Meet the Board

 

 

Michael J. Liss, Esq., President

mike@lisslegalcares.com

Mike is the founder and President of the DBA. He was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. He left to attend law school in Dayton, Ohio, where he practiced for a decade prior to moving to Boca Raton. As a single parent, he raised his two college-aged kids in Boca, both of whom graduated Spanish River High School. He is married to Cheryl Van Hare. Mike is an attorney who handles HOA and Condominium disputes, as well as other real estate and business matters.

After moving his office to Downtown Boca Raton, Mike realized that a lot of people own businesses and work in Downtown Boca Raton, but there was no community of and for those people. He decided to form the Downtown Business Alliance of Boca Raton. Today, Mike is a Boca Raton business community figure, leader and organizer. He routinely appears before City Council, writes local opinion pieces, and fully participates in the civic life of Boca Raton.

 

Frank Feiler, Vice President

fdf@fdfbiz.com

F.D. Feiler Consultants, P.A. - With over 30 years of experience as a licensed Florida Business Broker, and having successfully overseen 2,500 closed transactions, Frank Feiler is extremely knowledgeable in business matters and solving difficult negotiations. His broad experience has helped train over 400 Business Brokers from coast to coast and as well as internationally. Mr. Feiler has been associated with industry leaders through affiliations with the International Business Brokers Association, and Florida Business Brokers Association where he served two terms as Vice President of that organization. Currently, he is a Lifetime member of the Business Brokers of Florida (BBF) and also serves in the capacity of “Conference Coordinator” to this organization consisting of 1,100 Brokers and will meet in September under his direction and supervision.

Prior to moving to South Florida he served as a key executive of the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C. where he traveled 260,000 miles a year giving presentations on behalf of the Food Service industry. His professional career includes a five year position with the Friendly’s Restaurant chain where he was in charge of opening 305 restaurants during his tenure.

He is a Past President of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton (2014-2015) and actively participates in their efforts to bring better worldwide relations to the 209 countries that Rotary covers. He is a Past President and acting Board Member of the “George Snow Scholarship Fund. Mr. Feiler just completed a ten year city appointed position with the “Boca Raton Airport Authority” where he served as Chairman for 2 years, and extremely involved with the founding and opening of the new US Customs facility at the airport. He is a USAF Veteran and served four years with the military, and received several decorations for his service.

Mr. Feiler also serves as a “Certified Expert Witness” in Court at litigation cases involving all matters pertaining to business transactions. This certification has allows him to serve up to and including the Supreme Court level throughout the country. His firm has recently expanded to include Trade Association Management for small and mid-size Associations and Organizations.

He is a resident of Boca Raton for 39 years and involved in the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) where he was recently elected Vice President, FAU Football program Owl Club, and other civic projects to numerous to mention.

 

George Sarkisian, Esq., Secretary

george@thurassociates.com

Gevork (George) Sarkisian is New Yorker by birth, but has spent most his life in Boca Raton. He is an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University and earned his J.D. at Nova Southeastern University. George is an active commercial real estate broker and a practicing attorney. His legal practice focuses on transactional real estate matters. George also provides guidance to landlords and retailers regarding commercial leasing and asset management.

Outside of his work life, George has a beautiful wife and a new-born baby boy. He has been involved with the Downtown Business Alliance (“DBA”) from its inception and serves on the Board of Directors. Through his involvement with the DBA, George has been able to develop relationships with his local community, as well as the people who make the City of Boca Raton work. George is determined to make a difference, not only in Downtown Boca's business community, but also in its philanthropic presence. He strives to make a lasting impact for both local and widespread charitable organizations.

 

Laureen Pannullo, Treasurer

boca1bookkeeper@gmail.com

 

Eliot Popper, Board Member

Eliot.Popper@morganstanley.com

 

Dawn Forgione, Board Member

dawn@almostadaughterfl.com

 

Bill Katab, Board Member

bkatab@kginsurancehouse.com

Principal, K&G Insurance House and Managing Partner iiMore, brings over 20 years of experience in the field first as an underwriter and then as a senior broker and risk management consultant. After years in New York, London and the Middle East with one of the world’s largest brokers, Mr. Katab relocated to South Florida and founded K&G Insurance House and more recently partnering with iiMore (Insurance Investments & More).

Mr. Katab has represented and brokered some of the largest global and regional firms, governmental projects, foreign Ministries and Royalty. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his outstanding client dedication and drive to better serve these clients with conventional and non-conventional support.

Mr. Katab has established employee benefit operations that have grown to be regional leaders with exceptional measurable results.

Mr. Katab holds a degree in Business from St. John’s University majoring in Insurance. Mr Katab is married with 2 boys, one in the investment field in NYC and the other one step away from Medical School.