Johnny’s Manager Earns a Seat on Budget Advisory Board

On Tuesday, December 7, the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission unanimously voted to affirm Mayor Jack Seiler’s nomination of AJ Cross to the Fort Lauderdale Budget Advisory Board. Cross has been an integral part of the South Florida community for over a decade and his appointment is a testament to his outstanding business acumen and philanthropic spirit which he has demonstrated in recent years.

Cross was quick to comment on his new position. "I am pleased and proud of this, my first step into public service and I intend to represent the City of Fort Lauderdale, our community and myself with great care and integrity. I am grateful for Mayor Seiler's confidence in me and I will not let him or anyone else down."

Mark Dickerman, a friend and colleague is credited for sparking Cross’s interest in politics. “He introduced me to City Governance and personally recommended me to Mayor Seiler.”

Johnny’s Fort Lauderdale owner Sean David is proud of the accomplishment. “AJ joined my team a little over two years ago and it has been a dream team operation ever since, balancing creativity, drive and ambition to elevate Johnny’s to its current level of success,” he states.

“This is not only great news for AJ, but for the entire LGBT community, as there will be another openly gay person involved in Fort Lauderdale City Governance.” David is confident that Cross will take on this vital role with great care and humility and represent the community in the best way possible.

“I wanted to become involved so that I could contribute in a way that would introduce me to the budgetary system of local government,” states Cross. “I plan on bringing my directness, curiosity, many years of business ownership and operations experience to this role, but I really want to learn from the many experienced Board Members currently serving.”