Week of December 27
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
Palm Beach Health Network Physician Group has announced Eric J. McBride, MBA, MHSA, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the multi-specialty physician group. In his new role, McBride will be responsible for the operations and strategic growth of physician practices across Palm Beach County. McBride previously served as CEO for Reliance Health Accountable Care Organization.
Financial Services / Investments
Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) has acquired Pilot Bank, which has locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Already the largest credit union and mortgage lender in Michigan, LMCU has had a growing presence in Florida since 2015. Roy Hellwege, Chairman and CEO of Pilot Bank, will serve as the president of LMCU’s Central Florida region.
Florida State University President Richard McCullough has announced the selection of Michael Alford as the university’s next Vice President and Director of Athletics. Alford is an accomplished leader with a wealth of experience in collegiate and professional athletics and a proven track record of fundraising, hiring successful coaches and managing elite athletics programs.
The Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) board of directors announces G. Mathew “Matt” Joyner has been selected to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the organization effective April 1, 2022. A seventh-generation Floridian, Joyner holds a bachelor’s in business administration from USF and has served as director of government relations for FCM since 2018.
Week of December 20
Alan B Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center) named Katerina Perez as its Executive Director of Development & Head of Business Relations. Perez will focus on growing revenue streams across key sponsorship, membership, academic, and philanthropic giving channels. Perez will also promote the Levan Center's unique array of technology resources.
Amit Agarwal has joined Holland & Knight's Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., offices. He focuses his practice on federal and state appellate litigation, complex and high-stakes issues, and federal, state and internal investigations. From 2016 to 2021, Mr. Agarwal served as Florida's solicitor general within the Office of the Attorney General.
Former Florida Department of Environmental Protection attorney Paul J. Polito has joined the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Practice at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., one of the state's largest environmental law firms. Polito has spent the past several years representing the state in complex matters related to environmental permitting and enforcement. LLW-LAW.com
Prime Matter Labs, a leading contract manufacturer of beauty and personal care products, has announced the appointment of Aaron Paas as incoming CEO. In his new role, Paas will take responsibility for all the operations and strategy of the company, including the continued growth across each of Prime Matter Labs' facilities in Miami, Southern California, and New York City.
Week of December 13
PLDO announces that Partner John (Jay) R. Gowell and Associate Joshua J. Butera have joined the firm's expanded Corporate & Commercial Real Estate Development team in its Boca Raton office. Attorney Gowell is a nationally recognized bond counsel with decades of experience in corporate law and real estate development in the private and public sectors. His wide-ranging representation includes purchase and sale transactions of assets such as office buildings, shopping centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, marinas and others. Attorney Butera assists clients with corporate compliance, contracts and regulatory issues. He has managed multimillion-dollar business transactions for software and renewable energy companies.
Global business advisory firm EisnerAmper announced that the partners and staff of Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. ("CDL") have joined EisnerAmper. Founded in 1987 and based in West Palm Beach, Florida, CDL has 13 partners and a staff of 100 professionals. The firm provides audit, tax and advisory services to growing and mid-sized companies.
Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation
Robin Prakash has joined Discover The Palm Beaches, the tourism marketing agency for Palm Beach County, as Associate Vice President of Group Sales. The 22-year industry veteran will work to grow the tourism economy by bringing additional groups and meetings to over 200 hotel partners throughout the county, as well as develop new business at the PBC Convention Center.
Restaurants / Food & Beverage
Sanguich de Miami is proud to announce Marcus Lemonis as a new partner. He will join owners Daniel Figueredo and Rosa Romero as they expand the Sanguich brand across the US. The partnership will continue to build on a strong foundation and alliance between partners and leverage Lemonis’ reach and influence across his many investments.
Week of December 6
Stonehill is pleased to announce the promotion of Maddie Johnson from Analyst to Senior Consultant. In her new role, Ms. Johnson will be entrusted with managing client deliverables across the firm's portfolio of Fortune 1000 clients. Stonehill is a Strategy & Innovation Consultancy. It helps its customers to design products and services that improve customer experience.
The Fiorentino Group (TFG) is pleased to announce that Margo Klosterman has joined their team as principal in their Jacksonville office. She most recently served as assistant vice president of legislative and political affairs at Delta Dental Plans in D.C. She will utilize her skills in healthcare policy to assist TFG clients in an increasingly complex area of government.
Energy / Utilities
John Fremstad is now Director, Innovation & Competitiveness. John is responsible for identifying innovative solutions and strategies that will fill the competitive gaps to economic development success in the communities Duke Energy Florida serves. John's team will provide support using trends analysis, product development, strategic development, marketing and more.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has named Derrick Chubbs as its new President and CEO. Chubbs previously served as President and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief agency in Central Texas. Prior to joining the Food Bank Network, Chubbs was with the American Red Cross where he held both regional and national executive roles.
Week of November 29
Gunster continues to expand its state-wide footprint with the addition of two new attorneys, each offering vast experience in their respective fields. Latour "LT" Lafferty joins the Business Litigation practice in the firm's Tampa office and April Bentley joins the Immigration Law practice in the firm's Tallahassee office.
Gunster continues to strengthen its bench with the addition of three new shareholders. Eric Olsen [left], Robert Manning [center] and Michael Petrovich [right] join the Environmental & Land Use practice in the firm's Tallahassee office. The seasoned team will continue to guide clients through Florida's regulated environmental and land use matters.
Gunster continues to expand its Real Estate practice with the addition of three new shareholders. Brad McPherson [left], John K. Rice [center] and Kevin Kenny [right] joined the firm's West Palm Beach and Tampa offices. Collectively, they offer a diverse wealth of knowledge to help navigate clients through Florida's most complex real estate matters.
Financial Services / Investments
IBERIABANK First Horizon welcomes Bart Bishop, EVP Commercial Banking Executive for the Central Florida region. Bart brings over 35 years of commercial banking expertise and leadership to the organization and will lead the Bank's growth plans for the Commercial Banking, Business Banking, Commercial R/E and Corporate Banking segments.
Doug Pieper joins First Horizon as an SBA Banker serving Central Florida, Tampa Bay, Naples and Fort Myers. He has 22 years of experience in commercial banking and finance. Doug has spent the last 6 years as an SBA Lender helping small business owners navigate lending options for expansions, acquisitions, startups and changes of ownership.
Florida health coverage rate is better but still lags most of the U.S.
Numerous Florida college rankings drop under new U.S. News methodology