Business briefs: Sarasota restaurant earns four diamonds

March 1, 2014 

SARASOTA -- Michael's On East has been awarded its 25th consecutive Four Diamond rating by AAA.

It is the only Four Diamond Award in Sarasota. The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America's premier restaurant rating program, performed each year by professionally trained evaluators from AAA's national headquarters. Only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 restaurants rated are approved by the AAA Four Diamond list.

AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as being geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. There are no payments or membership dues associated with the AAA rating system to ensure objective reviews.

New agency specializing in executive hiring opens

Jennifer Toller has opened Direct Hire agency Paradise Placements.

Paradise Placements LLC is a woman-owned, Direct Hire agency that specializes in entry to executive level office personnel. Helping local businesses and individuals find their ideal fit. The two senior managers offer more than 19 years of experience in human resources, recruiting, hiring, and career placement.

Services include posting open positions on up to 50 job boards, Job description assistance, skill testing applicants with the latest in computer software-testing programs, professional reference checks, in depth personality testing, and pre-interviewing all qualified candidates.

Casino customer data was stolen in hacking

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Sands says hackers stole some customers' Social Security and driver's license numbers during a data breach last month.

The casino company confirmed Friday that the information about some patrons at its Bethlehem, Pa., hotel-casino was compromised during the Feb. 10 attack.

Sands says it's working to determine whether information about customers at other properties was breached.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is the world's largest casino company by revenue. It runs the Italian-themed Venetian and Palazzo casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.

In a statement, Sands notes that the number of patron accounts that were compromised make up less than 1 percent of all visitors to the Pennsylvania casino since its 2009 opening.

Retailer: Rival CEO posed as exec to get secrets

TRENTON, N.J. -- The CEO of a sporting goods chain who once appeared on the TV show "Undercover Boss" pretended to be an executive from a rival company in an effort to get confidential information, according to a lawsuit.

Dick's Sporting Goods claims in a lawsuit filed Feb. 20 in Mercer County

Court that Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, showed up at a Dick's store in Princeton in February saying he was a Dick's senior vice president.

Dick's alleges Modell told employees he was to meet the Dick's CEO there and persuaded workers to show him the backroom of the store and to answer questions about the business. Modell gathered information about online sales, including a "ship from store" program that gets products to customers' doors quickly, the lawsuit said.

Retailers spy on each other all the time. In his autobiography, the late Sam Walton writes about covert shopping trips to keep tabs on Walmart rivals such as Kmart and Price Club.

But if the lawsuit's allegations are true, this appears to be a particularly egregious case. It is rare that a CEO would actually get caught misrepresenting himself to store employees, experts say.

Herald staff and wire reports

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