Ron DeSantis offers tidbits on Saturday’s Israel trip, releases list of names

Ron DeSantis 5.6.19
The list is one of the few details about the Israel trip, which begins Saturday.

About 90 people will be traveling from Florida with Gov. Rick DeSantis on a trip to Israel beginning Saturday, according to a list released Wednesday by the Governor’s Office.

This list is among the first details of the trade mission, that will include a Florida Cabinet meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The trip runs to May 31.

While Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried had previously planned a trade mission to Israel, the overall trip has been very light on public details, with no clear reason why the other two Cabinet members were going, other than the Cabinet meeting.

Here is the list of who is going to Israel:

Business Development Mission Leadership and Delegation


Ellyn Bogdanoff

Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff is a Shareholder and member of the Government Practice Group at the Becker Law Firm. She began her career over 30 years ago, owning her first insurance business by the age of 21. In 2003, Senator Bogdanoff began her legal career as a litigator and was elected to the Florida House of Rep.s in 2004, serving 9 sessions in both the Florida House and Senate. She retired from the Senate in 2012 as the only Jewish Republican member of the legislature.

Simon and Jana Falic

Simon Falic is the CEO and Chairman of Duty-Free Americas, Inc. and Jana Falic is the Co-President of the Women’s International Zionist Organization. The Falics reside in South Florida.

Barbara Feingold

Feingold started her professional career as a speech and language pathologist and has served on the Florida State Board of Education. As a leader and philanthropist in the Jewish community, Feingold and her husband dedicated The Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold Family Synagogue and Sefer Torah on the Mishmar HaNegev Army Base in the Negev, Israel. She is currently on the Foundation Board of B’nai Torah Congregation where she and her husband recently established a STEM and Computer Coding Educational Center for the preschool and sponsored the Feingold Family Inaugural Kids Concert Series.

Dr. Jeffrey Feingold

Feingold, a Florida-licensed periodontist, established MCNA Dental Plans in 1992, which has become the largest privately held dental managed care insurance company in America. Recently, Feingold has been appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council Board of Trustees by President Donald Trump. He also serves on the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees and is the Florida Chair and a national board member for the Republican Jewish Coalition. The Feingold attended the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, as a Rep. of the U.S. State Department along with then-Congressman DeSantis.

Marc Goldman

As owner of New Jersey’s Farmland Dairies through 1999, Goldman was responsible for numerous industry developments. By opening the New York milk market to competition, he saved New York’s milk consumers hundreds of millions annually. Since 1999, Marc has studied with and is on the advisory board of the Jerusalem based Aish HaTorah and is a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. He was appointed by President Bush to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Council and is a recipient of the Annual Crains New York Business All Stars, Who’s Who in Sales and Marketing, Who’s Who in the East 1989-90, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the 2016 King David Award by The Jewish Heritage Commission.

Carlyn and Lothar Mayer

Born in South Africa, both Carlyn and Lothar Mayer emigrated to the USA in 1977 and bought a company called Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp. which they ran together until it was acquired by Masco, a stock exchange company in 1997. The Mayers are very involved in philanthropic endeavors and many projects. Carlyn has been on the American Israel Public Affairs National Board (AIPAC) while Lothar is on the AIEF (American Israel Foundation).

The delegation members on the Israeli trip include:

Florida Cabinet and Elected Officials

— DeSantis

— Attorney General Ashley Moody

— Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

— Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (w/Jake Bergmann)

— Sen. Wilton Simpson (w/Kathryn Simpson)

— Rep. Chris Sprowls

— Sen. Lauren Book

— Rep. Randy Fine

— Rep. Chip LaMarca

— Rep. Joseph Geller

— Broward County Mayor Marc Bogen

— Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman

Florida Department and Agency Personnel

Pamela Añez, Senior Executive Assistant, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Justin Caporale, Director of External Affairs, Executive Office of the Governor

Frank DiBello, President and CEO, Space Florida

Selma Fates, Director, International Strategic Initiatives, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Helen Ferre, Communications Director, Executive Office of the Governor

Tony Gannon, vice president, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Fred Glickman, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Richard Martin, General Counsel, Florida Office of the Attorney General

Manny Mencia, Senior vice president, International Trade and Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Robert Mons, Special Assistant to the Gov., Executive Office of the Governor

Jared Moskowitz, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

Christopher Munoz, Manager, International Trade and Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Judith Rebollar, Manager, Administration and Export Compliance, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Jared Rosenstein, Legislative Affairs Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

Derek Silver, Deputy Legislative Affairs Director, Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

Jamal Sowell, President and CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Shane Strum, Chief of Staff, Gov. Ron DeSantis

Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection

Ryan West, Chief of Staff, CFO Jimmy Patronis

Dana Young, President and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA


Susan Amat, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Network

Alan Becker, Founding Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Philip Brown, CEO, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Bob Diener, President,

Rachel Feinman, Executive Director, Florida-Israel Business Accelerator

Howard Goldstein, Senior Partner, Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Services, Appelrouth Farah and Co.

Marcy Goldstein, President, Marcy E. Goldstein, CPA PA

Margy Grant, CEO, Florida Realtors

Robert Grossman, Chair, Israel Practice, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Fred Karlinsky, Shareholder, Co-Chair, Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Practice, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Eytan Laor, Chairman, Electoral Strategies

Vicki Rabenou, President and CEO, StartUp Nation Ventures

Marc Reicher, Senior vice president, Rida Associates, LP.

Aaron Ripin, COO, StartUp Nation Ventures

Ashley Ross, Senior Adviser, Rubin, Turnbull & Associates

Scott Ross, Consultant, Capital City Consulting

Mark Ruben, Executive Director, Palm Beach, Israel Bonds

Eric Sain, President, Florida Realtors

Domingo Sanchez (w/Thomasa Sanchez), Chairman, Aviation Authority Board, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Danielle Scoggins, vice president of Public Policy, Florida Realtors

John Sholar, Florida Realtors

Eric Silagy, President and CEO, Florida Power & Light Co.

Sri Sridharan, Director, Cyber Florida

Jason Unger, Attorney, Tallahassee Managing Director, GrayRobinson PA

Melanie Weinstein, Interim Executive Director, Miami-Dade/Broward/West & Central Florida, Israel Bonds

Jonathan Weiss, Director of Strategic Innovation, INSIGHTEC, Inc.

Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce


Charles Adams, Dean, Honors College, University of South Florida

Christina Bonarrigo Villamil, project manager, Full Sail University

Heather Duncan, vice president of Government Affairs, University of North Florida

Brent Edington, Director, Office of Commercialization, Florida State University

Daniel Flynn, Vice President of Research, Florida Atlantic University

Melissa Friedman-Levine, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University

Enrique Ginzburg, Professor of Surgery, University of Miami

Morgan Holmes, Director of Corporate Partnerships, University of South Florida

Max Hooper, Strategic adviser — Business & Financial Modeling, University of Central Florida

Mimi Jankovits, Executive Director, Teach Florida

Jeff Jones, Vice Provost, UCF Connect and UCF Global, University of Central Florida

Sandra Kauanui, Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Florida Gulf Coast University

John Kelly, President, Florida Atlantic University

Brad Levine, Trustee, Florida Atlantic University

Mag Malek (w/Samia Abdel-Malek), Chair, Construction Management, College of Engineering, Computing and Construction, University of North Florida

T. Dwayne McCay, President and CEO, Florida Institute of Technology

David Metcalf, Director, Mixed Emerging Technologies Integration Lab, University of Central Florida

Dan Moon, Associate Provost and Professor of Biology, University of North Florida

Jamie Moon, Associate Lecturer, University of North Florida

Larry Robinson (w/Sharon Robinson), President, Florida A&M University

Lenore Rodicio, Executive vice president and Provost, Miami Dade College

Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University

Jeffrey Senese, President, Saint Leo University

James Sullivan, Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University

Religious Leaders

— Rabbi Howard Needleman, Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El

— Rabbi Schneur Oirechman, Chabad of Tallahassee & FSU

Dvir Weiss, Executive Director, Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El


Matthew Bogdanoff, State Director, Republican Jewish Coalition

Lior Haiat, Consul General, Consulate General of Israel in Miami

Morton Klein, National President, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)

Lisa McClaskey, Director of Political Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in M

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  • VoteDem2020

    May 22, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    An absolutely absurd and useless grandiosity!

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