Appointments at Palms of Pasadena, Moffitt Cancer Center and AMIkids Inc. highlight this week’s Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

Published November 29 2017
Updated December 8 2017

Health care

Mitchell Rubinstein has been appointed chief medical officer for Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is the newest member of the senior management teams for both hospitals. Rubinstein has experience in the role, previously serving as vice president of medical affairs at The Valley Hospital in New Jersey. Prior to accepting this position, he served as physician advisor for University Hospital, Newark New Jersey. Rubinstein earned his medical degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Louis B. Harrison has assumed additional responsibilities at Moffitt Cancer Center as vice president, chief partnership officer. Harrison joined Moffitt in 2014 as chair and senior member of the Department of Radiation Oncology. He also serves as deputy physician-in-chief. Harrison has served as president and board chairman of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the largest radiation oncology society in the country. In September, he was awarded the ASTRO Gold Medal, the societyís highest honor, given for outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of radiation oncology

Tampa-based SynDaver, a medical technology manufacturing company focused on the creation of high-fidelity synthetic humans for medical device development and surgical training, has created a new global government business unit. The new unit will be led by Mark Owens, who will serve as vice president of global government business development. Owens most recently led the sales team and was largely responsible for the growth of the SynDaver brand in the civilian market.


AMIkids Inc., a Tampa-based nonprofit organization that transforms troubled youth into responsible members of our communities, announced the recent appointment of Michael Thornton as president & CEO. Thornton, an AMIkids veteran, began his career as a remedial education instructor. From there, he ascended through the leadership ranks. He joined the home office as a regional director and then took on the position of director of human resources and then vice president of support services. He was previously president/chief operating officer, overseeing all operational aspects of the organization.

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce named Matt Lettelleir as the new Advocacy Manager for the organization. A St. Petersburg native, Lettelleir has been involved in local and national politics on both sides of the aisle for the better part of the last decade. A graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, he brings a unique perspective to the Chamberís advocacy program.


TD Bank announced the appointment of Nick Miceli to regional president, Florida. Miceli will oversee TD Bankís commercial, retail, small business, specialty banking operations and lending services throughout the state. Most recently, Miceli spent nearly ten years as commercial market president for TD Bank in New Jersey. He joined TD Bank in 1998 as middle market lender and was named regional vice president of Essex County, N.J. in 2003. Prior to joining TD Bank, Miceli held positions with legacy Bank of America organizations.

Skyway Capital Markets, a Tampa-based boutique investment banking firm serving middle market clients, has named Scott Thompson as managing director. Thompson brings years of experience covering the technology, telecom equipment and cloud/service provider sectors. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BSBA degree in management, he earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Real estate

Jake Howse recently accepted a position with FirstService Residential as director of business development for the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota region. FirstService Residential provides full-service property management solutions to community associations.

Franklin Street, a commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Tampa, has added two new hires to its commercial retail services team: Jordan Stephens, leasing associate, and Anthony Suarez, investment sales associate. Prior to joining Franklin Street, Stephens served as an associate for InterState Commercial Real Estate in New Jersey. Suarez is a graduate of Florida State University, where he earned a bachelorís degree in real estate.


Clearwater-based retail services provider GSP announced that Margaret Sotrop has joined its design services team as the new executive creative director. Sotrop has a 25-plus year career leading design, visual merchandising and photography teams. She joins GSP from retail marketing agency Kreber. Prior to Kreber, she was the vice president of home and storewide creative at Macyís.

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