Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace September 30, 2010


Pete Stevens, regional sales manager, Davi & Valenti Movers.

Susanne Stovall, manager of leasing, ICORR Properties International.

Jenifer Schembri, principal, law firm of Blalock Walters.

Matthew Borland, project manager, Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care.

Diana Bernal, leader of marketing and business development, Key Glass.

Jeffrey M. Davis, M.D., ophthalmologist, Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic.

Jamie Tacy, special events and marketing manager, South Florida Museum.

Renee Fletcher, lead ARNP, Pines of Sarasota.

Anthony Hartman, membership coordinator; Morgan Gerhart, membership services specialist, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. 

David P. Lanni, senior manager, Shinn & Company LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.

Hope Kerkof, personal banker, Superior Bank.

Christopher Subenberg, safety consultant/sales, Quality Safety Edge of Colombia.

Steven J. Tanaka, head of tree department, ArtisTree.

Lisa Rowe, corporate and special events officer, Sarasota Opera; Michael Wittenburg, musical director, Sarasota Youth Opera.



William W. Merrill III has been appointed chair of the board of directors of United Way of Sarasota County.

Shannon Staub has been reappointed to the positions of chair of the Green Government Advisory Board and vice chair of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.

Suffolk Construction has been awarded a $14.9 million contract to construct the Irwin Intermediate School at the Fort Bragg U.S. Army installation in North Carolina.

Ray and D’Arcy Arpke, owners and executive chef of Euphemia Haye Restaurant, received an award from the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for raising over $14,000 for diabetes research at the recent Walk to Cure Diabetes in Sarasota.

Stellar Development, a Lakewood Ranch-based construction firm, was ranked No. 1 on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Fast 50 list, with a growth rate of 1,076 percent.

Juan C. Villaveces of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP has been certified in real estate law by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

Jan Chester, vice president/COO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, received the 2010 Fundraiser of the Year Award at the national Planned Parenthood Development Officers Council annual conference.

Deanna Boenau of AmeriCaption, Inc. won the National Court Reporters Association’s National Realtime Contest for accuracy in instant speech-to-text translation.

Thomas G. Rubino, D.D.S., has been appointed courtesy clinical assistant professor in the department of periodontology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has been named by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review as one of the country’s Top 40 orthopaedic and spine programs in hospitals.

Elizabeth Larkin was elected the first president of the USF System Faculty Advisory Council.

John L. Moore of the law firm of Williams Parker has been selected as vice chairman of the 12th Circuit Grievance Committee.

Bill Vest of the City of North Port public works department has been elected chairman of the Suncoast Branch of the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Courtney R. Wise of Take Care Advisor received the Leadership Circle Award from the Young Professional Group of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

The Safe Children Coalition of the Sarasota Family YMCA has received the Community Champion Award from the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Alfred Gordon and Billy Dzwonkowski of Alfred Gordon Photography received seven awards at the Battle of the Bays photography competition, including Best in Show.

Sally Elliot was awarded

Florida Association of Blood Banks’ Donor Services/Phlebotomy Staff of the Year Award for her work with the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank.

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County elected these officers: Lydia McIntire, president; Renee Hamad, first vice president; Betty Pickard, second vice president; and Mary Miller, secretary.

Alan Quinby has been appointed president of the Children’s Guardian Fund.



Florida Underwater Sports has moved to 6345 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

20 Minutes to Fitness has opened a new franchise in downtown Sarasota.

Fit & Firm Fitness Studio Personalized Fitness has moved to 2046 43rd Ave. W. in Bradenton.

Maduro Cigar & Bar opened a new location at University Park Mall in Lakewood Ranch.

A Little Bliss has opened a new store at 1882 Stickney Point Road on Siesta Key.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County has opened a new club at 1600 10th St. W. in Palmetto.

America’s Super Pawn opened its third location at 5137 14th St. W. in Bradenton.

First Federal Bank of Florida has opened a Ringling branch at 126 S. Osprey Ave. in Sarasota.

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