Fast Track: October 2012

By Beau Denton September 30, 2012

Marilyn Tait, Jaro Gutknecht, Tara Donovan, Michael Resnick, Teresa Jones, Jennifer Grosso


Michael McCarthy, promoted to Manatee County regional manager, Fifth Third Bank.

Mike Mansfield, vice president of construction, Taylor Morrison West Florida Division.

Ann Stevens, promoted to assistant vice president, Insignia Bank.

Thomas Harmer, deputy county administrator; Joanie Whitley, human resources director; Mike Tobias, emergency services director; Steve Botelho, chief financial planning officer; and Ted Coyman Jr., procurement official, Sarasota County government.

Douglas Constant, M.D., pain management physician, Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine/Pain Management.

Bill Smithson, risk management director, Gettel Automotive Group.

Charlie Bingham, business technology adviser, United Systems.

Irwin L. Davis, senior consultant for economic and community development, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Chip Willis, executive director, The Lighthouse of Manasota.

Marla Doss, promoted to president and CEO, Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities.

Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean; and Dr. Wan Yang and Joe Askren, professors, newly renamed College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Bradley Smith, registered architect, Clifford M. Scholz Architects.

Heather A. Cooper, taxation attorney, law firm of Williams Parker.

Greg Montague, managing director of private client services, Sequoia Financial Group.

Anita Shane, M.D., retina specialist, Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic.

Rachel Whitcomb Layton, certified planner, law firm of Blalock Walters.

Marilyn Tait, executive director, Parkinson Research Foundation.

Bret Duval, property and casualty agency manager, MGA Insurance Group.

Heather Murray, promoted to program coordinator, ShelterBox USA.

Sarah Wertheimer, director of development; Susan Scott, finance manager; and Jeremy Lisitza, office manager, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Becky Pazkowski, vice president of philanthropy, the newly formed Plymouth Harbour Foundation.


Joe Adamaitis is the new president of the Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association.

Attorney Morgan R. Bentley has been reappointed to a second term on the Florida State Commission on Ethics.

Jesse Biter has been appointed for a three-year term on the Enterprise Florida board.

Michael Saunders & Company awarded $15,000 in grants to 14 area nonprofit organizations.

Jaro Gutknecht of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota received the Director of Residences of the Year Award for 2011, and Michael Seaman has been named Man Financial Leader of the Region for the Southern Region 2011 by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium has been elected co-chair of the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee.

Newly elected board members of The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County are Kimberly A. Bald, Robin Serbin and Ann C. Thompson. Renee Hamad is the newly elected president.

Karin Grablin has joined the board of Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

The Child Protection Center’s new board members are ScottAnderson, Aimee Cogan, Elaine Crouse, Jocelyn Stevens and Veronica Brandon Miller.

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive manager Debbie Meihls has been appointed to the Visit Florida advertising-Internet committee; and communications manager Tara Donovan has been appointed to the communications committee.

Jo Ann Koontz has been appointed to the Human Services Advisory Council of Sarasota County government.

Doctors Hospital has been designated as Sarasota’s first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Hospitals” list ranks Sarasota Memorial Hospital No. 47 nationally for gynecological care, No. 1 for overall care in the Sarasota-Venice-North Port region; and No. 8 of Florida’s top 10 hospitals.

Syprett Meshad attorneys Michael Resnick and Teresa Jones have been named Florida Super Lawyers 2012.

Cliff Walters has been elected board chair of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Linda R. Collins and Joni Gauthier of Edward Jones received the financial services firm’s Client Service Excellence Award.

SouthTech has earned required certifications to become a Preferred Partner in Dell’s PartnerDirect program.

Longboat Key Club Moorings received designation as a Florida Clean Marina from the state Department of Environmental Protection for the 10th consecutive year.

American Advertising Federation-Suncoast’s 2012-2013 officers are: Matthew Anderson, president; Vivian Owen, vice president; Judy Firek, secretary; and Christina Gordon, executive director and treasurer.

Jeffrey Woodin has been named board chair of Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities.

Williams Parker attorney Jennifer L. Grosso is the 12th Judicial Circuit’s new representative on the board of governors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar.

David W. Young of DWY Landscape Architects received the Environmental and Sustainability Honor from the Florida chapter of the American Association of Landscape Architects for his work on the Center for Building Hope.

The Diamond Vault received third place in the Big Cool division in InStore magazine’s America’s Coolest Stores contest.

Tile Market has become the first independent showroom in Florida selected to represent the Ann Sacks Collection of tiles.

Toale Brothers recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.


Agent Trust Realty has opened at 6113 Exchange Way in Lakewood Ranch.

United Way of Sarasota County and United Way of Tampa Bay have consolidated under the name, United Way Suncoast.

UnidosNow has opened at 1750 17th St., Building D, Sarasota.

Kristine Nickel and Lindsey Nickel de la O have opened Nickel & Nickel Communications at 2801 Pen West Park, Suite 242, Sarasota.

Anytime Fitness has opened at 8770 S.R. 70 E. in Lakewood Ranch.

International Medical Laboratory has moved to 2800 Bahia Vista St., Suite 200, Sarasota.

Destiny Group has moved to 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 120, Sarasota.

EarthFruits Frozen Yogurt has opened in the Kohl’s Shopping Plaza in University Park.

Bimini Bar & Grill has opened at 576 Blackburn Point Road in Osprey.



Steve QuieorSteve Quieor

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

“Looking at your speech from everyone’s perspective allows you to structure a better conversation or meeting.”

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce presidentSteve Queiorreceived the 2012 District 47 Toastmasters International Communication & Leadership Award. Queior advises other public speakers to, “Do a mental rehearsal. I envision a meeting on a particular topic, close my eyes and run a little movie reel on the back of my eyelids. I think, ‘OK, who’s going to know each other [in the audience], what’s their knowledge about the topic, how important is it to their organization, what follow-up questions will they have?’”


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