Names and faces: news about business people in Manatee and Sarasota counties

September 10, 2012 

Realtor Karrie Beckmann has joined the University Parkway Office of Re/Max Alliance Group. Beckmann is a buyer specialist who previously did project management for a technology company and worked as a bookkeeper in the manufacturing and technology industries.

Anton Gotlieb, Teresa Pettersen and Aleksandr Sinelnikov have been promoted at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; Gotlieb to associate dean of academic affairs of the LECOM School of Dental Medicine, Pettersen to assistant professor at the College of Medicine and Sinelnikov to associate professor of pathology and anatomy at the College of Medicine.

Dani Leone is the newest prescription processor for Discount Med Direct. She will be responsible for processing prescription orders, order entry, tracking and post sales support. She has more than 20 years of retail experience and she is bilingual.

Anna DiCaria is the new wellness coordinator for Kobernick Anchin retirement community. She will oversee the fitness room, run classes in water exercises, schedule healthy lectures, and plans to begin one-on-one personal training. A certified health education specialist and senior fitness specialist, DiCaria comes to Kobernick from the University of Missouri, where she administered the Healthy for Life program for faculty and staff.

Wagner Realty announced the top producers in their offices for August. Listing honors went to Jack Kendall at El Conquistador; Carla Ross at Cortez; Lynda Melnick at Manatee East; Sherry Flathman at Manatee Avenue West; Carol Codella in Anna Maria; Teresia Bradford at Longboat Key; Maria Balaz at First Street in Sarasota; Scott Abraham at Lakewood Ranch and Ken Clanton in the commercial division. Tops in sales honors went to Julie Evans at El Conquistador; Cindy Greco at Cortez; Lynda Melnick at Manatee East; Ed Kinkopf at Manatee Avenue West; Carol Codella in Anna Maria Island; Maria Balaz at First Street in Sarasota; Rick Mace and Debi Chaffee at Lakewood Ranch and Ryan Hoffman in the commercial division.

Craig Stephens has been appointed by Macy's Termite & Pest Control Co. Stephens handles the extermination of bees, ants, roaches, termites and other pests. His territory includes Bradenton, Palmetto, Holmes Beach and a few areas in Sarasota County. Previously he was in food service with the Palm Aire Country Club and Treviso, where he served as assistant manager.

Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton has been hired by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation as director of community investment. He will work

part-time until his term as Sarasota County commissioner ends in mid-November, at which point he will become a full-time staff member. In his position, Thaxton will engage donors and community partners through initiatives in workforce, economic development and other Gulf Coast priorities.

Laura Spencer has been named chief financial officer for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. She previously held key leadership roles at Tervis Tumbler Co., including CEO from 2006 to 2010. Before joining Tervis, she held financial positions at Kerkering, Barberio & Co. and Deloitte, Haskins and Sells.

Jennifer Radebach, founder of the Radebach School, has been appointed executive director of Educate Today, a state-wide nonprofit educational agency that provides education to struggling, at-risk and high-risk students. Educate Today has formed collaborative partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee and Sarasota counties as well as We are 4 Kids Inc., Johnson Middle School and the Robert L Taylor Community Complex.

Lori P. Augustyniak of Horizon Insurance was honored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors for 10 years of successfully maintaining the certified insurance counselor designation. The program is nationally recognized as the premier continuing education program for insurance professionals.

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