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Week of October 16

Government / Military

State Board of Administration, Tallahassee

Ash Williams, chief investment officer and executive director of the Florida State Board of Administration, has been selected to receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Chief Investment Officer at the eighth annual Industry Innovation Awards gala. Under Williams' guidance, the Florida Retirement Pension has gained more than $92.4 billion, outperforming its benchmark by $9.2 billion.

Business Services

CareerSource North Central Florida, Gainesville

CareerSource North Central Florida, the Alachua-Bradford Local Area Workforce Development Board, has named Frank Avery its new executive director. As executive director, Avery will facilitate the formation of locally-driven workforce policies, help engage business leaders, and educate the community on CareerSource North Central Florida’s nationally-leading programs and services.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Prestige Health Choice, Palm Beach Gardens

Prestige Health Choice, a Medicaid managed care plan serving 55 of Florida's 67 counties and a joint venture between AmeriHealth Caritas and Florida Blue, has announced Sandra Schwemmer, D.O., FACOEP-D, FACEP, FAAOE, LHRM, has been appointed chief medical officer. In her new role, Dr. Schwemmer will lead the plan's clinical activities, advance the health plan's quality program, engage with providers in the community, assist in practice transformation and aid providers' transitions to value-based care.


Ricochet Global, Jacksonville

The Telecom and Internet Industry is always evolving and companies must stay ahead of the curve. Timothy Foss has been hired to grow business lines across multiple segments spanning Ricochet's Internet and Telecommunication markets globally. Foss's plans for Ricochet Global include expansions of both their retail and enterprise telecommunications products to include Cloud, SaaS, Unified Communication, Internet connectivity, and conferencing services globally.

Week of October 9

Government / Military

Florida Highway Patrol, Tallahassee

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Director, Colonel Gene Spaulding, announced Chief Troy Thompson as Deputy Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. Lieutenant Colonel Troy Thompson is a 24-year law enforcement veteran who has most recently served as the Chief of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement with the FHP.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach

Tenet Health has appointed Tara McCoy as chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center. McCoy is a healthcare executive with proven skills in strategic development and physician recruitment who excels in the integration of strategy and vision in complex environments. She will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at Good Samaritan.  McCoy was previously the service line administrator for Tenet's Florida Region and developed the Heart and Vascular Network. 

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Brevard County Sheriff's Office Charity, Melbourne

The American Business Women’s Association recently named Sue Tyson-Parker, executive director for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity  Inc. as one of the Top 10 Business Women of the Year. The ABWA's list is a national program that honors 10 outstanding members from across the country for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement.

Susan G. Komen South Florida, West Palm Beach

Susan G. Komen South Florida, the leader in the fight against breast cancer, is proud to announce the addition of Kate Watt as Executive Director. Kate, a highly effective, results driven and accomplished nonprofit executive, has over sixteen years of nonprofit experience and a proven ability to develop, manage and engage community based partners, local government entities, elected officials and other stakeholders, all which will be key in helping the organization meet strategic goals.

Week of October 2

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Tampa General Hospital, Tampa

Judith M. Ploszek, MBA, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tampa General Hospital. Ploszek has served as acting CFO during the past year, while former CFO Steve Short was serving as the hospital’s acting president and CEO.

Architecture / Design / Engineering

Stellar, Jacksonville

Stellar has named Clint Pyle as its new Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. He most recently served as Divisional Vice President of Shared Services for the the fully integrated firm that focuses on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide. Pyle is a licensed CPA with almost 20 years of accounting and finance experience.

Advertising & Public Relations

Pace, Boca Raton

Diana Riser
President of Pace, Florida Division
Pace Advertising in New York City and Green Advertising in Boca Raton and Orlando have integrated, added a Miami office, and named Diana Riser president of Pace Florida Division. Riser is the former publisher of Modern Luxury publications in Miami. The reorganization expands services and resources for all locations.

Professional Services

The Aleksander Group, Tallahassee

The Aleksander Group has been honored on the Seminole 100 list-a celebration of the fastest-growing U.S. businesses owned by Florida State University alums. The Aleksander Group does government consulting work, and represents some of the biggest companies in the US before Florida's legislature. Founder Sebastian Aleksander is a seasoned lobbyist and proud FSU graduate.

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