Week of October 23
Gettel Automotive Group, Bradenton
Todd Seth joins the Gettel Automotive Group as Dealership Operations Director, effective October 16, 2023. With a demonstrated track record in retail automotive management, Todd brings over 38 years of industry experience to Gettel and will play a pivotal role in our ongoing growth and success.
SRS Real Estate Partners, Miami
SRS Real Estate Partners expanded its industrial services with the addition of a veteran three-person team in Miami. Wayne Schuchts will lead SRS' industrial practice in Florida and is joined by Andrew Lehrer and Michael Palmer. They will focus on representing owners, tenants, and investors of industrial property throughout Florida.
Robert H. Buker, Jr., CEO of U.S. Sugar, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the national Dyer Memorial Award, "Sugar Man of the Year." The accolade highlights Buker's outstanding achievements and long-standing leadership in the sugar industry. With 19 years at the helm, Buker is the longest-tenured CEO in U.S. Sugar's history.
DeAngelis Diamond (DD) is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Freed to our team as VP of Healthcare. In his role, Todd will be responsible for leading and directing all healthcare related work and pursuits. Todd has nearly three decades of experience and over $3 billion in healthcare construction completed nationally. With his extensive portfolio of building hospitals, coupled with his master's degree in architecture from Washington University, Todd is well-equipped to collaborate with all healthcare project stakeholders - including clients, design professionals, trade partners, and team members - in order to ensure each project is completed in accordance with DD's core values of excellence and quality.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
Santiago (Sandy) Amores was named South Florida local business leader at WSP, a leading engineering, environment and professional services consultancy managing some of Florida's most complex infrastructure projects for clients including FDOT, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Based in Miami, Amores will work throughout South Florida.
Week of October 16
Advertising & Public Relations
South Florida PR Firm O'Connell & Goldberg Public Relations (O&G PR) has named seasoned communicator Melinda Sherwood as Vice President. A Miami resident, Sherwood will provide strategic counsel and oversight for the agency's real estate, corporate and education clients, tapping into her 20 years of experience. Learn more at oandgpr.com/good-news/
Stephanie Pompeo has been named Chief Financial Officer at Wharton-Smith Construction Group. She is a UCF Alumni, joining the company in 2006. Stephanie advanced through the ranks over the last 17 years having most recently served as VP of Finance. As CFO, Stephanie leads Finance, Accounting, Workflow, Learning and Development, Business Intelligence and Solutions, and IT departments. In her new role, she will be a leader of company growth.
Hedrick Brothers Construction appoints Arthur Miller as Director of Commercial Operations. With 30+ years of Florida construction experience, he'll oversee aerospace, multifamily, hospitality, industrial, office, education, municipal, and commercial projects. Arthur holds a Florida CGC license and a BS from Texas A&M University.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
Paul Danielson, M.D., has been promoted to associate dean of clinical affairs at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Dr. Danielson will also serve as president of All Children's Specialty Physicians. He has chaired the Department of Surgery since 2020. He was instrumental in bringing the National Quality Improvement in Surgery Program to the hospital.
Week of October 9
Rambana & Ricci, PLLC, a leading immigration practice in Tallahassee announces Mark Schlakman Of Counsel. A seasoned attorney & professor who has held senior positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations at the state & federal levels, Schlakman will offer strategic guidance & liaise with government agencies & other stakeholders.
G. William Norris, Jr., Courtney Shannon, and Abigail Tamayo have joined Bush Ross, P.A. as Associates.
Mr. Norris will focus his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and complex business disputes, as well as real estate and commercial transactions.
As part of the firm's Trusts, Estates & Private Wealth Practice Group, Ms. Shannon will focus her practice in the areas of federal taxation, wills, trusts, and estate planning and administration.
Ms. Tamayo's practice will focus on civil litigation in matters involving business and contract disputes, real estate disputes, professional liability, employment litigation, and general commercial litigation.
Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero welcomes Peter Blasone as Chief Operating Officer. His role is to drive financial strategies and performance to enhance the firm's success. Mr. Blasone previously served as COO at Cummings and Lockwood LLC. Mr. Blasone is a CPA and has an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University and a BBA in Public Accounting from Iona College.
Florida law firm Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is excited to announce Sarah Kranz has joined the firm's West Palm Beach office as an associate. Sarah is an excellent addition to the firm as it continues to expand its environmental and land use law practice in Florida. Sarah received her J.D. from FSU and her B.A. from Auburn University. Learn more at www.LLW-LAW.com.
D. Ty Jackson has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm's Tallahassee office. He provides integrated legal and regulatory strategies for clients facing professional licensing, regulatory compliance and administrative law challenges. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Simon Dover has been named Chief Financial Officer at Florida Citrus Sports. A former finance executive in the athletic departments at West Virginia University, Rice University, and Oakland University, Dover began his new role in Orlando on August 28. Dover replaces Scott Herring, who is retiring after nine years in the position.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
George Jallo, M.D., has been named vice dean and physician-in-chief of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. He is a professor of neurosurgery, pediatrics and oncology in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a highly regarded neurosurgeon with expertise in tumors of the brainstem and spinal cord, and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures.
Joseph Rainero joins the Suncoast Credit Union Commercial Lending team as a Business Relationship Manager serving members in Hillsborough, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Marion counties. With an in-depth understanding of commercial lending, Joseph helps business owners navigate the financial landscape and gives guidance and lending solutions up to $50 million.
Michael Spinelli joins the Suncoast Credit Union business lending team as Small Business Consultant Manager. With over 19 years of management experience, Michael brings a wealth of expertise to his new role where he leads a team dedicated to uncovering the needs of small businesses and finding financial solutions tailored to their goals.
Week of October 2
Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that partner Amanda B. Buffinton has been named Managing Partner of the firm's Tampa office. Buffinton is Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar and focuses her practice on the litigation and arbitration of complex construction claims on behalf of owners, contractors and design professionals.
Helios Education Foundation hired Rockhelle Johnson as Director of Communications, with 15 years of experience effecting change through high-impact communications campaigns for nonprofits, Fortune 500 corporations, & PR agencies. She will lead communications efforts supporting Helios' mission of creating equitable opportunities for Black and low-income students in Florida.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Community Foundation Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that Oscar J. Horton, Chairman & CEO of Horton Holdings LLC, has been named Chair of the Board of Trustees. Horton Holdings owns and operates Sun State International Tampa along with other subsidiaries. Oscar has been named to the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and Tampa Bay's Top 100 Most Powerful Business Leaders.
Community Foundation Tampa Bay welcomes Barry Alpert to the Board of Trustees. Barry is the Founder of Alpert Financial Group and has extensive experience in the banking and insurance industries. He has been actively involved in local charitable endeavors including Tampa Bay Partnership, The Florida Orchestra, Florida Holocaust Museum, Ruth Eckerd Hall, among others.
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