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Week of December 25

Research / Development

Water Street Innovation Hub, Tampa

Jeff Vinik has announced the hiring of Lakshmi Shenoy as CEO of an innovation hub he's planning for his Water Street Tampa project. Shenoy come to Tampa from her current job as vice president of strategy and business at 1871, a tech entrepreneurship hub in Chicago that UBI Global rated as the top university-affiliated incubator in the United States.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

UF Health, Gainesville

Katie Boudreau, a longtime Gainesville resident and veteran advancement professional, has been named senior director of advancement and alumni affairs at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In her new role, Boudreau will be supervising and focusing on reaching the college's $120 million goal for the Go Greater campaign. 

Heart of Florida Health Center, Ocala

Ocala-based Heart of Florida Health Center, which provides medical and dental care predominately to the poor, has selected Jamie Ulmer to serve as its new chief executive officer. "The healthcare field has been a lifelong passion that has culminated in this wonderful opportunity," Ulmer said of the announcement.

Real Estate

Franklin Street, Tampa

Franklin Street, a full-service commercial real estate firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Tom Kersting to Managing Director. Kersting most recently served as President of Insurance Services. In his new role, Kersting will work across Franklin Street’s entire company, and all lines of business, to identify and grow client opportunities and services. He will be based out of the firm’s Tampa office.

Week of December 18

Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation

Westgate Resorts, Orlando

Jared Saft has been named Chief Business Officer of Westgate Resorts. Saft previously served as Senior Vice President and has been with Westgate Resorts for more than 11 years. In his new role, he will oversee the development and evaluation of all new business and growth opportunities for the company, in addition to his continued oversight of companywide hotel sales and marketing; digital marketing and social media; inventory and revenue management; and timeshare and call center operations.


Chico's FAS Inc, Fort Myers

Chico's FAS, Inc. has announced that David Pastrana has been appointed president of its White House Black Market brand, effective Jan. 10, 2018. In this role, Mr. Pastrana will oversee all business activities for White House Black Market and will report directly to Shelley Broader, president and chief executive officer of Chico's FAS. Mr. Pastrana will succeed Donna Colaco who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Aviation / Aerospace

Spirit Airlines, Miramar

Spirit Airlines has announced that Ted Christie, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume the position of President and will join the company's Board of Directors effective on Jan. 1, 2018. In his management role, Christie will have overall responsibility for the finance, revenue, operations, IT and human resources functions of Spirit's business. Christie will be succeeding Bob Fornaro.

Financial Services / Investments

BFS Capital, Coral Springs

BFS Capital, a leading small business financing platform, announced today the hiring of Mary Harris as its Chief Marketing Officer. Harris formerly led marketing and public relations for BankUnited, a leading U.S. business bank headquartered in Miami-Lakes, Florida. Harris will join the BFS Capital senior leadership team and report to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Marrache.

Week of December 11

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Aventura Hospital Medical Center, Aventura

HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) East Florida Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee B. Chaykin as Chief Executive Officer of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Mr. Chaykin has over 25 years of healthcare experience and has been with HCA for the past 23 years. Mr. Chaykin comes to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center from the HCA East Florida Division office where he served as VP of Business Development.


Axiom Bank, N.A.

Axiom Bank, a leading community bank based in Maitland, recently promoted Tom Coletta to senior vice president, commercial market executive. He had been serving as a VP, commercial relationship manager, since 2015. For more information and to find the location nearest you, visit

Axiom Bank, N.A.

Axiom Bank - a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently named Kristian Negroni as senior vice president, commercial market executive. In this position, Negroni will grow and retain commercial banking relationships across designated market areas, including Tampa. For more information and to find your nearest location, visit

Architecture / Design / Engineering

MSA Architects Inc., Miami

Beatriz "Bizi" Hernandez, RA, LEED AP BD+C, has been named Partner at MSA. Bizi manages the Design Team and represents the firm on projects at all Public Hearings, Architectural Design Board Hearings, Planning & Zoning Boards and City Council Hearings. She serves as the client's liaison with city officials, land-use attorneys, etc. from project inception to completion.

Week of December 4


Coastal Construction Group, Palm Beach

Former U.S. Congressman Patrick Erin Murphy has rejoined Coastal Construction Group as Vice President. Murphy previously served as a VP for Coastal before serving in U.S. Congress for four years. Murphy will be instrumental in Coastal's growth as the company continues its expansion throughout Florida. Murphy will also co-chair Coastal's philanthropic arm, Coastal Cares. Murphy currently divides his time between the company's Palm Beach, Miami, and Orlando offices. 

Financial Services / Investments

Bankers Healthcare Group, Davie

Juan Carlos Ortigosa has been named chief revenue officer at Bankers Healthcare Group in Davie, which is a provider of financial solutions for healthcare professionals. In this role, Mr. Ortigosa is focused on identifying and minimizing all levels of risk, including portfolio, corporate and economic.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Visiting Angels of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Gardens

Visiting Angels of the Palm Beaches is proud to announce that it has added Laura Annas, RN, BSN, to its home care management team as director of nursing. Laura's duties include overseeing the home care and companionship services provided to our Palm Beach County and Martin County clients. She will direct all quality-assurance initiatives for the company and handle agency compliance for the State of Florida.


TD Bank, South Florida

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, has announced the appointment of Nick Miceli to Regional President, Florida. Miceli will oversee TD Bank's commercial, retail, small business, specialty banking operations and lending services throughout the state.

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