Fast Track

By Forest Balderson Photography by Paul Videla June 30, 2011


Tony Souza, sales associate, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Longboat Key office.

Maricruz Manning, production manager, SMITH Advertising.

Samuel Lowry, communications officer, Sarasota Opera House.

Jerry Fogle, manager, Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.

David Sedell, technical support, SouthTech Solutions.

H.S. Stephen Lee, litigation associate, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

Amy Paulishak, development director, Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast.

Christy Kasper, membership and marketing director, Serendipity Racquet Club.

Maxwell Hannum, vice president of human resources, JCI Jones Chemicals.

Burton Romanoff, board of directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

Larry Morse, financial adviser, Raymond James Financial Services.

Cammie Longenécker, vice president of sales and marketing, Taylor Morrison.

Darlette Tice, chief nursing officer, Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean, USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Ava Ehde, Manatee County Library services manager.

Mark Tierney, promoted to chief financial officer, Manatee Healthcare System.

Jennifer Vigne, director of marketing & development, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School.



Mike Martella, Boar’s Head president and Van Wezel Foundation president, has been recognized by the Broadway League, co-presenters of the Tony Awards, with a Star of Touring Broadway award.

The Adams Group won two awards at the Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards.

Salt & Light Productions is the recipient of four 2011 Telly Awards for public service announcements it created for the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center and United Way of Manatee County.

Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida was awarded the 2010 President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for its contributions to the community. In addition, four Gateway Bank employees received individual service recognition.

Adam Bright, M.D., chief of surgery for Sarasota Memorial Hospital, has been elected president of the Florida Orthopedic Society, a professional association representing 1,100 orthopedic surgeons throughout the state.

Robert P. Bartz, Manatee Chamber of Commerce president, received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Bradenton Rotary Club.

The Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast became the first health facility in Sarasota County to earn LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

StarFruit Productions won Best Wedding Video from the official Disney Wedding Blog.

Elizabeth Walch was elected treasurer of the Manatee County Bar Association.

Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi was named a member of this year’s Fund 100 firm by Attorneys’ Title Fund Services.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has been honored with the Cartus Broker Network’s Five Star Award for its outstanding 2010 performance in relocation services.

CS&L CPAs was recognized at the United Way of Manatee County Annual Awards with a Gold Award for its campaign donation.

Peggy Christ of RE/MAX Alliance Group has been elected to the board of the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Neal Communities ranked No. 94 among home builders in the United States by Builder magazine based on number of closings in 2010.

Karl Grass of Karl Grass Executive Coaching was recognized by The Hudson Institute as a recipient of its “Making a Difference” award.

Misty Servia, planning department manager of King Engineering Associates, was appointed to the Manatee County Humane Society’s board of directors.

Nicholas J. Zec Jr. and the financial services team at Boyd Insurance and Investment Services were awarded Gold Status from Aetna Benefit Plans based on sales and service. Financial services manager Kim Reed and internal service representative Monica Blair were also honored with this award.


Leslie’s Poolmart opened a new store at 4350 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

Spathecary was opened by Starflower Essentials at 411 and 415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

Unique Boutique of the Women’s Resource Center opened in Jennings Arcade at 417 12th St. W., Suite 103, Bradenton.

Chelsie Danz opened in Jennings Arcade at 417 12th St. W., Suite 120, Bradenton.

McGee Auto Service and Tire is under new ownership and has moved to 8712 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton.

Estate Relations, launched by Key Concierge, is located at 3921 Red Rock Way, Sarasota.

At Home Interiors opened at 7343 52nd Place E., Bradenton.

Homemade Gourmet Foods opened at 7954 Royal Birkdale Circle, Bradenton.

Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics moved to 802 Pinebrook Road, Venice.


Jason Puckett

➜ After four years with the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), Jason Puckett is spearheading the bureau’s new Sarasota County Sports Commission as director of sports. Sporting events have grown from six to 55 events per year since Puckett started, and that growth in competitions—rowing, BMX racing, Frisbee tournaments, swimming meets and beach volleyball, to name a few—has created a larger budget for attracting even more competitions. Along with an advisory board, Puckett will research which events to sponsor and how much to spend on them. “My job is to attract sporting events to Sarasota County that will have an economic impact in every way, from restaurants to shops to hotel room stays,” he says.


Jamie Wilson and Jacob Stinton

DabWear co-owners Jamie Wilson and Jacob Stinton opened a second location for their clothing, accessory and sundry store at 417 12th St. W. (Old Main Street) in the Jennings Arcade in downtown Bradenton this summer. Their original Palmetto store is celebrating its first anniversary. Wilson, who had spent almost 15 years in the restaurant industry and had also studied to be a perfumer, wanted to fulfill his dream of opening a retail store. They started with natural perfumes and colognes and then added products such as special soaps and hand-poured soy candles, accessories and trendy clothing for all ages and both sexes. The partners are ambitious. “We want five stores in five years,” says Wilson. “We actually chose Bradenton as our second location because Old Main Street had reasonable rent prices. We were able to negotiate our lease down from $17 per square foot in an up-and-coming area.”


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