Fast Track

By Ilene Denton November 30, 2011

(Left to Right) Miguel Barrales, Michael Moschella, Dr. Andrew Keegan, Dan Love, Aida Matic, Bonnie Hitt


Miguel A. Barrales, president, Universal Insurance Holdings of North America.

Dan Love, promoted to president; Dick Judd, executive vice president, chief operating officer; Dan Doyle, senior vice president, chief human resources officer;

Kirk Vanzee, senior vice president, store operations; Thomas Williams, vice president, planning and allocation, Beall’s Inc.

K. Michael Moschella, area president, Gulf Coast South division, Whitney Bank.

Dr. Andrew Keegan, clinic director, The Roskamp Institute.

Thomas Quale, market executive; and Sean Powers, client adviser, Seaside National Bank.

Garrett L. Pendleton, attorney, law firm of Band Weintraub.

Charles Henry, administrator, Sarasota County Health Department.

Lee Bair, chief estimator, J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp.

Jodi Crabtree, project engineer and estimator, Tandem Construction.

Mark Callahan and John Osborne, superintendents; and Jenn McAlister, project manager, Willis A. Smith Construction.

Garry Emery, fertilization and pest control manager, ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design.

Jennifer Dent, staff accountant, CS&L CPAs.

Carolyn Rayner, director of marketing, Center for Sight.

Christopher G. Brandon, Nathan R. Brown and Douglas J. Elmore, attorneys, law firm of Williams Parker.

Nora Nowicki, sales and marketing manager, Company Outfitters/Say It With Stitches.

Ruth DePalantino, chief nursing officer, Blake Medical Center.

Tim Videnka, vice president investments, Caldwell Trust Company.

Tony Squitieri, executive, West Florida division, Taylor Morrison.

Shelly Crofut, senior investment adviser, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group.

Scott Bush, chief executive officer, Suncoast Communities Blood Bank.

Sara Dewberry, vice president, public relations coordinator, Iberia Bank.

Aida Matic, administrative director of philanthropy, Tidewell Hospice.




Wilde Lexus of Sarasota was named to the national Business Committee for the Arts Top 10 Best Companies list by the nonprofit Americans for the Arts.

Todd Rains of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP was appointed to serve on the 2011 Association of Legal Administrators national nominating committee.

Carlos Beruff of Medallion Homes Gulf Coast was elected chair of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota board of trustees, and Dr. Craig A. Trigueiro was elected vice chair.

Shaun Merriman has been elected chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and Nick Gladding has been elected chair-elect.

Bob Thompson has been named board liaison for United Way of Manatee County.

Lorna A. Alston, Christy Cardillo, C.R. (Jay) Foutty, Mark Huey, Mary L. Mercuiro, Allan Santor, William O. Russell III and Peter A. Vacca have been appointed to the board of directors of Suncoast Workforce.

The Downtown Sarasota Alliance has elected these 2011-2012 officers: John Harshman, chair; Tony Souza, vice chair; Michael Beitzinger, treasurer; and Peter Fanning, secretary.

Cannons Marina has been named the exclusive west coast dealer for Jupiter Boats by Jupiter Marine.

Aubrey Lynch of CS&L CPAs was named one of the 2011 “40 Under 40" by CPA Practice Advisor.

Achieva Credit Union has been recognized as a Superior 5-Star rated credit union by BauerFinancial.

April Dacas of Len’s Roofing has been appointed publicity manager of the Successful Women Aligning Together networking organization.

Bonnie Hitt of Kerkering, Barberio & Co. earned the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) designation.

Faye Butler received the 2011 Humanitarian Award from the Florida state chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Dieter’s Sod Service has earned certification as a State of Florida minority, women and service-disabled veteran business enterprise for its status as a woman-owned business.

The Sarasota Association of Realtors has elected these 2012 officers: Laura Benson, president; Roger Piro, president-elect; Peter Crowley, treasurer; Stafford Starcher, secretary; and Michael Bruno, immediate past-president.

Turner Tree and Landscape has won a Keep Manatee Beautiful award for its work on the Mosaic project, Bunker Hill Park.




Kohl’s Department Store has opened at 3950 Central Sarasota Parkway in Sarasota.

Octex has broken ground on a 2,600-square-foot expansion to its production facility at 901 Sarasota Center Blvd. in Sarasota.

Dana Nellen has opened Coaching for Champions: The Nellen Method for Peak Performance.

Silk Designs by Toulouse has opened a kiosk at Westfield Southgate.

Take Care Advisor has expanded and moved to 3982 Bee Ridge Road, Building H, Suite L, in Sarasota.


Don Gugliuzza, Mileo Group - “There’s a tremendous amount of [Workforce Florida] funding available.”Don Gugliuzza, appointed in August by Gov. Rick Scott to a second three-year term on the Workforce Florida board, has a message for business owners: Workforce Florida has $11 million through July 2012 to train your new and existing employees—on its dime, not yours. Small business, especially, can benefit.

Gugliuzza retired in 2008 from Tropicana as director of organizational development and founded the Mileo Group, a Bradenton-based company that develops customized workforce training and consulting for small and large businesses all over the nation. He is also vice chair of the Banner Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a Workforce Florida center of excellence for manufacturing training based at Polk State College in Winter Haven.—Ilene Denton

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