Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace December 31, 2009


Anthony N. Leo, chief executive officer, Peninsula Bank.

Richard S. Fletcher, chief operating officer, Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Jim Shirley, executive director, Sarasota County Arts Council.

Johnette Isham, executive director, Realize Bradenton.

Nancy See, financial adviser, M&I Wealth Management.

Kyla Weiner, principal, Gray Swan Solutions.

Michael Magidson, associate, Blalock, Walters, Held & Johnson.

Ward Miller, senior project manager, water resources, Stanley Consultants.

Norman "Tony" Williams, licensed insurance agent, Key Agency.

Stephen Phelps, executive chef, Bijou Café.

Jeffrey T. Trefry, executive chef, Treviso Restaurant.

Lois Ross, interior designer, JKL Design Group.

Dr. Angelo Gilmore and

Dr. Chollada Gilmore, solar cell scientists, Sunovia Energy Technologies.

Melissa M. Burtless, chief development officer, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.


Port Manatee executive director David L. McDonald has been elected to the American Association of Port Authorities board of directors.

David Klement has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the state Public Service Commission.

Wanda Read-Burke has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Manatee Early Learning Coalition.

Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, has been elected chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

Malaka Hilton has been selected as one of 25 Top Travel Advisers by Travel Agent magazine.

Michael K. Walker & Associates and Totems Architecture won a Gold award in the detached structure category in Qualified Remodeler’s 31st annual award contest.

Darlene Clark, key account manager at Tervis Tumbler, has received the first annual Tervis Award of Excellence.

ROBRADY design has been awarded a Gold Spark award in the Mobility category from the Spark Awards global design competition for its db0 Electric Folding Bike design.

Mark Pritchett, vice president of community investment, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, has been appointed to the Suncoast Workforce Board.

Gerald Rivera, director of DeSoto County services for Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, received the Professional of the Year award from the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.

The Beach Bistro has been named top restaurant for food in the west coast region and led the state for the highest food rankings in Zagat Restaurant Guide’s 2010 edition.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Home Care team was named among the nation’s 2009 HomeCare Elite by the independent monitoring organization, OCS Home Care.

The Independent Running Retailers of America, The Competitor Group and Formula 4 Media recognized On A Shoestring as one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota has earned a Four Diamond rating from the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Dr. David Zamikoff has been awarded the status of Diplomate of the American Academy of Medical and Legal Professionals.

Doctor’s Choice Home Care has been named one of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the U.S. by OCS HomeCare Elite and DecisionHealth.

Staci Cross, chief information officer for the City of Bradenton, was named CIO of the Year by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum.

Jessica Klipa, public information coordinator at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, was named 2009 Newsperson of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau.


Stephen A. Smith & Associates Advertising has relocated to 1990 Main St., Suite 750, in Sarasota.

Land Resource Strategies has relocated to the Parker Walter Group (Architects and Engineers) Building at 1555 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

Destiny Technologies has moved its headquarters to Sarasota from Washington, D.C.

Sarasota Guitar Company has opened at 4333 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite A, in Sarasota.

DemanData Systems has relocated its corporate headquarters to the Gulf Coast Corporate Park of Palmetto.

John McKay and Ron Allen have opened The Riverside Real Estate Company at 1001 Third Ave. W. in Bradenton.


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