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Week of May 29

Advertising & Public Relations

Sachs Media Group, Tallahassee

Ron Sachs, Sachs Media Group founder/CEO, announced major new roles for key company leaders. Michelle Ubben (far left), a 20-year veteran of the firm, has been promoted to President. Ubben previously had a successful 14-year career in state government, directing communications for four state agencies. Ryan Cohn, who has led the firm's digital practice and has been featured in Mashable and AdWeek, was named Executive Vice President. Lisa Garcia, an award-winning PR professional and former communicator for a national organization, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.


Burr & Forman LLP, Orlando

Burr & Forman LLP announces the addition of Scott G. Miller as a partner in its Orlando office and the firm's Corporate and Tax practice group. Miller brings more than 23 years of experience counseling clients on estate and wealth preservation planning as well as tax matters and disputes. He joins Burr & Forman from Broad & Cassel.

Gunster, Miami

When Tom Julin joined Gunster in August of 2016, the firm added a unique, new dimension to its litigation practice. Julin is a renowned First Amendment lawyer with a portfolio of 250+ notable judicial decisions, including leading the lawsuit against the FBI to declassify the "28 pages" regarding the Saudi government's possible support for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield, Miami

Executive Director Stuart T. Gordon, SIOR, joined Cushman & Wakefield from Flagler. Stuart's commercial real estate experience encompasses industrial, land and office sales, as well as tenant and landlord representation. With his partner, Matthew Bittel, Stuart has closed more than 27 million square feet of transactions valued at nearly $1.5 billion

Week of May 22

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

FloridaMakes, Orlando

FloridaMakes, a statewide, industry-led nonprofit aimed at improving the productivity and technological performance of the state's manufacturing companies and strengthening the state's manufacturing sector, has appointed Dr. Jerry Parrish to its Board of Directors. Dr. Parrish is the Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield, West Palm Beach

Anthony Librizzi has joined Cushman & Wakefield's South Florida team as Managing Director of Commercial Brokerage in their West Palm Beach office. In his career, Anthony has led leasing efforts for a portfolio of more than 1.75 million square feet of office space throughout Palm Beach County.

Transportation / Logistics / Distribution

Port of Palm Beach, Riviera Beach

José Soler, P.E. brings more than 20 years of experience as a professional civil engineer to the Port of Palm Beach. Overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, he specializes in the management and execution of seaport, marine, roadway, water distribution, and infrastructure projects. Soler earned his Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico's Mayaguez Campus.

Architecture / Design / Engineering

Universal Engineering Sciences, Orlando & Tampa

Universal Engineering Sciences, Orlando & Tampa
Universal Engineering Sciences, a geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Orlando and 18 Branch Offices in Florida and Georgia, is pleased to announce the promotion of Melisse James (left) as Environmental Manager for the company's Environmental Division in Orlando; the hiring of Richard Carman as Corporate Director of Environmental Services based in Orlando and Rachel Ebner as the Business Development Representative for the Tampa branch office.


Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L.

Michael S. Weiner and his team of attorneys and staff have joined Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L. The full-service Florida law firm's practice is now further diversified with Weiner's extensive background in land use and zoning litigation, private property rights, historic property redevelopment, property tax challenges, and code enforcement defense and appeals.

Government / Military

City of Port St. Lucie Building Department , Port St. Lucie Florida

On December 20, 2016 The City of Port St. Lucie's Building Department learned that it had achieved full Accreditation by IAS. The advantages to Contractors and Residents who utilize a fully Accredited Building Department are that: All activities are subject to established and posted timelines, the accuracy is validated by a quality assurance process, and the highest level of customer service is provided. "Only 25 Building Departments in the entire world have ever achieved Accreditation", said Port St. Lucie's Building Code Administrator, Joel A. Dramis.

Week of May 15


Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland

Publix Super Markets Inc. announced that John Provenzano will be joining the company as vice president of government relations. Provenzano, 43, will assume responsibilities for the company's local, state and federal government affairs, as well as its political action committee, effective June 12, 2017. Currently, Provenzano is Executive Director of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST).

Government / Military

Governor's Office, Tallahassee

Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Jackie Schutz Zeckman to be Chief of Staff of the Governor’s Office, beginning July 1st. Schutz Zeckman has been serving as Governor Scott’s communications director and chief spokesperson since December 2014. Prior to that, she served as deputy communications director for Governor Scott’s successful reelection campaign.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital named cardiothoracic surgeon Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP and cardiologist Gary Stapleton, M.D. as co-directors of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute. The two are overseeing the U.S. News and World Report ranked pediatric cardiac surgery and cardiology programs at the hospital.


Burr & Forman LLP, Jacksonville

Burr & Forman announces the addition of Associate Kyle H. Jensen to the firm's Real Estate Practice Group in Jacksonville. Jensen counsels clients involved in numerous commercial real estate transactional matters, including land use and zoning, leasing, sales and acquisitions, as well as the daily operations and general business matters of commercial real estate clients.

Week of May 8


Flagler College, St. Augustine

Veteran police chief Creig Doyle was recently named Flagler College’s director of Safety & Security, after serving in an interim director capacity at the college since January. Doyle comes to Flagler with over 40 years of police and security experience, serving communities and universities. Flagler’s Office of Safety & Security is responsible for the safety of the entire college community, including visitors to the campus.

Professional Services

Revenue Management Solutions , Tampa

Mark Kuperman has been named Chief Operating Officer by Revenue Management Solutions. He oversees relationships with RMS's restaurant clients and is responsible for RMS' teams across its offices (Tampa, London, Paris, Singapore, and Tokyo). He is focused on implementing strategy, developing solutions to continuously improve performance, and ensuring that associates grow.

Revenue Management Solutions, Tampa

Joel Davis has been named Chief Strategy Officer by Revenue Management Solutions. He will be responsible for refining RMS's long-term strategic plans in the areas of management, operations and infrastructure. These initiatives range from advancing the company's leadership in providing strategic consulting for restaurant owners to growing top talent internally at RMS.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg

Anesthesiology expert Mohamed Rehman, M.D. joined Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital as chair of the Department of Anesthesia and will also serve as professor of anesthesiology and critical care with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Week of May 1


Tech Data Corporation, Clearwater

Tech Data Corporation announced the nomination of Karen Dahut for appointment to the company's Board of Directors. Ms. Dahut will be included in Tech Data's proxy statement for election by the company's shareholders to serve as an independent director. "Our Board of Directors is excited to welcome Karen," said Steve Raymund, chairman of the Board of Tech Data.


Professional Bank, Miami-Dade

Professional Bank, a locally managed, Florida-chartered, member Bank, announced that Miguel Montaner has joined the Bank as Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Lending. Montaner has over 30 years of banking experience in the South Florida market. "Mike is a highly regarded banking professional whose wealth of experience will further our growth trajectory and advance our commercial lending goals," said Abel Iglesias, CEO and president of Professional Bank.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs

Adventist Health System has appointed David Ottati, current CEO for Florida Hospital Waterman, to serve in a new role as president/CEO of the Central Florida Division - North Region. The Central Florida Division - South Region will include all Orlando-area Florida Hospital facilities. Ottati will report to Daryl Tol, president/CEO of both Adventist Health System's Central Florida Division, as well as the South Region.


Seaway Plastics Engineering, Port Richey

Seaway Plastics Engineering LLC (SPE), an injection molding company servicing the rapid tooling and low to mid volume market, announced that Tom Orr has joined the company as CEO and President and a member of the Board of Directors. “Tom’s entrepreneurial background, experience running an international injection molding operation and proven leadership skills will help guide our company through our next growth phase,” said Tim Smock, Founder & Board Member of SPE.

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