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Fintech, Wal-Mart expand agreement to include another 4,000 retail stores; Health Insurance Innovations hires former Bloomin' Brands CFO; Sarasota health center changes to concierge model; PP+K awarded work for national clients; Pilgrim Quality Solutions hires former Liquent exec as CFO; Western, Southern Life Insurance expands with new Tampa location

Fintech, Wal-Mart expand agreement to include another 4,000 retail stores
Tampa-based Fintech is expanding its relationship with retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Fintech started the roll out of its alcohol data and electronic payments system at more than 2,000 Walmart locations throughout Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. The retailer has since agreed to expand those services to the rest of its 4,0000 locations across the country over the upcoming months. Fintech now has more than 300,000 relationships across the United States.

Health Insurance Innovations hires former Bloomin' Brands CFO
Health Insurance Innovations Inc. has appointed Dirk Montgomery as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 2. Montgomery replaces James Dietz, who the company says is departing Health Insurance Innovations to pursue other opportunities. Michael Hershberger, senior vice president of finance and business development, has been appointed to serve as interim chief financial officer until Montgomery begins his term.

Most recently, Montgomery was the chief financial officer and an executive vice president of Ascena Retail Group Inc., a $4.8 billion women's apparel retail portfolio including the Justice, Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines brands.

Prior to his position at Ascena, Montgomery served as the chief financial officer and chief value chain officer for Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands Inc. from 2006 through early 2013.

“Dirk's consumer direct technology background will fit with our growth strategy, particularly with our recent acquisition of the powerful online consumer platform, HealthPocket Inc.,” Mike Kosloske, CEO of Health Insurance Innovations, says in a press release.

Sarasota health center changes to concierge model
The Sarasota Center for Family Health & Wellness has transitioned from a traditional family-medicine practice, led by primary care physician Dr. Laura Hershorin, into a concierge practice.

“After much discussion, we decided we wanted to maintain the highest quality of care and doctor/patient interaction,” Hershorin says in a press release. “The only way to do that was to move to concierge medicine. We have been gratified that so many of our patients have stayed with us, and we have also welcomed many new patients who understand the value of our new approach.”

Patients of the new concierge practice will pay an annual fee in exchange for more personalized service, such as longer appointments, little-to-no wait time, same-day appointments and phone access to the doctor.

PP+K awarded work for national clients
Tampa-based advertising agency PP+K has added Red Bull and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to its roster of national clients.

The firm will work closely with Red Bull's Southeast and West Coast divisions, providing social and digital services on a project basis. The latest project, includes a collaboration between Red Bull Tampa Bay and Red Bull athlete Evan Longoria, featuring a scavenger hunt with locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

The PP+K digital team will also be working with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to develop social media strategies and tactics for its first annual Dance Dash 5K and second annual Miracle Marathon.

Pilgrim Quality Solutions hires former Liquent exec as CFO
Tampa-based Pilgrim Quality Solutions has hired David Pincus as its chief financial officer, effective June 23.He will oversee Pilgrim's finance, I.T., legal and human resources activities.

Prior to joining Pilgrim, Pincus was the chief financial officer at Liquent, a global healthcare I.T. company that provided regulatory information management software and services to medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Earlier he was vice president of finance at Optobionics, a medical device company that developed the Artificial Silicon Retina for the treatment of vision loss due to retinal diseases. He also served as chief financial officer of ABN AMRO Private Equity.

“Throughout his career, David has consistently built value at the companies he's served, and he recognizes the tremendous opportunities in our expanding business arena as well,” Thierry Durand, president and CEO of Pilgrim Quality Solutions, says in a press release. “His appointment to CFO is integral to Pilgrim's strategic initiative to ensure its continuing leadership in delivering world-class quality management products and services.”

Western, Southern Life Insurance expands with new Tampa location
The Western and Southern Life Insurance Co., a member of Western & Southern Financial Group, is expanding its footprint in the Florida West Coast region with a new office location in Tampa. That office joins its existing locations in Sarasota and Fort Myers to form Western & Southern Life's West Coast Agency.

The agency currently has 42 associates, but as part of a larger expansion, it expects to grow by up to 120 new financial representatives in the next three years.

The new office is located at 3810 Northdale Blvd., Suite 100, Tampa.

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