Board of Directors

President: Alan L. Gabriel

Alan is a Partner at Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. concentrating in matters of land use, zoning, communications law, administrative law, transportation and local governmental law. In addition to his private clients, Alan serves as General Counsel for the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and as special counsel to the School Board of Broward County in matters concerning concurrency and zoning. Alan is also a member of the City of Fort Lauderdale Northwest Progresso Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club.

Vice President Programs: Lloyd Rhodes

Lloyd is President at The Rhodes Insurance Group, a broker/consultant firm offering sole representation for their customers resulting in increased leverage with insurance carriers, concise communication and consistent direction toward corporate short-and long-term objectives. In addition Lloyd is active in many community activities such as Broward College Foundation, Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, and the Tower Forum.

Treasurer: Howard Elfman

Howard is a Real Estate Broker and is the Managing Broker for The Agency, South Florida. He is a past president of the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, 2018 District Vice President for Florida Realtors and a National Director for the National Association of Realtors. Howard served as Vice Chairman of the the Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board past chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Code Enforcement Board. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Riverwalk Trust & The Broward Housing Council, along with other organizations.

Secretary: Carolyn Burns

Carolyn Burns is a Broker-associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate – Las Olas, with over 30 years experience. She serves on the Advisory Council of Mission United – United Way of Broward County,  and is dedicated in serving several non-profits in the Broward County area  – Broward Partnership for the Homeless, 211 Broward, the American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society Jail & Bail, MADD; and also a member of Tower Forum.  Carolyn is an occasional contributing writer of real estate articles to various trade publications.

Director: Barry Max Levy

Barry Max Levy, QKA is a Pension Consultant and President of Levy & Associates, providing professional counsel in the design, installation and administration of employee benefit programs.; and has been recognized in federal and state court as an expert in the area of qualified retirement plans. He serves on ASPPA’s (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries) Board of Directors. Locally he is President of the ASPPA Benefits Council of South Florida (ABC South Florida). Barry remains active in many community events, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Tower Forum, and non-profits, including American Cancer Society (among others).

Director: Eugenia Duncan Ellis

Eugenia Duncan Ellis currently services as the President/CEO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Inc. and is actively engaged in local government and strong advocate for sustainability and smart growth.  Before retiring and cruising on their sailboat, Genia worked for US Navy (Ret.) , Department of Defense, and Loral Corporation negotiating US and foreign Friendly Nation  contracts for Decoy/Decoy Launching Systems for both air and sea delivery. Raising their 5 children in Boston, Ma. and following retirement, Genia and her husband, Dick, moved to Fort Lauderdale more than 20 years ago and became active community volunteers and activist. Genia have been recognized by many organizations during her work career and some of the ones below following her retirement.  She holds a number of degrees and certifications.

Forum President Emeritus: Rob Dressler

Rob was elected Mayor of Fort Lauderdale in 1982, re-elected in 1985 and is a former six-year term member on the Board of Regents of the State University System of Florida. He is a native of Fort Lauderdale and a retired private practice attorney.

The Forum Founder: Jack Latona

Jack was a Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner from 1991 through 2000 and is currently an attorney in private practice.