Fast Track: August 2012

By Beau Denton July 31, 2012

Robert Donzalski Jr.; Christina L. Adkins; M. Brandon Parrott, M.D.,Ph.D; Paula Hancock; Lindsey Leech; Mary Alice Jackson


Robert Donzalski Jr., vice president and commercial banker, Synovus Bank of Florida.

Sara Rankin Wilson, CEO, GWIZ-The Science Center.

Kristi Dorman Bratzke, executive director, Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Doug Kerr, promoted to executive director, The Venice Symphony.

Christina L. Adkins, associate attorney, law firm of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawk.

Nancy Pratt, director of finance, Anexio.

Craig Jones, vice president of marketing, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

M. Brandon Parrott, M.D., Ph.D., vitreo-retinal surgeon, Center for Sight.

Melissa McBride, senior estimator, Tandem Construction.

Karen Weiss, warranty coordinator; Erin Ferguson, sales and marketing coordinator; Tuan Le, senior purchasing agent; Carolyn Tonachio, design studio consultant; and Marty Schond, construction employee, Taylor Morrison West Florida division.

Jeremy Osment, restaurant general manager; and Julia Schroeder, marketing director, Polo Grill and Bar.

Paula Hancock, administrative director of marketing and communications, Tidewell Hospice.

Toni Moore, client service representative; and Grant Berkery, administrative assistant, Home Instead Senior Care.

Armand “Lew” Shapiro, business broker, Florida Business Opportunities.

Lindsey Leech, executive assistant and membership development representative, Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Lauren Kratsch, promoted to director of project management, Manatee Economic Development Corporation.

Brett Lacey, employee benefit specialist, Benefit Advisors.

Scott Lagler, leasing agent, Jennette Properties.

Justin Shores, sales consultant, iBusiness Solutions.


The Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year awards went to: Susan Humphreys Certified QuickBoks ProAdvisor, Under $500,000; Hornback Chiropractic and Wellness, Under $2 Million; IRISS, Under $6 Million; Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, Over $6 Million.

Rapid Pathogen Screening has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chemical and biological defense division.

The City of Bradenton’s new form-based code was one of only two codes in the nation to receive the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust Form-Based Codes Award from the Form-Based Codes Institute.

Sarasota County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2012 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association.

The Sarasota County Sports Commission received the Member of the Year award from the National Association of Sports Commissions.

Mary Alice Jackson was named a 2012 Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

S. William “Bill” Moore was named the Tampa Best Lawyers Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.

The Sarasota Opera received a $22,500 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support its world premiere of the youth opera, Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Tim Beckwith, director of golf at The Oaks Club, was named PGA Golf Professional of the Year by the PGA North Florida Chapter.

Ariane MacNevin of was ranked 58th in’s Top 200 Leading Moms in Business competition for 2012.

Michael K. Walker & Associates received a national Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in the Detached Outbuilding category for a Casey Key residential project.

Wilde Honda of Sarasota earned the Honda President’s Award, Honda’s highest dealership honor, for the 10th year.

Island Real Estate received Trip Advisor’s Excellence Award for the second consecutive year.

John McKibbon received the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hospitality Leadership Award.

Dana Laganella Gerling of the Gerling Law Group was included in the Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2012 class of Leaders in the Law.

Amanda King of the law firm of Syprett Meshad received the Outstanding Service by a Young Lawyer award from Legal Aid of Manasota.

Recipients of the 2012 National Tourism Week Awards sponsored by Visit Sarasota County are: Harry Leopold, Nigel Mould of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Tina Matthews of Sarasota Bay Explorers, Cesar Rico of Hyatt Regency Sarasota, and Jan Solomon of Key Sailing.

Circus Sarasota received a $75,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation to renovate its administrative and production offices at Sailor Circus.

Clarke Advertising and Public Relations won two ADDY Awards at the 2012 American Advertising Federation Fourth District competition in Orlando.

Wayne Holt of Qonex, Inc. has been selected to design the Englewood Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce’s new website.

Dr. Richard Hector of The Eye Associates is the new medical adviser to Manatee Technical Institute’s optometric assistant course.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital received HealthGrades’ 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award, given to the nation’s top 5 percent hospitals for patient safety, for the ninth consecutive year.



The Bayside Pet Resort and Spa has opened at 8154 N. Tamiami Trail in south Manatee County.

Nancy Havens, D.D.S., has relocated her general dentistry practice to Sterling Dental, 2900 Bee Ridge Road, in Sarasota.

Justin and Stacy Flagg have opened CrossFit Suncoast at 4520 McAshton St. in Sarasota.

Irving Financial Group has moved to 1301 Sixth Ave. W., Suite 300, Bradenton.

Pinchers Crab Shack has moved its Clark Road restaurant to Main Street Lakewood Ranch.

Home-Tech appliance showroom has opened at 5205 Lena Road in Lakewood Ranch.

Circumference Valuations, a business appraisal company, has opened at 677 N. Washington Blvd. in Sarasota.

Visit Sarasota County is the new name of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton has opened a Bradenton office at 4800 26th St. W.

BU Salon & Wellness Center has opened at 18 and 22 Goodrich Ave. in Sarasota.

The Manatee County Y Lakewood Ranch branch recently completed its $2.1 million expansion and renovation at 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Walt’s Fish Market & Restaurant has opened a tiki bar at 4144 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Neal Communities has purchased the remaining undeveloped land within Boca Royale Golf & Country Club, including 500 home lots.

John Neal Homes has launched a custom homes division headed by Phil Chmieleski.

Sunshine Boyz Island Home has opened at 121 and 133 W. Venice Ave. in Venice.

The Warehouse Affordable Furniture has opened at 5377 Ashton Court in Sarasota.

The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch senior living campus has completed construction on its 40-residence dementia and memory care facility.

James Harries has opened The Hospitality Training Company.

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