November 18, 2017

People Archive

Florida International University, Miami

John L. Volakis has been appointed dean of FIU's College of Engineering & Computing. Volakis comes to FIU with a distinguished career in academia, most recently serving as the Roy and Lois Chope chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University's College of Engineering, a position he held for 14 years. read more >

Stellar, Jacksonville

Stellar has hired Mike Chapman as Director of PSM Compliance and Technological Solutions. Chapman will lead the firm's Process Safety Management Team, which provides compliance solutions for clients. He is also tasked with developing advanced technology to enhance refrigeration operator/technician training. Chapman previously served Tyson Foods, Inc. for almost 17 years. read more >

Stellar, Jacksonville, FL

Stellar has hired Steve Gormley as Director of Business Development for its Commercial Group. Gormley has more than 30 years of experience as a marketing and business development executive in the construction, financial and health care industries. He will support efforts at the firm's Tampa office and Jacksonville headquarters. read more >

BDO USA, LLP, Miami, Florida

Alfredo Cepero, Miami Office Managing Partner for Assurance Services for BDO USA, LLP, has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) for his outstanding contributions to the organization. Cepero has been a staunch advocate for developing Latino professionals into positive leaders in their communities. read more >

Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg

The Poynter Institute has named Neil Brown, to be its new president. Brown, currently the editor and vice president of The Tampa Bay Times, was selected from more than 100 candidates. read more >

Political loony tunes

One of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up was a Warner Bros. series involving Sam, a bumbling sheepdog, and Ralph, a dimwitted wolf. read more >

Wilson Bradshaw is a ‘Florida Icon'

(Former president of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers; age 71) read more >

A focus on rural Florida

As the Statewide piece in this issue points out, about half of Florida's 67 counties are considered rural and economically stressed. read more >

Embraer, Melbourne

Embraer announced today that Stephen Friedrich has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer for the Company's executive aviation business unit read more >

Gordon Chevrolet, Tampa, Florida

Gordon Chevrolet has appointed Eddie Gomez as equity partner and general manager of the Tampa dealership. The dealership at 16414 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, is part of the Stewart Management Group headquartered in Detroit. "I am excited to transform Gordon Chevrolet into an extraordinary dealership for our customers, employees, and the communities we serve,"said Mr. Gomez. read more >

BGE Inc, Sarasota

Mike Bell, PE, leads BGE's expansion in Florida with the official opening of its Sarasota office. BGE is ranked No. 142 in Engineering News-Record's 2017 Top 500 Design Firms. Bell served on the State Board for the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, member of Leadership Florida (Class XXV), and serves on the UF Civil Engineering College Advisory Board. read more >

Hayes Locums, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hayes Locums, Fort Lauderdale, FL Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has ranked Hayes Locums the fastest-growing staffing firm in the U.S. among 110 qualifying firms. To qualify, firms had to post at least $1 million in revenue in 2012 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of at least 15% between 2012 and 2016. Hayes Locums took the top spot with an enormous CAGR of 147.2%. "We are honored to be recognized and proud of our amazing team who continually exceeds expectations for service," said CEO John Hayes. "Behind the impressive numbers is a dedicated team who serve our clients and physicians with excellence. I salute their contributions to the healthcare industry and our growth as a force in closing physician staffing coverage gaps." read more >

Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County announced that Michael DeBock will join the organization as its president & chief executive officer. The business organization will benefit from DeBock's discipline gained as a U.S. Army officer and in-depth corporate experience gained during his previous tenure as executive director of gas infrastructure for NextEra Energy. read more >

Moore Communications Group (MCG), Tallahassee, FL

MCG names Terrie Ard, APR, CPRC, President its newest principal & shareholder. With her leadership, the firm has grown in revenue by 529 percent, tripled in size, is recognized by Florida Trend as a Best Place to Work eight years running, and on the Inc 5000 List of America's Fast Growing Companies list five times - a rare milestone ever achieved by companies. read more >

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Florida

Rick Walsh has been elected Chairman of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. Rick is CEO of investment and consulting firm, the Knob Hill Group. As a former Senior VP at Darden, he took the company pubic. He is a governance expert serving on the boards of Seaside National Bank and Trust, Blue Orb Software, ABC Wine & Spirits, LSQ Holdings, Nemours Hospital System and UCF. read more >

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Florida

Matt Certo has been elected Vice Chair and Corporate Secretary of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. As Founder, CEO and Principal of Findsome & Winmore, Matt has helped hundreds of companies create and grow relationships using digital marketing. He authored Formulaic: How Thriving Companies Market from the Core and Found: Connecting with Customers in the Digital Age. read more >

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Florida

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation proudly announces that John Riley of Legacy Fund has joined its Board of Directors. An accomplished entrepreneur, he founded Zero Chaos and was critical to the success of Transworld Services. He serves on the boards of Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, ABC Wine & Spirits, PlanSource and Geneva School. read more >

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Florida

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is delighted to welcome Patricia Engfer to its Board of Directors. Pat is the Area VP and GM of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando. She is the only business person to have served as Chair of all four industry leading groups: the Orlando Chamber, the Orlando EDC, Visit Orlando and Central Florida Hotel & Lodging. read more >

Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Wellington

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment Jonathan Kilman to the Chamber's Board of Governors and its newly-formed Strategy Committee. read more >

BDC Advisors, Miami

BDC Advisors announced today Elizabeth Walker, a seasoned healthcare consultant and former hospital executive has joined the firm's consulting staff as a Principal. read more >

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