April 1, 2013 

Angela Massaro-Fain was recently honored with the National Bronze Leadership Award at the Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay Inc. Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner.

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay presented Massaro-Fain with the award in appreciation of her volunteer service with the organization. Massaro-Fain has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement since 2008, and has served as a member of the board for since 2010. Her employer, Grapevine Communications, has sponsored the organization's annual golf tournament by providing marketing services to boost the event's exposure and has provided other pro-bono public relations and design services.

The Junior Achievement Leadership Award recognizes the most passionate volunteers throughout the United States, representing the top 1 percentile of all volunteers.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has engaged Laurey Stryker, a veteran educator who now works as a consultant with private foundations and non-profit organizations, to create a plan for the development of a Talent4Tomorrow initiative which focuses on the creation of a seamless education to workforce system.

The Chamber wants a road map to create a talent supply for the region.

Stryker's background is "a great fit" for the project, said Steve Queior, Chamber president.

Before founding Stryker Consulting, she served in several executive positions including Florida's Deputy Commissioner of Education, as Vice President for Human Resources, Finance and Technology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and as President of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Stryker's work on the project is scheduled to begin this month.

Douglas Grosso has joined Premier Sotheby's International Realty's Lakewood Ranch office as a broker associate. Grosso began his real estate career in Fort Lauderdale working in commercial and general real estate sales. He holds a master's degree in business adminis

tration. Grosso's background includes working as a mortgage banker/loan originator and also working as a commercial production manager, where his responsibilities included recruitment of loan officers, and coordination of sales and marketing programs.

Grosso moved to the west coast of Florida in 2007. Before joining Premier Sotheby's International Realty, he worked as a business banking relationship manager and managed a portfolio of 120 clients with relationships in excess of $20 million. He has additional experience as a project manager for a land development company and as a commercial real estate broker for an international real estate firm.

Meredith Garofalo has joined the Manatee County team of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as community resource director. She will be responsible for development of community resources and relationships. Garofalo was formerly ABC 7 WWSB's weekend meteorologist and reporter for the past two years and has been heavily involved in numerous charity and community events in both Sarasota and Manatee counties. She originally is from Cleveland, Ohio, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana.

Garofalo started her television career at WGN-TV in Chicago and worked at stations in Zanesville and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Rapid City, S.D., before calling the Suncoast her home. She was a Big Sister for two years while in Rapid City and volunteered at the chapter in Zanesville.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar has hired Elise Lipoff Ramer and promoted Nicole Davila. Ramer was hired as marketing director for the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant group. She brings more than 10 years of marketing and public relations expertise and will work on building dynamic digital communication, public relations, advertising and marketing programs for the restaurants.

Lipoff Ramer serves as the president of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, a member of the Board of Directors for the PACE Center for Girls in Manatee and is a co-chair for this year's Youth Leadership class of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Ramer is a graduate of Florida State University, and completed her Master of Business Administration degree at Webster University, Sarasota-Manatee, in 2010.

Davila was promoted to the position of guest and human relations director. Davila, 27, has been employed with company for six years, growing within the organization from the role of server to advertising director. In her new role, she will manage guest services, customer relations and growing the customer loyalty programs. Davila is a graduate of Manatee High School, Class of 2004.

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