President and Chairman, Presidents Council - Pio Ieraci
Pio Ieraci is a unique blend of businessman, family man, diplomat, and village shaman. In addition to the panoply of responsibilities he faces as President of the Galt Mile Community Association, he administers the high powered Presidents Council. The current President of every member Association participates in a forum created to examine the impending obstacles that confront their Associations, exchange information useful in that regard, and formulate strategies to effectively provide relief. Pio Ieraci is the catalyst that allows this mixture of strong-willed individuals to achieve the levels of cooperation necessary to effectively identify and contend with the common problems while concurrently attending to the particular concerns of individual Associations. A Board member of the Galt Ocean Club, Pio is able to diagnose complex technical, civic, political, and financial conundra and encourage agreement on their resolution. It is not uncommon for the most exasperating challenges, once identified as such by members of the Council, to be placed on Pio’s typically full plate!
Vice President - Director - Eric Peter Berkowitz
Having lived in both Ocean Manor and Southpoint before serving on the Regency Tower Board of Directors, Eric Peter Berkowitz developed a unique perspective of the Galt Mile. Eric created and serves as “webmaster” of the Galt Mile Community Association web site, one of largest and most comprehensive in South Florida. As editor of the “Galt Mile News”, the Association’s newsletter, he keeps community residents and neighborhood merchants informed about issues critical to their rights, homes and lifestyles. A prolific writer, Eric relates Association policy as formulated by the Board, the Advisory Board and concerned residents. Always active, Eric’s organizational skills were critical to Fort Lauderdale's inclusion in the beach renourishment project, the installation of Automated External Defibrillators throughout the neighborhood, the successful promotion of practical fire safety regulations and myriad other challenges. Eric also serves as the community’s eyes and ears, alerting the neighborhood to positive and negative political impacts emanating from Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall, Broward County HQ, Tallahassee and Washington DC. Accumen accrued as Regency Tower’s Construction Chair has positioned Eric to assist with the Galt Mile’s structural rebirth.
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Treasurer - Director - Leah Glickfield
Leah Glickfield controls the Association’s finances. Our southern belle, while capable of dulcifying sweetness, is sharp as a tack. She is the Assistant Editor of the newsletter and the assistant administrator of the GMCA’s web site. “Assist” is the operating buzzword necessary to describe Leah, as her propensity for involvement renders her indispensible to this organization. When an idea develops in any component of the Galt Mile Community Association, it has to make a pit stop at Leah Glickfield’s door to determine if resources are available for its possible fruition. Consequently, Leah’s fiscal footprint is on the majority of positive steps taken by the Association. At Advisory Board meetings, Leah records every quixotic promise made by some politicians, every questionable assertion made by local business people that their services are indispensable and the often equally inane remarks made in response. Somehow, she manages to impart credibility and perspective in her summary minutes. Regency South has long benefitted from Leah’s participation in the affairs of her home’s Association...as have we all!
- Office Phone: (954) 564-8554, Home Phone: (954) 563-1001
Director - Ralph Hamaker
Hailing from Coral Ridge Towers South, Ralph Hamaker is the sole representative to the Board of Directors from a Cooperative. A past President of CRT South, Ralph is familiar with issues that impact our four members from the Coral Ridge Towers Complex in the western sector of the Galt Mile Community. Ralph’s contributions to improving the Galt Mile area are legion, including noise abatement, traffic control and beach renourishment. Intimately involved with the rebirth of the Galt Ocean Village Shoppes area, Ralph was instrumental in attracting the Beach Community Center and Il Lugano, two community lynchpins critical for the neighborhood’s stability. Coral Ridge Towers, built just prior to to Condo Act of 1963, was the first hi-rise cooperative financed by the FHA to have a swimming pool. The Coral Ridge Towers (CRT) complex, later expanded to include the North, South (Ralph’s home), and East buildings, was a blueprint for developers prospecting for amenities to include in their offerings. The CRT Complex (four Cooperatives) could not have found a more effective pro-active representative than Mr. Ralph Hamaker.
Director - Fred Nesbitt
Fred Nesbitt is a chronic volunteer. When a group of Playa del Mar residents spontaneously birthed that association’s newsletter, Fred was among the original contributors. In short order, he was elected to the Playa del Mar Board of Directors where he served as Treasurer. When appointed to the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board, the entire neighborhood started benefitting from his networking skills. Within two years, Fred's participation quotient surpassed that of members serving for decades. An integral part of recently successful campaigns to rescue the Galt Mile Reading Center and prevent the mighty Suez Corporation from erecting the Calypso Liquefied Natural Gas plant off the Galt Mile Beach, Nesbitt has proven a work-a-holic dynamo. Fred also applies skills honed in Washington D.C. to citywide challenges by serving on several Fort Lauderdale Advisory Boards (the Fire-Rescue Bond Issue Blue Ribbon Committee and the Budget Advisory Board).
Director - Donna Oppert
Prior to relocating to South Florida, southern belle Donna Oppert honed her leadership skills in Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. Donna developed her incisive fiscal perspicacity as an executive underwriter for a large insurance company. Working with an Accident Reconstruction Engineer, Donna’s evolution into an expert witness bred an intimate familiarity with courthouse protocol and legal strategy. While raising a family and carving out a successful career, she simultaneously served on the School Board and a variety of associated executive committees. As a member of her Church Board, she actively promoted educational programs and organized outreach events. After moving her brood to Fort Lauderdale, since 2002 her Galleon neighbors repeatedly elected Donna to their Board of Governors (6 years as President). To further an abiding instinct for civic contribution, Donna spent 8 years representing the Galleon on the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board, where she played an integral role in obstructing the Calypso gasworks, promoting beach renourishment and composing our neighborhood’s pro-association legislative agenda. To maximize access to Donna’s unique skill set, her peers elected her to the organization’s Board of Directors.
- Office Phone: (954) 563-2497, Home Phone: (954) 567-2969
- E-mail: Marmage@aol.com
Director - Andrew Surdovel
A Galt Mile resident via birthplace Jersey City and upstate New York, Andy is a quiet tornado. A modern day Renaissance Man, this Engineer - Printer - Builder helped steer Plaza South to its current status as one of the Galt Mile’s premier residences. To benefit from skills honed during a flourishing Engineering career (Senior Project Engineer at the Bendix Corporation, Vice President of Engineering at a New York fastener company, etc.), his Plaza South neighbors continually vested him with rotating responsibilities on their governing board beginning in 1996 (within a year of his arrival in South Florida) – as President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. The proprietor of Minuteman Press, Andy also manages a thriving Oakland Park Boulevard printing enterprise he conceived and nurtures with better half and partner – Joyce. While serving on the neighborhood association’s Advisory Board, this master of multi-tasking helped resolve countless community conundrums, invariably weighing in as the voice of reason. Once, to fill some spare time, Surdovel displayed “soup to nuts” conversance with building codes by constructing three homes in New York - personally!
Secretary - Fern McBride
A veteran of the Public School system, Fern is blessed with a proclivity for organization and excellent communication skills. Somehow, our soft spoken former educator has been able to quietly compile the fast paced Advisory Board activities into a coherent set of minutes every month. Fern’s organizational abilities were first recognized by her neighbors in Regency Tower, where she participates in several committees and served on the Board of Directors - not suprisingly as Secretary! Upon retiring from the Regency Tower Board, her peers drafted her to continue as Assistant Secretary. Her low-key demeanor and quiet charm disguise a tenacious commitment to improving our homes and our neighborhood. In addition to making consistent contributions at countless Advisory Board and Presidents Council meetings, Fern has traveled to Tallahassee to fight for the rights of condo owners. When the Broward Beach Renourishment project was being considered by the Florida Cabinet, Fern participated in a successful demonstration by a contingent of Galt Mile homeowners supporting the project. The usual format of assigning the executive responsibilities of Secretary to a director were set aside to take advantage of Fern’s unparalleled competance as a communicator.
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Linda LeDuc, President
Laurie Madenfort, Vice President
Charles Morton, Treasurer
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Dick Tymeson (Dec.)
Robert Rozema (Dec.)
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