Names and faces

May 12, 2014 

Rebecca Blitz has been named the new regional director for Make-A-Wish foundation's Suncoast region. Blitz has extensive experience in development, marketing and events coordination. She has served as a volunteer with many not-for-profit agencies across the region. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee counties. A "wish" is created solely through the imagination of the child.

Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay honored housekeeper, Lanette Davis, for 40 years of service with at two special events during the anniversary week of her employment in 1974. CEO Harry Hobson presented Davis with yellow roses, her favorite flower, along with a plaque honoring her. Davis was named Plymouth Harbor's Employee of the Month for May, an honor which is accompanied by a designated parking space, eight hours of paid time off and a gift card.

Jenifer S. Schembri a principal in Blalock Walters Tax, Estate Planning, and Business Law groups, has received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She is also certified by The Florida Bar in tax law and a certified public accountant. Schembri practices in the areas of individual and business tax planning, entity formations, corporate business and transition planning, charitable planning, and all aspects of estate planning, including trust and estate taxation and wealth preservation

Mohammed Chaouqi has been named director of adult tennis at United Tennis Club at El Conquistador. Mohammed was a top teacher at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. He is a U.S. Tennis Association professional certified at the Dennis Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., in 1992. He has taught all levels, from amateur adults to elite juniors.

Benjamin W. Jones, vice president of Kerkering Barberio FinancialServices, Inc., Customized Wealth Management, has achieved Commonwealth President's Club status for 2014. This distinction recognizes successful financial advisors based on a ranking of annual production among Commonwealth's network of 1,487 financial advisers.

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