Business briefs: Halfacre Construction wins award for Manatee County building

March 12, 2014 

MANATEE COUNTY -- Star Building Systems recognized Halfacre Construction for one of the Sun Hydraulics buildings at a conference in San Diego last week.

Halfacre received the 2014 "Best in District Award" and the prestigious "Master Builder of the Year Award" for the Sun Hydraulics III building, 803 Tallevast Road. The building also won best in class for Large Industrial Projects in North America.

Sun Hydraulics, founded in 1970, is one of Southwest Florida's largest manufacturers. The company expanded with the new award-winning 75,510-square-foot building last year.

Star's Master Builder Awards program is designed to recognize and encourage professionalism in the building industry. Buildings are judged on the attractiveness of the exterior, skill of construction and the effective use of Star Building System's products and components. The Sun Hydraulics III projects was noted for unique features that made it stand out from the more than 4000 buildings Star produces annually, including recognition for its high level of design and quality construction.

Star Building Systems is a national and international leading manufacturer of custom engineered metal buildings since 1927 with headquarters in Oklahoma City and numerous manufacturing plants across the country.

Leadership luncheon set

SARASOTA -- Jane Barr, a certified leadership coach and CEO of Kinnexion, will offer tips for inspiring teams and accomplishing goals during an upcoming AdBites luncheon.

Adfest Suncoast has put together the March 20 program "Energy Leadership: Leading with Ease and Integrity."

Barr was a consultant with national brands such as CVS, GAP and REI, and assisted companies in completing projects and re-engineering processes.

The luncheon series is hosted by AdFed Suncoast and designed to educate professionals by providing fresh perspectives, industry tools and expert insights.

Tickets are on sale for the 11:30 a.m. March 20 event at Florida Studio Theatre's Green Room. Admission is $25 for Adfest Suncoast members, $35 for non-members and $15 for students. Seating is limited to 50 attendees.

To register go to


Disney TV exec Sweeney leaving to direct TV shows

LOS ANGELES -- Anne Sweeney, a top Disney television executive who helped bring ABC TV shows to Apple's iTunes digital store, is leaving the company in January 2015.

Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement Tuesday that she will pursue becoming a director of TV shows.

The Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said in a statement he applauded Sweeney "for knowing what she wants out of life and for having the courage to follow her dream."

An 18-year veteran of the company, Sweeney, 56, has been named repeatedly the "most powerful woman in entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter. She was also considered a possible successor to Iger, who is set to step down as CEO in June 2016.

Sweeney oversees the ABC network, its eight owned TV stations, the TV studio and pay TV networks such as Disney Channel and Disney XD. She also manages the company's equity stakes in A+E Networks and online video service Hulu.

The company will look for a replacement but no one was immediately named.

-- Herald staff and wire report

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