Fast Track

By Beau Denton March 31, 2012

(Left to Right) Michelle Burke-Phillips, Jodi Emrick, Scott Antritt, Laura Peaslee, Todd Chapman, Todd Brue, Heather Hackett

Positions Taken

Mark D. Myslinski, chief executive officer, Rapid Pathogen Screening.

Mary Smith, executive director, Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Bartys, senior investment adviser, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group.

Michelle Burke-Phillips, managing broker, Plaza at Five Points office; and Jodi Emrick, managing broker, Lakewood Ranch office, Signature Sotheby’s International Realty.

Pat Keever, vice president of business development, Contingency Telecom Auditing.

Scott T. Antritt, trust officer, Caldwell Trust Company.

Belinda Holmes, director of healthcare consulting; Laura Peaslee, audit supervisor; Kelly Jones, tax supervisor; and Deb Glass, administrative assistant, Shinn & Company.

C. Todd Chapman, attorney, law office of Band Weintraub.

Todd Brue, operations manager, Serbin Printing.

Mark Dickson, commercial realtor, Ian Black Real Estate.

Mike Casper, promoted to maintenance operations manager; and Daniel Lisenko, promoted to account executive, ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design.

Jeff Lombard, chief operating officer, Mileo Group.

Susan Scott, executive director, Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

John Annis, vice president of community investment; and Tina Mroczkowski, corporate counsel, Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Denise Cotler, director of development, Jewish Housing Council Foundation.

Deborah Robbins Millman, executive director, Honor Animal Rescue.

Heather Hackett, fitness manager, Longboat Key Club & Resort.

Kristin Heintz, marketing and communications manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

Jessica Stevens, account executive-client management professional, Mattison’s Catering.

Todd Batey, healthcare consultant, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Certified Public Accountant .



Halflants + Pichette Design/Build won the 2012 National Young Architect Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Neal Communities was named 2012 America’s Best Builder in the 100-500 closings category by Builder magazine.

The Residences on Siesta Key Beach was named one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in its 10th annual Travelers’ Choice Awards.

The Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau in partnership with Harry Leopold, Pace Communications and ChappellRoberts, received the SASI-ONE Awards’ Best in Show award in the Destination Management Organization category for the 48-page special insert in US Airways’ in-flight magazine.

Lakewood Ranch was ranked as a Top 10-selling master planned community in the U.S. by John Burns Consulting.

Matthew Anderson of Milestone Marketing Associates has been elected president of the Suncoast Technology Forum.

Robert Goecker, D.P.M., of West Coast Podiatry Center, has been named chief of podiatric foot and ankle surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Libby's Café + Bar received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, another Florida Spoon award from Florida Trend, and a mention as a “must-do” dining destination in Delta Sky magazine.

Jason Collier, Scott A. LaPorta and Christopher Z. Staine have been named partners in the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Arthur D. Ginsberg received the 2012 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service award for the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Certified Public Accountants is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Judi Bell has been elected president of the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

New College of Florida is ranked No. 5 on Kiplinger’s list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” report for 2012.

Jason Gaskill has been selected partner in charge of the law firm of Adams and Reese’s Sarasota office.


Moving And Opening

Jo Ann Koontz has formed the law firm of Koontz & Associates at 1819 Main St., Suite 215 in Sarasota.

Mullett’s Aluminum has opened a full-service welding and custom fabrication facility at 5454 Palmer Blvd. in Sarasota.

Suzanne Willis has started Suzanne Willis Consulting & Communications, specializing in hospitality, at

Flooring America and G. Fried Flooring have merged to form G. Fried Flooring America.

Phil Chmieleski has launched a real estate advisory business, Beyond Analysis.

The Cancer Support Community has acquired a national nonprofit, Brides Against Breast Cancer, which raises money for cancer research through more than 40 annual bridal gown shows. The nonprofit has relocated from Portland, Ore., to 6279 Lake Osprey Drive in Lakewood Ranch.

First Step of Sarasota has broken ground on the expansion of its residential treatment center at 4613 N. Washington Blvd. in Sarasota.

Bond Restaurant has opened at 543 Pineapple Ave. S. in the Burns Square neighborhood of downtown Sarasota.

Joe and Sam Kuipers have founded PaperFunds, LLC, a fund-raising program for schools, religious institutions and sports programs based on the sale of paper goods.

Victoria Warren has opened Victoria Blooms flower shop at 1818 Main St. in Sarasota.


Brian Volner, Community Bank - “We have much more to offer as a region than any one city or any one county can provide.”Brian Volner

Community Bank

Brian Volner, senior vice president and regional sales manager at Community Bank, is the new chair of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. With membership of 450-plus companies representing 1,300 individuals, the alliance will continue its mission of voice, vision and visibility, Volner says. That means partnering with the economic development councils of both counties to help grow existing businesses as well as attract new ones, spreading the word about Lakewood Ranch’s economic turnaround “to keep the momentum going” and monitoring election-year issues such as redistricting. —Ilene Denton



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