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Week of July 27

Economic Development

JAXUSA, Jacksonville

JAXUSA Partnership has hired HR executive Angela Timberlake to serve as its Vice President, Elevate Women – a new leadership role designed to ensure female representation in Northeast Florida leadership. In this role, Angela will develop and lead strategies to increase the number and percentage of women in C-suite roles, on corporate boards and in political office in the region.

Life Sciences

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Fort Myers

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) announces CFO Nathan H. Walcker has been named Chief Executive Officer. Walcker joined FCS in August 2019, bringing more than a decade of healthcare, physician services and corporate finance expertise with him to Fort Myers. During his time at FCS, he’s made significant contributions across finance, strategy and operations.

Media / Publishing

BNC, Tallahassee

Princell Hair joins The Black News Channel (BNC) as President and CEO of the nation’s first and only 24-hour news network culturally specific to the diverse views of the Black community. Hair brings a unique background in diverse platforms including general management, experience leading a national news network, a regional sports business and several local television news departments.


St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III will serve as Executive Director of St. Thomas University’s new Center for Pandemic, Disaster, and Quarantine Research (St. Thomas PDQ). Mayor Gilbert will play a key role in ensuring the success of the St. Thomas PDQ by creating innovative programming, research opportunities and raising funds for the continued existence of the Center.

Week of July 20

Industrial Services

Waste Pro USA, Longwood

Waste Pro has named President Sean Jennings [left], son of founder John Jennings, Chief Executive Officer and Senior VP Keith Banasiak [right] Chief Operating Officer. John Jennings was elected Executive Board Chairman.
Sean joined Waste Pro in 2014 as Division Manager of the Tampa-Clearwater area, then joined the Sarasota Division in 2016. Jennings led the charge to build a compressed natural gas station & recycling facility. He was named President in 2018.
Banasiak has more than 30 years in the waste industry. He previously served as Regional VP of Waste Pro's Florida West Coast, one of the company's largest regions with more than 275,000 residential customers & more than 10,000 commercial customers from Taylor County south through Collier County.


JourneyLabs Inc., Lake Mary

JourneyLabs Inc. has announced the hiring of Tim Bush as the new Chief Executive Officer.  JourneyLabs is a high value, low cost digital health engagement and communication platform that enables personalized, automated and real-time connected care for the Mental Health market. Mr. Bush brings a wealth of experience and deep healthcare technology expertise to his new role. 

Tech Data, Clearwater

Tech Data has announced the appointment of John O’Shea as President of the Americas. O’Shea brings nearly 20 years of proven leadership experience at Tech Data, most recently heading the company’s Global Lifecycle Management business unit, which has grown to serve customers around the world as part of the company’s strategy to deliver to higher value. 


FCCI Insurance Group, Sarasota

Christina "Cina" Welch, Esq. has been named president & CEO of FCCI Insurance Group. She began her career with FCCI in 1998 as attorney in the legal department and has held progressively complex roles. She developed FCCI's Enterprise Risk Management program, has been leading FCCI's Business Continuity Management program, and led the company's geographic expansion efforts.


FIU, Miami

Florida International University's Board of Trustees elected Trustee Dean Colson, a former chairman of the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, as the new chairman of the FIU Board of Trustees.

Colson is a partner at the Coral Gables-based Law Firm Colson Hicks Eidson and previously served as the president of the Dade County Bar Association.

Week of July 13

Real Estate

MANA Group, Miami

Albert Maloof Berdellans III joins as VP of Marketing and Communications. He is former VP of Marketing at SWARM, a MANA partner and one of the largest event companies in Florida. Prior to that, he led marketing at Ultra Music Festival for seven years, transforming the brand into an international powerhouse of live entertainment.

The MANA Group focuses on neighborhood revitalization by pairing real estate with culture. CEO Moishe Mana is in the process of transforming Miami's Flagler Street corridor, establishing it as a global technology hub alongside commercial spaces for fashion, commerce and the arts. MANA led the artistic renaissance of Wynwood into a top tourist destination and is Miami's single largest landowner.


GrayRobinson P.A., Orlando

GrayRobinson, P.A. welcomes Charles Gillis as its chief administrative officer, providing strategic, financial, and operational support to its President & CEO Dean Cannon. Located in the Orlando office, Gillis comes from Dallas, Texas, where he owned a legal and corporate recruiting and consulting firm, and brings with him over 20 years of law firm management experience.


KAST Construction, West Palm Beach

KAST Construction is pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Fortner to Senior Planner. Adam grew up in the construction business, served his country as a soldier in the US Army and got his degree from Florida State. Adam earned one of only 10 CM-Lean certificates issued in the state, and he has used these techniques with great success as a superintendent with KAST.

Week of July 6

Media / Publishing

Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg

Annica Keeler, a longtime employee of the Tampa Bay Times, has become the newsroom’s first Development and Community Relations Director. In this new role, Keeler will spearhead efforts to connect with local donors, building on the momentum created this year through the Times’ Investigative and Journalism Funds. Keeler will also coordinate grant applications to support newsroom funding.

Real Estate

Premier Sotheby's International Realty, Naples

Michael Lawler was named the #1 individual real estate associate, across all companies, in the state of Florida, by sales volume in the 2020 REAL Trends "The Thousand" annual report. He was ranked nationally at #15 for total sales volume as an individual sales associate. The annual report summarizes the top 1,000 real estate agents and teams in the US.

Financial Services / Investments

Black Dragon Capital, Miami

Black Dragon Capital, a minority-led private equity firm that makes control investments in technology companies, is pleased to announce its founder and CEO, Louis Hernandez Jr., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing world-class pediatric care to children residing in South Florida.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Women's Care Enterprises, Tampa

Women's Care Enterprises announces that Alistair Madle has rejoined the company as its Chief Executive Officer. Madle has 20 years' experience in multi-site, specialty physician services leadership, including 14 years with Women's Care Florida. During this period, Women's Care Florida grew into one of the most high-performing, integrated women's health care groups in the country.

Week of June 29


Moss Construction, Fort Lauderdale

Moss Construction is pleased to announce that Scott Moss, one of the company's founders and a 30-year veteran of the construction industry, has been named Chief Executive Officer. Scott takes over for his father, Bob, who stepped down as CEO and will serve as Chairman and Founder. Moss is ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the nation's top 75 general contractors.

Financial Services / Investments

Veridis Management, Tampa

Veridis Management, a fund management company that invests in complex litigation claims and other legal and regulatory risk, announced that Samuel Salario has joined the firm as Managing Director of Investments. Mr. Salario has more than 20 years of experience as an appellate judge and commercial litigator and will be focused on evaluating legal risk and overseeing active investments.


Florida Law Group, Tampa

The Florida Law Group welcomes Robert Samartin. Rob recently joined Florida Law Group as a senior litigation attorney, with 30 years of experience trying cases in Florida's courts. Born and raised in Morristown, NJ, he is a graduate of St. Leo University and the Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad School of Law.  

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Jennifer Rominiecki, president and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Board of Directors. Rominiecki will serve a four-year term, representing the Tampa Bay region, beginning July 1, 2020. The Board of Directors provides guidance, input and insight into the evolution of Visit Florida’s marketing programs. 


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