Movers and Shakers


Diamond selected for Presidential Leadership Scholars program

K9s for Warriors CEO Rory Diamond is one of 60 professionals from around the nation selected to participate in the third class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Diamond will join other scholars from the private, public, nonprofit, military and academic sectors in the program, which draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. The program was scheduled to begin Feb. 7 in Washington, D.C., where scholars were to visit the National Archives, Mount Vernon and the White House Historical Association. Over the course of several months, scholars will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics. Participants will study and put into practice varying approaches to leadership, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help them make an impact in their communities.

Prior to leading K9s for Warriors, Diamond was a litigator at two international law firms as well as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a briefing director for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a deputy associate director at the White House for President George W. Bush. He was recently elected to the Neptune Beach City Council.

Massey elected to Tessitura Network board of directors

Jacksonville Symphony President and CEO Robert Massey has been elected to the Tessitura Network Board of Directors. The nonprofit organization includes more than 500 of the world’s premier arts and cultural organizations utilizing the Tessitura Network technology to manage donor databases as well as ticket sales.

Massey is beginning his third year with the Jacksonville Symphony. During his tenure in Jacksonville, he has overseen new branding for the orchestra, expansion of its Masterworks and Pops programs and development of new programs such as Symphony in 60 and Symphonic Night at the Movies.

Massey holds a degree in Music from Boston’s New England Conservatory and has held leadership positions with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, the Washington Opera, the Phillips Collection, the Washington Bach Consort and Orchestra Iowa, where he served as CEO. He led that orchestra for six years before joining the Jacksonville Symphony.

“I’m honored to join the board of the Tessitura Network,” Massey said. “I know the importance of providing innovative and strategic support to arts and cultural nonprofits in order for them to be both efficient and successful in every aspect of our work. I look forward to sharing the successful business models achieved in Jacksonville with an international audience.”

Rock Solid Law Attorney John Miller receives AV Preeminent rating

Rock Solid Law Founder John McE. Miller has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating.

The rating represents the legal profession’s highest possible rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability. In order to achieve the ranking, attorneys must be reviewed and recommended by fellow members of the bar and the judiciary.

A practicing attorney in the state of Florida for more than 30 years, Miller moved his firm to the Beaches in 1991. Active in the Beaches community, he is a past president of the Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association and the Beaches Business Association. Miller currently chairs the Circle of Success of the Jax Chamber of Commerce and is president of the Beaches Hospitality Network.