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Business Development Board of Palm Beach County’s Quarterly Luncheon

Alongside influential local leaders, WGI’s CEO, David Wantman, PE, had the pleasure of attending the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County’s inaugural Quarterly Luncheon to discuss the dynamic and ever-evolving business environment of Palm Beach County, FL!

On November 15th, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County hosted its inaugural Quarterly Luncheon at the prestigious Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in downtown West Palm Beach. The event brought together key figures in the business community, featuring a panel of local Chief Executive Officers who delved into their experiences and perspectives on the thriving business environment in Palm Beach County. Among the notable speakers was WGI’s CEO, David Wantman, PE, who shared valuable insights into the challenges and transformations witnessed over his decades long tenure.

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The focal point of the quarterly meeting was a thought-provoking panel discussion where local CEOs discussed various aspects of Palm Beach County’s business landscape. Issues ranging from employee recruitment challenges in a competitive market to navigating complex local regulatory hurdles were on the agenda. The panel aimed to provide a comprehensive view of the current business climate and foster a dialogue on strategies for sustainable growth.


A highlight of the luncheon was the candid remarks from David Wantman, who openly addressed the challenges and hurdles that WGI has faced in the relentless pursuit of talent in a hot job market. Employee recruitment, a critical aspect of any business, becomes particularly challenging in a thriving economy where skilled professionals are in high demand.

Furthermore, our CEO shed light on the difficulties posed by local regulatory hurdles. Navigating the regulatory landscape can be a complex task for any business, and insights from seasoned CEOs like David Wantman provide valuable perspectives on overcoming these challenges. His wealth of experience, spanning almost five decades, allowed him to reflect on the significant changes he has witnessed, transforming a Palm Beach headquartered company into a successful national firm.

WGI CEO David Wantman, PE (third From left)

The success of the event was attributed to the efforts of the Business Development Board’s Chief Executive, Kelly Smallridge, and the current Board President, Brian Seymour. Their leadership and commitment to fostering a robust business community in Palm Beach County were evident in the seamless execution of the Quarterly Luncheon. The event also drew support and enthusiasm from a dedicated group of WGI members who attended the luncheon, demonstrating their commitment to staying abreast of local business developments and furthering their passion for people.


The Business Development Board’s Quarterly Luncheon provided a unique platform for local CEOs to share their experiences, challenges, and successes in navigating Palm Beach County’s dynamic business landscape. David Wantman’s insightful reflections on employee recruitment, regulatory hurdles, and the evolving business environment added a valuable dimension to the discussion. As Palm Beach County continues to be a hub for business growth, events like these serve as catalysts for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and community building.

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