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Analytics firm names new chief revenue officer; Organization hires first president; Homebuilder appoints area executive; Commercial brokerage adds senior leader
by: Steven Benna Staff Writer

TAMPA BAY
Analytics firm names new chief revenue officer

Clayton Holdings Co. named Andy Pollock chief revenue officer.

Pollock joined the Tampa-based firm in October 2015 as a senior managing director, head of consulting services. He will manage the company's revenue streams and will lead the enterprise sales and consulting strategy across the whole company and its subsidiaries, according to a statement.

Pollock has more than 25 years of experience in operations and consulting. Prior to joining Clayton, he was president and CEO of WDB Funding, an alternative commercial lending company.

Clayton Holdings Co. provides risk-based analytics, residential loan due diligence, consulting and staffing solutions. The company is a subsidiary of Radian Group Inc.

Organization hires first president
JP DuBuque, former interim president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., was named president of the newly formed St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp.

“It's an honor and privilege to be selected for this position,” DuBuque says in a release. “St. Petersburg is building an enviable brand as an inclusive, forward-thinking community that can stack up quite favorably against any other market when it comes to opportunity for success and quality of life. This business community is invigorated and deep with talent. I can't wait to work with all the partners in this city to show the world what we have become.”

DuBuque's most recent position at the Tampa Hillsborough EDC was vice president of finance and administration, and he led the organization on a temporary basis from October 2015 through June. DuBuque has also worked in banking, education administration and insurance.

The new St. Petersburg EDC stems from the “Grow Smarter” strategic plan adopted by the chamber, city and other officials more than two years ago. Valpak President and CEO Michael Vivio, vice chair of economic development on the chamber's executive committee, was named chairman of the new St. Petersburg Area EDC.

SARASOTA-MANATEE
Homebuilder appoints area executive

M/I Homes Inc. named former regional KB Home executive Michael Stephens director of land acquisition for its new Sarasota-Manatee division, based in Lakewood Ranch.

Stephens' last post with KB Home included overseeing land purchases, forward planning, project budgeting and site development for the Tampa and Fort Myers divisions, according to a statement. Stephens had been with KB Home for four years.

Stephens is actively searching for vacant land and other property in Sarasota and Manatee counties for building and development as part of M/I Homes' long-term growth strategy. M/I Homes launched its Sarasota-Manatee division earlier this year. M/I Homes builds single-family homes and townhomes in the two-county region priced from the low $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

CHARLOTTE-LEE-COLLIER
Commercial brokerage adds senior leader

Naples-based Kova Partners named Chad Commers director of brokerage services for Kova Commercial of Naples.

Commers will be responsible for advising businesses and individuals throughout the commercial real estate sales and leasing processes, capitalizing on both on- and off-market opportunities, according to a statement.

Commers is a licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate and a licensed broker in the state of Minnesota, the release adds. He was senior vice president of Roseville Properties Management Co., based in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region, from 2008 to 2015. The family-owned firm manages about 3 million square feet in both the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and the Fort Myers-Naples region.

Kova handles a wide range of real estate work, including development, financing, investment, managing and leasing. It has offices in Naples and Bonita Springs.

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