Ellen M. Leibovitch has joined Assouline & Berlowe, P.A., as a partner in the law firm’s Boca Raton office. Leibovitch also is the new department head for the firm’s labor and employment law group. She is board certified in labor and employment law and has 25 years of trial experience at the state, federal, and agency levels in commercial and labor and employment matters.
Francisco Rodriguez has been named a shareholder at the law firm of Akerman Senterfit. He will focus his practice on securities class-action defense and complex commercial and international litigation. He has tried and argued numerous cases in federal and state court and in arbitration proceedings.
Angela de Cespedes Wenke also has been named a shareholder at the law firm. She is an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated cases in federal and state courts in both Florida and New York. She represents national and local corporations and institutions in a variety of industries in diverse litigation matters.
Ora Lea Strickland has been named to the board of directors of Miami Jewish Health Systems, a healthcare provider. She is dean and professor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University. Before joining FIU, she was a professor and the first person to hold an endowed professorship in the Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also was a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro.
Tom Riecke has been named vice president of sales for the Americas with DBK Concepts in Miami. He will be responsible for managing DBK’s sales force and expanding the products and services the company offers. Before joining DBK, he spent 26 years with LXE, serving as vice president of sales in the Americas. DBK offers new and refurbished data-collection mobile computers, custom software development, maintenance and repair services, and professional/implementation services.
Mia Stierheim will serve as senior vice president of retail services at Stierheim and Wesson Retail Realty, Inc., a new commercial real estate firm. She will manage the firm’s Miami office. Earl Wesson will serve as president of the firm and will manage the second office in Indian Rocks Beach. The firm specializes in repositioning of retail/mixed-use projects and sophisticated consulting. Before forming the new firm, Stierheim was the director of retail services at Colliers International South Florida, where she focused on expanding the company’s retail presence. Merrett R. Stierheim, a long-term public servant in Miami-Dade County and father of Mia Stierheim, will serve as senior advisor to the firm. Since Aug. 2011, he has been serving as president and CEO of the Collins Center for Public Policy and will continue in that capacity until a permanent CEO is hired.
Arden Karson has been named senior vice president of the Related Group’s acquisitions, distressed debt and strategic opportunities division. She and her team will continue pursuing opportunistic acquisitions, including mixed-use assets, hotels, shopping centers, land and multifamily/broken condo deals throughout the Southeast and in major metropolitan markets throughout the country. She has more than 20 years of real estate experience with an emphasis on acquisitions, asset management, development, property management, sales, leasing and finance. Before joining Related, she worked with several real estate firms, including Lennar/LNR, Advenir, CREC and Barrow Street Capital. She also spent part of her career as a real estate lender with Bank of America, and as a consultant with Price Waterhouse/Coopers.
Julie C. Ferguson, Sasha Westerman-Keuning and Anastasios G. Kastrinakis have joined Carlton Fields corporate, securities and tax practice group in Miami. Ferguson is a shareholder and Westerman-Keuning and Kastrinakis are associates at the law firm.
Ferguson was founder of Julie C. Ferguson, P.A. She handles a variety of services from employment and family-based immigration to representation of individuals in removal proceedings and individuals seeking temporary or permanent residence and political asylum. She has practiced immigration law exclusively for the past 10 years.
Westerman-Keuning was an associate at Ferguson, P.A. She also handles various services from employment and family-based immigration to representation of individuals in removal proceedings and individuals seeking temporary or permanent residence and political asylum. Before joining Carlton Fields and Ferguson, P.A., she was an associate at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A.
Joaquin Alemany, Brian Briz, Israel Encinosa and Michael Hantman have been promoted to partners at Holland & Knight’s Miami law office. All four were associates at the firm and all are members of the firm’s litigation section.
Kameron Knowlton has joined BankUnited in West Palm Beach as vice president in the private banking division. With 17 years of banking and wealth management experience, she will help develop the bank's portfolio of commercial, corporate and high net worth clients. She has held several senior positions in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
Oscar Elizaga has been promoted to senior vice president of the Americas, at Scala, a provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. He will be based in Miami and will be responsible for all of Scala's sales, services and support operations in the United States and Latin America. He was vice president, EMEA, India & Latin America at Scala. He has more than 30 years of experience, obtained with technology companies including IBM, Kulicke and Soffa, InterDigital Communications Corporation, Bentley Systems and Expand International Corporation.