Dec 29, 2016

Arthur Adler, Pro Sports Marketing Icon and Local Philanthropic Leader, to Headline B&P Industry Icon Breakfast

Amid premium networking, business leaders and professionals will have a unique opportunity to hear from professional sports marketing icon Arthur Adler, who also served as Co-President of the New York Yankees and produced albums for recording legends at Columbia Records. Adler, also locally prominent for founding the Boca West Charitable Foundation, which he now chairs, will keynote the season’s second Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series event on Wednesday morning, January 25, 2017.

Well over 100 local professionals attended each of the past four seasons’ widely acclaimed Industry Icon events and they’ll gather once again in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus at 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. in Boca Raton. Breakfast (dietary laws observed) and networking will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the program will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. The couvert for the morning is $36 per person.

Named for a preeminent icon of industry and philanthropy, the Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series is a program of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P). This season began with former Lehman Brothers Icon Ron Gallatin, and last year we featured Royal Caribbean CEO, Richard Fain; Chairman & CEO of Georgia Aquarium, Michael Leven, and Miami Marlins President, David P. Samson.

Adler was a leading entrepreneur in the media and sports industries for four decades, serving as Co-President of the New York Yankees, and as Vice President of Marketing for both the Yankees and Islanders. In the 1960s, he worked at Columbia Records, producing albums for legends such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin. From 1977 to 2003, he ran his own sports advertising company, Adler Communications, acquiring radio rights for major teams including the Mets and Yankees. He also created Sportsec Marketing and later bought Spencer Sports Marketing, overseeing in-stadium advertising at 15 sports facilities nationwide.

In 2004, Adler retired and moved to South Florida, where he founded the Boca West Charitable Foundation in 2010. He is now chairman of the Foundation, which has granted $3 million to over 25 charities, including the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, helping thousands of at-risk children.

"We’re extremely proud that Arthur Adler will headline the second installment of our 2016-17 series, and are excited for the opportunity to learn from this true icon,” said Lauren Cohen, Industry Icon Series Co-Chair. “His industry insights, professional advice and philanthropic leadership will be of high interest and great value to all attendees across B&P members' broad range of industries and professions. We are excited to continue the quality programs upon which we have built our strong reputation.”

“In just a few years, the B&P Division, now co-chaired by Gregory Gefen and Tracy Kawa, has built a diverse community of South Palm Beach County business leaders and professionals who look forward to gathering on a regular basis,” said Lauren Cohen’s co-chair, Jeff Shavitz. “We learn together as we make meaningful professional and personal connections through high-level networking opportunities, informative programs with industry experts and philanthropic activities that just keep proving how good they are for business as well as our community.”

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The event is generously sponsored by Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC Attorneys at Law and Hotwire Communications. The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, and Commercial Printers, Inc. is the Federation In-Kind Printing Sponsor.