Sep 18, 2013

NJ Nets/Devils Former Owner to Kick Off 2013-14 B&P Industry Icon Series

Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Lewis Katz, former owner of NJ Nets/Devils, amid premium networking on. Katz will kick off the first event of the 2013-14 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) on October 16, 2013 from 8:00 -10:00 a.m.

Last season, more than 150 gathered for each of three widely acclaimed Icon Events. Once again, they’ll be gathering in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Breakfast (dietary laws observed) and networking will begin at 8:00 am, and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

A former principal owner of the NJ Nets and NJ Devils and a past member of the NBA board of governors, Katz is a current shareholder of the Nets, the NY Yankees and the YES Network. He is also a managing partner of a new company that operates The Philadelphia Inquirer and other area media and the Director of the Katz Foundation, which supports charitable, educational and medical causes.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to launch the second season of our Industry Icon series with this terrific opportunity to learn with Lewis Katz,” said Robert Marton, who co-chairs B&P with Gary Lesser. “His insight, entrepreneurship and stories will be of high interest and high value across B&P’s broad range of industries and professions.”

“This Icon Event will kick off our B&P Divison’s second season. In just a year, B&P became the place to be for premium learning and networking with business people, professionals and entrepreneurs from Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach,” added Lesser. “We’re making meaningful professional and personal connections through high-level networking, programs with experts, and philanthropic activities - that are good for business as well as our community.”

The season’s Industry Icon Series will continue on November 21, 2013 with Jeffrey Bleustein, former CEO of Harley Davidson; on January 29, 2014 with Florine Mark, CEO of Weight Watchers Group; and on March 26, 2014 with Stephen Sadove, CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The couvert is $36 per person. Registration is available online at For more information, contact or 561.852.3128. The B&P Division is generously sponsored by BIBBY Financial Services. Commercial Printers is the Federation’s in-kind printing sponsor and Choice Employee Benefits Group, LLC generously sponsored the first Industry Icon event.