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Alexander K. John, has joined Blalock Walters' Business and Corporate and Health Care practice groups. John counsels clients regarding entity formation, business governance issues, business transactions and health care transactional and regulatory matters. John earned his law degree from the University of Florida in 2014 and a bachelor's degree from Boston University in 2011.

Pam Farmer has joined KB Pension Services as a senior pension administrator. She will provide client assistance retirement plan operations. Farmer is an accredited pension administrator through the National Institute of Pension Administrators.

Ann Breitinger of Blalock Walters will present at Tidewell's upcoming "Practical Strategies in Contemporary Health Care: Personal and Professional Challenges in Care Giving." Breitinger will focus on accountable care organizations and how their key players function within successful ACO's. The educational program will be hov. 1 at Keiser University, 6151 Lake Osprey Drive. Breitinger is on the board of directors of We Care Manatee, the Manatee County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. She is a member of Blalock Walters' Health Care Law and Business and Corporate service groups.

Three attorneys from Nelson Hesse LLP are joining Kirk-Pinkerton, PA. Attorneys F. Steven Herb, Gary W. Peal and Robert K. Robinson augment Kirk-Pinkerton's roster in real estate law, corporate law, tax law, estate planning, land-use decisions and business law, personal injury law, commercial litigation, and criminal law as well as government relations, public records law and labor and employment law. Herb served as senior partner at Nelson Hesse, a firm he joined in 1979 after earning his law degree from the University of Cincinnati and serving for four years in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate general. He has concentrated on corporate, business and real estate law, including the preparation of contracts, collections, product liability and warranty litigation, and is a trained and certified mediator and qualified to serve as an arbitrator in resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. He has also served as the national legal counsel for more than a dozen boat manufacturers. He plans to expand his

recreational boating, general business and real estate law work. Peal joined Nelson Hesse in 1988 after earning his law degree and master's of laws in taxation from the University of Florida. His practice has focused primarily on estate and trust planning, corporate and business law, probate and trust administration, elder law and pension planning. Robinson, who earned his law degree at Mercer University, joins Kirk-Pinkerton after a 13-year tenure as city attorney for North Port and nine years with Nelson Hesse.

Robinson has extensive experience in land-use issues, including working with developments of regional impact and comprehensive plan amendments. He is also an expert in labor and employment law and has been involved in numerous arbitrations and administrative hearings on behalf of employers.

Natalya Yakobchuk branch leader of AmeriLife & Health Services of the Gulfcoast LLC received the company's bronze award for outstanding sales between December 2013 and May 2014. AmeriLife insurance agents who write at least $20,000 ($15,000 for rookies) in annualized premiums in two out of those six months earned this honor. Yakobchuk wrote $48,918 in new business annualized insurance premiums during the award-qualification period.

Randy Merritt has joined Keller Williams Realty Select as a real estate agent. Merritt is originally from Ohio and has lived in the Sarasota area for 28 years. He was formerly a commercial trial attorney, with much of his practice involving real estate.

Madeleine Abel has joined Keller Williams Realty Select as a real estate agent. She spent the first 20 years of her life in South Africa, where she studied art and design. She moved to Sarasota from Texas in 2004.

Charles Totonis and Beth Barnett have joined Keller Williams Realty Select at Lakewood Ranch as real estate agents. Both agents have been top producers in Lakewood Ranch since 1999.

John Sackett is the sales leader for WCI Communities at Tidewater Preserve along a 2-mile stretch of the Manatee River. With more than 20 years of experience in finance and real estate sales, Sackett has held positions in New York, California and southwest Florida.

Erika Lisch and Mary Lifland, auditors with Cavanaugh & Co. LLP, have obtained their CPA licenses. Lisch obtained her bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Florida and completed her master's in accountancy at the University of Illinois. Lifland completed her bachelor's degree with a major in accounting from the University of South Florida.

Kim Bland has been elected president of the American Dental Assistants Association. She is the first person in the association's 90-year history to be elected to a second term as president. She is program director of Dental Assisting Technology and Management program, an applied technology diploma program, at Manatee Technical Institute. Bland, an instructor and program director at MTI, served her first term as ADAA president in 2007-08.

She has a bachelor's degree in industrial and technical education and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of South Florida. She also serves as chairwoman of the board of directors for the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center and for the Florida Chapter of HOSA, Future Healthcare Professionals. She will serve as president through November 2015.

Robin Chacon-Primous, an MTI graduate, was selected as student trustee of the national organization. She was appointed by the outgoing ADAA president to be the student trustee. Only one student in the nation has this privilege.

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