Names and faces

June 23, 2014 

James O. Fergeson Jr., J. Ronald Skipper, Richard R. Gans and Douglas R. Bald, shareholders in the law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., have been named to the 2014 list of Florida Super Lawyers. All four attorneys are board certified and hold AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings from the attorney rating site Martindale-Hubbell. Fergeson specializes in tax law, Skipper and Gans in wills, trusts and estates, and Bald in appellate law. Fergeson has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer each year since 2008, and Skipper and Gans since 2007. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition, met ethical standards, and been recognized for their professional achievements.

Nick Corizzi has joined Raymond James Financial Services for a summer internship. He will be responsible for marketing strategies and the design of the company's website for women,

Susan Atherton, CPA, has joined the Manatee Community Foundation as the director of charitable legacy planning and development. Atherton had previously served on the board of directors of the Manatee Community Foundation for six years and as treasurer since 2011. She has been in the financial planning and investment services industry since 1998 and prior to that worked as a certified public accountant with local and national CPA firms.

The Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Community Foundation has elected Benjamin Hanan as chairman and Phil Humann as vice chairman for one-year terms as board officers beginning July 1. Hanan is the

managing partner of law firm Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick's Sarasota office. Humann is the former chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks. The board also elected Hanan and Humann to new three-year terms, along with Judy Cahn, Jim Gallogly, and Michael Saunders.

John Favara has joined SouthTech, an IT services firm, as systems support specialist. Favara's experience will help in providing desktop, server and network support to SouthTech clients. A New Jersey native, he moved to Sarasota in 2008 with his wife and two small children.

Austen Legler has joined Next-Mark as its social media and public relations manager. A graduate of Rollins College, he will be responsible for developing public relations and social media strategies across client categories. Prior to joining Next-Mark, Legler worked for a nonprofit in Sarasota, assisting in growing its digital media presence through aggressive social media marketing and public relations tactics. He began his career at The Ringling Museum of Art as its social media manager, writing and implementing social media content across multiple platforms.

Morgan R. Bentley with Bentley & Bruning, P.A. was named to the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers candidates are nominated by their peers. Candidates are evaluated based on peer recognition and professional achievements.

Emily Fager has joined Keller Williams Sarasota Lakewood Ranch as a real estate agent. Fager is a former massage therapist who spent many years working in a chiropractic clinic. She is an advocate and supporter of breastfeeding mothers and is a certified breastfeeding educator.

Debra Dalmas has joined Keller Williams Sarasota Lakewood Ranch as a real estate agent. Dalmas is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with majors in marketing and statistics. She has held a Florida real estate license for 22 years and has experience in marketing residential properties of all status in the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch areas.

Ruth Ann Cassell has joined Keller Williams Sarasota Lakewood Ranch as a real estate agent. Cassell moved to Southwest Florida with her husband and step-son last year from Charlottesville, Va.

Brian O'Donnell has joined Keller Williams Sarasota Lakewood Ranch as a real estate agent. O'Donnell majored in marketing and sales at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He has more than 25 years of success in sales. O'Donnell has lived in the Sarasota area for 10 years and has extensive experience in buying and selling real estate for personal use.

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