Palm Beach Symphony Begins New Season with Fresh Faces Symphony Elects Four New Board Members and Appoints a New Director of Development

Palm Beach, Fla. (November 19, 2015) — The Palm Beach Symphony is pleased to announce the start of their 2015-2016 season with four new board members and a new Director of Development.  The Symphony recently elected four new members to its Board of Directors: James R. Borynack, Gary S. Lachman, Philip M. Reagan and Stephen LaForte. The Symphony has also appointed Jacalyn Gronek as its new Director of Development to manage and grow a well-established base of contributed support.  These new additions will help the Symphony realize its vision by expanding events and programs and engaging the greater community of the Palm Beaches.

“With the tremendous growth of the Symphony’s programs over the past two years, we are thrilled to expand our Board of Directors to more broadly represent our interests as an arts organization and oversee additional initiatives throughout the county, said David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “I am also excited to have Jacalyn join our team to help forge new relationships and to build Palm Beach Symphony’s visibility, impact and financial resources.”

The new board members join the current Board of Directors:  Leslie Rose, Chairman; Dale McNulty, President; Bernadene Rand-Mileti, Vice-President; Jeannine Merrien, Secretary; John D. Herrick, Treasurer; Harry Bissell; Doris Hastings; Paul Goldner; Leslie Rogers Blum; Manley Thaler; and Don Thompson.

James R. Borynack is chairman and CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries International, Inc., America’s second oldest art gallery. He previously established an Allinance for the Arts in the banking industry and served as a cultural attaché during the Reagan administration.  He has been a member of the development committee of the American Ballet Theatre, an advisor to the Prison and Art Program in NYC, a board member of The Florida Philharmonic, and is the co-founder of STAGES, a nonprofit Children’s Theater Workshop in East Hampton, NY.  Currently, Boyrnack is president of the U.S. Committee for UNESCO, working to establish a global educational and cultural exchange for the United States.  He is also a board director of Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Gary S. Lachman is a distinguished international attorney, Palm Beach resident and a concert-goer since early childhood. He is working in West Palm Beach as a Special Counsel on Foreign Law and partner of Lachman, Şimaylı & Aykut, an Istanbul-based legal consultancy.  Lachman was an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University, an adjunct professor at  Koç University in Istanbul and recently finished his fourth work of fiction. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Symphony.

Philip M. Reagan serves as an Executive Director and Private Banker for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Palm Beach.  Reagan has been active in a variety of community endeavors including Committee Chair for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Co-founding Member for The Friends of the Y of the Palm Beaches, Committee Member for Red Cross of Palm Beach, Committee Member for Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches and was previously a Committee Chair for the Palm Beach Symphony.  Reagan also serves as the 2015-2016 chair of the Young Friends of the Palm Beach Symphony committee.

Stephen LaForte has worked over 15 years in investment management and is currently the Senior Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Palm Beach Gardens.  LaForte is also a member of the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association and the CFA Society of South Florida for financial professionals.  LaForte was previously involved with the American Cancer Society in Martin County and the United Way of Broward County’s Young Leaders Society.  He served as a Professional Advisors Council member for the Community Foundation of Broward County and recently joined the Palm Beach and Martin Counties chapter.

Jacalyn Gronek is an accomplished and dynamic international sales and marketing professional who joins the Palm Beach Symphony as its Director of Development.  Gronek will be responsible for implementing the infrastructure needed to grow the Symphony through the solicitation of major gifts, memberships, federal and state grants, special events and corporate and foundation support.  Gronek brings significant experience in fundraising and development to the renowned organization and will contribute to the Symphony’s ongoing growth and success.

Gronek comes from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where she was Vice-Chairman of the Governing Members.  While there she chaired the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Gala, and co-chaired the Musicians’ Luncheon, the Opening Night Symphony Ball, their first International Dinner, and the League of American Orchestras’ National Annual Conference.  Gronek was previously the Senior Business Development Officer at the International Banking Department of Bank of America in South Florida.

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