Success Stories

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Steffen Bruenn, Yachtico, Boca Raton

Steffen Bruenn is a serial entrepreneur with over of 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He’s founded three businesses in the tech, mobile and web industries. Steffen is the CEO and founder of Yachtico.com – the fastest growing international platform for booking yacht charters. With more than 16,000 yachts available, Yachtico is the world's #1 travel technology company in the industry. Prior to Yachtico, Steffen was the founder and managing director of ViiF Mobile Video GmbH - the largest mobile video community in Germany, producing mobile TV on demand to thousands of users throughout Germany.

John Prince, HotelPlanner.com, West Palm Beach

In 2002, John Prince and his business partner Tim Hentschel had an idea about using technology to make it easier to book hotel rooms. The company is now the world’s largest provider of online group hotel bookings, with about $24 million in annual revenue in 2015 and partners that include Priceline. The company processes 2,000 groups/meetings per day in over 75 countries and 20 languages, and has 100 employees worldwide with plans to hire more.

(Photo Credit to Damon Higgins of the Palm Beach Post)

John Duffy, 3Cinteractive, Boca Raton

John Duffy is a visionary who, over his 25 years as an entrepreneur, has maintained a steadfast belief that it should be easy for brands to use technology to connect with consumers in meaningful ways. Out of that simple belief, 3Cinteractive (3C) was born. In the early days of mobile, when competitors were focusing on selling wallpapers and ringtones, John proved himself an independent thinker. He focused 3C on finding ways to help brands use mobile to drive relevant engagement at the consumer’s moment of need that delivered measurable business results.
Today, using a blend of expertise and technology, 3C empowers leading brands and retailers to develop deeper, more valuable relationships with their consumers through the implementation of highly effective mobile marketing solutions. As an innovator and evangelist of mobile, John is a sought-after expert and speaker on topics including mobile marketing and entrepreneurship. He has been featured in publications including The New York Times and Forbes and appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box, MSNBC and various other programs.

Daniel Cane, CEO & Co-founder, Modernizing Medicine

Entrepreneur Daniel Cane is CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, a specialty-specific information technology leader that now boasts nearly 11,000 specialty physicians, ambulatory surgery center and hospitals as clients. Since founding the company in 2010, Daniel has led his team to raise over $85 million in funding and to employ over 500 employees.

Daniel's first success story was co-founding Blackboard Inc., where he raised over $100 million in venture capital and in 2004 helped take the company public on the NASDAQ (BBBB). In 2011, Blackboard was sold for $1.6 billion.

Based on his history of building and scaling start-ups, Daniel has earned numerous accolades, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year®, Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Excalibur Awards Palm Beach Small Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel. He was also honored by Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Business Ambassador Award and named to the inaugural ‘South Florida Ultimate CEO’ list by the South Florida Business Journal.

Janna Ronert, Image Skincare, Palm Beach

Recognized as one of the top 200 CEOs in the country, Image Skincare’s founder is an international speaker on health and beauty, an advocate for public service, an inspiration to professional women everywhere, and a mother.

A passionate proponent for education, Janna travels the globe to promote her message of healthy skin and wellness all over the world. When not traveling as an international speaker, Janna can be found at Image Skincare’s Corporate Headquarters in Palm Beach, FL where she regularly collaborates with some of the world’s most celebrated chemists to formulate the most innovative new products and treatments in the industry. In 2012, Janna received a testament to her fearless dedication to Image Skincare when she was awarded Ernst & Young’s “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®” for Distributing and Manufacturing.

Mark Bellissimo, Wellington Equestrian Parters, Wellington

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), built the Winter Equestrian Festival into the largest and longest running equestrian competition in the world. Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in the United States today. It encompasses a total of 500 acres, and the competition rings alone cover over 80 acres. PBIEC has two core facilities – the Main Grounds and the Equestrian Village – containing over 18 competition arenas, including one derby field and the largest covered riding surface in the world. Both show grounds are operated by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) and host the world-famous Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), which are held over 12 weeks in January through March.

Jan Bednar, BedaBox, Boca Raton

BedaBox uses a sophisticated software application to help people overseas buy anything in the U.S. From boots to a boat, international shoppers can pay with any form of currency. BedaBox customers create a free account, and through a simple dashboard, receive a U.S. postal address and manage package forwarding. Jan Bednar won the 2014 FAU Business Plan competition, the 2014 Florida Venture Forum Collegiate competition and was a finalist in the 2015 eMerge Americas Business Plan competition. BedaBox was one of the first five companies to go through a prestigious accelerator program called "Tech Runway" at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.