Leadership on the Rise

Meet five young professionals promoting progress and sharing positivity in Palm Beach County

1. Ben Silverman

PGA Tour rookie and Greenacres resident Ben Silverman is proof that any dream is achievable. Silverman’s fascination with golf began at age 13 (a relatively late start by the sport’s standards) when, on a whim, he enrolled in a junior golf camp while on a family vacation in Vancouver. “There were so many different aspects of [the sport] to learn, and each was difficult,” he says. “I wasn’t good at it right away and that attracted me. I wanted to get good at it.” He did improve, slowly but steadily. At 18, the Ontario native moved to South Florida and went on to play golf for Florida Atlantic University. In August 2017, about a month after he and his wife, Morgan, welcomed a baby boy, he won his first major tournament on the Web.com Tour, finally earning his PGA Tour card shortly before turning 30. As of press time, Silverman has posted two top 10 finishes in his first year, demonstrating the power of determination. Read More…

2. Olympia Bishop

Educator Olympia Bishop (née Shields) is continuing her famous family’s local legacy by making her own mark on the next generation of Palm Beachers. In 2015, Bishop left her department head position at a New York City school to teach math to sixth through ninth graders at Palm Beach Day Academy, her alma mater. “I remember saying I wanted to be Mrs. Close when I grew up, which is funny because she’s one of the teachers I work with today,” she says. “It’s crazy, but everything comes full circle.” The energetic teacher realized her passion for helping children at a young age. In high school, she spent her summers working at a camp for kids with emotional and behavioral disorders and also volunteered with the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Today, she and her husband, Brooks, are proponents of the Palm Beach County chapter. “I saw firsthand all of the services and resources they provided for students who wouldn’t otherwise have it. It’s my way of giving back to that same population of kids.” Read More…

3. Kristin Kellogg

As a registered project architect with GliddenSpina + Partners Architecture and Interior Design, Kristin Kellogg’s zeal for design and community permeates every aspect of her life. Traveling extensively as a child inspired the Atlanta native’s love of architecture; she went on to earn her degree from Georgia Institute of Technology before relocating to Palm Beach, her husband’s hometown. Now entrenched in commercial real estate projects, she revels in the challenge of creating excellent design regardless of budget, as well as the diversity of architecture in the area. “It’s nice that we have the architectural freedom and expression that comes with homes and buildings designed to be unique and special, just like Palm Beach is,” she says. Kellogg has planted deep roots in the county, becoming the membership vice president of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, serving on the City of West Palm Beach’s Historic Preservation Board, and supporting the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, where she once interned. She continues to explore the world with her husband, Taylor, collecting art wherever they go. Read More…

4. Eric Glasband

Throughout his childhood, Eric Glasband’s family would make regular sojourns from Huntington, New York, to their PGA National home. The Long Island native enjoyed these visits so much, he knew he’d return to the Palm Beaches for good the first chance he had. That moment came in 1997 for the financial advisor, who now marries his lifelong obsession with the markets to his passion for helping others as managing director of wealth management with Merrill Lynch at Glasband Stempel & Associates in Boca Raton. This year, Forbes included him on the Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for the first time. But when he’s not at the office, the accomplished golfer (he won a gold medal for the United States at the Pan American Maccabi Games in 2007) can often be found on the links with his 6-year-old son. A Palm Beach Gardens resident, Glasband also serves on the advisory board at the Florida Atlantic University School of Medicine, and he finds it rewarding to watch the students grow. “We have a 100-percent match,” he says. “Having a medical school here brings doctors back to this area, so it’s a great thing for this community. Read More…

5. Franny Frisbie

A passion for sustainable real estate development is in Franny Frisbie’s genes. Originally from Pennsylvania, the Georgetown University grad worked for global real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle in Boston before moving to Palm Beach in 2013 to join her family’s company, the Frisbie Group. Today, she serves as head of asset management and leasing, working alongside her sister and brother, who together represent the next generation of Frisbies restoring Palm Beach. Currently, she has her hands in two exciting projects: The Islands of Islamorada, a club community in the Keys, and Royal Poinciana Palm Beach, a mixed-use site that will bring condos, retail, and dining from The Breakers to Royal Poinciana Way. “We find joy in discovering investment opportunities we believe contribute to the betterment of the community,” she says. For Frisbie, community betterment means lending a hand, too. Despite being a self-proclaimed homebody, she can be found out and about championing many nonprofits, including Autism Speaks and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Read More…

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