Most recently Kigel served as president and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, the Chamber, comprised of more than 800 members from the business, education, cultural and government sectors, took on key strategic initiatives and programs contributing to improved economic prosperity in the region. Kigel’s notable achievements included leading the Smart and Connected Region strategic plan and rebranding the Northern Palm Beach County Region to Palm Beach North: Florida’s Prosperity CoastTM.
At HNTB, Kigel is responsible for assisting transportation agencies, cities and regions in developing smart and connected infrastructure solutions. Kigel joins HNTB colleagues who represent the firm in industry and business organizations including ITS America, ITS World Congress Board of Directors, Florida Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Beth’s 360-degree view of infrastructure, mobility, economic development and quality of life gives her a unique perspective that will help our clients solve their most pressing infrastructure and mobility challenges,” said Jim Barbaresso, HNTB senior vice president, Fellow and market sector leader for ITS and Emerging Mobility Solutions. “She is a highly accomplished professional who understands the tremendous opportunities technology will bring to developing smart and connected cities and transportation systems.”
Kigel is active on numerous organizations including: World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems Board of Directors; Freight Mobility Research Institute Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University; Chair of the Infrastructure Coalition Mobility Committee for the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Florida Board of Directors (chair 2017-2018); and co-chair of Leadership Florida’s U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial debates since 2012. Kigel served on the Florida Transportation Commission, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, from 2012-2019.
She received the 2018 Leadership and Innovation Award, presented at the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit. Kigel also is a published author in the Florida Engineering Society Journal, contributing an article, “Florida’s Global Competitiveness: Where do Autonomous Vehicles Fit In?” in 2017.
Kigel earned a Master of Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Central Florida-Orlando, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida-Gainesville.
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