MEET YOUR Town Commission
ALAN FIERS - MAYOR
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I have resided full time in Town since 2004 and have owned property in Town since 1983. The Fiers family moved to West Palm Beach in 1912. My father graduated from old Palm Beach high school and returned to Palm Beach Shores in 1970, after living and working in the Northland for fifty years. My grandfather was Mayor of Lake Park in the mid-1940s. Family members have owned property in Town continuously since 1950. I served four years on the Town Planning and Zoning Board and six years on the Town Commission, from 2008 to 2014.
I was born in Newark, Ohio in 1939, attended The Ohio State University and played football under coach Woody Hayes. After graduation in 1961, Woody asked me to stay on as an assistant coach. I began working full time while still a student; I also married my wife of 49 years while still in school. Many Town Residents will remember Hazel. She passed away in 2008 and her memorial service was held at the family home at 236 Inlet Way.
I served three years on active duty with the Marine Corps, as an infantry platoon commander, company executive officer, and Company Commander. I was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in connection with action in the Dominican Republic and was promoted to Lt. Col. in the Marine reserve prior to resigning.
Upon discharge, I attended graduate school at Indiana University where I earned an MS in Education. Instead of coaching, I entered on duty with the CIA was trained and served for 22 years as a Clandestine Services Operations officer, with tours of duty in Turkey, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. From 1984 to 88 I served as Chief of the Central America Task Force. During my Agency career, I was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, a Meritorious Officer award and the Distinguished Officer Wards.
After retiring from the Agency, I worked with W.R. Grace as Director of Government Relations, 3 years and President/General Mangers of a machinery-manufacturing unit of Grace. I retired to Palm Beach Shores in 2003. I am currently married to Grazyna.
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1976 St. Francis of Assisi-Riviera Bch.
1980 Cardinal Newman High School-WPB
1988 University of Florida, Microbiology
1992 Medical University of South Carolina - D.M.D. in Dental School.
1993 Univ. of FL - Research Fellowship in Orthodontics
1995 - Medical College of Georgia- Residency in Orthodontics.
Professional skateboarder 1976-1980. Professional surfer 1980-1994.
1984-1987 full-time World Surf League tour competitor with highest active ranking achieved - 12th in the world. Has experience surfing in South Africa, Israel, France, Spain, England, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Maldives, California, entire US East Coast, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Barbados, Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.
1987 & 1988- East Coast Surfing Championships - 1st place Open Pro division-Champion.
2003 - Inducted in the Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame
2010 - Inducted in the East Coast Surfing Hall of fame
Served PBS as a past member of the P & Z board and as a past commissioner.
Past Board Chairman and present Board Member - Palm Beach County Surfing History Project, this non-profit manages the Florida Surfing Museum. Have been involved since 2010.
Past Board Chairman and present Board Member - YMCA of the Palm Beaches. Have been involved since 1998.
Presently an Orthodontist in West Palm Beach, Florida since 1995 and started with mentor and father Dr. John "Chummer" McCranels and present office manager, Joann McCranels.
TRACY LARCHER - COMMISSIONER
After visiting many times, Tracy and Dawn permanently relocated to Palm Beach Shores in 2017. Tracy is a retired U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with twenty-six years of military service. Over the course of his career, he served in multiple roles, including procurement, supply chain management, and budget execution.
Following his Navy career, Tracy worked in industry as a supply chain professional in distribution and third-party logistics. From 2017 to 2019, he owned and operated Cabana Beach Service, with multiple Palm Beach Shores and Riviera Beach locations. His past civic involvement includes member of the Palm Beach Shores Planning & Zoning Board and Vice Chairman of the Revenue Committee. He is currently a member of the Property Owners Association Board of Directors.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida and is a graduate of Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program.
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Brian and Kathy fell in love with the charm of Palm Beach Shores and purchased a home in 2013.
Brian is currently an investor in Technology, Media and Real Estate businesses. He has managed companies ranging from startup enterprises to large companies for over 30 years. Brian was previously president and a principal investor in Art Miami, LLC that was sold to Informa PLC in 2019. He spent ten years at the Thomson Corporation, now Thomson Reuters, and served as an EVP and CFO of several business segments. Brian has a B.S. in Accounting from Le Moyne College and spent ten years as a CPA working in the New York City region with Grant Thornton.
Over the next 30 years Brian plans to spend his time kitesurfing, golfing, skiing, riding with Kathy and enjoying the Best Little Town while also volunteering his time.
JANET L. KORTENHAUS - COMMISSIONER - Send Janet an email
April 5, 2021 Reorganization Swearing in Ceremony - Janet Kortenhaus-Salmon - Commissioner
April 5, 2021 Reorganization Swearing in Ceremony - Brian Tyler - Commissioner