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

December 17, 2012 

Wanda Masengale has joined Wagner Realty as part of the Greiner Group on Cortez. She retired in 2001 from Olan Mills Photography Studios, where she was regional photographic supervisor and district manager over 14 studios along the Gulf Coast.

Steve Hall has joined the board of directors for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. Hall is president of Gulf Coast Marketing for Altrust Insurance in Sarasota with 19 years of sales experience in business to business and retail industries.

Five employees from First Federal Bank of Florida participated in the Manatee Chamber Foundation Big Bank Theory. All five employees volunteered three hours each at two area high schools. The employees were Eric Peters, market manager; Gary MacDonald, Michaelle Stratton, Jackie Booth and Randy Bertrand.

Jessica Snyder has been appointed chair of the Technology Committee of the Community Association Institute's West Florida Chapter. The position is held for a minimum of one year, and the committee determines, negotiates and researches all related IT projects for the organization for board approval.

Gregory G. Barr has been hired as the Sarasota market executive for First America Bank. Barr has more than 26 years of commercial lending experience in Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as extensive banking experience in Southwest Florida.

Mandi Someson with Kerkering, Barberio & Co., certified public accountants, has been awarded the certified fraud examiner credential. The certification shows recipients have expertise in all aspects of the anti-fraud profession.

Acupuncture physician Ellen Teeter has been elected as the president of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association. The association was established in 1981, and its mission is to promote the profession of acupuncture and oriental medicine through clinical excellence, practitioner support and freedom of public access.

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