Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace February 28, 2010


Donna K. Dunio, executive director and president, ITNSarasota.

Dennis M. Stotts, senior attorney, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.

Marcy Laughner, financial adviser, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Sheryl Vieira, marketing and public relations manager, Prudential Palms Realty.

Dr. James R. Lenhart, optometric physician, Center for Sight.

Brenda Hamill, nurse geriatric care manager, Take Care Advisor, LLC.

Ben Pinegar, executive director, Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch, Sarasota Family YMCA.

Luan Morrow, executive director, DeSoto Palms assisted living community.

Maria Muhlhahn, promoted to operations manager, landscape division; and Ben Appel and Shawn Gulbrandsen, landscape designers, ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design.

Tonna Murphy Gruber, benefits consultant, MGA Insurance Group.         

William A. Cunningham, vice president and trust officer, Caldwell Trust Company.

Jennifer Davis, staff accountant, Shinn & Company, LLC.

Benjamin Bakker, account executive, Magee Signs.

Stephen V. Heinz, business development manager, Total Air Solutions.

Robin Arthur Draper, vice president for personal and family philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

of Venice.

Laura Spencer, promoted to president & CEO, Tervis Tumbler.

Tracy Wolfe, promoted to vice president of deposit services, Insignia Bank.

Dean Roussinos and Wayne Johnson, sales executives, Crown International Yacht Sales.


Anne Zavorskas of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau has been appointed to Destination Marketing Association International’s technology committee.

Kimberly Mills received the Community Service Award and Sherry Richardson received the President’s Appreciation Award from the Manatee Association of Realtors; both are with RE/MAX Alliance Group.

The Women’s Council of Realtors Manatee chapter recently recognized Sharon Villars with the Rising Star Award, Barry Grooms with the Member of the Year Award, and Sherry Richardson with the Mentor of the

Year Award.

New College of Florida placed No. 12 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

Lawson Group Architects has been recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the Top Architectural Firms in the Southeast by Southeast Construction magazine.

Grapevine Communications has been named one of the top 25 advertising agencies in Southwest Florida by Tampa Bay Business Journal for the sixth consecutive year.

Sam Cione of Integrity Wealth Management Insurance has been selected by Senior Market Advisor magazine as an “Under 40” insurance professional recognized for providing superior service to the senior market.

The Public Relations Society of America has named Scott Carpenter, president of cPR–Carpenter Publication Relations, to its national judge’s panel for The Silver Anvil, the industry’s highest honor.

Minto Communites has selected cPR–Carpenter Public Relations as its PR agency for its new West Central Florida region.

Dr. James Unnever, a professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has received the Donald A. J. MacNamara Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his article in Justice Quarterly.

Dr. Scott J. Engel has earned board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County was named Nonprofit Organization of the Year for 2009 at the WEDU Be More Awards, and the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County received WEDU’s Be More Knowledgeable Award and Be More Informed Award.

Karen Nicolls of Keller Williams On the Water has earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance with a particular emphasis on short sales.

InStride Therapy’s executive director Donna Blem has completed the first phase of a three-month Parelli Natural Instructor Horse Training Course.

The Sarasota division of Bouchard Insurance received the Sales Division of the Year award for the third consecutive year.

Cannons Marina on Longboat Key has received the Grady-White Boats’ Admiral Circle and Service Excellence Awards for the 2009 model year.

Neal Communities has been honored as a “Special Patron” member by the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota for Pat Neal’s continued contributions to the organization.

Richard Gans recently received the Nonprofit Resource Center’s 2009 Trainer of the Year award.

State College of Florida president Dr. Lars A. Hafner presented the President’s Award of Distinction to John W. Schaub and Rose Carlson.

The Best Western Atrea Manatee Hotel in Bradenton received the Best Western Chairman’s Award for outstanding quality standards.


Right Accord Private Duty-Home Health Care has opened a training center at 2831 Ringling Blvd., Suite 121F, in Sarasota.

Clockwork Home Services has relocated its Success Group International Division to Sarasota County.

Cristina and Andrea Morara have launched Stellar Hitch, a high-end matchmaking business, in Sarasota.

Snap Fitness, a 24/7 state-of-the-art health club, has opened at 3541 53rd Ave. W. in Bradenton.

K2Cuisine and Frugali Café at 1617 Desoto Road in Sarasota have been purchased by Pavel Hasenohrl and Tracy Komor and renamed Two Chefs’ Café.

Goldman & Loughlin has expanded its immigration-only law firm to Bradenton.

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has launched The Project Bank to assist nonprofits in their

PR efforts.

FAT ink has expanded its custom tattoo and piercing studio to Westfield Sarasota Square.

A Chapel on the Bay, the only floating chapel in the United States, has begun operations in the greater Sarasota area.

Vincent S. Taschetti and Michael Shevack have opened OffCenterCreativeGroup, an advertising and communications company, in Sarasota.

Super Heros Subs, Salads & Pizza has opened at 4925 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton.

Kitchens by Karrie has opened at 996 Laguna Drive in Venice.

The Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, part of the Jewish Housing Council, has broken ground on the campus of the Dorothy and Sol Levites Retirement Community.

Heidi Smith Communications Inc., a strategic communications firm providing executive-level consulting and public relations services in Southwest Florida, has launched a new Web site,

Shoreline Builders of Southwest Florida has relocated to 5345 Gulf Drive, Suite 300, in Holmes Beach and has launched

ShelCidy Custom Remodeling, Inc. has relocated its corporate headquarters to 5355 McIntosh Road, Suite E, in Sarasota.

Bob Nikla has launched Ride-to-Fly, a shuttle service from Sarasota to the Tampa International airport.

CornerStone Title has opened an expanded office at 11061 Gatewood Drive, Suites 101 and 102, in Bradenton.

Blalock, Walters, Held & Johnson, P.A. has added two new practice groups–labor and unemployment and immigration law.

The Sarasota Mindfulness Institute has opened at 630 S. Orange Ave., Suite 102, in Sarasota.

Administrative Concepts Corp. has purchased Freedom HR, a Bradenton-based company.

After Hours, a sister location of Cutting Loose Salon, has opened at 8437 Honore Ave. in Sarasota.


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