Movers & Shakers


Tonuzi joins Rogers Towers

Matthew M. Tonuzi has joined the Ponte Vedra office of Rogers Towers, P.A. Tonuzi will work in the Construction Litigation department.

Prior to joining Rogers Towers, Tonuzi worked at law firms in both Miami and Clearwater. His experience includes a range of specialties, including construction litigation, condominium law, planning and zoning, and first-party insurance claims.

Tonuzi earned a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University, Cooley School of Law. He received a Masters of Law, Real Property Development and Finance, with honors, from the University of Miami. He earned a B.S. in both Criminology and Political Science from Florida State University.

AFP honors David and Linda Stein at National Philanthropy Day luncheon

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Florida First Coast Chapter honored David and Linda Stein for their support of numerous local organizations at the 30th Anniversary National Philanthropy Day luncheon held Nov. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.

The Steins were recognized for their contributions to the United Way, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville Humane Society and other organizations. Linda Stein has served as honorary co-chair of the United Way’s Women in Local Leadership as well as a member of the Success by 6 Council. In 2006, the couple helped develop the Stein Fellowship for young professionals, donating $1 million to support the United Way’s efforts to keep students on track to graduation. The Stein Fellowship is now a premier multigenerational mentoring program that pairs fellows with mentors, who cultivate leadership skills in the next generation of Northeast Florida leaders.

More than 650 people attended the luncheon, which also honored Florida Blue, the Arlington Rotary Club, Robert T. Shircliff and others for their philanthropic activities.

Cobb elected chair of Construction Industry Licensing Board

Jacksonville attorney and Jimerson & Cobb shareholder Christopher Cobb has been elected chairman of Florida’s Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB).

Appointed to the CILB in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott, Cobb will lead the organization beginning in 2017.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected for this position,” said Cobb, who served this year as vice chair of the CILB. “As a Florida native, I consider it a blessing to be able to apply my education, skills and experience towards serving the people of this great state.”

The CILB is the division of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation that oversees the licensing and regulation of the construction industry. The board’s responsibilities include considering applications for licensure, reviewing disciplinary cases and conducting informal hearings relating to both.

Cobb is board certified in construction law by the Florida Bar and has an extensive background in that practice area. He has litigated a variety of large construction lien, defects and business disputes, and has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list in construction law for the last eight consecutive years. He has also received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional skill and ethical standards.

A St. Augustine resident, Cobb is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law and the University of North Florida.

PPR Talent Management donates $66,000 to local charities

PPR Talent Management donated more than $66,000 and 1,700 hours to more than 60 local charities in 2016, marking the company’s highest year of giving in its 20-year history.

More than 90 percent of the Jacksonville Beach firm’s employees participated in its charitable giving and volunteer activities this year, which included donating food to the Feeding Northeast Florida food drive and participating in Hurricane Matthew clean-up efforts.

A highlight of the firm’s charitable giving this year included funding the Dr. Ruth Stiehl Scholarship for University of North Florida nursing students by creating a $25,000 trust in the name of PPR’s vice president of clinical quality. Other organizations benefiting from PPR’s donations include Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Operation New Uniform, Mission House, the Jaguars Foundation, Daniel Memorial and more. PPR also continued its commitment to the company’s charitable mainstays such as Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle to the Shore, the Jacksonville Humane Society’s Mutt March and the Boselli Foundation’s The Cut event.