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Week of March 25


Lowndes, Orlando

Lowndes is pleased to announce that Joaquin "Quino" Martinez has officially assumed the role of President, Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Partner of the firm. The fourth Managing Partner in the firm's 55-year history, Martinez succeeds William T. Dymond, Jr., who served in the role for over 16 years. Read the release:

Gunster, Naples

Thomas Fleming, a trial lawyer with a focus on IP litigation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry, joins Gunster as a Business Litigation shareholder. Based in Naples, Florida, Tom brings unique expertise, having represented Fortune 500 companies and directed successful trademark and Lanham Act litigations for international clients and its U.S. subsidiaries.


Florida Technical College, Orlando

Dr. James Michael Burkett, president of NUC University Florida Technical College has been appointed to the Central and Northeast Florida Regional Board of Directors for Prospera, a nonprofit specialized in assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs. His appointment reaffirms the institution's commitment to fostering collaboration and driving positive change within our community.

Week of March 18

Helios Education Foundation, Tampa

Helios Education Foundation hired Cheri Wright as Director, Student Success Initiatives. Wright brings extensive experience in philanthropy, focusing on health, equity, and strategic investments. In her new role, she manages efforts to develop and implement initiatives that help solve educational challenges facing Black and low-income students in Florida.

Helios Education Foundation, Tampa

Helios Education Foundation hired Walter Jennings as Director, Student Success Initiatives. Jennings brings expertise in diversity initiatives that enhance educational opportunities for college students. In his new role, Jennings' manages efforts to develop and implement initiatives that help solve educational challenges facing Black and low-income students in Florida.


Shutts & Bowen, Miami

Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Marbet Lewis has joined the Miami office as a partner in the firm's newly formed Alcohol and Regulated Industries Practice Group. Marbet focuses on the representation of hospitality, restaurant, entertainment and alcohol industry clients, including alcohol manufacturers, suppliers, importers, distributors and retailers.

Shutts & Bowen, Miami

Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Robert F. "Rob" Lewis has joined the Miami office as a partner in the firm's newly formed Alcohol and Regulated Industries Practice Group. Robert has a demonstrated history of representing members of the alcohol and hospitality industries, including retailers, wholesalers, and producers of alcoholic beverages.

Real Estate

GreenPointe Developers, Jacksonville

GreenPointe Developers proudly announces the promotion of Gregg Kern to Division Manager, North Florida Region. Kern oversees the development team members and the daily operations of his North Florida division. His experience in residential and commercial construction and his expertise in real estate development has proven invaluable to the GreenPointe team's success.

Week of March 11

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart

Treasure Coast Hospice is pleased to announce John Crouch, D.O., has been promoted to Vice President of Medical Services. Board-certified in family practice, Dr. Crouch joined Treasure Coast Hospice in 2016. In his new role, Dr. Crouch will provide overall strategic direction and oversight of medical services, ensuring compliance with regulations and fostering compassionate care.

Genuine Health Group, Miami

Genuine Health Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Rodriguez as its Chief Executive Officer. Genuine's co-founder, Joseph L. Caruncho, Sr., will serve as Executive Chairman.

As the former CEO of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare & Retirement business in Florida, Mr. Rodriguez brings a wealth of industry experience to guide the company's continued expansion.

Business Services

Office Environments & Services (OE&S), Jacksonville

Office Environments & Services (OE&S), a nationally respected, full-service workplace furniture and architectural products dealership, proudly announces the promotion of Madelen Salter as Market President for North Florida. At OE&S, Salter is focused on business development and expansion, talent development and leading innovative conversations about the future of work.

Government / Military

City of Coral Gables, Coral Gables

Amos Rojas, Jr. was recently appointed as the City Manager for the City of Coral Gables. In this role, he oversees a municipal government of more than 51,000 residents and 1,100 employees. Rojas, Jr. manages an operating budget of $195 million and a five-year capital plan of $220 million. As the city's top administrator, he reports to the Mayor and four City Commissioners.

Week of March 4

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Harry Chapin Food Bank, Fort Myers

Harry Chapin Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization serving Southwest Florida, is thrilled to announce Jennifer Denike has been named Major Gifts Officer for Collier County. In this role, Denike will support Harry Chapin Food Bank’s efforts to end hunger in Southwest Florida. An experienced fundraising professional, Denike has more than a decade of experience in fundraising and nonprofit leadership.


Holtzman Vogel, Tallahassee

Holtzman Vogel, a nationally recognized law firm specializing in government compliance matters, election law, commercial litigation, and white collar investigations, announced the promotion of Joshua Pratt to Of Counsel. Based in the firm’s Tallahassee office, Pratt focuses on all aspects of litigation. Before joining the firm, Pratt served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Ron DeSantis.

Government / Military

The Fiorentino Group (TFG), Jacksonville

The Fiorentino Group (TFG), a leading Florida government relations and business development firm, welcomes Earl Jones Jr., a veteran legislative staffer and a fixture in the Northeast Florida political scene, as a Principal in their Jacksonville and Tallahassee offices. “After a decade of public service with the Florida Legislature, we are pleased to welcome Earl to the firm," said managing partner Joe Mobley. 

Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has announced Laurens Zieren as the resort's General Manager. In his new role, Zieren will oversee operations of the iconic oceanfront hotel with 374 all-suites and suites, three different culinary destinations, an oceanfront, rooftop, sun-drenched pool, a spa and fitness center, and 10,000 sq. ft. of meetings and events space.

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