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Week of November 26

Energy / Utilities

JEA, Jacksonville

The JEA Board has voted unanimously to make Aaron Zahn JEA's next Chief Executive Officer.  As Managing Director and CEO, Zahn oversees all operations for the eighth-largest public utility in the nation, providing electric, water and sewer services to customers across a 900-mile service territory in Northeast Florida. 

Aviation / Aerospace

Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s governing board has named Mark VanLoh to be the agency’s next CEO. VanLoh has run airport authorities in six cities during the past 25 years. In his new role, VanLoh takes over a system of four airports that fill transportation roles wider than simply commercial airline traffic through Jacksonville International Airport.


Nordis Technologies, Coral Springs

Nordis Technologies, an innovative customer communications management and payment technology solutions company, has recruited Nicole Miller to be vice president of client services. Miller has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, technology, revenue cycle management, election services software and business operations.


MDO Partners, Miami

Isis Carbajal will serve as Compliance Counsel at MDO Partners and lead the firm's Higher Education Compliance Practice, representing colleges & universities on legal & compliance issues. She will also assist higher education clients with compliance programs. Carbajal is a Board Certified attorney with over 35 years of experience in the Florida State University system.

Week of November 19

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Lighthouse of SWFL, Fort Myers

Lighthouse of SWFL announced the appointment of Dotty St. Amand as the agency’s new chief executive officer. Lighthouse of SWFL is a nationally accredited United Way partner agency that provides vision rehabilitation and support services to individuals experiencing major vision loss and blindness.

Consumer Services

Bluegreen Vacations, Fort Lauderdale

Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG), announces that Katherine Derrick has joined the company as Vice President of Customer Experience. Derrick will be responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of user experience, customer experience, and brand creative activities.


Rogers Towers, Jacksonville

Rogers Towers shareholder and board member, Wyman R. Duggan, was elected to be District 15's next State Representative. Duggan has been with Rogers Towers for 14 years and his practice areas include land use, zoning, and property tax valuation changes. A commissioned U.S. Marine Corps officer, Duggan earned his law degree from William & Mary College.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital named Giovanni Cucchiaro, M.D. as director of the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia and professor of anesthesiology and critical care with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His expertise includes pediatric anesthesia, pain management and palliative care.

Week of November 12

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees announced it has elected Kent Thielen, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic, and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. As leader of Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, Dr. Thielen will work to provide leadership and direction, define and implement Mayo Clinic’s operational plan, and expand Mayo Clinic’s leadership and reach in the Southeast.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Miami

South Florida Behavioral Health Network has announced that John W. Newcomer, M.D. has been named its President and CEO. Dr. Newcomer was previously Professor of Integrated Medical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU in Boca Raton, FL. He has been a principal investigator on research grants funded through the NIH for over 20 years and has held a series of leadership positions.


Lynn University, Boca Raton

Christian Boniforti has been appointed Lynn University’s first chief strategy and technology officer (CSTO). Boniforti served as Lynn’s chief information officer for the past 12 years. As CSTO, he will focus on organizational strategy to unlock value for students and identify large-scale business and technology solutions. Boniforti will help Lynn deliver measurable, cost-effective results to make the Lynn 2025 strategy a reality.


DeAngelis Diamond, Naples

DeAngelis Diamond has named veteran construction industry attorney Christian Young as general counsel. He joins the Naples-based general contractor after working with national contractor Suffolk, where he served as assistant general counsel. Young will advise on all aspects of company's legal department.

Week of November 5

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute LLC, Fort Myers

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, LLC (FCS) the largest physician-owned oncology/hematology practice in the country, has announced Dr. Lucio Gordan has been named Managing Partner and President of FCS. Dr. Gordan has served on the Executive Board of FCS since 2010 when he joined the practice as a hematologist/oncologist in Gainesville, Florida.

Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale

North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners has named Gino Santorio acting CEO of Broward Health. Santorio has been executive vice president and COO of Broward Health since 2017. Santorio is known for his experience in turnaround management. Since joining Broward Health, Santorio has established significant changes that have positively impacted the stability of the healthcare system.

Community Care Plan, Sunrise

South Florida-based Community Care Plan (CCP), the health plan with a heart, promoted Jessica Lerner to President and Chief Executive Office. As President and CEO, Lerner will continue to grow CCP and provide quality-based healthcare to the South Florida community. She was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016.


Mattamy Homes US, Orlando

Mattamy Homes US, the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, is pleased to announce that David Baselice has been appointed President of the company's Orlando Division. Baselice will oversee all aspects of Mattamy's business – including land acquisition and development, marketing, sales and construction – in the Orlando market.

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