Week of January 23
Founded over 60 years ago by Tibor Hollo, Florida East Coast Realty, LLC (FECR) has built over 60 million square feet of construction, consisting of single-family homes, landmark residential towers, commercial high-rises, government buildings and more.
Hollo was recently honored at the React 2022 Real Estate Conference with the Lifetime Achievement Award by FIU's Tibor and Sheila Hollo School of Real Estate. Hollo is considered the architect of modern Miami and has made his mark by advocating and developing innovative real estate projects. He and Sheila are also responsible for the creation and development of what has become the No. 1 Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) program in the nation.
Architecture / Design / Engineering
AIA Florida, Tallahassee
Beverly L. Frank, AIA, LEED AP, of Tampa, is the new president of AIA Florida. Frank is an architect whose work spans multiple universities, municipal and civic work, and projects for Tampa Bay Lightning. "Architects commit to building a world that is more beautiful and more resilient," she said. "We are also entrusted with the health, safety, and welfare of our communities." Frank, a first generation Korean American, is the first graduate of the University of South Florida and the first Asian American woman to lead AIA Florida. AIA Florida, the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, represents more than 3,900 members.
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
Matt Rapp is the new board chair of North Florida Land Trust and Charley Moore has joined the board of directors. Rapp will serve a two-year term. He joined the board in 2019 and was vice chair in 2022. Rapp is the PGA TOUR's senior vice president of Championship Management. Moore is the founder and president of The Moore Group, a corporate consultancy and investment firm.
Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Scott A. Marcus has joined its Fort Lauderdale office as a partner in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. With more than 28 years of experience, Marcus has counseled clients through their transactions which includes acquisitions and dispositions of raw land, industrial, multi-family, office and retail properties.
Jonathan "Jon" Steverson has joined Holland & Knight as a senior policy advisor in Tallahassee. Mr. Steverson is well-known in Florida for his tenure at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, culminating in his role as Secretary of the department in 2015. Mr. Steverson is also known as a strong advocate for his clients whether in the public or private sector.
Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Philip C. Rosen has joined its Fort Lauderdale office as a partner in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. Rosen focuses his practice on commercial real estate matters and business transactions. With more than 23 years of experience, he has counseled clients through the life cycle of their transactions across all asset classes.
Shutts & Bowen, a full-service business law firm, is pleased to announce that Tala A. Woods has joined its Jacksonville office as a partner in its Government Law/Public Finance practice group. She focuses her practice on public finance and government law and has experience in a variety of public finance transactions including governmental bonds and private activity bonds.
Financial Services / Investments
Steven Castino has been named chief growth officer for Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and business advisory firm. Castino, formerly with Orlando-based Vestal & Wiler that combined with Rehmann in 2022 will develop and maintain an integrated growth culture. Clients will benefit from the same exceptional resources, with access to additional services.
Week of January 16
CEO Angie Langley was inducted into the Lake-Sumter State College Foundation Board of Directors. Langley is known for her 25+ years' experience consulting clients in land use, government relations and business, among other services. She has helped steer approval of $1 billion in development and $300+ million in business. More at LangleyCG.com.
Providing next-generation solutions and unparalleled expertise, Scott Brown is a veteran national commercial title and closing professional. Scott now spearheads business development for First American’s National Commercial Services in Central Florida and Jacksonville, partnering with clients to insure and close commercial real estate transactions throughout the country.
First American Title National Commercial Services
420 S. Orange Ave. Suite 250
Orlando, Florida 32801
Castle Group, the premier choice for community management, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jordan Goldman to CEO. "It gives us great pleasure to be able to promote our next CEO from within our very own ranks." said James Donnelly, Castle Group's Founder and Chairman. Read all about it at https://www.castlegroup.com/castle-group-names-jordan-goldman-ceo/.
Nick Venovski joined Fifth Third Bank as vice president and middle market relationship manager. Nick will serve organizations in Central Florida by delivering tailored financing, capital markets and cash management solutions. Nick has 13 years of banking experience working with commercial, corporate and governmental/institutional clients to enable their strategic goals.
Week of January 9
Jones Foster Shareholder Steven J. Rothman, a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial attorney, was inducted as president of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Palm Beach Chapter, an invitation-only association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. Mr. Rothman represents clients in civil litigation, often in cases with complex technical issues.
Florida law firm Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is pleased to announce the election of a new shareholder in the firm's Tallahassee office - Robert Angus Williams. Robert has extensive experience in environmental, land use and agricultural law, and previously served as General Counsel of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more at LLW-LAW.com.
Florida law firm Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is pleased to announce the election of three new shareholders in the firm's West Palm Beach office: Seth C. Behn, Julia L. Jennison and Kathryn B. Rossmell. Seth and Kathryn's practices focus on land use, environmental, and governmental law and Julia's practice focuses on water resources, environmental and real property law.
Shutts & Bowen, a full-service business law firm, is pleased to announce that Matthew R. Chait has been named Managing Partner of the firm's West Palm Beach office. Chait, a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group, focuses his practice on commercial real estate and land use litigation, as well as general business litigation and commercial foreclosures.
Brad Meltzer has joined South Florida-based Two Roads Development as Partner and President, overseeing real estate development activities and identifying new market opportunities. Previously Chairman and CEO of Plaza Construction, Meltzer has led dozens of major development projects, including One Thousand Museum in Miami and the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach.
RSM US LLP has promoted two colleagues to partner including Michael Reiring (Tampa) and Katrina Rote (Orlando).
Mike brings 30 years of experience working with middle market companies to accomplish their business and technical goals. He has a deep understanding of how organizations can best utilize technology to solve business problems. Mike leads RSM's IT Managed Services practice in the Southeast.
Katrina has over 20 years of experience serving clients in the consumer products industry and private equity space. She has extensive experience managing large engagements with revenues in excess of $800 million to $5 billion, with multiple revenue streams, multiple entities, large consolidations, and significant intercompany transitions.
Week of January 2
Paul A. Hechenberger has joined Shutts & Bowen LLP as a partner in its Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Miami office. Hechenberger focuses his practice on domestic and international M&A, and growth related complex commercial transactions and joint ventures, as well as entity choice, formation, governance and compliance.
Marene Allison joins Covenant Technologies, a premiere staffing and recruitment firm in the cybersecurity and IT sector, as an Advisory Board Member. A seasoned cybersecurity and IT expert with more than three decades of experience, Ms. Allison brings with her the expertise needed to mature a company, and understands the unmet cybersecurity and IT needs across many different sectors.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
INVO Bioscience, Inc., a commercial-stage fertility company focused on expanding access to advanced treatment worldwide with its INVOcell® medical device and the intravaginal culture procedure it enables, announces it has signed an agreement with Shelly W. Holmstrom, M.D. FACOG, to serve as the Physician Operator for the Company's soon to be opened Tampa INVO Center.
NEUCA Group, the proprietor of Clinscience, has acquired a 72.6% stake in Tampa-based OncoBay, an oncological CRO founded by Moffitt Cancer Center. Krystyna Kowalczyk, OncoBay's CEO and co-founder, takes the CEO role of the combined structures of Clinscience and OncoBay. Tomek Dabrowski, CEO at Clinscience, continues his responsibilities as President and Chairman of the Board.
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