Week of December 24
Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has named Jacob Eisenberg as director of marketing, where he will provide the company's more than 60 global franchise locations with marketing and advertising support. Eisenberg brings more than 15 years of marketing experience to the Tint World family.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Teresa C. Urquhart returns to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to serve as the hospital’s chief executive officer. Previously, Urquhart was the chief operating officer at Delray Medical Center. In her role as CEO, Urquhart will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at the hospital.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
The North Central Florida YMCA has named Angela Howard President and Chief Executive Officer. In her new role, Howard will provide direction, innovation, and help grow the organization. Howard has experience working with the YMCA, as she was the Executive Director of the Middletown chapter in Ohio. Howard has spent more than 14 years with the YMCA.
Three equity partners at Shutts & Bowen LLP, Matthew R. Chait, Michelle G. Hendler, and Matthew S. Sackel, were chosen by The Florida Bar to contribute to the ninth edition of "Florida Real Property Litigation," an essential resource for attorneys practicing real estate law in Florida.
"It's an honor when one of our partners is recognized by The Florida Bar, for their preeminent knowledge," said Michael J. Grindstaff, Managing Partner at Shutts. "We're proud that three of our own were chosen by The Bar to be part of the elite group, whose work will be referenced by real estate lawyers across the state."
The reference manual, published on Dec. 19, is known as the go-to publication for real estate litigation issues in the Sunshine State.
Week of December 17
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Dr. Stephanie E. Haridopolos has been named chair of the board of directors for Florida Healthy Kids Corp. Haridopolos is a board-certified family medicine physician who completed her residency at Albany Medical Center in New York. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Board of Medicine in 2017, where she most recently served as chair of the Rules and Legislative Committee and Vice-Chair of the Probation Committee.
Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Interim President/CEO Eric Godet, Sr. has been appointed permanent head of the business organization’s operations. Godet assumes full leadership of the Chamber at an important time in Greater Gainesville’s history as economic development, public policy, education and employment initiatives are continuously making headlines.
Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynda Remund, SHRM-CP, as the organization's President and CEO. In her role, Remund manages the Partnership’s organizational structure, vision and mission, facilitates the corporation’s strategic initiatives, and works with Downtown stakeholders to ensure Tampa’s urban core is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood.
AutoNation, Inc. has announced its Board of Directors has elected Rick L. Burdick as Lead Independent Director. Mr. Burdick is a long-standing director of the Company and a partner in Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. AutoNation, America's largest automotive retailer, is transforming the automotive industry through innovation and comprehensive brand extensions.
Week of December 10
The Executive Committee of Enterprise Florida’s board of directors unanimously approved Mike Grissom as interim President and CEO. Grissom joined EFI in March 2015 as vice president of external affairs. He more recently served as Executive Vice President. In addition to serving as interim CEO, Grissom maintains his role leading EFI’s legislative and external affairs efforts.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness and simulated phishing platform, has announced Rosa Smothers, former technical intelligence officer for the CIA, as the new Senior VP of Cyber Operations. Smothers will lead KnowBe4's Federal Practice efforts, providing cybersecurity advisory services to civilian and military agencies within the federal government.
Media / Publishing
Switchboard Live, a live streaming technology company headquartered in Orlando, is pleased to announce that Sandra Arber, former VP of Business Operations at Switchboard Live, has been appointed as new Chief Operations Officer. Over the last three decades, Arber’s career has bridged the intersection of creative content and business.
To help level the playing field in the reinsurance industry, E.W. "Ted" Blanch and a team of highly experienced industry executives recently founded Tampa-based COIN Re. The new company, whose name is an acronym of Client Owned Intermediary Nexus, is based on a pricing and ownership model radically different from reinsurance broker industry norms. www.coinreinsurance.com
Week of December 3
BBG, a leading national independent commercial real estate valuation, advisory and assessment firm, has announced the appointment of Jason Schultz, MAI to Director of the firm's Tampa office. In his new role, Mr. Schultz will be responsible for market valuations, strategic business development, client management and quality control in Tampa's thriving commercial real estate market.
National Education leader David Donahue has joined Ultimate Medical Academy as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff. Donahue comes to UMA from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he spent more than 20 years in a variety of roles, including most recently as the college's Chief of Staff and Director of Community Relations. He also chaired the Middlebury Chamber.
Anthony Phillips, practice lead of the Tampa Bay Forensic & Financial Services Dept, has been accepted into the Forensic & Business Valuation Division of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation. He is one of 28 members nationally in the group, which is comprised of forensic & business valuation professionals of national repute, professionalism & integrity.
Katrina Sosa has been promoted to Senior Associate. Since joining Haber Law in 2016, she has worked on both litigation and transactional matters concentrating her practice in complex business law and litigation, real estate law and construction law. Sosa is a member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Cuban ABA and was named to the Super Lawyers Florida Rising Stars list in 2018.