Benchmarks of Success: A look at major career developments in the area


A look at major career developments in the area.

Ascension St. Vincent’s names hospital CEOs

Ascension St. Vincent’s has named two new leaders for its hospitals in Northeast Florida. Kevin Rinks has been named president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Southside, and Bryan Walrath has been named president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Clay County.   

Rinks and Walrath will oversee day-to-day operations at their hospitals, leading their teams in providing compassionate, personalized patient care. Both will also focus on advancing patient access to specialty care in the region, bolstering the quality of the patient and associate experience at each hospital and strengthening ties with stakeholders in each community.

Rinks is a seasoned health care leader with more than two decades of leadership experience. He previously served as president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Clay County, a position he held since November 2020. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and economics from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master’s degree in health services administration from Strayer University. 

Walrath is an experienced health care leader with more than 25 years of leadership experience, including more than 20 years of military service, leading operations for multiple medical facilities of the U.S. Army. He previously served as president and CEO of Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, St. Vincent’s sister health system, a position he held since July 2022. He received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and master's degrees in building construction and architectural engineering, also from Georgia Tech.

Nye earns Certified Military Financial Advisor designation

Cory Nye, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services LLC in Ponte Vedra Beach, recently obtained the Certified Military Financial Advisor (CMFA) designation. Ameriprise Financial partnered with Dalton Education to create the designation, which equips financial advisers with knowledge and expertise to help military members maximize resources and achieve their financial goals with confidence.

Nye successfully completed the CMFA requirements that include more than 40 hours of training and learning development modules, which provide advisers a deep understanding of the unique life circumstances and the benefits available to veterans, active duty, reserve, National Guard and their families.

Nye graduated from Wilmington University with a degree in business management. He has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry.

For more information, contact Nye at 904-830-5318 or go to

Johnson named director of workplace services at OE&S

Office Environments & Services (OE&S), a full-service workplace furniture and architectural products dealership, has announced the promotion of Melanie Johnson as director of workplace services. In her new role, Johnson will provide leadership and oversight to the designers, project coordinators and account management teams that make up OE&S’s Workplace Services Department.

Johnson has more than two decades of experience with OE&S, most recently serving as a designer and project manager. She has a strong understanding of office furniture, architectural products, space planning and interior design for corporate and commercial spaces.

Johnson enjoys working with clients and internal project teams to deliver a visually engaging and functional workspace that achieves the client’s business goals.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University.

For more information about OE&S, go to

Rusnak promoted at GreenPointe Holdings

GreenPointe Holdings, a diversified real estate company that specializes in creating high-value residential and mixed-use communities throughout Florida, has announced the promotion of Chris Rusnak to chief accounting officer.

In his new expanded role, Rusnak will focus on the expansion and development of capital partner relations and overall corporate financial monitoring and analysis while continuing to direct all accounting and finance operations.

A licensed real estate professional and CPA, Rusnak has served as GreenPointe’s vice president, accounting & investor relations since 2020. He joined GreenPointe Holdings as controller in 2014.

Prior to joining GreenPointe, Rusnak held management roles at Regency Centers, the commercial real estate company, and the international accounting firm, KPMG.

An active member of Urban Land Institute North Florida, Rusnak graduated from ULI’s Center for Leadership in 2019. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Stec appointed Nemours Children’s, Jacksonville CMO

Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville recently announced the appointment of Andrew Stec, MD, as vice president, chief medical officer (CMO), effective May 1.

As CMO, Stec will provide oversight of the medical operations and faculty at Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville. He will also work with clinical and nonclinical leaders and team members across the organization to help maintain the highest levels of safe, quality care for Nemours patients and families.

Stec joined the urology team at Nemours Children’s as division chief in September 2019. Previously, he served for five years as the director of pediatric urology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in urology at Vanderbilt University. He specialized in pediatric urology with a two-year fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Stec is currently an associate professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and is active in outcomes research, a branch of public health research that studies the end results of the structure and processes of the health care system on the health and well-being of patients.

Buckley joins NAI Hallmark

NAI Hallmark, the largest locally owned full-service commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm in Jacksonville, has announced the appointment of Patrick Buckley as senior vice president of brokerage.

Buckley is a career sales professional with more than 18 years’ experience as a commercial real estate adviser. In his new role, he will focus on tenant and landlord representation for industrial and office properties.

Buckley began his real estate career in 2003 at Colliers where he was a vice president for seven years. He then joined Richards Barry Joyce & Partners, which was later acquired by Transwestern where he was a senior vice president until the local office was acquired by CBRE in early 2018. In 2019, he joined Avison Young as a senior member, leader and major contributor to the urban leasing team which focused on landlord and tenant advisory work.

Meir joins real estate business

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has announced the addition of experienced real estate professional Shimi Meir to its team. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, including 34 years of First Coast residency, Meir brings a wealth of expertise and a proven history of success to his new role.

Meir has earned a reputation as a top performer in the real estate market. His commitment to excellence and dedication to client satisfaction have consistently positioned him as a trusted adviser among his clientele.

Meir can be reached at 904-962-1004, and

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan