The Boca Raton Public Library announced that Ellen Randolph has been promoted to manager of library services. Previously, Randolph was the library’s public services librarian and was responsible for Randolph managing over 50 staff members in three library departments in both the Downtown and Spanish River Library locations.
Costa Hollywood announced that Rafael Linares is its new executive chef. Linares will oversee all food and beverage operations at the venue which currently features Cielo rooftop restaurant and Sky Bar. Linares previously worked as executive chef for New York City-based The One Group, with a collection of dining restaurants operating under the international STK brand, in locations that include Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami Beach and New York.
The Miami HEAT recently hired former PGA Tour Executive, Chris Marciani , as vice president of corporate partnership and activation. In this role, Marciani will oversee the corporate partnerships department within the sales division.
Imalac, a Miami medical technology company and creator of Nurture, a breast massage system for nursing mothers has appointed Maria Riccobono as vice president of sales and marketing. Riccobono was most recently director of business development & brand partnerships at Tespo, a company that created a high-tech vitamin dispenser for transforming powdered nutrients. Riccobono
Mobile parking payments smart device app company, PayByPhone, announced that Roamy Valera has been named chief executive officer, US and Canada. Valera is chair of the International Parking and Mobility Institute’s board of directors. Valera began his career as an enforcement officer for the Miami Parking Authority. He joins PayByPhone from NewTown Advisors, a parking and mobility consulting firm where he was chief executive officer.
Customer communications management and payment technology solutions company, Nordis Technologies, has named Nicole Miller vice president of client services, in Coral Springs. In the past, Miller was vice president for product management at CarePayment Inc. She also was director of product commercialization and product management for Experian Healthcare. Valera
As the youngest shareholder and a working wife and mother, I bring a new perspective to the Firm’s leadership. Accounting is an amazing profession and work to promote it both internally, and externally, with clients, the community and young people interested in this career path.
Experience: I started my career with one of the Big Four accounting firms in West Palm Beach. After that, I worked for an estate planning attorney, doing tax compliance work. This made me interested in specializing in taxation of trusts and estates. After several years, I decided it was time to get back to working in a CPA firm, where I could really grow my career and become a wellrounded professional.
Education: University of Florida, Master of Accounting 2005, concurrent with Bachelor’s degree.
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What I do: I provide tax compliance and planning services to closely held companies, trusts and estates, and high net worth individuals.
Personal professional goal :To develop our younger team members and help them to advance in their accounting careers.
Industry wisdom: Accounting is Russo, as vice president of marketing. Russo was most recently a marketing executive for Young Living Essential Oils.
Illustrated Properties has added waterfront specialist Brewster Kump to its Jupiter West office. A Jupiter native, Kump was most recently with Jupiter-based Waterfront Properties and Club Communities. Additionally, Real estate marketing specialist Cindy Spee joined Kump in the move to Illustrated.
NAIOP South Florida, a Commercial Real Estate Development Organization, has announced the following officers and executive committee for its 2019 board of directors: President: Darcie Lunsford, executive vice president and director of office leasing for Butters Realty & Management; President-Elect: Stephanie Rodriguez, vice president at Duke Realty; Secretary: Patricia Bedley, senior vice president of commercial lending for Legacy Bank of Florida, and Treasurer: Marc Kopelman, financial advisor at Raymond James.
Local Boy Scouts of America Scouting Executive Board Member, George Elmore, of the Gulf Stream Council, and founder of the construction company, Harddrives Inc., recently received the 2018 Freedom Enterprise Laura Clark was recently named a tax shareholder at Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A., Certified Public Accountants in West Palm Beach, from her previous position of senior tax manager.
very people-focused. Having trust and good relationships are essential.
Find good mentors: I’ve learned a tremendous amount by taking their advice to heart.
Don’t shy away from challenges: This is a way to gain experience in new areas.
Focus on client service: Our clients are what drive our practice.
Lead by example: You can’t expect your team members to work hard and be committed if you don’t demonstrate those same traits.
Continue to develop professionally: I obtained my Certified Specialist in Estate Planning certification. I’m also on the board of the Palm Beach Tax Institute, which has been a great way to meet other professionals.
Give back: Volunteer, financially support, or get on Boards of charities that you are passionate about. Medal from Palm Beach Atlantic University. This award is presented to servant leaders who celebrate and protect our nation's free enterprise system and who stand as role models in character, vision, community service, and philanthropy.
Jeannette DeOrchis, a wealth manager with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, was recently recognized as, Woman Volunteer Of The Year 2018, by the Junior League of Boca Raton, at their annual awards luncheon, for her work for, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, of which DeOrchis is vice chair. The Delray Beach-based organization operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, a 150-bed emergency shelter and provides transitional housing. Women were nominated and guests of the annual event which also recognized Joan Weidenfeld with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her advocating for people with disabilities.
The Beer Industry of Florida (BIF) has hired Justin Hollis as president to lead the trade association of Florida’s beer distributors in advancing its policy priorities. Former BIF president Dr. Eric Criss will return to private practice. In the past, Hollis has been a longtime strategist for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam including as campaign manager for Adam Putnam’s 2014 reelection campaign and bid for governor. Prior to that, he was deputy director of legislative affairs in Commissioner Putnam’s Capitol office.
Construction law firm Smith, Currie and Hancock LLP announced that Lauren R. Van Buren has joined the firm in Fort Lauderdale, focusing her practice on all aspects of construction law, including the representation of owners, general contractors, Van Buren subcontractors, architects, and engineers. Prior to joining the firm, Van Buren worked as a law clerk at MasTec, Inc. in Coral Gables.
West Palm Beach-based board certified civil trial attorney Hampton Keen announced the formation of Keen Law Group, a legal practice focused on personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases.
Carlton Fields announced that Lee Stapleton has joined the firm as a shareholder in the business litigation section of the national trial practice group. Stapleton will also practice in the firm’s white collar crime and government investigations practice group.
Max Piet, president and chief executive officer of TooJay’s Deli, has joined the board of directors of Feeding South Florida, a Feeding America food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties for a term, 2018-2020.
The YMCA of The Palm Beaches has announced that Ret. Army Colonel Dick Baumer has joined its board of directors. Additionally, Baumer is first vice president of the Military Working Dog Team Support Association and is an advisory board member of GEOS Foundation, a non-profit that supports wildlife Counter Poaching Operations in Southern Africa.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced that Shelley Menin and Marla Garchik will serve as chair and vice-chair of the 2019 “What You Do Matters,” South Florida Dinner alongside their husbands, Craig Menin and Steve Garchik. The upcoming event, scheduled for Jan. 29, 2019, will honor Holocaust survivors from South Florida with the Elie Wiesel Award, a distinction recognizing their individual contributions to Holocaust memory and education. It is the highest honor given by the Museum.
Melissa Rapkin joined Pompano Beachbased MonarchCare as the community and care management specialist. MonarchCare is a non-profit social service agency that offers professional care management, personalized financial services, trust and guardianship services to vulnerable individuals ranging in age from 1-100. In the past, Rapkin has worked in journalism, real estate, entrepreneurship, and has been in senior care in Broward and Palm Beach Counties since 2009. She serves on a number of community organization boards including Elder Services Resource Network, Partnership for Aging and Palm Beach County Guardianship Association. Rapkin has been a member of Aging Life Care Association since 2009 and is a volunteer for both Alzheimer’s Community Care and the Alzheimer’s Association. Piet Rapkin
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