Business Briefs: Port Manatee promotes three and hires new communications chief

May 14, 2013 

PORT MANATEE -- Port Manatee, one of Florida's largest and fastest-growing seaports, has promoted three key staff members and hired a new corporate communications manager.

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director of Business Robert J. Armstrong was promoted to deputy executive director and CFO; Director of Seaport Security Frank Holden was promoted to senior director of seaport security; and Compliance Manager David St. Pierre was promoted to deputy director of seaport security.

Armstrong is responsible for Port Manatee's finance and business activities as well as telecommunications and information technology; Holden is responsible for the overall security and safety of the port; and St. Pierre performs all duties relating to compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the port's security and safety. He also administrates and teaches the port's U.S. Maritime Administration-approved security courses.

Julie Yeh has joined Port Manatee staff as corporate communications manager. Yeh was supervisor of corporate communications at Sarasota-based FCCI Insurance Group. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing public relations and advertising programs as they relate to trade development, tenant, community, employee, government and international relations.

Local restaurants give Manatee Players a leg up

MANATEE -- Several local restaurants are working with the Manatee Players on a fundraising "Dine Out" day set for May 20.

On that Monday night, the eateries will donate a portion of the check from diners who say they are dining to support the Manatee Players.

The theater troupe's supporters just need to choose a participating restaurant, go there May 20, and let their server know that you're dining on behalf of the Manatee Players.

Participating restaurants serving lunch and dinner include: Alvarez Mexican Restaurant in Palmetto; all locations of Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Halfway at Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Atlanta Bread in Bradenton; Hooters of Bradenton; Tarpon Pointe Grill in Bradenton and YachtSea Grill. For dinner only dine at Fav's Italian Cucina in downtown Bradenton from 5 to 8 p.m.; Michael John's Restaurant on S.R. 64 near Carlton Arms; Papa Giorgio's in Sarasota from 4 to 9 p.m.; and Pier 22 in downtown Bradenton.

Business Alliance to talk job training

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will offer a presentation: "How SCF Supports Local Business" at its May Morning Express.

The May 22 meeting will offer a light breakfast at State College of Florida's Lakewood Ranch campus. The meeting, which begins at 7:30 a.m. will explore how SCF works to prepare the workforce of tomorrow through vari

ous academic degree programs, and how it works with local businesses to train the current workforce, encourage new entrepreneurs and work with organizations like the Business Alliance to recruit, train and retain talent.

The networking begins at SCF's Center for Innovation and Technology and will also include a tour of the new Medical Technology and Simulation Center.

The event is free for LWRBA members and $20 for non-members.

-- Herald staff report

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