Business Briefs: Webster University named great place to work

July 26, 2013 

MANATEE COUNTY -- Webster University, which has campuses in University Park and St. Petersburg, was lauded for its compensation and benefits to faculty and employees.

For the sixth consecutive year, Webster University was named one of the best colleges to work for, according to a new workplace survey by "The Chronicle of Higher Education."

The results, released in The Chronicle's sixth annual report on "Great Colleges to Work For" in its July 22 issue, are based on a survey of more than 45,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities.

In all, 97 of the 300 institutions surveyed achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Webster included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

Webster, which has campuses in 60 cities across eight countries, was recognized in the category of compensation and benefits this year. Feedback on the survey lauded Webster for not increasing employee rates for medical, dental or vision insurance, and also for providing a discount on that insurance for voluntary participation in a health assessment.

RE/MAX Platinum launches international office

MANATEE COUNTY -- RE/MAX Platinum Realty has launched a new International Department.

The department brings international real estate buyers to the Sarasota-Bradenton area by leveraging the global RE/MAX brand and the RE/MAX broker network in more than 85 countries.

The department works closely with the new Global New Homes Division, which markets builder and developer properties internationally through the RE/MAX broker network, international trade shows and active company sales efforts.

Broker-Owner Bryan Guentner said the launch of the International Department was timed for the summer, which is the season for international tourists. The department was formed with the support of a number of RE/MAX Platinum Realty agents, many of whom are natives of foreign countries, representing multiple languages including Danish, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

RE/MAX Platinum Realty has offices in Sarasota and Manatee counties, specializing in luxury and waterfront properties.

Local attorneys namedto Manatee chapter board

MANATEE COUNTY -- Ann K. Breitinger and Marisa J. Powers of Blalock Walters, P.A. have been elected to the board of directors of the Florida Association for

Women Lawyers Manatee County Chapter.

Breitinger will serve as treasurer for the coming year.

Based in Tallahassee, 2011 marked the 60th anniversary of the association, designed to support women lawyers in leadership, networking and to provide enhanced continuing legal education programs.

Breitinger is an associate attorney in the firm's Business and Health Care practice areas. She is on the board of directors of the Manatee County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and We Care Manatee, Inc., as well as a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Powers is an associate in the firm's Litigation and Labor & Employment practice areas. Powers is on the board of PACE Center for Girls and a barrister for Judge John M. Scheb, American Inns of Court. Both are on the Leadership Committee of Manatee Young Professionals.

-- Herald staff reports

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