ALAN GOLDBERG, PRESIDENT & TRUSTEE
As President and Trustee of the Leo Goodwin Foundation, Alan supports the Foundation in the fulfillment of their fiduciary responsibilities by providing overall leadership and management of the services the Foundation provides. He assists in the stewardship of the Foundation’s assets; oversees the development and execution of charitable programs and services to the community; is involved in the strategic planning and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking; and serves as the Foundation’s principal spokesperson to raise the visibility and awareness of the Foundation’s role in the communities that it serves. Alan has a personal involvement with the organizations the Foundation supports and he goes above and beyond to forge those solid relationships.
Alan is an extremely gentle and compassionate individual. He believes strongly that no matter what your own daily challenges are in life, you always have to try to put yourself in the shoes of those people that have real issues – like hunger, poverty, at-risk youth, homelessness, health issues, etc. and he works hard to help make a difference and the world a better place. Alan knows that giving back to your community does so much to help those in need and contributes to the common good. He believes that any good deed can ignite change and positively impact the community by providing a renewed sense of hope.
Alan is the CEO of Diversified Companies, a vertically integrated business founded in 2005 consisting of a real estate development entity and an aviation division. Diversified Realty Development is a full-service real estate firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida whose focus has been developing projects throughout the state of Florida and more than three million square feet of development. The Diversified Aviation division focuses on the development and leasing operations of airport hangars at general aviation locations. Diversified completed construction on the first phase of a 103 hangar and pilot’s lounge project and is currently leasing airport hangar space.
Prior to founding Diversified Companies, Alan was the Founder and President of Goldberg, Young, Goldberg & Borkson, P.A., a private law firm that dealt exclusively with representation of lenders, builders, developers, buyers, and sellers of real estate with a focus on acquisition and development and securing government approvals. His past experience also includes President of Diversified Oil Company, a wholesale distributor of fuel and lubricant products and Founder and President of PSI Group of Companies which focused on commercial real estate development, management and leasing.
Alan is a graduate of the University of Miami with a B.A. in Business Administration. He continued his education earning a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
His memberships and affiliations include Past President of the Board of Directors of the Port Everglades Association, Aviation Task Force, Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, the Florida Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Board member of the American Diabetes Association, and University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association.
ELLIOT BORKSON, VICE PRESIDENT & TRUSTEE
As the Leo Goodwin Foundation’s Vice President and Trustee, Elliot manages the day-to-day activities of the Foundation and is responsible for developing and enforcing policies and objectives to ensure the Foundation maintains its values and meets established goals. In his position, Elliot oversees and maintains the financial budgets for the Foundation, ensuring its financial stability. He is directly involved with the organizations and their leaders and works tirelessly to build and maintain these important relationships. Elliot also works to create public awareness initiatives and makes certain the organization is visible to the community and those interested in the Foundation.
With the belief that one person can make a difference, Elliot has a desire to help people and feels a responsibility to create real social change. He is empathetic, has a generous heart and a strong belief system that brings his giving spirit in line with his hopes for a better world. With his concerns for the homeless, disadvantaged children, mental health issues and so many more, Elliot goes beyond what is expected and is intimately involved with the worthwhile causes he supports. He has been actively involved in a multitude of charitable, civic and philanthropic activities for more than thirty years. His greatest satisfaction lies in solving real problems that exist in the community. As a result of his ongoing commitment, his efforts have made a significant impact in the lives of many South Floridians and the community as a whole. Elliot’s passion, dedication and generous contribution of time, energy and resources are invaluable.
Elliot is a prominent and well-respected tax and estate-planning attorney in Fort Lauderdale. He is currently President and Sole Shareholder of Elliot P. Borkson, P.A. and focuses in the areas of estate planning and administration; business, corporate and partnership planning; and succession planning for businesses. For more than three decades, he has guided many families, including some of the most notable in South Florida, in structuring diverse estate plans and providing for future generations. Prior to establishing his private practice, Elliot was a shareholder and tax attorney with Atlas, Pearlman, Trop & Borkson, P.A., Borkson, Simon, Moskowitz & Mandell, P.A. and Goldberg, Young, Goldberg & Borkson, P.A.
He has published many articles in the Florida Bar Journal, Case and Comment, The Monthly Tax Digest and the Florida Law Review. Elliot is also a CPA and has been involved in a number of successful business ventures. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida with an accounting degree and received a J.D. with honors from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Elliot is a founding member of Broward Partnership for the Homeless (BPHI), has served on the boards of Kids In Distress, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish National Fund, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Children’s Services Council, Broward County Charter Review Commission, and many others.