Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Sept. 17, 2018

Gera Peoples is a partner at Akerman in the Fort Lauderdale office.
Gera Peoples is a partner at Akerman in the Fort Lauderdale office.


Matthew Arsenault has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Baptist Health South Florida, succeeding Ralph Lawson, who is retiring. Arsenault was most recently corporate vice president of finance at Baptist Health. He has a bachelor’s in economics from the College of the Holy Cross, a master’s in education from the University of Portland, and a master’s in accounting from Florida International University.

Dr. Michael A. Chizner is now at his newly formed private practice in Fort Lauderdale. He was founder and chief medical director of The Heart Center of Excellence and founding director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Broward Health.

John J. Howard has been named senior vice president of laboratory services at MediXall Group in Fort Lauderdale, who will oversee the company’s expansion into the clinical lab testing arena. He most recently was president and CEO of PocketMD, which he founded. Howard has a master’s in hospital administration from Pace University.


Eduardo “Eddie” Hernandez has joined CIRC Hotel in downtown Hollywood as the food & beverage director and oversees food and beverage for the hotel, its in-house restaurant Olivia Restaurant & Bar, and The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge. He was the food and beverage head and banquet manager for The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Hernandez studied international business at Northern State University in South Dakota.


Michael Levinson has joined the Miami office of Berger Singerman as a partner on the business, finance and tax team. He will lead the firm’s healthcare practice. Most recently, he was a partner with K&L Gates. Levinson has a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.D. from the Chicago Medical School.

Richard Segal and Jamie Zuckerman are founding partners of Segal Zuckerman in Aventura, which will focus on business litigation, family law and trust, and estate litigation. They were both partners at Miami firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. Segal has a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Miami. Zuckerman has a bachelor’s in accounting fron Tulane and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.


Jose Arrojo is executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. He was Chief Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, and his duties included leading the office’s special prosecutions unit. Arrojo has a bachelor’s in education from the University of Miami and has a J.D. from Florida State University.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Gera Peoples

New position: Partner at Akerman in the Fort Lauderdale office. He will join the firm’s fraud and recovery practice group and focus on representing insurance companies in investigating and litigating complex fraud schemes.

From: He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and was special counsel to the U.S. Attorney.

Also: Peoples was of counsel at Boies Schiller Flexner from 2003 to 2010. For a year before that, he was a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Peoples is also the community representative team member for the United States Southern District of Florida, Court Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) Program. He is involved in efforts to help returning citizens reintegrate into their families and communities after time spent incarcerated. Peoples is also a former member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (contract and business cases).

Education: He attended Morehouse College and graduated from New College of Florida. He has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Best advice: First, don’t take things personally. Second, don’t forget to dream.

Work history: 2000-02 law clerk for Hon. Judge James Lawrence King, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; 2002 Torys LLP (associate between clerkship); 2002-03 law clerk for Honorable Judge Peter T. Fay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit of Appeals; 2003-10 Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Counsel; 2010-18 U.S. Attorney’s Office, special counsel to the U.S. attorney, Deputy Chief Major Crimes Section, assistant.