News about business professionals in Manatee and Sarasota counties

October 1, 2012 

Rebecca Samler has been presented with the Re/Max Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company. In 2011, fewer than 2 percent of all Re/Max affiliates earned this award. An associate in the Bradenton office of Re/Max Alliance Group, Samler has been selling real estate on the Florida Suncoast for more than 18 years, primarily in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island.

Nicholas J. Zec Jr. of Boyd Insurance and Investment Services was recently selected to attend the LaSalle St. Securities Leaders Conference in Boston, Mass. Attendance is awarded to insurance, financial and retirement advisers who demonstrate ethics and performance for individual and corporate clients. Zec has been the vice president of benefits and financial services at Boyd Insurance and Investments for more than 28 years.

Mary Cantrell has been selected to receive the Champion of Farmworkers Award from the Mexican-American Council Inc. board of directors and the Florida Department of Education Farmworker Jobs and Education Program. She is being acknowledged for her support and commitment toward improving the lives of migrant farmworkers in the state. Cantrell has been the director of Manatee Technical Institute since 1996.

Retired restaurateur Rafael Gonzalez has joined Xena Vallone Realty as a Realtor-associate. In addition to general real estate sales, Gonzalez will enhance the company's international team, assisting Spanish-speaking buyers and sellers.

Suzanne Coelingh has joined the board of directors of Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida. Coelingh is a senior wealth strategist at Northern Trust Bank.

Cynthia Warren has been named community representative at Tidewater Preserve, the 373-acre gated master-planned community in Bradenton.

Warren is a licensed real estate agent and previously held positions as team leader, business consultant and branch office broker-manager.

United Systems Computer Group has hired Stephanie McCaughey as a business technology adviser who will focus on managing server upgrade projects, server virtualization and offsite backups while assisting clients through the company's help desk.

The Economic Development Corp. of SarasotaCounty awarded JamesB. Tollerton and theUniversity of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee with the organization's Legacy Awards at the EDC annual meeting Sept. 21. Morethan 325 business and civic leaders attended the event at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Tollerton, owner and president of Professional Benefits in Sarasota, received the Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who exhibits outstanding values and business leadership.

Tidewell Hospice elected a new slate of officersand board members for 2012-13. They includeGerry Radford, president and CEO; Debra Douglas, chair; Judy Kirkpatrick, vice chair; Thomas Combs, treasurer; Michael Uselton, secretary; Roberta Bannon, Sandy Buchanan, Jonathan Fleece, Wayne Goff, Doug Heinlen, Violeta Huesman, Jan Miller, Ann Ryals, Thomas Stuhley, Vance Marion Wright-Browne and Lory Weisensee.

Greg Hoffman, Bill Christopher and Bob Hoyle made a presentation at the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center annual conference on "best practices to avoid grievances and litigation involving mediator misconduct." They discussed self-determination in mediation, impartiality and mediator misconduct, and mediation self-assessment and disclosure."

Jane Jule from Living on the Suncoast Magazine was selected the S.W.A.T. Networking-Lakewood Ranch Chapter's "Woman of the Month."

The Polo Grill and Bar has appointed Mark Resnick as general manager. He will focus on and improve each guest's dining experience.

The restaurant also named Lauren Perchitti as director of catering operations. Perchitti has been a part of the fete catering team for the past few years.

Eileen Motherway was recently honored with a five years of service award from First Bank. Motherway is a licensed banker at First Bank's 53rd Avenue Bradenton branch.

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