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Car dealership adds 40 jobs; Former bank CFO moves to insurance; Pest control firm names Tampa leader; Manufacturer appoints sales official
by: Steven Benna Staff Writer

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Car dealership adds 40 jobs
A former Lincoln dealership in fast-growing Bonita Springs will get new life as a Mitsubishi franchise, in a move that includes up to 40 new jobs.

Longtime auto dealers Bill Doraty and Jeff Johnson own the new dealership, named Bonita Springs Mitsubishi, a release says. The store, more than 16,000 square feet at 28450 S. Tamiami Trail, opened June 27. Financial terms of the franchise transaction were not disclosed.

“We are very excited about our facility,” Johnson says in a the statement. “Because it was once a Lincoln dealership, it allowed us to create a very nice, pleasant atmosphere. As a result, our customers can purchase an affordable vehicle and still get the white glove service and amenities usually reserved for luxury dealerships.”

Former bank CFO moves to insurance
Lutgert Insurance named former bank finance chief Derrick Ayers chief financial officer.

Prior to joining Lutgert, Ayers was the regional CFO for Fifth Third Bank in South Florida. Ayers also has previous finance and accounting experience with public and private companies, as controller of a construction company and as an audit team member with Ernst & Young in Louisville, Ky.

“We're excited to add Derrick to our leadership staff,” says Bud Hornbeck, president and CEO of Lutgert Insurance, in a statement. “His experience in business coupled with his passion for the community make him an excellent fit for our company.”

Lutgert Insurance has provided personal and commercial insurance, risk management and estate planning since 1953. A division of The Lutgert Cos. and headquartered in Naples, the firm has locations in Ave Maria, Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sarasota and Tampa.

TAMPA BAY
Pest control firm names Tampa leader
Arrow Environmental Services relocated Anthony Testa from Altamonte Springs to lead its Tampa office.

Testa, a 38-year pest control veteran, will oversee sales, service, hiring, training and customer relations for Arrow's Tampa office, which has 17 employees, according to a statement. He previously served as branch manager in Altamonte Springs.

Arrow Environmental Services operates eight locations throughout southwest Florida, central Florida and Tampa Bay. Its parent company, Sarasota-based Environment Pest Services, ranked 19th on Pest Control Technology magazine's list of the top 100 pest control companies in the United States.

SARASOTA-MANATEE
Manufacturer appoints sales official
Venice-based Window and door manufacturer PGT Inc. named Dan Plotnick director of Southeast Florida and international sales.

Plotnick, with more than 20 years' experience in sales and growing sales divisions, reports to PGT Vice President and General Manager Bob Keller, a statement says. Prior to joining PGT, Plotnick served as director of sales and marketing for Guardian Industries. He has also held sales leadership roles with Pilkington Group Ltd and Stanley Tool & Hardware Corp.

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