Fast Track: June 2012

By Beau Denton May 31, 2012

Left to Right: Lynn Drees, Christina Greenstein, Lisa Dahlquist, Jane Flaherty, Carla Plush Smith


Dr. Donal O’Shea, president, New College of Florida.

Mel Interiano, chief executive officer; and Frank Santiago and Burton “Skip” Sack, board of directors, Sunovia Energy Technologies.

Jeff Bentley, senior vice president and chief lending officer, Achieva Credit Union.

Tom Waters, chief advancement officer, Mote Marine Laboratory.

Greg Jordan, investment adviser, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group.

Lynn Drees, associate vice president of student development, State College of Florida.

Christina Greenstein, tax manager, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Certified Public Accountants.

Dr. Jitka Markova, emergency veterinarian, Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota.

Clint Monts de Oca, interim executive vice president, New College Foundation.

Chris Laney, marketing and sales director, Digital Frontiers Media.

Jamie Tacy Jalwan, marketing and public relations director, Michael’s On East.

Nick Bourgeois, senior architect and developer; Andrea Cannistra, interactive designer; and Sean Smith, Internet marketing specialist, GravityFree.

Lisa Deutsch, regional director, Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Barbara Cruz, associate director; and Cheryl Herbold, program coordinator, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation.

Jane Flaherty, promoted to director of client service; and Heather McLain, promoted to director of public relations, Clarke Advertising and Public Relations.

Lisa Dahlquist, client relations manager, Grapevine Communications.

Brian Foster, M.D., partner, The Eye Associates.



U.S. Secretary of Commerce John E. Bryson has appointed Port Manatee executive director Carlos Buqueras to Florida’s District Export Council.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is among 1 percent of America’s 5,000-plus hospitals to be named one of HealthGrades’ “America’s 50 Best Hospitals.”

Blake Medical Center’s diagnostic imaging department has been awarded a three-year accreditation in computed tomography, nuclear medicine and MRI by the American College of Radiology.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service honor roll for the fifth consecutive year.

The Longboat Key Club & Resort has received the AAA Four-Diamond Award for the 29th consecutive year.

Bennett Contracting received the Safety Award at Equipment World magazine’s 2012 Contractor of the Year program.

Manatee Community Federal Credit Union received a Certificate of Credit Union Excellence Award from Callahan & Associates.

CareerEdge won the First Place award at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Future of the Region Awards for Community Service.

Center for Sight performed 41 free cataract surgeries for needy people in late March as part of Mission Cataract USA.

Light Up Your Life is a finalist for Best Lighting Showroom awards, U.S.A. and Canada.

David A. White and Irwin L. Davis have joined the board of directors of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast.

Ken Nyhus, general manager-COO of the Bradenton Yacht Club, has earned the designation Certified Chief Executive from the Club Managers Association of America.

Julienne K. Smith, Rick W. Fawley and Garrett B. Shinn have joined the board of directors of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.

Fifth Third Bank has appointed Sarasota Opera executive director Susan Danis to its board of directors.

Plymouth Harbor announces its 2012 board officers: F. Thomas Hopkins, chairman; Jody Hudgins, vice-chair; John M. Strickland, treasurer; and William R. Johnston, secretary.

First Federal Bank of Florida’s 2012 Sarasota and Manatee Advisory Council members are: Marge Hollinger, Ed Bertha, Brian McGinn, Violeta Huesman, Allan Shaivitz, David Levene, Brad Lindberg, John Fain, David Agee, Bob Marshall and Bud Hurter.

Carla Plush Smith has been recognized as a certified financial planner by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Knight Marketing was selected by Mercury Medical to assist in the national launch of its FlowSafe system.



Tropic Isle Resort has opened at 2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Shinn & Company Certified Public Accountants and Consultants has opened a Sarasota office at 50 Central Ave., Suite 910.

Gulf Atlantic Mortgage has merged with Blue Skye Lending, and its office at 5934 Palmer Blvd. will become Blue Skye Lending’s new Sarasota branch.

Kearney Moving & Storage has become a long-distance agent for National Van Lines.

Dr. Charles R. Davenport has opened a psychology office at 1525 Tamiami Trail S., Suite 603A, in Venice.

Junior Achievement Manatee/Sarasota has moved to 5319 Paylor Lane, Sarasota, in office space donated by Unittus, Inc.

Royal Granite & Marble has opened at 2110 20th St., Sarasota.

The School of Opportunity has opened in North Port, and initially will offer classes in technology and life essentials at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee North Port campus.

One World Acupuncture has merged with Palma Sola Therapies, at 515 36th St. W., Suite D., Bradenton.


“I’m grateful for the support women can offer each other in life and in business.” - Jill Salazar, Associate director, S.W.A.T.Jill Salazar

Associate director, S.W.A.T.

Jill Salazar, national account manager at Telename Communications in Bradenton, is the new associate director of S.W.A.T. (Successful Women Aligning Together) Networking. Two S.W.A.T. groups meet monthly at the Renaissance on 9th and at the River Club. “I’ve seen the organization grow from half a dozen ladies sitting around a conference room table at lunchtime in 2007 to two chapters with more than 100 participants,” says Salazar. Anyone can join; visit for details.


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