Movers and Shakers


IBERIABANK promotes Cox to vice president

IBERIABANK has promoted Felicia Cox to vice president, retail group manager of North Florida.

In her new role, Cox will oversee growth strategies for retail banking, branch management and client service for the branch offices located in Duval and St Johns Counties while continuing to serve as the branch manager for the Ponte Vedra office.

“Felicia is a Jacksonville native and has worked in the banking industry in this community for nearly four decades,” said Abel Harding, market president for IBERIABANK. “She is known for her excellent client service, business acumen, extensive experience and civic involvement. She was the ideal choice for this new leadership position.”

Active in the St Johns County Chamber of Commerce, Cox previously served on the board of directors of its Ponte Vedra Beach Division, of which she was the chairman from 2011 to 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edward Waters College. 

Bufe earns CAE designation

Dain T. Bufe recently fulfilled the requirements of the Certified Assessment Evaluator designation. Bufe has been a commercial appraiser for the St. Johns County Property Appraiser’s Office in St. Augustine since 2015. Prior to this position, he served as a condo/boat slip appraiser and a tangible personal property appraiser.

Bufe holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in Business and Political Science from Florida State University – Tallahassee, and attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He has taught workshops in year-end dividend processing for Merrill Lynch and in Excel for his jurisdiction.

Church joins FirstAtlantic Bank

Dameon Church has joined FirstAtlantic Bank as an assistant vice president and financial center manager.

In his new role, Church is responsible for managing the Cobblestone Financial Center, located at 105 CBL Drive in St. Augustine, and developing new customer relationships. He brings 16 years of financial services experience, joining FirstAtlantic from TD Bank.

Church is president and a community volunteer for the St. Augustine Sharks youth baseball organization. He graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

“We are very pleased to have Dameon join our team,” said FirstAtlantic President and CEO Mitchell W. Hunt, Jr. “His wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry will be a great addition to our company as we continue to grow in Northeast Florida.”

Memorial Hospital CEO O’Loughlin to retire

Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim O’Loughlin is retiring, concluding a long career in healthcare administration.

O’Loughlin has been credited with leading the hospital during a time of significant growth for Northeast Florida and the healthcare community.

Under O’Loughlin’s leadership, Memorial has increased its scope of services, improved its facilities and expanded its footprint in the region, opening three freestanding emergency room facilities.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead Memorial Hospital and work with an exceptional team of healthcare professionals who are dedicated to the organization’s mission of providing high-quality, patient-centered care to the people whose lives we touch every day,” O’Loughlin said.  “While I will miss each and every member of the team, I am confident that Memorial Hospital will continue to improve patients’ lives on a daily basis.”

Tom Pentz has been named interim CEO.

Baptist Medical Center South’s Thomas speaks ‘Women, Words & Wisdom’

Baptist Medical Center South President Nicole Thomas was the featured speaker at The Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s 2017 speaker event.

Held April 4 at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville, the theme of the event was “Women, Words & Wisdom.” Thomas – the first woman president in Baptist’s 61-year history – shared her experiences as a woman working in health care leadership before taking questions from the audience. The event also recognized nine “Unsung Sheroes and Hero” nominated by community organizations.

Ross receives President’s Award at hospitality industry ROSE Awards

Bobby Ross recently received the prestigious President’s Award at the North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2017 ROSE Awards.

A member of the Guest Services Department at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront for more than 11 years, Ross was honored for his passion and commitment to hospitality and superior customer service. Twenty-five hospitality professionals were honored out of more than 120 nominees at the ROSE Awards, which recognize exceptional service by employees in the hospitality industry.