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Real Men Wear Pink of South Palm Beach


Welcome to Jon Kaye’s page

About Me

A Native New Yorker born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island and Queens, I have lived in South Florida for 26 years and am married to my best friend Bonnie Kaye with whom this year we celebrate our 20/30; 20 years in business together and 30 years of marriage, parenting and exploring life’s adventures. I’m a proud dad of two sons Matthew, age 24 and Mike, age 28 who gave us a wonderful daughter when he married Ariel, age 28, last year. Our family is complete with three wonderful rescue pups, Bichon Poo Shana, Ridgeback/Lab mix Joyce and a very feisty and incredulous “alpha male” Jack Russell granddog Yorick.

Bonnie and I are passionate about being ‘good deed doers’, mostly championing causes that rally for ‘understanding and acceptance’ and ‘building a healthy community’. These include helping to raise the volume to break the ‘deafening’ silence on mental illness, using the lessons learned from Holocaust to halt bullying or bigotry of any kind, annually embracing and supporting the incoming students to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, advocating for animal rescue and health and wellness initiatives for the community. Demonstrating ‘Service Above Self’ I am proud to be a charter member, immediate past president of Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton (2015 District 6930 Club of the Year) and co-chair of the Club’s inaugural and second annual Boca Raton Mayors Balls, with proceeds benefiting the health and wellness needs of Boca nonprofits. I am pleased to have had the privilege of serving as a founding member of the dean’s advisory board of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University for three years, and with Bonnie created and co-chaired White Coats-4-Care ‘fan and fund’ raising receptions we host annually to welcome and ‘dress and equip’ the incoming.

One of my proudest moments: When Bonnie and I were presented the coveted 2013 Florida Atlantic University Trustees Appreciation Award for our full embrace of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine “in the most meaningful of ways, using their influence as opinion leaders to rally support for it in the community.”

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Kaye Communications, Inc.

I serve as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Kaye Communications, Inc. (KCOM), an award-winning Boca Raton, FL-based, full-service Seriously Strategic integrated marketing and public relations firm now celebrating our 20th year in business and community. Specializing in brand development and activation/campaigns, revitalization, transformation, refreshment, rescue (crisis communications), community engagement, media relations and digital storytelling, we have been tapped to represent a diverse array of respected brands regionally and nationally. These have included the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Downtown Boca Raton/City of Boca Raton, ESPN’s Boca Raton Bowl, PGA Champions Tour’s season opener Allianz Championship, The Park at Broken Sound, Waterstone Resort & Marina, Broken Sound Club, Royal Palm Place (transformation from Royal Palm Plaza-The Pink Plaza)), Promise Healthcare, Sklar Furnishings, Capitol Lighting, Town Center of Boca Raton, Cartier, California Pizza Kitchens (for the state of Florida) and Boston Market (25th anniversary brand re-invention).

Bringing more than 40 years of experience in diversified hospitality industry marketing, sales, public relations counsel and communications plan implementation to Kaye Communications, Inc., I oversee the firm’s operations, manage its marketing services, lead new business development and spearhead community engagement initiatives.

Under my leadership with partner (and wife) Bonnie S. Kaye, Kaye Communications has been recognized by the Gold Coast Public Relations Council with several awards, including the 2013 PR STAR Award for overall excellence and leadership, 2013 Bernays Award for the firm’s communications strategy and community and media relations support for communitywide “Our Legend, Her Legacy” celebration in tribute to Countess de Hoernle in commemoration of her 100th birthday. Most recently, the firm received 2016 Bernays Award for the firm creation and implementation Inaugural “Doggie Dine-Out and Paws Fest” fan and fundraising event.” In 2013, Jon was nominated as a 2013 “Man With A Caring Heart” by the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, and again in 2016 for the creation and successful chairmanship of the Inaugural Boca Raton Mayors Ball having previously won the overall title in 2005. The Boca Raton Mayors Ball was recognized by the Gold Coast Public Relations Council Bernays Award for Best special event 2016. Kaye served as President of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton 2015-16 and currently serves as the club’s Fund Board President and Co-Chair for the 2nd Annual Boca Raton Mayor Ball.

As an active “community connecteur” — both in New York and Florida — Kaye has been a “hands on” member and supporter of several business, civic, and charitable organizations including the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce (trustee), Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities, Boca Raton Historical Society, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Boy Scouts of America, The Rotary of Boca Raton, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). He was a major initiating force in the team development of the highly successful CFF “Leading Men of Palm Beach County” fundraising gala, and in 2002 became an honoree himself.

Immediately prior to joining Kaye Communications, Inc., Kaye served as Director of Club Marketing and Sales for the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Premier Club following his tenure as the Resort’s National Sales Manager for Group Sales and Director of Sales & Marketing for RockResorts. A seasoned local, regional, national and global tourism specialist, Kaye has held marketing and sales management positions with Loews Hotels, Renaissance Hotels International, RockResorts, Inc. (the pre-opening and launch of The Lodge of Koele and the Manele Bay Hotel in Lanai, HI), Regent International Hotels [including Kapalua Bay (Maui), Halekulani (Honolulu), Cerromar Beach and Dorado Beach (Puerto Rico)], Pratt Hotel Corporation (the pre-opening and launch of Hotel Maxim’s, New York City-aka The Peninsula), Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (including the pre-opening and launch of Wyndham Virgin Grand Beach/St. Thomas, The Reach/Key West, Wyndham/SeaWorld in Orlando, and Royal Bahamian/Nassau), and the $55 million transformation of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa (formerly the Aruba Caribbean, the island’s first hotel). Kaye Communications was again retained by the new management team of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa in January 2011 as the public relations firm of record.

Why I am Involved
Two of my maternal aunts were breast cancer survivors as well as my half sister. Bonnie and I have both lost childhood friends to this dreaded disease who fought valiantly, yet alluded permanent remission, while others we love and cherish are survivors or living under a threatening cloud of family history predisposition.

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

I want to be part of the solution— so that I‘ll see a cure and or substantial preventive therapy in my lifetime. I am wearing pink to celebrate the courage of our ‘dearest’ cancer warriors and survivors; Laurel Borowick, Howie Borowick, Jon Henning, Sally Davis, Maxine Hakimi, Carole Samet, Tracey Stein, Eleanor Forgacs, Jill Wishney, Cindy Welsh Colangelo, Roxanna J Trinka, Robin Atkins Smollar, Pam Higer Polani and those who are privately battling or survived this disease.

My Progress

$570 raised|$2,500 goal

23%

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Thank you to my supporters!

Beth Johnston
$35
Bonnie S. Kaye
$100
Dr. Allen Konis
$50
HARVEY S WACHMAN
$100
Ingrid Fulmer
$100
Lisa Vander ploeg
Mike & Ariel Kaye
Paula Yeager

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