Fast Track: Movers, Shakers & Headline Makers

By Chelsey Lucas June 1, 2014


Finley H. Hair, chief operating officer, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Kirk G. Boylston, president, LWR Commercial Realty.

Thomas Trammell, president, Venice MainStreet.

Susan Brennan, managing director; John R. Hart, vice chairman; and Christine Sandrib, vice president, New York Private Bank & Trust.

Carolyn Kappenmacher, tax department supervisor; Daniel Anderson, senior audit team member; Dianne Kopczynski and Melodie Rich, directors; Chris DiVincenzo and Nichole Griffin, staff one level, Mauldin & Jenkins LLC.

Stacy Alexander, promoted to vice president of community relations; Aly Busse, promoted to vice president of education; and Hayley Rutger, promoted to public relations manager, Mote Marine Laboratory.

Bob Morris, senior adviser, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group.

Jordan Riccardi and Robert Young, associate attorneys; and Kristie Tonitis, closing processor, law firm of Icard Merrill.

Cassandra Holmes, executive director, State College of Florida Foundation.

Lee Kotwicki, workforce services manager, State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Meghan Buhler, M.D., Janet Lewis, M.D., and Veronica Voloshinov, M.D., family medicine specialists, Sarasota Memorial Hospital First Physicians Group.

Chris Lancaster, attorney, Mallard Law Firm.

Jason Wilson, vice president, Crowley Services.

Rob Campbell, chief strategy officer, Datum Corp.

Laura Peaslee, audit supervisor, Kerkering, Barberio & Co., CPAs.

Ginger Watson, maintenance division account executive, ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design.

Neil Spirtas, promoted to senior vice president; and Jacki Dezelski, promoted to executive vice president, Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Arif Abdulla and Jedd W. Heap, project architects; and Chris Bretthauer, senior building information modeling technician, Fawley Bryant Architects.

Danielle Mikesell, director of marketing, PGT Industries.

Andrew Telatovich, director of admissions, USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Sheila Belknap, director of annual giving, Pines Foundation.

Terry A. Osborn, promoted to regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Keka Razzaque, account executive, Fox Business Group.

Jeff Bellantoni, vice president of academic affairs, Ringling College of Art and Design.

Sarah Wertheimer, associate executive director, Embracing our Differences.

Laura McKeithen, catering sales director, Renaissance on 9th.

Robbie Gronbach, promoted to director of preconstruction, Willis Smith Construction.

Barbara A. Ramsay, chief conservator, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Kacy Netherland, business development associate, SouthTech.

Brian Fischer, in-house legal counsel, SUNZ Insurance Company.

Martin Sharkey, sales specialist, Cannons Marina.

Ted Ehrlichman, president and CEO, CareerSource Suncoast.

Heather Kasten, executive director, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

Heidi Brown, CEO, Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council.

Carla Benison, vice president, finance, Friendship Center.

Michelle Mohr Hange, promoted to director of marketing, Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic.

Russell Robbins and Steve Smith, residential mortgage originators, Insignia Bank.

Cliff Ford, vice president and commercial loan officer, Gateway Bank.

Jan Day and Mike Borgwardt, residential originators, PrimeLending.

Stacy Bennett, customer service representative, Ted Todd Insurance Agency.

Carlos Vicente, director of marketing, Sarasota Opera.

Daria Arcadi, vice president, Century Employer Organization.

Jonathan H. Bernhardt, associate attorney, real estate services group, law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A.


Josh Wynne Construction and Perrone Construction won “Best of Houzz” awards from the home remodeling and design website, Houzz.

William W. Merrill III of the law firm Icard Merrill has been elected president of the Argus Foundation. Joining the board are Charles G. Brown III of Insignia Bank, F. John LaCivita of Willis A. Smith Construction and Keith A. Mercier of Bouchard Insurance.

Cutting Loose Salon in University Park was named to the national Salon Today 200 list by Salon Today magazine.

Shaun P. Merriman is 2014 chairman of the board of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota; and Eddie Morton and F. Scott Westheimer are the hospital’s newest board members.

Keith Reeves of Century Employer Organization, LLC has been named chair of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Board of Employee Leasing Companies for 2014-2015.

Jennifer LaHurd of State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee was named HR Professional of the Year by the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association; and Steve Hall of Alltrust has been named marketing director.

The Ringling College Design Center won Best in Show at the AdFed Suncoast 2014 ADDY Awards.

Roger Pettingell was named Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s No. 1 sales associate in Florida in 2013, with $61.85 million in sales.

Michael’s On East was one of only two Florida restaurants to receive a AAA Four Diamond Award for the 25th consecutive year.

Ben Hatcher of Capstan Financial Consulting Group has joined the board of directors of Suncoast Communities Blood Bank.

Barbara Sassen, Margaret Barnes and David Wyant have joined the board of Sarasota Season of Sculpture.

Nuevo Advertising Group won the 2014 American Package Design Award for packaging it designed for Wellspring Pharmaceutical Corporation.

Halfacre Construction received two national awards from Star Building Systems, Best in District and Master Builder of the Year, for its recent construction of a Sun Hydraulic building.

Stephen Lingley of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty was elected treasurer of My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service.

Attorney Matthew B. Mayper has joined the board of The Pines of Sarasota Foundation.

Halfacre Construction vice president Andy Stultz was elected president of the Enterprise Charlotte Economic Development Council.

Todd Stainbrook has joined the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Heritage Association, which operates Historic Spanish Point.

Nutter Custom Construction was No. 1 in the University of South Florida’s 2014 USF Fast 56 rankings of businesses owned or led by USF alumni.

Peak Enterprises received the Ted Klein “Tube of the Year” award at the national Tube Council 2014 annual conference.

Jeffrey Lyons, D.O., was named 2014 Physician of the Year by Doctors Hospital.

The South Florida Museum’s 2014-2015 board officers are Tom Breiter, chairman and president; Chris Romine and Jeanie Kirkpatrick, vice presidents; Chris Pennewill, treasurer; and Steve Perry, secretary.


PrimeLending has opened at 1819 Main St., No. 300, in downtown Sarasota.

Dr. Steven Fineman has opened Sarasota Personal Medicine, a concierge-style internal medicine practice, at 1250 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202, in Sarasota.

Ethan Allen has moved its design center to 271 N. Cattlemen Road in the University Town Center, Sarasota.

Anytime Fitness has opened in the Broadway Promenade complex on North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

BOSI Global, an operating partner to venture-backed and privately held companies, has opened its Southeast U.S. headquarters in Sarasota.

Thavma Bikram Yoga has opened at 1821 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.

The Flying Dog Café has moved to 419 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

A branch of Tampa-based Bay Cities Bank has opened in the Center Pointe Office Center, 2033 Main St., Sarasota.

Traditional TaeKwon Do Center of Bradenton has opened a 12 location at 4955 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton.

Goodwill Manasota relocated its boutique at 5831 Derek Ave. to 1704 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota.

Hidden Harbor Marina has opened at 7700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has moved its Longboat Key office to 517 Bay Isles Parkway.

Cyber-security consulting and software firm, Cyber Ninjas, has moved from Bloomington, Ind. to Sarasota

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has moved to 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 104, in Lakewood Ranch.

Dr. Shepherd Frenchman & Dr. Michelle Scala have opened Lakewood Ranch Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 100, in Lakewood Ranch.

Fast Track Close-Up

JEAN HARRIS, North Port Economic Development Corporation’s new executive director, began her position in April by hosting the NPEDC’s annual meeting with keynote speaker Gray Swoope, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President/CEO of Enterprise Florida. While economic development is a new role for her, the North Port terrain is not. Harris is following a dream to make North Port, where she has been a resident, a vibrant economic market. “You feel the energy here,” she says.

North Port’s challenge, she says, is that it is a growing community—now Sarasota and Manatee’s largest municipality—where only 20 percent of the city is built out.

“But that’s the opportunity as well,” she says. “Most communities are trying to create within what they have. We can create what is needed and fit all the pieces together.”

Harris is excited about the Toledo Blade Corridor and its possibilities to become a destination for health and wellness businesses, research, education and entertainment. These industries will enhance North Port’s community identity as well as add hundreds of jobs to the area, she says.

Prior to joining the EDC, Harris traveled between North Port and Miami’s Florida International University, where she was the associate director of operations for the Kovens Conference Center. “I listened to a lot of football games on the radio on Sunday night commutes,” she says. —Bobbilynn Hollifield

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