaders Business Council with fortune 500 CEO’s’ in the past 5 years. Currently writing a book about true CEO s challenges.

Over the years, Mr. Tart’s financial investor and adviser has been the Stone family –W. Clement Stone of the Success Unlimited Magazine and Think and Grow Rich Fame.  The values by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone became the corner stone for many operating principles. In Mr. Tart’s career he has been consulted by Edward Deming of TQM to produce core quality backbone cultures. Currently coaching companies and individuals with business culture, hiring and delivering customized solutions that empower organizations.

Chet Tart was recently inducted in the Emerson College Radio Hall Of Fame 2014 and was nominated to service on the Board of Advisors

Michael Athmer

Legalshield/IDshield  Small Business & Employee Benefits Consultant

Born in New York from Puerto Rican parents, Carmen has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2001 she established her own real estate brokerage in residential Luxury properties.  As I strive for career and personal development my interest in the ever-evolving current economic trends and demands in today’s global business world have awakened a new interest in my current career  with the team of professionals at LegalShield / IDshield offering services and products that are much in need and demand for today’s global environment, Identity Theft and Legal Services for Small Businesses and Individuals.  

Justin Aretz

Senior Project Manager, Shoreline Building Group

Born and raised in New York, Justin Aretz has over 12 years’ experience managing the operations of numerous businesses across multiple industries. A student of Roger Williams University’s Center for Advanced Financial Education, he was drawn to a career in finance before making the decision to follow his passion and utilize his generationally-inherited skillset of managing the construction of premium luxury homes.

Meticulous attention to detail paired with a relentless drive for efficiency, strong communication, and client satisfaction has positioned him as a leading member of Shoreline Building Group. A resident of West Palm Beach for the past 8 years, Justin has established and nurtured meaningful relationships with a large clientele, architecture, design, engineering, and subcontractor base.

Justin is currently an active member of the Leadership Business Council and his neighborhood association’s board of directors.

April O'Connor

April has been a sales and business development leader for over 25 years.  She has built her reputation as a giver and connector. She is often referred to as a Business Matchmaker or Queen of Connections.  She is VP of Sales for Experience Epic Events along with Area Developer for Network Lead Exchange (NLX) Groups in South Florida.

What better way to make connections than by putting on memorable events? Experience Epic has built successful campaigns that have left consumers with everlasting impressions of brands. They understand what it takes for a brand to leave an impression on a consumer and only have done this through years of practice. From collaborating with large-scale events to produce a campaign that highlights a company’s presence in a new market to small one-off branding initiatives that drive traffic to stores or online, Experience Epic has done it all. Their focus is to make each project epic…something you will never forget! Our events have gained major exposure having been seen on CNN, CNBC Power Lunch, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more.

April is originally from Upstate, NY, and is a graduate of Siena College. She is married with two children and calls Wellington home.

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin is a firecracker, making an IMPACT through events. A proud mother and wife, she is also the Founder/CEO of Experience Epic, LLC created 10 years ago. With 25 years in the industry, Sarah has brought her firecracker energy to her events, creating excitement and innovation to the private, corporate and destination event industry. Sarah brings her expertise and cutting edge innovation in marketing and production of spectacular events such as Dinner in the Sky, Savor the Avenue, Delray Beach’s 100 Ft. Christmas Tree, to her clients. She has grown her events production/planning agency to serve companies and brands nationwide including NFL Super Bowl, United States Presidential Debate, Major League Lacrosse, Casa de Montecristo and more. Her events have drawn the likes of Ashley Graham, Ray Lewis, Black Dada, Jason Derulo, John Salley, Bryant McKinney, Sarodj Bertin, Tyson Beckford, Scott Stapp among many others. She built a team that can easily boast of their resourcefulness in materializing the right partnerships for events and engaged businesses with a combined $17,000,000 in in-kind and can sponsorships.

Experience Epic has built successful campaigns that have left consumers with everlasting impressions of brands. They understand what it takes for a brand to leave an impression with a consumer and only have done this through years of practice. From collaborating with large scale events to produce a campaign that highlights a company’s presence in a new market to small one off branding initiatives that drive traffic to stores or online, Experience Epic has done it all. Their focus is to make each project epic…something you will never forget!

Sarah and her team have produced events as large as 300,000 in attendance to smaller (however impactful) events focusing on fundraising, branding, data generation, and sales opportunities. Their events have gained major exposure having been seen on CNN, CNBC Power Lunch, Huffington Post,
Wall Street Journal and more.

Sarah prides herself in creating a fun and comfortable work environment in which efficiency, fun, mental health and personal growth are paramount. Sarah not only leads her team to grow the Experience Epic brand but she incentivizes them with optional gains of ownership in the company.

Sarah has been recognized by Bizbash as Event Producer of the Year, By Sun-Sentinel Newspaper as Top Workplaces, and many others. Sarah has served the events industry through Visit Florida, Leadership Business Council, Florida Festivals and Events and Bizbash to name a few.

Kalpana Sundar

Dr. Kalpana Sundar is an Inspirational Speaker, Board Certified Physician/Surgeon, Entrepreneur and Master Certified Professional Coach.  She communicates and educates to empower Women In Medicine to reclaim control over their professional and private lives – present and future.

Driven by the desire to help others, Dr. Sundar graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 1996, obtaining Board certification in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery. Immediately after residency, she founded her own successful Ear, Nose and Throat Practice and medical spa in St. Augustine, FL.

A diagnosis of thyroid cancer in her first year of medical practice caused Dr. Sundar to reflect deeply on the balance of career and personal life which is what led to her career shift. Dr Sundar has appeared frequently on the popular WJXT and BUZZ Media. She educates women on issues of beauty and balance in life through her articles on her website. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, Beauty Unbound.

Lyman Phillips

Lyman Phillips V is the founding principal and CEO of Golden Lion Capital Investments which is a commercial real estate investment and advisory firm based in Palm Beach. With a foundational background in the hospitality and commercial real estate industries, Lyman is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s overall strategic initiatives and plays the primary role in the company’s investment activities.

Originally from Natick, MA, Lyman currently resides in Palm Beach County. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management within the Isenberg School of Management. Lyman currently serves as a member on the Planning and Development Board for the City of Boynton Beach, is on the Committee for the Palm Beach Young Professionals, and is on the Board for the Leadership Business Council.

Lyman visualizes the big picture and abstract concepts throughout the industry to find value in any situation. He is well connected, and culturally perceptive which combined with his geographical knowledge gives him an unparalleled awareness of major US markets.