UNIVERSITY PARK -- Marketing executive Kimberly Dominguez has been named marketing and sponsorship director for The Mall at University Town Center, now under construction and set to open Oct. 16.
Dominguez is responsible for shopping center marketing and sponsorship activities, tourism, community relations, developing programs and events, and grand opening preparations.
Dominguez, Lakewood Ranch resident for the past nine years, brings more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience to the Mall at UTC.
While at Planet Studio in Atlanta and Ally & Gargano in New York City, she worked extensively with global consumer and media brands, including Coca Cola, PBS, TNT Latin America, Discovery Channel and Lorillard. She also worked in corporate marketing for Turner Broadcasting and its properties, including CNN, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves and TNT, among others. Most recently she served as marketing director for Cox Target Media, the direct marketing arm of national, Atlanta-based Cox Media Group.
Dominguez holds a bachelor's degree in communication with minors in marketing and accounting from the University of South Florida.
The $315 million, two-story mall is being developed as a partnership between Michigan-based Taubman Centers and Manatee County-based Benderson Development Company at Interstate 75 and University Parkway.
New Parrish restaurant to host grand opening
PARRISH -- Bachelor Bill's Good Time Grill will host a grand opening from 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The locally owned and operated restaurant, at 11235 U.S. 301, will offer sno-cones, family games and more. Kids can make a Mother's Day card and receive a special gift. There will also be drink specials all afternoon.
Bachelor Bill's is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for lunch and dinner.
Chamber to host aviation expert for breakfast
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Manatee Chamber will host renowned aviation consultant Mike Boyd at a special VIP breakfast presentation June 6 at its Lakewood Ranch Office at the McClure Center, 4215 Concept Court.
Boyd is an expert in futurist aviation issues and is often called upon by the national broadcast media to provide input regarding events and trends affecting airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers. He has directed hundreds of projects for clients ranging from small airports to global companies such as General Electric, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Continental Air
lines, Aerostructures and Embraer Aircraft.
The breakfast will be from 7:45-9:15 a.m. and costs $15 for chamber members, $20 for non-members.
C1 bank to open first Sarasota location
SARASOTA -- C1 Bank, a Florida regional bank known for illuminating its buildings in green light at night, will open its first Sarasota County branch Wednesday.
The new office will be the 28th location opened by the St. Petersburg-based bank. It is located at 1519 Main St. in downtown Sarasota.
C1 will now have locations in eight Florida counties, according to its website. Manatee County is home to three locations. Manatee branches are located in Lakewood Ranch, West Bradenton and on State Road 70 near the Braden River.
Trevor Burgess, the bank's CEO, said the new location brings the banks services to a well-established clientele.
"This Main Street Sarasota location provided us with a prime opportunity to open a flagship location officially in Sarasota itself," he said.
Burgess said C1 has been planning the 2,950-square foot branch for several years.
The bank reported a net income of $12.2 million in 2013. Its total assets were $1.32 billion as of the end of the year, according to the company's website. The company employed a total of 219 people by the end of 2013.
The bank's origins go back to Community Bank of Manatee, which opened its doors in 1995. Burgess and three other investors recapitalized that bank in December 2009 and changed the bank's name to C1 Bank.
Sarasota's Tervis breaks ground on Innovation Center
SARASOTA -- Tervis, the Sarasota County-based company that produces insulated drinkware, broke ground this month on a 24,000-square-foot Innovation Center located adjacent to its existing headquarters and factory in North Venice.
Members of the company's marketing, web, new product development, creative, licensing, and line planning departments will be housed in this new building. There will be open working and meeting spaces that encourages teamwork.
Completion of the project is scheduled for November 2014.
-- Herald staff report