The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently elected Jennifer Vigne, president of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, as a member-at-large. Vigne is one of five statewide members who, along with three statewide officers, govern the consortium, a membership organization for Florida’s districtwide local education foundations. The organization seeks to maximize the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools. It now has 63 member foundations and collectively 1,100 volunteer board members, raising more than $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs.
Telego Save Our Seabirds, in Sarasota, has added two new members of its board of directors. Jon Berg retired in 2006 as CEO of Vega Asset Management, then one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Before that, he held a variety of financial positions in both the United States and Europe, including managing director of Bankers Trust Co. Berg served on the board of Hedge Funds Care, a global foundation that provides grants to prevent child abuse and make the world a safer place for children. He has a master of business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University. Jeff Telego has been in the environmental risk management field since 1978. He is president of Risk Management Technologies and RTM Communications Inc., which perform expert environmental risk management consulting, due diligence and remediation oversight in addition to expert witness work for various industry sectors that include industrial/manufacturing, brownfield redevelopment clients and financial services companies.
He co-founded the Environmental Bankers Association 21 years ago and in 2015 retired as its executive co-director and board member. Telego received his formal education and training at Georgetown University and Olivet College.
Sarasota Memorial has appointed a new physical medicine and rehabilitation and brain injury specialist to guide rehabilitative care throughout the health system’s inpatient and outpatient network.
The new medical director of Rehabilitation Services, Dr. Aurora Wong, has spent the past decade specializing in neurorehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury, trauma and neurological disorders. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and brain injury medicine. At SMH, she will oversee a full spectrum of services to meet the complex medical, rehabilitation and mobility needs of people recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and neurological disorders, and orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Wong has a medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, trained in general surgery and trauma care for two years at St. Francis Medical Center/St. Joseph Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey, and completed a three-year residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Boston VA Healthcare System, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, New England Sinai and Boston’s Tufts Medical Center.
Before moving to Sarasota, she was medical director of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehab Institute in Tupelo for the past five years and was chairman of the medical center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation division.
B&I Contractors, a subcontracting and building services firm based in Fort Myers, has promoted Jerzy Mamprejew to senior plumbing estimator. He had been employed at B&I since 2015 as a plumbing estimator.
In his new role, Mamprejew will be responsible for managing the plumbing estimating team, as well as negotiating and securing new plumbing contracts. He will also work closely with customers to provide preconstruction services as needed for potential plumbing projects.
B&I also has offices in Sarasota, Tamarac and Tampa.
Forbes has named Matthew J. Otto No. 16 in Florida (North) on its Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List. Otto is managing director and partner of the Otto Group at HighTower, in Sarasota.
The Forbes list spotlights some of the most successful financial advisers in Florida and across the country.
Otto joined HighTower in March 2016. He specializes in alternative investments and provides clients with access to institutional-style investment models. He is a member of the American Association of Individual Investors and the Sarasota chapter of the Financial Planning Association. He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Certified Financial Planner designations. He also holds the Series 7, 26, 31, 63, 66 and Florida Life, Health and Variable Licenses.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has appointed Marty Katz as its senior director of marketing and communications. The federation’s previous chief of communications and marketing, Kim Mullins, has been promoted to chief operating officer.
The organization has also appointed former chief programming officer Jeremy Lisitza as its director of innovation and volunteer engagement.
Previously, Katz worked as vice president of development and marketing at the Friendship Centers, where her role included managing the development, marketing and communication teams. She spearheaded the organization’s comprehensive branding initiative in 2017.
Mullins had been chief communications and marketing officer since 2014, and had joined the federation in 1996 as an administrative assistant. In her new role, Mullins will lead the organization’s day-to-day operations and oversee strategic planning, outreach and program initiatives, and technology implementation.
As the new director of innovation and volunteer engagement, Lisitza will coordinate implementation and evaluation of large-scale programs. He will also develop and oversee the organization’s volunteer infrastructure.
Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that brings people together, has selected Amber Grace to serve on its board of directors for a three-year term. The board of directors promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton.
Grace moved to the area in 2016. She is the talent development coordinator for Bealls Inc., where she cultivates partnerships with universities, and community and business leaders. She is the founder of G.R.A.C.E. (Girls Rising Above Circumstances to Exceed), a mentoring program that reaches adolescent girls who participate in weekly mentoring sessions on topics including higher education and leadership.
Russ Bobbitt, a longtime partner and agent at Sarasota-based Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency, has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer from Jamie Purmort, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
Bobbitt will continue to provide commercial insurance products and services to clients as well as manage the day-to-day operations of the agency, steer the firm’s direction and handle business development.
With close to 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Bobbitt has handled large self-insured accounts, including contractors, hospitals and governmental entities. In 1997, he made the switch to the agency side and became a producer at Purmort, Martin and Mercier, where he has been a partner since 2004.
Bobbitt has licenses in property and casualty, life, health and surplus lines. In addition, Russ has acquired advanced insurance designations, including Accredited Advisor of Insurance, Construction Risk Insurance Specialist and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor.
DeAngelis Diamond has promoted Nick Pair from project manager to director of field operations. In his new role, Pair will use his experience with both commercial and health care construction to assist Vice President of Field Operations Brian Hood in managing all field teams nationwide.
Pair began his career with DeAngelis Diamond six years ago as a project superintendent. He became a project manager in 2016. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in building science. DeAngelis Diamond is national construction management firm based in Naples with an office in Sarasota.
W. Theodore Etzel III, owner and CEO of Conditioned Air Co., served with other company executives on a panel of judges for the Templeton Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition on Feb. 22-23 at Stetson University.
Teams from 16 educational institutions throughout North America participated in the competition. After receiving an actual business case, they were given two weeks to prepare and submit an executive summary and visual presentation. During the event, teams made oral presentations to the judges. Bracket winners then delivered an eight-minute oral presentation to the entire body of judges in a plenary session including all conference attendees, members of the Stetson University community and the public.
Etzel graduated from Stetson in 1980 with a bachelor’s in economics and finance. Since 1995, he has owned Conditioned Air, an air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 340 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. The company has offices in Naples, Venice and Fort Myers.
Four directors at Canandaigua National Trust Co. of Florida have each been honored by the National Council of Jewish Women. The council’s annual “Women in Power” luncheon honors powerful women in the community whose life achievements have supported the priorities of the council, including: advancing the well-being and status of women; advancing the well-being of children and families; enhancing the quality of Jewish life; ensuring and advancing individual and civil rights; and supporting a secure Israel and the well-being of all its people.
Nelle Miller, a 2018 honoree, serves on the board of directors for Canandaigua National Trust Co. of Florida. Miller is co-founder of BizTank LLC. She was co-founder and chief financial officer of PlanetResume.com. Miller is past president of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and is now a lifetime trustee.
Christine Jennings, Sue Jacobson and Bernice “Bunny” Skirboll, all directors on the Canandaigua bard, are past NCJW recipients.
Jennings has worked as the CEO of the WestCoast Black Theatre Troupe, where she developed a strategic plan to help stabilize the organization and recruited a new board of trustees and advisory board. She was founding president of Sarasota Bank. She has also served as chairwoman of the Sarasota Democratic Party and has run twice for Congress.
Jacobson practiced law in New York and Sarasota for many years before retiring in 2012. Her community involvement includes: past chairwoman of the board of directors of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of the Suncoast, past president of the West Coast Florida Region of American Jewish Committee and member of the board of trustees of Pines of Sarasota Foundation and the board of directors of the New College Foundation.
Skirboll founded Compeer, a mental health agency, with 12 volunteers over 40 years ago in New York. Under her leadership, it has expanded to 50 cities around the world with 5,000 volunteers. She also serves on the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s board of directors.
Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez was recently granted the Drug Free Sarasota Physician Advocate Award. Diaz is a leader in her respective field and an advocate for best practices in interventional pain management. Learn more at PhysicianAdvocateAward.org.
SouthTech has hired Lauren Selle as its new marketing coordinator. Selle will be taking over all of SouthTech’s ongoing campaigns, managing its online presence and working with third party vendors to produce print media and advertisements.
Jonna Keller, managing member of First Security Investments, in Sarasota, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County board chairwoman, was one of six financial advisers across the nation who received the Community Inspiration Award from AssetMark Inc., a provider of innovative investment and consulting solutions serving financial advisers, at the company’s Gold Forum conference in Orlando.
In recognition of the advisers’ contributions and sustained support of charitable organizations, AssetMark is donating $10,000 to a nonprofit supported by each selected honoree. Keller selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.
Award recipients were selected by a panel of senior AssetMark executives who evaluated nominees based on their ability to inspire, lead, and motivate others, in addition to their time and effort dedicated to a local charity.