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New Leadership Team in Place at HSELC

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Thomas (Tom) Weber, CEO of Hobe Sound Early Learning

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Patricia (Patty) Phillips, Executive Assistant to Thomas (Tom) Weber

New Leadership Team in Place at HSELC

By Jackie Holfelder

Hobe Sound Early Learning Center (HSELC), which has been a vital part of the community since 1965, has announced the members of a new leadership team that will direct the expansion of the school’s educational program.

Thomas (Tom) Weber, CEO, has had a connection and love for Martin County since he graduated from Florida Institute of Technology (located where Mansion at Tuckahoe now stands) with a degree in electronics in 1979.

He also holds a degree in finance from Texas State.

Weber held executive positions in banking and commercial real estate before starting his own businesses in investments and technology.

He’s a long-time member of nonprofit boards, especially those benefitting children and families.  He has chaired both the Education Foundation and Children Services Council of Palm Beach County.

Weber says, “This is a cumulation of a dream come true. I’m able to focus 100-percent of my time overseeing the growth, learning and success of children in Hobe Sound and Martin County.  Every day I get to come in to see my 150 new clients. all of whom are about 3 feet tall.  I enjoy seeing their activity and growth and the passion of their teachers.”

Weber’s broad business experience will lead the HSELC into the next era and Center Director Mary King will dedicate her talents to faculty and program needs. 

Patricia (Patty) Phillips is Executive Assistant to Weber and brings a great personal attachment to HSELC: her two grown children – now aged 28 and 30 - both were students at the Center.

Phillips attended Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale and has lived in Hobe Sound and Martin County for 36 years. 

With more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, she most recently has been employed in the nonprofit world, working to provide a positive impact in the community and improve the lives of others.

Previously, Phillips served as a Board Member of HSELC for several years.

Weber and Phillips will head up Phase 2 of the Center’s expansion to increase enrollment capacity to 200, provide infant care, and accelerate programs, with the support of the staff and by board members Rob Kloska, president, Phillip B. Rooney, vice-president, Ann Mehling, treasurer-VP Finance, Erin Smith, secretary and Steve Bartram, Dr. Ken Botsford, John Boyer, Susan Bubla, Philip Franke, Nick Matsoukis, Vincent Miller, Helen Pardoe, Jaime Schwartz and Natalie Whelan

For information about Hobe Sound Early Learning Center, visit


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