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Week of August 28

Architecture / Design / Engineering

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.

Stellar, Jacksonville

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.

Professional Services


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.


Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg

The Poynter Institute has named Neil Brown, to be its new president. Brown is currently the editor and vice president of The Tampa Bay Times. Under Brown’s leadership, the Tampa Bay Times won six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. “I am honored to join Poynter, where imagination and integrity have been hallmarks in helping journalists get better at what they do and stay relevant in how they do it,” Brown said.

Week of August 21

Aviation / Aerospace

Embraer, Melbourne

Embraer announced today that Stephen Friedrich has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer for the Company’s executive aviation business unit, effective immediately. Reporting to Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, Friedrich is responsible for the direct management of the global sales organization for new and pre-flown aircraft as well as the oversight of relationships with customers and industry collaborators.


Gordon Chevrolet, Tampa

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.

Architecture / Design / Engineering

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.

Human Resources / Recruiting

Hayes Locums, Fort Lauderdale

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."

Week of August 14

Economic Development

Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.

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.

Advertising & Public Relations

Moore Communications Group (MCG), Tallahassee

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.

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park

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 public. 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.

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park

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.

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park

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.

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park

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.

Week of August 7

Economic Development

Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Wellington

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Foley & Lardner lobbyist and partner Jonathan Kilman to the Chamber’s Board of Governors and its newly-formed Strategy Committee. "We did our homework and Jonathan is regarded as a widely respected and visionary leader who understands the intersection of business and policy in Florida," said Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of the Chamber.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

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. Walker’s work will focus on providing services to BDC’s clients in business development and strategic planning, facilitation and integration, medical staff organization and clinical network development.

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Hubbard House, Jacksonville

Hubbard House, Inc., the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Dr. Gail A. Patin as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. In addition to serving in Hubbard House leadership roles for nearly 20 years — including 14 years as Chief Operating Officer — Patin served as CEO of Harbor House, the Orlando domestic violence center from 2004-2006. Patin will succeed Ellen Siler, the company’s retiring CEO, on August 15, 2017.


VE South/ Star Food, Fort Lauderdale

VE South, based in Fort Lauderdale has just announced Joe Gilbert and Bob Gottlieb (photo) will lead a new division: Feed More Students. Ten years ago VE South developed a reimbursable meal vending machine for public schools, Star Food Healthy Express. Today, working with school foodservice professionals, they feed 5 million kids a year across the USA . As the largest school foodservice vending company, they are now launching a college and university division to Feed More Students. Utilizing vending, under the complete control of the college foodservice program, and partnering with campus dining cards offering fresh food options. Gottlieb is Director of Educational Services and has been with VE South for 19 years.

Week of July 31

Lake County Schools, Tavares

Karen Briggs, Director of Finance for Lake County Schools, has been appointed the district’s Chief Financial Officer, effective Aug. 1. In her new role, Ms. Briggs will be responsible for planning and implementing the goals and objectives of the Finance department. Ms. Briggs has 30 years of accounting experience in both public and private arenas.

Arts / Entertainment

ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami

It is a gamechanger to have a nationally-recognized arts executive and entrepreneur take the helm of ArtCenter/South Florida at such a pivotal moment. Dennis Scholl, previously Vice President for Arts at the Knight Foundation in Miami, will be joining ArtCenter/South Florida to become the President and CEO on September 1st, 2017. Mr. Scholl is known for launching and scaling arts programs and enterprises, including having led Knight Foundation’s arts program to national prominence. The visual arts are his personal and professional passion.

Export / Import

Port Tampa Bay, Tampa

Port Tampa Bay announced that Jamal Sowell has been named director of special projects. Sowell, a former member of the U.S.Marine Corps, will support internal, external and special projects, assist the executive team with management oversight and serve as a liaison on a variety of port business matters. Sowell, a sixth-generation Floridian from Orlando, was most recently involved with the Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design and Center for Constitutional Democracy.

Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation

Hard Rock International, Orlando

Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world's most-recognizable and iconic brands – has appointed Antonio Bautista as Senior Vice President of Company Cafe Operations. In this new role, Bautista, who has been with the company for more than 20 years, will lead the Cafe Operations team, including overseeing the brand's Area Vice Presidents, Facilities team and Retail Operations. Bautista will report directly to President of Cafe Operations of Hard Rock International, Stephen Judge.

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