Fast Track: November/December2013

By Ilene Denton November 4, 2013


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David A. Urena, engineer, King Engineering.

Ann Aldrich, director of human resources, Bay Village of Sarasota.

Kim A. French, vice president, clients; and Jenn McAlister, promoted to director of project development, Willis A. Smith Construction.

Matt Sims, project manager, Tandem Construction.

Joe Adamaitis, vice president residential lending manager, Insignia Bank.

Amanda Day, mortgage loan originator, Blue Skye Lending.

Chris Gallagher, partner, Hoyt Architects.

Anna E. von Gehr, senior director of development, The Ringling and Florida State University Foundation.

Richard Kaplan, vice president for marketing and innovative partnerships; and Cynthia Gravino, associate vice president for collaborative enterprises, Ringling College of Art and Design.

Dr. Christopher Levine, neurologist, Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota.

David Shugol, financial adviser, Raymond James Financial Services, Lakewood Ranch.

Kristy Guy Zinna, attorney, Luhrsen Law Group.

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David B. Denton, estate planning, probate and trust administration attorney, law firm of Greene, Hamrick, Quinlan, Schermer & Esposito, P.A.

Silvanna Medina, banking center manager, Sabadell Bank & Trust Sarasota office.

Roger Roberts, vice president, commercial lending, Insignia Bank.

Dr. Cary A. Veith, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Esprix Technologies.

Jan Carl Hansen, building superintendent, Lee Wetherington Homes.

Jorge Acevedo, superintendent, De Soto National Memorial.

Jennifer Vigne, major gifts officer, Mote Marine Laboratory.

Iris Starr, special events coordinator, Jewish Housing Council Foundation.

Jen Hayes, outreach programs coordinator; Julie Smith, donor information manager; and Laura Coyle, marketing director, All Faiths Food Bank.

Amy Tuten, manager of sponsorship sales; Kirsten Ladendorf, manager of catering and suites; Scott Moudry, manager of ticket operations; and Trevor Markham, promoted to director of operations, Orioles-Sarasota.

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Mystery Slimick, employee benefits insurance agent, BB&T Insurance Services.

Veljko Savic, spa director, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Sarasota.

John Butzko, copy and public relations manager, and Eric Buchanan, art director, Grapevine Communications.

Jessica Rood, director of communications and marketing, New College of Florida.

Jocelyn Stevens, vice president, donor engagement, Community Foundation of Sarasota County.




Diane Marcello of Sunnyside Village was elected chair of LeadingAge Florida, formerly the Florida Association of Homes and Service for the Aging; and Plymouth Harbor CEO Harry Hobson was named Executive of the Year.

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County 2013 EDC Legacy Awards went to Norbert Donelly, chairman of Tervis, Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award; and Goodwill Manasota, Community Partner of the Year Award.

Jonathan D. Fleece of Blalock Walters, P.A. received the 2013 Community Service Award from the Manatee County Bar Association.

Michael A. Gilkey won the 2013 Award of Excellence in the residential category from the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his Casey Key pagoda garden, which was featured in the August issue of Sarasota Magazine.

The Resort at Longboat Key received the 2013 Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine for the sixth consecutive year.

Halfacre Construction received the 2012 Outstanding Builder Award from Star Building Systems.

The Florida Green Building Coalition named Neal Communities Builder of the Year at its Green Trends conference, and Pat Neal was named the 2013 Outstanding Businessperson by the Manatee County NAACP.

Two Trails Green Consulting clients received 37 Aurora Awards from the Florida Home Building Association at the Southeastern Builders Conference.

Automotive News ranked the Wilde Automotive Family 80th out of the top 100 U.S. franchised dealership groups.

Ann K. Breitinger and Marisa J. Powers of Blalock Walters, P.A. have been elected to the board of directors of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Manatee County Chapter.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club received the AAA Four-Diamond Award for the 30th consecutive year.

Fawley Bryant has been hired to prepare master plans for Tara Golf and Country Club Phase II and Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club.

Michele M. Vickersis and Barry Berman have joined the board of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.

Linda DesMarais has joined the board of Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County.

Princeton Review named New College of Florida in the top 15 percent of four-year institutions nationwide for the 12th consecutive year.

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative received the Human Capital Program Award from the International Economic Development Council.

SouthTech was named one of 50 Florida Companies to Watch by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Mary Fabre LeVine of Blalock Walters, P.A. was elected president of the board of directors of the Port Manatee Propeller Club.

The Hollywood Reporter has again ranked Ringling College among the top 25 film schools worldwide in its annual survey.

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport received the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Mark of Distinction for its initiatives that advance airport safety.

Tim Holliday of Children’s World and Children’s World Uniform Supply has been elected to the board of directors of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

Tammie Sandoval of BMO Private Bank and Michael J. Valentino of PLx Pharma have joined the board of the Sarasota Orchestra.

Caroline Tanner of Easter Seals of Southwest Florida is the 2013-2014 president of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

Manny Cruz was named one of the top 10 photographers of the year by the Florida Professional Photographers Association.

John Colon of Wells Fargo Advisors is the new chair of the Sarasota Housing Authority.

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. has been named to Inside Public Accounting’s Top 200 accounting firms in the nation.

Center for Sight received its fourth consecutive three-year term “best practices” certification from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).


The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County has moved to the HuB building at 1680 Fruitville Road, in downtown Sarasota.

Suncoast Crazy Monkey, part of the international Crazy Monkey Defense martial arts and fitness program, opened a training studio at 7353 International Place, Suite 303, in Lakewood Ranch.

Goga Studios Lakewood Ranch has changed its name to Vibology.

Antoine’s Restaurant has opened at 5020 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

Glide Interactive web development and marketing agency has moved to 1549 State St. in downtown Sarasota.

Nyoka SkinCare has moved to 701 S. Orange Ave. in downtown Sarasota.

Gold Gallery Auctions has opened at 7333 52nd Place E. in Bradenton.

The Stamper’s Cove scrapbooking and paper crafting supply store has opened at 6289 Lake Osprey Drive in Lakewood Ranch.

Forbes Property Group has opened at 5255 Office Park Blvd. in Bradenton.

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Fast Track Close-Up

Angela Massaro-Fain of Grapevine Communications was named 2013 Businesswoman of the Year in the Business Services category, and Grapevine was named one of the Top 25 Ad Agencies in Southwest Florida by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

To what do you attribute your award?

“I have the best team, and they make me look good.”

What was your education?

“I was fortunate enough to work full time as an art director at a very young age. At the same time, I went four nights a week and Saturdays for four and a half years to get my bachelor’s.”

Your mentor?

“My mother, who said, ‘You’re never going to make a living out of picking colors, so make a business out of it’.”

You run the company with your husband. How does that work?

“We settled into the things we do best: John is our strategist marketer, and oversees HR and finances. I oversee prices and sales. I’m in charge of making money, and he’s in charge of not spending it. We have one rule: When we go home, we do not talk about work.”

Advice for women in business?

“Be confident in yourself. And don’t use the fact that you’re a women versus a man to get your way.” –Interview by Taylor Meredith

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