Josh Meyer has been named chief technology officer at Investor Solutions, an independent, investment management firm. He will be responsible for integrating updated portfolio management software into the firm's existing computer systems and overseeing compliance. He previous jobs included creating and selling a software start-up company. He also has worked for a portfolio management software company. He also has five years of experience in portfolio management and financial planning working for an investment advisory firm.
Richard Montes de Oca partners with Sylvia Gonzalez Perez, three others to form MDO Partners law firm
Richard Montes de Oca, former assistant general counsel for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), has partnered with attorneys Sylvia Gonzalez Perez, Robert L. McGeorge, Marcia Narine and Kelley J. Peterson to form MDO Partners, a boutique firm specializing in corporate law, global compliance and business ethics. Montes de Oca also served as associate vice president and assistant general counsel at RCCL. He also was responsible for its global compliance and ethics program.
Sylvia Gonzalez Perez will serve as corporate counsel for the firm. She will focus her practice in domestic and international corporate and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining MDO Partners, she had her own firm and before that she was an associate in the Miami office of Holland & Knight.
Robert McGeorge will serve as compliance counsel for the firm in economic regulation of transportation, antitrust, international trade, customs and government contracts. Before joining MDO Partners, he was general counsel for International Air Transport Association (IATA). He also was in private practice for several years and also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
Marcia Narine will serve as compliance advisor for MDO Partners and is a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Before joining the firm and academia, she was vice president and deputy general counsel of Ryder System, Inc.
Kelley J. Peterson will serve as compliance counsel in broker-dealer and investment adviser regulations for the firm. She was vice president and chief compliance officer of a nationwide securities broker-dealer. Before that, she was compliance officer of two federally-registered investment advisory firms and also served as vice president of an administrative agent specializing in custodial plans. She also was senior counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP.
Lourdes Tome-Rivas has been named chief operating officer at Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc., a portfolio company of MBF Healthcare Partners, LP. She will oversee the company’s statewide expansion and the implementation of its portfolio of health benefits products. Before joining Simply Healthcare, she held several leadership positions including regional vice president for DentaQuest; chief operating officer for Atlantic Dental; and senior vice president for United Home Care Services. Simply Healthcare Plans is a Florida licensed health maintenance organization headquartered in Coral Gables.
Miller Construction Company, a Fort Lauderdale-based design builder and general contracting company, has promoted Brian Sudduth, Jeff Slade and Chris Hannaka to senior leadership positions. All three executives are shareholders in the 38-year-old firm.
Sudduth, named senior vice president, will lead Miller's preconstruction team in producing budgeting and analysis of project site conditions and potential construction systems. He advises clients on alternate construction techniques and other strategic issues to help them maximize savings. He joined Miller in 2005 and most recently was vice president of preconstruction.
Slade has been promoted to vice president - operations manager. He will be responsible for managing client relationships, participating in strategic planning, and recruiting talent. He also reviews and monitors reports regarding financial performance of the company and mentors operations employees. He joined Miller in 1998 and most recently was project executive, overseeing complex construction projects for the office, educational, broadcast and hospitality sectors.
Hannaka, who has been promoted to project executive from project manager, joined the firm in 1999 and has worked on diverse projects ranging from education, athletic arena/fitness and government buildings to performing arts and digital broadcasting facilities.
Cynthia Borders-Byrd has been named chair of the Florida State Board of Accountancy (BOA), the organization responsible for the regulation of certified public accountants (CPAs) and accounting firms in the state. She was named to the BOA in 2008 and was reappointed for a second term by Gov. Rick Scott. She was vice-chair of the board, member of the Probable Cause Panel and chair of the Rules Committee. She manages and operates C. Borders-Byrd, CPA LLC, an accounting and consulting firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Before starting her own accounting firm, she worked with the State of Florida's Office of the Auditor General; Broward County; Arthur Andersen; and Ernst & Young.
Judit Fabian will serve as director of venture capital services at Cassel Salpeter & Co., an investment banking firm in Miami. She will focus on financial advisory services and capital sourcing for emerging, high growth companies primarily in technology, mobile applications, biotechnology, and healthcare industries. She will assist companies with raising early stage and venture capital. She was interim chief financial officer for incubated companies at Nextera Enterprises; she also worked with Early Stage IT & Internet Companies as a financial advisor through a Baltimore-based incubator, and provided market expansion services to U.S. technology companies doing business in Europe. Before that, she also was an underwriting analyst at GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation. She also serves on the board of trustees for the Miami Science Museum.
Lanelle Meidan has joined the law firm of Ackerman Link & Sartory, P.A. in West Palm Beach as an associate. Her practice will focus on complex commercial litigation. Before joining Ackerman Link, she was a litigation attorney with Skadden Arps in Chicago and California and before that, with Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C.
Nancy Batista-Rodriguez has been promoted to vice president of Baptist Outpatient Services, part of Baptist Health South Florida that operates outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. She will oversee the Medical Arts Surgery Centers on the South Miami and Baptist Hospital campuses, Galloway Endoscopy Center and Baptist Health Breast Center. She started at Baptist Outpatient Services in 2003 as manager of Baptist Medical Plaza at Doral. In 2007, she transitioned to managing Baptist Outpatient Services' second joint venture at the Medical Arts Surgery Center at South Miami. She eventually became director of the Medical Arts Surgery Center at both Baptist and South Miami. After a promotion to assistant vice president in 2010, she oversaw the openings of Baptist Sleep Centers at Miami Lakes, Pembroke Pines, Galloway and Sunset.
Dr. Barry Wander has been named to the national advisory board of the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare. He is one of 10 veterinarians who will represent the interests of the 82,000 veterinarians of the American Veterinary Medical Association and 16 other veterinarian associations that helped form the partnership to insure that pets receive regular preventive care. He is founder of the Wander Animal Hospital in Kendall.
Steven M. Harper has been promoted to partner in the Miami law firm Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP. He was an associate with the firm for five years. He will focus his practice on aviation and maritime finance, taxation and regulation. He also works in the firm’s international and corporate practice groups, structuring corporate entities via shareholder and partnership agreements that enhance international tax and estate planning goals, and in structuring licensing, distribution and other cross-border transactions.