Week of August 26
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
West Florida Hospital, a full-service, emergency care facility specializing in cardiac care and cancer care, has announced the appointment of Gay Nord as its new CEO. Nord brings more than 24 years of experience to the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division facility, located in Pensacola. Nord most recently served as market president of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.
Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation
Hard Rock International has announced the appointment of David Pellow to Senior Vice President of Company Cafe Operations. Pellow, who has been with Hard Rock for nearly 20 years, previously held the position of Area Vice President of Cafe Operations – Europe, where he managed operations for Hard Rock Cafe® locations in 13 countries across the continent.
Suzanne E. Gilbert has been appointed by the American Bar Association to serve a three-year term on its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary representing the Eleventh Circuit federal courts, which include Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The 15-member committee evaluates the qualifications of nominees to the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.
The Tampa Bay office of CBIZ announces the promotion of Paul Dunham to co-tax practice leader. Dunham assumes responsibilities for practice growth, financial management and financial results for the tax practice. He has over 30 years of experience in public accounting serving both public and privately held companies on a wide range of tax issues.
Week of August 19
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Feeding Northeast Florida, the greater Jacksonville’s largest nonprofit community food bank, has announced Susan King will serve as its new president and CEO. King previously served as a member of Feeding Northeast Florida’s board of directors. She’s also held prominent roles including Executive Director for WeCareJax and President/CEO at Atlantic Beach Urban Farms.
Michael N. Kreitzer has joined the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. as a Shareholder in the Litigation Practice. He focuses his practice on a wide range of business related disputes in the areas of contracts, real estate and real property law, business partnerships and shareholder conflicts, including liability claims brought against directors and officers.
As Executive Vice President, Dick Dowd will spearhead initiatives that further augment American Integrity's solid foundation and will drive its growth, brand presence and market share. Dick has a deep breadth of experience in personal, commercial, standard and specialty insurance lines of business and a proven track record of producing results far outpacing the industry.
Andy Brown, co-Owner, Head Instructor at The Climer School of Real Estate, The Best Real Estate School in Florida won the prestigious 2019 National Real Estate Educator Of The Year from the National Real Estate Educators Association (REEA). The award was for his unique, creative and visionary approaches and his in-depth training program for Licensed Real Estate Instructors
Week of August 12
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
Ronald Giffler, President and CEO of FirstPath, a physician-operated lab based in Pompano Beach, has been installed as the 143rd President of the Florida Medical Association. Board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, Giffler, MD, JD, MBA, FCAP, is also Medical Director of Laboratory Services for Broward Health, one of the nation’s largest public health systems.
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has named Dr. Emily Ptaszek as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ptaszek, currently COO, assumes the position on Aug. 19. She is a highly accomplished, board certified clinical psychologist who brings more than 10 years of clinical experience to her executive leadership role.
Marc Auerbach has been appointed chief legal officer and general counsel at Genuine Health Group, a Miami-based, technology-focused healthcare company concentrating on value-based care. Mr. Auerbach will assist with transactions related to physician engagements and home healthcare, as well as managed care organizations and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Jerry Gaddis EA MBA, has been installed as President of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, a Washington, DC-based organization representing more than 56,000 federally-licensed tax professionals. Gaddis, Founder & CEO of Tropical Tax Solutions, offers tax consultation, preparation and representation solutions to businesses, individuals and other entities.
Week of August 5
Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has named Deja Holley as Social Media Manager and Creative Designer. Holley brings more than 7 years of social media experience in the South Florida area to the Tint World family and will provide an ever-increasing online presence to the company's more than 70 global franchise locations.
Transportation / Logistics / Distribution
Optym, a privately-held world leader in new-generation automation and optimization software for transportation and logistics companies in the airline, railroad and trucking industries, has appointed Vic Keller to its board of directors. Keller brings over 20 years of experience in establishing, growing and operationally optimizing national and international companies.
Alzamend Neuro, Inc. has announced the appointment of Eric McDade, DO, a board-certified cognitive neurologist, as its next member to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. McDade has focused his activities on the evaluation of those with dementia syndromes and on developing a clinical research program using cerebrospinal fluid markers to identify those at risk for Alzheimer's.
Financial Services / Investments
Marc Bell Capital, a diversified family home office, is pleased to announce Betty Sapp as Senior Advisor to the firm. Sapp most recently served as Director of the United States National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a joint Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Organization. She was the first woman to hold the title of Director, NRO, a position she held from 2012 to 2019.