BOCA RATON, Fla., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) has tapped prominent business and community leaders to serve on its Programming Board, with a focus on developing unique events for the community and BRIC tenants. Crocker Partners, which owns BRIC – the 1.7 million-square-foot former IBM campus -- established the Board to advance the campus' role as "a place where innovation happens."
Board's members include:
- CEO's Daniel Cane of Modernizing Medicine and Shawn Pearson of Bluegreen Vacations, both headquartered at BRIC, and Pete Martinez, former VP of Global Business Services at IBM and current CEO of SIVOTEC Analytics
- Troy McLellan, President and CEO of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and Jessica DelVecchio, Economic Development Manager for the City of Boca Raton
- Community and education leaders John Crean, General Manager of Broken Sound Country Club; Mary Csar, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Historical Society; Constance Scott, Director of Local Relations for FAU; Dr. Joel Herbst, Assistant Dean, and Mickey Zitzmann, Director of External Affairs, both for the FAU Henderson School, as well as Peg Anderson, Community Leader
"It's an honor to join the board, given BRIC's significance to Boca Raton, and the local ownership's goal of honoring the campus' past while looking to the future," said Mary Csar, who has overseen the Historical Society and Museum since 1999. "To me, that's what history is all about."
BRIC's goal is to integrate the campus into the fabric of Boca Raton by leveraging the campus' size and resources.
"Big picture, it is part of our mission to build on Boca Raton's status as one of the country's premier intellectual capital centers," said Danielle Vennett, BRIC General Manager and Vice President for Crocker Partners.
The Board's first contribution to programming at BRIC will take place on May 21, discussing the intersection of art and technology, in partnership with the Palm Beach Cultural Council and the Boca Raton Museum.
"We are very fortunate that the leadership team at BRIC and our community recognizes that innovation is the fusion of talent and technology with an enthusiastic passion for bettering the world. We are setting the platform to do it again," said Pete Martinez.
The Board members' expertise and diverse perspectives will also help add new dimensions to BRIC. For example, an on-site history of tech museum is planned in partnership with the Boca Raton Historical Society and IBM Alumni Association and the FAU Henderson School is helping shape plans for BRIC's STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to both support tenant's efforts and get young people excited about the City's future as a technology hub.
"Boca Raton's history of technological innovation dates back to before World War II, and as the historic geographic epicenter, BRIC's facility is now appropriately named. The new Programming Board will act as a perfect platform to not only engage Boca Raton's residents and employees on the town's rich history, but also to showcase how the latest crop of technologists and entrepreneurs continue to change the world," shared Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine.
BRIC currently hosts events in a state-of-the-art, 400-seat conference facility, with plans to add a 1,000-seat presentation hall this year as part of an amenities expansion plan to also include a food hall, coworking space, and wellness center. Learn more about the Board and the upcoming events at BRIC by visiting workatBRIC.com.
Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) is the largest single facility office building in the state at 1.7 million square feet. Designed by Marcel Breuer, the campus was originally built in 1969 for IBM's General Systems Division and is home to the invention of the first personal computer and smartphone. The campus was recently acquired by Crocker Partners, LLC with the vision of building off of BRIC's history and evolving the campus into a science and technology hub. An ideal landing spot for companies with large footprints, BRIC is currently home to 36 tenants including Bluegreen Vacations, Modernizing Medicine and MDVIP.
SOURCE Boca Raton Innovation Campus