News about business people in Manatee, Sarasota counties

August 13, 2012 

Julie Simonson, an associate in the Sarasota office of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., has been admitted to the Florida Bar. Simonson graduated with high honors from The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology with a minor in computer science engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She also attended Airborne School and completed an internship at the FBI Academy. She will focus her practice on elder and contract law matters.

Michael C. Bellenghi, formerly vice president in commercial loans at Horizon Bank, has joined Wagner Realty in the State Road 64 East office as a residential sales specialist. He worked in other banks locally and in Wilmington, Del., before moving to this area in 1997.

Patricia Duran, an agent in Wagner Realty's Lakewood Ranch office, has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the certification for those who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate the transactions.

Paul M. Duck has been selected board chair of the Manatee Glens board of directors. Thomas P. Nolan has been selected as vice chair, David W. Wilcox as secretary and James F. Alderman as treasurer. The officers will serve in these positions for the 2012-13 term and lead a board of 13 members.

Eric Resker has been appointed chief financial officer at Michael Saunders & Co. Resker has assumed responsibility for the financial operations of the company, which had more than $1.4 billion in closed volume during 2011. Resker was senior vice president of Financial Operations & Revenue Management for AIMCO, a real estate investment trust.

Susie Bowie, director of The Giving Partner at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has been named to the 2013 class of Hull Fellows by the Southeastern Council of Foundations. The program is designed to nurture, inspire and strengthen the southeast's emerging leaders in philanthropy. Bowie was selected as a fellow because of her demonstrated leadership at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The 2012-13 Leadership Manatee class will include Jackie Barron, Mosaic; Victoria Bartz, Tidewell Hospice; Bronwyn Beightol, United Way of Manatee County; David Brooks, BB&T Bank; Michael Calow, Twin Dolphin Marina/Miller Investments; Cyndi Capps, Manatee County Property Appraiser, Paul Carr, Police

Athletic League of Manatee County; Angelina Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Court;

Marina D'Abreau, UF IFAS/Manatee County Extension Office; Justin Doss, Blake Medical Center, Lillian Elliott, Tropicana Products; Robert Eschenfelder, Manatee County Attorney's Office; Feng Hou, State College of Florida; Rick Hughes, Goodwill Manasota; Victoria Karins, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm; Michelle Lane, Hancock Bank; Carol Laudicina, Manatee County Sheriff's Office; Matthew Leake, Mills Gilbane;

Claudia Leguizamon, Synovus Bank; Lynn Lineman, C1 Bank; Antoinette Lyon, The Anna Maria Islander; Deborah Meihls, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Susan Miller, Miller Recreation Equipment & Design Inc.; Stacy Morgan, Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders;

Tina Neri, Manatee County Utilities Department; Ranie Phillips, Treatments Day Spa & Weight Management; Kenyatta Randall, Champs Sports; John Roberts, IberiaBank;

Cindy Saunders, Webster University; Michele Schulz, Manatee County Tax Collector; Garrett Shinn, Shinn and Co.; Jennifer Sommers, Classic Ink; Seth Spalsbury, Sun Hydraulics; Claude Tankersley, City of Bradenton; Pamela Truitt, Truitt Consulting, Inc.;

Lawrence Williams, TechHouse IT Consulting Solutions;

Martie Woodie, Lovelight Productions, Inc.; Kim Woods, Bradenton Herald; and Beth Work, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

Marilyn Sakelaris is the top listing agent and Patricia Baker is the top selling agent for Leslie Wells Realty in July.

-- Herald staff reports

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