Douglas Ede has joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as a partner in the law firm's Miami office. He was a partner at Yoss, LLP. He will continue his practice in complex commercial litigation, labor, administrative and municipal actions, first party insurance claims, admiralty and maritime, personal injury defense, construction litigation, and complex commercial transactions.
Jeanna Steele has been named vice president of operations at Landry & Kling, a company specializing in cruise events and meetings at sea. She will oversee all aspects of the company's cruise program operations by providing leadership to the operations staff, while managing client and vendor relationships. Before joining the company full time, she helped plan and operate 20 events on cruise ships, including 14 full-ship charters. During her years as an independent meeting planner, Landry & Kling engaged her as operations team leader overseeing three dockside ship charters for the 2009 Summit of the Americas and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Trinidad and Tobago.
Miami-based Coastal Construction Group has named Erin Murphy vice president of Coastal Environmental Services, the newly formed affiliate specializing in disaster relief and clean-up efforts.
In his new role, Murphy will oversee the launch, development, and operations of Coastal Environmental Services, from management of its fleet of vessels and equipment to supervising specific relief efforts. He will also seek to expand the company’s business development opportunities in the U.S. and Caribbean.
Prior to joining Coastal, Murphy, a Certified Public Accountant, was an external audit senior for Deloitte & Touche, in Miami, specializing in audit and enterprise risk services for public and private companies including Lennar, Lennar Financial Services, Baptist Healthcare and the Miami Dolphins.
Mark R. Houck, founder of the Miami-based law firm Houck Anderson, has been elected to the board of directors of The Seafarers House an organization that offers refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Miami Flotilla 6-11 has been elected Felipe Pazos as flotilla commander for 2010.
Flotilla 6-11, headquartered at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach on MacArthur Causeway, supports the U.S. Coast Guard as volunteers in promoting boating safety in South Florida.
Gretchen Bell has been appointed vice president sales, the Americas for SeaDream Yacht Club. A member of the SeaDream team since the company's founding in 2001, Bell previously served as the firm's director of business development and national accounts.
David Letson has been elected chair of the Division of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The division undertakes basic and applied research and training activities contributing to policy development and management of marine resources. He is also a member of NOAA's Hurricane Forecast Socio-Economic Working Group and Science Advisory Board's Oceans and Health Working Group.
Peggy Bodenreider has been named vice president for Maritime Capital Group, the finance subsidiary of National Liquidators. She will be responsible for the daily operations and overall success of Maritime Capital Group. Previously, she served as national sales manager for GE Money.
Andrew Doole and Dane Graziano have been promoted to chief operating officers for Show Management, producers of major boat shows in the country.