Sessums elected to AAML Foundation board

Mark A. Sessums of Sessums Law Group was elected to the board of directors to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation. The AAML Foundation is a charitable organization that advances the goals of the AAML: to protect children and families. The foundation has distributed more than $1,125,000 to 8,404 recipients since 2005. Sessums has been a member of AAML since 2001 and a lifetime donor of the AAML Foundation since 2015. Sessums is certified in both civil trial law and marital and family law by the Florida Bar, along with the certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Clark awarded CMT

Dan Clark, investment adviser at Florida Fiduciary Wealth Management, was awarded the Chartered Market Technician designation. Chartered Market Technician is a specialist in technical analysis of the financial markets. There are about 1,600 CMT charterholders worldwide, and this is the first CMT awarded to a financial professional in Polk County.

GEICO Board promotes Corbin

Pionne Corbin was promoted to senior vice president by GEICO. She will manage the regional office in Lakeland, where she will be based. She will also oversee the company’s Southeast and Midwest regional offices and centralized-services operation, all of which are based in Macon, Georgia. Since June 2016, Corbin served as vice president of GEICO’s Buffalo, New York, regional office. Corbin began her career with GEICO as a management intern at the Fredericksburg, Virginia, regional office in 1993. After completing the internship program in 1996, she was named a claims service representative supervisor. Corbin then moved to the underwriting division, where she was a sales supervisor and then a service manager. In 2004, she managed the new business underwriting division and the re-underwriting division. Corbin joined the commercial auto division in 2009 as an operations manager with responsibilities in sales, service and underwriting. She was promoted to director of the division in 2012. A year later, she became a GEICO officer, with her election to assistant vice president of Buffalo underwriting operations. She became assistant vice president of claims in 2015 and held that position until she was promoted to VP of the Buffalo region. Corbin graduated cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor's in economics.

MidFlorida CU promotes Joseph and Talalay

Melyn Joseph and Karina Talalay were promoted to operations manager by MidFlorida Credit Union effective July 1.

SEMCO Construction promotes key personnel

Mike Starling was promoted to executive vice president at SEMCO Construction, a Bartow-based general contractor with more than 40 years of experience throughout Florida. Starling has been with SEMCO for more than three decades and has been instrumental in completing many steel building structures, both large and small. Mac McMillen, promoted to executive vice president, has also been with SEMCO for more than three decades and has detailed knowledge of all aspects of the construction industry. McMillen oversees commercial operations including design, estimating and construction. Jennifer Hall was promoted to executive vice president. She is responsible for all administrative operations and has been with the company for more than 25 years. Don Scott was promoted to commercial division manager. He brings extensive management experience to his new position that involves detailed coordination of various construction crews. Mike Pilkenton was promoted to project manager. Pilkenton has wide-ranging experience with completing difficult, time-sensitive jobs and will continue to direct the majority of the company’s larger, more complex projects. Robby Haines was promoted to industrial division supervisor. Haines has been with the company more than 25 years and works extensively with the millwright, maintenance and fabrication crews. Jason Nettles was promoted to commercial division supervisor. Nettles has been with the company more than 25 years and has served as superintendent over various construction projects totaling over $15 million. Spencer Locke was promoted to assistant project superintendent. Locke joins the family-owned business as a recent graduate of the University of Florida. Barry Pope was promoted to superintendent. He has also been with SEMCO more than 25 years working in the metal building division.

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