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Michael Simon

Michael Simon, Interim Executive Director, joined the Boynton Beach CRA in 2007 as the Development Manager, becoming the Assistant Director in 2014 and has 20 years of private sector, municipal and CRA redevelopment experience. Michael has held positions as Program Specialist/Administrator and Community Development Division Coordinator at the City of Delray Beach, and Development Manager at the Delray Beach CRA.

He is a graduate of Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a B.A. in Sociology and has held his real estate salesperson license in the State of Florida since 1999. Michael is a member of the Realtor’s Association of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Associate Member of the Realtor’s Commercial Alliance and served on the Marina Village at Boynton Beach Master Association Board of Directors since 2007. Michael is a native Floridian, born in Boynton Beach’s Bethesda Memorial Hospital and raised in Delray & Boynton Beach.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9091

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Susan Harris

Susan E. Harris, Finance Director, joined the Boynton Beach CRA in 2005 and has 30 years of financial management experience. Susan has held positions as Financial Analyst at W. R. Grace & Co. as well as Chief Administrator for the Grace Foundation and Chief Operating Officer at M.J. Alexander and Associates in New York City.

Susan graduated cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master in Business Administration in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma having also received the New York University Founders Day Award.

Active in the nonprofit community, Susan was a 2010 Women of Distinction Nominee of Soroptimist International and 2012 Junior League of Boca Raton Woman Volunteer of the Year Nominee. Currently Susan serves as Trustee of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County and formerly served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. She is also a member of Impact 100 and former board member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9092

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Theresa Utterback

Theresa Utterback joined the CRA staff in 2009. Working as the Development Services Specialist, Theresa implements and manages the CRA Economic Development Grant Programs along with assisting in various CRA development projects.   Previous professional background includes paralegal assistance to William H. Lefkowitz, Esq. and assistant to CFO of Burger Yachts, South Florida Division. For twenty years Theresa owned and operated two businesses, RAU, Inc. a commercial development/management firm and Island Art Studio, specializing in the production of custom art pieces for commercial and residential interior projects. Prior to joining the Boynton Beach CRA Ms. Utterback served as the project/operating manager of RDCB, Inc. a privately held construction firm specializing in custom designed estates.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9094

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Vicki Hill

Vicki Hill joined the Boynton Beach CRA team in 2010 as the Finance Specialist. She worked for the School Board of Broward County, FL for 15 years and her last position held was as a Construction Auditor. She is also a Gulf War Veteran of the United States Navy.

Vicki is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University where she has her Bachelors in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management and she holds a Master’s Degree in Business. Vicki serves as Treasurer for the Delray Beach Community Land Trust, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Delray Beach American Baseball League, is the Sunset Park Home Owner’s Association President and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Vicki resides in Delray Beach, FL and is married with two children.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9095

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Tracy Smith-Coffey

Tracy Smith-Coffey, Marketing and Business Development Specialist brings eighteen years of experience to the Boynton Beach CRA by creating and promoting a business district through social, economic and cultural growth. Since she began her career as a business district President for Antique Row Art and Design District in West Palm Beach, Tracy has worked on hundreds of issues affecting the area, serving in numerous roles that involved the City of West Palm Beach, business and property owners, as well as the area's surrounding community.

Prior to joining the Boynton Beach CRA in 2013, Tracy worked for the Lake Worth CRA and was responsible for marketing, promoting and ensuring community enrichment through the LULA Lake Worth Arts Program with branding efforts for Downtown Lake Worth. Her well-established skills in marketing, business development and event planning were apparent, as Tracy worked extensively on branding LULA Lake Worth Arts with a social networking campaign, interactive website, walker’s maps of Downtown Lake Worth and the arts-related business on the Dixie Highway corridor.

Tracy’s long-term goals for the Boytnon Beach CRA district are economic strength, sustainability, and improved quality of life for the residents and downtown businesses. A firm believer in interacting with business owners, Tracy’s marketing skills builds on the unique character of the area while improving the community awareness of the business district and special events. 

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9096

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Mercedes Coppin

Mercedes Coppin joined the Boynton Beach CRA in July 2016, as the Marketing, Events, and Economic Development Assistant. In January 2017, she was promoted to the position of Special Events Coordinator. Her diverse skill set and outgoing personality serve her well in the position which oversees planning, developing, and executing various special events that the CRA hosts throughout the year.

In 2014, Mercedes received her Bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from Florida Atlantic University with a special focus on Women’s Studies. She is a proud member of The Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. Mercedes is an avid writer, reader, and proponent for community outreach. She is working to establish her first blog, Kindred Times, which will encourage individuals to spread kindness by utilizing their time, talents, and treasures to foster a sense of community. Mercedes lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with her family.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600- 9097

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Bonnie Nickien

Bonnie Nicklien joined the Boynton Beach CRA in November 2016 as the Administrative Assistant after relocating to South Florida from northern Georgia by way of Virginia. Prior to moving to Florida, she served as Office & Operations Manager of an outdoor education and adventure business within the State Park system of Northern Virginia. It is during her experience she realized how local businesses become the backbone of any great community. Bonnie is passionate about seeing citizens come together to better their community and is proud to be part of an agency that plays a vital role in that process. Bonnie is anxious to put her talents, knowledge and leadership skills to use for the Boynton Beach CRA.

Bonnie graduated from Georgia College State University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Health Education and now resides in Delray Beach with her husband and dog, Ila.

Direct Line: 561-600-9090

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Azim Hussain

Azim Hussain became a part of the Boynton Beach CRA team in March of 2017 as the Marketing, Events, and Economic Development Assistant. Azim graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2016 with a B.A. of Communications, and a minor in Marketing. His previous experience and college focus has given him an excellent insight to helping the Boynton Beach CRA achieve their goals. His personality and skill set fits perfectly for the Marketing, Events, and Economic Development assistant role, where he will be assisting in elevating the community of Boynton Beach.
Prior to joining the CRA he held a position as the Public Relations and Social Media CRM to a South Florida semi-pro soccer team. In this position he managed the team’s website, blog, and social media channels, where he was expected to grow the team’s brand, and gain public awareness.
As a Florida native, Azim has always enjoyed sports. He played competitive soccer for twelve years, eight of which were on a state level. He also played in a number of junior golf tours from the age of ten, until his completion of high school. Today, Azim utilizes his past experience in sports, to benefit him in the work place by being a team player and motivating him to consistently grow his skills not only in his CRA position, but in his personal life as well.
Azim is excited to assist the CRA in growing, and unifying the community of Boynton Beach in every way he can.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9093

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Matthew Meinzer

Matthew Meinzer joined the Boynton Beach CRA in April 2017 as the Social Media Business Consultant.

Graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando of October 2014 as salutatorian with a degree in sports marketing and media.

Born in Coral Springs and raised in South Florida

Part time work with the Florida Panthers and past experience with the Orange Bowl Committee for grass roots marketing. Volunteer work with Orlando City Soccer Club, Florida Sports Commission, Orlando Solar Bears including promotional marketing and public relation endeavors.

Digital Marketing and Operations Manager for a website startup named eventgrabber.com which sought to attract more attention to businesses in the downtown Orlando venue. It is here where Matthew gained the knowledge and skills both market and manage online assets such as social media platforms.

While working with the CRA, Matthew hopes to use his knowledge of digital and social media marketing to help the small business owners in the city of Boynton Beach reinvigorate their online presence and help attract new attention to their doors in an effort that benefits the entire district.

DIRECT LINE: 561-600-9098

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