Week of March 28
Financial Services / Investments
LSQ, a leading provider of technology-driven working capital financing and payments solutions, announces the hire of DJ Krystopa as its new Regional Vice President for Sales and Bank Partnership Development. In her role, Krystopa is responsible for building strategic relationships with financial institutions and referrer networks to help LSQ grow its offerings to its clients.
As senior portfolio manager, Andrew Seibert will provide proactive investment management and service to Fifth Third Private Bank clients in Jacksonville. He has 30+ years of experience and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. He earned a B.S. in finance and economics from Indiana Univ. of PA and a master's degree from Point Park University.
As senior trust advisor, Cynthia Bowler will provide trust solutions and advice to Fifth Third Private Bank clients in North Florida. She has 28+ years of trust and financial experience and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida and serves on the Planned Giving Council for the Jacksonville Zoo.
CEO Coaching International, the leading firm for coaching growth-focused CEOs and entrepreneurs globally, is pleased to announce Erno de Bruijn as its newest Partner and Coach. De Bruijn is an international manufacturing and distribution business leader who has served in various executive roles throughout his 20+ years at LATICRETE International.
Week of March 21
ReEmployAbility is excited to announce Mary Bennett's promotion to Vice President of Sales & Client Relations. During Mary's 17-year career with the company she has been instrumental in driving growth. In her new role, she will continue to develop new business while cultivating relationships with industry partners and mentoring a growing staff of Account Executives.
Advertising & Public Relations
South Florida PR Firm O'Connell & Goldberg Public Relations (O&G) has named Britney Ouzts senior account executive. Ouzts will manage strategic earned media relations and digital media initiatives and campaigns for clients across various industries. She brings nearly seven years of public relations experience to O&G PR and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from FIU.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
CHW announces the promotion of Kevin Smith, PSM, CH, to Director of Surveying + Mapping. Kevin has over 11 years of experience managing civil + utility construction projects, subsurface utility engineering, and hydrographic survey operations. Kevin will help lead our expansion into new markets and technologies by streamlining scheduling and onboarding new scanning systems.
Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation
Commonwealth Hotels announces Andy Holloway has been appointed the General Manager of the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Panama City Beach, Florida. Mr. Holloway brings over 16 years of hospitality experience to his new role as General Manager having previously served as the property's co-owner of Beachyvacations Rental Management in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Week of March 14
Financial Services / Investments
BBX Capital, Inc., today announced the appointment of Randall Vitale as President of BBX Capital Partners. Vitale previously served as President of Hoffman's Chocolates, also a BBX Capital company. BBX Capital Partners, a division of BBX Capital, supports BBX Capital companies for acquisitions, business development, capital raising, and other strategic initiatives.
Abel L. Iglesias [left] has been named CEO of Professional Bank and Professional Holding Corp. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the bank.
Herbert Martens, a Professional Bank founder, has been named the non-executive Chairman of the Board of both entities. He is the Managing Partner of Advent Associates, LLC, a private investment company.
Krasdale Foods has announced that veteran Florida supermarket executive Chris Lavoy has been hired as the Vice President of the Bravo Florida brand. Lavoy will lead business development efforts and growth opportunities while also increasing the company's portfolio of products, categories and services available to the independently owned and operated Bravo stores.
The Moskowitz Law Firm is proud to announce Joseph M. Kaye has been promoted to Partner. Joey contributes to the Firm's great success by taking a leading role in many cases. His recent significant involvements include litigating, through nationwide class action settlements. Joey graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2015.
Week of March 7
Energy / Utilities
Chris Wimsatt is now Manager, Real Estate Product Development for Duke Energy Florida's Economic Development Team. He is responsible for overseeing the real estate focused Site Readiness Program and increasing the quantity and quality of industrial sites by identifying, assessing, improving, and marketing developable properties across Duke's service territory in Florida.
Shutts & Bowen LLP welcomes Andres F. Arrubla to its Jacksonville office, joining the firm as a Partner in its Intellectual Property Practice Group. He focuses his practice on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent, copyright and trade secret litigation, as well as the strategy, preparation and prosecution of intellectual property portfolios.
Hedrick Brothers Construction announces the promotion of Sean Burnie to Executive Vice President of the Commercial Division. Sean has 20 years of experience and directs the estimating, virtual design and construction, marketing, and business development teams. He is a board member of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and a member of Leadership Broward Class XXXIX.
Hedrick Brothers Construction announces the promotion of Brett Strassel to President for the Commercial Division. Brett has 25 years of commercial construction industry experience in the southeastern United States. He is a State of Florida CGC; Board Member, Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast; and past President, AGC Florida East Coast Chapter.
Week of February 28
David Austin has been promoted to SVP and commercial sales manager for Fifth Third Bank in Tampa. With more than 33 years of commercial banking experience in Tampa Bay and as a University of Florida graduate, he will lead a team of relationship managers that advise and assist clients structure financing, efficiently manage capital, and navigate variable market conditions.
USCB Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCB) and its subsidiary, U.S. Century Bank, announced that Ramon A. Rodriguez, CPA has been elected as an independent director of both the holding company and the bank.
Jason A. Collier, Partner in the Sarasota office, was selected to serve as a regional leader for Shumaker's Labor, Employment and Benefits Service Line. Jason is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment law. Jason handles a broad range of employment disputes, advises clients regarding compliance with employment laws, as well as general employment issues.
Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara is pleased to announce that Attorney Leah A. Foertsch was promoted to Partner. She is a member of the firm's Estate & Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team, advising individuals and families. She also structures multimillion-dollar real estate transactions and provides title insurance for commercial and residential properties.
Bush Ross, P.A., which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, has promoted Laura Labbee and Harold Holder to Shareholder. Ms. Labbee represents debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy court, and handles litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. Mr. Holder represents clients in disputes involving businesses, licensed professionals, property owners, and state and local government. The Firm warmly congratulates both Ms. Labbee and Mr. Holder.
Bush Ross, P.A., which just celebrated its 40th anniversary, is pleased to share that Marjorie Hensel has been elected to the position of Firm President. She also serves on the Firm's Executive Committee and is a Shareholder in the Professional Liability Group. Ms. Hensel focuses her practice primarily in the area of professional liability defense.