Names and Faces

March 25, 2013 

The Bradenton Beach City Commission has appointed William C. Robinson Jr., a principal attorney at Blalock Walters, P.A., as Special Master for the City of Bradenton Beach. As Special Master, he is authorized to adjudicate code enforcement actions and variance applications, including the authority to hold hearings, make findings of fact, render conclusions of law, issue orders and assess fines against violators of the city codes and ordinances.

Robinson's law practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate, land use, and zoning and development law. He represents commercial and residential real estate developers, corporations, businesses and individuals. His practice involves real estate conveyances, land development and permit approvals, and commercial leasing.

"Property rights and enforcement actions are amongst the most contentious and difficult issues that develop in any community," said Cliff Walters, managing partner at Blalock Walters. "Will's inherent common sense, ability to listen, and integrity should serve the Bradenton Beach community well."

Esther Halt recently joined the North Lakewood Ranch office of Raymond James Financial Services Inc., as a financial adviser. The office is at 11009 Gatewood Drive, Suite 101, Lakewood Ranch. Halt's office specializes in investment planning services. As a member of one of the nation's leading independent financial services firms, Halt offers clients customized plans based on their unique needs, which may include asset management services, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, FDIC-insured certificates of deposit and annuities.

Peg Beck, executive director of human resources at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, received the Nevis Herrington HR Excellence Award from the Florida College System Human Resources Council. She was presented with the annual award for demonstrating a continued commitment to excellence in the service of the HR Council and the Florida College System.

Beck has been employed at SCF since 1998 and during that time has been a member of the HR Council and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Beck

also has earned a master trainer designation for Developmental Dimensions International; served as past president for the local chapter of the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resource Association, past chair of the Florida HR Council and past HR representative on the Florida State College Risk Management Operations Committee; and developed SCF's Leadership Excellence professional development program. Beck was recently appointed to the 2013 Suncoast Workforce Board of Directors.

Martin J. Kossoff, president of Kerkering Barberio Financial Services Inc. has been named as a 2013 Barron's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors. This award is based on assets under management, revenue, regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work.Kossoff was listed as 42 in Florida by Barron's, and is one of very few independent advisers to be included.

Kerkering Barberio Financial Services Inc. is an independent financial consulting and wealth management firm whose advisers specialize in investment advisory services for high net worth clients.

Kimberly Bleach has been promoted to senior vice president, private client advisor in the Sarasota office of U.S. Trust. In her expanded role, Bleach works with individuals and their families, as well as business owners, corporate executives, private foundations, and endowments to deliver wealth management programs.

"Kimberly's promotion reflects U.S. Trust's commitment to the Sarasota area," said Gerri Moll, regional market executive. Bleach is a part of a team of more than 30 professionals led by Managing Director Paul Hudson at the U.S. Trust office at 50 Central Ave, Suite 750, Sarasota.

Bleach received a bachelor of business administration degree from Stetson University.

Jeremy Young has been promoted to vice president, commercial relationship manager for IBERIABANK in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Young, who has more than 13 years of banking experience, joined IBERIABANK's Business Credit Services Department in 2010. As a Sarasota native, Young is keenly aware of the borrowing needs in the local community and specializes in corporate and business banking as well as commercial real estate.

In this new role, he will be responsible for new business development and overseeing an existing commercial portfolio.

Young earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Florida. His office is at 1718 Main Street in Sarasota.

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