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May 2018 Movers & Shakers

Written By: Busines Staff

Exactech, a leading developer and producer of orthopaedic implant devices and surgical instrumentation for extremities and large joints, announced the appointment of Jeffrey R. Binder who joins Bill Petty, MD as Co-Executive Chairman following the company’s recent go-private merger agreement with TPG Capital.

Binder, 25-year veteran of the medical device and diagnostics industry, has proven expertise in helping companies realize growth opportunities. He has served in CEO roles for Biomet and Immucor, and previously held senior roles at Abbott and Johnson & Johnson.

Daniel Hann, who held leadership positions with Biomet for more than 25 years, has also joined Exactech as Senior Vice President of Business Development.

“I am excited to join a company that I have admired for many years.” Binder said.

“Exactech has made its mark through its excellent products and also as a company that lives its values. I look forward to working with Dr. Petty, CEO David Petty and the rest of Exactech’s passionate team as we grow to reach even more surgeons and patients around the globe.”

Exactech CEO David Petty said, “We are excited to have Jeff and Dan joining the Exactech team. Their years of relevant experience and compatibility with our culture will make them valuable leaders and contributors to our future success.”

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has brought Mai Khuu on as Senior Director, Economic Development. Khuu, a recent arrival from Dallas, brings 16 years of professional experience in business development, marketing and research to the Chamber.

Khuu will lead the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee and multiple industry councils focusing on the facilitation of job creation and capital investment opportunities within the existing industry base as part of the “Transforming Greater Gainesville” five-year economic development strategy. Khuu will also focus on developing and strengthening relationships with community stakeholders and partners throughout the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Khuu began her career at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, where she focused on economic development, as well as corporate research and data compilation. She later led the external marketing initiatives for an international legal association, Lex Mundi, and then focused on marketing and business development for two internationally recognized law firms in the Houston, Dallas and Austin regions.

“The Gainesville area is starting to receive the recognition that it deserves on the regional and national level, and Mai is ideally equipped to help lead our efforts to bring business, capital and ideas together — creating new opportunities for the region,” said Susan Davenport, President/CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Mai is an excellent addition to our team and will be a key part of our efforts to strengthen the region’s business climate.”

The Board of Directors and Executive Team of Affiliated Engineers are pleased to announce that Sanjyot Bhusari and Marc LeBrun have become shareholders of the firm.

Sanjyot Bhusari, PE, CEM, LEED AP, a nationally recognized leader in the design of smart buildings, enterprise building management systems and controls technologies, began his career at Affiliated Engineers in 2003, working on the design of complex laboratory and institutional facilities. Through years of ongoing consulting work with higher education and healthcare clients, Bhusari developed a specialization in building controls and energy management.

Marc LeBrun, PE, joined Affiliated Engineers as a University of Florida Mechanical Engineering graduate in 1996. He made an immediate impact at AEI as a key contributor on significant projects such as the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida and Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Strong leadership skills and a keen interest in systems operations prompted LeBrun’s role in developing AEI’s building commissioning practice, distinguishing himself in guiding the growth of this now-essential service both within AEI’s national practice and through industry organizations.

Florida Capital Bank, N.A. is excited to announce the arrival of Wendy Robertson as the new Business Relation Banker in Gainesville, Florida. Robertson brings years of customer service and serving on different charity boards. Robertson specializes in always doing what is right to help your business flourish and grow, whether you need a loan for your business or a mortgage.

The Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) was established in 1985 to help support entrepreneurs and create connections between UF researchers and the local business community. Over 32 years, GAIN held hundreds of networking and educational events, from monthly luncheons to annual investor pitch competitions. For much of its history, GAIN was the only organization in Gainesville truly focused on local entrepreneurs and thus played an indispensable role connecting, promoting and inspiring.

As Gainesville has evolved, so too has its entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most importantly, a new breed of startups has emerged that cherry-picks the best practices of Silicon Valley while channeling Gainesville’s unique soul of diversity, creativity and quality of life.

Acknowledging these changes, GAIN spent most of 2017 re-evaluating our role in this new, exciting era.

GAIN’s conclusion: laser-focus on startups. GAIN exists to help form, fund and grow startups in Gainesville, defined as young ventures with both the potential and intention of achieving significant scale. Organizational initiatives will now be 100% focused on startups. A narrower scope which will enable greater impact.

The first step for 2018 was to adjust the makeup of GAIN’s board to better reflect Gainesville’s startup community, followed by re-launching as StartupGNV. New name, new focus, new initiatives for 2018 and beyond.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has expanded its presence in Florida with the addition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Trend Realty serving the Gainesville and Alachua County market areas.

“Trend Realty and its sales professionals and team members are a perfect addition to our expanding operations throughout Florida. We are excited for the strategic growth opportunities this new market brings to our company,” said Rei L. Mesa, President and CEO of BHHS Florida Realty. “The firm is known for strong leadership, passion for the industry, and exceptional customer service. We’re proud to welcome these professionals to our Family of Services.”

With over 40 years of experience specializing in residential real estate, including corporate relocation for both government and private sector employees, and property management, Trend Realty’s leadership team has established an exceptional track record of success, honesty, and integrity. Thomas McIntosh, previous owner and operator of the brokerage, will remain with the company as a Broker-Associate.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s core values, vision and commitment to providing outstanding customer service and support are a perfect match for our team. We believe that the transition to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty will resonate extremely well with our customers and sales professionals alike,” commented McIntosh.

“We are excited to have the well-respected and admired Trend Realty team join our company and continue their long-standing tradition of growth with exceptional service – now coupled with our tools and resources,” remarked Elaine Glandon, Regional Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty (previously Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Trend Realty) has two locations serving Alachua County – 4141 NW 37th Pl, Gainesville, FL 32606 (352) 225-4700 and 18731 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643 (386) 454-7373.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 21 counties throughout Florida with over 40 locations and approximately 1,900 Sales Professionals. The full-service brokerage company, founded in 1999, is a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and is a franchise member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ network, one of the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name. The company offers residential and commercial services as well as seasonal rentals, property management, REO & Foreclosures, corporate relocations, referral services, mortgage, title, home service plans, and personal concierge services. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty ranks in the Top 10 in the network among 45,000 Sales Professionals, 1,350 offices throughout 47 states. The company is the overall No. 1 fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, having generated more than $3.5 million since 2001. Visit


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