Positions Taken

Annette L. Canny, area vice president, Colonial Bank of Southwest Florida.

Tommye E. Barie, audit partner, CPA Associates. (photo available)

Ian Black of Ian Black Real Estate named leasing broker for Benderson Development Company's Cooper Creek Office Park.

Cindy L. Oatman, senior account executive/media director, Stephen A. Smith & Associates. (photo available)

Sandy Tull, chairman of the board, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Other 2004 officers: Andrew Vac, chair-elect; Marnie Matarese, treasurer. Elected to three-year terms on the board of directors: Ben Cooper, Dr. Robert Gordon, Sandee Davis, George Minitti.

Joseph Smith, assistant store manager, Lanning Tire outlet at 4502 Mariotti Court.

Becky Balliette, membership director, El Conquistador Country Club. (photo available)

Accolades

Gerard Violette, executive director of hospitality services at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, named 2003 Leader of the Year; hospital chaplain John Gerhardt, named 2003 EXCEL Employee of the Year.

Dale Dumas, of Sarasota County Area Transit, named Bus Mechanic of the Year, and Terry Southall, of Manatee County Area Transit, named Bus Driver of the Year by the Florida Public Transit Association.

The Miles Media building at Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park, received the Judge's Award for "Outstanding Office Building" by the Tampa Bay chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. (photo available)

Dr. Nancy Johnson, Manatee Community College mathematics professor, gave a presentation about MCC's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant program at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics in Chicago.

Dee Heisel, University Park Lifestyles sales associate, achieved $100 million in new home sales.

Karen Cook, director of special projects in the Commercial Division of Michael Saunders & Company, named 2003 Realtor of the Year by the Commercial Investment Division of the Sarasota Association of Realtors.

Gloria Totti-Cervoni, a realtor with Michael Saunders & Company, awarded the Certified International Property Specialist designation.

The Englewood office of Michael Saunders & Company, 2003 top-selling real estate office in its market with over $50 million in sales closed through November 2003 and $59 million in booked contracts.

Lakewood Ranch announced its 2003 Realtor Awards: Most central registrations: 1st place, Raymond Westbrook, New Homes Realty; 2nd place, Stephanic Eckes, New Homes America; 3rd place, Kathy Liga, Lakewoood Ranch Realty; office under 50 agents, Lakewood Ranch Realty; office over 50 agents, ReMax Properties Webber Street. Most new home sales: 1st place, Mark Hughes, ReMax Properties Venture Drive; 2nd place, Andrew Bartlett, Coldwell Banker Bee Ridge Road; 3rd place, Gloria Weed, Coldwell Banker Market Street; office, Coldwell Banker Market Street. Highest dollar volume: 1st place, Mark Hughes, ReMax Properties Venture Drive; 2nd place, Lenore Treiman, Michael Saunders & Company; 3rd place, Gloria Weed, Coldwell Banker Market Street; office, Coldwell Banker Market Street. Largest new home sale of the year: $1.7 million, Hannerle Moore, Prudential Palms Realty. Most new homes sold in one month: Mark Hughes, ReMax Properties Venture Drive.

Moving and Opening

WCI Communities, Inc., in cooperation with the YMCA's Community Coalition for Children, has established The WCI Communities Arts and Humanities Fund.

Suzuki of Sarasota opened a satellite location at Westfield Shoppingtown Sarasota Square.

The Buchanan Automotive Group, owner of Sarasota Ford, purchased Avon Park Chevrolet in Highlands County.

Michael Saunders & Company was named exclusive sales representative at Taylor Woodrow's Meridian Towers at Oaks Preserve.

The Charter Military Schools Development Corporation opened its Sarasota headquarters at the historic Belle Haven building in downtown Sarasota.ย 

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