Week of July 24
Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that Peter A. Rahaghi has been named Financial Services Practice Group Leader. Practice Group Leaders manage and oversee the firm's formal practice groups. Rahaghi is a partner in the Miami office and will lead the group alongside partner Bryan Wells.
Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that Rikki Lober Bagatell has been named Corporate Practice Group Leader. Practice Group Leaders manage and oversee the firm's formal practice groups. Bagatell is a partner in the firm's West Palm Beach office and will lead the group alongside partner William G. McCullough.
Climate First Bank welcomes Marilyn Waite to its Board of Directors (pending regulatory approval). The Managing Director at the Climate Finance Fund, Waite has worked across four continents in renewable and nuclear energy and venture capital and investment. Waite brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to guide Climate First Bank's growth and environmental impact.
Eric Hollar joins the Climate First Bank team as VP and St. Pete Branch Manager. With over 19 years of banking experience in the Pinellas County area, Hollar will be responsible for the Climate First Bank's growth, community and client engagement and stakeholder relations in the St. Petersburg/Tampa market.
Jeff Wherry joined JE Dunn's Tampa team as Sr project manager in its healthcare division. Wherry has over a decade of experience in healthcare construction. With two planned local behavioral health centers: TGH and Kindred Healthcare's Behavioral Health Center and Acadia Health Behavioral Health, Wherry's position is integral to JE Dunn's growing healthcare business.
Week of July 17
Architecture / Design / Engineering
Rhodes+Brito Architects recently named Lori Godbold, AIA, NCARB, as a Project Manager with the firm. In this role, Godbold will lead and coordinate design teams in providing architectural design for various municipal projects in Central Florida and throughout the state.
Comcast has named Jeff Buzzelli as Senior Vice President of its Florida Region, which includes Florida and parts of Alabama and Georgia. He oversees all functional areas in the Region, including Operations, Customer Experience, Business Strategy & Development, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Government Relations, Community Investment, and Communications.
Strategos Group, a leading national education management consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of former Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis as its newest Partner. With a career spanning over 24 years, Davis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in education leadership, making him an asset to the company and its clients.
Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston has joined its Tallahassee office as a Partner in the Appellate Practice Group and head of the firm's Constitutional Law Practice Section.
Week of July 10
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce that Traci Simonsen has been promoted to Chief Philanthropy Officer of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. Simonsen joined the Foundation in June 2022 as the Associate Vice President of Philanthropy. Since joining, Simonsen has worked diligently to expand philanthropic avenues to increase financial support for Jupiter Medical Center. Jupiter Medical Center is currently undergoing the most transformative period in its history. With a focus on quality, safety and patient satisfaction, the health care system is expanding its depth and breadth of services, increasing its growing geographic footprint and building new alliances.
Joanne LeBlanc, Vice President, is celebrating 15 years at Colliers, a $4.5B global commercial real estate services firm. Joanne is a Tenant/Occupier specialist representing companies to secure office space in Tampa Bay. Her services also stretch throughout Florida, nationwide, & globally with the assistance of the Colliers worldwide network.
Nicolette Vilmos is a partner at Berger Singerman and resident in its Orlando and Tampa offices. She focuses her practices in the areas of complex business litigation, including bankruptcy, intellectual property, banking law, lender liability, shareholder and business disputes, real estate workouts, non-compete litigation, and landlord-tenant matters.
Dr. Stacy Baier rejoins Helios Education Foundation as SVP to lead Florida's community investment. Dr. Baier has 25+ years in educational philanthropy, including CEO of Pinellas Education Foundation, president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), VP and program director at Helios, and executive director of Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
Week of July 3
The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) recognizes Turner Arbour, Senior Economic Development Manager, Pasco County Economic Development Council, as the 2023 Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year. We celebrate Turner for his innovation in Pasco EDC's WorkforceCONNECT program used to connect local business leaders with workforce partners.
The Florida Economic Development Council recognizes Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP, Director of Business Development at Pinellas County Economic Development, as the 2023 Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year. We celebrate Suzanne's leadership in addressing critical economic development priorities at the local, regional, and state levels.
Michelle Bauer, CEcD, Chief Operations Officer at Tampa Bay EDC, will serve as the 2023-24 Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Board Chair. Michelle will lead FEDC's 480 individual members in improving local communities and elevating Florida's global competitiveness.
Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP, Director of Business Development at Pinellas County Economic Development, will serve as the 2023-24 Florida Economic Development Council Foundation's Board Chair. Suzanne will lead FEDC Foundation's professional development education and research initiatives.
Juan D. Bendeck has joined the Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation group in the Naples, Florida office of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby. He is a trusted advisor to clients in estate planning, estate and trust administration, asset protection planning, fiduciary litigation, and Florida domicile planning matters. Juan is Florida Bar Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates.
Anisha Patel, an attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, was sworn in as president of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division on June 23, 2023. Patel's term is for one year. Patel plans to address a variety of issues during her tenure, with a focus on professionalism in practice and providing young lawyers and law students the tools they need to excel in the legal profession.
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