YP Spotlight: Nicole Poundstone
Before returning to her hometown of Jupiter, Nicole graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Sports Management. She had many opportunities to gain experience in the sports industry through the successful athletic programs on campus. This also came with some awesome perks like meeting the ESPN College GameDay personalities on stage and being on the field for the Gator’s 2008 National Championship win! She also spent time interning for both the Washington Mystics WNBA team and the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) NBA team. What Nicole enjoys most about sports is its ability to bring the community together.
Fittingly, she found the start to her career at the Els for Autism Foundation which was founded by professional golfer, Ernie Els. When Nicole joined the Foundation, The Els Center of Excellence was a dream and it has since become a 26-acre campus and a world-class facility in Jupiter serving individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder. Over the past 9 years, Nicole has been an integral part of the fundraising team- planning countless fundraisers that have spanned across the United States and Canada, spreading autism awareness, and seeking donations to fund programs ranging from early intervention to job training for adults. She admires the Els family for beginning this journey as well as the staff for going above and beyond to provide the best opportunities for clients. Going into her 10th year with the foundation she now serves as the Development Manager where she continues fundraising to expand the Foundation’s campus.
To build her ties to the Palm Beach North community, Nicole joined YP in 2019. Her involvement in YP has expanded her local connections and encouraged her to be more involved with the Chamber as well as pursue other professional development opportunities. She has really enjoyed learning how other YPs have grown their careers and gotten involved in our community. Outside of the office, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and local family members! She said there is not much time for personal hobbies with two toddlers (one and three years old) but they are always keeping busy and can usually be found at the zoo, playground, splash pad, or pool.
Els for Autism Foundation