Siegel to get Humanitarian Award
Todd Siegel, who has made it his mission to create synergies among Jewish community organizations, will be honored with the 2012 Humanitarian Award during the JCC Suncoast’s 29th annual dinner on Wednesday evening, Nov. 14 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
Born in Clearwater in 1958, Siegel’s family was one of the original members of Temple B’nai Israel on Betty Lane in Clearwater, before the temple moved to Belcher Road.
While at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, he discovered the sport of rugby, which eventually earned him a spot on the rugby team that represented the United States at the Maccabiah Games in 1989.
After graduation from college, he began his professional career selling CAT scanners, and later pharmaceuticals, and in 1985 he joined his father, Harold, in a start-up operation that eventually became MTS Medication Technologies, Inc. Todd and his father ultimately grew MTS into a dominant force in the long-term care pharmacy market. After the death of his father in 1992, Todd became chairman and CEO at MTS, and continued to operate the business until last spring, when it was sold to Omnicell, Inc. of Mountainview, CA.
Siegel has focused his energies in the Jewish community over the years on his temple, Menorah Manor and the Jewish Community Center.
In 2005 Siegel served on the Menorah Manor Foundation Board as an executive committee member. In 2006, he joined the Temple B’nai Israel board of directors, becoming a part of the executive board that managed a clergy transition while also developing and implementing a strategic plan for the temple’s future.
He was elected president of the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center in 2007, and in January 2009 he successfully oversaw the combining of the north county center with the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County, which operated in the southern part of the county.
With that consolidation, a new organization was established that could effectively connect the entire Pinellas County Jewish community and the JCCs’ membership. Siegel considers this strategic merger as the most meaningful philanthropic action that he has participated in over the years.
His role in the negotiated sale of the Golda Meir/ Kent Jewish Center property in Clearwater to Menorah Manor helped pave the way for the construction of Inn on the Pond.
With this act, hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt owed by the Golda Meir/Kent Center were erased, paving the way for a full merger with JCC of Pinellas County. The new entity was ultimately rebranded as the JCC Suncoast.
Most recently, Siegel has spearheaded the location of the new Ben Gamla Hebrew Charter School to the Temple B’nai Israel campus, as well as the sale of the temple’s Early Childhood Centers to the JCC.
Todd and Sheila, his wife of more than 25 years, have also shown a strong commitment to the community by providing college scholarships for 10 children through Pinellas County’s Doorways program. Shelia mentored two of these children through their school years. The Siegels have two children: Eric, 24, and Jordan, 21.
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Tickets for the Humanitarian Award dinner are $180. To RSVP and for sponsorship information, contact Ellen Katzman, JCC executive director, at (727) 321- 6100 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.