Fast Track

By Beau Denton April 30, 2012

Brian East; Kirk Brummett; Ed Wyatt; Jenn McAlister


Mitchell “Mickey” Palmer, county attorney, Manatee County government.

Connie Felder, director of career services, Suncoast Workforce.

Aimee Cogan, promoted to executive director, wealth management office, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Shannon Cole, loan originator, State Street (formerly First Continental) Mortgage.

Brian East, manager, Ted Todd Insurance Agency.

Lindsey Schuster, tax supervisor, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Certified Public Accountants.

Patricia Courtois, promoted to president and chief operating officer, Clarke Advertising and Public Relations.

Scott Woods, managing director and financial adviser; and Paul Buskey and Jane McGinty, the Buskey McGinty Group financial advisers, Baird.

Dr. Elizabeth Mann, emergency veterinarian, Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota.

Kirk Brummett, landscape architect, ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design.



Darrell Turner of Turner Tree and Landscape is the new chairman of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange.

Nuevo Advertising Group received a 2012 American Package Design Award for its redesign of WellSpring Pharmaceutical Corporation’s Micatin packaging.

The Longboat Key Club & Resort was named the No. 1 tennis resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast and one of the top 10 in the nation by Tennis magazine.

Michael Jones of Comfort Keepers has been elected president of SCAN, the Sarasota County Aging Network.

Freddy Koenig, Dave Dignam, Andy Gerberich and Robert Rosenberg have been named initiative team leaders for the North Port Economic Development Corporation.

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce 2012 officers are: Joe Mercado, chairman and president; Jason Fromi, vice chair and vice president; Jason Ramos, treasurer; and Victor Harris, secretary.

Stephen D. Rees Jr. has joined the board of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, and Robert Lincoln has been appointed to the New College of Florida board of trustees. Both are with the law firm of Icard Merrill.

Tracy Seider of Re/Max Alliance Group won the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year award from the Sarasota Women’s Council of Realtors.

Edwin M. Boyer and Mary Alice Jackson of the Sarasota elder-law firm, Boyer & Boyer, have been named 2012 Florida Super Lawyers.

L. Norman Vaughan-Birch was elected managing partner of Kirk Pinkerton, P.A. for 2012.

Ed Wyatt of Synovus Bank was named to the 2011 Leaders’ Circle in recognition of sales excellence.

Jenn McAlister of Willis A. Smith Construction has been elected president of the U.S. Green Building Council, Florida Gulf Coast chapter.

Scott Carpenter of cPR has been named a national senior judge for the annual Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award contest.

Bradenton attorney Bob Blalock received the Spirit of Manatee Lifetime Spirit Award from the Manatee Community Foundation.



Life sciences manufacturer Enzymedica has relocated from Port Charlotte to 771 Commerce Drive in Venice.

Neal Communities has created Allegiant Title Professionals.

Top Shop Truck Accessories has opened at 801 Eighth Ave. E. in Palmetto.

Diamond Vault has moved to 3979 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Zwiwwel, a fine-dining German cuisine restaurant, has opened at 1213 N. Palm Ave. in Sarasota.

Alexi Shields Photography has opened at 47 S. Palm Ave. in Sarasota.

Hurricane Computers, an in-store computer repair business, has opened at 4141 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Palm Avenue Fine Art has opened at 10 S. Palm Ave. in Sarasota.

Nine new businesses have opened on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch: Soma, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, JPan Sushi, the American Shore Trading Company, Lorelei’s, Naples Soap Company, Fast N Fresh, Pincher’s Crab Shack and a third office of the law firm of Berlin Patten, PLLC.

SDE-Tech has opened at 1850 Porter Lake Drive, Suite 109, in Sarasota.

DWELL Real Estate has opened at 100 Central Ave., No. 1024, in Sarasota.

First Watch has opened at 3706 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota.

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty has opened a Longboat Key office at 546 Bay Isles Road.

AlliKriste Fine Cabinetry & Kitchen Design has opened at 1530 Dolphin St., Suite 8, in Sarasota.

Pete’s-A-Place Italian restaurant has opened at 7020 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton.


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