Business briefs: John Neal Homes names building president

December 14, 2013 

John Neal Homes welcomes experienced builder Randy Turkovics, who has been named president of building for John Neal Homes.

Turkovics has a degree in construction management from the University of Florida and has worked for several national and regional home building companies including Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Mattamy Homes and Morrison Homes. He will help continue the new homebuilder's growth and expansion in the luxury home market in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Turkovics comes from a long line of construction professionals. His father worked in a commercial construction company and his uncle was a mason.

John Neal Homes was the largest luxury builder in Lakewood Ranch in 2012 and is currently building in Lakewood Ranch, The Concession, University Park and on privately owned homesites in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and Parrish.

Beach community holds flood insurance forum

HOLMES BEACH -- A Holmes Beach Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for anyone interested in flood insurance issues including rate increases and other pending regulations being handed down by FEMA.

The Town Hall Meeting will take place in at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the City Hall Chambers. Two experts in the insurance industry who took part in U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan's Dec. 10 event will be on hand to present and answer questions about the challenge of flood insurance coverage. Jamie Meirowsky, a personal lines agent for Dick, Johnson & Jefferson of Bradenton will present with Jeff Nungesser, owner of Iron City Insurance and Investments of Sarasota.

Buchanan recently filed a bipartisan bill that would delay enormous rate hikes going into effect until March 1, 2015. The bill died because it did not get enough votes.

Qualcomm names Mollenkopf to CEO job

NEW YORK -- Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest maker of chips for mobile phones, promoted Steve Mollenkopf to chief executive officer, elevating an official who was said to be a candidate for the top job at Microsoft Corp.

Mollenkopf, 44, who had previously been chief operating officer, will become CEO on March 4, the San Diego-based company said Friday in a statement. He will join the board and continue to serve as Qualcomm's president. Paul Jacobs, the current CEO, will become executive chairman.

The move marks the first time that the nearly three-decade-old chipmaker has picked a leader from outside the founding Jacobs family. Mollenkopf's promotion also rules him out as a replacement for Steve Ballmer as CEO at Microsoft, the world's largest software maker. That company's board had been considering the Qualcomm executive as a candidate, people familiar with the matter said this week.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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