Fast Track

By Patricia Abduragimova April 30, 2011

Positions taken

Emily Sperling, president, ShelterBox USA, Inc.

Michael Thiesing, vice president of operations; Megan Partacini, client services coordinator, Anexio Inc.

Craig Johnson, president & chief executive officer, FCCI.

Steve Bales, president & CEO, Global-Med Technologies Group, Inc. (GTG).

Beau Lundy, purchasing agent, United Electric.

Alan Chamberlin, executive director, The Beneva Group.

Dr. Sandra Wise, president, Argosy University.

Ray Smith, project manager, United Electric.

William “Bill” McQueen, president and chief operating officer, Sabal Trust Company.

Diane L. Muir, senior vice president, Northern Trust.

Crystal Carney, personal lines agent, RTI Insurance Services of Florida.

Judy Kastl Vogel, associate, MBJ Group Inc.

Allen Speer, executive director, Agape Flights.

Pierre Thomas,commercial deposit officer, Cadence Bank.

Elizabeth Miller, major gift officer, The American Red Cross.



Alyssa M. Nohren has been made a full shareholder of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, PA.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has named Scott Carpenter as a national judge for the PRSA Silver Anvil Award.

Mote Marine Laboratory honors its president and CEO, Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, for his 25th anniversary at Mote’s helm.

Joe Gruters, staff accountant at Shinn & Company LLC, has received his Florida CPA license.

Jo Ann M. Koontz has been appointed to the Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee of the Sarasota County Bar Association and the Sarasota Association of Realtors.

Kara Anderson, Kathe Nasby, Michael Greene, Sam Russell and Jo Anne Menard were chosen for the Five Star Employees and Leaders of the Year at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota for 2010.

Jeff Cordes has gained recognition as both a Certified Home Inventory Professional and a Certified Business Inventory Professional through the National Association of Home Inventory Professionals.

Christopher M. Chiaro has been admitted as a shareholder of KB Pension Services, Inc.

R. David Bustard and Patrick W. Ryskamp received AV Ratings from Martindale-Hubbell.

Koala Tee, Inc. has been selected by Donzi Apparel as the exclusive supplier of its high-end product line featuring apparel and accessories.

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., is pleased to announce that Kevin Hennessy has been elected as managing shareholder for the firm.

Tom Hudson was appointed to the Animal Rescue Coalition Board.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently named SouthTech Solutions as a finalist for its 2011 Best Places to Work award.

SmartHouse Integration LLC has won two 2011 CEA Mark of Excellence Awards for outstanding achievement, leadership and innovation.


Moving and Opening

The Rustic Rose opened its third location at 11161 S.R. 70 E. #109 in Lakewood Ranch.

The all-journalist public relations service, JournalistPR LLC, is moving to Lakewood Ranch at 9040 Town Center Parkway.

IBERIABANK Corporation is pleased to announce the opening of its downtown branch at 1718 Main St. in Sarasota.

Smitten, a shop for vintage and hand-made goods, opened at 537 S. Pineapple Ave. in historic Herald Square.

Alice Blue Gown opened at 8462 Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota.

Achieva Credit Union opened its 14th branch at 1852 Hillview St., Suite 101, in Sarasota.


Dr. Kumar Mahadevan

Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, president and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, founded in 1955, is celebrating 25 years of leadership at the internationally known marine research facility on the south end of Longboat Key. The opening of the lab’s shark tank in October 1988 was a major highlight of Mahadevan’s career, exciting the curiosity of laypeople about the research being performed inside the lab. “It was a real turning point, a way for us to connect with the community,” he says. While tight budgets have always challenged Mote’s scientists, Mahadevan says the staff’s tenacity in taking risks has kept the lab moving forward. Even as a young scientist in India, Mahadevan had heard about the achievements of Mote staff and volunteers. “The people have always been the hallmark of Mote Marine Lab,” he says. —Patricia Abduragimova

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