Childhood & Education
Commissioner Elliot Sokolow was born in New York City, grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University.
He was employed in the Marketing Department of the Air Conditioning Division of American Standard, Inc., in New York from 1962 to 1968, in a variety of positions, becoming Eastern Regional Manager in 1967. In 1968 he left American Standard to become the controller of Florida Heat & Power, a mechanical contractor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two years at Florida Heat & Power, in May 1970, he started his own contracting company, Florida Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Florida Heating & Air Conditioning
By 1996, Florida Heating & Air Conditioning had become the largest residential air conditioning contractor in South Florida, and one of the two or three largest in the state, with annual revenues of $18 million. In May 1996 Florida Heating signed a merger agreement with American Residential Services, Inc., (ARS) as one of its founding companies. Elliot was employed as Senior Vice President and Director of Residential Operations for ARS, heading a Division with over 4,000 employees and operating in 56 cities in 17 states and with annual revenues of $500 million.
He also served on the Board of Directors of ARS. In May 1999 ARS was acquired by ServiceMaster and Elliot chose to retire to pursue other interests in real estate, other investments and in consulting to the HVAC industry.
In September, 2000 he became CEO of Commerciant Holdings, Inc. in Houston, Texas, a start-up in the wireless remote payments processing industry. He retired from that position in August, 2002. Since that time he has become an investor in a number of real estate projects and several marine businesses.
In 2006, Elliot reacquired the assets of his former South Florida company and rebranded it as Engineered Air, LLC. He is still serving as the Managing Member of that Company.
Board & Association Appointments
Elliot has been actively involved in industry activities, having served as president of the South Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association. He served as vice president of the Florida State Air Conditioning Contractors Association and was elected twice as National President of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America in 1992 and 1993. He also served as vice president of the South Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. From 1980 to 1992 he was a member of the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, the agency overseeing the building code in Broward County, Florida, and served as Chairman of that Board in 1991.
From 1990 to 1992 he was also a member of the Palm Beach County Code Advisory Board. In 2000 he was elected to the City Council of The Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Florida and became Mayor in 2002. He was reelected as Mayor in 2004, and 2006. He was term limited as Mayor in 2008 and was elected to the City Council until moving to Lauderdale-By-The Sea in 2011. He also served as Finance Director of Sea Ranch Lakes from 2001 to March 2011.
While serving as Mayor of Sea Ranch Lakes, he was appointed to the Broward County Planning Council where he served from 2003 through 2007. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Broward County League of Cities for 8 years and was a member of the Hillsboro Inlet Commission from 2004 to 2011. He was elected to the Town Commission in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
He and his wife Enyd have been married for more than 50 years and have one daughter and a grandson. The Sokolow’s have lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for more than 45 years.