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Week of September 26

Technology

Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation, Fort Lauderdale

The Alan B. Levan|NSU Broward Center of Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Hovancak as Deputy Executive Director. Hovancak recently spearheaded the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance's Prosperity Partnership initiative. Hovancak is experienced in business development, investor relations, fundraising, community partnerships and board engagement.

Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has named Nathan Chapa as its new Vice President of Hospitality.

Reporting to Joseph Wagner, Assistant General Manager, Chapa will be responsible for all hotel operations departments including the front desk, group sales, VIP/Butler Services, spa, housekeeping, public space, wardrobe, and recreation. He will work with all departments implementing resort operations strategies and policies.

Professional Services

Indelible, Miami

Indelible, one of the nation's fastest-growing management consulting firms, establishes its public affairs leadership team by appointing Mario Bailey as its Vice President of Public Affairs. Bringing more than a decade of experience, Bailey leads the firm's state government affairs and brand management strategy including media and public relations.

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Jacksonville

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF) announces the appointment of Garrison Burr, the son of Ed Burr and the late Monique Burr, to its Board of Directors. Garrison Burr will join his father, MBF Founder and Board Chairman, and his brother, Austin Burr, to serve on the MBF Board. MBF provides Prevention Education Programs geared towards children and teens.

Week of September 19

Technology

MotionPoint Corporation, Coconut Creek

MotionPoint Corporation, the company trusted to translate and operate more than 1,500 multilingual websites for hundreds of global brands in more than 40 languages, has announced the appointment of Evan Kramer as CEO. Kramer has over 25 years of experience managing private equity and venture-backed companies focused on digital transformation, marketing, and technology.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa

Moffitt Cancer Center Names Ken Komorny as the New Vice President of Pharmacy.

Kenneth Komorny, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., is Moffitt Cancer Center’s new Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer. Komorny holds over 13 years of pharmacy leadership experience, including four years as Moffitt’s Chief Pharmacy Officer. “Under [Kenneth’s] leadership we have developed the best-in-class specialty pharmacy,” said Sabi Singh, Moffitt’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited to see his future plans for the pharmacy unfold.” Komorny served as Associate Chair in the University of Florida’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and as Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services.

Construction

Hedrick Brothers Construction, Melbourne

Hedrick Brothers Construction announces the promotion of Andrew Kennelly to Project Executive, Space Coast. His role includes all phases of construction for municipal, manufacturing, office, hospitality, and higher education projects. Andrew has 19 years of industry experience and a Bachelor of Science in Construction degree from the University of North Florida.

Hedrick Brothers Construction, West Palm Beach

Hedrick Brothers Construction announces the promotion of Joe Morin to Project Executive for the Luxury Residential Division. His role includes management of the business development, estimating, preconstruction, and project management teams. Joe has over 15 years of luxury residential construction experience in Palm Beach, Jupiter, and Wellington.

Week of September 12

Law

Shutts & Bowen, Tampa

Shutts & Bowen, a full-service business law firm, is pleased to announce that Susan K. Spurgeon has joined as a partner in its Tampa office. Spurgeon, who is a member of the firm's Business Litigation practice group, focuses her practice on real property litigation and environmental law.

Banking

Climate First Bank, St. Petersburg

Tyler Linn joins the Climate First Bank team as VP, Commercial Lender. Bringing five years of banking experience to his new role, Linn will develop new commercial relationships for the bank in the St. Petersburg/Tampa market.

Climate First Bank, Tampa

Climate First Bank welcomes Abraham Perez Serra as AVP, Network Engineer. Perez Serra brings more than 17 years of experience in information technology to the role. In this role, Perez Serra supports installation, monitoring, and optimization of the bank's network hardware, software and communication links.

Climate First Bank, Orlando

Jennifer Biegemeier is now VP, Director of HR and Board Secretary for Climate First Bank. With 13 years of experience, Biegemeier will recruit and retain top-tier talent, create onboarding and training processes and manage employee relationships. For the Board, she will handle administrative duties like maintaining meeting minutes, scheduling meetings and more.

Climate First Bank, St. Petersburg

Climate First Bank welcomes Michael Madison to the team as VP, SBA Lender. With nearly 15 years of banking experience, Madison's primary focus is using the SBA programs to help small businesses obtain funding they need to accomplish their goals. Madison specializes in business acquisitions, expansions, real estate and franchise lending.

Climate First Bank, Mount Dora

Kaina Norelia joins the Climate First Bank team as VP, Branch Manager. Based in Lake County, Norelia will manage the bank's upcoming Mount Dora location. With 10 years of experience, she aims to give customers an exceptional banking experience each time. Norelia brings a wide range of knowledge to her new role, from operations management to customer service.

Climate First Bank, St. Petersburg

Climate First Bank welcomes Edina Remic to the team as VP, Branch Manager of the St. Petersburg location. Seasoned in all aspects of running a branch's day-to-day operations, Remic previously worked as a teller, relationship banker, assistant manager, loan underwriter and branch manager.

Climate First Bank, Tampa

Jim Hennessey joins the Climate First Bank team as SVP, Residential Mortgage Manager. A 35-year mortgage veteran based in Tampa, Hennessey will build and grow the bank's residential mortgage division. He brings previous mortgage loan underwriting and processing experience to help Climate First Bank customers select the most appropriate loan structure.

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Fifth Third Bank has appointed Jeff Leitman to vice president and middle market relationship manager. Jeff will advise and assist middle market clients in Tampa Bay with financing, efficiently managing capital, and new business development. A USF graduate, he has 30 years of commercial banking experience in credit, treasury services, relationship management and leadership.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter

Jupiter Medical Center has named Rogerio C. Lilenbaum, MD, FACP, FASCO, as a Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive. One of America's Top Physicians, Dr. Lilenbaum will serve as Director of the Anderson Family Cancer Institute, lead Jupiter Medical Center's Physician Group and spearhead the academic affiliation with UF Health.

Construction

Coastal Construction Group, Miami

Coastal Construction Group Vice Chairman Dan Whiteman Elected to National Academy of Construction

National Academy of Construction has elected Dan Whiteman, Vice Chairman of Coastal Construction Group, as a member of its class of 2022. He will be formally inducted October 6 during the NAC Construction Hall of Fame Gala in Scottsdale, AZ.

Week of September 5

Education

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

The FAU Foundation, Inc., connecting private philanthropy to powerful possibilities within the University's leading-edge mission, announces the appointment of three staff members. Katie G. Burke, Ph.D. was named Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Community Engagement and is responsible for the overall direction and management of community engagement and alumni relations. Kristine Gobbo, Executive Director of Advancement Communications, oversees communications with the university's donors, alumni, friends and other stakeholders. Karen Galea, Ph.D., Director of Foundation Relations, develops strategies and proposals in partnership with university leaders, faculty and staff to secure significant gifts and grants for FAU's endeavors.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

Florida Atlantic University, ranked as a top public university by U.S. News & World Report, named Chris Delisio Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief Executive Officer of the FAU Foundation. He is responsible for the overall direction and management of fundraising, as well as community engagement, development and alumni relations at FAU.

Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services

Tampa General Hospital, Tampa

Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Tampa General Hospital's (TGH) Chief Nursing Officer, Annmarie Chavarria, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors. Chavarria brings extensive leadership skills in strategic planning, budget development, shared governance, and performance improvement to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors.

Financial Services / Investments

Cypress Equity Investments, Miami

Cypress Equity Investments (CEI), a national multifamily developer in top-tier markets across the United States, has established a regional presence in Florida with new offices in St. Petersburg and Ft. Lauderdale. CEI has recruited local leaders Errol Blumer to be CEI’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, and Wesley Geys to be CEI’s Senior Vice President of Development.

Week of August 29

Education

Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Keiser University Vice Chancellor Robert Keiser, Ph.D., M.B.A., to the Board of Directors for the Florida Center for Nursing. Keiser, and fellow Board members, will address issues of supply and demand for nursing, including issues of recruitment, retention, and utilization of nurse workforce resources.

Professional Services

LSN Partners, Miami

LSN Partners, a South Florida-based consulting firm, elevates Nicole Gomez to Partner. Since joining LSN in 2018, Nicole has made a significant impact on client services, often serving as the bridge between the company’s clients and a vast network of mayors and key municipal decision-makers. Nicole is a tireless advocate and has developed a reputation for delivering bipartisan solutions for various initiatives and creating opportunities for efficiency and innovation for clients in multiple industries, such as healthcare, transportation, infrastructure, aviation, information technology, telecommunications, and emergency management.

Law

Hightower Stratton Novigrod & Kantor, Miami

Marc S. Buschman has joined Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor's Miami office as a Partner in the Property Division. He has litigated over a thousand civil matters in his career and tried both first and third party liability and property cases (including hurricane claims), and has had 50 cases to verdict.

Financial Services / Investments

Northern Trust, Miami

Northern Trust has appointed Jose M. Perez Senior Lending Officer of the South Florida Market. Perez - who brings more than 25 years of experience in private, commercial, and corporate banking - will be responsible for a significant diversified loan and deposit portfolio comprised of domestic and international clients, including affluent families and closely held companies.

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