Fast Track

By Rory Mason May 31, 2011

Positions taken

Jayne Parrish, vice president of sales and marketing, Paradise Homes of Sarasota.

David Pilston, chief operating officer, Bay Systems.

David Klement, executive director, St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions.

Dana Bakich, director of marketing and development, Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County.

Jim Larsen, general manager, On A Shoestring.

Olympia Baylou, licensed branch employee, Insignia Bank.

Jason J. Ackley, chiropractor, Natural Healing Arts Medical Center.

Bill Lloyd, executive director, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.

Gene McCroan, administrative director of finance, Tidewell Hospice.

Mitchell L. Helton, wealth adviser, Northern Trust.

Dick W. Woodall, senior commercial account executive, MGA Insurance Group.

Mary Lou Bale, development associate, Van Wezel Foundation.

Josephine Eisenberg, associate development director, Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

Sandy Graham, small projects coordinator, Key Glass LLC.

Mark McCauslin, procare shoe-fit specialist, New Balance Sarasota.

Merryl Koven, sales, Now That’s a Wrap by Road Signs Inc.

Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement, the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.



Turner Tree and Landscape Co. won an Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors for its landscaping project for Mosaic Corp.’s new headquarters in Lithia.

Michael J. Wilson of the law firm of Williams Parker has been appointed to The Florida Bar Tax Certification Committee.

 Manatee Community Federal Credit Union has earned a five-star rating by Bauer Financial Group.

First Bank was welcomed into the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Money Smart Alliance Program for its ongoing commitment to financial literacy in the Florida region.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida was recognized with the Winston E. Forrest Jr. Award for Excellence in Private Fundraising. The award was given during the Planned Parenthood Federation of America national conference in April.

Odato Marketing Group won three public relations awards, including the highest award in the public relations program category, from the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. It won an Image Award and Grand All Image Award for its work with Noble Juice, and an Image Award for the Vote Yes for Tax Exemption campaign.

KSC Advertising and Public Relations won an Image and Judges Award from the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for the All About Sarasota Kids website.

Adventure Hot Tubs & Pools has received the Poolsearch TradeCertified Service Pro award, which is the only independent endorsement recognizing service professionals in North America.

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. was named as one of the “2011 Best Places to Work” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch received an overall high ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 Best Nursing Homes.

Neal Communities was named by GE Appliances as the “2010 Single Family Builder of the Year.” The Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder was chosen from a seven-county region for its continued commitment to excellence in the homebuilding industry.

Cindy Christo Brown, Adams and Reese Sarasota regional office manager, was elected secretary of the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators for 2011-2012.

Art in My School (AIMS) was named the Outstanding Local Business Partner by PALS. Robert Antovel, owner of Art & Frame, partnered with Da Vinci Paint Company, Tara Materials, Loew-Cornell and Tommy Bahama to create AIMS, which is a program that perpetuates art in high schools.

Michael W. Landsberg, local Merrill Lynch financial adviser, was recognized among the top advisers in Florida by Barron’s “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” list.

Dr. J. Lynn Brien, assistant professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, was presented with the 2011 USF System Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award for her work and research with women’s issues.

Barbara Stem was elected president of the new Lakewood Ranch Chapter of S.W.A.T (Successful Women Aligning Together) Networking.


Moving and Opening

Ameri-Quick Printing Services was sold to Minuteman Press Bradenton and has moved to the Sweetbay/McDonald’s Plaza on the corner of S.R. 70 and 33rd Street East.

Brady Insurance Group opened on 8131 Lakewood Main St., Suite 203, above Main Street Trattoria restaurant in Lakewood Ranch.

Karen M Bigby, M.D., and Andrew E. Burg, M.D., opened family practices at Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Heritage Harbor in Bradenton.

Eslinger Realty Inc. has opened its newest office located at 1850 Porter Lake Drive, Suite 109, in Sarasota.

SHOKO skincare opened at 1938 Adams Lane in Sarasota.

The Institute of Leadership and Dynamism has been established by Dr. Sarah Meaker of Meaker and Associates at 5905 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.

Royal Palm Carwash opened its second location at 2515 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton.

Cohen Florida and Redhead Financial Group opened a new office space at 107 Osprey Ave. S., Suite 100, in Sarasota.


“There are a lot of families struggling.”

Mark Huey is the new president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, succeeding longtime CEO Kathy Baylis, who is retiring. Huey, 53, who beat out 79 other competitors, starts June 27, and was most recently the economic and urban development administrator for the City of Tampa. “I’m just getting to know Sarasota,” Huey says. “The things that excite me are the wonderful quality of life and the unity of groups and organizations working together to move Sarasota forward.” His first priority is job creation. “There are a lot of families struggling,” he says. In his free time, Huey exercises and spends time with family. “I have four kids, and they keep me hopping on a lot of different family activities,” he says. — Rory Mason


“We need to give back to the community.”

In 2010, Troy Myers Jr., a shareholder with Icard Merrill, spent 435 hours providing free legal service to the poor in all sorts of cases, from immigration to domestic relations to foreclosures. His work earned him the 2011 Pro Bono Excellence Award from Legal Aid of Manasota, the Florida Bar’s Pro Bono Service Award and also recognition from the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Myers, who specializes in immigration as well as business law, was surprised that all of his pro bono hours added up to 11 40-hour weeks. Icard Merrill supports these efforts, he adds, and it’s an important part of his life. “We need to give back to the community,” he says. “There’s a tremendous amount of need, and not all people can afford legal services.” — Rory Mason


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