Week of February 20
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
TGH has appointed Fred W. Freeman to the executive leadership team of the volunteer group that advises Tampa General on patient experience. Freeman will serve as executive chair and brings a finance and management background to the Patient and Family Advisory Council leadership team.
TGH has appointed Sarah Jones-Chambers to the executive leadership team of the volunteer group that advises Tampa General on patient experience. Jones-Chambers will serve alongside Freeman as executive co-chair and is a champion for seniors’ rights, respect and dignity in medical care, and has served on the StoryCorps, Bylaws and Technology Committees of the council.
TGH has appointed Leslie Reicin Stein as executive secretary to the executive leadership team of the volunteer group that advises Tampa General on patient experience. Stein applied to the Patient and Family Advisory Council six years after she was treated for inflammatory breast cancer at Tampa General. Her work with the Oncology and General Councils has influenced patient protocols.
Megan Strayhorn has joined her father at Strayhorn, Persons-Mulicka & Fisher — the Southwest Florida law firm started in 1915. Strayhorn's passion for public service brought her to work at the Public Defender’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Fort Myers. During five years working as an Assistant Public Defender, she litigated dozens of contested hearings and jury trials.
Week of February 13
Sean Ouellette has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the company. Sean has spent the last 6 years leading KAST's Tampa business unit. Under Sean's leadership KAST has expanded its geographic reach from Tampa to St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples.
Kristine Retetagos has been promoted to Sr. Vice President and Division Manager for KASTs Tampa Business Unit. Kristine has spent the last 6 years as Vice President of Preconstruction Services in Tampa and has been instrumental in KASTs sales and expansion throughout the SW Florida region.
Alex Cervera has been promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations for Southwest Florida. Alex has been with KAST since 2016 and previously served in role including Project Executive and Vice President of Operations. Alex will provide operational support and leadership to all of KAST's projects in the SW Florida region from Tampa to Naples.
Neil Levy has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for KASTs Miami Business Unit. Neil has built some of Florida's largest and most complex projects and is currently leading the Legacy project in Midtown Miami. Neil will work with KASTs Miami and east coast leadership team to assure controlled profitable growth in the Miami/Dade County region.
Sean Martin has been promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations for southeast Florida. Sean has been with KAST since 2005 and has held multiple senior operations roles with the firm. In his new role, Martin will provide operational support and leadership to all of KASTs projects from Palm Beach County to Miami/Dade County.
David Zorrill has been promoted to Senior VP of Preconstruction Services and was one of their first preconstruction services employees. David has been part of KAST’s growth and geographic expansion and demonstrated his ability to connect with clients while adding value to their projects through his deep industry knowledge leadership of his preconstruction team.
Mike MacDonald has been promoted to Senior Vice President/Division Manager of KASTs West Palm Beach Office. Mike has held previous posts including senior project manager, project executive and most recently Vice President of Operations. MacDonald has been part of some of KASTs largest and most challenging projects around the state of Florida.
Palmer Ranch Holdings, Ltd. has promoted Justin Powell to the position of president, where he will manage all operations and guide the company forward. Powell has spent 19 years at Palmer Ranch Holdings, starting as an analyst in 2004 and working his way up to vice president. Powell holds a bachelor's degree in international business from Florida State University and has earned a master's degree in real estate evaluation from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. Palmer Ranch is a master-planned community covering 15,000 acres in Sarasota County, Florida, with more than 14,000 residential units, along with a mix of industrial uses, commercial and office uses, and recreational areas.
Climate First Bank welcomes Sharon Hill to to the team as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (pending regulatory approval). With a combined 40 years of financial accounting experience, Hill's role is to develop, implement and control Climate First Bank's financial operations and strategies. She is based in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Frank Hall has been promoted to regional president - Florida at Cadence Bank. Hall will be responsible for overseeing the company's community banking operations in the Florida region and developing strategies to grow business within those markets. Hall earned his bachelor's degree from Florida State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
Week of February 6
Shutts & Bowen, a full-service business law firm, is pleased to announce that James C. Gavigan, Jr. has joined its West Palm Beach office as a partner in the Land Use and Zoning Group. He represents developers and property owners in their interactions with local, county and state agencies on land use and land development issues.
Nicholas Paquette is a regulatory and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is a member of the firm's Insurance Practice Group. His practice is focused on corporate and regulatory insurance law with an emphasis on extended warranty and service contract programs, insurance agent and agency licensing, reinsurance transactions, and captive insurance matters.
Bush Ross, P.A. has elevated Andrew Buddemeyer and Jaclyn Jones to Shareholder. Mr. Buddemeyer represents clients before the IRS and state taxing authorities in federal and state taxation. Ms. Jones represents clients in medical malpractice litigation defense and administrative proceedings. The Firm warmly congratulates Mr. Buddemeyer and Ms. Jones.
Miriam Soler Ramos has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm's Real Estate and Land Use Practices. She was previously the City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables for five years. Ms. Ramos is the immediate past president of the Cuban American Bar Association and serves on the executive council of The Florida Bar's City, County and Local Government Law Section.
The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade's official economic development partner, names Rodrick Miller President & CEO. One of the nation's foremost economic development leaders, Miller's understanding of diverse, international markets, urban recovery, FDI and the importance of inclusive, sustainable development position him for success in a rapidly growing innovation hub like Miami
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
LSF Health Systems CEO Dr. Christine Cauffield accepted LSA's national 2023 Innovator Award recognizing leaders and organizations pioneering new solutions to solve complex issues. The award honors the nonprofit's work with recovery peer specialists that is addressing Florida's critical shortage of paraprofessionals who help those at risk for behavioral health disorders.
Week of January 30
MG Developer has named Catie Naranjo as Chief Development Officer (CDO). Catie's primary role includes managing investor, lender, and stakeholder relations as well as financial underwriting and review. Catie earned an MRED degree from the University of Miami and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Clemson University.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
CHW welcomes Dave Dagostino, PSM, as Shareholder and Vice President and announces its expanded presence in Southwest Florida with the acquisition of Dagostino Geospatial. This expansion will create a comprehensive network of integrated services, allowing us to better serve the community with a strong team of surveying and ecological services staff. Learn more: chw-inc.com
Devon A. Woolard has been named a partner in Shutts & Bowen's West Palm Beach office, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Devon's practice focuses on the representation of a variety of businesses and professionals in state and federal courts, with a focus on commercial matters.
S. Elizabeth King has been named a partner in Shutts & Bowen's Tampa office, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Her practice includes a broad range of litigation matters, including consumer finance litigation, real estate litigation, business tort litigation and intellectual property litigation.
Bruce T. Lower has been named a partner in Shutts & Bowen's Orlando office, where he is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. Bruce focuses his practice on loans secured by real property (including construction loans), the acquisition and disposition of real property, and real property development.
Matthew Innes has been named a partner in Shutts & Bowen's Miami office, where he is a member of the Class Action and Mass Litigation Practice Group. Matthew focuses his practice on personal injury protection litigation matters, with an emphasis on the interpretation and application of automobile insurance policies.
Erik M. Hanson has been named a partner in Shutts & Bowen's Sarasota office where he is a member of the Construction Law Practice Group. Erik focuses his practice on construction law, including the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts and construction dispute resolution.
Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Tallahassee Partner Daniel E. Nordby has been named Practice Group Leader of the firm's Appellate Practice Group. A leader in appellate advocacy, Nordby has experience with all types of civil appellate and original writ proceedings before Florida's appellate courts.
Sarasota Attorney Jennifer B. Compton has been named Chair of Shumaker's Management Committee and is the first woman to lead the national firm with offices in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Jennifer also serves as Managing Partner of the Sarasota office. For over 25 years, Jennifer has focused her practice on employment law counseling and litigation.
Jaime Austrich, Partner in Shumaker's Tampa office, has been named Vice Chair of Shumaker's Management Committee to help execute Shumaker's strategic priorities, including long-term growth strategy and to enhance client service. In practice more than 26 years, Jaime is a member of the Litigation and Disputes Service Line.
Ivane Sargent has been named a partner in Shutts & Bowen's Miami office, where she is a member of the Class Action and Mass Litigation Practice Group. Ivane primarily represents insurance providers in personal injury protection litigation matters, specializing in the interpretation and application of automobile insurance policies.
Government / Military
Cristina M. Suárez, formerly Deputy City Attorney was unanimously appointed City Attorney by the Coral Gables City Commission. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law. She serves as the chief legal officer of the city and provides legal opinions and interpretations on behalf of the city.
Jose Camacho joins the Climate First Bank team as one of the Board of Directors. As a veteran finance and banking professional, Camacho is currently Chairman and CEO of New World Bank and now the newest member to Climate First Bank. He will oversee business strategy as the bank approaches its second year of operations.
Advertising & Public Relations
Laura Woodard, a marketing executive with more than 25 years of experience in multiple industries from ad agencies to large corporations to entrepreneurship, is now a Partner with Zelen Communications. She will oversee sales, marketing, account strategy, and finance at the Tampa-based firm well known for its expertise in integrated marketing and website development.