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Week of September 25


MDO Partners, Miami

MDO Partners is proud to announce Managing Partner Richard Montes de Oca will be joining the distinguished faculty of the University of Miami School of Law. He will begin this new role in the Fall 2017 semester serving as an Adjunct Professor, Transactional Externship, teaching Contract Drafting, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Compliance.


Raymond James Bank, Tampa

Raymond James Bank has hired Grace Jackson to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jackson will oversee all of Raymond James Bank's operational business elements, risk management and strategic planning functions. Jackson joins Raymond James Bank after senior leadership roles with PNC Bank, Wells Fargo and SunTrust Bank.

CenterState Bank, Winter Haven

CenterState Bank Corporation announced today that its board of directors has named Mark W. Thompson as President of its subsidiary bank, CenterState Bank, N.A. Mr. Thompson has been with CenterState Bank in a variety of roles since 2005, most recently as Regional President overseeing the South Florida market.

Export / Import

JAXPORT, Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Port Authority Board of Directors unanimously voted to hire longtime JAXPORT executive Eric Green as Chief Executive Officer. The JAXPORT Board conducted a national executive search to fill the vacant CEO position, culminating in the unanimous selection of Green.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

UF Health, Jacksonville

Leon L. Haley Jr., who joined UF Health Jacksonville as dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville last January, will become UF Health Jacksonville’s chief executive officer Jan. 1. He will retain the titles of Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Health Affairs of the University of Florida.

Week of September 18

Human Resources / Recruiting

Oasis Outsourcing, West Palm Beach

Oasis Outsourcing, the nation's largest privately held Professional Employer Organization (PEO), announced that Kerrin Jesson (left) has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, and Barbara Drames has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Benefits. Jesson, who joined the company in 1999, has held several high-level roles including Vice President of Financial Systems and Strategy. Drames has more than 20 years of experience in the PEO industry and was previously the Vice President of Benefits at Oasis.

Business Services

ADT, Boca Raton

ADT, the leader in security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in North America, announced that Jim DeVries has been named President. DeVries, who previously served as ADT’s COO, will continue to report to ADT CEO, Tim Whall. “Jim’s leadership style and experience in large, complex organizations has made a significant impact on the ADT turnaround since joining our organization last May,” Whall said.

Architecture / Design / Engineering

Haskell, Jacksonville

Haskell, an architecture, engineering and construction firm headquartered in Jacksonville, announced today that COO James O’Leary has been appointed president. Following Preston Haskell and Steve Halverson, O’Leary becomes the third president in the company’s 52-year history.


South Florida Manufacturing Association (SFMA), Pompano Beach

The South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) has selected Matthew Rocco as its new President. He succeeds June Wolfe to carry on her legacy. Matthew's experience spans over 10 years combined in the corporate arena and higher education at Broward College. Serving as a SFMA Board of Director, he has a passion for manufacturing and is poised for success as President.

Week of September 11

Industrial Services

Cardno, West Palm Beach

Cardno is pleased to announce that Amy Long has joined the company as Regional Services Manager in its West Palm Beach, FL, USA, office. Amy brings nearly 10 years of broad professional experience in project management roles, particularly in assisting clients in securing and implementing state and federal brownfields funding.


The Weitz Company, West Palm Beach

The Weitz Company has hired James Auld as a director of business development for the firm’s Florida operations. Auld will be responsible for developing and maintaining client and associate relationships throughout the state. He works with marketing and business development staff in the firm’s West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale offices. Auld has 32 years of construction experience in Florida. He is a certified building contractor, and has worked in various levels of industry, including in the field and in national executive roles.


Corporate Synergies, Orlando

Corporate Synergies, a national insurance and employee benefits brokerage and consultancy, announces the appointment of accomplished healthcare executive, John Kern, as Regional Vice President for Florida. He joins the company to provide overall management responsibility for a team of benefits consultants and account management professionals in the Florida region.

Arts / Entertainment

ITEC Entertainment, Orlando

ITEC Entertainment Corporation has announced that Lisa Junkerman has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Corporate Development. Lisa serves a critical role during a time of accelerated growth at ITEC Entertainment. She will lead worldwide corporate development, marketing, PR, branding, website development, social media and advertising and will work with ITEC Entertainment’s president and executive team to set and implement strategies that grow marketshare and brand.

Week of September 4


First Citizens Bank, Fort Lauderdale

Laura King has been named Southeast Florida commercial banking manager at First Citizens Bank. In her new role, she leads the bank's commercial banking team that focuses on developing and managing relationships with local companies in the market. King has more than 23 years of banking experience and has been with First Citizens Bank since 2004.

Week of August 28

Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc

NTC, the leading post-closing services provider for the nation's largest financial institutions, is proud to announce that Aaron Vause, NTC's AVP of Document Custody, has been recognized & won the HW Insiders Award™. The program recognizes all-star employees nationwide in the finance industry that are considered the company's best-kept secret & vital to its success.

Restaurants / Food & Beverage


Dawn Lazo has been named Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa's new Vice President of Food & Beverage. "Having spent more than two decades in the business, Dawn is highly regarded by her team and brings experience to the table that establishes her as a leader that we are proud to have at this property," said Seminole Hard Rock Tampa's President Joe Lupo.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Magruder Laser Vision, Orlando

Magruder Laser Vision (120 E Par St, Orlando, FL 32804) welcomes Dr. Michael Shumski, M.D. - Dr. Shumski earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Master's degree. He then earned his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his residency training in ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta.


Maria L. Sachs, Boca Raton

Maria L. Sachs, former State Sen. and current executive director of Innovation Florida, was awarded the prestigious Guglielmo Marconi Award by The Order Sons of Italy in America. Named for the Nobel prize-winning Italian physicist who invented wireless telegraphy, the award is presented to Italian Americans who have made significant contributions to the United States.


Florida International University, Miami

Joanne Li has been appointed dean of FIU's College of Business. Most recently she was dean and professor of finance at the Raj Soin School of Business at Wright State University, a position she held since 2012. "I am very privileged to have the opportunity to serve a world-class faculty, dedicated staff, and talented student body in the FIU College of Business," Li said.

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.

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