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Upon graduating from Cornell University in 1980, Kathy Leone began a career in the hotel resort industry. In 1985 she moved to Florida from Chicago to join The Breakers Palm Beach as Director of Incentive Sales. In 1988, she joined the Boca Raton Resort & Club as Vice President of Sales, where she worked until 1994 when she retired to raise a family. She is the proud mother of four sons with her husband, Paul, who is CEO of Flagler System, Inc. and The Breakers. Kathy has been actively involved in our community for over 30 years and her current interests include the YMCA, Alliance for Eating Disorders, St. Juliana Education Youth Ministry and, most especially, advocating for reform of the Foster Care System in Palm Beach County and the State of Florida.
Mr. Leone serves as Chief Executive Officer of the 121-year old privately-held Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. and its parent company, Flagler System, Inc. Among its businesses and real estate holdings, the company owns and operates The Breakers, a 140-acre, 538-room resort located in Palm Beach, Florida. The Breakers is the only large, historic luxury resort in the country still in the hands of its original owners, and the longest continuously operating business in Florida. Leone was exposed to the hospitality industry at a young age, working in his family’s motels and restaurants. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Kentucky, and became a licensed CPA. He practiced public accounting for four years with the Big Eight accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand. In 1985 he joined The Breakers as Hotel Controller, and rose to the position of President in 1994, at age 36. In 2016, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, the first non-family member in the history of the company to hold that post. Leone is actively involved and widely recognized for his work with numerous civic and professional organizations. He was recently honored with the World Leaders Group Servant Leadership Award and HOTELS Magazine Independent Hotelier of the World. He and his wife Kathy have four sons.