What will drive Broward County’s economy, now that the recession is over?


During the past three years, Broward County has realized substantial economic development success and a much improved business climate. The county has welcomed numerous new businesses resulting in thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in capital investment. Unemployment is 5%, which is 0.9% lower than the state rate of 5.9%. The real estate market continues to strengthen.

What major industries will help continue to drive the county’s economic development success? Hear the expert opinions of leaders from marine, cruise and real estate at the next Tower Forum breakfast.


Phil Purcell, Executive Director, Marine Industries of South Florida.

The MIASF, promoting advocacy and professionalism, works on behalf of the marine industry and its 7 billion dollar plus impact to South Florida with 90,000 plus jobs. In addition the MIASF is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show brings and facilitates a Super Bowl sized beneficial economic event every fall.

John Castelli, Sr. Partner, Castelli Real Estate Services; President-Elect, Greater Ft Laud Realtors.

Mr. Castelli has been practicing real estate since the 90’s and is a third generation realtor who with his business partner Jason Johnson founded Castelli Real Estate Services in 2004.  Starting with a single location and 5 employees, Castelli Real Estate now includes 170 agents spanning four locations in South Florida. Mr. Castelli’sfirm regularly generates monthly revenues that meet or exceed those of even the largest nationwide franchises in the area.

Mark Conroy, principal, Mark S. Conroy & Associates.

Mr. Conroy works with a variety of travel companies to help develop their business and expand their market share. He was president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises for 20 years during which time he grew it into the leading luxury cruise line in the world, president & CEO of Renaissance Cruises and Commodore Cruises.


Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council.Jim Murley has spent over three decades working on public policy issues important to Florida. As SFRPC Executive Director, he is helping to lead an effort for the seven counties in Southeast Florida to develop a Regional Prosperity Plan