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Patrick Cann

Patrick Cann, CPRP, Director, Leisure Services Department, City of Wilton Manors

As Director of the Leisure Services Department, Patrick Cann manages 40+ full-time employees and a $5 million budget. A passionate problem-solver, he increased revenue 110% to more than $600,000 the past 9 years.

Patrick is an entrepreneurial leader who enjoys mentoring others on the path to enhance the quality of life for all in Wilton Manors. Under his supervision, Wilton Manors became the 17th City in America to earn "Community Wildlife Habitat." He sets high performance measures, collaborates and partners with diverse enthusiasts and stakeholders to bring parks, trails, waterways, open spaces, nature and cultural events and recreation programs, amenities and services to local, regional, national, and international guests.

He was Project Manager of the $6.3 million Historic and Nature Park and completed the design build with $4.8 million in grants. Patrick and his team operate and maintain 15 parks, a library, 13 miles of waterways, 42 medians/right-of-ways, and 25 public buildings and facilities with more than 69,500 SF of facility space.

Patrick is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Saint Leo University and a master’s in Management from Saint Thomas University. 


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Alex Dambach, AICP, Planning Supervisor, City of Oakland Park

As Supervisor, Alex Dambach leads the Planning unit for Oakland Park, FL. The City’s downtown and culinary district is currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment, a major step toward raising the City’s visibility as a South Florida destination.

Skilled at zoning and land use policies, economic development, and urban design, Alex is a planning and community development professional with experience in redevelopment of urban and inner-suburban areas. He facilitates public engagement and legislative processes.

Alex was Division Chief, Land Use Services for the City of Alexandria, Virginia for more than eight years prior to his move to Florida. Previously, he spent eight years as City of Newark’s Acting Supervising Planner.

In between, Alex was Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Des Plaines, IL, a town adjacent to O’Hare International Airport. In less than a year, he took the retail section of the downtown from 70% vacant to 80% occupied. Collaborating with the real estate community and property owners, he leveraged TIF district funds to recruit new key businesses to act as anchors to re-ignite pedestrian traffic.

Alex is certified by The American Institute of Certified Planners, and earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the College of Charleston and a master’s in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

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Tammie L. Hechler, Director of Human Resources, City of Hollywood

Tammie Hechler directs the Human Resources department for the City of Hollywood, Florida. She has special expertise in Workplace Safety/OSHA and Labor Unions.

She began her career as Employment & Diversity Coordinator at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, before moving on to the role of Human Resources Manager at Behavioral Connections of Wood County in Bowling Green, Ohio. Before moving to Florida, she was Human Resources Director of Grant County in Washington State for six years.

Hechler holds SHRM-SCP, IPMA-HR CP, SPHR and CLRP certifications.

Chris Lagerbloom

Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

As City Manager, Chris Lagerbloom is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City of Fort Lauderdale. He began his career with Fort Lauderdale as Assistant City Manager, overseeing the Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Sustainable Development, and Transportation and Mobility departments. During his tenure, Chris spearheaded major projects, such as advancing the massive “Go Big, Go Fast!” water and sewer infrastructure improvement project.

Previously, Chris served as City Manager of Milton, Georgia, building a progressive and dynamic city government from the ground up focusing on cutting-edge service delivery, innovative problem-solving, and results-driven operational strategies. Under his leadership, Milton captured numerous national accolades: the city with the “Best Quality of Life” in Georgia; one of America’s 100 Safest Cities; a Certified Green Community; and a Certified City of Ethics.

As Interim Milton City Manager, Chris helped establish the inaugural Public Safety Department and served as its first Police and Fire Chief. He earlier served in the Police Department of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia, where he worked his way up the ranks from Police Officer to Police Captain.

Chris earned the International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) designation, graduating from the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and a master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University.


Anna Otiniano

Anna Otiniano, Financial Services Director, City of Plantation

Daniel Stermer

Daniel J. Stermer,
Managing Director,
Development Specialists, Inc.

Daniel J. Stermer is Managing Director of Development Specialists, Inc., a leading provider of management and consulting services on behalf of lending institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, shareholders, bondholders, and business owners. DSI specializes in corporate finance, turnaround consulting, and forensic/litigation accounting.

Previously, Stermer served as Mayor of the City of Weston, FL, as well as City Commissioner. During his terms in office, the City of Weston achieved a Triple A rating from Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s, consistently had the lowest ad valorem tax rate in Broward County, and maintained reserves in excess of $50MM.

For nearly 10 years, he was a principal at Lewis B. Freeman & Partners, Inc., a forensic accounting and consulting firm. Before joining Lewis B. Freeman & Partners, Inc., Daniel served in the Economic Crimes Litigation Unit of the Florida Attorney General’s Department of Legal Affairs, where he commenced and participated in all facets of civil enforcement pre-complaint investigations and litigation, including bankruptcy litigation, related to Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, from the inception of investigation through trial.

While with the Office of the Bronx County, New York, District Attorney’s office, he served as Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Organized Crime Unit and as Assistant District Attorney in a federally funded task force prosecuting high-volume narcotics trafficking and related violent crime.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York  and his Juris Doctor degree from Touro College. As an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, Daniel regularly teaches “Receivership Practice and the Inter-Relationships between the Legal, Accounting, and Business Worlds.” His professional and community involvement includes his participation in local bar associations and the Florida Fiduciary Forum.

Denise Yoezle, Former Public Works Director,
City of Cooper City

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