Week of June 26
Shumaker lawyer Sean P. Bevil has been elected President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s (HCBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD), where he was sworn in June 15, 2023. Sean will serve a one-year term leading the YLD Board, which promotes professionalism and ethical conduct, provides support and educational opportunities to new lawyers and encourages community involvement.
Robert J. Grammig has been elected Chair and CEO and will succeed Steven Sonberg when he steps down in 2024. He is a partner in the firm's Tampa office and is co-leader of the firm's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. He was chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce from 2017-2019 and currently serves as chair of the Chamber's International Business Council.
Tiffani G. Lee has been named Deputy Managing Partner and is part of a three-person leadership team that will succeed Steven Sonberg when he steps down in 2024. She is a partner in the firm's Miami office and has served as the firm's Diversity Partner since 2008. In the community, she is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Florida Justice Institute board of directors.
Paul Scheck, a Labor and Employment partner in Shutts & Bowen LLP's Orlando office, was sworn into his role as Chair of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section on June 23, 2023, during the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton. He has served on the Executive Council since 2016.
Week of June 19
MG Developer has named Diego Torrealba as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development. Torrealba has recently been accepted into the Miami Herbert Business School to attain a Master of Business Administration in the Accelerated MBA in Real Estate Program and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Boston University.
Hedrick Brothers Construction has promoted Sean Denyse to Director of Business Development for South Florida. He will lead commercial business development from Miami to Martin County, focusing on hospitality, industrial, multifamily, Class A office, education, and municipal market sectors. The firm has offices in West Palm Beach, Miami/Broward, Melbourne and Winter Park.
DeAngelis Diamond welcomes new Safety Manager, Kassidy Hernandez, to the team. As a Safety Manager, Kassidy will be responsible for the management of safety programs across all projects, ensuring safe and effective work practices and environments. Kassidy will be assisting the Director of Health and Safety in striving to achieve DeAngelis Diamond's zero accident goal.
McArdle Franco PLLC is pleased to announce that Victor Arca has joined the firm as a senior associate. Arca focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation.
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami is pleased to announce the appointment of Tanvi Vattikuti Abbhi to its esteemed Board of Trustees. Abbhi, the co-founder and CSO of Veta Health, brings her expertise in healthcare innovation and her passion for advancing science education to the renowned museum.
Week of June 12
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Children’s Harbor, a nationally accredited nonprofit agency with a mission to help strengthen families who are struggling in the community, has named Karen Ross, EA to its Board of Directors. Ross is a partner, accountant and enrolled agent with Palermo, Landsman & Ross, P.A. Enrolled agent status is the highest designation issued by the IRS with a specialization in tax code.
Avail Strategies announced Valerie Wickboldt as President. The Tallahassee-based governmental consulting and lobbying firm represents top-tier companies offering innovative solutions to support the current and future needs of government. Wickboldt is a veteran communications strategist with nearly two decades of consulting expertise in the public and private sector.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
Alivia Care, Inc. welcomes David Meyer as its new Chief Growth and Innovation Officer. Meyer has 20+ years of health care experience providing leadership in strategic planning, marketing, communications, market research, intelligence and business development. Meyer has also developed approximately 20 strategic plans throughout his career to improve organizations' market share.
Financial Services / Investments
Marc Beshany has been named Managing Director - Market Leader of the newly formed Florida Gulf Coast Market of Wells Fargo Advisors. He will be responsible for a team of more than 500 financial advisors, managers, and staff in the Tampa, Sarasota, and Naples area. Beshany previously served as Market Leader of the firm's Michigan, Rocky Mountain, and northeast Ohio markets.
Week of June 5
Belinda O. Kirkegard is the new CEO of the National Entrepreneur Center which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In Kirkegard's first 3 months, the organization earned the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA's) 2023 Entrepreneur Support Organization of the Year: Mixed Use Award and the Dinah Adkins Award in the Non-Technology category.
TA PLLC is pleased to announce that firm partner Javier Alvarez has been ranked in the 2023 edition of Chambers & Partners USA, an annual listing of the leading law firms and attorneys in the world. This is the fourth consecutive year that Alvarez has been recognized by Chambers USA for Banking & Finance, a true testament to his impressive transactional capabilities.
Jason Lambert is Board Certified in Construction Law, advising contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers throughout FL. His work includes assisting with contractor licensing applications and complaints, helping resolve payment disputes and construction liens, addressing defective work claims, and drafting contracts. He attended Stetson University College of Law.
TA PLLC is pleased to announce that firm partner Ari Tenzer has been ranked in the 2023 edition of Chambers & Partners USA, an annual listing of the leading law firms and attorneys in the world. Tenzer's recognition was a nod to the breadth and strength of his international hospitality practice as he was ranked in the "Nationwide" category of "Leisure & Hospitality."
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
The Florida Council of 100 is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Simas to the position of President. Simas has over 20 years of leadership experience as a senior advisor to CEOs, convening and mobilizing the private sector to enhance economic development, education, and infrastructure priorities on behalf of the public good.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
CHW Professional Consultants, a leading planning, ecological, surveying, engineering, landscape architecture, and construction services firm announces Anthony "Tony" Caggiano, Jr., PE, as Principal. With 14+ years of unique experience across diverse sectors, Tony will continue to lead the CEI department and foster CHW's strategic growth. Read more: bit.ly/TonyCaggiano
CHW, a leading planning, ecological, surveying, engineering, landscape architecture, and construction services firm announces Laurie F. Hall, ASLA, PLA, ISA, as Principal. With a remarkable 17+ year career shaping the Southeastern US, Laurie will continue to lead CHW's Landscape Architecture department and foster CHW's strategic growth. Read more: bit.ly/LaurieHall