Week of December 23
Syniverse, the world’s most connected company, has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jeff Bak as Vice President of Product Management for its cloud messaging services. Bak will manage a diverse portfolio composed of Syniverse’s industry-leading omnichannel Communications Platform as a Service solution, secure private messaging, and mobile operator services for consumer messaging.
Media / Publishing
The E.W. Scripps Company has promoted Bill Siegel to Vice President and General Manager of WSFL in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale. Siegel currently serves as a Senior Director of Content Strategy. In his new role, Siegel will lead the effort to build original local news programming at WSFL, including helping to identify a news director and building a reporting and production team.
Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, is pleased to announce that Matthew B. Taylor has joined the firm as a Partner to head up the Construction Litigation area of practice. For nearly two decades, Taylor, a 6th generation Floridian, has spent his time guiding clients through their construction matters from concept to groundbreaking to ribbon cutting.
Financial Services / Investments
MMG Consumer Brands, a specialist growth equity firm focused on high-growth consumer brands, announces longtime CPG executive Nicole Butera has joined the firm as Product Development Manager at MMGCB. Butera will be responsible for leading the development efforts for both mintedLeaf and KARIBO, MMGCB’s lines of CBD beauty and wellness products.
Week of December 16
Eric C. Christu, a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, has been elected a Director of the Palm Beach Civic Association. The organization's mission is to protect and improve the quality of life in the Town of Palm Beach. Christu is Chair of Shutts' Intellectual Property Practice Group.
Benjamin G. Greenberg has joined the White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice and Litigation Practice of the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. A former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Greenberg spent nearly 20 years with the U.S. Attorney's office, and most recently served in the role of Senior Litigation Counsel.
Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has expanded its real estate practice in Florida and nationally by adding eminent domain and property rights veteran attorney Mark. A. Tobin, who is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice and Real Estate Practice. He has represented hundreds of property and business owners over three decades.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation unanimously voted Brian M. Butler to its board of directors. As an accomplished businessman, longtime Central Florida resident, and leader with a passion for philanthropy, Butler brings invaluable experience and a unique perspective as the newest member of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation board of directors.
Week of December 9
Energy / Utilities
UNIPOWER, a leading provider of AC and DC power systems for mission critical industrial and commercial applications, has named John Canaday Director of Sales for the company’s eastern regional territory. With more than a 25 years of senior-level sales experience, Canaday will oversee the sales of high efficiency power technologies and manufacturing power products.
Advertising & Public Relations
Zimmerman proudly announces the addition of Christina Famy as Account Director. Famy was a Senior Account Manager for iCrossing and was responsible for driving brand, content, and search strategy. She has previously worked on nationally recognized brands such as Lexus, Volkswagen, Choice Hotels, and Adidas. In her new role, Famy will be tasked with leading various accounts.
Zimmerman Advertising, an Omnicom Group company, has announced Taj McClymont as Group Digital Media Director. McClymont most recently served as Vice President of Digital Strategy for Pinnacle. For nearly 20 years, he has held management and senior-level positions, earning accolades and nominations in the areas of digital marketing and design for Fortune 40-500 companies.
Zimmerman Advertising is proud to introduce Klim Kavall as VP, Digital Media Director. In his role, he will be leading the Media Strategy and Activation for Zimmerman clients. Kavall joins the Zimmerman team in Florida coming from Starcom in NYC, where he served as the SVP, Director of Performance Media across digital channels with a high regard towards audience-centric advertising.
Week of December 2
Financial Services / Investments
BBVA USA has announced the appointment of Fernando L. Crespo as Global Wealth Relationship Manager in its Miami office. As a Relationship Manager, Crespo will be responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships among high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals and families in the Miami area.
SlateStone Wealth, LLC (SlateStone) is pleased to announce that CNBC Contributor and financial market specialist, Kenny Polcari, has joined the firm as a Consultant and Senior Market Strategist. As a Market Analyst on CNBC, Polcari is a well-known personality in the financial services industry. He brings over thirty years of investment and market experience to SlateStone.
Human Resources / Recruiting
Ryan Shea is now President of the FL/Caribbean region of the outplacement and talent management consulting firm within ManpowerGroup. He joined Right Management in 2009. Ryan has consistently proven his leadership abilities, disrupting and taking a different perspective on the business while continuing to serve their customers with excellence and entrepreneurial passion.
Restaurants / Food & Beverage
Smokey Bones has appointed longtime restaurateur James O'Reilly as the new CEO. O'Reilly joins Smokey Bones from Long John Silver's, where he served as CEO for four years. He was selected by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners for his track record of leadership, brand building, and value creation.