Names and faces

January 27, 2014 

Norm and Pat Copp of the "Call a Copp" Team have returned to Re/Max Alliance Group in the Manatee Avenue office. Before moving to Florida in 1991, the Copps previously owned two real estate companies in upstate New York. For five years they co-chaired the Realtor Political Action Committee for the Manatee Association of Realtors. Norm Copp was an instructor for MAR and Pat Copp served on the board of directors. Both have earned the Realtor Institute designation. Pat Copp is also an ePro and Women's Council of Realtors Leadership Training graduate.

BB&T has promoted Christy Simunovic to vice president. Simunovic is a market leader/small business adviser in BB&T's Community Banking department for its Bee Ridge office and the Ringling office.

Lorna Deutscher has joined the Sarasota office of Re/Max Alliance Group. Deutscher has 28 years of experience in the global financial services industry, delivering technology initiatives to grow investment banking businesses. She uses her contract negotiation, project management and organizational skills to guide buyers and sellers through the real estate transaction process.

BB&T Insurance Services has promoted John Laurie to senior vice president. He is based at 1111 Eighth Ave. W. in Bradenton. Laurie, who joined BB&T in 2006 through the acquisition of Wyman, Green & Blalock Insurance, is the agency executive overseeing 26 insurance professionals in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. The Florida native earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Florida and holds the certified professional accountant, chartered global management accountant, and accredited adviser in insurance designations. Laurie recently served as chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents which represents more than 20,000 insurance agents.

Josef Rill has been named director of business and auxiliary services at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sara

sota. Rill was the assistant director of auxiliary services at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and communication director for Euro International Inc. in Tampa. He also has experience as a classroom instructor and admissions counselor. Rill has a master's degree in media and communication from Florida State University.

First America Bank has promoted these team members: Bruce Braithwaite to senior vice president, credit administration; Gene Bay to vice president, commercial banking; Denise Owen to vice president, deposit operations manager; Denise Adams to vice president, loan operations manager; Devin Leigh to assistant vice president, consumer lending; Jared Paulson to assistant vice president, credit administration; Ciera Dickenson to assistant vice president, commercial banking; Kim Smeltzer to assistant vice president, BSA officer; Liz Gibbs to assistant vice president; Keith Parr to assistant retail manager

Gail Bowden, was named the 2014 Adviser of the Year, for Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group. Other agents recognized for work in 2013 are Peter Bartys for the top leasing transaction; Shelly Crofut, Mike Migone, and Clint Conway as top producers for 2013.

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