Archive for August, 2013

Company secures key hire for CEO jobs in Tampa Bay

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

One company recently secured a key hire for CEO jobs in Tampa Bay.

United Insurance Holdings Corp., a property and casualty insurance holding company, has hired John Forney, CFA, as its Chief Executive Officer.

Forney will join United on Thursday June 14, 2012, and will also serve as a Director on the Company’s Board.

Forney has a balanced mix of public finance investment banking and private sector executive leadership positions with a focus on the insurance market. He most recently served as Managing Director in Raymond James’ Public Finance Department, leading the firm’s investment banking efforts in catastrophe insurance financing.

Greg Branch, Chairman of United’s Board of Directors, said, “The Board conducted an extensive search among many candidates in the insurance and financial services industries, with a focus on finding a well-rounded executive with experience in the public markets. After extensive due diligence, John emerged as the clear choice to lead United. He has a unique combination of strategic and finely-honed operational skills, a significant track record in working with publicly-held insurance companies. We are very pleased to have John join the Company and look forward to working closely together to help United succeed.”

Forney has over 21 years of executive experience in a variety of industries, primarily financial services. From 2002 until his appointment at United, Forney served in a number of capacities at Raymond James. During his tenure, he developed special expertise in the property insurance sector through his work with government-sponsored insurance entities in Florida, California, Louisiana, and Texas, as well as a major national insurance industry consortium.

Company hires for policy adviser jobs in Tampa

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

One company recently completed some key hires for policy adviser jobs in Tampa.

Holland & Knight, a global law firm with approximately 1,000 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bogotá and Mexico City, recently took on some new hires.

They brought on Kimberly Case and Beth Vecchioli to their Florida Government Advocacy Team.

They were hired last July in 2012.

Case has 15 years of experience in state government, most recently serving as legislative affairs director and policy advisor for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. Prior to her work with the Attorney General’s office, she was the legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Financial Services. In addition to her executive branch experience, Case worked in the Florida House of Representatives as a policy analyst and deputy staff director of the House Majority Office.

Vecchioli represents clients in the areas of insurance regulation, lobbying and financial services matters. She was a senior level manager and regulator at the Florida Department of Insurance/Office of Insurance Regulation for more than 10 years. Vecchioli also has worked as a senior analyst for the Florida Department of Banking and Finance. Most recently she has been a government consultant in the private sector representing insurance and financial services clients before the Florida legislative and executive branches.

“We are thrilled that Kim and Beth will be joining our state-wide team,” said Governor Bob Martinez, Chair of the firm’s Florida Government Advocacy Team.”Both of these women have long careers of public service and are widely admired for their work on legislative issues. The firm’s insurance and financial services clients will especially benefit from their strong regulatory experience and advice.”

Tampa business jobs climb

Monday, August 5th, 2013

As the latest jobs stats roll in, it may become apparent that Tampa business jobs are growing.

Overall, throughout the nation, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in July (+36,000). Within the industry, job growth continued in management of companies and enterprises (+7,000) and in management and technical consulting services (+7,000). Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month.

This is according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in July and has changed little, on net, over the past 12 months. Within the industry, employment in motor vehicles and parts rose by 9,000 in July.

Reportedly, employment increased by 162,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent, the BLS reported.

There were gains in retail trade, food services and drinking places, financial activities, and wholesale trade. Over the prior 12 months, nonfarm employment growth averaged 189,000 per month.

Retail trade added 47,000 jobs in July and has added 352,000 over the past 12 months. In July, job growth occurred in general merchandise stores (+9,000), motor vehicle and parts dealers (+6,000), building material and garden supply stores (+6,000), and health and personal care stores (+5,000).

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places increased by 38,000 in July and by 381,000 over the year.

Financial activities employment increased by 15,000 in July, with a gain of 6,000 in securities, commodity contracts, and investments. Over the year, financial activities has added 120,000 jobs.

Employment increased in wholesale trade (+14,000) in July. Over the past 12 months, this industry has added 83,000 jobs.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in July (+36,000). Within the industry, job growth continued in management of companies and enterprises (+7,000) and in management and technical consulting services (+7,000). Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month.

Employment in health care was essentially unchanged over the month. Thus far in 2013, health care has added an average of 16,000 jobs per month, compared with an average monthly increase of 27,000 in 2012.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change in July.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.2 million. These individuals accounted for 37.0 percent of the unemployed. The number of long-term unemployed has declined by 921,000 over the past year.