Week of May 27
Financial Services / Investments
BFS Capital, a leader in small business lending, has announced the appointment of Fred Kauber as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer. Kauber, who brings more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry, will be responsible for leading a customer-focused product and technology organization whose mission is to help BFS re-imagine financial services for small businesses.
Matthew Lytell has been named one of Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers. Matt is the only adviser chosen from Tampa. Based on six criteria: assets under management; AUM growth rate; experience; advanced credentials; online accessibility; and compliance, the list is an impressive group of advisers with an average of 29 years of experience & managing $1.8B in assets.
Aviation / Aerospace
Silver Airways has appointed Todd Sims as Vice President of Information Technology for Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines. Sims is responsible for leading both Silver Airways’ and Seaborne Airlines’ IT and security systems, including the airlines’ IT strategy, applications, cybersecurity and infrastructure, as well as managing interfaces with worldwide codeshare and interline partners.
Hedrick Brothers Construction has realigned the company's leadership with internal promotions to reflect the growth of the business over 40 years. Dale Hedrick [left] will serve as CEO, Gene Parker [center] as COO & President of the Luxury Residential Division and Erik Himmel [right] as President of the Commercial Division. The full-service construction company, general contractor, design-builder and construction manager is headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL and offers services including preconstruction, virtual design & construction and sustainability. The company serves the public and private sectors in Florida including commercial, industrial, municipal and education, with a dedicated division for luxury residential and equestrian estate clients.
Week of May 20
U.S. Century Bank (USCB) is proud to announce the promotion of Martha Guerra-Kattou to Executive Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing. Guerra-Kattou has been with USCB since 2016 and draws from over 30 years of banking industry experience. She will continue to oversee all banking center production and implement initiatives to increase USCB's imprint and visibility.
Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Company is pleased to announce it has appointed Ronald E. “Nate” Natherson, Jr. as President and CEO. Natherson, an accomplished insurance-industry executive, joins Gulfstream having previously served as COO for Southern Oak Insurance Company. He brings over two decades of experience with operations management and corporate communications.
Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP), a Tampa-headquartered insurance distribution and consulting holding company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Baldwin as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Baldwin will oversee all strategic planning pertaining to BRP’s vision and mission. Since joining in 2009, Baldwin has forged the identity of the holding company as it is today.
Cory J. Person has joined Hill Ward Henderson as a Shareholder in the Litigation and Employment Law groups. He has extensive experience in claims of premises liability, negligent security, product liability, and construction defect, as well as Title VII, Florida Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Week of May 13
Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (“Coke Florida”) has named Duane Still as Chief Financial Officer. Still joins Coke Florida having recently served as CFO/Senior Vice President of Finance at CSM Bakery Solutions, a private equity-owned bakery products company that serves chain grocery, foodservice, traditional and industrial customers primarily in North America and Europe.
Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation
AvYachts, the elite provider of fractional luxury mega yacht ownership, has named William C. Davies, Jr. as CEO. William brings a wealth of financial savvy and expertise, thanks to his extensive background as a banking industry leader and innovator. He comes to AvYachts from City National Bank, where he was the Director of Strategy focused on business development and product expansion.
FAIRWINDS Credit Union has added Elisha González Bonnewitz as a new vice president of community relations and government affairs to oversee activities in Brevard, Volusia and Tampa-area markets. González Bonnewitz has an extensive background spanning more than two decades working with Orange County Public Schools, the U.S. Senate, Valencia College and Duke Energy.
MDO PARTNERS announced the expansion of its global compliance and corporate law practices with the addition of Associate Counsel, Priscila Bandeira. Bandeira graduated from the University of Miami (UM) School of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar. She will assist clients with corporate governance, corporate & international transactions, & compliance programs.
Week of May 6
Dr. Brad E. Hollingshead has been appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida Southern College. Dr. Hollingshead is a deeply committed leader of the College's mission of preparing students to make a positive and consequential impact on society. Following the College's national search, members of the selection committee unanimously recommended Dr. Hollingshead.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
Danny Rogers, RLA joins Bonnett Design Group as Associate Principal / Senior Landscape Architect. Danny brings 20 years of design experience to BDG's Maitland studio. Some of Mr. Rogers most notable design challenges include Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort; Margaritaville Resort, Orlando; urban sites in Curitiba and Sao Paulo, Brazil; themed masterplans in China; a mountain-top resort located in Danang, Vietnam and luxurious Caribbean destinations. Mr. Rogers received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 1999 and a Master of Civic Urbanism from Rollins College in 2014.
Matern, a Florida based consulting engineer firm, is pleased to announce Ryan Strandquest as its new President. Ryan has 25 yrs. experience in mechanical engineering. He aspires to improve building health, function and energy use through his designs. He is engaged with clients, staff, projects and the community. Ryan leads with integrity and focuses on client satisfaction.
Bari Goldstein [left] and Sasha Klein [right] have joined West Palm Beach-based firm Ward Damon. Goldstein focuses her practice on employment and labor law, counseling employers on compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations. Klein focuses on estate and tax planning, counseling individuals and families in estates and trusts, transfer taxes, income taxation and more.
Week of April 29
Sales / Marketing
Bram Hechtkopf, CEO of Kobie, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in Florida. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, an operator of at-risk-youth residential facilities and outpatient services, has named Sherri Kincade as Chief Clinical Officer. Kincade is an accomplished behavioral health administrator with more than two decades of experience. She brings leadership expertise with a strong behavioral health counseling background and a commitment to achieving organizational goals.
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) continues to expand its offerings and experience by hiring two new leaders, Steven Swart, Regional Senior Vice President, and Brian Wall, Vice President of Revenue Cycle. Swart is a seasoned healthcare leader, bringing over 30 years of experience and operational acumen. Wall has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare account and revenue cycle management.
The Global Technology Distribution Council, the world’s largest international consortium of technology distributors, has announced Frank Vitagliano as Chief Executive Officer. Vitagliano’s 30+ years of experience includes senior executive positions with IBM, Juniper Networks and Dell, with responsibilities ranging from sales and general management to his mainstay channel business roles.