Your Men’s Club’s Man of the Year & Youth of the Year
The Florida Region Keeper of the Flame Man of the Year Award is the highest recognition a Club can give to one of its members. It is usually given to individuals who have worked on behalf of the club or region for many years. Leadership, Innovation and Community are considered.
The Florida Region also makes available the Youth of the Year Award with a Youth Medallion awarded by each club. This award is given to a youth recommended by a club’s rabbis or school administrators.
Congrats to our 2018-19 Honorees! You deserve all the kavod!
- Beth Torah, North Miami Beach – Marshall Baltuch
- Beth Torah, North Miami Beach – – YOY
- B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton – Michael Berezin
- B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton- – YOY
- Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach – Rabbi Hy Fishman z”l
- Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach – – YOY
- Temple Beth Sholom, Melbourne – Bill Troner
- Temple Torat Emet, Boynton Beach – Ira Brandell
- Temple Torat Emet, Boynton Beach – – YOY
Their awards will be presented at the 2018 Keeper of the Flame banquets.
The Southeast Florida MOY – YOY Celebration is Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Temple Beth El, West Palm Beach. 2815 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
*South Florida honoring procedures – Click here
Bill Troner is a Florida native having spent most of his early years in Tampa. He attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with High Honors in 1980. After graduation, he worked for the General Electric Co. as a Product Tester Support Engineer from 1980‐1982. Bill then returned to UF to attend law school, graduating with his Juris Doctorate with Honors in 1984.
After law school, Bill joined the Washington D.C. branch of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg in 1984, filing and prosecuting patents for worldwide clients. Bill then joined the legal department at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida in 1986 as in-house patent counsel. Bill progressed through the ranks at Harris within the Intellectual Property division, to Senior Licensing Counsel for both the Semiconductor and Communications Sectors. In 1992 Bill helped start the first ever patent licensing program at Harris. Bill left Harris Corporation in 1995 with a colleague to form the patent licensing company, Andre‐Troner LC. They represent primarily large entities including Harris, Kodak, Stanford University and Cypress Semiconductor and have raised over a billion dollars in revenue for their clients. Bill is a member of both the Florida Bar and the Patent Bar as well as the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Bill and Lisa have been married for 28 years. Their son David is currently working as an Aerospace Engineer in the Advanced Concepts group of the Boeing Company in Long Beach, CA.
Bill has been a member of Temple Beth Sholom for over 32 years and has served on their Executive Board in various capacities over the last ten years. He has also been a member of the Temple’s Men’s Club for 32 years.
We celebrate Michael as a Men’s Club activist, a builder of our Club, a stalwart “can do” guy, a proud supporter of our dynamic programming, a creator and coordinating leader of our “BIMAH SITTING” Committee for the past five years, and a good friend to all. Michael’s credo is “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Michael and Paula have been members of B’nai Torah Congregation since 2009 and during that time, Michael served on the B’nai Torah Board of Trustees. They are the parents of three children and have 7 grandchildren. Michael graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation, he joined the U. S. Army and served as a medic.
Michael was manager of his family’s two supermarkets in Chicago. In 1976, he became president of the company and expanded to a 3rd location by purchasing another supermarket. Michael served the supermarket industry as the president of the Illinois Food Retailers Association (IFRA), which represented 275 independent supermarkets. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Certified Grocers, Midwest, which sold close to one billion dollars of merchandise a year to over 300 supermarkets in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Michael and Paula’s son Stephen managed the supermarkets, and in January of 1993, Michael went to work at Equitable Life Insurance, now called AXA. He became a Charter Life Underwriter (CLU), a Charter Financial Consultant (CFU), and a Retirement Planning Specialist (RPS). Michael worked for AXA for thirteen years.
As a family member and/or a friend of Michael, our BTC Men’s Club invites you to honor him by participating in our awards dinner and placing an advertisement 2019 Men’s Club Florida Region fundraising ad journal. We would like to honor Michael and his commitment to B’nai Torah Congregation, and our Men’s Club.