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Business Observer Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 15 years ago

Free Press (9/26/03)

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× Bretton Raymaker joined Sarasota-based Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. as assistant project manager.

×Ron Inge joined Fort Myers-based Land Solutions, Inc. and Development Solutions LLC. Inge will be president and COO of Land Solutions and COO of Development Solutions. Randy Thibaut, founder of both companies will remain as owner and CEO of both. Inge's credentials include membership and leadership positions with Lee County Local Planning Agency, Horizon Council, Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee, American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Management Accounting, The Top one Percent Society, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alternative Development Group for the Southwest Florida Environmental Impact Statement, the Horizon Foundation and the Real Estate Investment Society Land Solutions and Development Solutions were founded by Thibaut to assist builders and developers in procuring and disposing of land suitable for residential development.

× Charles Walters joined Bradenton-based Neal Communities as land development manager to oversee the company's land management and tree conservation efforts. Walters most recently served as land development project manager for Pulte Homes Inc. He also worked for Europco Management Co. of America for 10 years as acquisition and land development manager and for eight years as forestry manager for Louisiana Pacific Corp., where he managed land and timber operations in seven east Texas counties.

× George Schaefer, project manager at Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. in Sarasota, was appointed to the board of the Suncoast Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute.

× Carroll's Build-ing Materials of St. Petersburg added high-tech insulated concrete block system work to its repertoire. The system uses polystyrene shells connected with plastic bridge connectors and reinforced with rods and then filled with concrete. Carroll's officials consider the concrete system the future of the construction industry.

× Parsons Brinkerhoff won the Florida Department of Transportation's contract to provide construction engineering and inspection services for reconstruction on Interstate 4 in Tampa. A new eight-lane roadway will be built outside the existing four lanes, which will be removed to create a median. The new median area will be reserved for future construction of high-occupancy vehicle lanes and/or a high-speed rail line. The 2.7 mile project involves 18 new structures and 20 drainage ponds. Construction of the $150 million contract should be completed in 2007.


× Lyn Hulin, SouthTrust Bank manager for the 75th Street Financial Center; Suzell Evans, bank manager for the Venice Gateway Financial Center; and Jeanne Lebel, bank manager for the Colony Cove Financial Center; have been promoted to vice president. Hulin joined SouthTrust in 1982, while Evans joined in November of 1995. Lebel joined the bank in August 2000. Paul Adams, manager of the de novo Lakewood Ranch Financial Center, has been promoted to vice president and manger of the Bee Ridge Financial Center.

× Eric Jacobs joined Naples-based Fifth Third Bank, Florida as senior financial analyst. Melody Merrill was promoted to commercial accounts coordinator for the bank. She had been with Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati for 2 years, previously as executive coordinator for the commercial civision and in corporate accounts.

× Brian Freeman joined the Moorings Banking Center in Naples as manager.


× David Yurchuck, North Port's police chief, plans to retire April 1. Yurchuck has served in that position for more than nine years.

× Clovia Byrd Russell filed to run as a candidate for the Ward 5 seat on the Bradenton City Council.


× Mary Hornbeck joined Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota as the new clubhouse manager.


× Mark Siegel joined the Sarasota law firm of Levin, Tannenbaum, Wolff, Band, Gates and Pugh. Siegel will concentrate on real property and commercial transactions.

× Cindy Fuqua and Stacey Prince joined the Sarasota law firm of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford and Gordon Chartered's personal services and planning and business and corporate counseling practice groups. Richard Loudermilk joined Abel Band's litigation and dispute resolution and financial institutions and finance practice groups.

× Gov. Jeb Bush nominated Pat Neal of Bradenton-based Neal Communities and Alexandra St. Paul, an attorney with Bradenton's Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff and St. Paul PL, to the 12th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The governor also selected Nicole Ryskamp, an attorney with the Bradenton law firm Blalock, Landers, Walters & Vogler PA, to serve on the commission.


× Dominique Le Clezio was promoted to vice president and creative director of Sarasota's Clarke Advertising and Public Relations. Le Clezio jointed Clarke in 2002 as creative director after working for TBWA on a number of global brands, such as Levi Strauss and Volks-wagen. Kelly Kure was promoted to associate creative director. Yvette Portillo, who joined Clarke last year, was promoted to production designer. In addition, three new employees joined the firm. Katherine Han comes to Clarke as public relations account executive from Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising Inc., where she served as public relations specialist/writer overseeing all media activities. Emily Green joins the firm as an advertising account coordinator. Charles Ripper, formerly design manger at Day-Timers Inc., joined as production designer.

× Cummins MerCruiser Diesel chose Wendt Promotions of Tampa to produce its new e-newsletter, Captain's Call, for global distribution.

× Budd Moore and Amanda DeNaro of Sarasota's CTX Mortgage chose Linda Gross of ADWORKS Communications Inc. to handle the company's marketing and media relations.

Real Estate

× The Belleview Biltmore, a 247-room historic hotel in Clearwater, is nearing the end of a $10 million renovation.

× Teri McGinnis, marketing director for Pasco County's Seven Oaks master planned community, was elected to the Tampa Bay Builders Association's board of directors.

× The Bonita Bay Group donated $400,000 received through the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program to fund 10 Habitat for Humanity Homes. Two of the company's operations, Bonita Bay Club and The Club at Mediterra, each qualified for a rebate of $200,000 through the state program that allows sales tax rebates to businesses that have made donations toward community development.

× Patrick Utter was promoted from director of commercial real estate to vice president of the company's commercial real estate division of Naples' Collier Enterprises.

× Bradenton's Neal Communities hired Charles Walters as land development manager to oversee the company's land management and tree conservation efforts.

× Diane Lee joined Lakewood Ranch Realty Co. as vice president of commercial leasing. She comes to the company from CLW Real Estate Services Group in Tampa where she was real estate manager.


× Guy Kathman joins Shells Seafood Restaurants Inc. as vice president of operations. Kathman, 47, will oversee the chain's 28 Florida restaurants. He has a 23-year career in the casual dining industry, most recently with Texas' Posados Cafe.


× Three people from the Gulf Coast area were chosen to serve on the governor's board of professional geologists. Valerie Francisco, 39, and James Pease, 43, both of Tampa; and Stuart Smith, 44, of Lutz, were chosen.

× The Florida Tourism Department updated its Web site,, which now features an interactive trip planner named "Sunny."

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