Kirk Pinkerton PA, in Sarasota, recently named Jeffrey M. Guy as a partner at its full-service law firm. Guy, who has over seven years of experience, focuses his practice in the areas of divorce and family law, personal injury and commercial litigation. He joined Kirk Pinkerton four years ago.
Guy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairmont State University, in West Virginia. After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked in the health care industry before starting a business in Florida’s growing construction industry in 2000.
After successfully maintaining the business for eight years, Guy attended Stetson University’s College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate with honors in May 2011.
Dr. Burr Bakke, co-owner of World Class Dentistry in Sarasota, attended a course on Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and Myofunctional Therapy at the Las Vegas Institute in December.
The two-day course focused on teaching the nearly 100 clinicians in attendance how to identify, diagnose and treat the most common OMDs. Clinicians also learned valuable techniques for training patients to properly position their tongues while utilizing their knowledge of how faces develop.
Blake, a dental implant specialist, attended the course with orthodontics technician Jennifer Meyer.
The Manatee County Medical Society held its Annual Officers’ Installation and Recognition Dinner on Jan. 18 at Pier 22 Restaurant in Bradenton, with Dr. Inda Mowett installed as its 94th president for the 2018 term.
Mowett graduated from the University of Panama, and completed her internships at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, and a Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. She has been a board-certified family physician since 1996.
The outgoing president, Dr. Sean Castellucci, received a gavel award for his outstanding contribution during his term as president.
The following officers were installed: Mowett, president; Castellucci, immediate past president and MCMS PAC representative; Dr. Fabian Ramos, past president; Dr. Eric Folkens, president-elect; Dr. Silvio Tanev, vice president; Dr. Jonathan Adler, treasurer; Constance Charles-Logan, secretary; Dr. John Lourie’, member elect; Dr. Jennifer McCullen, member elect; Dr. Alan Miller, member elect;Dr. Aaron Sudbury, FMA county legislative liaison; and Dr. Cornelius Turalba, ex-officio.<div style='clear:both'>
New College of Florida has named Ann Comer-Woods as director of the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Comer-Woods was chosen from a pool of nearly 100 applicants after a nationwide search. She comes to New College from Boston University’s School of Law, where she was assistant dean and directed communications and marketing since 2012.
Most recently, Comer-Woods helped conceive and implement a highly successful marketing strategy at the Boston University law school, helping it rise from 29th place to 20th place in national rankings, and increasing applications by 14 percent.
Before her tenure at Boston University, Comer-Woods was executive director of communications at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and director of interactive and marketing programs at Northeastern University.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in mass communications from Boston University.
HC Government Realty Trust Inc. recently named Jason D. Post as its new vice president of finance and corporate controller.
Post will be responsible for HCGRT’s financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting and budgeting, as well as internal control policies, particularly as they relate to financial risk management. He will report to Edwin M. Stanton, HCGRT’s co-founder, director and CEO, and be based at the company’s Sarasota headquarters.
Before joining HCGRT, Post was the principal financial officer of As Seen On TV Inc., a direct marketing company. Before that he operated Jason D. Post CPA, PA, a consulting firm offering financial and controller services for pre-IPO and listed companies. Previously he was chief financial officer of Amacore Group, a marketer of health, life and dental insurance plans, and Zurvita, a distributor of health and wellness products.
He is a certified public accountant as well as a certified fraud examiner, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the University of South Florida.
Coinciding with this announcement, Elizabeth L. Watson, who has worked for HCGRT as CFO, will be departing the company.
Brightway Insurance recognized store owners from Englewood during the company’s annual awards celebration, held Jan. 20 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.
Kevin and Mary Feuser, a husband-and-wife team who own Brightway, in Englewood, won the 2017 90-day Retention Award for the second straight year. The award recognizes the store owner whose store had the highest year-end 90-day retention ratio. The Feusers opened their store in Englewood in 2008.
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent stores throughout the country.
CAN Community Health has announced a new slate of members for its board of directors. The board members will work closely with CAN president and CEORichard E. Carlisle to establish the overall goals and provide specific direction for the organization.
The CAN Board will be led by 2018 Chair Bob Trisolini. He is replacing 2017 Chair Eric Snider. Leona Collesano was announced as Vice Chair. Phil Baker was announced as treasurer and Bob Nosal will remain in his role as secretary. Stephen Covert will serve as assistant secretary.
The Rev. Demetrius Jifunza, Nati Shabat and Meadow L. Walker will remain as CAN board members. In addition, Covert and Jackie Rogers were appointed as new members to the board.
Dr. Stephen Covert is the principal at Pine View School and an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida. Rogers has been a co-chair of CAN’s gala CANDance for eight years and is actively involved in the Sarasota community, working professionally as a producer and marketing consultant nationwide.
CAN has served the needs of the HIV/AIDS community in Sarasota, surrounding counties, the state of Florida and now South Carolina for more than 26 years.
The Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation has named Ronni Blumenthal as the international nonprofit’s executive director.
Blumenthal, of Sarasota, most recently was the director of the Healthy Families, Healthy Children and Healthy Fathers program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Sarasota and has worked extensively in the rare disease and disability communities in Florida and New York.
Susan Lomas, PMSF’s acting executive director since 2015, will continue to serve as president of the PMSF board of directors and chair of the Global Partners Committee. The foundation is based in Venice.
At Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Blumenthal oversaw a wraparound services federal grant program for families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. She also has worked with community leaders and parents in Florida on lifespan services for those with autism and other spectrum disorders.
She has a master’s in health sciences from Long Island University.
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is a rare genetic condition caused by a deletion or other structural change of the terminal end of chromosome 22 in the 22q13 region or a disease-causing mutation of the SHANK3 gene.
Lee Reid, the owner of Reid’s Nutrition Center in Englewood, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Englewood Healthy Living in recognition of 42 years of exceptional service to the Englewood community. Randy Moore, the publisher and editor of Englewood Healthy Living, presented the award at a family dinner held at Beach Road Bistro. Chris Wailand, a certified public accountant, was recently named a shareholder in the Sarasota CPA firm of Piper Hawkins and Co. Wailand joined Piper Hawkins in 2015 and focuses his practice on assisting clients with business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support, as well as individual and corporate taxes. He is also accredited in business valuation, licensed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a certified fraud examiner as licensed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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Jim and Mary Beth Bos, co-owners of MBJ Group, recently attended the Target Training International Success Insights’ International Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The annual conference, themed “Reimagining Excellence,” allowed the owners of the Sarasota talent management company to meet and network with talent management professionals from around the world.
The couple learned about new approaches and methods, shared ideas and explored possible strategic alliances. The TTI Success Insights’ International Conference is designed to celebrate the legacy of TTI Success Insights, which provides behavior assessment tools to help business professionals learn more about themselves and their communication styles, while supporting and connecting talent management professionals worldwide.
Derek Byrd, president of Byrd Law Firm PA, and a partner, was recently recertified by the Florida Bar as a board certified attorney in criminal trial law.
Byrd has been board certified for the past 15 years. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys conducted by the Florida Bar. Only 7 percent of attorneys in Florida are board certified.
Sarasota-based luxury home builder Nautilus Homes has hired Jennifer Ricks as office manager.
Ricks has held positions in human resources and office management, frequently within the construction industry. In her role at Nautilus Homes, she will manage the front office as well as handle bookkeeping for the construction company.
Nautilus Homes is a luxury custom home building company based in Sarasota, with clients throughout Southwest Florida.
Dr. Garry P. Condon has joined the team of ophthalmologists at Coastal Eye Institute.
Condon is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cataract and glaucoma surgical specialist. He has a medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed his residency at Western University in Ontario and a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Condon completed his cataract and glaucoma fellowship at the New England Glaucoma Research Foundation in Boston, where he was on the staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute. Condon is the former chairman of ophthalmology at Allegheny General Hospital and a professor of ophthalmology at Drexel University College of Medicine, both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He treats patients at the Coastal Eye Institute offices in Bradenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.
Jim Selinski has recently been named chief operating officer by the board of directors for the Van Wezel Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports arts education and community enrichment initiatives in partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Selinski joined the foundation in December 2015 as chief development officer responsible for growth and development strategies to achieve long term financial sustainability. Over the past two years, he has been an integral member of the foundation team that has raised over $11 million in major gifts, while also boosting the foundation’s annual fund activities.
In his new role, Selinski will oversee foundation fiscal and operations management and lead all development initiatives. In addition, Selinski will work closely with the board on the Strategic and Development Committees, and continue his role as liaison to the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization.
Selinski previously worked for five years as the executive director and stewardship for the Diocese of Venice, dba St. Thomas More Parish, chairing capital campaigns and overseeing business operations and stewardship. He also spent 20 years in leadership within the executive recruitment industry.
Caldwell Trust Co. has hired Luis Morales as a trust associate. Based in the Sarasota office, Morales will guide individual investors in building and protecting their wealth.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Morales came to the United States in 2003 and settled on Florida’s Gulf Coast a year later. He began his financial career in 2006 as a teller at Regions Bank. In 2008 he moved to Northern Trust, where he remained for 10 years.
He was a member of the banking platform until 2012, when he was promoted to investment associate. He became a senior investment associate in 2014, working with a team of multidisciplinary investment professionals. While with Northern Trust, Morales completed a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of South Florida, became a U.S. citizen and began classes towards his master of business administration at USF. He is continuing his classes while working at Caldwell.
Gates Construction has hired Matt Allen as superintendent. Allen will be responsible for daily on-site supervision of Gates’ projects, including quality control, safety and security, project close out and transition planning. He has over 18 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in multi-family, retail and commercial construction.
He received his bachelor’s from Purdue University. Allen will be based out of Gates’ Sarasota office.