Ekta Prakash Desai was appointed partner and design lead at SchenkelShultz Architecture, Orlando.
John Hickle has joined BankUnited as an SBA business development officer in Orlando.
Ben Anderson was appointed director of health services at The Mayflower at Winter Park.
Alyson C. Hoffman has joined Lowndes as an associate in the corporate, business and tax department of the law firm’s Orlando and Melbourne offices.
Logan J. Opsahl has joined ShuffieldLowman as an attorney in the law firm’s Orlando office.
Jessica A. Sirianni has joined ShuffieldLowman as an attorney in the law firm’s Orlando office.
Thomas J. Renda has joined Kelley Kronenberg as an attorney in the law firm’s Orlando office.
Marielba Pinto Perez was appointed as a s ales associate for Century 21 Carioti, Orlando.
James E. Dicks Jr., a Marine and founder of DIX Developments, Lake Mary, received the Secretary of Defense Award after serving two three-year terms as state chairman of the United States Department of Defense’s Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.
Hala ElAarag, professor of computer science at Stetson University, received the Florida Council Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.
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