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Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County Board of Directors’ Executive Committee Appoints Grasford Smith as Board Chair

March 9, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Tracy Thomas

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West Palm Beach, Florida – The Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce that they have selected Grasford W. Smith, a Litigation Partner at Akerman, as the new Board Chair. He started Friday, January 1, 2021, succeeding Frank Hayden.

The chamber was established in 2004 to advance the economic interests of its members through advocacy, education, information sharing and resource brokering.

Grasford focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters. He has experience representing a diverse range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, athletic leagues, technology companies, and a U.S. Congressman, in addition to a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. Grasford approaches dispute resolution as an opportunity to further his clients’ business goals. He develops comprehensive yet practical legal solutions by first understanding his clients’ business needs.  He has been recognized by Lawdragon in 2021 as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and by Florida Trend in 2020 as one of the “500 Most Influential Executives.”

“I’m ecstatic to be working alongside such a talented chamber team. Together, we will continue to build strong partnerships and connections for the Palm Beach County business community,” said new Board Chair Grasford Smith.

Smith is an active member of the West Palm Beach business and legal communities. He currently sits on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Anquan Boldin Foundation, Urban League of Palm Beach County, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Additionally, he served on the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Transition Team Committee and the Economic Development & Jobs Policy Subcommittee for the City of West Palm Beach in 2019.

“Grasford Smith’s extensive experience through ever-increasing responsibilities during his more than 6 years at the Chamber, combined with his ambitious vision and ongoing work to strengthen the Chamber make him the resounding choice to lead the organization into the future,” said former Board Chair Frank Hayden. “On behalf of all the board leaders, we are profoundly grateful to Grasford for his leadership, passion for this organization, and commitment displayed over the years.”

The chamber seeks to grow black businesses in Palm Beach County. Past and current chamber programming includes networking events, Business Before Hours breakfasts, Business After Hours mixers, business forums and more.

For more information contact Tracy Thomas, 561-282-9657 or info@blackchamberpbc.com.

 

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About the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

The Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County (BCCPBC) was created when a small group of minority business and community members recognized the need for effective representation in the local business community. The chamber was established in 2004 to advance the economic interests of its members through advocacy, education, information sharing and resource brokering.

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