Fast Track

By gsmadmin March 1, 2011

Positions Taken

Jane Flaherty, account supervisor, Clarke Advertising and Public Relations.

Barry Wolfson, president and CEO; Laura Spencer, chief financial officer; Wayne Varnadore, chief operating officer; Rich Kaplan, chief sales & marketing officer, Tervis Tumbler.

Sharon Hillstrom, associate director, Manatee Economic Development Council (EDC).

Jody Hughes, director of business administration and development, In The Nick Of Time.

Lois Schulman, representative, Blue Strategy + Creative Intl.

Al Romeo, operating partner, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Dr. Timothy Schneider, veterinary surgeon, Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota LLC.

Eric Cross, general manager, Home Resource.

Rick Sandler, director of research and business development, Knight Marketing.

Frank Maggio, credit administration, Insignia Bank.

Scott B. Brow, technology support, LEDS Computer Solutions.

Max Goodman, communications director, Congressional Office of Vern Buchanan.

Warren G. Simonds, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) board, Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.

Thomas A. Esposito, financial adviser, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

Linda Thomas, media buyer, Thomas & Brannan Creative Communications.



Rachel and Justin Noyes of The Hive Creations received “Business of the Year” from Manasota SCORE. The Hive Creations has relocated to 119 Historic Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.

The Oaks Club has received Merchandiser of the Year for the North Florida PGA Section 2010.

Jacqueline Dezelski has received the designation of IOM (Institute for Organization Management) from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Manatee Economic Development Council (EDC) elected the following officers to the Executive Committee for 2011: Beth Bender, Jerry Marlar, Jonathan Fleece, Dayton Amey, Ron Beck, Chris Ciaccio, Paul Duck, Brian Kennelly, and Steve Tyndal.

Amanda Cox Marshall, Ashley Morey Salter and Yekaterina Pogorelskaya of Kerkering, Barberio & Co. have obtained their designation as Certified Public Accountant.

Vern Buchanan (FL-13) has been appointed to the Trade Subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee and is chairing the congressional Friends of Panama Caucus.

New College of Florida is ranked No. 11 on Kiplinger’s List of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2011.

Richard M. Stern of Sarasota has been named senior investment consultant at Baird.

Laura Breeze was elected president of the Southwest Florida Chamber of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

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

Molly’s Boutique has earned the Gold Retailer Award from Vera Bradley.

Kinga Huse and Marta Pinheiro of CS&L CPAs have earned their CPA licenses.

Rick Baron was recognized as the 2010 “HR Professional of the Year” and Jean Raskin won 2010 “HR Volunteer of the Year” from the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association.

Troy H. Myers Jr. received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service award for 2011 for the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Libby’s Café + Bar received Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award for 2010.

Tommye E. Barie of CPA Associates was elected to the board of directors of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Roger Pettingell was recognized as Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s top associate in Florida for sales volume in 2010.


Moving and Opening

Dr. Ken Kaufman opened his new clinic, Performance Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at 717 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

LaGasse Plumbing has moved into its new office at 5600 Pinkney Ave., Sarasota.

Cheryl Burke has opened Burke Antiques in the Orange Blossom Hotel, at the corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street, Sarasota.

Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota has opened at 5450 Desoto Road, Sarasota.

Manatee County Animal Services has opened a new downtown adoption center at 1002-B Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Alliance Francaise de Sarasota (AFS) is opening at 200 S. Washington Blvd., Suite 2, Sarasota.

Boutique Out East Salon & Spa has opened at 2559 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton.

Michele Garden has opened Private Pay Nursing Services in Bradenton.

The Aesthetic and Wellness Center has been opened by Dr. Inda Mowett at 3825 S.R. 64 E., Suite 300, Bradenton.

The Doug Poll Group has launched its new business at 5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 301, Sarasota.

TonyH2O Gallery and World Headquarters has opened at 50 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Susan Dameron has opened Lime Communications at 4367 Independence Court, Suite C in Northgate Business Park, Sarasota.

Sandy and Gary Brown have opened Premiere Weight Loss Center at 4701 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Aqua Dreams has opened at 5244 S.R. 64, Bradenton.

Bruce Wolfson

Bruce Wolfson took over as CEO of Tervis Tumbler last December after working as a consultant for the company for several years. Formerly he was the president and CEO of Flexible Products Co., a manufacturer of specialty chemical products. His main goals are to manage the double-digit growth of the company, launch new products and extend the company’s drinkware to a wider audience, especially to a younger, active consumer. “Tervis is all about on-the-go active people,” he says. The company launched a new, fresh logo to make its point. - Patricia Abduragimova


Rachel Noyes, SCORE coach Jon Stuart, Justin Noyes.

Husband-and-wife Justin Noyes, an illustrator, and Rachel VanAtta Noyes, a jewelry designer, won the Business of the Year award from Manatee SCORE for the success of their four-year-old business, The Hive Creations, a collection of handmade jewelry, artwork, clothing and décor. In a down economy, the couple doubled their space and now sell the work of 300 artists around the world. Meeting with a SCORE volunteer helped them create the right business plan and secure a loan; Facebook, super-fast online customer service and regular electronic updates and e-newsletters keep them in touch with their customers. “We don’t take a day off; we’re persistent,” says Rachel. - Patricia Abduragimova

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