Webster Appointed Aviation’s Deputy Director

Doug Webster
Doug Webster
Doug Webster, director of Administration and Strategic Planning for the Aviation Department, has been named deputy director of Aviation.

Webster started his County career in 2006, after 22 years with Northwest Airlines, as the assistant to the director of Aviation. Since 2009, he has been responsible for managing the relationships with the airlines at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. His many accomplishments include working closely with the airlines and the Transportation Security Administration to obtain $70 million in funding for the construction and implementation of the Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 inline baggage screening systems and development of the Letter of Intent application, which resulted in $250 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding for the South Runway expansion project.

Webster graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/airport administration from the University of North Dakota and is a private pilot.

Libraries Welcomes New Director

Skye Patrick
Skye Patrick
Skye Patrick has been named the new director of the Libraries Division. She brings a wealth of experience in library management. Most recently, Patrick served as assistant director at the Queens Public Library, where she managed 20 branch locations. Her prior positions include branch manager and a Web services designer for San Francisco Public Library, as well as her work as assistant director of Queens Public Library. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.

As director of Libraries Division, Patrick will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of library services, including staffing and the development and administration of the Division’s budget and long-range plan on behalf of the Libraries Division.

Patrick earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Northern Michigan University and her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Promotes Harb

Fernando Harb
Fernando Harb
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced the promotion of Fernando Harb to vice president of tourism sales. In his new position, Harb will expand his current tourism development responsibilities to spearhead market growth in Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America and the emerging Asian markets.

Harb has been with the CVB since 2007, handling domestic sales as well as supporting the international market, with an emphasis on Brazil, working with travel agents, tour operators, wholesalers, as well as groups. In addition, Harb has been instrumental in helping to attract new airline service, working with cruise lines and successfully launching Greater Fort Lauderdale as the first U.S. destination in the Virtuoso luxury travel tourism program.

New Assistant Manager Joins Benefits Team

Michael Maftaniel
Michael Naftaniel
The Human Resources Division appointed Michael Naftaniel to the position of assistant manager of Employee Benefit Services. He comes to the division with vast experience in benefits and wellness. He can be contacted at 954-357-6740 or at mnaftaniel@broward.org.

County Attorney Team
(l-r) Richard Grillo, Mark Journey, Freddy Castillo, Karen Rech, Rene Harrod (standing in back), Candace Running (in the white top), Adam Katzman, Henry Perez, Eric Russo (kneeling), David Arthur and Michael Owens (in the orange).
The Broward County Attorney’s Office recently participated in the 2013 Corporate Run in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Even though it was a rainy evening, the County Attorney’s team won first and second place in the “County Employees” category. Congratulations to the team, including Mark Journey, Freddy Castillo, Karen Rech, Rene Harrod, Candace Running, Richard Grillo, Adam Katzman, Henry Perez, Eric Russo, David Arthur and Michael Owens.

County Administrator Bertha Henry, Larry Scott and Mayor Kristin Jacobs
(l-r) County Administrator Bertha Henry, Larry Scott and Mayor Kristin Jacobs
During the service anniversary recognition ceremony at the April 9 Commission Meeting, County Administrator Bertha Henry introduced 25-year recipient Larry Scott, Facilities Maintenance, as the “de facto” mayor of Broward County. “Larry has worked on this floor for many years, and he’s taken very good care of us,” said Henry. After the photo with Mayor Jacobs and Bertha Henry was taken, the entire Commission insisted on coming down from the dais to have their picture taken with Scott, too. It’s obvious, “Everybody Loves Larry!