News about business professionals in Manatee, Sarasota counties

February 4, 2013 

Amy Worth-Paul, a broker-associate in Re/Max Platinum Realty's Sarasota office, has been named the 2013 president of the Florida Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors. The council is a network of successful women Realtors from throughout Florida. Worth-Paul holds the Graduate Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyer's Representative, Certified Depressed Property Expert, WCR's Performance Management Network and e-PRO designations.

Eric Williams has been appointed operations manager for Good News Pest Solutions, formerly Macy's Termite & Pest Control. Williams served for eight years as director of operations at the Sarasota Baptist Church. Before that, he was a technical manager at Comcast for eight years.

Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay has appointed Joe Devore as the new vice president of health services. The appointment was made after a national search began in October 2012. Devore previously was with Chateau at Moorings Park, a 106-bed skilled nursing facility, and Orchid Terrace, a 74-bed assisted living facility, both in Naples.

Douglas A. Cherry, partner in the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP presented at the Florida Institute of CPAs 2013 Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Conference Jan. 10. Cherry's topic was "The New Digital Terrain and eDiscovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of

Civil Procedure: An Overview and Discussion."

Raul Elizalde, president and chief investment officer of the Sarasota-based investment advisory firm Path Financial, has been invited to speak to the Raleigh area North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors. He will speak on the pitfalls of the oft-quoted "4 percent rule" for retirees during the AAII Research Triangle chapter meeting.

Dr. Anne Chauvet of Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota LLC recently was invited to help teach veterinarians about using a hyperbaric chamber in veterinary medicine and assist the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with education regarding specialty practice. Chauvet, a veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon, lectured Jan. 14 at an education program sponsored by Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine in Jacksonville on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

James Babiak has joined SouthTech as a systems engineer. With more than 13 years' experience in experience in the IT industry, Babiak was vice president of professional services at Star2Star Communications.

American Jewish Committee will honor Larry and Debbie Haspel with its 2013 Human Relations Award at a gala dinner at Michael's On East in Sarasota in March. The award is given to individuals whose contributions have helped to uplift the shared life of their community. The Haspels will be recognized for their involvement in civic, communal and organizational activities that benefit the greater good.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy faculty member Dr. Kathryn Samai was elected as president of the Sarasota Regional Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists for 2013. School of Pharmacy faculty member Dr. Ryan Wargo was elected as secretary of the Sarasota Regional Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists for 2013. Dr. Wargo also received his certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist.

Broker/Owner Xena Vallone and Broker/Associate Ellen Esses of Xena Vallone Realty have received the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award. Winners were selected by their customers, peers and industry experts based on customer service, communication, finding the right home, integrity, negotiation, marketing the home, market knowledge, closing preparation and overall satisfaction.

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota elected three new board members to its board of directors. They are Jeffrey Grebe, Brian Watson and Steve Wilbur. Grebe is an attorney with the law firm of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen. Watson is the president of the Real Estate Team of West Florida LLC. Wilbur is a partner of Stirling & Wilbur Engineering Group, consulting structural engineers.

Cheryl Loeffler has been named Premier Sotheby's International Realty's top-producing sales associate in Sarasota and Manatee counties in 2012, achieving total closed sales of more than $35 million. Loeffler, who specializes in luxury real estate on Longboat Key, had sales of more than $18 million on the barrier island alone.

Mote Marine Laboratory has appointed Susan May as director of donor data management and Amy Sankes as major gifts officer. May will manage the data systems that support every aspect of Mote's development efforts, oversee its membership activities and gather and organize knowledge to help better serve donors, members and aquarium visitors. Sankes will manage and grow Mote's relationships with donors interested in making significant contributions to science, education and outreach, focusing on high-priority areas within Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

Andre Mros has joined SouthTech as senior systems engineer.

Realtor Tom Wagner of Re/Max Alliance Group has closed $10,885,000 in sales in December 2012 on Manasota Key and Palm Island. His December closings bring his 2012 total sales to $17,927,000.

New members have been appointed by the Manatee and Sarasota County Commissions to the Suncoast Workforce Board of Directors. Officers include Frances Alvarado, career adviser, Suncoast Workforce; Peg Beck, executive director of human resources, State College of Florida; Todd Bowden, executive director, career, technical and adult education, Sarasota County School District; Julie Brooks, human resources manager, Manatee Memorial Hospital; Mark DeHaan, regional community development manager, SunTrust Bank; David Kraft, vice president, Sun Graphic Technologies; Rick Mosholder, director, human resources, Hoveround Corp.; Bryan Pope, general manager, Salvation Army; Mey Vidal-Paredes, human resources manager, Longboat Key Club and Resort; Matthew Westerman, labor and employment law attorney; Elizabeth Woloszyk, director, ITT Technical Institute.

Katina Bellemare will become the new executive director of the Family Partnership Center effective April 1. She has 14 years of experience working with children and families and has worked with the Family Partnership Center since 2008 as the manager of administration.

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