Names and faces

Tracy Seider, a broker-Associate in the Sarasota office of RE/MAX Alliance Group, has achieved the RE/MAX Platinum Club Award for 2014. Seider has been a real estate agent for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors, Leadership Sarasota, Siesta Key Kiwanis Club and Junior League of Sarasota, and serves on the board of directors for SCOPE. Brandon Powers has joined Shinn & Co. as a tax manager. Bringing more than 15 years of public accounting experience to his new role, Powers' expertise includes tax research, planning, preparation and review. Powers is a member of the American Institution of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institution of Certified Public Accountants.

Esther Halt will join Modern Wealth in the Lakewood Ranch office. Halt is a financial adviser, financial planner and a registered financial securities professional, who started her career on Wall Street in the 1980s and worked her way up to having her own independent firm. She offers many financial services including portfolio risk management, financial planning, retirement planning, current and future income strategies and planning, money management, asset management, insurance and annuities.

Lori Bollinger has joined Keller Williams Realty Select as a real estate agent. Bollinger is a graduate of Florida State University with 25 years of marketing and business management experience. She and her family moved from St. Petersburg and have lived, worked and played in Lakewood Ranch since 2004.

Jerry Smith has joined Keller Williams Realty Select as a real estate agent. Smith has been a licensed Realtor since 2001.

Andrea Elliott, president and senior counsel with Pro-Link Global, was given a distinguished service award from the Worldwide Employee Relations Council. Members of the Worldwide ERC earn awards by contributing time, talent and expertise through service. They are eligible for awards after accumulating 25 service points. Elliott is one of 421 members to receive the award.