Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace November 30, 2004

Positions Taken

John Neal, head of geographic information, Neal Communities and the Wilmington Land Company.

Rita Ferrell, bay area division manager, John Cannon Homes.

Barbara McKinney, executive director, Sarasota County Junior Achievement; Laura Haw, executive director, Manatee County Junior Achievement.

Nancy N. Vafeas, Certified Financial Planner? practioner, Miles & Thirion, CPA.

Mario V. Pezzella, first vice president and branch administrator, LandMark bank.

Pauline Macdonald, vice president of adult services, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Anita Dotterweich, senior mortgage loan officer, Liberty Savings Bank.

Angela Marie Mitchell, copy director, Grapevine Communications.

Lynn Brock, broker associate, Michael Saunders & Company St. Armands office.

Judy Schomaker, sales associate, RE/MAX Properties Webber Street office.


Winners of Sarasota County's Excellence in Industry Awards 2004 are Michael Saunders & Company, industry of the year; Aladdin Equipment Co., manufacturer of the year; PPi Technologies, technology company of the year; and Al Harris Pest Control, service company of the year.

Kraft Construction Company, Inc. was named one of the nation's Top 250 Design-Builders by Design Build magazine.

Evolve Wellness Studio & Spa was named 2004 Day Spa of the Year by Luxury Spafinder magazine.

Sir Speedy of Sarasota was named Top 10 in annual sales among more than 500 Sir Speedy franchises worldwide.

The ADP Group has earned recognition as fifth largest architecture firm in the Tampa Bay area, up from 23rd in 2003.

Hennessy Construction Services has been awarded construction contracts to build the new corporate headquarters of Harbor Steel in Venice, the new Lifestyle Family Fitness Center in Bradenton, and the new Heritage Bank of Florida branch bank in Tampa.

April Glasco, Dr. Louis and Yvette Robison, Todd Chandler and Elliott Metcalfe were given Freedom Awards by the Sarasota County Branch, NAACP, at its 19th annual Freedom Awards banquet.

The Florida Public Relations Association honored the following with Golden Image awards: Maura Howl, Wendy Parker, Karen Susalla, Erin McLeod, Crissy Kruger-Gruendyke, Jeanne Lambert, Gigi Ortwein, Mina Ajrab, KSC Public Relations, Ginya Carnahan, Bets Burrell, Margaret Fuesy and Gravity Free.

Elizabeth C. Bertelsen, financial advisor with Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., was appointed to the Sarasota County Historical Preservation Advisory Board.

L. Norman Vaughan-Birch, of the law firm of Kirk Pinkerton, was chosen as a Legal Leader according to a Florida Trend survey of his peers.

Moving and Opening

Environmental Affairs Consultants, Inc. has opened a new office at 7309 Merchant Court, Suite B, in Garden Office Park at Lakewood Ranch.

Pamaro Shop has opened a new store at 5465 University Parkway, Sarasota, and moved its warehouse and corporate offices to 2089 20th St., Sarasota.

John Cannon Homes, Inc. will build its new corporate headquarters in the Corporate Park of Lakewood Ranch.

Bennett Hauling, Inc., a division of Bennett Contracting, Inc., has opened for business.

Sarasota School of Glass has opened Florida's first fused glass retail center at 999A Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

Clark Advertising and Public Relations has announced plans to open an office in Denver, Colo.

First Watch, based in Sarasota, has opened its 51st and 52nd restaurants in West Chester, Ohio and Independence, Mo.

Drew Smith has opened Two Trails, Inc. - Preventative Yearly Maintenance Hurricane Protection at 15715 C.R. 675 in Parrish.

The commercial division of Lakewood Ranch Realty has moved to the Miles Media building at 6715 Professional Parkway W., Suite 106 in Lakewood Ranch.

The Tervis Tumbler Company has announced plans to build a new 60,570-square-foot facility at the newly developed Triple Diamond Commerce Plaza in Venice.

Carefree Realty, LLC has opened the first of several planned offices at 8065 Beneva Road.

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