Adam Nelson, CPA, has been named audit senior manager at CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Nelson is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he received bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration in finance.
Robert D. Johnson has been promoted to vice president of finance and CFO for JM Family Enterprises’ Southeast Toyota Distributors division. Most recently, he was corporate director of financial reporting, planning, analysis and financial systems. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in finance from Columbia.
Patrick Gates has been named chief merchandising officer at Starboard Cruise Services. Most recently, he was chief commercial officer for Spiegel. Gates attended the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, and completed several strategic management courses at Harvard.
Justin Clark has been named general manager at The Inn at Key West, part of Remington Hotels. Before, he was at Resorts West in Park City, Utah. Clark attended Bryant University.
Michael C. Minardi has joined Kelley Kronenberg as partner in the West Palm Beach office. He will co-chair the firm’s new regulated substances practice group. He previously owned and operated his own firm, Minardi Law, based in Stuart.
Jennifer Preston will join the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as vice president for journalism beginning Oct. 20. Her 30 years’ newsroom and business-side experience includes senior editorial and management roles at The New York Times. She was the Times’ first social media editor; most recently, she helped launch a homepage news curation feature for nytimes.com called Watching. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.
Karina Ron has been named director of the United Way Center for Financial Stability, housed and operated by Branches Inc. Before, she was senior financial coach at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment and The Financial Clinic. Ron has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley and a master’s in public policy and administration from Columbia.
Rafael Romero has been named an associate vice president at CREC, based in the Coral Gables office. Before, he was at Simon Property Group, where he had leasing assignments at Dadeland Mall and the Shops at Sunset Place. Among his assignments will be spearheading the leasing for the retail part of Downtown Dadeland.
Adriana Rosillo has joined Pointe Group Advisors as senior vice president of leasing. She previously served as leasing director at Flagler Real Estate Services. Rosillo has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Georgia Tech University.
Oksana Klimovich has been named director of sales at Windridge Yacht Charters in Fort Lauderdale. Before, she was vice president of sales, marketing and business development for GreenPurple. Klimovich has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, and an MBA, from Florida International University.
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Name: Shahram Siddiqui
New position: Partner at Berger Singerman in the business, finance and tax team.
Previous job: Executive vice president and corporate counsel to LNR Property, LLC
Education: He has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and history from Boston University, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Best advice: The best advice I’ve received hands down is from the my first true legal mentor. He told me, “You are not going to like what everyone has to say, but listen to what everyone says as there are more than two sides to every issue.” I try (though albeit sometimes not successfully) to live by those words as I manage people and matters today. In management, listening is truly a lost art. So many times in the contentious portion of my practice I find that if clients had truly listened to the other side at some point in the past, my services would not be necessary today.
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