Business Briefs: Piccolo named chairman of International Airport Council

June 12, 2013 

ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- Fredrick J. Piccolo, President, CEO, Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, was named the Chairman of the Airports Council International World Governing Board during its 23rd Annual General Assembly. The General Assembly elected Piccolo by a unanimous vote of the members.

Piccolo is currently vice chair of the ACI World Governing Board. He was nominated alongside Declan Collier, chief executive of London City Airport, who was elected vice-chair. Both Piccolo and Collier will begin their two-year leadership terms in January 2014.

"Today, we welcome two very qualified airport leaders whose industry expertise and knowledge will help further guide and steer ACI to provide its members with the tools, services and strategies to continue achieving operational excellence," said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens in a statement after Monday's meeting.

Piccolo expressed his appreciation following Monday's vote.

Local CPA firm named best for women

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The 2013 Accounting MOVE Project has named Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, one of the best public accounting firms offering opportunities for women.

Participating firms were ranked on the range, depth and success of programs and workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women's success, especially at midlevel and above.

The MOVE methodology pivots on four factors known to advance women in the workplace -- money, opportunity, vital supports for work/life balance and entrepreneurship. Kerkering, Barberio & Co. was recognized as the only firm in the MOVE Project to have achieved parity (50% or greater female) at every management level with more than half of the firm's shareholders being women.

"We are very proud of the people and the culture at Kerkering, Barberio & Co.," said Rob Lane, managing shareholder. "It is the combination of the two that make this distinguished honor possible,"

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. is one of the largest independent certified public accounting firms in Southwest Florida and offers a wide range of services to businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Lakewood Ranch named a top community to retire

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Where to Retire magazine has named Lakewood Ranch as one of its top 50 retirement communities.

The list focused on master-planned communities, which it called in demand as the economy recovers and baby boomers retire.

Where to Retire reveals "The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States," in

the July/August issue.

The selections in 17 states won their place in the top 50 by breaking new ground with amenities beyond the traditional golf courses and swimming pools. Living in the chosen communities offers numerous benefits, says Where to Retire Publisher Karen Northridge.

"Time and again, the retirees interviewed for this story told us their neighborhoods give them opportunities to try different activities, connect with like-minded people and in the process, build brand-new lifestyles," Northridge says. "For these retirees, their communities provide much more than comfortable, attractive housing; they also serve as a catalyst for residents to reinvent themselves."

-- Herald Staff reports

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