Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace January 31, 2010


Signs Now director of franchise development Phil LeBlanc, promoted to vice president of development, Allegra Network LLC.

Tara Williams, commercial lines manager, Brown & Brown Insurance.

Ken Hargreaves, wealth manager, Moseley Investment Management.

Mike Elfers, transportation engineer, Sarasota’s

Stanley Consultants.

Christine Butler, senior personal trust relationship manager, Northern Trust.

Dr. Steve MacKenzie, director of fungal lab division, Osprey Biotechnics.

Jimmy Wright, tournament director, The Concession Golf Club.

Doris Berkey, director of individual giving, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

Scott Hinckley, chief development officer, Circus Sarasota.

Fred Damaia, senior mortgage consultant, Blue Skye Lending.


Schroeder-Manatee Ranch received the outstanding corporate partner award at the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Sarasota County granted Sunovia Energy Technologies

the bid to provide LED street lighting for Fruitville Road.

Yvette Little and Julie Childers have been selected as 2009 TogetherGreen Fellows, a joint initiative between Audubon and Toyota.

The Port Manatee Propeller Club has honored state Rep. Ron Reagan as Maritime Person of the Year for his ongoing support of Port Manatee.

Fermin A. Diaz, president and COO of WilsonMiller, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Jim Paulmann of WilsonMiller recently led the Urban Land Institute advisory team on the redevelopment of the former Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco Bay.

Timothy Knowles, of the law firm of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Prouty, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County.

Dr. Alan Porter, founder of Porter Radiation Oncology Centers, was named to the Best Doctors in America 2009-2010 list for the 13th consecutive year.

Samuel C. Holladay and Dale S. Parks were both honored by the American Institute of Architects’ national board of directors as Citizen Architects for their civic engagement.

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch received a 2009 Environmental Improvement Grand Award from the Professional Landscape Network.

Dr. Sujatha "Suzie" Prabhakaran, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida medical director, has become a Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Roxanne Joffe has been named chair of the newly created Downtown Sarasota Council of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

The Colony Dining Room is one of just five Florida luxury resort restaurants to receive the 2010 Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend. The magazine also awarded Derek’s Culinary Casual a Golden Spoon Award, and named Libby’s Café + Bar Sarasota’s Best Newcomer restaurant.

The Sarasota Environmental Aquatics Team has received a Gulf Guardian award from the Gulf of Mexico Program, a consortium of government agencies, scientists, environ-mentalists and fishing industry experts.

The Chiles Restaurant Group won Business of the Year from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce; and two of its restaurants, the BeachHouse and the Sandbar, were included in The Knot’s Best of Weddings magazine.

Bonnie Greenball, associate director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Sarasota City Parks Foundation.

The Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau received one silver and two bronze Adrian Awards in advertising and Web marketing excellence from the Hospitality Sales & Marking Association International.

SMITH agency received a bronze Adrian Award from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International for its marketing campaign for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota earned the No. 2 spot on the "2009 Best Places in Work in Healthcare" list compiled by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital was recognized as a "Best Practice" Social Hospital by healthcare consultant John Domansky for its innovative use of social media tools.

John Ferraro of Manatee Technical Institute won second place in the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News 10th annual HVACR Instructor of the Year contest.

Lydian Bank & Trust has appointed Robert Geyer and Robert Stanell to its regional board of directors.

Dr. Harris Silverman, founder of The Eye Associates, was recognized by Eyecare Professional Magazine for his longtime involvement with Southeastern Guide Dog School.

Telisa Miller was one of six outstanding RBC Bank employees chosen to carry the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch through Ottawa.

Manatee Economic Development Council gave 2009 Excellence in Industry awards to DENTSPLY Raintree Essix Glenroe,, Vanguard Advanced Pharmacy Systems, Sleek Audio and Reftec International Systems.

ArtisTree was awarded an Overall Gold Safety Achievement Award from the Professional Landcare Network.

Michelle Crabtree received the 2009 Business Women of the Year award from the Sarasota Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Michael Carlson of Carlson Studio Architecture received the Chapter Leadership Award from the Florida Gulfcoast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

City of Bradenton Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey has been elected chair of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Manatee County Commissioners have made the following leadership appointments: Donna Hayes, chair; Carol Whitmore, first vice chair and chair of the Civic Center Authority; John Chappie, second vice chair and chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency; and Larry Bustle, third vice chair and chair of the Port Authority.

Dave Lowell, general manager of Ram Marine Services, has been elected vice president of the Florida Marine Contractors Association.

Denise Steverson, marketing production coordinator at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, was named 2009 Florida Association of Community Colleges Unsung Hero.

Maggie D. Mooney-Portale has been elected a shareholder of the law firm of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.

Susan Moseley, president of Moseley Investment Management, attended the invitation-only Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Women Advisors Summit hosted by Barron’s magazine.

Chris Chiaro of KB Pension Services has earned the Qualified Pension Administrator designation from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.

Christine Yekel of Shinn & Company has been elected to the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.

Jason Bartz of NDC Construction has been appointed to the board of directors of the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority.

John Sarris of Piper, Hawkins & Company has joined the board of directors of Osprey Biotechnics.

Gail Shane of Neal Communities was awarded the Honor Circle award from the Manatee Women’s Council of Realtors and the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Sarasota Women’s Council of Realtors for her community service.

Diana Berry of Suncoast Communities Blood Bank has been named a Certified Quality Auditor by the Certification Board of the American Society for Quality.

Stephen B. Parent of CPA Associates has received accreditation as Certified Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Maria Muhlhahn of ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance and Design has earned her Certified Arborist designation from the International Society of Arboriculture.


Schroeder-Manatee Ranch has sold Lakewood Ranch Realty to Palms Real Estate Solutions, LLC.

Teltronics has relocated its headquarters to Gulf Coast Corporate Park in north Manatee County.

DeSoto Insurance Agency has opened an extension office at 3044 University Parkway in Sarasota.

Robert Town has opened a new architectural firm at 5239 Winding Way in Sarasota.

Stronger Moving & Delivery Service has opened at 6620 19th St. E., Unit 108, in Sarasota.

Kumo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant has opened at 5231 University Parkway in University Park.

Media on Main has opened at 1341 Main St. in downtown Sarasota.

Adams Insurance and Consulting has opened at 6151 Lake Osprey Drive in Lakewood Ranch.

Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro has opened a new Bistro at The Concession

Golf Club.

Jaco’s Boxing, MMA + Fitness Gym has relocated to 5708 Lawton Drive in Sarasota.

Lawson Group Architects, Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters to 4910 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. in Lakewood Ranch.

CaddyShanks indoor golf facility has opened at 8207 Tourist Center Drive in Sarasota.

The Rusty Hook Tavern has opened at 3824 Tuttle Ave. S. in Sarasota.


AfterHours Salon, which was opened as a second business by Cutting Loose Hair Salon, was incorrectly listed as New Talents Salon.

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