The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. will present futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich in a keynote address at the organization's annual update reception on Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Boulevard in Palmetto. An advisor to Fortune 1000 companies, Uldrich will explore trends that will change the world by the year 2020, requiring businesses of all kinds to adapt.
Ben Vitale has joined Gurley & Associates, a Sarasota law firm specializing in construction law, surety law and commercial litigation, as a Senior Associate. Vitale joins Gurley & Associates from a high-end Fortune 500 law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation. Raised in Lakeland, Florida, Vitale earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School before relocating to Atlanta. In 2012, Vitale returned to Florida with his wife, Bobbi Jayne. Vitale brings experience in representing and advising Fortune 500 companies, regional, national, and international businesses, and individuals from a broad spectrum of industries.
Tommye Barie, Partner at Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, has been elected by the AICPA Council to a one-year term as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Founded in 1887, the AICPA is the national professional organization of CPAs in the U.S., with more than 394,000 members in 128 countries in business and industry, public practice, government, education, student affiliates and international associates. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing
standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local governments.
Barie received her BBA in Accounting from Stetson University. She currently resides in Sarasota.
Brian D. Hall has been appointed to the post of executive vice president and director of wealth management at Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida. Hall will head up the Gateway Private | Wealth subsidiary and take on other senior management and business development duties at the bank.
Hall joins Gateway Bank after serving eight years as president, CEO and director of Sarasota-based Sabal Palm Bank.
Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida is an independent community bank serving business and personal banking customers in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Insignia Bank announced it is expanding its commercial lending division focusing on the Bradenton/Manatee County market by hiring two vice presidents of commercial lending. Rochelle Lewis and Jeff Chapin will both be based out of Insignia Bank's Cattlemen office located at 5850 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, at the corner of Cattlemen and Fruitville roads.
Both Lewis and Chapin grew up in Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High. Lewis received her economics degree from the University of Florida, and Chapin graduated from USF with his bachelors in business.
Lewis has 25 years of community banking experience in both Manatee and Sarasota counties with a specialty in small business lending. Chapin has more than 21 years of banking experience in Manatee, with the past 16 years as a commercial lender. He is on the Manatee County Boys and Girls Club Corporate Board and is on the board of the Lakewood Ranch Little League.
Insignia Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank with its downtown location at 333 North Orange Ave. at the corner of Fruitville Road in Sarasota.
Ian Black Real Estate of Sarasota announced the promotion of Cindy Jean to director of marketing.
Jean joined Ian Black Real Estate in 2012 as a sales associate, licensed in Florida and Ohio, assisting with commercial property management, sales and leasing. Jean will now focus on the marketing of all property listings and corporate branding.
"I have lived in fifteen cities across the U.S., but fell in love with Sarasota's energy and beauty and will never leave. I am proud to work with such a talented and professional team of individuals here at Ian Black Real Estate," she said.
Additionally, Ian Black Real Estate has added a new sales assistant to its team. Amy Lyon MacDougall will join Jag Grewal's team.
MacDougall grew up in Huntington, N.Y., and earned a double major in economics and psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University. She completed her specialty of neuropsychology in graduate school, specializing in pediatric neuropsychology.