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Week of June 26


Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando

Adventist University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees' has announced that Dr. Edwin Hernández, ADU's current provost and an educator with over 30 years of experience, will succeed Dr. David Greenlaw, ADU's founding president, upon his retirement on July 31st, 2017. "Preparing healthcare professionals who are clinically outstanding, leadership-oriented, and mission-focused to serve the growing needs of Adventist Health System and Florida Hospital is our highest priority," Dr. Hernández said.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Miami Children's Health System, Miami

Saima Aftab, MD, FAAP, has joined Miami Children's Health System (MCHS) as Medical Director of the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Dr. Aftab also serves as PSA chief for the Section of Neonatology and Perinatal Medicine. She is board certified in general pediatrics, neonatology and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Pilot Bank, Tampa

Pilot Bank COO Rita Lowman has assumed her role as Chairwoman of the Florida Bankers Association. Lowman will be the third woman to serve as chair in the organization's 130-year history. Beginning her banking career more than 40 years ago, Lowman has held statewide senior level positions at Bank of America, American Momentum Bank and C1 Bank prior to joining Pilot Bank.


FCCI Insurance Group, Sarasota

Former Florida state Senator Lisa Carlton, J.D., has been elected to FCCI Insurance Group's board of directors, effective July 1. Carlton is the co-owner and manager of Mabry Carlton Ranch, Inc., and serves on the state Constitution Revision Commission. She was chosen for the FCCI Board based on her knowledge and experience in agribusiness, legislation and public service.

Week of June 19

AvMed, Miami

James M. Repp (left) has been named President and Chief Operating Officer after 17 years in sales and marketing roles of escalating accountability. Repp brings vast customer experience to the role, along with a deep understanding of the member journey. SVP and Chief Medical Officer Ann O. Wehr, MD (middle) has added leadership of network alliances, provider relations and health care economics to her medical operations oversight, including care management, wellness, and medical quality improvement. As SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Brad Bentley (right) now supervises all of sales and marketing, including the entire end-to-end Member Experience, while maintaining the product development and actuarial charges he had already held.


Southeastern Grocers, Jacksonville

Southeastern Grocers today announced that Anthony Hucker, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, will assume the responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis following the resignation of Ian McLeod to take up another opportunity. Mr. Hucker will assume his interim responsibilities effective July 1, 2017, and Mr. McLeod will remain in his current role through June 30, 2017 to assist with the transition.

Business Services

CareerSource Capital Region, Tallahassee

Beth Kirkland, Principal of Beth Kirkland Consulting, LLC, has been named Board Chair for CareerSource Capital Region. Her background leading economic development organizations such as the Gadsden County Development Council and the Florida Economic Development Council prepare her to lead the organization as it embraces a 21st Century approach to workforce development.

Economic Development

Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach

Crystal Stiles, a Director with Florida Power & Light (FPL), has been named Board Chair for the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), a nonprofit corporation that educates and informs business and government leaders about key economic development issues and initiatives. Her unique background working with FPL and the FEDC has prepared her to lead FEDC.

Week of June 12

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

CASA, St. Petersburg

After conducting an extensive, nationwide search, CASA has proudly named Lariana Forsythe to serve as its new Interim CEO. Lariana brings extensive nonprofit leadership experience to CASA, which is implementing a significant expansion of its programs for survivors of domestic violence in southern Pinellas County, Florida.

Financial Services / Investments

Bank of America, Miami

Bank of America Miami Market President Gene Schaefer has been named Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida's largest business organization committed to improving the region's economic vitality. Schaefer is a 28-year banking veteran who serves on the Board of Enterprise Florida and is Past Chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade.


The University of Tampa, Tampa

L. Keith Todd has been named The University of Tampa's vice president for development and university relations. Todd will oversee philanthropic efforts that provide support for scholarships, endowment and institutional initiatives. UT President Ron Vaughn said Todd's "experience and ability to manage complex opportunities will help further build UT's fundraising efforts."

Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield, Miami

Director Matthew Bittel joined Cushman & Wakefield from Flagler. Matthew, a Miami native, has been active in South Florida's commercial real estate market for 12 years. With his partner, Stuart Gordon, Matthew has closed more than 27 million square feet of transactions valued at nearly $1.5 billion.

Week of June 5


University of Miami School of Business Administration, Miami

John Quelch of Harvard Business School (HBS) has been appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration and vice provost for executive education. Quelch will oversee customized training and development programs for executives and managers. “Dr. Quelch is a renowned scholar on globalization and a proven academic leader internationally. He is a great addition to our senior team and is poised to take the School of Business Administration to its next level of excellence.” said UM President Julio Frenk.

St. Petersburg College, Pinellas County

Dr. Tonjua Williams has been named President of St. Petersburg College. Williams, a St. Pete native and 30-year veteran of SPC, is the college's first woman and first African-American President. Williams, who has served as Sr. VP of Student Services since 2013, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Admin., a master's in Counselor Education, and a bachelor's in Business Admin.

Transportation / Logistics / Distribution

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Tampa

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority has tapped former Carlton Fields attorney and public finance professional Amy Lettelleir as chief financial officer. "I am confident that under her guidance and financial management, we will see continued revenue growth and rewards from the authority’s recently upgraded bond rating," THEA’s Board of Directors Chairman Vince Cassidy said.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

HeartCare Imaging, Tequesta

HeartCare Imaging is honored to be recognized by Modern Healthcare as 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. With an eye to the future, CEO Bob Stilley, has cultivated a culture within HCI to exceed expectations at every turn. HeartCare Imaging is pleased to be selected and will continue to push the industry towards the very ideals we hold dear.

Week of May 29


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.

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.

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

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.

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