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Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches would like to announce the addition of Roshan Massoumi to its board of directors. Massoumi, retired owner of French R LLC Real Estate Holding Company, has been a 2005 nominee for the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Heroes of Medicine, and received the 1993 Dynamic Duo Award in recognition of her outstanding team efforts benefiting both the medical community and the citizens of Palm Beach County. In 2016, Massoumi served as chairwoman of the spring luncheon for the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults. She is a member of the executive board of directors of Le Club InterContinental of Palm Beach and a member of the Beach Club of Palm Beach. Massoumi holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Northridge; and George Washington University.


Oasis Outsourcing, the nation’s largest privately held Professional Employer Organization, is pleased to announce Mary Anne Tate has joined the company as senior vice president of client and partner management, and Rebecca Woods has been promoted to senior vice president of operations in the West Palm Beach office. Tate will be responsible for all aspects of client service and channel partner strategic relationships. She brings more than 25 years of customer relationship management experience to Oasis from her work in previous roles at Bank of America Merchant Services, First Data Management Corporation and Chase Merchant Services. She holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing management from Florida State University.

Woods will be responsible for the operational areas of the business including payroll, benefits, implementations and compliance. Woods has more than 20 years of experience in the PEO industry and joined Oasis in 2015 as vice president and general manager as part of Oasis’ acquisition of Doherty Employer Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources.


Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, announced the promotion of 19 lawyers to partner. The new partners include a diverse mix of lawyers across practices and offices throughout the firm, including five partners in the West Palm Beach office. Patricia Carlson assists clients in selecting, securing, protecting and enforcing domestic and international intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as with related contracts and commercial transactions in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. She also has experience litigating patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition and false advertising cases in federal courts across the country. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2008 from Stetson University College of Law. She holds a certificate from Fordham University School of Law for her participation in the Fashion Law Institute’s 2016 Summer Intensive Program. She received her Master of Business Administration in 2008 from Stetson University and her Bachelor of Science in 2005 from the University of Central Florida.

Eric Levine dedicates his practice to the financial services sector, defending mortgage loan originators, servicers and investors in class and individual lawsuits, bankruptcy adversary cases, contested foreclosures and regulatory compliance matters in the firm’s consumer financial services practice group. He earned his Juris Doctor in 2008 from Harvard Law School. He received his Master of Public Administration in 2005 and his Bachelor of Science in 2004 from Cornell University.

Erin Maddocks focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, fiduciary dispute resolution and contested wills, trusts and estates matters in the firm’s litigation practice group. Her experience includes a wide range of litigation in state and federal courts throughout Florida, including breach of contract, products liability, commercial credit and creditors’ rights. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2007 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 2004 from the University of Florida.

Nicholas Purvis represents insurers in complex health care and insurance fraud investigation and litigation in the firms fraud and recovery practice group. He has experience litigating claims against health care providers under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and various other statutory and common-law causes of action. He also represents defrauded financial institutions in the investigation and recovery process, and has represented a variety of other companies and individuals in complex commercial disputes. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2007 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, magna cum laude, in 2002 from the University of Florida.

Roy Zachariah represents Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, including litigation, prosecution and licensing in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. His experience in patent protection includes inventions in the areas of computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, telecommunications, medical systems and devices, and business methods. He previously worked for the major entertainment and sports company as a business analyst and software engineer and programmer. He earned his Juris Doctor in 2007 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he served as web editor and member of the Journal of Technology Law and Policy. He also holds a certificate in intellectual property from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He received his Master of Science in 2004 and his Bachelor of Science in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University.

Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Jennifer Powers has joined the law firm in North Palm Beach. Powers has a strong background in real estate and finance transactions. Prior to joining Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, P.A., Powers owned her own law practice with offices in Tampa and Fort Pierce handling financing and real estate transactions. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the St. Lucie County Bar Association. Powers has been admitted to practice law before the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Power earned a Juris Doctor, with honors from the University of Florida College of Law.


Arif Dalvi will now serve as the medical director of the Memory Disorder Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The Memory Disorder Center is one of 15 state-designated memory disorder centers in Florida offering comprehensive evaluation of patients with memory loss. Dalvi will lead the diagnostic testing, treatment and referral for individuals experiencing changes in their memory. Dalvi specializes in adult neurology and all movement disorders. He also currently serves as the medical director of the Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center for the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute. He is also board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been practicing medicine since 1990.


Franklin Street, a full service, vertically integrated commercial real estate firm, hired David Fleisher as regional managing partner for Broward and Palm Beach counties. Prior to Franklin Street, Fleisher served as director of business services for Bluegreen Vacations, one of the largest independent vacation ownership companies in the U.S. There he oversaw the company’s resort client relationships, as well as prepared and presented financial models for acquisitions and new client development in the U.S. and Caribbean. During his tenure, he managed client relationships whose sales have accounted for more than $1.2 billion in vacation ownership sales since 2009. In addition, Fleisher co-founded LOB Companies, specializing in the acquisition, management and disposition of multifamily apartment properties across Florida. Previously, he worked for Marcus & Millichap in South Florida, where he focused on multifamily investment sales. Fleisher is a certified public accountant in Maryland and a licensed real estate broker in the state of Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane University and a master’s degree in international business administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is also engaged in the community, through his support and sponsorship of groups such as Deliver the Dream and JDRF.

Reichel Realty & Investments Inc. announced a new health care real estate brokerage and business advisory division headed by Benjamin Patipa, who joined the Palm Beach Gardens firm as vice president. The new division provides services and guidance for health care clients in business growth or transition planning, and a wide range of related real estate matters. Patipa, a physician, business leader and serial health care entrepreneur, brings more than 30 years of leadership experience as CEO, chief operating officer and president of public and private companies in health care, real estate investment, technology, brand development and financial services. As CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Accountable Care Organization in Florida, he helped lead its health care reform initiatives. He also served as assistant president at HearX Ltd., COO at Allianz N.A., CEO at Bravo! Brands, Inc., and employee value proposition at eHDL/Healthnet Data Link. Earlier in his career, Patipa worked with Sonus USA and led P&F Real Estate Investment Group. Patipa also pioneered successful innovative ventures including Weight For Me, the nation’s first and most recognized pediatric and adolescent weight control center, and MedMark Group health care marketing and advertising agency.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate services firm, is pleased to announce that Spencer S. Grossman has been elected as a shareholder and principal in the firm. Grossman, a graduate of the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale and Dickinson College, is a 15-year commercial real estate veteran who specializes in retail investment sales and leasing. Grossman joined NAI/Merin Hunter Codman in 2010 after spending several years working with Marcus and Millichap and American Commercial Realty. Grossman has consistently been a top producer throughout his time at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman and was named the firm’s Broker of the Year in both 2012 and 2014. Grossman’s institutional clients have included C-III Capital Partners, Lone Star Funds, CW Capital, Related Group, Nuveen Asset Management and The Blackstone Group. He has also represented both landlords and tenants in retail leasing transactions with several national tenants including Chase Bank, Bank United, Dunkin Donuts, the Dollar Store, Stein Mart and AT&T.


Martin V. Katz, managing member of Katz & Doorakian Law Firm, P.L. in West Palm Beach, has been selected to the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list for the eighth consecutive year.


Jamba, Inc., a leading lifestyle brand with a passion for making healthful living fun, continues its expansion in Florida with the opening of a new Jamba Juice location at 430 East Linton Blvd., Suite 904, Delray Beach. The leading blended beverage brand recently ranked number one of “5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains” by Restaurant Business. Jamba Juice offers a variety of wholesome smoothies and food options made with high quality ingredients: whole fruits, vegetables, and no artificial flavors or preservatives.

To increase accessibility to the growing Jewish community throughout its service area, the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County recently opened a satellite office at 220 Sunrise Ave. in Palm Beach. In addition to providing an intimate meeting space for donors and community leaders, the Federation’s new office will offer a central location for residents to engage in unique educational and community outreach programs. This includes the new Rabin Council, a leadership council comprised of Palm Beach residents; the new Palm Beach Jewish Women’s Forum, a dynamic speaker series; and a Take Action Tour. The Jewish Federation works with local and global partner agencies to care for vulnerable populations, enrich Jewish life and build global Jewish community.

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