Movers & Shakers

The Executive Committee of the Business Development Board named Kelly Smallridge president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Smallridge has worked for the BDB for 18 years and was serving as interim president. Her new position makes her the only woman to lead one of South Florida’s economic development agencies. She was chosen for the job because she is a communicator and has built the strong relationships needed to take such projects forward, said Tom Lynch, chairman of the BDB.

Since Smallridge joined the BDB in 1988, the budget has more than tripled to $1.8 million.

In the mid-1990s, Smallridge’s role was to help expand existing Palm Beach County companies by connecting them to available real estate, tax abatements, housing and labor costs, grants and incentives. In 1998, she was promoted to senior vice president of operations, where her duties included management of all administrative functions, budget and the overall operations of the organization.

Smallridge serves on the board of the Workforce Alliance of Palm Beach County, InternetCoast and the Overall Economic Development Committee for Palm Beach County. She is a member of the Florida Economic Development Council and has certification credentials for Business Recruitment and Expansion International.

Ohad Jehassi joined RelationServe Media Inc. as chief operating officer. Jehassi is the former director and COO of interactive marketing and sales for America Online’s Latin America Division. He will oversee the sales and marketing organization, and will be instrumental in all mergers and acquisitions activity.

Jehassi began his career as an economist and spokesperson for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1991 to 1997. He was designated an EPA national expert and served within the office of administrator Carol Browner’s policy staff.

He joined America Online as a business affairs manager in 2000 and was rapidly promoted. In 2003, Jehassi was named director and COO for AOL’s Latin America/US Hispanic Interactive Marketing and Sales operation. He was recently a principal at Initium LLC, a management advisory firm, and a consultant for Global Resource Systems, a high-growth interactive advertising agency. Jehassi received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Streicher Mobile Fueling Inc. elected Steven R. Goldberg to its board of directors and appointed him chairman of its audit committee. Goldberg was recently appointed senior vice president, Arrow Air II LLC, and previously was chief financial officer of its affiliate Arrow Air Inc., a Miami-based all-cargo airline with related logistics and leasing entities. Prior to joining Arrow Air in 2004, he was a partner at Maplewood Partners LP, a private equity firm based in Coral Gables.

Goldberg also was with Ryder System Inc. and its subsidiaries for 12 years, from 2000 to 2001 and from 1987 to 1998, in positions including senior vice president of corporate finance, vice president of corporate development, and vice president and treasurer of Ryder System Inc.; and chief financial officer of Ryder Transportation Services. From 1998 to 2000, he was senior vice president, corporate development of Republic Services Inc., an environmental services company.

Prior to joining the Ryder group, he held positions in the finance departments of Squibb Corp. and J.E. Seagram & Sons Inc., and started his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York.

Goldberg received a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University and an MBA in finance and international business from New York University. He is a lecturer in finance at the undergraduate School of Business, University of Miami, as well as a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Business in the area of mergers and acquisitions.

First National Bank promoted Jean Strickland to president and chief operating officer of First National Bank and senior executive vice president of Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida. Strickland has 26 years of experience in financial services, with an extensive background in commercial credit.

She began her career with First National 15 years ago. Strickland was the bank’s chief information officer and executive vice president of retail, credit and systems support, and is credited with leading the successful outsourcing of the bank’s data processing and enhancement of its technology systems.

Most recently, she held the position of regional president in Palm Beach County, opening four branch locations in three years, growing total loan outstandings to $171 million and deposits to $83.6 million.

Strickland is a member of the Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County and The Executive Committee. She serves on the board of the PGA Corridor Association and is a corporate member of the Jupiter Medical Center and The Scripps Research Institute’s President’s Circle. She is a past board member and trustee of the JTJB Chamber of Commerce, board of directors of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the board of directors of Helping People Succeed in Martin County.

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