Week of January 24
Architecture / Design / Engineering
Universal Engineering Sciences appointed Michael Dear as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dear is an experienced finance leader with 30 years of global expertise in engineering services and construction. He most recently served as CFO for PLH Group. Prior to that, he worked at John Wood Group. Originally from Scotland, Mike is a six-time World Pipe Band Champion.
DeAngelis Diamond is pleased to announce that Brian Thor has accepted the role of Director of Project Management. Brian brings over 15 years of experience leading teams in completing over $800 million in construction projects throughout Central Florida. Brian will help grow and build DeAngelis Diamonds's team of Project Managers to be the best in the industry.
Home Safety Solutions has named R. Troy Atlas President and CEO. The Tampa native specializes in business development and process optimization. His career includes successful roles at Raymond James, AIG SunAmerica and Deloitte. With Atlas' arrival, the highly acclaimed, 35-year-old hurricane and storm protection company is poised to expand and innovate its operations.
Financial Services / Investments
Fifth Third Bank has appointed Craig Watson as senior vice president and managing director of the Private Bank, South Florida region. Craig will lead the wealth and asset management division with a focus on growth and execution of wealth strategies to meet the complex objectives of high-net worth individuals, families, and estates.
Week of January 17
Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., one of Florida's largest environmental law firms, is pleased to announce that attorney Lauren Brooks has joined the firm's Tallahassee office. Brooks brings with her nine years of experience in federal and state environmental and land use regulation and litigation, local government law, business litigation and the appellate process.
Financial Services / Investments
ProVise Management Group named Eric Ebbert [center], CFP®, MBA as CEO, replacing Ray Ferrara, CFP®. Ferrara will remain as Executive Chair and Chief Compliance Officer.
Succeeding Ebbert as President is Jon Brethauer [right], CFP®, AIF®, CPFA, MBA. Brethauer has been Executive Vice President for the past three years and oversees the Retirement Plan Division, serving over 1,500 participants.
Shane O'Hara [left], CFP® was also named Executive Vice President. Shane is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds a Series 7 FINRA General Securities Representative License. Shane is also an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR).
Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC announced that former City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has joined the firm. Bob will focus on economic development opportunities and urban development strategies, while working with clients to improve the overall quality of life in the Tampa Bay region and statewide. Bob served as the Mayor of Tampa, Florida from 2011 to 2019.
CITY Furniture (CITY) has appointed Andrew Koenig as their CEO. Andrew began his career with CITY in January 2006 in the Operations Department and worked his way up through the company. Andrew will oversee all departments of the company. With 22 showrooms across the state and an expansive e-commerce site, CITY is constantly evolving to bring customers the very best.
BBX Industrial is pleased to announce that it has appointed Brent Albertson as Sr. Vice President of Development and have opened an Orlando office. Albertson's responsibilities include development and project management with respect to the company's infill speculative and the industrial real estate platform in the State of Florida and other key Eastern seaboard markets.
Week of January 10
Verdex Construction adds Toby Johnson as the VP/Managing Director to lead their West Florida team. Based out of Verdex's Tampa office with $125+ million currently under construction, Toby is responsible for overall operational excellence, increasing their presence in the market, advancing Owner and Subcontractor relationships and supporting their seasoned Tampa team.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Turner Benoit with Hanley Foundation has been promoted to Chief Philanthropy Officer. He will directly oversee the Foundation's major gifts and transformational programs. He will also continue to manage the Foundation's fundraising events and the Lifesaver Program, which provides financial scholarships for quality addiction treatment.
Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce the addition of a new partner, Tara Price, to its Appellate Practice Group.
Tara focuses on administrative, commercial, constitutional, and appellate litigation, representing clients before Florida's Division of Administrative Hearings, district courts of appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, and the US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.
In Central Florida, RSM US LLP ("RSM"), the nation's leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, has promoted three colleagues to partner/principal including Becky Martin - Orlando [left], Mari Chumley - Orlando [center] and Jill Reyes [right] - Melbourne. Congratulations to our new owners on this outstanding accomplishment.
RSM US LLP ("RSM"), the nation's leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce the promotion of 87 partners/principals in the U.S. with two residing in South Florida - Carl Ashqar [left] and Dina Zapata [right].
Week of January 3
Antuanet Alvarez has been named Vice President of Corporate Operations for Codina Partners, a real estate development & investment firm. Alvarez will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company & will provide consultation to management on firmwide functions. Previously serving as Director of Human Resources, Alvarez has been with the company since October 2017.
CEO Angie Langley has 20+ years' experience consulting clients at all stages of development and levels of government. She helped steer close to $1 billion in development and $300 million+ in business. She provides introductions to elected officials & strategic partners, identifies business opportunities, offers solutions for land use, and provides public relations services.
The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) recognizes Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida, as the 2021 Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year. We celebrate Rick for his leadership and innovation in the advancement of talent solutions at the local, regional, and state levels.
The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) recognizes Marc Hoenstine, CEcD, Economic Development Managing Director, Duke Energy, as the 2021 honoree for the Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year. We celebrate Marc's leadership and innovation in addressing critical economic development priorities at the local, regional, and state levels.
The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) is pleased to announce Board Chair Jennifer Taylor as President & CEO of GrowFL. GrowFL cultivates second-stage growth companies across Florida through diverse programs, services, and methods that help C-Suite executives of privately held companies overcome unique challenges, expand operations, and grow revenues.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
Lourdes Solera, FAIA, of Miami, is the new president of AIA Florida. She is a third-generation owner at architecture, planning and interiors firm M.C. Harry Associates. "AIA Florida provides opportunities for mentorship, learning, leadership skills, advocacy and much more," Solera said. She is a Cuban who was raised in Panama and Mississippi, and a graduate of Mississippi State. "We are fortunate to have Lourdes' insightful leadership at this critical juncture in the practice of architecture in Florida," AIA Florida Executive Vice President/CEO Becky Magdaleno, CAE, said. "She is a tireless advocate for our membership." AIA Florida, the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, represents more than 3,900 members.