Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Names Area CEO, Jordan Paul, to Board -- New Initiatives Include Free School Supply Stores in County’s Future --
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Names
Area CEO, Jordan Paul, to Board
-- New Initiatives Include Free School Supply Stores in County’s Future --
West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm, together with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (“Education Foundation”), today announced that Jordan C. Paul has been named to the foundation’s board. Mr. Paul is the CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman and brings to the Education Foundation a strong and diverse background in business operations, law, finance, investment and asset management, and strategic joint ventures. Mr. Paul is a long-time advocate of educational causes in South Florida, and already is helping to direct the Education Foundation’s inaugural “School-Ready Supplies Store” program. The program aims to establish centralized retail/warehouse facilities in Palm Beach County to provide free school supplies to students and teachers in Title I schools (disadvantaged/low-income area schools). It is just one of many initiatives undertaken by the Education Foundation to bridge unmet gaps between public funding and the “learning, literacy and leadership” needs of the county’s students.
“Jordan Paul brings to the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County strategic business acumen that will help enable our private investments and business partnerships to maximize learning results,” said Christina Lambert, President and CEO of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. “Jordan Paul is a hands-on executive, which we like to see, ready to help spearhead new initiatives from the ground up. With board members like Mr. Paul and others, we can better run new programs efficiently and business-wise.”
Though Mr. Paul will advise on numerous Education Foundation initiatives, the foundation is particularly looking to his guidance with the new free school supply store since it includes the identification of optimal real estate sites, negotiation of leases (and/or building purchases), and ongoing property management. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, where Mr. Paul serves as CEO, is the largest commercial brokerage firm in Palm Beach County, and as such, Mr. Paul oversees all aspects of strategic acquisitions, leasing and comprehensive property management at the firm, among other duties. The firm has as its client base some of the nation’s most prestigious institutional and private investors.
“NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has had a vested interest in Palm Beach County for over 30 years,” said Jordan Paul, CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. “We seek talented employees from the community, raise our children here , and strongly believe that the future growth and success of Palm Beach County is directly correlated to the quality of our public education system. I can think of few better ways to give back than to look forward by helping the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.”
Back-to-school matters are on many residents’ minds, and while the school supply store is in its formative stages, the Education Foundation has a major back-to-school event occurring on August 15, Shop & Share. The event partners the foundation with The Gardens Mall. Five percent of total logged receipts on the 15th at participating mall retailers will be donated back to the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. The event enables area resident to do back-to-school shopping for clothes, shoes, backpacks and other items while simultaneously giving back to educational causes.
Other programs run by the foundation include a financial literacy program that aims to enrich financial life skills of students such as understanding bank accounts, college/home financings, retirement funds, etc. The foundation has STEM programs (science, technology engineering and math), arts programs, teacher recognition, classroom grants and more. The foundation also sponsors innovative medical academics for middle school students to prepare them for entry-level healthcare/medical employment and higher learning.
About the Education Foundation, www.educationfoundationpbc.org
Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County's public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. The foundation serves as a conduit for private sector investment and community involvement in public schools. It is not funded through tax dollars, but through contributions and grants provides resources for innovative programs to improve academic achievement.
About NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, www.mhcreal.com
NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm with over three decades of experience advising clients on strategic acquisitions and dispositions and providing landlord representation, tenant representation, property management and construction management services. The firm has expertise in all commercial property sectors including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hotels and land. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s client base includes some of the nation’s most prestigious institutional and private investors and through the NAI global network, it can facilitate property transactions around the nation and the world, serving as a single point of contact for its clients’ counsel and execution. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is headquartered in West Palm Beach with regional offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington.