Week of February 21
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
GIA Miami, a mental health treatment facility in Miami, FL, has appointed Terry Shapiro as its new executive vice president and partner. Shapiro will oversee the relationships with community partners in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to this, Shapiro was a behavioral health advisor for Constellation Behavioral Health and VP at Origins Behavioral HealthCare.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
CHW promotes Aaron Hickman, PSM, CQM to Vice President leading Surveying + Mapping. Aaron's career with CHW spans 20 years growing + managing the team and expanding CHW's services offering. Aaron will be an integral part of the team overseeing our growth whilst leading the team, operations, client relations, and expansion into new markets.
The Florida Peninsula Insurance family of companies announces the addition of Brent Petzoldt as Data Scientist and Senior Actuary. In this role, Petzoldt will be responsible for leading and executing the company's advanced predictive analytics strategy. In addition, he will be actively involved with actuarial work related to existing and new product pricing.
Government / Military
Tampa Bay-based lobbying firm RSA Consulting has promoted Edward Briggs to Vice President of Government Relations and Community Affairs. With more than a decade's experience in the political process, Edward has become a prominent name in the education, workforce development, and construction policy space at both the state and local government levels.
Week of February 14
Media / Publishing
Conan Gallaty, president of Times Publishing Company, will succeed Paul Tash as chairman and CEO. Gallaty, assumed the role of CEO in January and will add the title of chairman upon Tash's retirement July 1st. Gallaty, 45, joined the Times in 2018 as its first chief digital officer, and in 2020 was promoted to president of the publishing company. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in publication management from the Grady College of Journalism, Gallaty entered the profession as a journalist but has devoted the bulk of his career to building digital products and business lines that reach new audiences.
Gunster continues its growth with the addition of Thomas R. Sawyer [middle], Timothy Stapleton [right] and Andrew Steif. Sawyer joins as a Real Estate Law and Environmental & Land Use Law attorney, Stapleton joins as a Government Affairs Law & Lobbying consultant with a concentration in healthcare, and Steif joins as a Business Litigation shareholder, with a niche focus in transportation.
Shumaker is enhancing its legal division and growing its presence in Pasco County by adding attorneys Danny Burgess [left] and Matthew Maggard to its team. Danny joins as a Partner in the Corporate, Tax and Transactions Service Line and Public Policy and Government Affairs Service Line. Matthew joins as a Partner in the Public Policy and Government Affairs Service Line.
U.S. Century Bank (NASDAQ: USCB), one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida, announced the addition of Deborah Morawski to its Business Banking Lending team. Morawski's role will be central to the bank's successful expansion in Broward and Palm Beach counties, focused on developing new business relationships.
Arts / Entertainment
The Cade Museum is pleased to announce Stephanie Bailes has been named CEO. Bailes has served as Executive Director since 2017, guiding the museum through a $12 million construction project to open the museum building to the public, which has now seen over 100,000 visitors. Bailes was named a 2021 Top 50 International Museum Influencer by Blooloop for her accomplishments.
Financial Services / Investments
Fifth Third Wealth Advisors is pleased to announce that Omar Bhangia has joined the organization as Managing Director. He delivers investment services to assist clients working towards their financial goals. He uses experience to establish an integrated investment approach, offering asset allocation strategies and recommendations based on short and long term objectives.
Fifth Third Wealth Advisors is pleased to announce that Scott Kremer has joined the organization as Managing Director. With more than 20 years experience, Scott serves clients by focusing on their financial goals and aspirations. He assists in the implementation of financial outcomes utilizing customized portfolio management, planning, trust and private banking services.
Fifth Third Wealth Advisors is pleased to announce that Heather Borelli, CFP, has joined the organization as Managing Director. As a wealth advisor, Heather has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, finance, trusts and wealth management, primarily focused on high-net-worth families.
Keo World is excited to announce Hernán Magariños as Chief Corporate Development Officer. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Magariños successfully structured and closed countless complex cross-border transactions in excess of $10 billion. Before joining Keo World, Magariños served as Head of the Americas at Alantra’s Corporate Portfolio Advisors Group.
Michael "MJ" Johnston has joined Shumaker Advisors Florida as a Lobbyist and is located in the firm's Tallahassee office. MJ will focus on helping clients advance goals by successfully navigating government and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Shumaker Advisors, MJ served as the Deputy Secretary of Business Regulation at the Florida DBPR.
Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has joined Shumaker Advisors Florida as Managing Principal of the U.S. Cities Practice, where he will focus on sustainable economic development and urban planning, while working with clients locally and nationally. Rick also joins the Shumaker law firm as Of Council in the Public Policy and Government Affairs service line.
Week of February 7
Energy / Utilities
Elizabeth Godwin now serves as Senior Manager, Industry Recruitment at Duke Energy Florida. She is responsible for recruiting new commercial and industrial customers to Duke Energy's service territory in Central Florida. She manages lead generation, project management and local and regional economic development engagement.
Silverman Schermer PLLC is proud to announce two new additions as part of the firm's continued growth and expansion. Eric Kuper [right] joins the firm as a Partner in the corporate practice group, bringing with him over 15 years' experience, including several years of prior work with Silverman Schermer's founding partners. Eric's practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, business transactions and general corporate law. In addition, the firm welcomes Benjamen Tobin as a Corporate/M&A Associate. Silverman Schermer focuses its practice on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, wealth preservation and estate planning.
Lash & Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Rachel Holladay LeBlanc has been named a partner of the firm. Ms. LeBlanc has significant litigation and operational experience in multiple facets of the health care industry, including HIPAA and FIPA compliance, investigations and reporting, addressing regulatory issues, physician employment and others.
Lash & Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Anna Lazarus has been named a partner of the firm. Ms. Lazarus focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and has an extensive experience in employment law matters, with an emphasis on the defense of employers against allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Benjamin J. Grossman has been promoted to partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm's Government Solutions Practice, concentrating in state and local government procurement law, administrative law, appellate/constitutional law, and public records/open government matters predominately in the alcoholic beverage, cannabis, and health care sectors.
Lash & Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Jonathan E. Siegelaub has been named a partner of the firm. Mr. Siegelaub's practice focuses on complex business litigation, health care litigation, and white-collar matters.
Lash & Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Daryl L. Saylor has been named a partner of the firm. Mr. Saylor handles complex business disputes and white-collar matters for a wide array of clients in a diverse range of industries, including healthcare, financial, insurance, and others.
Ravi Abbineni has joined JM Family, a $18 billion private company, as CFO. In addition to leading the company's financial operations, he holds the title of senior vice president. An accomplished CFO with 20 years of experience, he'll be an asset as JM Family executes its growth strategy and expands its leadership position both organically and through acquisitions.
U.S. Century Bank (NASDAQ: USCB), one of the largest community banks that is now publicly traded and headquartered in Doral, Florida, announced that Alexander Fortich has been named Chief Compliance Officer. Mr.Fortich has served as Senior Vice President, BSA-AML Officer and Compliance Director since joining the bank in 2013.
Week of January 31
Cameron A. Parks is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen, where she is a member of the Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. She advises businesses on best practices and strategies to mitigate risk while maximizing opportunities.
Albert A. del Castillo, Jr. is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where he is a member of the Tax and International Law Practice Group. He advises foreign and domestic clients on a variety of cross-border U.S. tax planning matters, including income tax planning, real estate, corporate structuring, transaction structuring, disclosures and compliance.
Oliver Sepulveda is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where he is a member of the Insurance Practice Group. Oliver has experience representing insurance companies throughout the claim process. Oliver has litigated declaratory judgment actions involving third-party liability claims under homeowner personal liability or commercial general liability policies.
Sean M. Smith is a partner in the West Palm Beach Office of Shutts & Bowen, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Sean focuses his practice on the areas of business, real estate, and construction litigation.
Garrett A. Tozier is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Appellate practice group. Garrett's practice includes civil appeals and extraordinary writ proceedings in state and federal courts.
Elesa R. Sowell is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen, where she is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. Elesa assists developers, homebuilders, and investors in a broad range of real estate and land use matters. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions and land use issues.
William C. Matthews is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Construction Litigation and Business Litigation Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, business litigation, real property issues, and condominium association matters.
Emily M. Martin is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen, where she is a member of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. Emily concentrates her practice in construction litigation in both state and federal courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution settings.
Benjamin F. Elliott is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Benjamin's practice includes the representation of public and private clients in large multi-party litigation.
Cari R. Shapiro is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Class Action and Mass Litigation Practice Group. Cari has represented national companies in litigation for claims involving healthcare, personal injury, contract disputes, and product liability matters, and currently focuses her practice on mass litigation.
Ryan M. McCarthy is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Class Action and Mass Litigation practice group. Ryan has represented clients in all aspects of federal and state trials, mediations, appeals, and arbitrations, including financial institutions.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition has announced its new Director of Development, Danna Bramlett. Bramlett will support the team by connecting donors to Corridor Coalition's mission to connect, protect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor. A fundraising professional for 26 years, Bramlett most recently served as the Senior Director of Development at ZooTampa.
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