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Gary Vaynerchuk to be keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s STEAM Luncheon April 16

One of the leading global minds on innovation and technology Gary Vaynerchuk or “GaryVee” as he is known will be the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s Yvonne S. Boice STEAM Luncheon presented by Bank of America from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach.

Other sponsors of the event are the Palm Beach Post as the media sponsor and the South Florida Tech Hub as marketing sponsor.

The annual luncheon will honor the philanthropic legacy of the College’s late friend, STEAM chair and respected pillar in the community Yvonne S. Boice, who passed away last year.

After a three-year hiatus from 2021-23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the signature event aims to increase scholarships, business partnerships and internship opportunities to support students pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields.

The keynote speaker GaryVee is a serial entrepreneur and the Chairman of VaynerX, the CEO of VaynerMedia, and the Creator & CEO of VeeFriends.

Through VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency, he helps Fortune 1000 brands leverage consumer attention. VaynerMedia is part of the VaynerX holding company, including Eva Nosidam Productions, Vayner3, Gallery Media Group, The Sasha Group, VaynerSpeakers, and VaynerCommerce.

GaryVee is also the co-founder of VaynerSports, Resy and Empathy Wines. He guided both Resy and Empathy to successful exits – which were sold respectively to American Express and Constellation Brands.

He is also a board member at Candy Digital, co-founder of VCR Group, co-founder of ArtOfficial, and co-founder of VaynerWATT. In addition, Vee was recently named to the Fortune list of the Top 50 Influential people in the NFT industry.

“GaryVee is a globally respected and admired leader and one of the most forward thinkers in business,” said PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “His participation in our STEAM Luncheon will help amplify our initiatives to educate our students in critical STEAM fields and support the STEAM employers in our area.”

GaryVee also documents his life daily as a CEO through his social media channels, which have more than 44 million followers and garnish over 173 million monthly impressions/views across all platforms.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Vaynerchuk as his expertise with today’s cutting-edge technologies and passion for entrepreneurship complements Palm Beach State’s advancements in these areas,” said David Rutherford, vice president of Institutional Advancement and CEO of the Foundation for PBSC. “As the College has become a leader in innovation and educational technology, it is very fitting to have a pioneer of his magnitude to reignite Palm Beach State’s signature event.”

Individual tickets are $300 and are on sale now. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To purchase tickets and learn more about GaryVee and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/foundation/steam.

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