Five questions with Kelly Smallridge

Q&A with Kelly Smallridge

What has been your proudest achievement or moment?  

The proudest achievement was taking the lead role in landing the Max Planck Florida Institute from Germany to Palm Beach County and flawlessly coordinating public and private officials in this transformational project.  Coming off of the controversy of the Scripps project, it was unfathomable to think that another large life science company could land successfully in Palm Beach County.  However, we live and learn, and Scripps was a great learning experience. This was a big win for the county. 

How would you describe your leadership style?

My leadership style is definitely transformational  because I expect the best from everyone on the BDB team, inspire them to reach the corporate goals and understand that there are many ways to get to the bottom line.  This has led to the  highest level of productivity within the organization.  I continue to be involved in the day to day details of the BDB but always have my eyes on meeting year end results.

What do you think is Palm Beach County's best asset?

Palm Beach County's greatest asset is that it is the greatest place to live and raise a family.

What do you think is Palm Beach County's toughest challenge?

The toughest challenge for our county will be striking a balance between the outstanding quality of life and the demands of a growing population. 

What advice/tip would you give today's entrepreneur?

Listen to what your customers are telling you and turn your company inside out.  Many companies are too insular.  You need to get all of your input from the outside and have that inform your company and product direction.   

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