The Mosaic Company has promoted Karen Swager to vice president of phosphate mining operations. Most recently general manager of the Four Corners Mine, Swager will now provide overall direction, guidance and day-to-day support for all of Mosaic's mining operations in Central Florida and joint ventures across the globe. Swager, who joined the company in 1994. will be charged with maximizing sustainable growth, profitability and an organizational culture focused on safety, continuous improvement, employee development and engagement. In 2007, Swager was recognized by the Florida Chapter of the SME with the "Hero of the Industry" award. In 2008, she was appointed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute.
Swager is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. As a licensed professional engineer, she has held leadership roles with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, including chapter chairman and director.
Two new staff members have joined the John Neal Homes team. Nicole Nisi is a new design consultant and Dawn Merrill is the new offsite custom lot sales consultant. Nisi has strong design background with experience in working with soft treatments for residential interiors and is working toward her master's degree in interior architecture and design. She will assist John Neal Homes' buyers with their custom home design selections.
As an offsite market executive, Merrill can be found scouting out home sites for customers all over the region. John Neal Homes launched the custom lot division in 2011 to offer a unique experience for buyers looking to build a specially designed home on their own lot.
Nate Hudson, a former personal lines insurance producer with AAA in St. Petersburg, has joined Boyd Insurance & Investment Services as a commercial account executive. Hudson's new position at Boyd is part of his return to his hometown. Hudson earned a business management degree from Florida State University. He is also the guitarist for the Bradenton-based band Triggerfish, which performs regularly at venues throughout southwest Florida.
Dr. Brittany Carswell of Carter Psychology Center has been installed as a member of the Board of
Directors of The Family Court Professional Collaborative. The collaborative is a not-for-profit organization made up of a diverse group of professionals working together to support the goals of the 12th Judicial Circuit. Attorneys, mental health professionals, financial advisers and members of the judicial system work collaboratively to develop innovative approaches to the complex issues of Family Law so that the 12th Judicial Circuit can better assist families experiencing divorce and other life events.
Brett Price, founder and CEO of Clare Controls, a provider of easily configured, deployed and maintained home automation systems, will speak about the evolution of home automation technology at the Residential Construction Industry Conference 2013 next week in Edmonton, Canada. The conference is annual two-day event hosted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association -Edmonton Region. Price's presentation will discuss how home automation technology is quickly evolving to an appliance-like status. These changes, he concludes, effectively enable builders to include unprecedented levels of true automation technology -- affordably and profitably -- in their new mainstream homes, in much the same way they currently offer refrigerators.
Realtor Trish Chandler has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as an associate in the University Park office. Chandler has 23 years of real estate experience, last serving with Michael Saunders & Company. She is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and a Certified Distressed Property Expert.