Week of November 27
United Community is pleased to announce industry veteran Evan Wyant will be stepping into the role of Central Florida President. He will lead United’s commercial operations in the Orlando area, which includes Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Volusia, Polk, and Osceola counties. Wyant is active in building community and brings more than two decades of commercial and retail banking experience.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
John Couris, President and CEO of Florida Health Sciences Center, which includes Tampa General Hospital (TGH), is among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2023 class of “60 Health System CEO Influencers.” At the helm of the only academic health system in W. Central Florida, Couris oversees approximately 14,000 team members and providers. Couris puts an emphasis on team engagement, pushing the boundaries of a traditional academic health system to shape and transform the future of health care.
The CCIM Institute (CCIM) announced the election of Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR as its 2024 First Vice President. As First Vice President, Palmer will serve as President in 2026. His dedication to advancing commercial real estate is longstanding. A 19-year industry veteran with office and industrial background, Palmer is frequently recognized for his transactional accomplishments.
Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that Francis E. "Frank" Rodriguez has been elected Chair of the firm's Executive Committee and that Bowman Brown has been named Chair Emeritus. In addition, Roland A. Gallor and R. Alan Higbee have been elected to the Executive Committee, joining existing members Jennifer Slone Tobin and Jack C. McElroy.
Week of November 20
Nonprofit / Philanthropy
The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches announced its 2023-2024 Executive Committee and Board of Directors, including Caroline Villanueva as President and Kalinthia Dillard as President-Elect. As Florida's largest nonpartisan political and public affairs organization, the Forum Club's membership is comprised of 700 South Florida business and community leaders.
The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches announced its 2023-2024 Executive Committee and Board of Directors, including Margaret Betten as Vice President and Patrick Franklin as Secretary/Treasurer. As Florida's largest nonpartisan political and public affairs organization, the Forum Club's membership is comprised of 700 South Florida business and community leaders.
Health Care / Medicine / Medical Services
Catalyst OrthoScience Inc. (Catalyst), a medical device company focused on the upper extremity orthopedics market, has appointed Amy Ables, Ph.D. as Chief Strategy Officer of the organization, effective immediately. Ables brings nearly 20 years of medical device experience to Catalyst, including more than a decade in upper extremity orthopedics.
Sales / Marketing
Michelle Hayes Uhlfelder takes the helm as CEO of Cherrytop, Northwest Florida's first woman-owned AI-focused marketing and PR agency. Boasting over 20 years industry experience with roles at NPR, Edelman, and leadership in boutique agency management and consulting, she guides Cherrytop in deploying AI-powered marketing and PR strategies to overcome business challenges.
Week of November 13
Climate First Bank welcomes Ron Strand-Sorrell as EVP, Chief Compliance BSA and Risk Officer (pending regulatory approval). With 40+ years in banking and 25 years in Compliance, BSA and Risk Management, he will ensure that all bank practices adhere to regulations. Based in Orlando, Strand-Sorrell has held leadership positions with Axiom Bank, MVB Bank and more.
Fifth Third Bank has appointed Suzanne Diaz to senior vice president, treasury management sales manager for the state of Florida with a focus on growth and execution of the Bank's treasury management solutions. Suzanne has 21 years of corporate treasury management experience and holds bachelor's degrees in management and political science from the University of Florida.
Lean Solutions Group (LSG), a nearshore and offshore services provider, is pleased to announce Jeff Aldaz has joined as its Chief Operating Officer. Aldaz brings more than 20 years of experience in global operations, global business services, project management, and business process improvement to his new role.
Shutts & Bowen LLP, a full-service business law firm, is pleased to announce that Lincoln S. Graubard has joined as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In his role as CFO, he will be responsible for all firm accounting and finance functions. Graubard will be based in the firm's Miami office.
Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston, a partner in the Tallahassee office of Shutts & Bowen LLP and Chair of the firm's Constitutional Law Section, is now a panel member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) National Roster of Arbitrators.
Week of November 6
Media / Publishing
WJCT Public Media is thrilled to announce Kimmie Winston has been elected as Trustee to our Board. Winston brings an invaluable perspective to guide our community-owned media organization. Winston is a lifetime supporter of public media and continues her philanthropic work as a member of the Beaches Community Fund, the Women's Giving Alliance and as a trustee of the Winston Family Foundation.
WJCT Public Media is thrilled to announce George E. Maxey has been elected as Trustee to our Board. Maxey brings an invaluable perspective to guide our community-owned media organization. Maxey is the Executive Director of Elevate Jacksonville and has over 25 years of experience in education, nonprofit work and school administration serving schools throughout Ohio and Florida.
WJCT Public Media is thrilled to announce Anne K. Madsen has been elected as Trustee to our Board. Madsen brings an invaluable perspective to guide our community-owned media organization. Madsen is the Chief Financial Officer for LSF Health Systems, a division of Lutheran Services Florida, Inc. With a career in health care spanning three decades, Madsen has served in numerous leadership positions.
WJCT Public Media is thrilled to announce Brian Bush has been elected as Trustee to our Board. Bush brings an invaluable perspective to guide our community-owned media organization. Bush is Vice President of the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships and is part of the fourth generation of the Bush family in the car business. He is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville.
Hospitality / Travel / Leisure / Recreation
Green Park Management has named award-winning industry veteran James Lalanne General Manager of its new Aloft Hotels® by Marriott at Fort Lauderdale Airport. The 138-room, 14-floor hotel, situated between the airport and Port Everglades cruise terminals, opened Nov. 2023. A graduate of Auburn University, Lalanne has over 20 years' experience in hotel & property management.
Week of October 30
Brian Bullock has been named Division Manager of WestBay North in WestBay's expansion into Central and Southwest Florida. He continues his role as VP of Sales and Marketing. Bullock is an original member of WestBay's management and shareholder group and immediate past president of the Tampa Bay Builders Association. Brian is a graduate of California State University (Fullerton).
Tim Green has been promoted to Vice President/Treasurer for Homes by West Bay. He has been with the homebuilder since 2017, most recently as Vice President of Land. In this newly created position, Green will direct financial planning and cash management for the homebuilder and its subsidiary, Casa Fresca Homes. Tim holds an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Dee Crescini has been promoted to Division Manager of WestBay South in Homes by WestBay's expansion throughout Central and Southwest Florida. This is in addition to her role as Vice President of Design. Crescini is a member of WestBay's original shareholder group and has worked with the homebuilder since 2012. Dee is a graduate of Ulster Community College.
Brent Dunham has been promoted to Vice President/Construction at Homes by WestBay. Dunham will oversee permitting, design studio operations, product development, and construction training in addition to managing purchasing. He was previously Director of Purchasing and joined Homes by WestBay in 2013. Brent is a graduate of the University of South Florida.
Gunster enhances its business litigation and executive compensation expertise with the addition of two highly skilled South Florida attorneys. Devin Moss joins the firm's Miami office as a Business Litigation shareholder, while David Sawyer joins in Fort Lauderdale as an of counsel attorney in the Tax practice.
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