Gurley Vitale, a Sarasota law firm specializing in construction law, surety law and commercial litigation, announced that David E. Gurley has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Top Florida Attorney. This marks the eighth consecutive year Gurley has achieved this prestigious recognition. "I am honored to once again be named among the very best in our industry while remaining dedicated to the best interests of our clients," said Gurley, founder and president of Gurley Vitale. Super Lawyers rates attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
At the December meeting for SWAT Networking at the Manasota Chapter, four women were recognized as new and returning members: Amyra Mondon of Isagenix International; Jesika Berman of Virtual in Sarasota; Jennifer Lee of Modern Wealth; and Jennifer Mayfourth of ROI Consulting. SWAT, which stands for Successful Women Aligning Together, meets at six locations around Manatee and Sarasota counties. All women in business are welcome to attend to network and build relationships, meet other professional women and learn marketing techniques. For more information, visit swatnetworking.com
SWAT Networking Woman of the Month for December - Manasota Chapter is Michele Lersch of It Works!.
Grapevine Communications, a Lakewood Ranch advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has named its art director, Lisa Grasso, as its employee of the year. Grasso's selection was announced by Grapevine Executive Vice President John Fain, who commended Grasso's years of service to the company. Selection for the employee of the year was based on a range of criteria, including quality of work, knowledge of job requirements, willingness to assist others and more. Employees were graded by their peers. Grasso received a cash reward and other gifts, in addition
to her name permanently displayed on a plaque in the firm's front lobby.
The Florida Bar has recertified Kirk Pinkerton attorney Robert K. Robinson as an expert in the field of city, county and local government law, the highest standard attorneys working in that field can attain. Only 7 percent of Florida Bar members have achieved board certification, a process that requires substantial peer review and continuing education hours. Robinson is now officially board-certified through 2019. In addition to serving for 14 years as city attorney for the city of North Port, Robinson has handled administrative and employment work for the Sarasota County School Board, and has worked for the city of Venice, the city of Punta Gorda, county constitutional officers and the Florida Department of Insurance.
SouthTech, an IT services firm that has delivered and supported infrastructure and business management solutions throughout Florida since 1994, has added Mariann Grimsley as systems support specialist. Mariann recently moved to Sarasota from Hernando, and is a graduate from Texas A&M.