SWFL Inc. welcomes Simon to the team as client relationship manager
SWFL Inc. has hired Megan Simon as its new client relationship manager. Simon comes to the now seven-person staff with a background in hospitality and sales. Simon has held positions in hotel group sales for Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples Beach Hotel, Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Georgia and Spinnaker Resorts in South Carolina. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from the University of South Carolina in 2013. SWFL Inc. is a regional chamber of commerce serving the Southwest Florida business community. For more information, visit SWFLinc.com
Versnik named partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz P.A.
Michael Versnik, a seasoned personal injury lawyer who joined Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz P.A.
in 2019, has been named a partner of the nearly 60-year-old firm. Versnik, rated “AV Preeminent” Civil Trial Attorney, the highest-ranking under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system, focuses on personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, motorcycle and bicycle accidents and premises liability cases. Other partners in the firm include managing partners Purtz and Chris Smith, and partners Stephen W. Buckley, John B. Cechman, and Andrea Pleimling Smith. J. Jeffrey Rice is a former managing partner.
Youth Haven Inc. names Bliss director of finance and operations
Youth Haven Inc.
has appointed Cassandra Bliss as director of finance and operations. Bliss received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Liberty University. With more than 19 years of experience in the financial field, Bliss’s professional background includes experience with nonprofits, large and small for-profit corporations, corporate litigation, the financial side of political advocacy and lobbying, FAA compliance, and insurance. Bliss is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a VIP member of the worldwide Who’s Who registry of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.
Henderson Franklin welcomes Zekri
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A.
has hired Iman Zekri as an associate in the divorce, marital and family law department. She served as a summer associate with the firm in 2019. Zekri is a native of Southwest Florida. She graduated from Riverdale High School’s International Baccalaureate program; received her Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Florida SouthWestern State College; Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Florida Gulf Coast University; and Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Zekri was an editor of the Florida Journal of International Law and a member of the Florida Moot Court Team. She has received multiple awards for her accomplishments. In addition, The Florida Bar Journal featured Zekri’s article on the cover of the September/October 2020 edition, “Respectfully Dissenting: How Dissenting Opinions Shape the Law and Impact Collegiality Among Judges.”
Savasta-Lagan joins RMC Group
has hired Joy Savasta-Lagan as a commercial lines account executive. Savasta-Lagan is responsible for maintaining relationships with business clients and soliciting new business for the property and casualty division of RMC Group. Savasta-Lagan brings more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry to RMC Group. She has previously worked for Allstate Insurance in a similar commercial lines role and in employee benefits at the start of her career for a life insurance company. Savasta-Lagan graduated from Long Island University with a degree in business administration. She holds both Life and Health (Florida 2-15) and Property and Casualty (Florida 2-20) licenses.
Tyler appointed to Florida Chapter of Women in Healthcare board
Vanessa Tyler, brand ambassador of Studio+
, an architecture and interior design firm, has been appointed treasurer on the board of directors for the newly created Women in Healthcare (WIH) Florida Chapter. The chapter comprises a diverse community of women in healthcare partnering to advance and empower women in the industry through access to education, innovation, and opportunity. “The inception of this chapter could not have come at a better time, as the healthcare industry is under tremendous pressure, and in need of more leadership and support than ever,” says Tyler. Women make up 80% of the healthcare workforce yet hold 19% of hospital CEO positions and head only 4% of healthcare companies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “As one of the founding members, I am excited to be a part of a team of women who will create positive change and break barriers in the healthcare industry.” WIH’s first-year chapter goals will focus on membership growth, mentorship, and overall education that enriches and informs others of the women’s perspective within the healthcare industry.