Mar 4, 2013

Subway Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Larry Feldman to Headline 4th Industry Icons Event

How do you get from Brooklyn to Boca? Take the Subway! Entrepreneurs and professionals from throughout the area will have a great opportunity to hear Larry Feldman share lessons from his three-plus decades of distinguished franchise experience as CEO of Subway Development Corporation on March 20, 2013. The breakfast event is the fourth and last in this season’s Industry Icons series offered by the new Business & Professional (B&P) Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Premium networking and breakfast (dietary laws observed) will begin at 8:00 am in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. The program will start promptly at 8:30 am. All are invited to share a terrific morning with a low couvert of $36.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to continue our Industry Icon series with this terrific opportunity to get an insider view one of our community’s most prominent and admired entrepreneurs and philanthropists,” said Robert Marton, who co-chairs B&P with Gary Lesser. “The entrepreneurial vision, skills and stories that Larry Feldman will generously share will be of high interest and value throughout the broad range of industries and professions represented in our new Business & Professional Division.”

“Our new B&P Division is redefining business networking by connecting a diverse group of 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 help us build our businesses as well as our community.”

Registration for the Business of Sports event is available online at www.jewishboca.org/icon. For more information, contact sonnis@bocafed.org or 561-852-3128.

The B&P Industry Icon Event is generously sponsored by BIBBY Financial Services. Commercial Printers is the Federation’s In-kind Printing Sponsor.

Lawrence Feldman, J.D.

CEO, SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF WASHINGTON
CEO, SUBWAY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
CEO, STRATEGIC FRANCHISE SOLUTIONS
CEO, HAIR COLOR XPERTS

When you want to build a successful franchise operation, put one of the country's leading success stories at the helm – Lawrence Feldman. Mr. Feldman brings with him over three decades of distinguished years of franchise experience as Chief Executive Officer of Subway Development Corporation based in McLean, Virginia and as CEO of Subway of South Florida. In addition, Mr. Feldman was co-creator of Hair Color Xperts, a franchise established to develop specialized cut and color salons throughout the country. Previously, Mr. Feldman served as the CEO of Strategic Franchise Solutions, a sought after specialized consulting firm, designed to assist entrepreneurs in bringing their business dreams to the marketplace.

A lawyer by training, his fast-track government career included Legislative Counsel to Congressman Stewart McKinney of Connecticut, Minority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization and Assistant General Counsel to the Full Banking and Currency Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, in Washington, DC. He then followed with a bold entrepreneurial move by opening his first Subway location in the Capital Hill area, as an absentee investment. He then added franchise development contracts for Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. It all culminated for Mr. Feldman in the creation of Subway Development Corporation of Washington, listed today as one of the country's leading franchise operations, by Entrepreneur Magazine. This year Mr. Feldman will be celebrating over 35 years in the Subway franchise business as well as opening over 1200 franchise restaurants in his Northern development territory with an additional 280 restaurants in South Florida.

A 1999 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” nominee, Mr. Feldman continues to receive awards for his business and philanthropic endeavors, including winner of the Washington Business Journal Philanthropy Award for Small Business, the Smart CEO Magazine Award for Excellence in Philanthropy and South Florida Business Leader of the Year, 2012 by Southern Business Leader Magazine. Mr. Feldman and his wife, Diane were recently honored as the recipients of the Ruth and Norman Rales Humanitarian of the Year Award.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of several businesses, educational, civic, religious and philanthropic organizations, Mr. Feldman is also a lecturer at numerous schools, colleges and universities and advisor to entrepreneur's and startup companies in the U.S. and abroad.