Fast Track: December 2012

By Hannah Wallace November 30, 2012

Movers, Shakers & Headline Makers

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Left to Right: Jose D. Estigarribia; Steve Padgett; Daniel R. Strader; Anne Folsom Smith


Dave Alves, president, Bealls, Inc.

Charles B. Rockwood, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Evolucia.

Iwan Mohamed, promoted to senior vice president and area executive for Sarasota County, BB&T.

Steve Jonsson, banker, Insignia Bank.

Richard Russell, executive director, Sarasota Opera.

Chris Michaels, vice president of strategic development and technology licensing, Rapid Pathogen Screening.

Jose D. Estigarribia, attorney, Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawk, P.A.

Josh Nacht, general manager, Gettel Automotive Group.

Laura Spencer, chief financial officer, Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Michael E. Moore, vice president for advancement, Ringling College.

Jon Thaxton, director of community investment, Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Steve Padgett, promoted to vice president, Fawley Bryant.

Nick Dunning, promoted to Sarasota department manager, division of restoration, Karins Engineering Group.

Daniel R. Strader, associate, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Rose Carlson, director of endowment, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School.

Caroline Chambliss, executive director, ITNSarasota.

Nicole Rissler, director of sports, Visit Sarasota County.

Michael Cronin, senior art director; and Matt Sheils, web master, Grapevine Communications.

Yen Reed, director of marketing, Goodwill Manasota.

Dwayne Edwards, executive chef, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.



William R. Johnston, former president and COO of the New York Stock Exchange, has been elected chair of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees; and U.S. News & World Report has ranked New College the No. 5 public liberal arts college in its 2013 rankings.

Anne Folsom Smith is the new chair of the Sarasota Orchestra board of directors.

Charles G. Brown III, Insignia Bank CEO, has joined The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce board of directors; Lori Denny of SouthTech is chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Communications Council.

Caldwell Trust Company received the 2012 Corporate Partner of the Year award from The Florida Center.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of six Florida hospitals and the only Southwest Florida provider to earn a place on Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs.”

Margaret Callihan, CEO of SunTrust, received the West Coast Florida Region of American Jewish Committee 2012 Achievement Award.

Suzanne Coelingh of Northern Trust Bank has joined the board of directors of Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida.

Drum Circle Distilling’s Siesta Key Spiced Rum received a national Taste Test Award from Cooking Light.

Be Creative Studios won two Excellence Awards at the 2012 Graphic Design USA Awards.

Josh Wynne Construction won Best Business in Florida in the green building category; and Drew Smith of Two Trails was named Certifying Agent of the Year at the 2012 Green Trends conference sponsored by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County received a Spotlight Award from the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service.

Bonnie Polk of the law firm of Williams Parker has been appointed to the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce won a national Bronze ACE Award in the special publications category from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives for its member handbook and benefits guide.

Eager Beaver Car Wash is celebrating 35 years of service.



Shawn Stephens, M.D., has opened University Park OB/GYN at 2401 University Parkway, Suite 201, Sarasota.

Home Care of Tampa Bay has opened at 3626 U.S. Highway 301 N. in Ellenton.

As Good As It Gets, a premium food and wine retailer, has opened at 49 S. Palm Ave. in Sarasota.

Gogo Studios Lakewood Ranch has opened at 8733 S.R. 70 E. in Bradenton.

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt has opened its first Florida location at 4065 Clark Road in Sarasota.

Cutting Loose has opened at 1950 Main St. in Sarasota.


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Steve Litschauer, On A Shoestring

Steve Litschauer

On A Shoestring

The Florida Retail Federation honored On A Shoestring CEO Steve Litschauer with its 2012 Florida Outstanding Retail Leader award for his commitment to his customers and the community. A Manatee County resident since age two, Listchauer spent 35 years in law enforcement here before opening the shoe store in 2005. He is involved with civic organizations and has coached high school student athletes, offered free fitness clinics and sponsored many charitable races. “We know what it’s like to be in need, and we’ve seen what it is to have people give,” he says. — Ilene Denton

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