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Office: (561) 278-4548
Mobile: (561) 702-3389
Fax: (561) 265-3582
Email: dhillman@highlandbeach.us

Mayor Douglas Hillman was elected to the office of Mayor-Commissioner in March of 2020.

Mr. Hillman's professional career has included the management of some of the America's best known men's, women's and children's apparel, accessory and footwear brands, including London Fog, Levi's, Dockers, Burlington Hosiery, Keds, Pro-Keds and Sperry Topsiders.

Mr. Hillman was one of three senior executives to successfully acquire the London Fog Corporation. As President he enjoyed the responsibility of managing and growing this business fourfold to a highly profitable, semi-public company with an international retail presence of over $1 Billion and 4,500 employees. Extensive management background coupled with his unique experiences and accomplishments enables him to provide assistance to a multitude of enterprises seeking growth and success in the global marketplace. In addition to the above, Mr. Hillman also served as a business advisor to the Governor of Maryland and consultant to the Baltimore Police Department.

As a Professor at both Johns Hopkins University and American University, Mr. Hillman taught advanced marketing courses at the graduate degree level and served as an advisor for curriculum development in addition to facilitating area business involvement. He also served as a Board member for Management Search and Selection at Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Hillman has served on several non-profit and Corporate Boards and is currently President of both Dalton Place Condominium and Boca Highland Beach Club and Marina.

Term: March 24, 2020 to March 2023


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Office: (561) 278-4548
Mobile: (561) 702-2650
Fax: (561) 265-3582
Email: gbabij@highlandbeach.us

Vice-Mayor Greg Babij  was elected to the office of Vice Mayor-Commissioner in  March of 2020.

Greg and his family have lived in Highland Beach since 2007.

Raised on the east end of Long Island, Greg graduated Bucknell University with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering in 1995, and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001. Since 1995, he has held a variety of positions within the financial services industry in both New York City and in south Florida, and is currently the CEO of an alternative asset management firm.

Greg has served Highland Beach in various capacities including the Chairman of the Financial Advisory Board, the Chairman of the Police Foundation, and as a member of the St. Lucy Church Finance Council. His personal interests include martial arts, where he has been awarded a black belt in 2 different styles, saltwater fishing, and tennis.

Term: March 24, 2020 to March 2021


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Office: (561) 278-4548
Mobile: (561) 702-8599
Fax: (561) 265-3582
Email: pseidman@highlandbeach.us

Commissioner Gossett-Seidman was elected to the office of Commissioner in March of 2018.

She and her husband Barry have been residents of Highland Beach since 1991. They have three children: Tyler, Austin and Dallas; and they are currently attending college.

Commissioner Gosett-Seidman was born on a U.S. Air Force Base and raised in Michigan. She attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, studying Writing, Journalism and History while working as a State News reporter. After graduation, she became the first woman sportswriter for The Palm Beach Post, covering tennis, auto racing, baseball and football.

She then worked as a Professional Journalist, Writer and Media Director for many companies including the Women’s Tennis Association Pro Tour in 18 countries, Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre and TV series, Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity, local schools, businesses and charitable events. At the National and State levels, Peggy worked with Points of Light, Florida’s Ounce of Prevention Fund, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and March of Dimes, among others. She has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and other news affiliations. Her byline stories and media releases earned many honors and were published widely throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

She is certified as a Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor, in scuba diving and parachuting. She has advocated for community improvement for many years, is a member of St. Lucy Council of Catholic Women, and Secretary of Bel Lido Property Owners’ Board. She holds strong beliefs that solid communication skills and the inherent goodness of all people are vital to society at all levels.

Term: March 13, 2018 to March 9, 2021


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Office: (561) 278-4548
Mobile: (561) 414-6109
Fax: (561) 265-3582
Email: edavid@highlandbeach.us

 

 

Commissioner David was elected to the office of Commissioner in March of 2019.

She graduated from New York University with a BS degree and went on to earn a Law Degree from Seton Hall Law School graduating Cum laude. She then decided to pursue her interest in financial planning and to specialize in taxation earning her Master of Law Degree at New York University Law School. Commissioner David's specialty is in Trust and Estate Planning and her professional career was in the Banking and Legal Industries.

Prior to her retirement and moving to Highland Beach in 2008, she enjoyed a successful private practice assisting families with their estate, trust and tax plans. After coming to Highland Beach, she was fortunate to become a member of the Braemer Isle Board of Directors where she continues to serve for more than 8 years.

Her and her husband are fortunate to have two wonderful children, Matthew who is here in South Florida and Alyssa in New York. Her personal interests include but are not limited: baking, wine education, exploring new challenges and lending a helping hand.

Term: March 12, 2019 Ending March 8, 2022


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Office: (561) 278-4548
Mobile: (561) 859-2686
Fax: (561) 265-3582
Email: jshoemaker@highlandbeach.us 

Commissioner John Shoemaker was elected to the office of Commissioner in March of 2020.

John and his wife Paula have lived in Highland Beach since 2006. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Their son, Eric, lives in the Boston area and their daughter, Lisa, in the Miami area.

John graduated with a BBS in Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before enlisting in the Army. He completed infantry training, graduated from Airborne School and Officer Candidate School before going to advanced jungle training in the Panama Canal Zone. Lieutenant Shoemaker went to Vietnam and became a combat Platoon Leader and Company Commander in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade of the “Americal” Division in Chu Lai. He was awarded 3 Bronze Stars, 2 for Valor, the Air Medal, 2 Army Commendation medals, one for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Returning from Vietnam, he was in the Army Reserve, completed his MBA from Suffolk University in Boston and worked for Xerox Corporation as a sales and marketing executive. After 12 years, John went on to become a senior executive at VP/EVP levels in several high technology companies, including BBN Cambridge, Symbol Technologies and Transcore, Inc. Much of his career included sales, marketing, customer service and engineering support for such technologies as advanced manufacturing and robotics, computer software applications, data collection and solutions, bar coding and radio frequency identification (RFID).  John has been a technology evangelist, consultant, and speaker at events around the world.

John’s hobby is writing and has had hundreds of articles published in newspapers and magazines covering a wide range of topics. He is an avid mountain hiker and environmentalist. John also is a Director on the Board of the Highland Beach Club condominium community.

Term: March 24, 2020 to March 2023