Dr. Jesse Saginor bio

Hon. Jack Seiler bio

Chris Hand bio

Hon. Dan Stermer bio


Corporate (Organization) Members:

A.I.D. Group –
      Wealth Management
Ambit Advertising & Public

American National Bank
AvMed Health Plans

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Berger Singerman, Attys At Law
Broward County Clerk of Courts

Broward County Medical Assn.
Broward Health
City of Pompano Beach
First Green Bank
Florida Atlantic University
Henderson Behavioral Health
Marine Industries Assn SoFla

Memorial Healthcare System
Nova Southeastern University
Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
Pompano Bch Chamb Commerce
Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Everglades Foundation

Ron Bergeron , Roy Rogers

Kathy Koch, Cheryl Balaban, Marilyn Oliva

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The Tower Forum is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1976.  The organization consists of business executives, professionals, and others active in our community. It has become the “go-to” venue in Broward, where featured key players engage in discussions of timely issues to encourage positive change.


Next breakfast discussion:
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

(to RSVP, please scroll down to blue RSVP button)

Regionalism for South Florida: a Necessity for Survival

Recently, the South Florida Business Council was formed to shepherd the issue of Regionalism for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. The business council’s five broad-brush targets are a logical start: the region does need more and better transportation and mobility, education quality, water management, affordable housing and tourism growth.

As former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said as the council made its debut at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, “A decade ago. business groups would have looked at reducing business taxes and regulations as their common goal. Now, by contrast, the five goals target the quality of life of the whole region.”

Regionalism is growing rapidly, not because we love each other but because we need each other. As Benjamin Franklin said when signing the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

Join in the discussion. Weigh for yourself the pros and cons.



Jack Seiler, Seiler, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink
John P. “Jack” Seiler is a  preeminent lawyer practicing in all areas of civil litigation. He was a successful, term-limited Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, from 2000 to 2008 representing District 92 in Broward County, Florida.  He is active in the Regional movement of South Florida.

Chris Hand, Esq., Hand Law
Chris Hand is a Jacksonville native with a long record of public, civic, and legal service in Florida. He participated strategically in many economic development initiatives as Chief of Staff at the City of Jacksonville, Florida – — the largest city by area in the contiguous United States and the 12th largest by population in the nation. Hand recently authored the 50th Anniversary update to the chronicle of Jacksonville’s historic city-county government consolidation: A Quiet .Revolution – the Consolidation of Jacksonville-Duval County and the Dynamics of Urban Political Reform.

Hon. Dan Stermer, City of Weston
Mayor Stermer is currently the City of Weston’s third mayor, having been elected in 2012 and again in 2016, after many years in public office. He is President of the Broward League of Cities, among other roles, has served as Chair of the Broward County Planning Council, and four terms as Chair of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization.  He brings a wealth of experience in metropolitan and local government. 


Jesse Saginor, PhD, Florida Atlantic University
Jesse Saginor, Ph.D., AICP, currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU. His community engagement, research, and teaching activities revolve around economic development, housing, infrastructure development, market analysis, public policy, public-private partnerships and real estate development.

JANUARY BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Florida Atlantic University


AT: Tower Club, 28th Floor, One Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

WHEN: Thursday, 1/9/2020; doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m.; concludes around 9:15 a.m.

COST: No cost for paid members of Tower Forum; non-members: $35 (note: no cost for working media); credit card online, or mail check, payable to Tower Forum, P.O. Box #15041, Plantation, FL 33318; free parking for attendees until 10:00 a.m. Buffet breakfast included.

We encourage participants to join Tower Forum. While we invite you to attend 2 breakfasts at $35 each, you must join Tower Forum to attend thereafter. Membership is from date of joining through 9 consecutively scheduled breakfasts.

In order for us to provide sufficient breakfast and seating, RSVP’s and advance payments are required, and are non-refundable. Seating is limited.

RSVP’s submitted after Fri., 1/3/20, cannot be guaranteed a seat.



Please consider joining Tower Forum, the best venue in Broward for 9 breakfasts of meaningful, thought-provoking discussion with key players.

  • Become an active participant and network with community business leaders, professionals and public officials.
  • Engage directly with key players regarding hot, current topics which impact you and the community.
  • Enjoy full buffet breakfasts in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s prestigious Tower Club.

Your membership begins on payment and lasts one year from joining. Submit your information with a credit card on our convenient online Membership Application, or print out the form and postal mail it with your check.

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Tony Abbate
Associate Provost, Broward Campuses
Florida Atlantic University
President of Tower Forum 2019-20

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Our breakfast location is always downtown at the Tower Club, 28th floor of the Regions Bank Building, (One Financial Plaza) 100 SE Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. Doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; it concludes around 9:15 a.m. Free parking until 10:00 A.M. at the One Financial Plaza garage, by obtaining receptionist’s stamp on ticket when exiting the breakfast.  The dates of the programs are the first Thursday of every month from Oct., 2019 through June, 2020:  10/3/19, 11/7/19, 12/5/19, 1/9/20, 2/6/20, 3/5/20, 4/2/20, 5/7/20, 6/4/20. The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Gerry Angeli (954.981.3333).


Lisa Efird, Loma Grant, Chad Maxey

Jeff Wolfe, Patrick Harris, Hon. Susan Alspector, Lee Feldman

Steve Einhorn, Bianca Moreiras, Marty Kurtz

Art Pollack, Gerry Angeli, Teri Goldsmith,
Linda Cooke, Ric Green