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Business Observer Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 17 years ago

Newsmakers (Sara/Mana edition)

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Newsmakers (Sara/Mana edition)

Advertising Firms

i Clarke Advertising and Public Relations hired Kelly OiBrien as an account coordinator. OiBrien previously worked at Ten United in Pittsburgh.


i The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce announced the recipient of its top award, the Chairmanis Cup. Ray Villares, co-owner of GravityFree, received the award during the chamberis annual meeting.


i SunTrust promoted Carolyn Robinson to senior branch manager of the downtown Sarasota branch office, transferring from SunTrustis Osprey office.

Commuity Development

i Habitat for Humanity Venice Area Inc. hired Judith Wilcox as executive director. Wilcox previously worked as interim CEO of The Venice Foundation.

Financial Firms

i Tampa-based GunnAllen Financial hired Alan Silva as senior financial consultant. Silva will work in the Sarasota office and previously worked as the vice president of human resources with a New York City-based Internet access company.

i Michael S. Long Sr., first vice president-investments with Merrill Lynch Private Client Group in Venice, has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst license through the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).

Law Firms

i Mark Barnebey of Kirk-Pinkerton was elected vice president for the Library Foundation for the Manatee County Library System. Barnebey is an administrative, land use and government law attorney.

Real Estate

i Michael Saunders and Co. hired Kevin Colson as a new associate to The Commercial Group. Colson previously worked for Century 21 as a Realtor.

i Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. promoted William Brower to business development manager at the companyis home office in Sarasota. Brower previously worked as a sales associate.


i GravityFree hired Kelli Barclay as sales and marketing coordinator. Barclay previously worked with AD Tangibles Inc. an Orlando-based advertising company, as project coordinator.

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