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Week of February 19

Insurance

Ethos Benefits, Orlando Florida

Chelsea Ryckis, Ethos Benefits President was voted the "Most Innovative Healthcare Consultant" in the Employee Benefits space as voted by her peers at the annual "You Powered Symposium"

This award recognizes her work in plan design for Self Funded Healthcare plans and Cost containment solutions on Medical and RX Claims as well as increased Employee advocacy.

Economic Development

Adams and Reese, Tallahassee

Adams and Reese is pleased to announce the hiring of Laura DiBella as a Government Affairs Advisor in the law firm's Intersection of Business and Government (IBG) Practice. DiBella was appointed as Florida's first female Secretary of Commerce. She was also the former FloridaCommerce President of Business Development and Enterprise Florida President/CEO.  

Real Estate

Florida East Coast Realty, Miami

Florida East Coast Realty COO Austin Hollo was honored by United Way Miami with its Inaugural Next-Gen Philanthropist Award, recognizing him as a visionary leader/philanthropist and an inspiration to young professionals who believe in the power of collective change and charitable giving. He is a member of their Board of Directors and Young Leaders Executive Committee.

Week of February 12

Advertising & Public Relations

Moore, Tallahassee

The Moore Agency welcomes LeeAnn Phillips as Creative Director. As the lead of the creative team, Phillips will shape the overall direction and vision of brands and projects. Bringing 20+ years of award-winning experience, Phillips joins Moore at a good time having enjoyed a 79% revenue growth over the past five years while boasting a 98% client retention.

Law

Shumaker, Tampa

Michele Leo Hintson, Partner in Shumaker's Tampa office, has been elected a member of the firm's Management Committee and will contribute to shaping Shumaker's strategic direction, fostering client relationships, and advancing the firm's commitment to delivering unparalleled legal services. She is a seasoned business litigator with more than 20 years of experience.

Shumaker, St. Petersburg

Mindi Richter has been named the Managing Partner of Shumaker's newly established St. Petersburg office. She also serves as the Intellectual Property and Technology Regional Service Line Leader and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an Intellectual Property Law Specialist.

Hill Ward Henderson, TAMPA

Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce that Robert ("Bob") M. Fulton has been appointed managing shareholder, succeeding R. James ("Jim") Robbins, Jr., who served more than 20 years in the role. Fulton's appointment is effective July 1, 2024. View full press release here:
https://www.hwhlaw.com/news-hill-ward-henderson-announces-managing-shareholder-transition

Shumaker, St. Petersburg

David Delrahim has joined Shumaker in its newly established St. Petersburg office. David joins as a Partner in the Litigation and Disputes Service Line. He focuses his practice on business, real estate, and bankruptcy litigation and represents an extensive array of clients across diverse industries.

Shumaker, Tampa

Jaime Austrich has been named the Managing Partner of Shumaker's Tampa office. He also serves as Vice Chair of the firmwide Management Committee. He will oversee the day-to-day operations and help execute the strategic direction of Shumaker. In practice more than 27 years, Jaime is a member of the Litigation and Disputes Service Line.

Shutts & Bowen, Orlando

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that Orlando partner John Dannecker was named a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), a preeminent national construction law organization. Once inducted, he will be one of only four lawyers from Orlando to be a Fellow of the ACCL.

Week of February 5

Lewis Longman & Walker, Florida

Lewis, Longman & Walker is pleased to welcome three new attorneys to the firm. Robert B. Gertzman, West Palm Beach, Allan J. Charles, Tallahassee, and Sarah L. Spardy, St. Petersburg. Before joining LLW, Gertzman was in private practice for 10+ years, Charles practiced law at FDACS, and Spardy received her JD from the American University Washington College of Law in 2021.

Lewis Longman & Walker, St. Petersburg

Lewis, Longman & Walker is pleased to welcome John J. Cavaliere, III to the firm's St. Petersburg office. Cavaliere is an active member of the Appellate Practice, Real Property, Probate and Trust, and Young Lawyers Sections of the Florida Bar. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Ave Maria School of Law and a BA in Political Science and Religion from FSU. LLW-LAW.com.

NASCAR, Daytona Beach

NASCAR is pleased to welcome Jason LaGosh back as Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs. Previously, LaGosh has served as Senior Director, Government Relations for Orange County Public Schools and as legislative counsel in the United States Senate. LaGosh is based in NASCAR's corporate headquarters in Daytona Beach and will cover Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

Construction

Hedrick Brothers Construction, West Palm Beach

Jason Sizemore joins Hedrick Brothers Construction as President of Commercial Construction. His preconstruction and construction operations experience throughout South Florida spans over two decades. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Construction Management. Jason's educational background and extensive commercial project experience solidify his reputation as a respected industry leader, and his proven track record and commitment to excellence align seamlessly with Hedrick's mission and vision. Jason's focus is to build and expand the firm's diverse commercial portfolio throughout Florida, and his leadership positions the company for a future filled with growth, collaboration, and unparalleled success.

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