Week of May 16
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
North Florida Land Trust has named Megan Porter as its chief operating officer. Porter will oversee all operational and administrative functions, systems and processes including human resources and information technology. Porter earned her master's in business administration from the University of North Florida and her bachelor's in accounting from Auburn University.
Alicia J. Lewis has joined Shumaker's Sarasota office as a Senior Attorney in the Real Estate and Development Service Line. Alicia focuses her law practice on land use, zoning, government procurement, public private partnerships, affordable housing, environmental law, entitlement due diligence, community outreach, and municipal government law.
Ashley S. Hodson has joined Shumaker's Sarasota office as a Partner in the Wealth Strategies Service Line. Ashley focuses her practice on complex estate planning, trust and estate administration, and federal income, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning.
Stonehill is pleased to announce the hiring of Alex Pierstorff. At Stonehill, Alex will work with clients to design processes, develop KPIs, and manage transformation projects. Prior to joining Stonehill, Alex held a management position with Amazon. He graduated from Florida Polytechnic University and served as an officer candidate at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Clearwater based MarineMax provides unparalleled resources for boaters and continues to grow globally. They recently announced the addition of Beth Garland as Senior VP of People Strategy. She will elevate and advance initiatives to enhance team member engagement, strengthen professional development opportunities, expand benefits, and retain and grow the team.
Jim Donatelli has been named Market President for First Horizon Bank's Greater Tampa Bay market. He will lead the consumer, commercial and wealth banking teams while overseeing the company's growth and expansion plans. With over two decades in the finance industry, Donatelli has extensive experience in business growth and risk management for commercial clients.
DeAngelis Diamond is pleased to announce Brett Diamond as their new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). As the company's current CIO, this transition will place him directly in the leadership of several departments alongside their respective heads, allowing him to guide continued growth and innovation across the IT, Data, HR, Talent, and Marketing departments.
Week of May 9
Spiritus Law, a Florida-based law firm serving clients in highly regulated industries and transactions, has announced the addition of Dominic "Nico" A. Romano as a partner. He will join the firm's Real Estate practice, focusing on the laws governing business and transactional matters, including real estate, financial services, corporate, infrastructure, development, and hospitality.
Energy / Utilities
Peveeta Samuel is now Senior Economic Development Manager of Programs and Compliance for Duke Energy Florida. She leads the creation, management, tracking and reporting of programs that help solve competitive challenges faced by Duke Energy-served territories, sites/buildings, economic development organizations and projects. Peveeta has been with Duke Energy for six years.
Miami's Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart has announced the appointment of Heather Gillingham-Rivas as the new head of school. She will direct academic programs and curriculum, faculty hiring and staff development, faith formation of students and faculty, counseling and student life, athletics and extra-curricular programs. Gillingham-Rivas is a Carrollton alumna.
Miami's Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart has announced the appointment of Patrick Coyle to the new position of president. He will focus on advancement and development, facilities and infrastructure, public relations, marketing and alumnae relations. Coyle has extensive experience in strategic planning, capital campaigns, social media marketing, and alumni relations.
Week of May 2
Bruce Noble has joined GreenPointe Developers as Development Director for Florida's West Coast. In his new role, Noble is leading and overseeing all phases of permitting, development and construction of the company's current projects and future expansion efforts in Hernando, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, and the Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando areas.
Advertising & Public Relations
Marcella McCarthy is a Miami-based journalist and PR consultant who specializes in tech, startups, and health. She previously covered tech in Latin America and Healthtech for TechCrunch and was the Tech Editor for Bloomberg Linea. Marcella recently joined the Omni Public team as a part-time senior advisor to help navigate the media for Omni's innovative tech companies.
Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation
Michel Richardson has been named Chef de Cuisine of Castillo Craft Bar + Kitchen, the unique dining establishment located inside the recently opened Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown. Richardson will oversee the menus and staff of the high-profile Castillo Craft Bar + Kitchen and the culinary banquet operations for the hotel's events and weddings.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp., a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States, announces its Chief Executive Officer Kim Rivers has won Green Market Report's Women's Leadership Award in the C-Suite category. Rivers has been the driving force behind several major business developments in the cannabis industry, including Trulieve's leading retail footprint in U.S. cannabis.