Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace August 31, 2004

Positions Taken

Brett D. Couch, area executive for West Coast Florida, AmSouth Bank.

Joan McGill, campus executive officer, Manatee Community College Venice.

Thomas A. Tosi, vice president of Florida West Coast Operations, U.S. Tower Division of Taylor Woodrow.

Dale Weidemiller, president, Wilmington Land Company, the land acquisition division of Neal Communities. (Amy, photo available)

Robyn Maddock, land development manager, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, Lennar/US Home.

Paul Barber, branch manager; Deanna Measel, commercial loan officer; and Alice Riley, customer service representative, Riverside Bank Beneva branch.

Patrick W. Ryskamp and William G. Schlotthauer, shareholders, law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen.

William Dooley, president; Steve Titsworth, vice president; and Maurice Opstal, vice president operations, Homes of Distinction division of DooleyMack Constructors.

Mark Atkins, vice president residential lending division, Pilot Financial.

Dan Noble, executive chef, Laurel Oak Country Club.


Sarasota Memorial Hospital was named one of the nation's top 100 community hospitals by the research firm Solucient.

Florikan E.S.A. won the 2004 New Product Award in the small business category from the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Katherine Klauber Moulton of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort received the Tourism Leader of the Year award; and Jeannine Gray of Sarasota Jungle Gardens and Bobby Papazian of Bijou Café received the Guest Service Excellence award from the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau at its annual Tourism Week Awards breakfast.

Jack Ovadia of The Beanz Man received the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce's 2004 Small Business Person of the Year award. The company's new building at 4464 N. Washington Blvd, Sarasota, has received a beautification award from Keep Sarasota Beautiful.

John McKibbon III has established an endowed professorship at the USF School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The Tervis Tumbler Company supplied 2,500 commemorative tumblers for the G-8 Summit held last summer at Sea Island, Ga.

Mark P. Barnebey, of the law firm of Kirk Pinkerton, received the Florida Bay Paul S. Buchman Award.

Sarasota attorney Mary Alice Jackson of Boyer & Jackson P.A. received the 2004 William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service award from Stetson University College of Law. (Amy, you can download a hi-res photo at

Sarasota attorney Richard Garland received the first Annual Professionalism Award of the Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court.

William G. Schlotthauer of the law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen has been named chairman of the Sarasota County Junior Achievement board of directors.

Peter Crowley, president of RE/MAX Properties, has been appointed to the Goodwill Industries, Manasota board of directors.

Margaret Fuesy of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall received the 2004 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Young Professional of the Year award.

RE/MAX Properties raised over $17,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County at the organization's annual Otto Graham Golf Challenge.

Construction Technology Careers has received a $25,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation for pre-apprentice training for high schoolers pursuing careers in the construction trades.

Neal Communities has donated $1,725 to Kinnan Elementary School in Bradenton to purchase textbooks for its art department, and has donated the services of its drafting department to Habitat for Humanity's CRA project in Palmetto.

Moving and Opening

CHAMP Products has expanded to a new 65,000-square-foot facility at 2359 Trailmate Dr. in Parkland Center, Bradenton. The company manufactures heat exchangers for buses, trucks and other mobile equipment.

Trammell Crow Company has negotiated the sale of Venice Shopping Center for $6.75 million to Equity One. The seller was ING Investment Management, Inc. of Atlanta.

Enterprise Associates of Sarasota, LLC broke ground on the townhome development Marquee en Ville at Fruitville Road and Cocoanut Avenue in downtown Sarasota.

Mark Holley and Tom Brady have opened Lakewood Financial, a personal insurance and financial planning firm, at 9122 58th Dr. E., Bradenton.

Pro-Motion Notions, a Sarasota-based advertising specialty firm, has purchased Inspire Promotions of Palmetto.

The law firm of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. has opened a Bradenton office at 1001 Third Ave. W.

Daryl J. Brown and Michael L. Morgan have opened a law office at 1800 Second St., Suite 806, Sarasota.

Commercial photographer Barbara Banks has moved her studio to 525-C Kumquat Court, Sarasota.

Sarasota Chrysler has opened the Suncoast's first Segway? dealership at 6826 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Bayou Bleu creator Roger Finnegan has opened The Fish Monger, a gourmet seafood market, in Lakewood Ranch.

Laurel Oak Country Club has approved a $4.2 million renovation of its west course and a $2 million clubhouse expansion, to commence in April 2005. Rees Jones is the golf course designer.

Portal Crossing West is constructing two additional buildings at the Commerce Park at Lakewood Ranch. (Amy: rendering available; call Nanette at Grapevine Communications, 351-0024)

Goodwill Industries has opened a new facility in the DeSoto Junction Mall, Bradenton.

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